Pastor's Letter - September 3, 2017

Have you ever noticed how many advertisements on television are for drugs or medicines of different sorts? From “aches and pains” to allergies and more, medical science continues to make progress in alleviating much of the suffering which often afflicts us. And this is good. It is good to be able to restore a person to good health, and to remove pain. And still, in a mysterious yet important way, human suffering - “bearing one’s cross” - has redemptive value. When Jesus told His disciples (in today’s Gospel from Matthew) that He would have to suffer greatly and be killed, Peter naturally protested. Peter did not want to see the Lord suffer! And yet, it is through His suffering and death (and Resurrection!) that Jesus redeems the world. That is important for us to remember when we, or someone we love, suffers. Human existence will always entail some suffering (physical, emotional, or spiritual). By uniting our suffering to Christ, we will also share in His Resurrection! Lord, help us to think like You, and with You. Help us to carry our own cross like You, and with You.

Saint John Paul II said that the new millennium is a time for renewed evangelization. In addition to the formation in faith which our Catholic schools, religious education programs, confirmation program, and adult faith classes provide, our parish also provides opportunities for those interested in becoming Catholic to learn more about our Faith. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is designed for those who have never been baptized, and for baptized Christians from other churches, who are interested in becoming full members in the Catholic Church. Please call Deacon Jerry Ruesch at the parish office (423-1351) to register.

Later this month we will kick-off the Diocesan Annual Appeal: Stewards of Hope. Since its inception in 1997, the DAA has been an effective means to fund the various works of the Church in our diocese, in our country, and around the world. The DAA provides $500,000 support outside the diocese: for the Church in Eastern Europe, the Holy Land, Home Missions, Casa Hogar in Peru, and others. Within the Diocese, it provides over $300,000 support for Catholic Education, and over $500,000 support for charitable works (Catholic Charities and others). Over $1Million is contributed annually to support the education of seminarians (our future priests!), diaconate formation, vocation work, and support of retired priests. Money from the Appeal also supports the Diocesan offices, which provide invaluable assistance to me and other pastors in caring out our parish work. The Diocesan Annual Appeal is efficient as well, with only 5% of the appeal total going to operational expenses. I fully support the Diocesan Annual Appeal, and encourage you to do so, too. Please pray for its success in our parish and throughout the Diocese!

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 no one is perfect until you fall in love with him.” (Age 18)
“I’ve learned that there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.” (Age 38)
“I’ve learned that what matters is not that you be the best, but that you try your best.” (Age 15)