Our readings this weekend teach us that “the advent of the age of salvation is upon us: the deaf hear, the blind see, ands those bowed down are raised up. The kingdom is made manifest around the Eucharistic table, where rich and poor alike are invited to feast” (Ordo).
Our prayers go out to all those affected by the flooding in our region of Wiscon- sin. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse has been on the scene help- ing those afflicted by the massive flooding within the region of our diocese. To see how you can help financially or by volunteering, visit www.cclse.org/disaster- relief/ or call Catholic Charities’ La Crosse office at 888-212-4357.
St. Paul’s basement was flooded last week and the continued rains have brought more water into the basement. At one point the sump pump failed, it has since been replaced. We are working closely with our insurance company and Servpro of LaCrosse County for the clean up. Once the basement is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, the damage will be further assessed and a plan of action drafted to address any leaks or problem areas that might lead to future flooding. Thank you for your patience.
Day of Penance and Reparation: September 14th is the feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. This feast celebrates the finding of the true cross, under Cal- vary hill, by the Empress St. Helena in 320 AD. Many miracles were attributed to that particular cross. St. Helena’s son, Emperor Constantine built a basilica on the site of the tomb and another church adjacent to Calvary. While the buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, the site of the tomb and calvary are still present within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The finding of the true Cross by St. Helena is an image to us of the victory of our Lord over sin and death. We need the victorious power of the Cross in our Church and world today. We are blessed at St. Paul’s to have a relic of the True Cross. A blessing with that relic will be given after Mass on September 14th to all present.
Following Mass we will have a procession around the church with the Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, and the litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in reparation for all sacrilege, blasphemy, abuse, and scandal. This time of penance will also be offered on behalf of all victims of abuse that they may find healing and peace.
(From the hymn The Royal Banners) “The royal banners forward go, the cross shines forth in mystic glow; where he in flesh, our flesh who made, our sentence bore, our ransom paid.”
17th Anniversary of 9/11. Let us pause and pray for the victims, police, fire- fighters, and emergency personnel who lost their lives that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93, as well as for survivors and families of the victims. We must also pray and work for peace in our country, that we may truly be One Nation, Under God. Pray for peace in the world, and for those who suffer because of war, terrorism, and persecution.
Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona