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Here are our picks for June 2020.
Movie: St. Anthony of Padua
Book: Heart of the Redeemer
Study: Lectio: Mary
Having closed the Easter season last Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Mother of the Lord, and all His disciples, the Church now enters Ordinary Time, during which the many teachings of the Lord are presented and the different mysteries of the Faith explored. One such mystery – in fact, the fundamental mystery of our Faith – is the Holy Trinity. God has revealed Himself as one God, yet three Divine Persons: the Father is made known through His creation, the Son in the Incarnation, and the Holy Spirit is manifested in a startling fashion at Pentecost. This is not some trivia about God that we can easily dismiss. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity expresses Who God is in Himself, as a community of Persons, yet remaining one God. The identity of the family and the nature of the Church – communities of love – find their model in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, which is the first community of love. We should always be mindful what it means to call this a mystery. It shouldn’t be confused with the contemporary use of the word — for instance, a murder mystery, where persistent investigation reveals facts not known before. Rather, the mysteries of Faith refer to realities that can be known by us, but only in a limited way since our capacity to know is limited. Of all mysteries of Faith, the Holy Trinity is the most “mysterious”, since our finite understanding of an infinite God will always be incomplete. That is one more reason why our Catholic Faith will always be a journey and an adventure: we can always grow in our knowledge, understanding, and love of God.
It seems that we are witnessing (among other things) some of the social effects of the shut-down which our country has endured for nearly 3 months. The violent riots which have taken place the last couple weeks around the country (ostensibly a response to the killing of a man in Minneapolis by a policeman), reveal a nation that is fractured and fearful. We need the peace and unity that only God can bring. Pray for a true renewal and return to the One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in each of our hearts, in our families, in our state, and in our country.
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller
The Solemnity of Pentecost marks the end of the Church’s observance of the Easter Season. This celebration commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Blessed Mother, and the whole Church. The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost also fulfills God’s revelation of Himself in three divine persons. Though existing eternally, the Father is made known through His creation, the Son in the Incarnation, and now the Holy Spirit is revealed as “the Lord and giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son” (Nicene Creed). Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, promised to send to His Church the Comforter, the Advocate, Who would strengthen and confirm us in our faith. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love!
The period of time between the Lord’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday has always been observed as a special time of prayer. Scripture tells us that Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Easter and Pentecost occurred 50 days after Easter. The Lord instructed His disciples to spend the nine days between those events praying. This is the origin of the Catholic practice of the “novena” (from the Latin word for “nine”.) A novena consists of praying for some particular intention for nine consecutive days. Sometimes this is expressed in prayers or practices which are observed over nine weeks or nine months (such as the custom of attending Mass for nine consecutive First Fridays). It’s just another example of one of the those “Catholic things” that we didn’t just make up, but comes from the scriptures and the practice of the early Church.
What a joy to be back in our church for Holy Mass! We’ve been enduring plenty of hardships and inconveniences throughout this coronavirus shut-down, and we’ll have to accept further restrictions in our church for some time ahead. Pray God will bring a swift end to the coronavirus pestilence, for the good health of all, and for the full restoration of the worship of God in all our churches around the world!
May God bless you!
The Ascension of the Lord marks a turning point in the life of the early Church. It signifies the transition which takes place when the Lord leaves His disciples – but with the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus leaves, but He does not leave them alone. He is still present with us today, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. And the Holy Spirit continues to strengthen His Church. Several years ago the Bishops of the Dioceses of Wisconsin (with the permission of Rome) moved the observance of the Lord’s Ascension from the 40th day after Easter (always a Thursday) to the Sunday following. This was a concession to the secular commercial and business practices which make it difficult for many Catholics to attend Mass on a Thursday. On this Solemnity the Church celebrates that event in the life of the early Church when they witnessed the Lord’s return to His Father forty days after His resurrection. With the Father, the risen (and now ascended) Lord promised to send the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Church. Liturgically, this time from the Lord’s ascension until the feast of Pentecost is a time for us to pray more earnestly for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Next Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Blessed Mother, the Apostles, and the disciples of the Lord. As I write this we are finally ready to resume celebrating Mass publicly in our church with the faithful present on this the closing feast of Easter! (See more details in this bulletin, and on our parish website.) To help us observe the coming of the “Fire of the Holy Spirit”, I invite everyone to wear something red to Mass next Sunday.
