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USCCB President: Amoris Laetitia, A Tremendous Gift For Church And Families In The U.S. WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement today about the ongoing, fruitful reception and implementation in the United States of Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia...Read More
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Pope lights torch for Family Week in Rome at audience (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis lit a symbolic torch at his Wednesday General Audience for the 'Week of the Family‘ event to be held by the Diocese of Rome on 2-8 October. The Holy Father said the flame was a ‘symbol of the love of Roman families and those of the whole world’.....Read More
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In Minnesota, Christian-Muslim Dialogue Turns Strangers Into Neighbors ST. CLOUD, Minn. — In the aftermath of the mall stabbing of nine people by a Somali-Muslim Sept. 17 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Muslims called on their friends at the Greater St. Cloud Area Faith Leaders for support. The group of 20 leaders from various faiths came together at the Catholic pastoral center to pray and strategize a sensible reaction to the violence. They emerged from their meeting ready to show a united front to a community whose racial-cultural stress points where under heavy pressure. This wasn’t just a crisis response, but the fruit of almost two years of ongoing Muslim-Christian dialogue...Read more
A central part of the Christian faith is the practice of almsgiving. But what is "almsgiving?" Here is how the USCCB describes it:
The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
The Catechism goes on to give three examples from the New Testament (CCC 2447):
"He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise." (Luke 3:11)
"But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you." (Luke 11:41)
"If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?" (James 2:15-16, cf. 1 Jn 3:17)
To be Christian means that we have compassion towards others, especially the most vulnerable. This includes the poor, elderly, sick, and the unborn. Almsgiving is an act where we imitate the love God has for these people by providing for their most basic and fundamental needs.
Often we express our concern for the poor by supporting an annual collection for the missions in Africa or South America. While that is good and noble, we should not neglect the poor and vulnerable that we see every day.
It is a beautiful action to support these collections and we should do everything we can to use our wealth to their advantage. At the same time, too often we will give a generous donation from the excess of our wealth and have great compassion for the people in Africa who live without clean water, but fail to support the work of the local soup kitchen.
While the annual missionary appeal is a great thing and should be supported, we hardly ever hear about the plight of our neighbors who are suffering or about all the men and women in our local community who are unemployed and do not have enough money to feed their family.
There is a certain "reality" that is brought to the forefront when we help someone locally and actually see how our money or gift is being put to use. It also humbles us to see those who are less fortunate and pricks our conscience. We are reminded that God has given us many gifts, but that we should not keep them all for ourselves.
So while almsgiving certainly involves giving money away to foreign mission, it also includes helping those we see and meet in our community. We can not be charitable to one group, while neglecting the other.
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Our Mother Mary needs your help! We are down to 2 volunteers that come every Monday at St. Paul’s from 10:30 to 1:00 pm to make rosary’s that are sent all over the world. Supplies are on hand. Please find it in your heart to help out with how ever much time you can spare!
Fall Festival Note: We were truly blessed with a beautiful day! The delicious dinner, wonderful raffles & stands to browse through, playing bingo & enjoying a brew while watching football. A perfect Festival Day & we have so much to be thankful for. Our many generous and dedicated parishioners who work tirelessly to make this Annual event a huge success. We do not have final totals yet but many areas exceeded past years profits. A full report will be in one of our future bulletins. Sincere thanks to St. Paul’s Fall Festival Committees!
On Sunday, Oct. 2 following Mass there will be an appreciation breakfast hosted by Catholic Financial Life. We only ask you bring a nonperishable food item or make a donation to the Tomah Food Pantry if possible.
The Tomah Deanery Fall Gathering will be held at St. John's/Wilton on Thursday evening, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. All parish women are encouraged to attend.
“A Scrap Book History of St. Michaels”: Shirley Finucan is working on this wonderful project and is looking for your family data relating to their history with St. Michaels church. There will be a box at the back of the church for you to put your memories and pictures. (Dates of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, etc. are needed as well from 2005 on newer).
St Annes PCCW will have their next meeting on Wednesday Oct 5th at 5:30 pm
Please remember to donate to the Camp Douglas Food Pantry. There are several drop spots here in Camp Douglas.
Greetings dear Brothers and Sisters!
In our readings this week, we see that “Amos condemns the complacency of the rich who seek only their own comfort (Amos 6:1,4-7). In his parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus echoes Amos, Exhorting those who have to share with those who have not. SelfSufficiency must never blind us to the needs of others (cf. Luke 16; 19- 31, Psalm 146:7-10). Only in this way do we keep god’s commandments integrity and in truth (1 Tim 6:11-16).
The diocesan Annual Appeal is fast approaching. I encourage you to prayerfully consider giving to this appeal, and how much the Lord may be asking you to give. The appeal helps to fund the good works and running of the Diocese. One of the major beneficiaries of the appeal is our Vocation program.
This year we in the Diocese of LaCrosse are blessed to have 32 seminarians discerning and studying for priesthood. While it is a joy to see the growing number of courageous and dedicated young men answering the call from the Lord, it presents us with the task of raising funds to educate them. The funds raised through your generous gift to the appeal are a major source of income to educate the future priests of our diocese.
Thank you to all who worked for the St. Paul Fall Festival, those who donated their time, baked goods, items for the raffle and white elephant sale and those who served the Swiss Steak dinner, (I now have half a freezer full of left overs, so I’d better sign up at the fitness center).
Happy Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels (September 29) to all parishioners, especially those of St. Michael Parish. May St. Michael be ever our strong protector in times of trial.
All three parishes are now into full swing with Religious Education on Wednesday evenings. It is good to see our youth continuing their formation to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. I thank the parents and families who bring their children.
When a husband and wife accept the responsibility of parenthood, they become partners with God in creation. Parenting includes not only the temporal well being of a child, but most especially, it calls for the spiritual nurturing of the child.
“Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God’s law. Catechism of the Catholic Church” (2222).
The very act of parenting, calls the parents to be the primary educators. This concept has been supported and advocated by the Church. “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children.” (CCC # 2223) “They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues.”
We at St. Paul, St. James, and St. Michael parishes are honored to assist you in the religious education of your children.
Dear students in CCD, I know and understand that after a long day at school and with sports or other obligations, sitting through CCD can be a little difficult, but I encourage you to push yourself to get as much out of the hour with us as you can It is important for you to know your faith, but most importantly, is important for you to know Jesus Christ.
Thank you to all catechists, especially Sue LaBudda and Deb Granger for your work as Coordinators of Religious Education. May God reward your service.
God bless you all this week,
Father Robert Letona
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