REMEMBERING Mother Teresa

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REMEMBERING Mother Teresa- From 1989 to 1996, 17 more letters from Mother Teresa were addressed/delivered to me. The last 17 were personal, yet always spiritual, and always signed by her. It’s not always easy to think of one’s self as a good Catholic, but I do still pray often each day. That’s one lesson that’s stuck with me from Mother Teresa’s letters. If I am a little pencil and little lens myself, it helps to think my work, me and those dearest to me, are in God’s hands, depending on inspiration from that divine source. And along the way, I am very glad I met, photographed and received letters from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who has been a great inspiration not only to me and my family, but to many other people as well....Read More

News from the Pope: 
At Audience, Pope prays Rosary for earthquake victims - In the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday, Pope Francis at the General Audience postponed his prepared catechesis, and led the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square in the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary....Read More
News from the Church: 
Vatican Prepares for Mother Teresa’s Canonization -  Masses, prayer vigils, exhibitions and even a musical will be some of the many events taking place in Rome to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa on Sept. 4. Not only will Pope Francis be raising Mother Teresa to the altars at a canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 4, the entire week — Sept. 1-8 — will be devoted to celebrating the Albanian religious sister who became known as the “angel of the slums.”......Read more

Why are Saturdays Dedicated to the Blessed Mother?


Last week we learned about the celebration of "feast days" in the Church and this we will discover a particular celebration that is no on the calendar, but is an option for each Saturday of the year.

Every Saturday in the Catholic Church (provided there is no other feast of greater importance) is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A priest may celebrate a special "votive" Mass on Saturday morning in honor of Our Lady.

Bishop Fulton Sheen, for example, insisted that priests celebrate Mass on Saturdays in honor of the Blessed Virgin, which he took very seriously.

Our Lady of Fatima requested that the faithful honor her on the First Saturday of each month.

But why Saturday?

The Marian Catechist Apostolate gives this reasoning based on historical research:
Saturday is the day when creation was completed; therefore it is also celebrated as the day of the fulfillment of the plan of salvation, which found its realization through Mary. Sunday is the Lord’s Day, so it seemed appropriate to observe the preceding day as Mary’s day. In addition, as Genesis describes, God rested on the seventh day, Saturday. The seventh day, and the Jewish Sabbath, is Saturday; we rest on Sunday, because we celebrate the Resurrection as our Sabbath Day. In parallel, Jesus rested in the womb and then in the loving arms of Mary from birth until she held His lifeless body at the foot of the Cross; thus the God-head rested in Mary.
 The Vatican's Directory on Popular Piety supplements the above explanation and gives this account:

188. Saturdays stand out among those days dedicated to the Virgin Mary. These are designated as memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary(218). This memorial derives from carolingian time (ninth century), but the reasons for having chosen Saturday for its observance are unknown. While many explanation have been advanced to explain this choice, none is completely satisfactory from the point of view of the history of popular piety. 
Prescinding from its historical origins, to-day the memorial rightly emphasizes certain values "to which contemporary spirituality is more sensitive: it is a remembrance of the maternal example and discipleship of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, strengthened by faith and hope, on that great Saturday on which Our Lord lay in the tomb, was the only one of the disciples to hold vigil in expectation of the Lord's resurrection; it is a prelude and introduction to the celebration of Sunday, the weekly memorial of the Resurrection of Christ; it is a sign that the "Virgin Mary is continuously present and operative in the life of the Church." 
Popular piety is also sensitive to the Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statutes of many religious communities and associations of the faithful prescribe that special devotion be paid to the Holy Mother of God on Saturdays, sometimes through specified pious exercises composed precisely for Saturdays.

Saturday is a great day to honor our Blessed Mother and if we are not able to go to morning Mass where it is offered, we can always pray a rosary or another Marian prayer to honor her.

She is our spiritual mother and deserves our love and devotion (as do all mothers) and so dedicating an entire day of the week to her is most fitting.
 
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NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN The Marian Center for Peace of Wisconsin Rapids will host Mary’s Birthday Celebration Thursday Sept 8th beginning with a 6:00 pm Mass at St Philip Catholic Church, Rudolph, and continuing with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Procession to the Grotto Gardens, Rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Benediction. All are welcome to attend. Birthday cake and ice cream will conclude the celebration . For more info, contact the Center at 715 424 6279 or mariancenterforpeace.org

We are in a spiritual battle in this election year. Our country, is in turmoil.. Christian religious freedoms are being attacked on all sides, and it is time to take a stand! It is time to ask our Blessed Mother to intercede on our behalf: Please join numerous people around the nation in praying for our country. That we will remain, “One Nation Under God”. This is a big one. The 54 day Novena starting August 15 (Assumption) and ending on October 7th (Battle of Lepanto). Contact Tony Biolo 715 213 4571 if you would like a 54-Day Prayer Booklet ($4) or there will be some at the Parish Office if easier to pick up or after Mass this weekend. (18 left) If you have any questions please call Tony.

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

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.

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.

