Marian Center for Peace Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is Open!!!!
With your pastors’ help & your commitment, we were able to fill 25 of our 30 open hours, & reopen the chapel on Aug 15. Thank you & God bless you!
If you would like to help fill those remaining 5 hours, please contact Marion Young at 715-316-1285
or Dan McCarville at 715-451-3180.
PCCW - St. Patrick Unit 6 Meeting
9:30am, Thu, Oct. 8 @ SSPP, church basement
All ladies of the parish are invited.
Agenda is to start planning our projects for Christmas.
Here are three quotes from a Catholic Priest about the Democratic Party and Catholics: “It saddens me, and weakens the democracy millions of Americans cherish, when the party that once embraced Catholics now slams the door on us.” “The needs of poor and middle-class children in Catholic schools, and the right to life of the baby in the womb have largely been rejected by the party of our youth.” “The ‘big tent’ of the Democratic Party now seems a pup tent.”
The quotes are not from Fr. James Altman, currently pastor at St. James the Less Parish in La Crosse. They are from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in a letter printed in the Wall Street Journal on March 22, 2018.
Most of you have already heard about the controversy and conflict made public by Fr. Altman’s various remarks about our Catholic Faith and our civic responsibilities. The most direct (and controversial) being, “You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat.” This brought a response from Bishop Callahan. I have generally refrained from mentioning parties or politicians/candidates by name, but have stressed the need to support and vote for those people who most reflect our Catholic moral beliefs; the protection of innocent human life (no abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, or embryonic stem cell research) and the promotion of marriage between one man and one woman being the most important. My approach is different from Fr. Altman’s. But I’m not saying my way is the better way. Perhaps his is as G.K. Chesterton once said, “Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing badly.” Perhaps Fr. Altman has said it badly. But what he says is worth saying. Indeed, how can a Catholic vote for candidates or support political parties who support abortion and the other issues mentioned above?
Political parties come and go, and their platforms change regularly. What doesn’t change is our Catholic Faith and our trust in Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Pray for all our civil leaders. And pray for Fr. Altman and Bishop Callahan, and a true reconciliation. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us!
May God bless you!
Traveling Virgin of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima came to the shepherd children to show them the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Pray that she may inspire your heart with a sincere love of this devotion. The Marian Center’s Traveling Virgin of Fatima is now available. Please call Debbie at 715-347-5020.
The Church presents us with three readings from the Sacred Scriptures each week at Sunday Mass. This is done so that we can be exposed to more of the Bible and can learn from the truth presented in the Word of God. Today’s lessons instruct us in the importance of forgiving others from the heart. Typically, we appeal to this teaching when we desire to be forgiven, but conveniently forget it when it comes to forgiving others who have wronged us. Don’t let hatred or vengeance blacken your soul. Listen to what our God teaches us in the Scriptures.
The Church’s liturgical year is filled with many beautiful celebrations: commemorating the lives of the Saints and of the Blessed Mother, and especially celebrating the Feasts of the Lord. The Feast of the Holy Cross is observed tomorrow, Monday, September 14. Hail Cross! Our only hope!! This Feast calls our attention to the means by which our Lord accomplished our salvation: on the Cross. We just observed the nineteenth anniversary of the attack on 9/11. Who can forget that terrible experience of evil visited on our country? And who can forget the sign of hope which emerged from the rubble where once the Twin Towers stood? Do you remember how – seemingly miraculously – there appeared in the midst of that destruction the Cross formed by the intersection of two steel I-beams? The Cross is truly one of the deep mysteries of our Faith. God desired to have His own Son experience our own lives and our own suffering. The Cross represents His suffering – and ours – by which we are also saved.
This coming Wednesday, September 16, at 6:15pm will be our inaugural meeting of SS Peter & Paul Family Faith Formation. All families with children in 4K through 11th grade (confirmation age) are invited. Public school, Catholic school, and homeschool families! We will assemble in the Church for a brief prayer service, and then children will go with their catechists to classrooms in the school, and I will meet with all the parents in the Church basement. See you Wednesday!
May God bless you!
Parish “Town Hall Meeting”
6:30pm, Thu, Sep. 24 in SSPP church basement
We will be discussing pastoral issues & our parish finances. All parishioners are invited to attend.
Men’s Holy League is starting up again!!!
The Men’s Holy League will next be meeting
6:00pm, Fri, Sep. 11 @ SS Peter & Paul
If there are enough people, there will be refreshments.
“No man is an island.” The English poet John Donne wrote those words nearly 400 years ago. They express a truth found also in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in today’s readings. None of us lives in a vacuum; rather we are bound together by our common humanity. And much more than that, we are bound together by our Faith, by Baptism. We are truly responsible for each other. This is most easily seen within the family, where parents take care of their children and children watch out for each other. This also provides the motive for evangelization. We need to do all we can to bring others to know, love, and serve God, and to live the Faith. Out of love for others, we should assist them with their physical needs, and teach them in word and action the moral and spiritual truths of our Faith.
All of our parishioners should have received (or will receive soon) a letter from me which addresses how our parish has had to adapt to circumstances these last 6 months, and particularly on the substantial change we are making to our Religious Education program (commonly known as “CCD”). The isolation which so many individuals and families have experienced during this time has created no small amount of stress. As your pastor, I want to do all I can to strengthen the bonds within families, and among our families. Therefore, we are introducing our Family Faith Formation this Fall. We will host monthly gatherings of our families - parents with their children - at which I will meet with the parents, and the children will meet with their catechists. My letter contains more details. And our first Family Faith Formation night on Wednesday, September 16, will provide a fuller explanation and experience for our families. I know that this is a big change. Please pray that our Family Faith Formation will strengthen our families and our parish!
May God bless you!
Mission Co-op 2020 Collection:
St. Luke Kashorero Parish in Uganda, Africa
All Masses, Sat-Sun, Aug. 29-30 @ SSPP
Currently in St. Luke Kashorero Parish of the Archdiocese of Mbarara in Uganda, there is a lot of sickness due to bad drinking water, starving children from higher food prices, a lack of education, & the need to build a larger church so all may go inside to worship after the many miles many of them need to walk to church. They are in very great need of your support.
Due to COVID-19, the mission priest to visit us, Fr. Bruno, pastor of St. Luke Kashorero Parish, is unable to come. Rather we will be posting a letter from him to our website & presenting & taking up a collection the weekend of Aug. 29-30. Giving envelopes for this collection will be enclosed in that weekend’s bulletins. Please make checks payable to SS Peter & Paul with “Mission Co-op” in the memo line. You may drop your envelope in the collection basket or put it in another envelope & mail to SS Peter & Paul at 1150 2nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. You may also donate via the e-giving option on our website.
Thank you, & God bless you for your support!
--> Click here for a letter from Fr. Bruno
SWEPS Toiletries & Home Goods Collection
Sep. 1 - 30 @ SSPP Cenacle
Now until the end of September, our PCCW will be collecting toiletries & home use products (e.g. toilet paper, dish soap, & laundry soap). A donation box is located in the Holy Family Cenacle. Due to budget constraints, SWEPS must rely entirely upon item donation to provide these necessities to our neighbors in need. Thank you!