Build up Father/Son Bonds The 2019 Men of the Cross conference theme is The Father’s Way. A special rate is being offered for Father -Son attendees. Held in La Crosse on Sat., Oct. 26th, this year’s keynote speaker will be Steve Ray, a dynamic convert sure to engage men of all ages. To register, go to menofthecross.org.
Youth Group will kick-off on Wednesday September 25th, from 7:45pm to 9pm in the St. Francis Room. All youth in grades 8 to 12 are invited. The purpose of youth group is help young people become disciples of Jesus, and to teach them how to make other disciples. We sing, pray, learn, laugh, and grow together every Wednesday. To get reminders and cancellation notices, please join the "St. Johns Marshfield Youth Ministry" group within Flocknote, or contact David Alcott at email@example.com
It doesn’t take long for some scam artists to get up to speed. In my first 2 months here, there have been at least 2 scams that I am aware of that have been tried. The first was an email sent in my name, but not from my email address, requesting gift cards to help me with a certain need. They asked for the card numbers to be sent to them. NEVER do this; it is a scam, and most times there is nothing law enforcement can do to get your money back. When these first started, I had a parishioner that made the mistake of sending the gift card numbers and losing their money, After contacting the local police chief we discovered nothing could be done.
The second event here in Marshfield was the first I have heard of this particular scam. The person texted another priest, claiming to be me and asking for a similar thing, that they get some gift cards and send them the numbers in order to help me with whatever it was they were asking for. This particular scam artist then texted the priest, continuing to pressure him. He caught on early, and thankfully did not fall for their tricks. Again, it was a phone number from out of state, and had nothing to do with me.
Please know I will never ask for gift cards for some obscure purpose, and in fact I will never ask by phone or email for any purpose. Never send anyone the numbers off the back of gift cards, as this is the same as sending cash. Once they have these numbers, the money is gone. If you get something like this, the best thing to do is to delete the message and ignore it. Some of these scammers are pretty good at disguising their identities, and it is best to just cut off any communication.
This Sunday evening we will celebrate Confirmation with 30 some of our young people from our congregations. This is a special event for them and for their sponsors, but it is also a special day for the entire parish family, as we continue striving for lives of faith and growth in our personal relationship with the Holy Trinity. We owe a debt of gratitude to those that have prepared these young people for this sacrament. It is also a day to celebrate with our bishop, offering our prayers and support for him in a difficult mission.
What does Confirmation mean? There is an old German story about a farmer with 3 sons. When he got old, he told them he would give the farm to the first one who could fill the barn. The oldest son brought in all the cows, the chickens and the pigs. There was still room, so they emptied the barn for the second son, who brought in load after load of hay. This didn’t fill the barn either, so again they emptied the barn. The third son waited until nightfall, and went into the barn with a candle which he lit. Looking from the outside, the father saw the entire barn filled with light, and so he gave the youngest son, who did the least amount of physical work, the farm.
Today, our young people will receive the fire of the Holy Spirit in their hearts and souls in a special sacrament. It is not about the amount of work we do, although there is work involved. For those of us who have been confirmed, it is about how we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and this takes work. For our confirmandi, he will fill you with his light, and give you his gifts: wisdom, knowledge, courage, counsel, understanding, fortitude and piety. These are the gifts that will fill your hearts today, tomorrow, for all time, and these will bring power into your Catholic Christian lives. It takes courage today to live a Christian life; to speak up for what is right, to make choices in line with our faith, to stand solid when the current of the prevailing culture, which grows stronger every day, is pushing you along. Use the gifts you receive today to be that light that fills the world, to help bring the light of Christ into every corner of the world God sends you. It will not be a farm you are inheriting, but eternal life.
May God keep and bless you on this special day and always.
St. John’s Parish Family has the opportunity to aid the less fortunate in our area by serving a fellowship meal in the Gathering Room of St. Vincent de Paul Center. We meet on September 25th at 3pm to set up, serve the meal at 5pm and finish with clean-up by 6:30pm. If you are able to help, call Richard
From the Diocese
Father Brandon Guenther and Father Ethan Hokamp celebrate their vocations to the priesthood
On June 22, 2019, Bishop William Patrick Callahan ordained Deacons Brandon Guenther and Ethan Hokamp to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Years of discernment and their time as seminarians brought them to the sacrament of holy orders, which was joyfully shared with clergy, their family and friends.
Confirmation Mass - 5:00pm, Sunday, Sept. 15th: Please keep our Confirmation students in prayer as they will be Confirmed by Bishop Callahan. Thank you!
