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Fr. John's Column - May 22, 2016

During the past three years we have been blessed to get to know Sam Schneider, a seminarian studying to be a priest for our diocese, the Diocese of Superior. Sam is originally from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. After high school Sam received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While studying at the academy, he grew stronger in his faith and decided to pursue a call to the diocesan priesthood. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he completed undergraduate studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, and participated in the Saint John Vianney college seminary program. Sam has continued his studies and formation toward becoming a priest at the Saint Paul Seminary. Students at Saint Paul seminary are assigned a teaching parish. We have served as Sam’s teaching parish and in this role have been an integral part of his preparation.


Sam is now ready to be ordained as a transitional deacon. This will take place at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 PM. All are invited to the ordination to celebrate with Sam, his family, and the Diocese of Superior. No reservations or tickets are necessary to attend the ordination and there will be a reception at the Cathedral following the ordination with light refreshments. Sam will spend the summer at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Richmond to gain more pastoral experience, and then return to Saint Paul Seminary for his last year of school. During this final year of studies, he will again work with us one weekend a month, and part of one day each week. Let us keep Sam in our prayers as he is ordained a transitional deacon and begins a year of service as a deacon prior to being ordained a priest.


Congratulations to four students in our school who recently received awards for their essays submitted to the Diocese of Superior’s Respect Life essay contest. Seventh graders Anna Dumont and Audrey Faust along with eighth graders Nicholas Lentz and Carolynn McMahon were all honored for essays from among 125 essays submitted to the contest. The students had to write on the topic “Every Life is Worth Living.”


If you are looking for something to do this coming Thursday or Friday evenings May 26 and 27, I would suggest attending our school’s production of Pirates of Penzance at the Phipps Performing Arts Center. There is also a matinee performance on Friday, May 27 at 1:30. Tickets are available at the school office (phone 715-386-3941) and at the door. I had a chance to preview a few scenes from the play at our recent fine arts festival and I am very excited to soon see the entire production. If the rest of the show is anything like the preview, it will be amazing!!


This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Each year at the end of the Easter Season there are four Sundays that are Solemnities, giving honor to the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity, and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On the Church calendar there are Solemnities (the word comes from a Latin Word for “festival”), Feasts, Memorials, and Optional Memorials. Solemnities commemorate the most important mysteries of God (like the Trinity), events in the life of Jesus, Mary, and important saints such as John the Baptist, Joseph, Peter, and Paul. Some are on Sundays (like Pentecost is the final Sunday of the Easter Season), but others are on the same date each year. We sing the Gloria and recite the Creed when celebrating a Solemnity even if it falls during Advent or Lent. When a Solemnity falls during the week it may or may not be a Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Days of Obligation are chosen by a country’s Catholic Bishops and vary from country to country. If the Bishops of a country designate the Feast or Memorial of a Saint as a Holy Day of Obligation it becomes for that country a Solemnity (for example Saint Patrick in Ireland).  Regions or Religious Orders may also designate certain days as Solemnities. 

Fr. John Gerritts



Friday, May 20
5:45 AM This Man is You

9:00 AM School Mass
4:30 PM  Music Rehearsal

~ Saturday, May 21
8:00 AM Dustbusters
9:00 AM Cemetery Clean Up
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
6:15 PM Oasis High School Youth Group

~ Sunday, May 22
Masses at 7, 9, and 11AM 
9:00 AM Baccalaureate Mass and reception

~ Monday, May 23
8:00 AM Mass

9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
6:30 PM Boy Scouts
6:30 PM Music Rehearsal

~Tuesday, May 24
8:00 AM Mass

7:00 AM Pastoral Council

~ Wednesday, May 25
8:00 AM Mass
7:00 PM Choir Practice

~Thursday, May 26
6:45 AM Toastmasters

8:00 AM Mass
1:00 PM CCW Quilters
6:30 PM Music Ministry Meeting
~ Friday, May 27
9:00 AM Final School Mass

~ Saturday, May 28
8:00 AM Dustbusters

10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
6:15 PM Oasis High School Youth Group
7:00 PM Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion Blessings

~ Sunday, May 29
Masses at 7, 9, and 11AM 

~ Monday, May 30
9:00 AM Memeorial Day Mass at Cemetery

9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

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