Transform Your Hearts: Milwaukee’s Archbishop Addresses Riots

News from the Diocese
Bishop Share Resources on Faithful Citizenship - In everything we do, let us all be Catholics first because as such we have a special duty and a unique ability to strengthen our families, our local communities, and our nation. No matter who is elected to public office, let us follow what Pope Francis urged our members of Congress to do, ‘Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.’...Read More

News from the Pope: 
Pope at Angelus: Church doesn’t need bureaucrats but impassioned missionaries - (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday spoke about the fire of the Holy Spirit, saying the Church doesn’t need bureaucrats but impassioned missionaries with this fire inside their hearts. He warned that without this fire, the Church risked becoming a cold or merely lukewarm Church, made up of cold and lukewarm Christians....Read More
News from the Church: 
Transform Your Hearts: Milwaukee’s Archbishop Addresses Riots - Archbishop Jerome Listecki asked people to pray for peace, adding that they needed to restore the family, the economy, and low crime rates in order to defuse the situation.....Read more

What are Feast Days?

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The liturgical year of the Church does not stop during the week. In fact, each day is different and corresponds to a particular saint. These days are commonly known as "feast days" and focus our attention on the beautiful example of holiness that different men and women have given over the centuries.

While most people are familiar with Saint Patrick's Day or Saint Valentine's Day, there are many more saint days than that and each are given a specific "rank" in the hierarchy of the liturgical year.

To help you better understand how the Church celebrates the feast days of saints, here is a breakdown of the "hierarchy" (solemnities, feasts and memorials):

A solemnity is celebrated if it falls on a Sunday of ordinary time or Christmastide. But it is usually transferred to the following Monday if it falls on a Sunday of Advent, Lent or Easter, or during Holy Week or the Easter octave. 
A feast honors a mystery or title of the Lord, of Our Lady, or of saints of particular importance (such as the apostles and Evangelists) and some of historical importance such as the deacon St. Lawrence.  
Feasts of the Lord, such as the Transfiguration and Exaltation of the Holy Cross, unlike other feasts, are celebrated when they fall on a Sunday. 
A memorial is usually of saints but may also celebrate some aspect of the Lord or of Mary. Examples include the optional memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus or the obligatory memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (EWTN, emphasis added)
During week, there can be a "solemnity" on Monday, a "feast" on Wednesday, and a "memorial" on Friday. Each celebration has a specific focus and may commemorate a specific event (Christmas Day) or a specific saint (Saint Patrick).

The USCCB has a handy calendar on their website that lets you know what is being celebrated on a specific day and denotes whether it is a "solemnity," "feast," or "memorial."

Along with this "hierarchy," each saint or celebration is given a color. These colors correspond to the type of saint (priest, religious, martyr, etc.) or focus of each celebration (Holy Spirit, penance, etc.).

Here is how the General Instruction of the Roman Missal explains the colors:

[the various colors are] “meant to give effective, outward expression to the specific character of the mysteries of faith being celebrated and, in the course of the liturgical year, to a sense of progress in the Christian life.” 
a) White is used in the offices and masses during the seasons of Easter and Christmas; also on celebrations of the Lord, other than of his passion; on celebrations of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels, saints who were not martyrs; on the solemnity of All Saints (November 1); the feasts of the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24), John, apostle, evangelist (December 27), the Chair of Peter (February 22), and the Conversion of Paul (January 25).
b) Red is used on Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) and Good Friday, Pentecost Sunday, celebrations of the Lord’s passion, “birthday” feasts of the apostles and evangelists, and celebrations of martyrs.
c) Green is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.
d) Violet is used in Advent and Lent. It may also be worn in Offices and Masses for the dead.
e) Black may be used, where it is the custom, in Masses for the dead.
f) Rose may be used, where it is the custom, on Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent). 
However, regarding liturgical colors, the Conference of Bishops may define and propose to the Holy See adaptations which respond to the needs and genius of the peoples.” (GIRM, no. 345-6)
So remember, the Church does not only celebrate Saint Patrick or Saint Valentine; each day is devoted to a saint or celebration in the Church. Check out the USCCB website to find out!

The Church wants to highlight the lives of holy men and women so that we can see that anyone can become a saint! The next time we celebrate a "feast day," let us make sure to honor the life of the saint by imitating their virtues and not simply throwing a big party!

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Saints Peter and Paul 2016-2017 CCD Registration

Single-student families: $60.00
Multiple-student families: $60.00 for the first child and $30.00 for each additional child.
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Send registration forms to: Michael Peeters 3931 Alpine Way, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 or drop off at the parish office.


Serra Club’s Annual corn Roast. On Aug 18, 2016 from 2-7 at the parking lot in front of the UPS Building. Come and ejoy a cob of corn, a baked potato, with butter and sour cream, and a bar-b-que of only $8.00 which includes free water or soda. You may also purchase these items separately. Thank You for your continued support for those discerning vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life

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

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.

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.

CCD Registration: Register Early!!!

Saints Peter and Paul 2016-2017 CCD Registration

Single-student families: $60.00
Multiple-student families: $60.00 for the first child and $30.00 for each additional child.
REGISTER EARLY!!
A $30.00 late fee, per student, is required for registrations received after September 1, 2016.



Send registration forms to: Michael Peeters 3931 Alpine Way, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 or drop off at the parish office.