HAPPY LABOR DAY
Although the above greeting is a week late, it does make sense to continue our reflection on what Labor Day is, and why we celebrate it in our country. For over a century, Americans have celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday in September. This national holiday was established in the 1880s for two reasons: to mark the irreplaceable role of the American worker in making this country prosperous and strong; and to have time to attend speeches and events on the spiritual and educational aspects of work, the worker and the good that comes from work. From this we see that although it is a secular holiday, instituted into our culture through the work of labor unions, we Christians are called to sanctify all things, including culture. We do this by honoring the dignity of human labor, and so we honor the work that is done by all men and women throughout history, and even before.
In the first command in the Bible, the Lord gave the human person the mission to co-operate (work together) with him in bringing His work of creation to fulfillment: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish ... the birds ... and every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen 1:28). God, who worked for the “six days” of creation and whom Jesus says “is still working” (Jn 5:17), made man and woman in his own image and likeness and called them to share in this work.
Christ himself was a carpenter’s son, Sts. Peter, James and John were fishermen, St. Paul was a tent maker; again and again we find saints who were laborers during their time on earth. It is through our work and toil that we attain dominion over creation, as instructed in Genesis. This call to work has roots to the beginning of time, and continues to this day. Although the work is different- agricultural workers, day laborers, factory workers, nurses, doctors, stay at home moms and dads, construction workers, students and scientists to name a few; we all know some type of work. And that is a good thing.
In fact, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that work itself is good for mankind. It is good in that it allows us to purchase things for life, but it is not principally about earning a paycheck, but about serving God and others. More importantly work corresponds to our human dignity, and even increases it. Through work, we transform nature, adapt it to our needs, and achieve fulfillment as a human being; in a sense becoming ‘more a human being’ (Laborem Exercens). Without this conception of work, it can be simply tedious and a struggle; or work can be used to punish or oppress other humans through such things as forced labor, concentration camps and exploitation of workers solely for the profit of others etc. So as Christians we come to celebrate Labor Day, not as a day off from our toil, but as a day to celebrate work itself, and to reflect how our work, no matter what it may be, is a way to grow in holiness and imitation of our Creator, the first worker. In this light, we see that it is more than just a day, but it becomes how we view human labor throughout the year and how we participate in building the kingdom.
Threshold Bible Study: Jesus - the compassionate Savior; Book of Luke - Chapters 12-24 This bible study will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 6:30pm and will run 6 weeks. It will be held in the Bride’s room of the church. Cost for the study book is $15. A Threshold Bible Study is a dynamic, informative and inspiring way to enter into a deeper relationship with God through Scripture. To register, please call Carol Jonas
From the Church
In December 2017, 19 year-old Arkansas college student Christine McGee was rushed to the hospital by her mother.
Christine had fallen ill with what turned out to be an aneurysm, and it looked like she was going to die. Once at the hospital, Christine fell into a coma and became unresponsive.
Today, Christine is healed. She recently received her Master’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, and she can drive and live independently.
Her recovery could be a miracle that progresses the sainthood cause of a Louisiana Creole religious sister, say authorities from the Diocese of Little Rock Arkansas.
While Christine was ill, her mother prayed for the intercession of Venerable Henriette DeLille, asking for healing for her daughter.
Mass on Mondays At the last Marshfield Deanery Clergy Meeting, the six priests of the Deanery decided that they would take turns offering the Monday morning Mass offered at St. John the Baptist Parish. This would give all the priests of the Deanery the ability to take off most Mondays--the traditional and most convenient day for a priest to take off - while removing the weekly burden from the priests assigned to St. John’s. Since people from all of the deanery parishes utilize the Monday Mass at St. John’s, all of the deanery priests felt is was only fair to share the responsibility of offering the Mass.
Confessions on Friday Recently the Confession schedule at St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield was changed from every Friday at 7:00 p.m. to the first Friday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Both Father Weighner and Father Saylor from St. John’s will be hearing the First Friday Confessions. At the last Marshfield Deanery Clergy Meeting, the priests of the deanery decided to add Confessions at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Marshfield on the third Friday of each month at 6:00 p.m. to complement the First Friday Confessions at St. John’s. Both Father Robertson from Our Lady of Peace Parish and Father Kitzhaber from Sacred Heart Parish in Marshfield will be hearing the Third Friday Confessions.
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 Dale at 715-383-2262 or Jean Kaiser 715-387-0571. Click on the image below for more information.
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Welcome to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church! Ever since 1877 this parish has been assisting souls in their quest for deeper union with God. Pope John Paul II called the parish a “school of prayer” and St. John’s is committed to promoting growth in holiness in every state in life. Each of us is called... Read More
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