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.
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
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!!
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