Financial Peace University - Jan. 22

Financial Peace University
What if you were debt-free, investing, and making wise spending decisions? In Financial Peace University class, you CAN take control of your money, live generously, and start planning for your future. Make 2019 the year you find financial freedom with practical instruction based on God’s way of managing money.

Sign up at https://fpu.com/1075799 or attend the first class free for a preview. Class is at SS Peter & Paul, Tuesdays for nine weeks, beginning Jan. 22, 6:30- 8:00pm. Email Teri at tjktri@gmail.com for questions.

Pastor's Letter - January 13, 2019

In quick succession the Church celebrates the birth of the Lord, His Epiphany, and in today’s feast, His Baptism (which closes the Church’s observance of the Christmas season). It would appear to be a rather big jump from His Epiphany to His Baptism – some thirty years separates the two events. The Church places these feasts together to show that the Lord’s public ministry is manifested by His Baptism, as His divinity was made manifest to the gentiles by the Epiphany. As the Baptism of the Lord inaugurated His public witness as the Messiah, so Baptism for a Christian begins a life seeking holiness – of emulating the Lord. This Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is also the First of the Luminous Mysteries (or Mysteries of Light) which Saint Pope John Paul II introduced in October of 2002. Whereas the other Mysteries of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious) focus on events early in the Lord’s life, or at the very end, the Luminous Mysteries present for our meditation the very events of our Lord’s ministry.

Each year, following Christmas, the Bishop invites all our Diocesan Seminarians and their families to the Diocesan Center in La Crosse for the celebration of Mass, a social, and dinner. I attended my first Bishop’s Christmas Gathering in 1979 as a first year college seminarian. Since the Bishop also invites priests to attend, I attended the recent gathering held on December 28. Indeed, I have attended every year since 1979 - eight as a seminarian, and 32 as a priest. I hope my attendance is supportive of our seminarians; I know I derive much encouragement by visiting with these faithful men and their families. I happily lead the Prayer for Vocations at the end of each Mass because I know people every state of Christian life - single, married, religious, priest - need prayers. Still, I pray particularly that many more young men answer God’s call to serve His Church as a Priest!

On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch and all the parish staff, I want to express my deep gratitude for the many cards, gifts, and Christmas greetings which we received from you, the generous parishioners of SS Peter & Paul. May God reward you, and may He bless you with a safe, prosperous, and holy New Year!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

What's on FORMED? Reborn: You, Your Child and the Heart of Baptism


Reborn explores the deeply personal power of Baptism, bringing to light the spiritual reality for parents and godparents and, most importantly, the child being baptized. Rendered with a cinematic beauty that’s become the hallmark of the Augustine Institute’s film productions, Reborn presents the foundation of the Church’s teaching on Baptism, with a step-by-step explanation of the rite itself, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition.
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.

Go to: http://ssppwisrapids.formed.org/ and enter in code:

Need adorers for Marian Center Perpetual Adoration

Marian Center for Peace—Perpetual Adoration

We are greatly in need of adorers for the following hours:

Sunday 3pm; Friday 3am; Friday 5pm; Saturday 5pm; every other Monday 6pm & every other Thursday 1am.

If you can help fill any of these hours, please call Dan McCarville at 715-451-3180

Pastor's Letter - January 6, 2019

The Sacred Scriptures recount that the Messiah was seen first by His mother Mary, her husband Joseph, and then by the shepherds. Since the covenant made by God was made with the people of Israel, it was fitting that those to witness with their eyes the fulfillment of that covenant should be of that people, that is, Jewish. But God’s plan was for the salvation of all mankind: Jews and gentiles alike. The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the manifestation of the Son of God to the gentile world, represented by the wise men from the east. Though the Gospel does not identify them by name or number, tradition fixes their number at three (to match the number of the gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh), and has given them the names of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.

The mission of the Church is to continue what was initiated at the Epiphany. We are to spread the good news of the Gospel to the entire world. Typically we think it is the work of missionaries to fulfill that mission. And Catholics in the United States traditionally have been generous in supporting the work of missionaries. But it is becoming increasingly evident that we need to make manifest the message of Christ here. Do you often feel uncomfortable about living or sharing your faith with others? Do you allow the pressure of the secular culture intimidate you into remaining silent in matters in which your faith applies? Perhaps one of your “New Year’s Resolutions” could be to more vigorously live your faith, so that your family and others can see that you believe.

On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch, myself and all the staff, I want to thank you for the many cards and gifts we received at Christmas. Be assured of our prayers for a Blessed New Year!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

What's on FORMED? "There is Life in the Womb" by Fulton Sheen



Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the best-loved and most influential preachers of the 20th century and author of over 90 books. He reached nearly 30 million people through his weekly program, Life is Worth Living, and his cause for canonization was officially opened in 2002. He explains the Church's teaching on life from a philosophical and historical perspective.

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.

Go to: http://ssppwisrapids.formed.org/ and enter in code:

SSPP Donut Sunday on January 6

SSPP Donut Sunday!

Everyone is invited to the “SSPP Donut Sunday” social  after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, January 6 in the church basement social hall. Sponsored by the St. Gianna PCCW unit.