Pastor's Letter - April 21, 2019

Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. (Matthew 28:5; Gospel for the

Easter Vigil) Thus the evangelist records the words of the angel to the women who had come to the tomb on that Easter morn. The angel’s first words to the women were borrowed by our late Holy Father, Saint Pope John Paul II, when he was elected to the Papacy: “Be not afraid!” What is it that Man fears most? Is it not death, the ultimate destroyer of one’s identity and being? Today, Easter, we commemorate the triumph of Christ over sin and death by His resurrection. The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, Alleluia, Alleluia! (Easter entrance antiphon).

The forty days of Lent – of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – now yield to the rejoicing and feasting of Easter. We should feast, and with the same zeal with which we fasted during Lent. Even nature beckons us to rejoice at new life! The Church has always considered the Resurrection of the Lord to be the principal Feast of our Faith. That is why the Easter season lasts fifty days!

Next Sunday is observed as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” Sister Faustina Kowalska was canonized on the Sunday following Easter during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. A Polish nun, Saint Faustina was the first canonized saint of the new millennium! It was through Saint Faustina that Jesus encouraged this special devotion in which we emphasize the Divine Mercy of the Lord. I will speak more about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion in next week’s bulletin.

On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch and the parish staff, I want to thank all our parishioners for the kind gifts and cards we have received on the occasion of this Easter Feast. May the Lord bless you and your family today and throughout this Holy Easter Season!!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

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Movie: Mary of Nazareth
Study: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
eBook: Saint Helena and the True Cross





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Book sale at Saints Peter and Paul

Book Sale - There will be a HUGE book sale in the Saints Peter and Paul school gym Friday, May 3rd (9 AM - 6 PM) and Saturday, May 4th (9 PM - 4 PM.) There are 1000s of books, including hundreds of Catholic books as well as fiction, non-fiction, children's, etc. Most books will be $0.50-$1.00. There will be a bag sale starting Saturday afternoon for $5/bag. For more information, contact maggiekosloski@gmail.com

Parish “Town Hall Meeting”

Parish “Town Hall Meeting”

Thu, April 25 @ 6:30pm in SSPP church basement

We will be discussing our parish’s finances. All parishioners are invited to attend.

Pastor's Letter - April 14, 2019

The Holy Season of Lent culminates in the Church’s celebration of Holy Week. There is no more important observance in the Christian calendar than the celebration of the events of our salvation: the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the institution of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; the suffering and death of the Lord on Good Friday; and His glorious resurrection on Easter. Each year, on Palm Sunday, the Church begins Holy Week by reading the Gospel account of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, and then reading the Passion story from one of the synoptic Gospels (i.e., Matthew, Mark, or Luke). This year the Passion account is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It is fitting that we get a “preview” of the events of Holy Week in the scripture readings on Palm Sunday. On Good Friday we will read the Passion story from the Gospel of St. John. (The Passion story is always taken from John on Good Friday.) Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00pm - followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight), Passion Service on Good Friday (12:30pm), and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (8:30pm). (And, of course, Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00am.) This is what we have been preparing for all Lent! I strongly encourage you to attend all three services during the Triduum, if possible. Make this a Holy Week!!

In addition to your participation in the Liturgies here at SS Peter & Paul during the Sacred Triduum, I would like to invite our parishioners to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 16. Each year the Bishop presides over this Mass in which the holy oils used in the celebration of the Sacraments are blessed or consecrated. It is also the occasion for all the priests of the Diocese to renew their promises which they made at their ordination. It is truly a beautiful and moving celebration. If you’ve never attended the Chrism Mass (and even if you have!) I would like to encourage you to attend.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

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As a parish, you are encouraged to take advantage of the following movies, studies and eBooks during the Month of April 2019:

Movie: Mary of Nazareth
Study: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
eBook: Saint Helena and the True Cross





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As a parish, you are encouraged to take advantage of the following movies, studies and eBooks during the Month of April 2019:

Movie: Mary of Nazareth
Study: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
eBook: Saint Helena and the True Cross





NEW TO FORMED?

Access FORMED, 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, iPad, or Kindle, you can:
  • Prepare for Mass each week by watching an insightful five-minute video on the Sunday Readings; 
  • Enjoy movies as a family that are both nourishing and entertaining; 
  • Enrich your marriage with the award-winning video program Beloved; and 
  • Help your children grow in faith and character with engaging children’s materials.

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