Pastor's Letter - October 15, 2017

Since the special covenant between God and His Chosen People Israel (in the Old Testament), and that between Christ and the From the Church (in the New Testament) is regularly likened in the Scriptures to a marital relationship, it should not surprise us that the image of heaven which the Lord presents to us in His parables is of a wedding banquet. The prophet Isaiah (in today’s first reading) describes our existence with God in heaven as “a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” Then, as now, the best of foods are prepared for a wedding banquet. Who could refuse to attend such a feast?! The parable of the Lord indicates that some do refuse. And it isn't sufficient that we simply desire heaven. We must "dress' for the occasion by being clothed in works of charity done in faith. Our life on earth should be a preparation for that heavenly wedding banquet.

I hope you like the looks of our newly sealed and striped parking lot. We have also completed the installation of our new phone equipment. This provides a private voicemail for me and other staff, so that you can now leave secure messages. In addition, our system includes a simpler menu when you call after hours for Mass/confession times or other info. In a few weeks we will put a new roof on the east entrance to the school (parish office entrance). These projects cost money, of course. But I believe it is money well spent. Rather than come to you for a special collection each time some material need arises, I have recommended we make use of the one annual collection already in place: the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Once we meet our target of $48,640, every dollar over that is returned to us for our use. I encourage all our parishioners to support the DAA with a generous gift, according to your means. I have put in the Holy Family Cenacle a poster which tracks our progress in the DAA. Thank you for your generous support And please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the diocese.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.)
“I’ve learned that when your phone doesn't ring, you should ring someone else’s.” (Age 35)
“I’ve learned that when you wife simply answers, nothing when you ask her what's wrong, you're in deep trouble.” (Age 37)
“I’ve learned that I get a lump in my throat every time I think of the day when my daughter will marry.” (Age 44) 5

Mitten Tree Drive

Mitten Tree Project
Winter is coming. The snow will be falling as well as the temperatures. The PCCW of Sts. Peter and Paul is sponsoring a mitten tree drive. We will be collecting hats, mittens, scarves, and socks for all ages. There will be a box in the back of church. Collections will take place from Oct. 7 - Nov. 12

Calvary Cemetery Notice Fall clean up will begin on Oct. 17. ALL spring and summer flowers and decorations must be removed BEFORE the 17th of October. Anything left will be removed. The only decorations allowed after that date will be fall and Christmas. If you want what you have out there now, it must be removed before Oct. 17. Thank you for your help keeping the cemetery beautiful. -Calvary Cemetery Sexton

The Catechism Turns 25

News from the USCCB:
U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls For Prayer For Those Impacted By California Wildfires - Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, asked for prayers for favorable weather and assistance for those impacted by devastating fires raging through Northern California....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope Francis: The dynamic word of God cannot be moth-balled - Pope Francis on Wednesday evening addressed participants attending a meeting celebrating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. ....Read More
News from the Church:
The Catechism Turns 25
- More than twelve years since the end of the pontificate of St. John Paul II, the Church continues to assess and meditate on one of the most significant pontificates in history. And no assessment of his extraordinary papal era can overlook one of the greatest of his achievements: the Catechism of the Catholic Church, issued exactly 25 years ago......Read more

Pastor's Letter - Oct. 8, 2017

The Church has honored the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, from the earliest times. We observe the month of May as Mary's, and October as the month of the Rosary. Next Friday, October 13, marks the 100" anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima. And we just celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7. The origins of this feast go back to the year 1571, when the Church was still reeling from the protestant revolt, and Christian Europe was greatly weakened. Pope Pius V called upon the Catholic countries to respond with sea forces against the advancing Muslim forces of the Ottoman Turks. Since the early 7" century, and the founding of Islam by Mohammed, the expansion of Islam by military conquest steadily expanded. First they conquered the whole of the Middle East and of north Africa. The work of the Apostles & their successors had converted most of these areas to Christianity by 600 A.D. Now Christians (& Jews) were forcibly "converted" to Islam, killed, or only allowed to practice their Faith as "Dhimmis" - forced to pay a tax, and live as second class citizens. Christian Europe made several attempts to stop the encroaching Muslim military expansion, and to preserve the Holy Land as a safe place for pilgrimage. The various Crusades in the 11", 12", and 13" centuries had little – and temporary success. Now, Europe herself was at risk. If the smaller Christian navy failed to stop the Turks, then the whole of Europe - including Rome - would be defenseless. While the command vessel of the Catholic navy carried an image of the Blessed Virgin, Pope Pius V called upon all Catholics to pray the Rosary, seeking the intercession of the Mother of God. All natural signs indicated a defeat of the Christian forces, but miraculously they soundly defeated the Ottoman Turks.

The Feast of our Lady of Fatima has a profound connection to the Muslims as well. Spain (southern) and Portugal had been conquered by the Muslims in the 8" century, and not driven out until late 1400s. The small town of Fatima takes its name from the favorite daughter of Mohammed. It is a sign of God's providence that the Blessed Mother should appear there, in a place once ruled by Muslims. Indeed, in the long conflict of Islam and Christianity, the role of the Blessed Mother is often seen as instrumental to the conversion of Muslims. We Catholics have long known that a true relationship with our Savior Jesus necessarily involves a relationship with, and devotion to, the Blessed Virgin Mary. And so, as Pope Pius V asked of all Catholics in 1571, and as the Mother of our Lord asked when she appeared to the three children in Fatima in 1917: Pray for peace; Pray for the conversion of sinners; Pray the Rosary!

