CCD Registration 2017-2018


Find below the following registration forms and information for the 2017-2018 CCD year at SSPP.

CCD Registration Letter
CCD Registration Form

Pastor's Letter, August 13, 2017


It is commonly observed that the world in which we live is increasingly fast-paced, hectic, and noisy. The human brain just can’t take all of that “input”. Advertisers understand this phenomenon as well; that’s why they make their commercials so loud and fill them with images geared to grab our attention. We have become so conditioned by this loud and active culture in which we live, that many people are now uncomfortable when experiencing si- lence. (Do you start to fidget after 30 seconds silence during Mass?!) But the Scriptures indicate that it is necessary for us to be silent - to be quiet inside as well - in order to hear God speak to us. The first reading from today’s Mass recounts how Elijah did not find the Lord in the strong and heavy wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in a “tiny whispering sound.” The Gospel, too, tells us how Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray. If Jesus Himself needed some quiet time alone to pray, just think how much we need it! Make a quick ex- amination of your life, and of the routines that you follow. Do you automatically turn on the TV or radio whenever you enter a room? Are you frequently checking your phone or tablet? Do you find that you need to have some background “noise” present so that you don’t get uncomfort- able or fidgety? Then I suggest you consciously decide to make some time each day - especially on Sundays - when you leave all the noise aside. It may take some effort at first to do this. But if we are going to be able to hear the Lord speak to us in a tiny whisper, we will need to be quiet.

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 shouldn’t waste too much of today worrying about yesterday.” (Age 45)

“I’ve learned that no matter how much I complain about it, my hus- band’s snoring is one of the safest sounds I know.” (Age 21)

“I’ve learned that you don’t know the value of a dollar until you’ve earned it yourself.” (Age 17)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at SSPP

54 Day Novena for our Nation 
The Holy League will be praying a 54 Day Novena for our Nation starting August 16th on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary running through October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary will be prayed daily before Mass and on Sundays before the 7AM Mass. Please join the Holy League around the country in praying for our nation.


Catechesis Of the Good Shepard
A catechesis program for children ages 3-5 will begin on Tuesday, September 19th, with sessions at 10 AM and 4 PM. Orientation for parents will be held Tuesday September 13th at 6:15 PM at the SSPP school building. Registration will be available in the back of the church. For more Information please email Peg Klinkhammer at mklinkhammer@assumptioncatholicshool.org


RCIA Classes - will be starting on August 24th in the Deacon’s Office in the school building at 6:30 pm. To sign up go to the church office. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deacon Ruesch at 715-323-5174.

Relics of Saint Padre Pio

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of Saint Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization, relics of Saint Padre Pio will be available for public veneration in the Diocese of La Crosse on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, 530 Main Street, La Crosse. Veneration of the relics will be offered from 9:00 am until 11:45 am and 1:15 pm – 6:30 pm. Mass will be offered at 12:10 and 7:00 pm. The 7:00 pm Mass will be in honor of Saint Padre Pio and will be celebrated by the Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan. Confession will also be available throughout the day. We are in need of many volunteers to assist with this special event. If you or someone you know would be interested in giving a few hours of time that day to assist, please contact Debbie at dbrannon@diolc.org or call the Bishop’s Office at 608-791-2686. We need individuals to assist with parking, directing traffic, directing visitors and the guest area.

Pope: ‘Divine mercy is foundation of Christian hope’

News from the USCCB:
Nearly $1.4 million in funding approved for Church in Africa, Including Pastoral Care for Migrants and Youth Summer Vocations Camp - WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 54 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent. Projects approved to receive funding include:....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope at Audience: ‘Divine mercy is foundation of Christian hope’ - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope with pilgrims gathered in the Paul VI Hall for the Wednesday General Audience, saying that God’s mercy as embodied by Jesus both transforms us and renews our hope.....Read More
News from the Church:
From Coast to Coast, America is Throwing an Eclipse Party
- It isn’t every day that the sun completely disappears from sight. And from coast-to-coast, America is throwing a party. For one hour and 40 minutes on Aug. 21, a total eclipse will be visible in a narrow band running southeast over the American heartland, from the coast of Oregon to South Carolina. Benedictine College sits right in its path. The Kansas college will hold a public viewing to celebrate the celestial event and its continuing commitment to scientific education.....Read more

