Pastor's Letter - November 12, 2017


Through the year the Church, in her Liturgy, unfolds the fullness of the mysteries of the Faith for us. Frequently the Liturgy is reflected even in the rhythm of nature. This is certainly true in this last month of the Liturgical year (a new Liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent on December 3). The arrival of Fall - and hints of Winter - brings with it the death of all vegetation. Along with nature, the Liturgy also draws our attention to our own mortality, and our inevitable death. This Sunday’s readings - and the readings for the two remaining Sundays of November, and of the Liturgical year - remind us of the need to contemplate our eventual death, and the necessary preparation for that event. This is not a morbid exercise, but rather a sign of true wisdom. All human activity is directed towards some end, or purpose. And the whole of our life should be directed towards eternal life with God. Remembering our true “End” is essential for seeking the proper means to get there.

Two weeks ago I announced that we will be replacing the Missalettes in the pews with the hardbound Lumen Christi Missal on the 1st Sunday of Advent. I provided a Q&A sheet to help explain the reasons for this change, and the benefits that it will bring. Printed copies of that Q&A are available in the Holy Family Cenacle (and online on SSPP website). It is most advantageous for us to fund this project through the Diocesan Annual Appeal. And so, I heartily recommend all our parishioners support the DAA with a generous gift, according to your means. If all our members contribute, I know we can exceed our target, and receive a rebate which will be used towards the LCM, and other needs of the parish. As I write this 91 parishioners have given to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, for a total of $31,560 - an average gift of $346. If you have not yet done so, will you make your pledge today?

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller 

Marian Center Open Hours



Marian Center Open Hours
The Perpetual Adoration Chapel in the Marian Center has several open hours available. If you are interested, please call & leave a message (715-424-6279) or stop in the Marian Center; there is a sign-up sheet just outside the Chapel door.
A reminder to all that our last 6:00pm Mass here at SS Peter & Paul will be on Sun, Nov. 26.

Beginning Sun, Dec. 3, 6:00pm Masses will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish.
The next Men's Holy League will be meeting on Friday, November 10 at 6:00 PM.

Little Servants of St. Therese
A new chapter is beginning for the Little group! Membership is now open for girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. We have changed the model of our group to have more of a scouting focus. We generally meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month (with a few exceptions) from 6:00-7:30 PM at SSPP. We will also meet occasionally on one Saturday per month to do outdoor activities. Please contact Maggie Kosloski at maggiekosloski (at) gmail.com to register or to get more details. We are hoping to see many of your daughters this year  







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News from the USCCB:
House Tax Reform Bill “Unacceptable” As Written, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen - WASHINGTON—In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar CantĂș of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio called for amendments to the current draft of the House of Representatives tax reform bill "for the sake of families" and "for those struggling on the peripheries of society who have a claim on our national conscience."....Read More
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Pastor's Letter - November 5, 2017

The Church begins each November with two important and related feasts: The Solemnity of All Saints on November 1; and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2. As we enter the final month of the Liturgical Year the Church addresses the "End Times” in Her liturgy. "All Saints" is the occasion to celebrate all the holy men and Women who, having been strengthened by God's Grace and “washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb', are now forever with God in Heaven. "All Souls" is the occasion to remember and pray for our beloved dead who, though assured of everlasting life with God, are being "purified” in purgatory. The Sunday readings for these last several weeks draw our attention to the End Times: our personal end (when one dies), and the end of time when the Lord returns in glory. This is an additional reason why November is set aside as a special time to pray for the dead.

November is also a good time for us to review the rituals of the Church at the time of death. Since in baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became the temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest. Care must be made that we do not simply conform to secular standards in regards to care for the bodies of the dead and in the funeral rites. In particular, we should be cautious so that secular or profane practices do not make their way into the Funeral Mass. Only sacred (and Catholic) music should be played or sung at the funeral. The presence of legitimate secular symbols may be used at the funeral home if they are displayed with some restraint. (For example, symbols of one's past military service.) The Church, seeking always to stress our belief in the resurrection of the body, strongly recommends that funeral rites be conducted with the body. Cremation is allowed, as long as one does not choose it for anti-Christian motives. When chosen, cremation should be done after the funeral rites (after the Funeral Mass). To reflect our hope in the resurrection - and to conform to the example of our Lord who was buried - the ancient Christian custom is to bury or entomb the bodies of the dead. This includes the cremated remains. One should never have the cremated remains in an urn in One's home, and most especially, the cremated remains must never be "scattered".

In all cases, the Church warmly encourages the faithful to offer prayers for the dead. We unite ourselves more closely to our beloved dead, and assist them in the process of purification so that they might more easily enter the glories of Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them!

My profound thanks to all who have contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal! Check the "DAA Thermometer in the Holy Family Cenacle to see an up-to-date report on our parish progress.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.)
“I’ve learned that my mom brags when she gets the TV remote control.” (Age 10)
"I've learned that whenever I go to grandma's house. I come home with at least a dollar in change.” (Age 9)
“I’ve learned that when you want a garment to shrink, it won’t, and when you don't, it will come out of the dryer and fit your catl" (Age 40)

Q&A on the Lumen Chisti Missal

Check out the following Q&A on the Lumen Chisti Missal provided by Father Schaller.

Click here for the PDF

6:00 PM Mass ending on Nov. 26



A reminder to all that our last 6:00pm Mass here at SS Peter & Paul will be on Sun, Nov. 26.

Beginning Sun, Dec. 3, 6:00pm Masses will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish.
The next Men's Holy League will be meeting on Friday, November 10 at 6:00 PM.

On Thurs. Nov. 9th the SSPP CCW will be meeting at 6:00 PM in the Church basement. St. Patrick Unit will be hosting.

St. Patrick Unit of the SSPP CCW will be meeting on Nov. 9 at 9:30 AM in the morning. Please bring your Christmas Cards for those in the nursing homes.

Little Servants of St. Therese
A new chapter is beginning for the Little group! Membership is now open for girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. We have changed the model of our group to have more of a scouting focus. We generally meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month (with a few exceptions) from 6:00-7:30 PM at SSPP. We will also meet occasionally on one Saturday per month to do outdoor activities. Please contact Maggie Kosloski at maggiekosloski (at) gmail.com to register or to get more details. We are hoping to see many of your daughters this year  

Mitten Tree Project
Winter is coming. The snow will be falling as well as the temperatures. The PCCW of Sts. Peter and Paul is sponsoring a mitten tree drive. We will be collecting hats, mittens, scarves, and socks for all ages. There will be a box in the back of church. Collections will take place from Oct. 7 - Nov. 12






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News from the Pope:
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News from the USCCB:
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