SSPP Donut Sunday!
Everyone is invited to the “SSPP Donut Sunday” social
after the 10:00am Mass Sunday, January 5
in the church basement social hall.
From the Pope
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas!
From the womb of Mother Church, the incarnate Son of God is born anew this night. His name is Jesus, which means: “God saves”. The Father, eternal and infinite Love, has sent him into the world not to condemn the world but to save it (cf. Jn 3:17). The Father has given him to us with great mercy. He has given him to everyone. He has given him forever. The Son is born, like a small light flickering in the cold and darkness of the night.
That Child, born of the Virgin Mary, is the Word of God made flesh. The Word who guided Abraham’s heart and steps towards the promised land, and who continues to draw to himself all those who trust in God’s promises. The Word who led the Hebrews on the journey from slavery to freedom and who continues to call the enslaved in every age, including our own, to come forth from their prisons. He is the Word brighter than the sun, made incarnate in a tiny son of man: Jesus the light of the world.
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.” This is how today’s Gospel from Matthew begins. The Fourth Sunday of Advent, with the lighting of all four candles on the wreath, indicates that we are nearing the end of this season of preparation. Early in Advent the readings of scripture which the Church selects for the Mass stress the final coming of the Lord. Now, in the last days of Advent, the scripture readings point to His first coming at Bethlehem. The purpose of all this is to assist us in making our proper spiritual preparations. Amidst the many material concerns which can easily overwhelm us this time of year, the Church reminds us not to forget the spiritual. Even Mary and Joseph had some signifi- cant practical and material difficulties to overcome, as today’s Gospel testifies. But all those difficulties fade away and are replaced with the joy which accompanies the birth of Christ.
The Church celebrates with great joy the Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord. You will note the Christmas Mass schedule in this bulletin. Be assured that, with Deacon Jerry Ruesch and the staff, I will be praying for the people of Saints Peter & Paul during this Holy Season. May God grant you a Blessed Christmas and a Holy New Year!
Though the spiritual meaning of Christmas must always be preserved and emphasized, it doesn’t mean that this season must be serious or dour. The contrary is true! So, in a more playful spirit, I would like to pass on to you something I discovered a few years ago. It comes from a Norwegian cookbook. (Though of German descent, I grew up in a predominately Norwegian area.) Just in time for Christmas, here is the recipe for “The Best Fruitcake Ever”.
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
4 lg. Eggs
1 c. Dried fruit
1 tsp. Baking powder 1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Lemon juice 1 c. Brown sugar Nuts
1 to 2 qt. Whiskey
Before you start, sample the whiskey to check for quality. Good, isn’t it? Now go ahead, select a large mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc. Check the whiskey again as it must be just right. To be sure the whiskey is of the highest quality, pour 1 level cup into a glass and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat. With an electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of thugar and beat again. Meanwhile, to make sure that the whiskey is of the highest quality, cry another tup. Open second quart, if necessary. Add 2 orge leggs, 2 cups of fried druit and beat until high. If
druit gets stuck in beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whiskey again, thecking for toneicisity, then sift 2 cups of salt or anything, it really doesn’t matter. Sample the whiskey. Sift 1⁄2 pint lemon juice. Fold in chopped butter and strained nuts; add 1 babblespoon of brown thugar, or whatev- er color you can find and mix well. Grease oven and turn the cake pan to 350 degrees. Now pour the whole mess into the coven and ake. Check the whiskey again and bo to ged.
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller
Ballroom Dance Classes
The winter session of Ballroom Dance will begin Jan. 4 on Sat. evenings at 6pm here at SSPP. Beginning, intermediate, & advanced classes offered. For more info, please see the registration forms available in the back of church, the parish office, & on the Facebook page entitled “Wisconsin Rapids Ballroom Dance Classes.”
For further questions, please call Julie
Men Renewal Retreat
February 15, 2020
St. John the Baptist
201 W Blodgett St, Marshfield, WI
9 A.M. – 3 P.M.Cost: $25/person (Includes morning snack and lunch)
Cost $30/person at the door
What does it mean to BE A MAN OF THE CROSS?
Join us for a half-day retreat with time for prayer, reflection & renewal led by Deacon Ralph Poyo.
Presented by Diocese of La Crosse – Office for Marriage and Family Life
For more information please contact: Dan Kitzhaber at 608-791-2673 or email@example.com
Help Decorate the Church for Christmas!
11:00am, Sunday, Dec. 22
Join us in making our church look beautiful for Baby Jesus
The Church has traditionally called the Third Sunday of Advent Gaudete Sunday, or Joyful Sunday. The first reading of today’s Mass, from the prophet Isaiah, expresses the great joy which the arrival of the Messiah will bring. The coming of the Lord will be demonstrated by great signs: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared...” The reading from the Gospel again focuses on John the Baptist as the precursor to the Lord; that is, he is the one who guides us in our preparation for the Lord’s coming. Are you and your family preparing to celebrate the Lord’s birth at Christmas? Make good use of this Holy Season of Advent.
May I suggest a few ways to help you prepare better for Christmas? One way is to make a good confession. You’ll find in this bulletin the schedule of opportunities for confessions at area Churches, as well as when confessions are heard here at SS Peter & Paul. Another way to help you prepare for Christmas is to spend some time praying before the Lord during a Holy Hour of Adoration the last two Sundays of Advent from 3 - 4pm (with Solemn Vespers beginning at 3:30pm). I hope that the Magnificat Advent Companion and other resources which I made available for you have been helpful as well. (There are still copies available!)
Many families make an accounting of their charitable giving before the end of a calendar year for, among other reasons, possible tax implications. I hope you will consider placing your parish at the top of that list. And, of course, I still encourage and welcome pledges to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. My thanks to all who have contributed to the DAA and to SS Peter & Paul Church!
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller
The Second Sunday of Advent always includes the Gospel account with John the Baptist. The prophets in the Old Testament served an indispensable service on behalf of God: they were His messengers who brought comforting words to the suffering but stern words for the rebellious. John the Baptist is the last, and the greatest, of the prophets. What would Advent be without him? He is the one who announces the arrival of the Messiah. Although, strictly speaking, John announces the public ministry of the (now) 30-years-old Jesus, the Church has always seen the words of the Baptist as also applying to us and to our preparation for the Lord’s birth. The Baptist’s call for repentance certainly applies to us, as it applied to the contemporaries of Jesus. It is good that the Church observes the different seasons of the liturgical year so that we might use these opportunities to be renewed in faith. The Advent season – if we take our cue from John the Baptist – is a most proper time to reform our lives, to repent from sin, and to seek the Lord’s forgiveness. Has it been a long time since you went to Confession? Maybe even many years? Now is the time to be reconciled to the Lord through this beautiful sacrament of mercy. You will find our parish schedule for confessions (as well as area parish penance services with individual confessions) in this bulletin.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is typically observed on December 8. Since it falls on a Sunday this year, the Church transfers its observance to the following day. Though the obligation to attend Mass is lifted, nevertheless, we will observe this Patronal Feast of our nation tomorrow (Monday), December 9, with Mass at 8:00 A.M.
Many families make an accounting of their charitable giving before the end of a calendar year for, among other reasons, possible tax implications. I hope you will consider placing your parish at the top of that list. And, of course, I still encourage and welcome pledges to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. My thanks to all who have contributed to the DAA!
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller
For a complete schedule of all our Mass and Confession times during this Advent/Christmas season, please visit our "Calendars" section of our website.