A Word from Father

  Słowo od Pastora

NOVEMBER 28, 2021

"Almighty and Eternal God,

whose light has shone in our mortal darkness;

reveal Your presence in our souls, and direct us in our thoughts, words and deeds; awaken us from the sleep of sin, and make us know that now is the accepted time and now the day of salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen"

(A traditional Advent Prayer)

 

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has December’s calendar which has the names of the priests of the Diocese of La Crosse, as well as Bp. Callahan and Pope Francis. Please pray some kind of prayer for the priest listed each day.  

                                                                                             ~ Thank you so much!

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Fr. Mark Miller

Pastor

NOVEMBER 21, 2021

"Humble yourself whenever opportunity offers with true humility of heart.

This is all, I think, that the Heart of our Lord asks of you."

- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Just a reminder that the emergency number is to be used for emergencies only.  An emergency is, for example, someone is in the ER, someone is in imminent danger of death, or an unforeseen crisis situation.  Standard parish business, or wanting to make an appointment is not an emergency.  For these situations, call the office number listed in the bulletin.  

NOVEMBER 14, 2021

"When Christ came, he banished the Devil from our hearts,

in order to build in them a temple for Himself. 

Let us then do what we can with His help,

so that our evil deeds will not deface that temple."

-St. Caesarius of Arles    

                                                                                                                                           I would like to thank everyone involved in the Steak Night.  Thank you to all of the cooks, those who prepared the food, served the food, cleaned up afterwards, and all who were involved.  There was a lot involved for sure, so thank you to all who volunteered their time.  I thoroughly enjoyed my steak!    

                                               

Also, as a friendly reminder, please refrain from loud talking or conversations in the Church after Mass.  There are people who may be praying.  Kindly talk either outside or in the lobby.                                        

NOVEMBER 7, 2021

"What great power the holy souls in purgatory have over the heart of God! 

If we realized this fact and averted to all the graces that we can gain through their intercession, these souls would not be so forgotten."

- St. Jean Vianney  

 

 This coming Sunday at Bl. Bronislava, Bp. Callahan will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation in our deanery.  In this sacrament those who will be receiving it will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order for them to more faithfully live out their baptismal character.  I encourage all of you in a special way this Sunday to pray for all those to be Confirmed.  I will thank you in advance, and know that those to be Confirmed will appreciate your prayers.

OCTOBER 31, 2021

"Let Mary never be far from your lips and from your heart. 

Following her, you will never lose your way. 

Praying to her, you will never sink into despair. 

Contemplating her, you will never go wrong." 

— St. Bernardine of Sienna

 

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has November’s calendar which has the names of the priests of the Diocese of La Crosse, as well as Bp. Callahan and Pope Francis.  Please pray some kind of prayer for the priest listed each day.     

                                                                                                      Thank you so much!

OCTOBER 24, 2021

"If we are united inwardly with the Son of the living God,

we also bear His likeness outwardly by our continual practice of heroic goodness. 

We do so especially by a patience reinforced by courage that does not complain either secretly or publicly."

- St Jean de Brebouf

 

Dear parishioners,

The Annual Appeal has started for this current fiscal year.  For those of you who have contributed in the past, I want to thank you for your generosity and ask for your support again this year.  If you have not contributed, I encourage you to make a donation.  With everything, please take this to prayer. Ask the Lord to help you discern what he may be asking you to give.  If everyone contributes we can meet our goal, and perhaps exceed it!   Thank you so much.

OCTOBER 17, 2021

"Never trust in yourselves alone, saying, 'I am strong and I have no fear that anything or anyone can make me fall.'

For love of God, stay away from such a misguided way of thinking!"

- St. Catherine of Siena

 

We had our rosary prayer this past Sunday. I think it went well. For those of you who participated in it, I hope you found it prayerful and helpful to you. I want to thank Carol Gliszinski for coordinating it, Dcn. Schaller for assisting me, as well as our excellent altar servers.

OCTOBER 10, 2021

"Though we are not witnesses of Christ's actual resurrection, we are so spiritually. By a heart awake from the dead and set on heaven, we can as truly witness that Christ lives as the Apostles did. He that believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself. Truth bears witness by itself to its Divine Author. He who obeys God conscientiously, and lives holily, forces all about him to believe tremble before the unseen power of Christ."

- St. John Newman

Please Note. Fall Clergy Days are October 11 - 12.

There will be no Mass at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, October 12th.

OCTOBER 3, 2021

"Nothing makes God happier than a person's amendment of life, conversion, and salvation. This is why he sent his only Son to this earth."

- St. Gregory Nazianzen

Here is a link to October's calendar which has the names of the priests of the Diocese of La Crosse, as well as Bp. Callahan and Pope Francis. It's important that we pray for our clergy. It's good to pray for our priests in general of course, but also specifically. So I'm asking you to pray some kind of prayer for the priest listed each day. Thank you so much! 

You can find St. Faustina's Prayer for Priests here.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

"Everything that Christ willed to have us read about His actions and words, He caused to be written down by the Evangelists as if by His own hands.  Thus, the readers of the Gospels will receive what is told them as if they saw the Lord Himself writing it with His own hand."  

St. Augustine

Dear parishioners:  I've noticed quite a few times that lights have been left on in the church basement.  When you're finished with your activities, please remember to shut the lights off, including the restrooms.  Thank you for your help.

Please note: Beginning on October 2nd, Mass for the 1st Saturday of the month will be at the MSDI convent, at the usual time.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

'The Prophet Isaiah tells us that under the Gospel covenant God's servants will have the privilege of seeing those heavenly lights which were but shadowed out in the Law.  Before Christ came was the time of shadows.  When He came, He brought truth as well as grace.  As He who is the truth has come to us, so does he in return require that we should be true to our dealings with him."     

St. John Newman

I would like to thank all who planned the Potluck lunch, those who helped serve food, those who made food and all who attended.  It was enjoyable, and I think everyone had an excellent time, and ate well.  It was nice to visit with all of you.  I would like to thank you also for the various spiritual bouquets and cards.  God bless you, and take courage!

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

'Pray always' - here is what these words mean:  Either prayer must always be on our lips to ask for some grace.  Or it must be in our heart in the desire for this grace.  Or it must be in our works, which are a preparation for efficacious prayer."

—St. Bonaventure 

This past week Sacred Heart School began its new academic year.  Pray for our principal, teachers, staff, and students that this year be a year of  learning, fun, and growth.  School can also be a time of challenge as well for everyone, but in all things we are to take courage and trust in the Lord. 

AUGUST 22, 2021

"The Eucharist may be termed a perpetual Calvary. 

Without it, how many times God's wrath would have erupted on our heads!"

—St. Peter Eymard

 

Well, we made it through our picnic!  It was a beautiful day, and there seemed to be a good number of people who attended.  I would like to again thank all who were involved: Arleen, the committee chairmen/women, and all of the volunteers.  I know it is a lot of work, but you all did a great job, so thank you!  Now rest, and enjoy the remainder of the summer.

AUGUST 8, 2021

"By His grace God dwells in the just soul as in a temple,

in a very close and special way. 

This accounts for that bond of love

which unites the soul to God and makes it rejoice in Him."

- Leo XIII

 

Here is a little information about myself.

Prior to my assignment here, I was the administrator at St. Ansgar Parish in Blair, and St. Bridget Parish in Ettrick.  Prior to entering the seminary I did actuarial work specializing in the areas of pension plans - DB, ESOP and 401(k) plans.  I also worked as a Business Analyst and did economic forecasting.  I have degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in economics.  I specialized in econometrics and labor and managerial economics. I also attended and graduated from Mundelein Seminary with a M. Div. degree.   

 

I enjoy reading, studying theology, listening to music, studying art history, as well as current events and keeping up with my economics interests.

AUGUST 1, 2021

"He who cannot put up with the loss of his honor

can never make any advance in spiritual things."

- St. Philip Neri

 

Starting this August, I will include a monthly calendar which has the names of the priests of the Diocese of La Crosse, as well as Bp. Callahan and Pope Francis.  It's important that we pray for our clergy.  It's good to pray for our priests in general of course, but also specifically.  So I'm asking you to pray some kind of prayer for the priest listed each day.  Thank you so much.   You can find St. Faustina's Prayer for Priests here.

JULY 24, 2021

"When I look into the future, I am frightened, but why plunge into the future?  Only the present moment is precious to me, as the future may never enter my soul at all.  It is no longer in my power to change, correct, or add to the past; for neither sages nor prophets could do that.  And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust to God."

 - St. Faustina Kowalska

 

As you know, our parish picnic will soon be upon us.  This event takes much work and effort for it to be successful.  I know Arleen Gross, and the other committee chairmen/women are spending a lot of time organizing the picnic.  With that, I would like to encourage all of you - teenagers and older, to help in some way, even if it's just a little bit, especially if you haven't done so in the past.

 

To those who are on the committees, I would like to thank you for your efforts, for those who are already committed to help, thank you!  And to those who may consider helping in some way this year, thank you as well.