French Bishops: Fast with Us on Friday over Priest Killed in Hatred of the Faith

News from the USCCB
USCCB President Offers Prayers, Support After Church Attack, Killing Of Priest In France WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed prayers and support after the latest terrorist attack on a Catholic parish in Normandy, France, that left a priest dead and another person seriously injured...Read More
News from the Pope: 
Pope: World is at war but it’s not a war of religions but for power - (Vatican Radio) Referring to recent acts of violence, Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the world is at war but stressed “it is not a war of religions but for power. "It is," he continued, “a war about (economic) interests, money, natural resources and the domination of peoples."...Read More
News from the Church: 
French Bishops: Fast with Us on Friday over Priest Killed in Hatred of the Faith KRAKOW — In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed sympathizers of Islamic State, also known as Daesh or ISIS, the French bishops have called on the Church’s members to mark Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting. Msgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, secretary general of the French Bishops’ Conference, discussed the decision July 26. “What happened in France had happened in other countries before, and actually we see Christians laying down their lives in the interests of their faith,” he told journalists gathered in Krakow for World Youth Day.’....Read more

"I Will Not Leave You Orphans" - The Gift of the Holy Eucharist


After concluding the Easter season and ushering in Ordinary Time with the feast of Pentecost, the Church quickly turns her gaze to the greatest gift Jesus could ever give us on this earth, His abiding presence in the Eucharist.

The great feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, is currently celebrated the Sunday following Trinity Sunday after Pentecost. It is a day when we commemorate Jesus' presence in the most Blessed Sacrament.

We are reminded on this day that the sacred host we see at Mass is not a "what," but a "who."

What does that mean? I thought the Eucharist was just some piece of bread?

Not at all. Let's look at Jesus' words in Scripture. Jesus said to His apostles:
“I will not leave you orphans” (John 14:18).
Jesus did not want to go through His death and Resurrection and leave us alone on earth, without His abiding presence.

Because of that immense love for us, Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
1337 The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return; “thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament.” 
1339 Jesus chose the time of Passover to fulfill what he had announced at Capernaum: giving his disciples his Body and his Blood: 
… And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood.”
Connected with the desire to not leave us as orphans, Jesus, in a mysterious way, wanted to make Himself truly present under the appearances of bread and wine. While the bread and wine at the Last Supper (and at every Mass) look like bread and wine, Christ makes Himself truly present under those appearances.

This makes Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist very different from anything else. The Catechism explains:
1374 The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained." "This presence is called ‘real’ - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”
So the piece of bread that is present in our churches is not simply a piece of bread. If it were, going to Mass would be pointless. Instead, the Eucharist in churches and chapels around the world is Jesus Himself, truly and totally present.

This means that the Eucharist is not a “what” but a “Who.”

How is that possible? Next week we will take a brief look into how normal bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.


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Gethsemane at SS Peter and Paul, RCIA Classes & More!

Adoration at the Marian Center Please help fill Open Hours:
  • Tuesday 1 a.m. until 9-13-16 
  • Wednesday 1 a.m. 
  • Thursday 1 a.m. every other Thursday 
  • Saturday 5 p.m. 6 p.m., 3 a.m. every other Saturday 
  • 2nd person needed: 
    • Saturday 4 a.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.
Contact Dan McCarville to fill open hours dancovey@wctc.net

NEW OFFICE HOURS!!! Until further notice, the parish office will be open Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 9-noon.

RCIA Classes Catholicism is an entire way of life. But today it’s not known. We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic faith, but how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? SYMBOLON: The Catholic Faith explained opens up the “big picture” of the faith in a way that helps us know it, live it, and articulate it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and video, author, speaker and theologian, Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the Catholic faith. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, Symbolon journeys through the core teachings of the Catholic Church and focuses on our encounter with God in the sacraments and moral life. Classes start Wed. Aug. 24th. 715-423-1351 or: sspeter-paul@hotmail.com.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a beautiful catechesis program endorsed by Mother Teresa, Pope St John Paul and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (the Nashville Dominicans), will begin in the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery in the fall of 2016. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a“Montessori based” religious education program that nurtures the child in his/ her relationship with the Good Shepherd. Created by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi about 60 yrs. ago, it is based on the belief that the child and God are already in a relationship. This is supported by both the deanery and Assumption Catholic Schools. The program is once a week with1to 2 hour sessions for children 3-6 yrs. of age. It will be held in the school at SSPP and will start in mid - September. Please call 715 569 4271 or email: mklinkhammer@assumtioncatholicschools.org

Gethsemane at SS Peter and Paul “Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God and render Him your votive offerings. Call on Him in the day of distress ...” and He will heal the wounds in your life, your family, our country, and our Church. Join us at the Gethsemane of SS Peter and Paul every Thursday night from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Call Jeff Ashbeck 715-451-0619 or Tony Biolo 715-213-4571.

Pentecost: The Birthday of the Church



Nine days after the celebration of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, the Church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. It is a joyous day, one that concludes the Easter season and ushers in a time during the liturgical year that is focused on the Holy Spirit's actions in the Church.

The event is recorded in the book of Acts:
"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim." (Acts 2:1-4)
As a note, the apostles were all gathered for the celebration of the Jewish feast of Pentecost. It was called the "Feast of Weeks" and commemorated the giving of the Law to Moses at Mount Sinai. God chose this day to impart the Holy Spirit upon His Church to show how the Old Law was passing away, making way for the New Law in Christ Jesus. 

