Pastor's Letter - April 22, 2018

Many years ago St. Pope John Paul II designated this Sunday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Here at SSPP we pray after every Mass for vocations: for priests and deacons, for religious men and women, and for married and single people, too. We do that because all Christians have a vocation. We have a common vocation - that is, a call from God - to holiness. But the common vocation to holiness that God calls us to must be lived out in a definite way. For priests it means a certain way of living, for consecrated men and women (the religious life) it means another, and for single people and married people it means living faithfully according to those states of life. For all, the common goal is holiness - that is, a life in communion with God. There always remains a temptation to mediocrity - the easy way: “What’s the least I have to do to get into Heaven?” or “What’s the most I can get away with and still avoid Hell?” The example of St. Pope John Paul II has shaken us from this sort of spiritual lethargy. His life was a visible reminder of the sacrifice that is required from each authentic follower of Christ – and validation that the sacrifice is worth it. While affirming the truth that ALL of us are called to a life of holiness, the Church still demands a unique witness from her priests. Some people suggest that if we would ‘soften the sacrifice’ of the priesthood – by relaxing the rule of celibacy and ordaining married men – we would have many more priests. But that argument fails even on natural grounds. For example, why does the most difficult and disciplined branch of the military services – the Marine Corps – regularly fill its quota of enlistees when the other branches sometimes struggle to do so? Answer: because it is in the very heart of a young man to seek and embrace a challenge. Well, John Paul II understood that principle very well. He challenged young people to reject the selfishness of materialism and to follow Christ. And the young people loved him. Most of the millions who flooded Rome after his death in 2005 were young people. To these same young people the Pope has entrusted the mission of the New Evangelization. What is that mission? To help each person follow Christ. To help each person be holy.

We welcome Bishop William Callahan back to SSPP as he administers the Sacrament of Confirmation to the young people of the WI Rapids Deanery. Come Holy Spirit!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Team Members Needed: First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life


Team Members Needed:
First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center Walk for Life


The Walk is Sat, May 12, Mother’s Day weekend. What better way to honor motherhood than by walking for an organization that helps mothers & babies? To sign up for Team Ss Peter & Paul, visit https://www.firstchoiceprc.org/walkforlife. Select “register” & pick team SsPeter. If you have any questions, contact Jen Dunnett, Team Captain, at vitapretiosa@gmail.com or 715-340-2779, or you can contact First Choice

SSPP PCCW Meeting—Apr. 26

All ladies of the parish are invited to the SSPP PCCW meeting on Thu, Apr. 26 at 6pm in the church basement. The PCCW offers an opportunity to socialize plus share your time & talents for SSPP fundraisers.
Please feel free to bring a wrapped raffle item to donate. St. Patrick Unit will be hosting the meeting.



See more in the Bulletin

Pope: Christians are called to be 'couriers of hope'

News from the Pope:

Pope at Mass: Christians are called to be 'couriers of hope'

Pope Francis has urged Christians to be “couriers of hope,” “genuine witnesses of Jesus in the world”.

The Pope’s exhortation to leave the Lord’s table after the Eucharist and to be active in bringing His message of peace and mercy into the world, came during the homily at Holy Mass in the southern Italian town of Molfetta where he travelled to pay tribute to Fr. Tonino Bello who was known as “the pastor of mercy” and the bishop of “the last ones.

Addressing the crowds gathered for Mass in the port area of the coastal town, Pope Francis commented on the liturgical readings of the day which focus on two central elements for Christian life: Bread and the Word.

Pastor's Letter - April 15, 2018

From time to time one reads in one of the national news magazines or sees on one of the cable TV channels some (reputed) scripture scholar who questions the traditional understanding of the nature of Jesus, and the truth of His resurrection. These articles and programs are especially common at this time of year. Each year at Easter we proclaim who Jesus is: the son of God and the son of Mary, who suffered, died, and truly - bodily - rose from the dead. The Gospel from today’s Mass records for us another instance where Jesus appears to His disciples. He invites them to touch Him to see that He is not a ghost. And then He ate with them to give them further proof. I can’t imagine what kind of faith those “doubting scholars” would expect us to have if we accepted what they propose. I propose we stick with the creed that we recite each Sunday at Mass. Our Faith is not made up of fanciful notions, myths, or legends. It is real, true, and historical.

We typically celebrate many sacraments in the Easter season, especially the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. At the Easter Vigil we welcomed Jason Michael Mott into the Church. We have several baptisms scheduled in the upcoming weeks. And our young children will be making their First Holy Communion on May 6. Next Sunday (April 22) we will host the Deanery Confirmation Mass at Noon (consequently our 10am Mass will be moved back to 9:30am). Please pray for the young people of our Deanery, that, having been “sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit” at the hands of Bishop William Patrick Callahan, they may be strengthened to live a full, conscious, and active life as true sons and daughters of the Father, and fervent disciples of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

EARLY SUNDAY MASS NEXT WEEKEND!




EARLY SUNDAY MASS NEXT WEEKEND!

Next weekend, due to the Confirmation Mass at noon, the Sunday 10:00am Mass on Apr. 22 will instead be at 9:30am!!

SSPP PCCW Meeting—Apr. 26

All ladies of the parish are invited to the SSPP PCCW meeting on Thu, Apr. 26 at 6pm in the church basement. The PCCW offers an opportunity to socialize plus share your time & talents for SSPP fundraisers.
Please feel free to bring a wrapped raffle item to donate. St. Patrick Unit will be hosting the meeting.


See more in the Bulletin

Pope Francis holds up these saints for imitation

From the Pope:

One of the ways Pope Francis encourages others to respond to the call to holiness is by highlighting various men and women who have already attained that crown in heaven and urge us on to the finish line. He mentions a total of 40 saints in Gaudete et Exsultate, pointing out holy examples that are particularly relevant for the 21st century.

Here is a brief list of 7 of these saints, along with what Pope Francis mentioned about their example of holiness.

Pastor's Letter - April 8, 2018

The Church celebrates Easter for fifty days (from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday inclusive), but observes the Octave of Easter (octave means eight), from Easter Sunday through Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, with particular solemnity. This always serves as a great contrast to the secular society which (as it does with Christmas) throws away all reminders of the Feast the following day. Make sure you continue to make the Easter Season a festive time of celebrating our Savior’s Resurrection. I look forward each year to the Sunday following Easter because of the beautiful Gospel account from St. John. The story of Doubting Thomas is recorded for our benefit, so that his doubt - satisfied by the appearance of the Risen Lord - might be the means of strengthening our faith. Do you sometimes doubt certain doctrines of our Faith? Or do you even doubt, from time to time, the existence of God? Then you need to ask for the intercession of St. Thomas! His simple profession of faith, “My Lord and my God”, is one each one of us should utter often. This is especially true when we gaze upon the Lord in the Eucharist during Mass (when the Priest elevates the Host, and then the Chalice containing the Precious Blood, during the Eucharistic Prayer). I was taught to say this when I was preparing to make my First Holy Communion. I still say it.

Today is also observed as Divine Mercy Sunday. As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, St. Faustina Kowalska was canonized eighteen years ago on this Sunday by St. Pope John Paul II in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Rome - the first saint canonized in the New Millennium. It was through Saint Faustina that Jesus encouraged this special devotion in which we meditate on and rejoice in the Divine Mercy of the Lord, by which we receive the forgiveness of our sins. I hope many of our parishioners will join us in the Divine Mercy devotions this (Sunday) afternoon at Sacred Heart Church in Nekoosa.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller