News from the Church:
Polish Cardinal, ‘Rosary Priest’ Among Sainthood Causes Moving Forward - Pope Francis on Tuesday recognized the heroic virtue of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, the former metropolitan archbishop of Warsaw, Poland, as well as Father Patrick Peyton, an Irish priest known for his promotion of the Rosary......Read more
News from the Pope:
Pope Francis shares Christmas greetings with Vatican employees - Pope Francis on Thursday exchanged Christmas greetings with Vatican employees thanking them for the work they do. “Work is the first word that I tell you, not to tell you to work more, but to tell you ‘Thank you!,” he told employees and their families gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall....Read More
News from the USCCB:
Catholic Partners Urge 18-month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador - WASHINGTON—On December 20, 2017, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was joined by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, urging an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. .....Read More
Tanzania Mission Trip 2019 Plans are being made for an Intergenerational Parish Mission Trip of 20 people ages 16 and older to serve with the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa, in Sumbawanga, Tanzania, Africa from June 17th - 28th, 2019. This immersion experience will offer the chance to serve at the school, orphanage, and clinic. There will also be an opportunity for a safari and market experiences. Tentative cost is $2500 (dictated by airfare). There will be an information meeting on Tuesday., January 30th, 7pm in the Columbia Room. For more information, please contact Mr. Dan Kitzhaber at 715 - 384 - 3252 x6 or 715 - 659 - 4480 x4 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Praised be Jesus Christ! Well, ready or not, we’ve arrived at the doorstep of Christmas. This will be a fast weekend with the 4 th Sunday of Advent lasting merely 24 hours. Some of you might be wondering what the priests will do once all the Masses are offered and things quiet down around here. Father Sedlacek is going home and then will spend a few days relaxing with friends. He hinted that he might be spending a good chunk of time at an indoor firing range because he missed at least three deer this fall. I told him it would be easier to see the deer if he actually had a scope, but he’s old school. I will be around this week to cover Masses but it will be a somewhat reduced schedule. As you know, I’ll be heading to Brewton, Alabama (January 1 - 5) for the annual reunion with my classmates from our years together in Rome. A smaller group (around a dozen) is coming this year, but the hope is to have a great showing next year as we celebrate our 20 th anniversary as priests in 2019. Because I really enjoyed my brief opportunity to hunt this year (I got out a couple of hours on Thanksgiving afternoon and then each of the next two mornings), I plan on both hunting and harvesting a number of deer. I thought the associate would take care of things (he did last year), but I guess it’s up to me to fill the freezer this time around. If things go well, you won’t hear any more homilies characterized by a whiny priest who complains of being chronically hungry. Now before I get too carried away, a few thoughts about the book we’re giving away for our annual Christmas gift. Titled The Shadow of His Wings , this book is one of my all - time favorites. Set in World War II, it demonstrates the power of intercessory prayer and the mysterious workings of Divine Providence. Some of my favorite characters in the book (besides the author) are Sister Solana May, Sister Jeanne, and Mere Monique. For those of you who enjoy reading, you won’t be able to put this book down. By the way, another fine read when it comes to the reality that our prayers affect others is the document titled “Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity.” You can find this document online and it’s one of the finest articles I’ve ever read in terms of the power of Adoration and how God’s people have literally changed the course of human history by their sincere practice of the faith. The stories found in the article are so inspiring that one cannot help but be deeply touched by the power of prayer. Writing this has impelled me to read it again – I’m printing it right now! Realizing that some of you are not avid readers, maybe someone in your family can take the time to share some of the stories found either in the aforementioned article or the book we’re giving away. Stories are a wonderful way to teach as we enter the narrative and see ourselves in a different light. Allow me to conclude by thanking each of you for making Christmas so happy and holy for Father Sedlacek and me. We’re grateful for the gifts of food, money, and gift cards. More importantly, we thank you for your prayers (especially the many Masses that you’ve had offered for us), as we could never live this life without your spiritual support. I’m sorry that I cannot thank each of you personally, but I pray for you every day and I hope you feel more of God’s love this way.
May God bless you and your loved ones with the most joyful and peaceful Christmas ever!
Your friend in Christ, Father Martin
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God: Because this feast day falls on a Monday in 2018 it will not be an obligatory Holy Day of Obligation. Therefore, there will be no vigil Mass on Dec. 31st . However, we encourage you to attend our 7:00am Mass on Monday, January 1st for what better way to begin the New Year than to honor His Mother.
