Marian Center for Peace Needs Your Help!!!
We have 12 open hours and are in desperate need of substitute adorers. Please visit mariancenterforpeace.org & click Adoration or call Dan McCarville at 715-451-3180 or Marion Young at 715-316-1285.
Sundays @ 12am, 2am, 3am, 8am, & 1pm weekly. Sundays @ 2pm every other week. Mondays @ 3am. Thursdays @ 11pm. Fridays @ 12am, 1am, & 2am. Saturdays @ 3am every other week.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
Sat, Dec. 12 @ OLQH 11:30am - Confessions in English & Spanish
12:30pm - Las Mañanitas Serenade / Procession w/ Ven- eration of Sacred Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe 1:00pm - Spanish Mass
An ethnic box lunch will be provided for each attendant to take home by the supporters of this event: Olympic II Family Restaurant, Grace’s Restaurant, & the Segovia family. COVID precautions are in place.
For more info, contact 715-424-6279 or visit mariancenterforpeace.org,
“Man is saved by faith alone.” How many of you are familiar with that passage from the Bible? Actually, that’s a trick question. That statement is not in the Bible. Frequently one hears some Christians claim that St. Paul wrote that. St. Paul did write that “a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). St. Paul did not write that we are saved by faith alone. On the other hand, St. James wrote: “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). How do we reconcile these seemingly contradictory statements? They are brought together by the Catholic teaching that one is saved by the Grace of God, by faith working through charity. This is expressed in the Gospel for today’s Mass, in which Jesus gives His teaching on the judgment which takes place at the end of the world. When the King (Jesus) comes again, he will reward those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick, etc. Authentic faith, then, is not divorced from charity in action (the corporal works of mercy). Both our faith and the ability to persevere in charity are gifts from God. That is what we mean when we say we are saved by God’s Grace. We should never see faith and works of charity as being opposed to each other. Ask God to strengthen your faith. And ask Him to help you persevere in doing good by acts of charity.
Next Sunday begins the season of Advent and a new liturgical year. On Friday, I mailed my Advent Pastoral letter to each parishioner, so you should receive it during this week. Along with this letter is included a calendar of parish liturgical events for Advent, including the Advent Penance schedule throughout the WI Rapids Deanery. In addition, you will find available a number of Advent resources in the Holy Family Cenacle. Please feel free to take one, or several, items for yourself and for friends or family members. Come, Lord Jesus!
May God bless you!
SSPP Advent Virtual Parish Mission
7pm, Tue, Dec. 1 - 22 @ home or the SSPP basement
Our parish will be participating in an Advent Virtual Mission. There will be 4 presentations, 1 for each week of Advent, each roughly 30-40 min. long with discussion to follow. You may participate by gathering in the church basement or by watching at home. Each presentation will be available at diolc.org/advent. The focus will be...
“Preparing for the Birth of the Christ Child through the Eyes of St. Joseph”
Food Basket Item Collection - 53rd Annual!
We are collecting non-perishable food items for area families that could use a little help this holiday season. Collection boxes are located at the church entrances Nov. 28-Dec. 6. We are also accepting monetary donations
at the parish office for perishable items.
If you know someone who could use a little help this Christmas, please contact the parish at 715-423-1351.
One of the hallmarks of the teaching of Jesus is the mercy of God. One only needs to recall the parable of the Prodigal Son to confirm that the Father is a loving and merciful God. And yet, He is a just God. Though always ready to forgive the repentant, God still expects us to be accountable. The parable in today’s Gospel (the parable of the Talents) indicates that a response from us is expected and is necessary. Though God is merciful, He is not indulgent. Like any good Father, He expects something from His children. And our response to Him should not be based on fear (like the lazy servant in the parable), but familial love - like that of a devoted child towards his loving father.
The First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new Liturgical Year, is just two weeks away. Nearly the whole of this past year has been a time of upheaval, disruption, unrest, and fearfulness. The temporal order - things of this world - will always be a challenge. It is both a spiritual and psychological relief to start the new Church year. I expect we will continue to experience the difficulties of this world. But it is a great consolation to draw our attention to Our Lord’s first coming, and the preparation we annually make to celebrate the birth of Him Who makes all things new.
May God bless you!
SSPP Family Pre-Advent Social!
Everyone is invited to the SSPP Family Pre-Advent Social after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, November 15 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.
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 November 29). 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 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.
As I write this Americans across our country are casting their ballots (and many, like I, voted early.) And by the time you read this it very well may be that the results of the presidential election are still inconclusive. Even if one candidate clearly has won, I expect that there will continue to be civil unrest. Our Lord reminded us that in this world we will have trouble. That is why we Christians always affirm that, though we live IN the world, we are not OF the world. As always, we will need to exercise prudence and courage: prudence that we might always choose the best and moral actions for our own and the common good; and courage that we have the strength to carry out those actions. Continue to pray for our country, the United States of America, which Abraham Lincoln described as “the last best hope of earth.”
May God bless you!
Men’s Holy League
The Men’s Holy League will next be meeting
6:00pm, Fri, Nov. 13 @ SS Peter & Paul
Brewing Truth Cor Jesu
6:30pm, Fri, Nov. 6 @ St. Philip, Rudolph
6957 Grotto Ave, Rudolph, WI 54475
Youth & young adults, join us for an hour of Eucharistic adoration, confession, & music to grow closer to the Heart of Jesus. Social with snacks & fun to follow. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org