Seminarians Say They Were Encouraged by Priests, Friends, Parishioners and Mothers to Follow the Call

News from the USCCB:
Ordination Class Of 2016: Encouragement, Active Participation In Parish Life, Ministry, Are Key Factors In Discernment Process, Answering The Call -  WASHINGTON—The 2016 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people. Seven in 10 (70 percent) say they were encouraged by a parish priest, as well as friends (48 percent), parishioners (46 percent), and mothers (42 percent). On average, they lived in the diocese or eparchy for which they will be ordained for 15 years before entering seminary. Religious ordinands knew the members of their religious institute an average of five years before entering. The total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2016….Read More
News from the Vatican:
ABP Pierre, new Nuncio to USA: 'Pope's message is the Gospel' - (Vatican Radio) Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, says the message of Pope Francis for the American people is the message of the Gospel. Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed to the post by the Holy Father on 12 April, having previously served as the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Uganda, and most recently Mexico for nine years.….Read More
News from the Church:
Pope to Teens: Jesus Is the Joy of Your Christian Identity - VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter’s Square as part of the weekend’s “Jubilee for Boys and Girls.” Sitting on simple chairs out in the open along with other priests just within the square’s colonnade, the Pope offered the sacrament of reconciliation to 16 boys and girls between 11:30am and 12:45pm, the Vatican Press Office said. More than 150 priests were in the square to hear confessions, according to Vatican Radio. This is not the first time Pope Francis has heard the confessions of pilgrims. Most recently, the Pope took part in a penance service during the March 4 “24 Hours for the Lord.”…Read more

The Prophecy is Fulfilled: The Joyous Christmas Season

Near the end of December, Advent gives way to the joyous time of Christmas. It is a beautiful time of year to celebrate the brith of Christ; the coming of our Savior into the world.

Christmas is a feast that teaches us many spiritual truths, including the reality that we must become "little" to enter into the Kingdom of God. As the Catechism notes:
"526 To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become "children of God" we must be "born from above" or "born of God". Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. Christmas is the mystery of this "marvelous exchange": 
O marvelous exchange! Man's Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity."
The English word "Christmas," comes from the Old English Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass." This focuses our attention on how we should celebrate the feast of Christmas, namely, by attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where Christ comes again in the Holy Eucharist.

The Church gives us three separate Masses to celebrate on Christmas, each with their own readings: Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass, and Mass during Christmas Day. A highlight of theses three Masses is the Midnight Mass. It is at this Mass that we commemorate the approximate time of Christ's birth as it is believed He was born in the middle of the night.

The liturgical season of Christmas, contrary to popular belief, does not end on December 26th. While it is one of the shorter seasons of the year, it extends all the way to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. Additionally, because of the solemnity of Christmas, it is given an "octave," which means that the eight days following Christmas are celebrated as if it was Christmas. The "Gloria" is said/sung on each of these eight days and the readings at Mass revolve around the mystery of Christ's birth. If we were to celebrate the Octave of Christmas in our homes in a similar manner to how we celebrate it in the liturgy at church, we would open presents every day for eight straight days!

During the Christmas season, there are the feasts of the Holy Family, Mary, Mother of God and the Epiphany of Our Lord. These three feasts enrich our understanding of Christmas and help us deepen our love of God and the Incarnation.

The color for the season of Christmas is white and signifies purity, light and celebration. Jesus is known as the "light of the world," who came to shatter our darkness, and so we celebrate His brith by using white in the liturgy.

While the Christmas season is focused on the beginning of our salvation, it also foreshadows what is to come in Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. The gifts of the Magi are the most obvious signs of what is to come, symbolizing Christ's kingship (gold), priesthood (frankincense) and burial (myrrh). So even though it is a joyous time of celebration, Christmas prepares us for the somber season of Lent and gives us a foretaste of the even more joyous season of Easter.


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PCCW & Knights of Columbus Meetings

St. Patrick’s Unit 6 will meet on Thursday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the school library. All women of the parish’s are invited to attend. This will be our last meeting until fall. Ngaio Schumacher is the hostess.

