A Word from Father

  Słowo od Pastora

MAY 15, 2022

"Engrave on your heart the words of God that you hear.

For the word of God is the food of the soul and should remain in our memory."

- St. Gregory the Great

 

Hello Everyone:

Again I hope all of you are resting in the Resurrection! We need to let the transformative power of Christ into our hearts and minds, as we all are in need of transformation in some way.

I would like to congratulate Dcn. Jim Sniadajewski, who was ordained on May 7. I am happy and honored to have Dcn. Sniadajewski at Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception. I have full confidence that he will be faithful to his Diaconal ministry in the various ways that he will serve. Continue to pray for him, and his wife Deb. 

Also, I would like to remind all of you about our SCRIP program. In addition to everyone's regular, consistent financial contributions, which is important to the parish’s and school’s functioning, SCRIP is a good way to supplement that. With SCRIP, the school and the parish receives a portion of each sale. So, by using SCRIP for the various vendors that are available, you meet your needs, and the school and the parish gets extra income. Consider this option.

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Fr. Mark Miller

Pastor

MAY 8, 2022

"It is right that you should begin again
every day. There is no better way to
complete the spiritual life than to be ever
beginning it over again."

- St. Francis de Sales


Dear Parishioners:
We've completed three weeks of Eastertide. How has the Lord spoken to us during this time? In last Sunday's Gospel we heard how Christ appeared at that point three times to the disciples after the Resurrection. Have we allowed him to appear to us? Have we allowed him to enter our minds and hearts?  Have we allowed this mystery to change us? Or, are we still in the upper room with the doors locked?

MAY 1, 2022

APRIL 24, 2022

"The Kingdom of Heaven is certainly worth a great deal. 

Yet you can obtain it by giving what you are. 

Give yourself and it is enough - for the merciful Lord is satisfied with that."

-St. Augustine

 

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has May’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!

 

Dear Parishioners:

 

As some of you may have heard already (and I did mention this previously), there will be a Synod in Vatican City State this coming Fall.  To prepare for that all dioceses around the world were asked to compile data to be sent to the national conference which will be forwarded to the Synod.  In our diocese each parish is being asked to participate.  What I would like all of you to think about (and please if you would like to respond, do so - young or old, man or woman, boy or girl), and forward your comments to the office.  I will compile the comments and send them on.  I would like these by May 28th.

 

Here are some questions for your consideration (this is by no means exhaustive; it's just some starting points): 

 

In our diocese and parish, who are those who “walk together”?

Who are those who seem further apart?

How are we called to grow as companions?

What groups or individuals are left on the margins?

What facilitates or inhibits our listening?

How well do we listen to those on the peripheries?

How is the contribution of consecrated men and women integrated?
What are some limitations in our ability to listen, especially to those who have different views than our own? 

What enables or hinders speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in our diocese, our parish, and in society?

When and how do we manage to say what is important to us?
How does the relationship with the local media work (not only Catholic media)?

Who speaks on behalf of the Christian community, and how are they chosen?

"Our redeemer lives; He has been on earth and will come again. On Him we venture our all; we can bear thankfully to put ourselves into His hands, our interests present and eternal."

- St. John Newman

 

Dear parishioners:

We are now two weeks into the Easter Season. Eastertide lasts seven weeks. For seven weeks, liturgically, we enter into the happenings and experiences of the apostles after Christ's resurrection. The resurrection, the most important event since creation, is a renewal of creation. The creation of the universe was an unique event. The Resurrection, which undid the damage done by our first parents, opened the gates of heaven. The Resurrection was a profound event, and the apostles, the Pharisees, Sadducees, and any one else, had to come to terms with it. It was a new thing to them, and it wasn't until Pentecost, that everything came into place. We are living in a post-Resurrection world. But even for us, the mystery of the Resurrection is something that we grow into, and constantly must think about. Death is experienced every day, all over the world. And yet we believe that through Christ's Resurrection, that is conquered. We have to try and live in the reality of our earthly deaths, but also trust in the resurrection. Sometimes that might not be easy, but we ask for the grace to do so. Happy Easter!

