Marian Center for Peace
Miracle of the Sun at Fatima 104th Annivesary
After 8am Mass, Wed, Oct. 13 @ SSPP
Weather permitting, we will gather outside & pray the Rosary & the Litany of Our Lady of Fatima. There will also be an opportunity to enroll in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. For more info: 715-424-6279
The account of the Rich Young Man in today’s Gospel presents Jesus with another opportunity to speak on a common topic: money and materialism. Over half of the parables or stories Jesus tells in the Gospels relate to the proper (or improper) use of material things. I’m quite sure things haven’t changed much in this regard: people then disliked it as much as people today when you talk about money! It’s clear that the young man in the Gospel desires eternal life. The sad thing is that he desires material wealth more. Money and material things are not evil in themselves. It is our attachment to them which corrupts us. Jesus’ command to “sell what you have and give to the poor” was the only way to break the rich young man’s attachment to wealth. Then he could have helped the poor, been with Jesus, and been happy.
You should be receiving your letter from Bishop Callahan along with the materials for the Diocesan Annual Appeal this week. Our parish target this year is $46,650. Last year we exceeded our target by more than $39,000! Indeed, this is the best way to both meet the wider Church’s needs AND to help our parish. Naturally, I hope that you can make a generous, sacrificial gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. But, even if you are unable to make a financial gift to the Appeal, I request that you still return your pledge card (writing “prayers” in place of a pledge amount). You may either mail your pledge card using the provided envelope or drop it in the offertory at Mass on Sunday. 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 our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.
May God bless you!
Walking with St. Joseph
Sat, Oct. 23, 2021 @ the Holy Cross Diocesan Center, La Crosse
Dads, you can bring your high-school & college-age sons with you at no extra charge! (limited free spots) Nationally known speakers Jon Leonetti & Msgr. Joseph Hirsch. The day will include Adoration & Confession. Conference will end with a Eucharistic procession & Mass. To register, visit menofthecross.org
Among the many issues on which our Catholic Faith conflicts with the prevailing secular culture, the teaching on marriage certainly is one of the most important. In fact, the secular culture rejects every aspect of Christian marriage: that it is a lifelong and faithful bond between one man and one woman, which is open to the gift of children. Marriage is the foundation of family life, and the family is the foundation of civil society. From the very beginning God intended that the union of man and woman in marriage be established as an enduring bond. This is not just sentimental wishing, but an acknowledgment of what God has done. The Church, following the teaching of Genesis and of the Lord in the Gospel, continues to teach that a true marriage forms a lifelong bond. “Therefore, what God has joined, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:9) Does this seem like a hard teaching? It is a hard teaching. It is difficult to accept and often more difficult to live. But it is also true. Does not every couple who marries desire to live together in love forever? Does not every child desire to grow up in a family where both parents love each other? These natural desires indicate what God wants for us, too. Our Faith teaches us that marriage, therefore, is given to us by God for the good of the couple and for the good of children. (Notice how in today’s Gospel the Lord’s teaching on marriage is followed with his blessing of the children!) It is not sufficient to simply “want” these goods. Those who are contemplating marriage and those already married must make the right choices which bring about these goods. That which applies to every Christian applies in a particular way to married couples: seek the good of the other (your spouse), not your own; forgive others (your spouse) as you would wish to be forgiven. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along by this secular culture – which Saint John Paul II called a “Culture of Death.” Through the generous gift of oneself – especially within the holy bonds of marriage – we can build up a true Culture of Life.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal will begin soon. Within a few weeks you will be receiving your letter from Bishop Callahan with the Appeal material. Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the diocese.
May God bless you!
Calvary Cemetery Fall Cleanup!
9am-Noon, Sat, Oct. 9 @ Calvary Cemetery
Bring your rakes, work gloves, mowers, trimmers, trash bags, & a smile :) to help us in our cemetery
Fall Cleanup. Cookout to end cleanup!
"Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!” This is the response Moses gave to Joshua, according to today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers. Joshua had reported to Moses that two of the men had begun to prophesy in the camp – an act which Joshua interpreted as challenging the singular authority of Moses. Moses wasn’t jealous about the gift which God had given to him. He had begun to experience the great burden which God had placed on him as the sole leader and prophet for the twelve tribes of Israel. He was happy to share the burden with others! It was necessary that others be appointed to positions of authority and responsibility – and they were given the Spirit of the Lord to enable them to do it. This is still true in the Church today. Although some are called (and ordained) to exercise a particular authority in the Church, all Christians need the grace of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them to fulfill their Christian responsibility. We certainly receive that Spirit and grace in the Sacraments. For example, a man and woman receive grace when they receive the Sacrament of Marriage – grace which helps them be faithful to each other, and to be good parents to their children. We can receive the spirit of the Lord when we pray, or go on a retreat, or do some spiritual reading. In any case, the grace which the Lord gives us is intended for our own spiritual good AND the spiritual good of others.
I have been a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem since 2001. Though the medieval origins of the Order were militaristic (to expel the Muslims who had taken the Holy City by force and to protect Christian pilgrims), the contemporary mission of the Order is spiritual and material support of Christians in the Holy Land. I am in Cincinnati this weekend for our annual regional conference of the Order. I am grateful to Fr. William O’Brien of Cross Catholic Outreach, who is taking this weekend’s Masses in my stead. Please consider supporting the mission of Cross Catholic Outreach.
May God bless you!
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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:
Vimeo Link: https://vimeo.com/588061083
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.