Pancake Breakfast on Sunday is still ON!

Pancake Breakfast

Sun, Apr. 15, 8:00am-12:30pm
in the SSPP church basement
Adults $7, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5&under Free
Family Rate (parents w/ high school children & under): $20

Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, potato pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, cheese, applesauce, cookies, beverage.

Glacier Lake Federation of North American Explorers Fundraiser

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

Reminder: Pancake Breakfast on Sunday!


Pancake Breakfast

Sun, Apr. 15, 8:00am-12:30pm
in the SSPP church basement
Adults $7, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5&under Free
Family Rate (parents w/ high school children & under): $20

Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, potato pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, cheese, applesauce, cookies, beverage.

Glacier Lake Federation of North American Explorers Fundraiser

PCCW St. Patrick’s Unit 6 Meeting

St. Patrick’s Unit 6 will be having their monthly meeting on Thu, Apr. 12 @ 9:30am in the church basement. All the ladies of the parish are invited to attend & help us benefit the church activities with all our projects. Hostess will be Lois Makowski

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.


Sesquicentennial Mass with the Bishop 

Join us as we celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Diocese of La Crosse when Bishop Callahan visits the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery. All are invited to the following events:

Fri, Apr. 6 @ 1pm—Blessing/Dedication of the Rudolph Grotto Welcome Center

Sat, Apr. 7 @ 9:30am—Mass here at Ss. Peter & Paul!

Change in Coordinator for Religious Education

After three years of service, Mike Peeters has stepped down as our parish CRE, but will continue to serve as a catechist. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Filling the position now, we welcome Mindy Konkol. Mindy is a lifelong member of Ss. Peter & Paul & has been volunteering with our CCD program since 1997. She currently teaches the 7th-9th grade classes. Her e-mail is: mindy@ssppwisrapids.org. Thank you, Mindy, for your continued hard work on behalf of our parish and families!


See more in the Bulletin

Pope Francis to Issue Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness

News from the Pope:

Pope Francis will publish an apostolic exhortation on holiness titled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), the Vatican announced.

Subtitled “The Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World,”Gaudete et Exsultate will be the third apostolic exhortation issued by Pope Francis. In 2016 he issued Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family, and in 2013 he issued Evangelii Gaudium, on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world.