 

I will be on retreat Monday, May 2nd—Friday, May 6th. If there are any emergencies, Father Ed Shuttleworth will be available to handle any emergencies while I am gone. Please call the parish office number at 715-600-6942, and Susanna will contact Father Shuttleworth for you. After hour emergency calls during those days will be forwarded to Susanna.

APRIL 17, 2022

"The Angel cried out to Her that is full of grace: ‘Hail, o holy Virgin, and again will I say “Hail!” Thy Son is risen from the tomb on the third day. Be enlightened, be enlightened, o new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Rejoice and be glad, o Sion; and Thou, o Holy Mother of God, exult in the resurrection of Thy Son!’" 

(Byzantine Easter Hymn to the Virgin Mary)

 

Hello, everyone:

 I want to extend my thoughts to all of you as we celebrate Eastertide!  I hope that this past Lent was one of grace, and that you were able to sincerely enter into the meaning of that sacred time of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer.  Now, however, the Lamb that was slain is victorious!  These next fifty days should be days of rejoicing, days of resting in that most important of liturgical seasons.  Easter is that time of resting in the risen Lord.  We need to understand that with the Easter solemnity, Satan is defeated, death is defeated.  Are we willing to rest in this mystery?

APRIL 10, 2022

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!

(Psalm 24, ESV)

 

As of today, there are four days remaining in this season of Lent. During these past number of weeks, you and I have been exhorted to pray, fast, and give alms. We are to do this to look outside of ourselves, to see how we can assist others through our prayers and financial resources, as well as to mortify our own wants and desires via our fasting. How have we done? Has this Lent been fruitful? Or have we set these mortifications aside? There are still four days left! Let's do what we can.

APRIL 3, 2022

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen.

(Prayer of abandonment - Charles de Foucauld)

MARCH 27, 2022

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus while before Your face I humbly kneel and, with burning soul, pray and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity; true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment.  While I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Your five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones.”  Amen.

 (Prayer before a crucifix)

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has April’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!

MARCH 20, 2022

Dear Jesus, in the Sacrament of the Altar, be forever thanked and praised.  Love, worthy of all celestial and terrestrial love!  Who, out of infinite love for me, ungrateful sinner, assumed our human nature, shed Your most Precious Blood in the cruel scourging, and expired on a shameful Cross for our eternal welfare!  Now illumined with lively faith, with the outpouring of my whole soul and the fervor of my heart, I humbly beseech You, through the infinite merits of Your painful sufferings, give me strength and courage to destroy every evil passion which sways my heart, to bless You by the exact fulfillment of my duties, supremely to hate all sin, and thus to become a Saint.  Amen.

(Prayer to overcome sinful passions)

MARCH 13, 2022

My precious and crucified Lord, I offer You this Lent. I offer it to You with total abandonment and trust.  I offer You my prayers, sacrifices and my very life this day.  Do with me, Lord, as You will.  I pray that this Lent will be fruitful. I know You have much to say to me and much to do in my life. May this Lent be a time through which Your mercy is poured in abundance into my soul, and into the souls of all Your faithful. Dearest Lord, help me to especially see my sin, this Lent. Humble me so that I may see clearly. Give me courage and strength to confess my sins, and to turn from them with all my heart. Enlighten me with Your Holy Word, dear Lord. Help me to come to know You and to deepen the gift of faith in my life.  Show me the plan You have for me, and place my feet upon the path You have chosen.  My suffering Lord, I thank You for the fullness of Your perfect Sacrifice. I thank You for holding nothing back, giving Your life to the last drop of blood. May I offer You my very life as a sacrifice, trusting in Your mercy with every offering.  Keep me faithful to my Lenten promises, and bring forth new life through these sacrifices of love.  Amen.

 (Prayer for a fruitful Lent)

 

Hello, everyone:

 

I hope that the Lord is working in your lives this Lent (in whatever way that might be).  The Church exhorts us always, but especially in Lent to acts of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer.  The conflict between Russia and Ukraine (and of course in other parts of the world between other entities) continues, so that should be a particular intention for us to include in our prayers for this Lent, as well as our almsgiving.  Many of us have particular charitable organizations that we donate to, and we should continue to do so. 

