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Message from Bishop Callahan
The restoration of the Cathedral of St. Joseph is progressing well and it is anticipated that the work will reach completion this Fall. I hope that you have taken an opportunity to view the Cathedral’s website where they have provided updates on the construction, as well as live construction cams, allowing all to join in the excitement of bringing our Cathedral back to its glory. This work could never have been recognized had it not been for the support of all of you. The Christ Our Cornerstone campaign kicked off with a target goal of $6.1M in January 2021 and I am extremely pleased to share that 143 parishes participated, with over 2200 donors, reaching the target goal. I extend my sincere appreciation to all who carried out this work through your participation, pledge payments and prayers. It is through the generosity of the faithful that we have been able to preserve our beloved Mother Church for generations to come. I ask that you take a moment and watch this video message:
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People have long recognized that the books of the Old Testament have different styles. Usually, they are put in one of three categories: historical books, like Genesis and Exodus, which present a narrative story; prophetic books, like Isaiah and Jeremiah, which record the teaching of the prophets; and the wisdom books, like Proverbs and the book of Wisdom, which contain instructions on how one should live. These categories indicate general tendencies, not hard and fast rules. In other words, you will still find prophetic teaching and moral exhortations in the historical books of the Old Testament. The New Testament books don’t quite fit the same categories. Nevertheless, the book of James (from which today’s second reading is taken) is a type of wisdom book. James contains a great deal of moral instruction. In today’s reading St. James reminds us of the connection between unrighteousness (jealousy and selfish ambition) and disorder and foul practices. And on the other hand, he notes the natural connection of righteous living and peace. While it is true that our Christian faith is not simply a set of moral laws, living a morally upright life is a necessary element. The happiness of a society (the family, town, state, nation) depends upon its people being formed by solid moral instruction. We have ample evidence in our society (and in our own families!) of the profound negative effects which occur when we disregard God’s moral law. We receive this instruction through God’s Word found in the Sacred Scriptures and through His Church. Why not take some time today and read the entire Letter of St. James? It’s not that long, and it contains great wisdom.
My thanks to Fr. Levi Schmitt for celebrating last Sunday’s Masses. I had what I thought was a bad cold, but ‘sat out’ the weekend awaiting the results of a covid test. It was negative. Just a bad cold.
You will find with this bulletin our annual Financial Report to the parish for the fiscal year which concluded on June 30, 2021. I have scheduled a parish “Town Hall Meeting” at 6:30pm this Thursday, September 23, 2021, in the Church hall basement). This provides a good forum to discuss our parish’s finances, as well as any pastoral issues. All parishioners are invited to attend.
May God bless you!
Ballroom Dance Classes
Fall Session: Waltz and Tango Saturdays, Sep. 25 – Oct. 30 @ SS Peter and Paul with a Celebration Ball Nov. 6
Beginner Class 6:00pm
Intermediate Class 7:30pm
(this class requires that you have taken at least one Beginner session of these dances)
Fee is $40 per person
Couples and Singles of all ages are welcome!
For more info or to register, check us out on Facebook at Wisconsin Rapids Ballroom Dance Classes or contact the parish office. Registration forms are also available in the Holy Family Cenacle.
Parish “Town Hall Meeting”
6:30pm, Thu, Sep. 23 in SSPP church basement
We will be discussing pastoral issues & our parish finances. All parishioners are invited to attend.
"But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to Him in reply, “You are the Christ.” This exchange between Peter and the Lord from today’s Gospel sums up an essential characteristic of our Faith. Like Peter, we believe that Jesus is the very Son of God, the only Redeemer of the World, the Savior of mankind. Several years ago Pope Benedict XVI, while he was the head of Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published with Pope John Paul II’s approval a document called Dominus Jesus (The Lord Jesus) which restates this core belief that there is one Savior by whom all may be saved and that the Lord established one Church. Though human sin has brought about the sad divisions in the Church which are a visible reality, nevertheless the Lord prayed that we might be one. That unity of belief and practice is to be found in the Catholic Church, which the Lord established upon the authority of the Apostles; and whose successors continue to exercise the role of shepherds. While we respect the freedom of persons, which is an inherent quality of religious belief, the truth of the Gospel impels us to follow the Lord wholeheartedly and to lead others to that same true Faith.
We marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country yesterday, Saturday, September 11. The passage of these 20 years does not diminish the shock, outrage, and anger that many rightly experienced after this deliberate assault against our country and the deaths of thousands of innocent people. Our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan just before this anniversary makes it particularly painful. Weakness from within is almost always accompanied by enemies from without. All the more reason for us to pray for a true spiritual renewal in our country, and to pray for our President and Congress to make good, prudent, and just decisions.
May God bless you!
Men’s Holy League RESUMES!
The Men’s Holy League will next be meeting
6:00pm, Fri, Sep. 10 @ SS Peter & Paul
If there are enough people, there will be refreshments.
The Old Testament prophets frequently indicate the signs of the coming of the Lord. Among those signs, the prophet Isaiah (in today’s first reading) says that “then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared...” This prophecy is beautifully fulfilled in Jesus’ healing of the deaf man (today’s Gospel). Still, the mission of the Lord is more than healing the physically infirm. In fact, when Jesus heals the deaf and the blind it is also a symbol of spiritual healing. He came to redeem us by the offering of Himself for our sins, and to open our eyes and our ears to the truth of His teaching.
With the arrival of Fall, we will soon begin the Diocesan Annual Appeal for 2021-2022. Our parishioners will be receiving (in several weeks) information about the Annual Appeal, along with their pledge form. For 24 years now the Diocesan Appeal has proven to be an excellent means of providing for the many needs of the local, national, and worldwide Church. As in the past, any gifts to the Annual Appeal which exceed the parish target amount will be returned to our parish for our needs. We received back $39,751 from last year’s Appeal! Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5) Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of the Church in our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.
Though we have already begun our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) formation classes, it is not too late to join. These classes are for any person who is not baptized, or is baptized in another Christian church, and who is interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. Please call the parish office to register.
May God bless you!
Brewing Truth Cor Jesu 6:30pm, Fri, Sep. 3 @ 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