Marian Center for Peace Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel to Reopen
9am, Sat, Aug. 15 @ Marian Center for peace
In order to reopen,
30 open hours must be filled!
If you are willing to spend an hour with Jesus in adoration, please contact Marion Young at 715-316-1285 or Dan McCarville at 715-451-3180. To keep our adorers safe during this pandemic, only scheduled adorers will be allowed in the chapel.
Last week, in this bulletin article and in my homily, I referred to the Church’s teaching in regards to the dignity of Christian marriage. 52 years ago (July 25, 1968) Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, reaffirmed the constant teaching of the Church that the dual purpose of marriage – the unitive and procreative – must always be respected. Contraception separates these two primary purposes of marriage which by nature are meant to be together. Many American Catholics share the confusion of the rest of our country when it comes to this teaching. Some have been using various forms of contraception, or even selected permanent contraception (sterilization), thinking that it was the morally right thing to do to space or limit the number of children in their family. When a morally good alternative is suggested (natural family planning), they become confused because, after all, “don’t they both have the same goal? That is, don’t they both intend to prevent a pregnancy?” Though the goals may be the same (though that isn’t always the case), the means are quite different. Contraception intentionally makes sterile an act that would otherwise be open to new life, even though it doesn’t always result in a new life. Couples who practice natural family planning abstain from the marital act during times of fertility. The difference could be likened to distinguishing two means of losing weight: either by dieting, that is, not eating so much and abstaining from food during certain times (like snacks between meals); and by bulimia, that is, by eating food then causing oneself to throw it back up. Of course, every analogy falls short. Nevertheless, just as throwing up one’s meal after eating is both unhealthy and morally wrong, so too is contraception unhealthy (for a married couple’s relationship, and oftentimes physically) and morally wrong. And since NFP is based on the knowledge of when a couple is fertile, it can be used to achieve a pregnancy. Try that with a contraceptive! You can find more info on marriage and NFP on these sites: www.diolc.org, www.catholic.com, and www.omsoul.com.
May God bless you!
Among the many challenges of the modern world the crisis of marriage and the family is perhaps the greatest. This includes issues like divorce, same-sex unions, laboratory production of life (cloning, in vitro fertilization, etc.), premarital sexual activity, and STDs (AIDS, etc.). At the beginning of the “sexual revolution” Pope Paul VI promulgated his encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). In this encyclical (published on July 25, 1968, 52 years ago) the Holy Father reaffirmed the constant teaching of the Church regarding the dignity and purpose of Christian marriage. God made man and women, and He is their final end. We properly fulfill our human nature when we live according to God’s wise plan. Marriage (and especially Christian marriage), according to God’s plan, is directed toward the mutual good of husband and wife in a lifelong covenant of love, and the begetting and raising of children (the very fruit of their parent’s love). These two reasons for marriage - for love and for life - are intimately connected. In fact, to separate them is to attack the very heart of marriage. The Holy Father’s encyclical has often been characterized only as an attack against artificial birth control. It is true that he does restate the Church’s constant teaching against artificial birth control. But Humanae Vitae is primarily an affirmation of the beauty and dignity of Christian marriage when it is lived according to God’s plan: in fidelity, fruitfully, generously. Beginning decades before the 60’s, we have been subject to the “world’s” influence in regards to our understanding of sexuality, marriage, and the family. In fact, many Christians have rejected the Church’s teaching in favor of the “world’s” standards. Perhaps the time is right to reconsider what the Church has to say on these most important issues: not what people think the Church teaches, but the actual teachings themselves. One can easily download the document on the internet from a number of sources (including www.vatican.va). I hope you will take the opportunity to see how beautiful, good, and true the Church’s teaching is.
May God bless you!
Scrip sales have started after the 4:30pm and 10am Masses! We will not restart scrip express at this time but you can come to the scrip table in the Holy Family Cenacle after Mass with your payment ready for $20 Kwik Trip cards, and we will have the cards ready for you. You can also continue to purchase scrip cards in the office during normal office hours.
K of C Tootsie Roll Campaign
Jul. 15 - Nov. 1 @ SSPP Holy Family Cenacle
Due to COVID-19, the Knights of Columbus
have been unable to hold their annual Tootsie Roll (Intellectual Disability) Campaign. Instead there will be collection cans in the Holy Family Cenacle for donations as well as free Tootsie Rolls (which do not require a donation). Thank you! - Knights of Columbus
One of the common objections that people make about God’s providence and His goodness is the reality of
evil in the world. How can it be, they ask, that God allows sin and evil to exist alongside His good creation? The key word in this is “allows”. As the first parable in today’s Gospel makes clear, sin and evil (the weeds growing among the wheat) exist not by the hand of God, but rather because “an enemy has done this”. Like the good wheat which must struggle to bear fruit while fighting against the weeds, we must struggle to live holy lives in a world infected with sin and evil. God intends for us to be saved, and so He gives us the strength necessary (through the Grace of the Sacraments) to persevere until the “harvest time”.
