Pastor's Letter - June 17, 2018

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the symbol of a communist system which deprives their people of the essential freedoms due to every human person. He gave one of the great speeches of the 20th century, which included these words: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace... come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” From where do our human freedoms come— the freedom of speech, of movement, of religion, and others? From the State? No, they come from God, in whose image and likeness we are made. It is the role, and obligation, of the state to insure that these rights are respected and protected. Six years ago, after movements on the federal level to change the meaning of marriage under law and the imposition of abortion in the mandated Health Care bill, the Bishops of the United States in unison called for the response of all Catholics - and all people of good will - to oppose these threats against fundamental human freedoms. This year our Bishops have announced “Religious Freedom Week” which begins on June 22, the Memorial of John Fisher and Thomas More, and ends on June 29, the Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul. All four of these saints were martyred. They held fast to Christ Who sets us free - and they died at the hands of men who imposed a tyranny. It is increasingly evident that the threats against the Faith and human freedom are not only a thing of the past, or something that happens in other countries, but is advancing in our own land as well. We have been blessed to live in a land that, however imperfect (and, in this world, there IS no perfection) is founded on the principles of human liberty and of religious freedom. When election time comes around, insure that you have properly sought to understand where the various candidates and their parties stand on these most important issues. And pray that good men and women will be raised up in our generation who will stand fast to defend the Faith - and in Christ, Who alone makes us free.

Many thanks again are in order for our many parishioners who continue to respond generously with their financial support of our parish. In addition to an increase in the weekly offering, we are also more than $25,000 over our Annual Appeal target! We still have significant challenges ahead, but these are encouraging signs. Thank you for your sacrificial gifts!
May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Young Adult Volleyball and Cookout on June 21


Brewing Truth & Marshfield Young Adults Present Rapids vs. Marshfield Volleyball
Throw Down & Cookout

Jun. 21 @ 6pm
at the Sand Volleyball Courts at Columbus 710 S. Columbus Ave, Marshfield

Brewing Truth has accepted the challenge of the Young Adults of Marshfield (YAMs) and are looking for players. It’s all good fun so please don’t hesitate even if your skills aren’t Olympic level.
Bring a side dish or beverage of your choice to pass
SSPP Parish Picnic
Please join the parish family to celebrate the feast of SS Peter and Paul on Sun, Jun. 24.

We will begin with Mass at 10:00am, followed by a picnic dinner. The parish will provide brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, & buns
along with iced tea, lemonade, & water.
Each family will be asked to bring a dish to pass, along with your own plates, cups, & silverware. You are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Please sign up on the sheets provided at the church entrances with the number who will be attending and the dish you will bring to pass.

We will plan to hold the picnic on the parish lawn, but will move to the church hall in the basement if the weather is inclement.

See more in the Bulletin

Pope Francis's Message for World Day of the Poor

From the Pope:

Pope Francis says Christians are urgently called to manifest their faith by giving “a sign of neighbourliness and relief in the face of the many forms of poverty” that afflict our world, and at the same time honour them “who are the real presence of Jesus in our midst”.
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Pastor's Letter - June 10, 2018

In both the reading from Genesis and the Gospel in today’s Mass, we see Satan, or the Devil, mentioned. The reality of Satan is a challenge for Modern Man. With the arrival of the “Age of Enlightenment” in the 18th century, it became fashionable to believe that everything could be understood through reason and science alone. The “Modernism” of the mid-19th century intensified this belief, such that the Church in response began to speak explicitly about the errors of “Modernism”, especially its rejection of religious belief. Just one example of this is the rejection of spiritual beings, since the only reality the modernists accept must be physically observable. So, angels – good or fallen – don’t really exist, they are merely mythical beings created from our imaginations in order to explain things we don’t understand. But NOW, science provides all the answers, and we can do away with these mythical beings. Of course, the Church has always held fast to the Biblical accounts of the existence of spiritual creatures. Angels – the good ones, like Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael; and the fallen ones, like Satan – really do exist. In the Book of Revelation (Ch. 12), we read how Jesus brings about the defeat of “that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan.” Pope Francis, even more so than his predecessors, often speaks of the nefarious works of the Devil. Indeed, the Catholic has always been deeply aware that the disciple of Jesus Christ will have to contend with “the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.” Certainly, even in our everyday pursuits, we are aware of particular obstacles which may impede, or make difficult, the goal we seek. Every runner surveys the course where he runs; every golfer looks out for the sand traps. In this sense, the things of this world, our own human weaknesses, and the temptations of the Devil, are all obstacles which we contend with in our journey to Christ. But in and through Christ, we triumph!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

SSPP Parish Picnic on June 24


SSPP Parish Picnic
Please join the parish family to celebrate the feast of SS Peter and Paul on Sun, Jun. 24.

We will begin with Mass at 10:00am, followed by a picnic dinner. The parish will provide brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, & buns
along with iced tea, lemonade, & water.
Each family will be asked to bring a dish to pass, along with your own plates, cups, & silverware. You are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Please sign up on the sheets provided at the church entrances with the number who will be attending and the dish you will bring to pass.

We will plan to hold the picnic on the parish lawn, but will move to the church hall in the basement if the weather is inclement.

See more in the Bulletin

Pope's June prayer intention: For Social Networks

From the Pope:

Pope Francis on Tuesday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for June, which this month is “For inclusive and respectful social networks”.

In his prayer intention for the month of June 2018, Pope Francis said: "Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences."

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

Pastor's Letter - June 3, 2018

The Feast of Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ) is an opportunity for the Church to reflect more deeply on the mystery of the Gift which the Lord left us in the Mass. At every Mass our offerings of bread and wine are brought to the Altar of Sacrifice, and, by the words and actions of the priest who stands in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), they become the Body and Blood of Christ. Though the appearances of bread and wine remain, by faith in the promise of the Lord Himself given at the Last Supper we know that we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. According to the constant teaching of the Church, we receive the “whole Lord” whether we receive Him under the “form of bread” only or the “form of wine” only. Lord, we thank You for giving us Your very Self in the Holy Eucharist! “Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore! Oh, make us love Thee, more and more! Oh, make us love Thee, more and more!”

I wish to thank again those many parishioners who have responded generously following my recent presentation on the financial situation in our parish. My primary mission is to direct and support the spiritual life of all our parishioners; and with the assistance of the pastoral council and staff, I am looking forward to many good things in the future. Your continued generous financial support will insure that we can take care of the necessary material needs of our parish and fund the spiritual needs, too. With the assistance of the finance council I am preparing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2018), and developing a financial update report that will be regularly posted in our Sunday bulletin. This will provide for all our parishioners an up-to-date status on our financial condition throughout the year.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller