SSPP Family Pre-Advent Social! Everyone is invited to the Family Pre-Advent Social
after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, November 7
in the church basement social hall.
Enjoy delicious donuts, juice, & coffee Advent candles available for purchase
Children’s craft table & family resources Chance to win small prizes &
50/50 Raffle (must be present to win) Sponsored by the St. Gianna PCCW unit.
All Saints’ Day Party 5-7pm, Mon, Nov. 1 @ SSPP
Our All Saints’ Day party will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish or two to pass. Children should come dressed as saints! There will be games & fun
One aspect of our fallen human nature is the frequent desire to be in charge: to be “Boss”. Not even the Apostles were immune from that temptation. Not only did James and John ask the Lord that they might “sit one at your right and the other at your left” (places of power), but the Gospel records that the other ten became indignant at this request. They were jealous of them. The Lord’s response is clear. Authority is not given to a person for the benefit of the one “in charge”. Authority is given to one so that he can serve – and for the benefit of those being served. Certainly this must be the case within the Church itself, especially in regards to how the Pope, the Bishops, and the Priests exercise their authority. It is true also within the family. The Lord intends that parents exercise authority over their children for the good of their children. No room for wimps! The true exercise of authority must be steady, firm, loving – always seeking the good of the ones we are serving.
Last year we exceeded the Diocesan Annual Appeal by more than $39,000, which we received back in rebate to benefit SSPP. Your gift to the DAA benefits not only the Church in our Diocese and beyond, it benefits our parish, too. A big “Thank You!” to those who have already returned their pledge cards. Our goal is to have 100% response. This is a simple, yet important, way that we can express our solidarity as a parish. Naturally, I hope that you can make a generous, sacrificial gift to the Appeal. But, even if you are unable to make a financial gift, I request that you still return your pledge card (writing “prayers” in place of a pledge amount). Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5) Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.
May God bless you!
FNE Bread Sale Fundraiser
After Mass, Sat-Sun, Oct. 30/31 @ SSPP Family Cenacle
$5/loaf white or wheat bread. Fundraiser for the Federation of North American Explorers, a Wisconsin Rapids area scouting group.
Marian Center for Peace
Miracle of the Sun at Fatima 104th Annivesary
After 8am Mass, Wed, Oct. 13 @ SSPP
Weather permitting, we will gather outside & pray the Rosary & the Litany of Our Lady of Fatima. There will also be an opportunity to enroll in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. For more info: 715-424-6279
The account of the Rich Young Man in today’s Gospel presents Jesus with another opportunity to speak on a common topic: money and materialism. Over half of the parables or stories Jesus tells in the Gospels relate to the proper (or improper) use of material things. I’m quite sure things haven’t changed much in this regard: people then disliked it as much as people today when you talk about money! It’s clear that the young man in the Gospel desires eternal life. The sad thing is that he desires material wealth more. Money and material things are not evil in themselves. It is our attachment to them which corrupts us. Jesus’ command to “sell what you have and give to the poor” was the only way to break the rich young man’s attachment to wealth. Then he could have helped the poor, been with Jesus, and been happy.
You should be receiving your letter from Bishop Callahan along with the materials for the Diocesan Annual Appeal this week. Our parish target this year is $46,650. Last year we exceeded our target by more than $39,000! Indeed, this is the best way to both meet the wider Church’s needs AND to help our parish. Naturally, I hope that you can make a generous, sacrificial gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. But, even if you are unable to make a financial gift to the Appeal, I request that you still return your pledge card (writing “prayers” in place of a pledge amount). You may either mail your pledge card using the provided envelope or drop it in the offertory at Mass on Sunday. Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.
May God bless you!
Walking with St. Joseph
Sat, Oct. 23, 2021 @ the Holy Cross Diocesan Center, La Crosse
Dads, you can bring your high-school & college-age sons with you at no extra charge! (limited free spots) Nationally known speakers Jon Leonetti & Msgr. Joseph Hirsch. The day will include Adoration & Confession. Conference will end with a Eucharistic procession & Mass. To register, visit menofthecross.org
Among the many issues on which our Catholic Faith conflicts with the prevailing secular culture, the teaching on marriage certainly is one of the most important. In fact, the secular culture rejects every aspect of Christian marriage: that it is a lifelong and faithful bond between one man and one woman, which is open to the gift of children. Marriage is the foundation of family life, and the family is the foundation of civil society. From the very beginning God intended that the union of man and woman in marriage be established as an enduring bond. This is not just sentimental wishing, but an acknowledgment of what God has done. The Church, following the teaching of Genesis and of the Lord in the Gospel, continues to teach that a true marriage forms a lifelong bond. “Therefore, what God has joined, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:9) Does this seem like a hard teaching? It is a hard teaching. It is difficult to accept and often more difficult to live. But it is also true. Does not every couple who marries desire to live together in love forever? Does not every child desire to grow up in a family where both parents love each other? These natural desires indicate what God wants for us, too. Our Faith teaches us that marriage, therefore, is given to us by God for the good of the couple and for the good of children. (Notice how in today’s Gospel the Lord’s teaching on marriage is followed with his blessing of the children!) It is not sufficient to simply “want” these goods. Those who are contemplating marriage and those already married must make the right choices which bring about these goods. That which applies to every Christian applies in a particular way to married couples: seek the good of the other (your spouse), not your own; forgive others (your spouse) as you would wish to be forgiven. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along by this secular culture – which Saint John Paul II called a “Culture of Death.” Through the generous gift of oneself – especially within the holy bonds of marriage – we can build up a true Culture of Life.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal will begin soon. Within a few weeks you will be receiving your letter from Bishop Callahan with the Appeal material. Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the diocese.
May God bless you!
Calvary Cemetery Fall Cleanup!
9am-Noon, Sat, Oct. 9 @ Calvary Cemetery
Bring your rakes, work gloves, mowers, trimmers, trash bags, & a smile :) to help us in our cemetery
Fall Cleanup. Cookout to end cleanup!
"Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!” This is the response Moses gave to Joshua, according to today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers. Joshua had reported to Moses that two of the men had begun to prophesy in the camp – an act which Joshua interpreted as challenging the singular authority of Moses. Moses wasn’t jealous about the gift which God had given to him. He had begun to experience the great burden which God had placed on him as the sole leader and prophet for the twelve tribes of Israel. He was happy to share the burden with others! It was necessary that others be appointed to positions of authority and responsibility – and they were given the Spirit of the Lord to enable them to do it. This is still true in the Church today. Although some are called (and ordained) to exercise a particular authority in the Church, all Christians need the grace of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them to fulfill their Christian responsibility. We certainly receive that Spirit and grace in the Sacraments. For example, a man and woman receive grace when they receive the Sacrament of Marriage – grace which helps them be faithful to each other, and to be good parents to their children. We can receive the spirit of the Lord when we pray, or go on a retreat, or do some spiritual reading. In any case, the grace which the Lord gives us is intended for our own spiritual good AND the spiritual good of others.
I have been a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem since 2001. Though the medieval origins of the Order were militaristic (to expel the Muslims who had taken the Holy City by force and to protect Christian pilgrims), the contemporary mission of the Order is spiritual and material support of Christians in the Holy Land. I am in Cincinnati this weekend for our annual regional conference of the Order. I am grateful to Fr. William O’Brien of Cross Catholic Outreach, who is taking this weekend’s Masses in my stead. Please consider supporting the mission of Cross Catholic Outreach.
May God bless you!