Pastor's Letter - June 24, 2018

Throughout the Liturgical Year the Church celebrates the feasts of the Lord, the Blessed Mother, and the Saints. Today’s celebration of the birth of John the Baptist occurs three months after the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of the Savior, and that her kinswoman Elizabeth who was thought to be too old to bear a child was in her sixth month of pregnancy. Where possible the Church likes to celebrate these feasts in their proper chronological order. The Church observes the birth of John as a Solemnity (the highest ranking celebration) be- cause of his important role in the history of our salvation. John is the last of the prophets and the herald of the Lord. It is fitting to honor the man of whom the Lord said, “Among those born of women, no one is greater than John.” And besides all of this, when this Solemnity arrives you know there are just six months until Christmas!

I leave for Portland, OR, early Tuesday morning to attend a week-long conference on Sacred Liturgy. Several years ago I spent 5 summers studying the Sacred Liturgy at the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. This conference is a way for me to continue my education and formation, so that I may always understand more fully and celebrate more reverently the great Gift that the Lord left His Church. The worship of God is Man’s highest calling, and I feel particularly blessed to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries in such a beautiful church here at SS Peter and Paul! In my absence, Fr. Menzel will have Mass here Tues, Wed, and Thur. Because Priest Unity Days, our annual priest gathering with the Bishop, begins Friday in La Crosse, there will be no Mass on Friday and Saturday morning. Msgr. Robert Hundt will be here for the Masses next weekend. My thanks to them both for assisting!

I’m looking forward to our Parish Picnic after the 10am Mass today (Sunday). I hope to see many of you there to enjoy some good food and get to know your fellow parishioners better!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller