SSPP Donut Sunday Resumes!
Everyone is invited to the “SSPP Donut Sunday” social
after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, May 2
in the church basement social hall. Sponsored by the St. Gianna PCCW unit
Removing Decorations for Cleanup
April 30, 2021
Calvary Cemetery is preparing for our Spring Cleanup in May. Please remove from grave sites any seasonal or deteriorated decorations by April 30. Thank you!
From time to time one reads in one of the national news magazines, or sees on one of the cable TV channels, some (reputed) scripture scholar who questions the traditional understanding of the nature of Jesus, and the truth of His resurrection. These articles (or programs) are especially common at this time of year. Each year at Easter we proclaim who Jesus is: the son of God and the son of Mary, who suffered, died, and truly - bodily - rose from the dead. The Gospel from today’s Mass records for us another instance where Jesus appears to His disciples. He invites them to touch Him to see that He is not a ghost. And then He eats with them to give them further proof. I can’t imagine what kind of faith those “doubting scholars” would expect us to have if we accepted what they propose. I propose we stick with the creed that we recite each Sunday at Mass. Our Faith is not made up of fanciful notions, myths, or legends. It is real, true, and historical.
We typically celebrate many sacraments in the Easter season, especially the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. I baptized an infant during Easter week, we have another infant to baptize next Sunday, and several more yet to baptize in the upcoming weeks. Our young children will be receiving their First Holy Communion on May 2. And last Sunday I was privileged to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 9 of our young people. Please pray for our newly Confirmed, that, having been “sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”, they may be strengthened to live a full, conscious, and active life as true sons and daughters of the Father, and fervent disciples of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
May God bless you!
Adorers Needed! Spend an Hour with JESUS!
Come adore our Lord at the Mother of America Adoration Chapel at the Marian Center for Peace. Go to adorationpro.org/mother & sign up for one of our open hours or to be a substitute adorer.
Or call Dan (715-451-3180) or Marion (715-316-1285).
The Church celebrates Easter for fifty days (from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday inclusive), but observes the Octave of Easter (octave means eight), from Easter Sunday through Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, with particular solemnity. This always serves as a great contrast to the secular society, which as it does with Christmas, throws away all reminders of the Feast the following day. Make sure you continue to make the Easter Season a festive time of celebrating our Savior’s Resurrection. I look forward each year to the Sunday following Easter because of the beautiful Gospel account from St. John. The story of Doubting Thomas is recorded for our benefit, so that his doubt - satisfied by the appearance of the Risen Lord - might be the means of strengthening our faith. Do you sometimes doubt certain doctrines of our Faith? Or do you even doubt, from time to time, the existence of God? Then you need to ask for the intercession of St. Thomas! His simple profession of faith, “My Lord and my God”, is one each one of us should utter often. This is especially true when we gaze upon the Lord in the Eucharist during Mass when the Priest elevates the Host, and then the Chalice containing the Precious Blood, during the Eucharistic Prayer. I was taught to say this when I was preparing to make my First Holy Communion. I still say it.
Today is also observed as Divine Mercy Sunday. As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, St. Faustina Kowalksa was canonized twenty-one years ago on this Sunday by St. Pope John Paul II in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Rome - the first saint canonized in the New Millennium. It was through Saint Faustina that Jesus encouraged this special devotion in which we meditate on and rejoice in the Divine Mercy of the Lord, by which we receive the forgiveness of our sins. I hope many of our parishioners will join in the Divine Mercy devotions this (Sunday) afternoon at Sacred Heart Church in Nekoosa.
The Easter season is a privileged time to celebrate the sacraments, especially Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion. Today 9 of our young people will be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Typically Bishop Callahan would confer the Sacrament, but has delegated that task
to pastors this year due to the Wuhan virus. Please join me in praying that those Confirmed will be strengthened to live their Christian lives with fervor and fidelity. Come Holy Spirit!
May God bless you!
Divine Mercy Sunday Event
1:15pm, Sun, Apr. 11 @ Sacred Heart, Nekoosa
1:15pm Exposition & Confessions / 2:45pm Reflection on Divine Mercy / 3pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy / 3:20pm Benediction & Reposition
Sponsored by the Marian Center for Peace. For more info: 715-424-6279; mariancenterforpeace.org; find us on Facebook. Remember to start the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Good Friday, Apr. 2!
The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, Alleluia, Alleluia! (Easter entrance antiphon). The forty days of Lent - of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving - now yield to the rejoicing and feasting of Easter. We should feast, and with the same zeal with which we fasted during Lent. Even nature beckons us to rejoice at new life! The Church has always considered the Resurrection of the Lord to be the principal Feast of our Faith. That is why the Easter season lasts fifty days. So, rejoice and feast – especially during this Easter Week! May the Lord bless you and your family today and throughout this Holy Easter Season!
Next Sunday is observed as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” Sister Faustina Kowalska was canonized on the Sunday following Easter during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. A Polish nun, Saint Faustina was the first canonized saint of the new millennium! It was through Saint Faustina that Jesus encouraged this special devotion in which we emphasize the Divine Mercy of the Lord. I will speak more about Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion in next week’s bulletin.
Due to the Wuhan virus situation, Bishop Callahan has delegated to pastors the right to confirm their own parishioners. Therefore, I will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation to 7 young people from our parish next Sunday at 12 Noon. All parishioners are invited to the Confirmation Mass (which fulfills you Sunday obligation). Come, Holy Spirit!
On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch and the parish staff, I want to thank all our parishioners for the kind gifts and cards we have received on the occasion of this Easter Feast. May the Lord bless you and your family today and throughout this Holy Easter Season!!
May God bless you!
SSPP Easter Parish Office Hours
Fri, Apr. 2 (Good Friday) 9am-12pm Mon, Apr. 5 (Easter Monday) CLOSED
The Holy Season of Lent culminates in the Church’s celebration of Holy Week. There is no more important
observance in the Christian calendar than the celebration of the events of our salvation: the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the institution of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; the suffering and death of the Lord on Good Friday; and His glorious resurrection on Easter. Each year, on Palm Sunday, the Church begins Holy Week by reading the Gospel account of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, and then reading the Passion story from one of the synoptic Gospels (i.e., Matthew, Mark, or Luke). This year the Passion account is taken from the Gospel of Mark. It is fitting that we get a “preview” of the events of Holy Week in the scripture readings on Palm Sunday. On Good Friday we will read the Passion story from the Gospel of St. John. (The Passion story is always taken from John on Good Friday.)
Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00pm - followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight), Passion Service on Good Friday (12:30pm), and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (8:00pm). This is what we have been preparing for all Lent. Last year we were deprived of observing these rites publicly because of the Wuhan Virus “shut-down”. What a joy it is that we can celebrate the Mysteries of our Faith in our beautiful church again! I strongly encourage you to attend all three services, if possible. Make this a Holy Week!!
May God bless you!