Assumption Mass Times

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Times

August 15 - 8:00 AM & 5:15 PM

Pastor's Letter - August 6, 2017


It seems that the effect of the secular media in our culture continues to expand. This is becoming more evident in the clamor for “fame”, which is not so much the public recognition of a person because of his virtues or contribution to the common good (as in the case of a states- man whose wisdom and virtue helps to preserve peace and just relations among nations, or the accomplishment of a medical researcher who, by his intelligence and perseverance, discovers a cure for a disease that kills many people), as it is of being well known simply because one is present on all the forms of media. Those qualities which are most worthy of our admiration are usually not visible to us. In fact, very few people are rightly honored in their lifetime for their greatness. (Or, from the Christian perspective, for their holiness. Mother Theresa of Calcutta comes to mind.) More likely than not those who achieve fame or honor during their life- time probably don’t deserve it. And, conversely, I am sure there are many great and holy people whose lives go unnoticed. The Lord Himself was rejected by many people during His life. If He was honored, it was only briefly (on Palm Sunday). The scriptures testify that there was little about Him which would draw peoples’ attention. Perhaps this is an additional reason why He chose to reveal Himself in His glory to Peter, James, and John on the mountain of transfiguration. Though they had been moved by His teaching and miracles, now they were privileged to glimpse His Divinity. Jesus probably would never “go viral” on YouTube or be on “60 Minutes”. He wouldn’t need it. His Divinity isn’t related to His “fame”.

Last week, in this bulletin article and in my homily, I referred to the Church’s teaching in regards to the dignity of Christian marriage. 49 years ago (July 25, 1968) Pope Paul VI, in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, reaffirmed the constant teaching of the Church that the dual purpose of marriage the unitive and procreative must always be respected. Contraception separates these two primary purposes of marriage which by nature are meant to be together. Many American Catholics share the confusion of the rest of our country when it comes to this teaching. Some have been using various forms of contraception, or even selected permanent contraception (sterilization), thinking that it was the morally right thing to do to space or limit the number of children in their family. When a morally good alternative is suggested (natural family planning), they become confused because, after all, “don’t they both have the same goal? That is, don’t they both intend to prevent a pregnancy?” Though the goals may be the same (though that isn’t always the case), the means are quite different. Contraception intentionally makes sterile an act that would otherwise be open to new life (even though it doesn’t always result in a new life). Couples who practice natural family planning abstain from the marital act during times of fertility. The difference could be likened to distinguishing two means of losing weight: either by dieting, that is, not eating so much and abstaining from food during certain times (like snacks between meals); and by bulimia, that is, by eating food then causing oneself to throw it back up. Of course, every analogy falls short. Nevertheless, just as throwing up one’s meal after eating is both unhealthy and morally wrong, so too is contraception unhealthy (for a married couple’s relationship, and oftentimes physically) and morally wrong. And since NFP is based on the knowledge of when a couple is fertile, it can be used to achieve a pregnancy. Try that with a contraceptive! You can find more info on marriage and NFP on these sites: www.diolc.org, www.catholic.com, and www.omsoul.com.

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 men don’t know what to do when a woman cries.” (Age 30)
“I’ve learned that my hair always looks good on the day I have an appointment to have it cut.” (Age 25) “I’ve learned that true happiness is when your newborn sleeps through the night.” (Age 30) 

Holy League on Friday

Calling All Men - Come join the Holy league on August 11th at 6 pm. There will be the Sacrament of Confession and Benediction. Afterwards there will be fellowship after in the church basement.

RCIA Classes - will be starting on August 24th in the Deacon’s Office in the school building at 6:30 pm. To sign up go to the church office. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deacon Ruesch at 715-323-5174.

Relics of Saint Padre Pio

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of Saint Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization, relics of Saint Padre Pio will be available for public veneration in the Diocese of La Crosse on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, 530 Main Street, La Crosse. Veneration of the relics will be offered from 9:00 am until 11:45 am and 1:15 pm – 6:30 pm. Mass will be offered at 12:10 and 7:00 pm. The 7:00 pm Mass will be in honor of Saint Padre Pio and will be celebrated by the Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan. Confession will also be available throughout the day. We are in need of many volunteers to assist with this special event. If you or someone you know would be interested in giving a few hours of time that day to assist, please contact Debbie at dbrannon@diolc.org or call the Bishop’s Office at 608-791-2686. We need individuals to assist with parking, directing traffic, directing visitors and the guest area.