Pope endorses campaign to put 'Laudato Sì' into action

News from the USCCB:
U.S. Bishops Chairman Urges Administration to Raise Cap on Refugee Admissions - This week, U.S. refugee admissions reached the historically low cap of 50,000 refugees allowed to be resettled in the United States for Fiscal Year 2017, as set forth by the Administration's March 6th Executive Order 13780. Executive Order 13780 altered the initial Fiscal Year 2017 Presidential Determination which authorized the resettlement of 110,000 refugees into the United States. Currently there are approximately 22.5 million refugees seeking protection globally.....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope endorses campaign to put 'Laudato Sì' into action - (Vatican Radio) Following the 2nd anniversary of the publication of his encyclical “Laudato Sì – On Care of our Common Home”, Pope Francis has endorsed a pledge campaign that aims to mobilize at least 1 million people to directly engage in turning the encyclical’s message into action.....Read More
News from the Church:
Tens of Thousands Rally in Dublin to Keep Ireland Pro-Life 
- The 2017 All Ireland Rally for Life, which took place in Dublin on July 1, exceeded all expectations in what organizers here were quick to dub “an amazing day.” Speaking to EWTN News Ireland shortly afterwards, event organizer Niamh Uí Bhriain from The Life Institute said, “It was just such an amazing day, amazing to see tens of thousands of people out to save the Eighth (pro-life) Amendment and to send a really strong message to (Taoiseach/Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar that the Irish people, the pro-life majority have awoken and they have arisen and they are going to save the Eighth Amendment because we have to provide a better answer than abortion for mothers and babies.”.....Read more

RCIA Classes

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.

Pastor's Letter, July 16, 2017

We Wisconsinites have a deeper sense of appreciation for summer than our fellow citizens from the South. It is time for vacations, travel, cookouts and family reunions. Since seven of my sibling now live in the La Crosse area, when I’m in La Crosse we always find an excuse to get together, though we sometimes head out to South Dakota, where some of the family now lives. We save money by putting up all the “out of towners” at the homes of those who live in the area. We get some pretty full houses. My parents (now both deceased) had 12 children (two are now deceased), 47 grandchildren, and (at last count) 67 great-grandchildren. Including the spouses of their children and grandchildren, they have over 150 descendants. (When you get this many, who can keep count?!) As the “family priest” it is my pleasant responsibility to preside at a fair number of baptisms and weddings. I don’t bring this up to brag about my family (after all, I am not the cause of this big family, only one of the many happy benefi- ciaries), but to reflect upon the fruitfulness of human love which is possible by God’s Grace. The scripture read- ings of today’s Mass (especially Isaiah and Matthew) speak to us about God’s Word, which potentially “bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” Is God’s fruitfulness not also demonstrated in the blessings of chil- dren, by which the human family - made in the image of God - grows and develops? Too frequently children are seen merely as burdens, or as a drain on our material resources. Such an attitude is the corrupt fruit of a culture of death. But the Gospel of Jesus is a “Gospel of Life”! I feel tremendously blessed by God to have been born into my family (the eleventh of twelve!). My mother, at her death, had over 120 descendants. What a blessing that she lived to see her “hundredfold” and more!

Many months ago (before I knew of my transfer to SSPP) I had made arrangements for a week vacation in July. Well, this past week, through this Sunday, was that week. My thanks to the visiting priests (Fr. Aaron Becker & Fr. Bill Grevatch) who filled in during my absence.

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 drive faster when a good song comes on the radio.” (Age 22)
“I’ve learned that little children are more work physically, and teenagers are more work emotionally.” (Age 40)
“I’ve learned that you can learn to tap dance at the age of sixty-four.” (Age 65)

Why do I have to fast one hour before Mass?

From an article on Aleteia.org:

Many Catholics from an older generation will remember the “midnight fast.” It meant that one could not eat before Mass starting from the midnight before. For this reason Masses were generally celebrated at dawn and Masses in the evening were extremely rare. Few people wanted to fast all day long before attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion.

This practice of fasting before Mass is an ancient discipline, present as early as the 2nd century. It remained in place until Pope Pius XII reduced the fast to three hours in 1957. The fast was further shortened in 1964 when Pope Paul VI lowered it to one hour before reception of Communion.

The current Code of Canon Law reflects this change and states, “A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine” (Canon 919 §1).

However, in some cases those rules do not apply. “The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour” (Canon 919 §3).

But why? What does it matter if I ate a cheeseburger right before I walked into church on a day I intend to receive the Holy Eucharist?


Men of the Cross Conference

SAVE THE DATE Men of the Cross Conference October 28 The 2017 Men of the Cross Confer- ence will be held on October 28th at McDonell High School in Chippewa Falls. The keynote presenters include Fr Richard Heilman, John Pridmore and Jessie Romero. Please share this infor- mation with your KCs and men’s groups.

Bishop Barron’s Roadmap for the New Evangelization

News from the USCCB:
U.S. and European Catholic Bishops Call for Strategy to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Globally - WASHINGTON—A joint declaration issued today by U.S. and European Catholic bishops calls for all nations to work together to develop a "credible, verifiable and enforceable strategy for the total elimination of nuclear weapons." ....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope: 'openness is necessary for a culture of encounter' - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a video message to the Congress of the Scholas Occurentes which concludes on Wednesday in Jerusalem. The Congress focused on the theme “Between the University and the School, building peace through the culture of encounter.”.....Read More
News from the Church:
Bishop Barron’s Roadmap for the New Evangelization 
- ORLANDO, Fla. — The way we evangelize should grab the world by the shoulders and shake it out of its apathy, Bishop Robert Baron told a crowd of Catholic leaders Tuesday. Evangelization is especially urgent as the “nones” — the number of the population who do not identify with a religion, continues to grow, he said. Bishop Baron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and well-known evangelizer for Word on Fire, addressed the crowd of Catholic bishops and leaders gathered at the Catholic Convocation in Orlando, Florida through a live video feed on July 4, the last day of the gathering. “We do have a fight on our hands, but the great saints of our Church have always loved a good fight, and we should too.”......Read more

5 Tips on how to sanctify every day

From an article on Aleteia.org:

Life is busy. We are constantly tugged and pulled by various obligations — family, work, and community.  
It never seems to end and when we go to Mass on Sunday, we are reminded of our own failure to live each day under God’s inspiration. We forget to pray and life never stops to let us catch up. 
What should we do to keep it from passing us by?  
Here are five simple tips that can help the weary soul reclaim each day and dedicate it to God. 
Holiness is much easier to attain if we stop putting so much pressure on ourselves and simply open up our heart in little ways each day.  
1. Pray immediately after waking up  
 Saint Josemaria Escriva called this the “heroic minute” and wrote in The Way, “Many good Christians develop the habit of giving their first thought of the day to God. The ‘heroic minute’ follows: it facilitates the Morning Offering and getting the day off to a good start. The heroic minute. It is the time fixed for getting up. Without hesitation: a supernatural reflection and … up. The heroic minute: here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does no harm to your body. If, with God’s help, you conquer yourself, you will be well ahead for the rest of the day. It’s so discouraging to find oneself beaten at the first skirmish.” It is an extremely simple way to start your day off on the right foot, but also one of the hardest.