News from the Pope:
Pope Francis: Why we should go to Mass on Sundays and not be slaves to work - Pope Francis reflected on the need to go to Mass on Sundays, and the need to rest on that day, abstaining from work and spending time with family and the community........Read More
News from the USCCB:
Response to The Chieti Document is Another Step Forward for the Catholic and Orthodox Churches’ Common Understanding in Service of Unity - WASHINGTON—The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation (NAOCTC) has released its response to the most recent document produced by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Entitled, "Synodality and Primacy During the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church," this work of the international dialogue was released in September 2016. It is often referred to as, "The Chieti Document," because it was finalized during a meeting in Chieti, Italy.....Read More
News from the Church:
Father Andrew Apostoli Remembered as a ‘Bright Beacon of Light’ - Franciscan Father Andrew Apostoli, EWTN host of Sunday Night Prime and a founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died Wednesday at age 75, after a battle with cancer during the last several months.....Read more
Any donations you wish to have included on your December 2017 statement must be dated no later than December 31st , 2017 and into the parish office by Sunday, December 31st
Praised be Jesus Christ! I heard recently that there are roughly 18,000 Catholic parishes in the U.S. Our own Diocese of La Crosse has 161 parishes (down from 165, due to mergers). Speaking of Dioceses, there are 197 in the US, of which 32 are Archdioceses. If you’re enjoying this statistical glance at the Catholic Church, then you’ll be happy to know there are 83 minor Basilicas in the U.S., 2 of them being Holy Hill and Saint Josaphat in Milwaukee. Moving right along, did you know that the number of priests in the U.S. dropped from nearly 59,000 in 1965 to about 37,000 in 2016? And that’s nothing when you consider that there were nearly 180,000 Sisters in 1965 compared to the 47,000 we have today. The decline in vocations is a significant challenge and this is complicated by the very wonderful fact that we have more Catholics to serve (c. 48 million in 1965 compared to 74 million today). Something that we have seen here is more parishes without a resident priest – Christ the King last had a resident pastor in 1996. God willing, all of this information whets your appetite for more and you’ve now decided to purchase a sesquicentennial book. We or- dered 315 of these and it’s up to you to prove that this was a prophetic number in that we are able to sell every last one of them. It’s an extraordinarily handsome book that is full of beautiful pictures, not to mention great prose that tells of the miracles of faith and God’s love in our Diocese over the past 150 years. As you know, I’ve made it a hobby to visit as many of the parishes in our Diocese as I can and I’m down to just 3 parishes left. For those of you who have much more normal hobbies, you can virtually visit every parish in the Diocese just by purchasing the book – every parish has a double - page spread! As the Roman poet Cicero once put it, “ To be ignorant of the past is to remain always a child .” Or maybe you prefer the philosopher George Santayana, “ Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ” If you buy a 150 th anniversary book, never again will you have to worry about anyone exposing your igno- rance of the past. And for only $33.00 you’ll have a gift that keeps on giving (I will re - gift mine after a year or so – just in time for the 151 st anniversary of the Diocese). Now to come full circle, the book will make it clear that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Gone are the days when poor people built churches and the faith was much more central to peo- ples’ lives (Mass attendance has dropped from nearly 50% of Catholics in 1965 to 22% today). One suspects that the life of sacrifice and hard work made people more disposed to the reality of God and His Providence. And while it’s inac- curate to compare different eras, suffice it to say that times have changed and the challenges to preaching and living the Gospel are as formidable as ever. Thank God that the genius of our Catholic faith is its ability to flourish in times of adversity. As Saint Thomas More put it, “ No time is so cor- rupt in which a saint could not thrive. ” And so our faith in- spires us to “ put out into the deep ” and cooperate with God’s will so that souls may be saved. Yes, we are asked to do more with less, but so it was for our ancestors, and so it will always be for those who set out on the straight and narrow way of the cross. So get down on your knees and pray, oh, and dig into your purse and fork over the 33 bucks!
May God grant you the joy of the Gospel as we celebrate Gaudete Sunday!
Christmas Mass times:
Dec 24 * Christmas Eve. @ 4 pm / 6 pm / 8 pm
Dec. 25 * Christmas Day @ 7 am / 9 am / 11 am
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Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM
Saturday: 4:30 & 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 AM
Tuesday–Friday: 6:30 - 6:50 AM
First Friday: 6:00-7:00 PM
Saturday:3:45 -4:15 PM & 6:15 -6:45 PM
PERPETUAL ADORATION: The Marshfield Deanery has the John Paul II Adoration Chapel located in the basement of St. John the Baptist Parish, at 201 W. Blodgett St. The chapel is accessible from the rear parking lot. For more information or to sign up:
contact Jean Kaiser 715-503-0118. Click on the image below for more information.
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