 

However, if you would like to assist those who are particularly being affected due to the Russian-Ukrainian situation here are two charities you might want to consider.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is setting up a fund. Another organization  is "Chalice of Mercy".   This group which is based in our Diocese also assists the Church in Ukraine.  Chalice of Mercy was founded in 2007 so it has been assisting Ukrainians for a number of years now. They do excellent work, and I can attest to their efforts.

 

Chalice of Mercy
N13740 Fairview Rd
Fairchild, WI, 54741

 

Checks payable to "Chalice of Mercy"

 

Church in Central & Eastern Europe
USCCB Office of National Collections
P. O. Box 96278
Washington DC 20090-6278

Make your check or money order payable to: "Church in Central & Eastern Europe" 

MARCH 6, 2022

"O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter.  Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.  O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother and sister, for You are blessed, now and ever and forever. Amen." 

(Lenten prayer of St. Ephraim)

 

In this most holy time of Lent, the Church calls you and me to go outside of ourselves.  We do this by the recommended actions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  With all of these actions, we either mentally, physically, or through our financial resources give something up for the sake of the other.  It's a time where we're asked to mortify our needs, desires, and wants, and in a more focused way pray for those whom perhaps we may not usually pray for (especially those for whom we may NEVER pray for).  It's a time to discipline our bodies by denying ourselves food, and by being generous in a more pronounced way with our finances.

 

But also too, and this is important - that we heed Christ's words from the Gospel used at Ash Wednesday, and keep whatever our Lenten actions are - between us and the Lord.  He says we are to do these things quietly, and in secret.  Why?  Because others don't need to know.  The Lord wants this to be between himself and you, and between himself and me.  So I hope we all can respect that and resist the temptation to ask someone: "What are you doing for Lent?"

 

I'm including two examinations of conscience that I hope will be helpful for you this Lent.  One is for older teenagers and adults, and the other is for younger children.     

Finally let's step up our prayers for one another this Lent.  We all have struggles - some known and some unknown - and we all can use the help!

FEBRUARY 27, 2022

"If we want to take genuine care of our spiritual and temporal interests, we act as follows. We should always pursue God's interests and through almsgiving procure the temporal good of our neighbor."

- St. John Bosco

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has March’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!

FEBRUARY 20, 2022

"Jesus Christ can do very little if He cannot uphold me from day to day.

He will not fail to reproach me if I begin to relax;

each day He will counsel me and give me new strength;

He will instruct, console, and encourage me

and give me all the graces for which I pray."

- St. Claude de la Colombiere

FEBRUARY 13, 2022

"God does not work in those who refuse to place all their confidence and hope in Him alone.  But He imparts the fullness of His love upon those who possess a deep faith and hope.  For them He does great things."                                           

   — St. Jerome Emiliani

FEBRUARY 6, 2022

"Prayer is a great good.  For when we speak to a person endowed with virtue, we receive much benefit.  How much greater benefits will flow on persons who speak with God.  For prayer is speaking with God."

- St. John Chrysostom

JANUARY 30, 2022

"The Holy Spirit dwells in body and soul as in a temple. 

He is able to search into all our thoughts and penetrate into every motive of the heart.  Therefore He pervades us as light pervades a building.  In Scripture language we are said to be in Him, and He in us.  It is plain that such an inhabitation brings the Christian into a state altogether new and marvelous and gives him a place and an office which he had not before."

- St. John Newman

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has February’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!

JANUARY 23, 2022

"The Holy Eucharist is a fire that purifies and consumes all our miseries and imperfections.  Do everything in your power to make yourself worthy of the Eucharist, and this Divine Fire will take care of the rest."

- St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti

 

JANUARY 16, 2022

"This visible creation will fade away.  The Sun of Righteousness, with healing on His wings, will come forth in visible form.  The stars will be replaced by Saints and Angels circling His throne.  These are thoughts to make us eagerly and devoutly say, 'Come, Lord Jesus, end the time of waiting, of darkness, of turbulence, of disputing, of sorrow, of care."

- St. John Newman

 

Perhaps some of you might be familiar with the "Synod on Synodality" which began at the Vatican last October, and will conclude in 2023.  This Synod will be looking at various aspects of Church life from the perspective of clergy, religious, and laity.  This should involve anyone - male, female, young, old, ordained or lay.  Each Diocese is asked to get something together to forward to the national bishops' conference in each country and then those reports will be forwarded to the Holy See.  We have a few months to prepare for this.  In a future bulletin, I'll include some questions to think about.  I'll give you more information later.

