Pope Francis: Mother Cabrini Is a Model for Caring for Migrants

News from the USCCB
USCCB President Urges Encounters Of The Heart In Message For Martin Luther King Jr. Day - WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Full statement follows:...Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope Audience: We look with hope to unity not division - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said on Wednesday that Christian Unity and reconciliation are possible. He was speaking during his weekly General Audience in the Paul the VI hall where he also continued his catechesis on Christian hope...Read More
News from the Church:
Pope Francis: Mother Cabrini Is a Model for Caring for Migrants 
-VATICAN CITY — On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis pointed to St. Frances Cabrini as an example of how to treat foreigners, calling her a “courageous” woman who knew how to bring God’s love to those who were lonely and in hardship. After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 15, Pope Francis sent a special greeting to members of different ethnic communities who had gathered in honor of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees....Read more

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Secular Franciscans

ME A FRANCISCAN? WHY NOT Do you want to experience spiritual growth and have more meaning to your life, to be all God desires you to be. St. Francis Himself, in 1221, gathered together a group of lay men and women from all walks of life to follow “his way”. There is such a group, the Secular Franciscans, that meet at the Marian Center for Peace in Wis. Rapids on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. For further information call: Karen Juntikka at 715 421 3855

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.

USCCB urges Catholics to participate in 9 Days for Life



WHAT IS 9 DAYS FOR LIFE?

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life.

Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children*, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion.

However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other's God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.

9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:
PRAY for the respect and protection of each person's life;


GATHER together in prayer, action, and fellowship with others;


SHARE your stories online!

*Typically observed each year on January 22 (also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade), the 2017 observance will be January 23. More information.


WHEN IS IT?

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Sunday, January 29, 2017


WHO IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE?

Anyone can join individually at www.9daysforlife.com.

However, leaders in parishes and various parish ministries, as well as in schools, dioceses, and other organizations, are especially important in raising awareness and helping others participate in various ways.


WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO PARTICIPATE?

PRAY: The novena's short prayer guides highlight a different topic each day with five sections: intention, prayers, reflection, suggested actions, and related topical information.

All the following options for obtaining the novena will be accessible from www.9daysforlife.com in the months leading up to January.


Subscribe to receive daily text messages or emails.


Download the free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play. (An update notification will be sent to app users prior to the 2017 novena.)


Join the Facebook event.


Follow the USCCB on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


Download the novena in a printable format. (Check back for updates.)

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Download Our New Parish App!

Our new SS Peter and Paul app is now available to download for iPhone and Android smart phones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.

Help foster a stronger parish life at SS Peter and Paul and better engage the New Evangelization.

Download our app today at myparishapp.com or search your phone's app store for myparish.

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Why We March for Life

News from the Diocese
We March for Life How many holes have been left in our world due to the lack of respect for life? Countless. Each year, in January, the March for Life is held in Washington, D.C., and each year, thousands of people from all over the country come together to take a stand for life: the life of the unborn, the life of the mother carrying her child, the life of the fathers, the life of the elderly, the life of the sick and dying, the life of the disabled, the life of the military, the life of the innocent and the guilty, the life of every person. But why a march?...Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope urges Bishops to protect lives of children -  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written to the Bishops of the world condemning all forms of oppression and exploitation of children. His words come in a letter signed on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which takes place each year on December 28, during the Octave of Christmas...Read More
News from the Church:
Vatican Radio Ends 85 Years of Independent Operations 
- But on December 31, 2016, after more than 80 years of operation, Vatican Radio is being absorbed into the new Secretariat for Communications. The move is part of Pope Francis' reorganization of Curial offices, and is intended to make better use of the Vatican's limited financial resources. According to Catholic World News, broadcasting programs will continue—at least for the near-term future—but Vatican Radio will no longer have its own corporate identity.....Read more