Fr. John Gerritts - October 21, 2018
Congratulations to our young adults who are receiving the
Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday evening. Bishop Powers will be with us
for the 5 PM Mass and confer the Sacrament upon the candidates. We have 60
candidates who have worked hard to prepare themselves for this sacrament, and
we should be proud of each and every one of them.
Many of them participated in our mission trip this past
summer. All attended at least one retreat and several attended multiple
retreats. Some volunteered with our vacation Bible school, Totus Tuus, Summer
Stretch, or at Extreme Faith Camp. This is the first group of juniors to be
confirmed from our parish in the fall of their junior year. Our hope is now that
they have almost two years of high school left during which they can continue
to be a part of a small group and take on a liturgical ministry. We know
several will help with our Quest retreat in January for the freshman and
sophomores. Please keep our youth in your prayers.
In response to the Pennsylvania grand jury findings of sexual
abuse in the Catholic Church, Bishop Powers will lead two evenings of
reparation within our Diocese. The first is at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in
Rhinelander, on Monday, October 22. The second will be at Saint Patrick in
Hudson, on Tuesday, October 23. The evening will begin at 6:30 with Eucharistic
Adoration in the main church. This will be followed by a Mass of Reconciliation
and Healing at 7 PM. Following the Mass will be a time of hospitality including
refreshments. All are invited to attend from our parish, and the neighboring
parishes are being invited to attend as well.
This is one of three ways our Parish Pastoral Council is
encouraging us to offer input to our Bishop concerning how we hope he, our
Diocese, and the bishops as a whole would respond to this crisis within our
church. The time of hospitality following the Mass on Tuesday, October 23, will
allow for some time of informal personal interaction with our Bishop. A more
formal way to provide input regarding your thoughts and ideas is to write him a
letter. His address is: Most Reverend James Powers, Bishop of Superior, P.O.
Box 969, Superior, WI 54880.
A final way to provide input will be at a listening session
our Parish Pastoral Council is hosting on Sunday, November 4, at 3 PM. The
listening session will be held in the parish hall or lower level of the church.
There will be a moderator and few rules, for example a time limit per each
speaker so all who wish will have a chance to speak. The session will begin
with a prayer, followed by a few remarks from the moderator and a
representative from the Parish Pastoral Council. A microphone will then be
opened to anyone desiring to speak. We anticipate the session being finished by
During the listening session Parish Pastoral Council members
will be present taking notes, but will respectfully listen to all input.
Whether it is anger/ frustration, stories of past abuse, gratitude for the
service many priests offer, constructive suggestions on reform, or anything
related to the abuse crisis – the council hopes to hear from you. Following the
meeting the Council will meet to review the comments and suggestions. Council
members will compose a letter to our Bishop on behalf of the parish with five
to ten suggestions of ways we would hope to see the Church respond to this