We kicked-off the Diocesan Annual Appeal two weeks ago, and will wrap up our formal appeal in our parish at the end of October (though gifts can be made until the end of the fiscal year. June 2018). My thanks to all who have already completed their pledge card and sent in their gift. Remember, every dollar beyond our target of $48,640 will be returned to us to use for our parish needs. Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.)
 “I’ve learned that you view other people’s children in a whole different light when you have one of your own. (Age 35)
“I’ve learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.” (Age 14)
“I’ve learned that adding extra spices cant cover those cooking mistakes. (Age 46)

Public Square Rosary and litany

Public Square Rosary and litany celebrating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10:00am along the Riverview Expressway You can park in the OLQH church parking lot, and we will walk out to the Expressway. Attendees should arrive at 9:30am. Call 715-423-1251 if you have questions

In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima, all are invited to come and pray on the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Friday, October 13th at St. Phillip Catholic Church, 6957 Grotto Avenue, Rudolph, WI 54475. The rosary will be prayed at 12:00pm. Mass will begin at 12:30pm. Following Mass there will be enrollment in the Brown Scapular Confraternity, the litany of Our Lady of Fatima, and confession. For more information: 715-424-6279;; Facebook/pages/Marian-Center -for-Peace.

A collection box has been established at the NW corner of Calvary Cemetery (near the maintenance shed) for the disposal of American flags. Please remove the stick or shaft from the flag.

Calvary Cemetery Notice Fall clean up will begin on Oct. 17. ALL spring and summer flowers and decorations must be removed BEFORE the 17th of October. Anything left will be removed. The only decorations allowed after that date will be fall and Christmas. If you want what you have out there now, it must be removed before Oct. 17. Thank you for your help keeping the cemetery beautiful. -Calvary Cemetery Sexton

Bishop Callahan - Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

News from the Bishop:
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us! - I urge you, my dear brothers and sisters, pray the Rosary! Be active in your devotion to the Mother of God. She has been involved—over centuries—in the affairs of humanity and has warned us about so many aspects of our silliness and empty pursuits. She has been right—every time!.....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope Francis at Mass in Santa Marta: rediscover your roots - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the importance of keeping tethered to our roots – especially our spiritual roots – and avoiding what he called “psychological self-exile”......Read More
News from the Church:
Consecrated to the Blessed Mother: Dioceses Across the US Are Joined to Mary
- The 100th anniversary of Fatima this year is a major reminder that, at Fatima, Mary shared the importance of consecration to her Immaculate Heart. This Fatima centennial has prompted several dioceses across the country and world to consecrate or re-consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary......Read more

Pastor's Letter October 1, 2017

It is a rare person who, once embracing the Faith, is then able to live a life totally and faithfully committed to the Lord. Our faith is for a time strong and vigorous - and then wanes as we struggle through difficulties. (That’s another good reason why Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Confession!) Since God is calling all of us to be saints we need to seek the assistance of the Holy Spirit, and the Grace of the Sacraments, in order to persevere in faith every day. And it is never too late to “turn it around” if one hasn’t been living a holy life. As the Lord says in today’s Gospel, it is the “tax collectors and prostitutes” (i.e., the public sinners of the day) who heard the call of repentance and reformed their lives. Lord, help us with Your Grace to reform our lives.

As I have mentioned in past bulletins, the Diocesan Annual Appeal provides funding for many local, diocesan, national, and universal Church efforts. All our parishioners should have received this past week their letter from Bishop Callahan, along with a brochure explaining the Appeal and a personalized pledge card. (Additional brochures and blank pledge cards are available in the Holy Family Cenacle, if you did not receive or misplaced your letter.) The target for SSPP is $48,640, but I am proposing for us a goal of $100,000. Every dollar that we exceed the official target will be returned to SSPP for our parish’s use. Exceeding our target will NOT cause the target to go up in the future, nor will it change the level of our support to Assumption Catholic Schools. I encourage all our parishioners to contribute to the DAA generously - according to your means. As the old saying goes: many hands make light work. I have placed a ‘thermometer’ poster in the Holy Family Cenacle (updated each Friday) which will mark our progress: both in numbers of parishioners who contribute, and the total dollars pledged. I’ve already made my gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal - join me in helping us reach our goal. Please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal!

Frequently in the Gospel (and in today’s Gospel, too) the Lord presents the vineyard in His parables. The vineyard is the Lord’s, and so too is the fruit of the vineyard. Among the several meanings which could be drawn from these parables, certainly one of them is this: the whole world, including one’s very life, is truly a gift from the Lord. It is not “mine”, any more than the fruit of the vineyard belongs to the tenants, but rather belongs to the vineyard owner. It is good to reflect upon this truth, especially today which the Church observes as Respect Life Sunday. From the beginning of life at conception, to the end of natural death, our life is the Lord’s. Saint John Paul II recognized clearly the many ways that the “culture of death” continues to expand in its attack on the dignity of each human life. We need to pray – and act – in order to re-establish a stronger “Culture of Life”. One way to do that is to join the WI Rapids Life Chain today (Sunday) from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at the Riverview Expressway, beginning at the 1st Street Bridge (see the announcement in this bulletin). I’ll be there to pray and show my support, and I hope to see many of our SS Peter & Paul parishioners there as well.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.) “I’ve learned that I like to plant my neighbor’s favorite flowers in my flower boxes so that they can see and enjoy them.” (Age 50)
“I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.” (Age 50)
“I’ve learned that when I walk into my room at the end of the day, I always feel better if my bed is made.” (Age 21)