4:00pm Holy Family Willard
6:30pm St. Anthony Loyal
8:30am St. Mary Greenwood
10:30am St. Anthony Loyal
7:30pm St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am Holy Family Willard
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
8:15am St. Mary Greenwood
8:15am St. Anthony Loyal
Thorp Deanery Convocation
Wednesday, Oct. 26 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Abbot Jerome Hall
St. Anthony Church, Loyal
Keynote: Fr. Ed Shuttleworth
on ALPHA and
reaching the fallen away.
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|Dear Holy Family, St. Mary and St. Anthony Parish:
“Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?”
This past week we had our annual Fall Clergy Conference in La Crosse. It was our first chance to see Bishop Callahan after his July 27th quadruple by-pass heart surgery. He had lost a lot of weight, looked aged, and was just getting back into the work schedule, with his first Confirmation this past week. He asked for our prayers saying that along with the physical battle to regain strength, he is finding it a challenge also to rebuild his confidence and enthusiasm. Surely God will hear the prayers of those who call out to him and restore this good servant to a full life.
I also had a chance to catch up with Fr. Joseph Arokiam and Fr. Mariam Dass who is living with him now in Viroqua. Fr. Joseph greeted me with that enormous smile and warm embrace. He and Fr. Mariam said they are getting the parish back in order, establishing working Councils and Committees. Fr. Joseph said he is completely comfortable now driving the winding roads of the Coulee region. And he asked me to extend his warmest regards to all the good people of Holy Family, St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s.
The Conference was led by the young rector of the Cathedral in Sioux City Iowa. He cares for 2600 families in the Cathedral parish. 200 are Vietnamese. 400 are Caucasians. And 2000 are Hispanic! The topic of the Conference was welcoming the newest immigrants. If there was a theme it was: What started out for us as outreach ministry has become the salvation of the parish. He shared his own conversion story from being resentful of being sent to minister to the Hispanic community to now feeling blessed to be there. He left us all feeling that we have everything to gain and nothing to lose from welcoming Latino people into our parishes. God is very present among these people. Msgr. Kunz, the Vicar for Clergy for our diocese, shared that there are now approximately 40,000 Spanish speaking people…. in the Diocese of La Crosse.
It was the perfect preparation for reflecting on this week’s bulletin excerpts from the US Bishop’s letter: Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship. The topics raised are Religious Freedom and Immigration. We have one more insert for next weekend which gives a person guidance on how to decide who to vote for when neither candidate fully supports the teachings of the Church. I draw your attention to it now because I will not be able to speak about it at all the liturgies.
Next weekend will be our first Youth Masses. Once a month on the fourth weekend of the month parish youth will take special part in the 10:30am Mass at St. Anthony’s and alternatively at the 8:30am Mass at St. Mary’s and the 4:00pm Mass at Holy Family. This month it will be at St. Mary’s. Plans were still being fine tuned at the time of this writing, but there is a good chance the St. Anthony 10th graders will be giving the homily at the 10:30 by way of a drama. These Youth Masses are the brain child of our Family Life and Religious Education committees.
This week everyone will be receiving their appeal from Bishop Callahan to support the ministry of the Diocese and the larger Church. This Diocesan Annual Appeal not only takes the place of the 12 second collections we used to have each year, but it also supports our own ministries like Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, the formation of priests, and the Diocesan offices for Sacred Worship, Family Life, Social Justice and Catholic Education. Each parish is assigned a target based on their size and the overall need of the Diocese. Monies collected over that target amount are returned to the parish assessment (church tax) free. If everyone supported this Appeal it would empower the diocese to better serve our people and it would bring needed revenue into our parishes. Thank you for your help!
This Monday and Tuesday I’ve been asked to lead a retreat for the thirty Catholic Charities staff from around the diocese out at the Christine Center in Willard. I grow to respect this organization more and more. They said they wanted time and space to listen deeply to what God is calling them to do. Because if they were not working in union with God, they know they will grow exhausted and weak. But if they are doing his work, they will remain enthused and effective. They know God will secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night.
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