Knights of Columbus
May 9th : Fourth Degree Mother’s Day Dinner . Social will be held at 5:30 pm. Dinner at 6:30 pm
May 12th: Council and Club annual meetings. Social will be at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm Annual meeting with election Of Officers to follow.
May 26th: Clergy Appreciation night. Social at 5:30pm. Dinner at 6:30 pm.
Please Contact Wayne Peters at: 715 254 9971 Home, 715 459 1066 Cell wkpeters@charter.net

Pope Meets Skiing Federation, Dorothy Day Canonization Process & More!

News from the USCCB:
Joint Letter To Congress: 26 Organizations Urge Passage Of Conscience Protection Act Of 2016 -  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protection to serve their patients in good conscience....Read More
News from the Vatican:
Pope meets Austrian Skiing Federation - Before his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis greeted athletes from the Austrian Skiing Federation in the Paul VI complex, telling them they were models especially for young people. But he also reminded them that sport was not just about performance, it was also about the virtues and values that sport represents such as, commitment, perseverance, determination, honesty, solidarity, and team spirit....Read More
News from the Church:
New Stage Begins in Dorothy Day Canonization Cause - A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has opened the canonical “inquiry on the life” of Dorothy Day, the archdiocese announced April 19. Starting this week, the archdiocese will interview some 50 eyewitnesses who had firsthand experience with Dorothy Day. Their testimonies and other evidence will be collected, examined to determine whether Day lived a life of “heroic virtue” and will eventually be presented to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to Pope Francis....Read more

The Start of a New Year: Advent


In starting our series on the liturgical year, we first examine the season of Advent. This particular season is at the beginning of the Church's year and prepares us for the coming of Christ and sets the stage for the remainder of the year.

The word Advent comes from the Latin Adventus, meaning, "coming." It is a season that is focused on the coming of Christ into the world at Christmas as well as looking forward to the second coming of Christ at the end of time. The Catechism explains the symbolism behind this beautiful season:
522 The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the "First Covenant". He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.
524 When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to [St. John the Baptist's] desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease."
At the start of the Church's year, we encounter the first liturgical color: purple/violet. The color has been associated with the spiritual theme of preparation, penance, and renewal. Therefore, whenever the Church uses purple, she is reminding us to prepare a way for the Lord and imitate the example of St. John the Baptist. He is the prime example of these themes and is the key to unlocking the great season of Advent.

To heighten our senses during Advent, the Church uses a tradition called the "Advent Wreath" to help us enter into the season. The USCCB offers this explanation of the practice:
Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. 
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
Everything about the season asks us to prepare a way for the Lord and is a fitting start to the liturgical year. It is a season that prepares us to enter into the life of Christ as it is lived out in the Church's calendar.

As we will see, each season builds upon itself and goes deeper into the mystery of Jesus Christ. Next week, we will examine the season of Christmas and explore the many facets to this joyous time of the year.


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Plaque Honoring Fr. Karoblis to Be Installed on April 23rd


On Saturday, April 23rd, at 11 a.m., Bishop William Patrick Callahan will bless a new plaque honoring Fr. Andrew Karoblis. The plaque will be attached to the exterior of the Holy Family Cenacle, adjacent to the drive-up. SS Peter and Paul can give thanks for the 40+ years that Fr. Karoblis preserved and protected the Catholic Faith and the Sacred Liturgy during a time of great upheaval in the Catholic Church. He made sure the Communion Rail was not removed, that the Truth was spoken from the pulpit, and that the Sacred Liturgy was preserved from the destructive actions of radical feminists and liturgical new-agers. In short, he preserved our true, one and only Catholic Identity. All are welcome to attend the blessing of this plaque honoring Fr. Karoblis for his unwavering dedication to the preservation of our parish and our Faith.

All Men are invited to a new "men's league" starting in Wis. Rapids. It is a "Holy League," a monthly Eucharistic holy hour with opportunity for confession geared towards helping men become strong spiritual bastions in the world and to be strengthened by other men in the area. There is a pizza and beer social that follows the holy hour. The next holy hour is on Friday, April 22nd at Sacred Heart Church at 6:00 PM

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