Parish Family Advent Social

SSPP Family Advent Social!

Everyone is invited to the SSPP Family Advent Social after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, December 2 in the church basement social hall. Enjoy delicious donuts, juice, & coffee Family Advent resources & calendars available Small ornament for the first 100 kids Kid Advent poster coloring table & video area Chance to win small prizes 50/50 Raffle (must be present to win) Sponsored by the St. Gianna PCCW unit.

What's on FORMED? The Fantasy Makers



J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald were the pioneers of the fantasy genre and their impact is unmistakable. Their works— exploring Middle-earth, Narnia, and other tales of redemption, sacrifice, and the battle of good and evil—have become best-selling books and blockbuster movies. Contemporary fantasy writers such as J.K. Rowling grew up inspired by their works. All three were deeply committed Christians, and their spiritual convictions permeate their writing. They engaged and challenged from the pulpit of imagination, speaking truth through fantasy.
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:

Pastor's Letter - November 18, 2018

The Church’s Liturgical year expresses the mysteries of the Faith through the various feasts and seasonal celebrations. The end of the Church year (which concludes next Sunday with the Solemnity of Christ the King) always provides the occasion to focus on the end times. Even nature expresses this reality in the death of all vegetation. Each year at this time, it is good for us to re-evaluate our lives, and to contemplate our death. This should not be a morbid exercise, but rather a time to recall the glory to which God is calling each one of us. As we continue to pray for all our beloved dead during the month of November, so should we pray that God strengthen us to be well prepared to meet Him when our life on this earth ends.

I recently saw a sure sign that Christmas is near: the big trucks loaded with cut trees are out on the road. For some time now the stores have been gearing up for the “Christmas Sales Rush”. While most of these activities are okay, the cumulative effect on us is to ignore the religious preparation necessary for us to properly celebrate the birth of our Savior. The First Sunday of Advent is two weeks from now, so it makes good sense that we begin with preparations for the coming of the Lord. The Church wisely observes Advent with a spirit of watchfulness and anticipation. In our church you will notice it by the presence of subdued decorations and the Advent wreath (the four candles marking the four weeks of Advent). The music will be the familiar Advent hymns, which help us prepare for Christ’s coming. I strongly encourage you to observe the Advent season in your own homes. Don’t put up the Christmas decorations yet! Or, perhaps you may mark the passage of Advent by putting up the Christmas decorations gradually beginning on the First Sunday of Advent – one every day until your home is completely decorated by Christmas Eve. Put a small Advent wreath in your home where it can be seen by the whole family (on the dining room table, perhaps). You can mark the progress of Advent in your home as you light an additional candle each Sunday of the season. And, most importantly, you can use this Advent season to deepen your spiritual life by more fruitful participation in the Liturgy of the Church. Advent is a season of grace, and an opportunity to grow in your faith. Make good use of it!

Just an added reminder that this Thursday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Day - we will celebrate Mass at 8:00am. There is no Mass on Friday, November 23.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Request for Information: Family Members in the Armed Forces

Request for Information: Family Members in the Armed Forces 

SSPP’s St. Patrick’s Unit 6 would like to wish your loved one in the military a “Merry Christmas!”
If you have a family member currently serving in our armed forces, please contact the SSPP parish office at 715-423-1351 with his/her name and address by Fri, Nov. 30. Thank you!

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What's on FORMED? Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage


Understanding the true meaning of marriage is one thing, living it out is another. Beloved: Living Marriage examines the day-to-day challenges of being united as husband and wife, while maintaining individuality.

With the hallmark beauty and insight of the Symbolon series, Beloved shows how to put faith at the center of your marriage. Learning to effectively communicate, turn conflict into understanding, avoid the pitfalls that wreck relationships, and understand sex in the context of authentic love are among the topics presented for helping relationships to thrive. Six sessions from trusted experts work for both marriage preparation and marriage enrichment opportunities.


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:

Pastor's Letter - November 11, 2018

It should be evident that a pastor’s primary responsibility is the spiritual welfare of his people. He is not a business manager, nor is he a building contractor, though it sure doesn’t hurt to have some of those skills, too! In his care for his people, a pastor must model himself after the Lord Himself, Who taught, healed, reprimanded, comforted, and encouraged the people. Yet, in all His teachings, it may come as a surprise to many, that – of all the things that Jesus spoke about – He talked about money the most. Think about it – the parables of the Prodigal Son, the Talents, the Unforgiving Steward, and many more – all deal with money. And then there is the account in today’s Gospel of the Widow’s Mite. The Church, following the example of the Lord, needs to teach strongly the dangers of the undue attachment to money and material things. It is not that these things are evil in themselves, though they can become a temptation for us to be selfish. Rather, God gives us these things so that we might demonstrate our generosity towards one another. That is why our financial stewardship towards the Church is so important. It fulfills two important Christian ideals: it demonstrates tangibly that one is not attached to material things, and it assists the Church in order to fulfill Her mission. And one doesn’t have to be rich (remember the widow in today’s Gospel). Everyone has the opportunity to be generous.

St. Paul reminds us of the importance of praying for our civil rulers; so it is most appropriate that we pray for all our newly (re-)elected public officials. May God grant them wisdom so that they might provide for the protection of the weakest and promote the common good.

My thanks to Msgr. Robert Hundt who is filling in this weekend while I am in Italy on Pilgrimage. Thanks also to Frs. Bill Menzel and Aaron Becker who are celebrating the weekday Masses during my absence. Be assured of my prayers for you while I visit the many holy sites in Rome and throughout Italy.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Toys for Joy


Toys for Joy
A sincere thank-you to Arlene Hamm, Mandy Haferman, & all the others who contributed to Toys for Joy during September & October. Because of their generosity, 24 stuffed animals were taken to Aspirus ER & Urgent Care. So far, 241 toys have been donated in 2018. If you wish to contribute, a box in the back of church is ready to receive your donations. Toys must be new with tags attached.


HELP NEEDED for SWEPS
A sincere thank-you to the 12 volunteers from our congregation who worked at the Pantry Shelf during the last week of September! In that month, 45 new families were served with 504 households and 1,308 individuals. They were provided with enough food and hygiene products for 1 week.

Our next scheduled weeks to work are: January 7-11, April 22-26, August 5-9, November 18-22

At least 16 volunteers are needed for each week.

Donations should be taken to 331 12th Ave S. Children’s books, food, brown paper bags, & egg cartons are appreciated. For more info, call Beverly Stimac, our parish representative.


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