Tomorrow, Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day. Please join me in remembering in prayer all those who have died in the service of our nation.
May God bless you!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Available!
Level 1a July 23-25 & Aug 20-22 $235 Level 1b June 18-20 & Aug 13-15 $200
(All dates are 1 course)
Level 1 training courses will be offered at SS Peter & Paul this summer. Level 1a is required before taking Level 1b. 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
Of all the books of the Bible, we Christians place a greater focus on the Gospels, since they present the life and teachings of the Lord. Then, after the Gospels, we typically look to the Letters of St. Paul. Not only because his writings take up a great portion of the New Testament, but also because he addresses so many important aspects of the Faith. Since all Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we ought not neglect the other books. St. Peter wrote two letters which are in the New Testament, and we have been reading from his first letter each Sunday throughout this Easter season. In today’s reading, St. Peter says, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.” What does this mean? Simply, that you should know your Faith, and live your Faith. The two are closely connected. Too many Catholics have accepted the teachings and the practices of the secular culture! We need to be vigorous in our Catholic Faith. I strongly recommend that all adult Catholics should own a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Then, read from it regularly and strive – with the help of God’s Grace – to live that Faith truly.
After nearly two months of the coronavirus “shutdown”, one might be excused for being frustrated, confused, discouraged, or even angry. The Christian must beg, therefore, the consolation of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel recounts how our Lord promised His disciples that “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,” Who would strengthen them and teach them. So, continue to pray! And pray especially for the Holy Spirit: “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful! Enkindle in them the fire of Your Love!”
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller
Let the PCCW pray for you or your loved ones in times of need. To request prayers, call Debbie at 715-347-5020. Please also give a call when prayers are no longer needed.
A Year of St. Joseph
May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Bishop Callahan is inviting all to celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” in the Diocese of La Crosse beginning May 1, 2020 on the Feast of St. Joseph the Workman.
Why is it so important that we turn to St. Joseph for help during these difficult times? He is...
It is common for people to hearken back to “the good old days”, when the problems we have now did not exist. Of course, “the good old days” had their problems, too. But they were just different problems. This is true for the Church as well. Take, for example, the passage from this Sunday’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The Greek Christians began to complain that their needs were not being met while the Church attended to the needs of the Jewish Christians. In fact, in the Acts of the Apostles (and in the other books of the New Testament, as well), you will frequently find many instances of controversies, disputes, and scandals. And the same has held true throughout the history of the Church to the present time Far from being evidence against the Divine character of the Church, the existence of human flaws in the Church confirms that the Church is established by God. What purely human institution could last two thousand years with all these kinds of problems? It must be God Himself Who preserves the Church in existence. There has been external persecution of the Church as well as internal corruption. But “the gates of hell shall not prevail against her”. God’s Church is Holy! Lord, help all of us to become holy, too!
I mentioned last week at our Sunday “parking lot” Mass that I am working on plans to resume celebrating Mass publicly in the church. My goal is to provide full access to the Mass and Sacraments while observing the best procedures/protocols for good hygiene. Our Faith is more ‘essential’ than Walmart – and we’ll make our church cleaner/safer than Walmart. Several people have made some good suggestions on how to best meet the many criteria for resuming public Mass. Pray for Bishop Callahan, Governor Evers and our state legislators, and for me and all pastors that God will give us true wisdom, understanding, prudence, and courage to do what is right and good.
May God bless you!
Calvary Cemetery Spring Cleanup!
9am-Noon, Sat, May 16 @ Calvary Cemetery
Rain or Shine
Bring your rakes, work gloves, push mowers, trimmers, & other cleanup equipment to help us in our cemetery Spring Cleanup.