JANUARY 9, 2022

"You yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed:  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him."

(Acts 10: 37-38)

With today's Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Season of Christmastide ends.  I hope these past two weeks were a time of resting in the joy of the Lord's birth.  Christmastide can be hectic of course, with many parties and planning of parties and get-togethers.  Those aren't bad things, but sometimes they can be draining.  So hopefully you enjoyed yourselves and didn't stress too much.  We know too that just because it's the Christmas Season, life, and the messiness that comes with it doesn't go away.  But while it doesn't go away, we can, we hope, interiorize the mystery of what we've been celebrating and allow it into our hearts and allow the newly born King into our lives, however messy they may be at times.

JANUARY 2, 2022

"In the heav'nly country bright, need they no created light;

thou its light, its joy, its crown, thou its sun which goes not down. 

There forever may we sing 'alleluias' to our King!"

-from As With Gladness Men of Old


I would like to continue to wish all of you a blessed Christmastide.  Thank you also for the beautiful cards and gifts that I have received.  I've been sending out formal "thank you" notes so hopefully you should receive them soon!  I truly appreciate everyone's kindness.  As the Church continues to celebrate the birth of the Lord, may we all give thanks not only for our redemption, but for the blessings in our lives.  

There is an insert in this week’s bulletin that has January’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!

DECEMBER 25, 2021

"In adoring our Savior's birth, it is our origin we celebrate. Christ's temporal generation is the source of the Christian people, the birth of his Mystical Body. 

All of us encounter in this Mystery, a new birth in Christ."

- St. Leo the Great

 

 Hello, everyone:

I want to wish you all a blessed Christmastide.  As we enter into this Holy Season, I encourage all of us (me included of course), to try as best we can, to set aside our worries, fears, and anxieties, and let the Mystery of the Nativity to truly enter our minds and hearts, and enter our lives.  We can't of course eliminate everything, but perhaps we can, even if it's just for a bit each day,  to just BE, and allow the birth of the Lord to bring to us, the splendor of what this holy time is about.  God is born today!  Celebrate this holy time.  Call a friend you haven't talked with in a while. Visit a neighbor, have some coffee.  Maybe take the first step in reconciling with someone if there's a strained relationship. 

Remember: God IS born today.

DECEMBER 19, 2021

Make us we implore You, O Lord our God,

watchful and heedful in awaiting the coming of Your Son, Christ our Lord;

that when He shall come and knock He may find us not sleeping in sin,

but awake, and rejoicing in His praises; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

(Galesian Advent Prayer)

DECEMBER 12, 2021

Come, Sun and Savior, to embrace our gloomy world, its weary race,

as groom to bride, as bride to groom: The wedding chamber, Mary’s womb.

At your great Name, O Jesus, now all knees must bend, all hearts must bow;

all things on earth with one accord, like those in heaven, shall call you Lord.

Come in your holy might, we pray, redeem us for eternal day;

defend us while we dwell below from all assaults of our dread foe.  Amen

(8th Century Advent Prayer)

Just another reminder: if you are using the Church building for activities, please turn off the lights.  I'm still finding lights on.  Thanks for your help!

 

This past Thursday (Dec. 9th) I met with some parishioners on the newly formed (or re-formed) Buildings and Grounds Committee.  We discussed those items of a structural nature that affect the safety and functioning of the Church.  There are certain things that definitely need to be addressed before moving forward with aesthetic modifications to the Church.

DECEMBER 5, 2021

O God, You looked on man when he had fallen down into death, and resolved to redeem him by the advent of Your only begotten Son; grant, we implore You, that they who confess His glorious Incarnation may also be admitted to the fellowship of Him their Redeemer; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(An Advent Prayer by St. Ambrose)

 

We are now starting week 2 of this holy time.  Advent is a time of waiting.  We are waiting for Christ's birth (although mystically as it already happened in time), and we are waiting for Christ's return at the Second Coming.  Yet, we are waiting.  In order for us to wait and prepare, we need to be silent.  We have to be willing to be spiritually, and physically silent. Advent is a powerful time, but we need to be quiet.  Are we willing to be quiet?

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!

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.