Liturgically the color of vestments for Pentecost is red and symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit that rested on the apostles. It is a tradition in some churches to throw red rose pedals from the ceiling to commemorate the descent of the tongues of fire. 

Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the Catholic Church, for from that point onward the apostles went out to baptize and spread the Gospel. Before then, they had locked themselves in the upper room in fear of the Jews. This event gave Peter and the twelve the strength and courage to fulfill the mission they were given by Jesus.

The descent of the Holy Spirit also fulfills the promise of Jesus of an Advocate who would abide with them until the end of time. We believe that the Holy Spirit is with us today and continues to animate the Church's life, especially through the teachings on faith and morals of the Pope. This allows us to believe with certainty that the Pope can teach without error in official Church documents that pertain to teachings on faith and morals. We believe the Holy Spirit is with us and that we can rest assured that the Advocate will not lead us astray.

Pentecost also ushers in the continuation of Ordinary Time and is meant to be a time of growth, reflecting on the action of the Holy Spirit in the Church.


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Adoration Hours that Need to be Filled

Adoration at the Marian Center Please help fill Open Hours:
  • Tuesday 1 a.m. until 9-13-16 
  • Wednesday 1 a.m. 
  • Thursday 1 a.m. every other Thursday 
  • Saturday 5 p.m. 6 p.m., 3 a.m. every other Saturday 
  • 2nd person needed: 
    • Saturday 4 a.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.
Contact Dan McCarville to fill open hours dancovey@wctc.net

NEW OFFICE HOURS!!! Until further notice, the parish office will be open Wednesday Thursday and Friday, 9-noon.

RCIA Classes Catholicism is an entire way of life. But today it’s not known. We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic faith, but how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? SYMBOLON: The Catholic Faith explained opens up the “big picture” of the faith in a way that helps us know it, live it, and articulate it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and video, author, speaker and theologian, Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the Catholic faith. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, Symbolon journeys through the core teachings of the Catholic Church and focuses on our encounter with God in the sacraments and moral life. Classes start Wed. Aug. 24th. 715-423-1351 or: sspeter-paul@hotmail.com.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a beautiful catechesis program endorsed by Mother Teresa, Pope St John Paul and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (the Nashville Dominicans), will begin in the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery in the fall of 2016. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a“Montessori based” religious education program that nurtures the child in his/ her relationship with the Good Shepherd. Created by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi about 60 yrs. ago, it is based on the belief that the child and God are already in a relationship. This is supported by both the deanery and Assumption Catholic Schools. The program is once a week with1to 2 hour sessions for children 3-6 yrs. of age. It will be held in the school at SSPP and will start in mid - September. Please call 715 569 4271 or email: mklinkhammer@assumtioncatholicschools.org

USCCB Urge Support for "First Amendment Defense Act"

News from the USCCB
USCCB Chairmen Urge Support For The ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ WASHINGTON—Urging support for the First Amendment Defense Act Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement:...Read More


News from the Pope: 
Pope reflects on parable of Good Samaritan at Angelus - (Vatican Radio) At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable, the Pope said, in a simple, yet stimulating way, “indicates a style of life, in which the centre of gravity is not ourselves, but others.” Like the doctor of the law in the day’s Gospel, we might ask ourselves, “Who is my neighbour? Is it my friends, my parents, my fellow countrymen, my co-religionists?...Read More
News from the Church: 
Knights of Columbus Issue Call to Prayer in Wake of Violence - NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In the wake of violence across the nation this past week, the Knights of Columbus have issued a campaign encouraging people to join them in praying for peace. “The violent episodes of the past week have shocked the conscience of our country,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson....Read more

The Ascension: A Preview of Future Glory


At the conclusion of the Easter season we celebrate in the Church the Ascension of our Lord, when Jesus returned to Heaven to be with His Heavenly Father.

The event is recorded in the book of Acts:
When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away.
While the apostles would have wanted Jesus to remain with them in physical form for the rest of their lives, He did not leave them to fend for themselves. Jesus knew that His disciples needed extra help in their mission of preaching and teaching and so He promised the Holy Spirit, or in other places called the Advocate.

These words of Jesus prepare the apostles for what would happen at Pentecost, when they would finally receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In the liturgy the Ascension of Jesus is celebrated with great joy and solemnity. This seems strange as one would think that Jesus leaving the apostles would be a time of mourning and loss. However, the angels who appeared to the apostles reminded them that this is only temporary and that Jesus will come again.

It is not like Good Friday, which commemorates a great tragedy, but instead focuses on the glory of Jesus' second coming and the promise of the Holy Spirit. The day also foreshadows our own promise of future glory, as the opening prayer at Mass prays:
Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God,
and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,
for the ascension of Christ your son
is our exaltation,
and, where the head has gone before in glory,
the Body is called to follow in hope.
Through our lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the holy spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The celebration reminds us that we too are not meant to remain on this earth, but are meant to be with Jesus in Heaven. We may be sad that Jesus did not remain on earth in physical form, but He only went to Heaven because He wants us to be with Him for all eternity.

To help us on our long and arduous road of life, Jesus gave us a Helper to assist us on our journey to Heaven. In our next article, we will look at who the Holy Spirit is and how He continues to help us and the Church draw closer to eternity.


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