Pastor's Letter - December 9, 2018

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. These words of John the Baptist (which he quotes from the prophet Isaiah) taken from today’s Gospel (of Luke), were a call to the people to ready themselves for the coming of the Messiah. They are a call to us as well. Saint Paul in today’s second reading adds his words of encouragement, too: This is my prayer: that your love may increase... so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.... The Lord Himself has given us the means by which we prepare ourselves for His coming, and through which we are made pure and blameless. The Sacrament of Penance by which we are reconciled to the Father is that gift from the Lord to assist us in growing closer to Him. This Holy Season of Advent is a good time to make use of that Sacrament. For opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance, see the confession schedule printed in this bulletin and in the Advent Calendar sent to each household.

At the end of the calendar year it is common for many families to make a reckoning of their finances. I do the same thing personally and in regards to our parish’s finances (even though we operate on a fiscal year which ends June 30). I wish to express my gratitude for all our parishioners who have generously support SSPP this year. In past years the parish has provided at the beginning of the year a box containing offering envelopes for the whole year. I have decided to replace this with a mailing system, where each household will receive in the middle of each month a packet containing envelopes for the Sundays of the following month. Soon all our parishioners will be receiving such a mailing for the month of January. There are a number of benefits for the parish office to such a system, and, I hope, to our parishioners, too.

On a related note: if you wish to claim a financial gift to our parish on your taxes for 2018, we must receive it at the parish office by December 31, 2018. By law, donations received after December 31 must be recorded for 2019.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

PCCW Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 15-16 after all Masses

PCCW Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 15-16 after all Masses
Please contribute your special baked goods for this bake sale. Remember all ladies of the parish are members of the PCCW. Please bring all your baked goods decorated in holiday cheer on Sat, Dec. 15 to the Holy Family Cenacle. We will price everything.
We would like to thank you all in advance & hope the parishioners will buy us all out!


Neighborhood Table 30 Volunteers Needed!!!
Dec. 13, 2018
Help is needed at the Neighborhood Table.
We feed ~250 needy people.
Please help for 2 hours. Shifts are from 12:30-6:30. To volunteer, call 715-423-1296.

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Pastor's Letter - December 2, 2018

Today, the First Sunday of Advent, inaugurates the new Church year. The Church in Her liturgy expresses what we believe. So, it makes good sense that we begin with preparations for the coming of the Lord. The liturgy of the first two weeks of Advent serves as a kind of transition from the end of the previous liturgical year. Throughout November – and especially in last Sunday’s celebration of the Feast of Christ the King – the Church draws our attention to the second coming of the Lord and our need to be prepared for His coming. This is a time when the Lord will judge the living and the dead, as we proclaim each Sunday when we recite the Creed. Now, in Advent, our focus shifts to our preparation to celebrate Christ’s first coming. It is good for us to reflect upon both these events, since it was necessary for the Lord to come to us first as a man and our Redeemer in order to prepare us for His coming later as Judge. So, during these first two weeks of Advent, the readings of Scripture at Mass will speak more of His second coming. This should help us to understand and appreciate better the meaning of His first coming, which we will celebrate on December 25.

I mentioned two weeks ago in the bulletin some ways in which we can better prepare ourselves and our families during this Advent season. Let me remind you again that the Christmas season did not start on Friday after Thanksgiving! It is so easy for us to be drawn into the habits and customs of the secular and commercial culture around us. To make this month of Advent truly a time of spiritual preparation demands a certain discipline from us. It won’t be a time of preparation by “accident”; rather, each of us must choose to adopt an attitude of “waiting, watching, and preparing”. On a practical level it means decorating our homes with the symbols of Advent – the Advent wreath with the four candles – and delaying the Christmas decorations until we approach the actual Feast of Christmas. It means waiting for Christmas before playing Christmas music in our homes, even though the stores and radio stations will be playing it non-stop. And, of course, it means a more fervent participation in the Liturgy of the Church. Our attentive participation at Mass also serves as a great teacher: we are formed according to the mind of the Church by the Word of God and the celebration of the Liturgy. Throughout Advent please refer to this bulletin for opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance here and at other area parishes. I also invite you to join me for Solemn Vespers (evening prayer) each Sunday. We begin with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:00pm, with Vespers beginning about 3:30pm, and conclude with Benediction at 4pm. Have a Holy Advent!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Neighborhood Table—30 Volunteers Needed!!!

Neighborhood Table—30 Volunteers Needed!!!
Dec. 13, help is needed at the Neighborhood Table. We feed ~250 needy people. Please help for 2 hours. Shifts are from 12:30-6:30. To volunteer, call 715-423-1296.

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Pastor's Letter - November 25, 2018

The Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrate today, marks the end of the Liturgical Year. Throughout the year the many mysteries of the Faith are expressed in the liturgy of the Church. It is fitting that at the end of the year (the Church year, not the calendar year) we acknowledge liturgically (in our worship) what we know will happen at the end of time. All the images expressed in the Sacred Scriptures reflect the Kingly role of Jesus when He comes again. From the prophet Daniel we hear how “one like a Son of Man” comes and receives “dominion, glory, and kingship,” and that “His dominion is an everlasting dominion....” Jesus is not simply the “King of the Jews”, as Pilate supposes, since His kingdom is not of this world. Rather, He is truly the “King of kings”. Not just in the future, but right now! Is Jesus the Lord – the King – of your life? The liturgy of the Church provides for us the opportunity to reflect upon that question. May God strengthen you with His Grace to answer with an enthusiastic ‘Yes’!

With this Feast of Christ the King we conclude the Year of Mark (Cycle B) and begin next Sunday with the Year of Luke (Cycle C). In your Lumen Christi Missal you will move your ribbon to the beginning of the book. Among the reasons we purchased the LCM was that its very structure helps us understand the Liturgical Year: we progress Sunday by Sunday through the LCM as we travel through the Liturgical Year, where the various mysteries of our Faith unfold for us. And in this coming year we will see it unfold through the eyes of St. Luke.

With the new Liturgical Year beginning next Sunday, we will be providing for our parishioners a variety of resources to assist your spiritual growth. The Magnificat Advent Companion and The Word Among Us Advent issue offer reflections for each day of Advent, articles, and Advent prayers. You will also receive this week my Advent Letter with a calendar of events: Mass times, expanded confession schedule, and Advent Penance Services at all the area Churches. Have a Holy Advent!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller