December 31st: 6:00 pm St Paul, New Lisbon
January 1st: 8:30 am St. Paul New Lisbon
January 1st: the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God is a Holy Day of Obligation
December 31st: 6:00 pm St Paul, New Lisbon
January 1st: 8:30 am St. Paul New Lisbon
Merry Christmas! In the secular world commercial Christmas has to come to an abrupt end. But our Holy Church, basking now in the radiance of Christ's birth, has only begun to truly celebrate.
So far since Christmas day we have celebrated St. Stephen the Martyr, St. John the Apostle, The Holy Innocents (the children killed by Herod after Christ's birth), and St. Thomas Becket the bishop and martyr. Stephen and Thomas were martyrs in Will and Deed. John was a martyr in Will but not Deed, and the Holy Innocents were martyrs in Deed but not Will. Through the prayers of the Holy Innocents may there be a renewed respect for Life from conception till death.
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. All these celebrations are reminders that because of Jesus Christ, our own lives, and our family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God as witnessed by the blood of the martyrs and life of the Holy Family. It is my hope that 2020 be a year in which we are rooted in the Love of God.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Holy Family: "The first witnesses of Christ's birth, the shepherds, found themselves not only before the Infant Jesus but also a small family: mother, father and newborn son. God had chosen to reveal himself by being born into a human family and the human family thus became an icon of God! God is the Trinity, he is a communion of love; so is the family despite all the differences that exist between the Mystery of God and his human creature, an expression that reflects the unfathomable Mystery of God as Love.
In marriage the man and the woman, created in God's image, become "one flesh" (Gen 2: 24), that is a communion of love that generates new life. The human family, in a certain sense, is an icon of the Trinity because of its interpersonal love and the fruitfulness of this love."
Pope Francis on the Holy Family: “Let us remember the three key words for living in peace and joy in the family: “may I”, “thank you” and “sorry”. In our family, when we are not intrusive and ask "may I”, in our family when we are not selfish and learn to say "thank you”, and when in a family one realizes he has done something wrong and knows how to say “sorry”, in that family there is peace and joy."
I will be traveling to California, I will be out of town January 2 -10th. Thank you, and pray for my safe travels.
God Bless you and grant you all a happy and holy 2020!
Men Renewal Retreat
February 15, 2020
St. John the Baptist
201 W Blodgett St, Marshfield, WI
9 A.M. – 3 P.M.Cost: $25/person (Includes morning snack and lunch)
Cost $30/person at the door
What does it mean to BE A MAN OF THE CROSS?
Join us for a half-day retreat with time for prayer, reflection & renewal led by Deacon Ralph Poyo.
Presented by Diocese of La Crosse – Office for Marriage and Family Life
For more information please contact: Dan Kitzhaber at 608-791-2673 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In English-speaking countries, a common Christmas carol is “The First Noel.” It is sung in many churches and is broadcast over the radio frequently during this time of year. The word has a rich history and dates back hundreds of years.
First of all, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary explains, “It can be traced further back to the Latin word natalis, which can mean ‘birthday’ as a noun or ‘of or relating to birth’ as an adjective. (The English adjective natal has the same meaning and is also an offspring of natalis.)”
In this way, “noel” is connected to the birth of Jesus, and is why in French the traditional Christmas greeting is “Joyeux Noel!”
At the same time, the word was also used liturgically in the days leading up to Christmas to signal the upcoming feast, according to an article printed in 1907 in The American Ecclesiastical Review.
Christmas Eve at St. James: Carols will be at 5:30, come hear the joy of the season and join the choir in singing the songs of the season! Mass is at 6:00pm.
“Today you know that the Lord will come. In the morning you will see his glory.” (Responsory from First Vespers of Christmas Eve).
“I will come!” This is the Lord’s hidden response to “all who wait for for him; to those who have called him in in the last week of Advent; and to those who longed for him during the course of the Christian life. It is the echo of his ultimate promise at the end of the Apocalypse - ‘Surely I am coming soon’ (Rev 22:20).” (Treanor)
“Soon a Child will be born for them. Soon a people will be born again too. ‘In the morning you will see his glory.’ This is from the book of Exodus, it’s a reference to the manna (bread) from heaven promised by the Lord to the community of Israel in the desert. The Manna was the heavenly food with which God fed his wandering tribes during their bitter pilgrimage in the wilderness.” (Treanor)
“This day God gives the flesh and blood of his Son to be the new manna. It comes from Bethlehem - House of Bread...” (Treanor)
“Christmas is especially the time of the Eucharist, the time of gentle Mary, the time of Emmanuel -God with Us. It is the time of peace with God and each other, the time of grace. It is the dawn of a new day that herald’s the eternal Day which will never set.
Until that final fulfillment, this feast is above all a time when heaven breaks through to earth, and God’s kingdom - for however short a space- seems to hold sway over the forces of evil that hold the human heart in thrall for so much of the rest of the year.” (Treanor)
“I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
While secular society will soon end its celebration of the “holiday season,” we in the Church, people of faith, have only just begun our true Season of Christmas.
“Something new has happened: he has appeared. He has revealed himself. He has emerged from the inaccessible light in which he dwells. He himself has come into our midst. This was the great joy of Christmas for the early Church: God has appeared.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Keep Christ, born in Bethlehem, as the center of your celebration. When you open presents, be grateful to the givers of those gifts, but also remember that the greatest gift is God coming to us in Jesus Christ. As you look at the warm hearth, lights and Christmas tree, see in those things the warmth of God’s love, the light He brings to a darkened world, and the life poured out on the Tree of Life, the Cross.
Keep Christ in Christmas, keep Mass in Christmas!
I extend to you a heartfelt Merry Christmas,
Father Robert Letona
Everyone most likely knows someone who has walked away from the Church. They could be a family member, a friend, or even a fellow parishioner who used to faithfully come every Sunday to Mass.
Whatever the case may be, it pains us every time we think of how that person left the loving arms of the Good Shepherd. We would do anything to bring them back, but often we don’t know what to do.
Besides our positive example, the best thing to do is to pray for the Good Shepherd to do his work and search out the one sheep who has strayed from the flock. He is the only one capable of carrying that soul back into the flock and is the one to whom our prayers should be addressed.
SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS MASSES:
Tuesday, December 24th Christmas Eve
4:00 pm St. Paul New Lisbon
6:00 pm St. James, Camp Douglas
8:00 pm St. Michael, Indian Creek
Wednesday, December 25th Christmas Day
8:30 am St. Paul New Lisbon
Advent Confession/Penance Services (with multiple priests available to hear confessions)
Tuesday December 10th 5:30 pm, St. Patrick in Sparta
Sunday December 15th 3:30 pm Queen of the Apostles in Tomak
Thursday December 19th 7:00 pm St. Patrick in Mauston
Last Chance before Christmas Confession Time at St. Paul’s New Lisbon (Fr. Letona)
Monday December 23rd 4:00 pm—6:30 pm
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6:00 pm (St. James)
8:00 am (St. Michael)
10:00 am (St. Paul)
(St. Paul) 8:30 am: Tues. - Fri.
(St. Paul) 8:00 am: First Friday
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Friday: (St. Paul) 7:30 am
Saturday: (St. James) 5:30 pm
Sunday: (St. Michael) 7:30 am