Another aspect of this question about the existence of evil involves the possibility of human freedom. If it were not possible for a man to choose evil, there would be no virtue in having chosen the good. Human freedom would not exist if it were not possible for us to choose one or the other. It is precisely the existence of human freedom – and the possibility of choosing good or evil – that warrants the praise of virtuous acts and the condemning of evil acts. Parents experience this simple principle when their child “who is old enough to know better” does something which is wrong. Out of respect for their child who is now able to make moral choices, they show their displeasure. Conversely, when they witness their child doing something good, it is right to give praise.
May God bless you!
Don't forget to take advantage of all the video and audio resources on FORMED!!
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Here are our picks for July 2020.
Movie: The Search
Book: Married Saints and Blesseds Through the Centuries
Study: Lectio: Mary – The Queen Mother
We Wisconsinites have a deeper sense of appreciation for summer than our fellow citizens from the South. It is time for vacations, travel, cookouts and family reunions (though the coronavirus has put a definite damper on a lot of that). Since six of my siblings still live in the La Crosse area, we always find an excuse to get together, though we sometimes head out to South Dakota, where some of the family now lives. We save money by putting up all the “out of towners” at the homes of those who live in the area. We get some pretty full houses. My parents (now both deceased) had 12 children (two are now deceased), 48 grandchildren, and over 90 great- grandchildren. Including the spouses of their children and grandchildren, they have nearly 200 descendants. (When you get this many, who can keep count?!) As the “family priest” it is my pleasant responsibility to preside at a fair number of baptisms and weddings. I don’t bring this up to brag about my family – after all, I am not the cause of this big family, only one of the many happy beneficiaries – but to reflect upon the fruitfulness of human love which is possible by God’s Grace. The scripture readings of today’s Mass, especially Isaiah and Matthew, speak to us about God’s Word, which potentially “bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” Is God’s fruitfulness not also demonstrated in the blessings of children, by which the human family - made in the image of God - grows and develops? Too frequently children are seen merely as burdens, or as a “drain” on our material resources. Such an attitude is the “corrupt fruit” of a culture of death. But the Gospel of Jesus is a “Gospel of Life”! I feel tremendously blessed by God to have been born into my family (the eleventh of twelve!). My mother, at her death, had over direct 120 descendants. What a blessing that she lived to see her “hundredfold” and more!
May God bless you!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Available!
Level 1a July 23-25 & Aug 20-22 $235
(All dates are 1 course)
Level 1 training courses will be offered at SS Peter & Paul this summer. Class size is limited to 20 people, so register early.
Registration forms may found in the SSPP Holy Family Cenacle & the SSPP parish office or on the CGS website, cgsusa.org.
The second reading today is taken from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (and we’ll continue reading through Romans for the next two months). In this Sunday’s passage, Saint Paul makes a contrast between flesh and spirit. This should not be understood as a condemnation of the material or physical world. In fact, our Catholic Faith teaches us that to consider the material world as evil and only spiritual reality as good would be a heresy. We need only recall the creation story from Genesis to remind us that after God had finished His work He looked upon all His creation and found it very good. Consider also that the Lord Himself took on a human form, became flesh and blood. And the Church continues to make use of the Sacraments given to us by the Lord: material signs of His invisible Grace. Saint Paul is not teaching that the flesh is evil; he is, rather, saying that to live apart from the Spirit of Christ - that is, His Grace - we have no true life in us. We are, in a sense, lifeless flesh. “If you live according to the flesh, you will die”, says Saint Paul. So, how do we get the Spirit of the Lord to dwell in us? By prayer, the frequent and fruitful reception of the Sacraments, and by the pursuit of holiness. Then you will truly live!
We celebrated our nation’s Independence Day yesterday, July 4. This is an opportune time for us to reflect upon the great gift which freedom is, and the obligation that it places upon us. As Christians we should remember that God made us with a mind to know and a will to choose. Freedom is an inalienable right. God gave it to us – made it part of our very nature. It is not granted to us by any state or human power. It is, rather, the obligation of the state to protect and defend human freedom. This is the purpose of law enforcement and defensive armies. Freedom is a gift from God which enables us to choose the good. As we celebrate our nation’s birth, pray that God will preserve us from tyranny and evil. Pray that He will preserve us in freedom: freedom to choose the good, freedom to live for God.
May God bless you!