Please enjoy Father's letter from the bulletin:
I am Fr. Timothy Reither and I am the new associate pastor here at the Tri-Parishes. I was able to meet many of you briefly over this past weekend; thank you for making me feel very welcome here! For those who may have missed my introduction or would like to know a little more about me, I will give a little more of my background here. I grew up on a hobby farm north of Elk Mound. My job was to take care of the chickens. I have five siblings, two older sisters and three younger brothers. They have all moved out of the house now and my oldest sister is married and has three kids. During high school I worked at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm and spent many hours in the fields shearing Christmas trees.
I first felt called to the priesthood while serving at Mass at my home parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Chippewa Falls. That initial call and attraction to the priesthood never left me after that, but it took some time for me to come to accept it with peace; there were so many other things I was interested in doing at the time. It was really in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament that I felt that peace and reassurance to apply to seminary and discern intentionally a vocation to the priesthood. So after high school I applied and went to IHM seminary in Winona for four years and during which my vocation to the priesthood was confirmed. After that, Bishop asked if I would go to Rome to study theology at the North American College and so for the last four years I have been in Rome studying theology. This past June I finished up my studies and was ordained a priest on the 26th and was given the assignment to be the associate pastor here at these Tri-Parishes.
I am already enjoying my time here and look forward to getting to know you all a little better now that I am all settled in. I would be most happy to meet with any of you and if you’d like your house/farm blessed, or have any specific prayer intentions, please let me know! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocese of La Crosse announces the lifting of the general dispensation from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation
Bishop William Patrick Callahan has announced that he will lift the current dispensation of the Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation for the Diocese of La Crosse beginning on June 26-27, 2021. “The Mass is our intimate encounter with Jesus,” said Bishop Callahan. “It is with open arms and a grateful heart, that we welcome all to respond to the invitation of Jesus to come to Him.”
The general dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic went into effect on March 13, 2020. Since that time, many Catholics have been returning to Mass as their local conditions allowed. It is important to note that those who have reasonable cause for a continued absence from Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation do not need a dispensation; personal illness or disability have always been considered valid excusing factors.
Participants attending Mass are encouraged to follow proper precautions to ensure the safety of all. A complete list of guidelines can be found at diolc.org/back-to-mass.
WHERE: Holy Rosary, Lima
WHEN: Every 2nd Thursday and Friday of each month beginning July 8-9th, 2021
To sign up for an hour, check your email for the Google Doc included in the June 18th Tri-parish email.
Don't receive the Tri-parish email? Contact the Central Office to add your address to the list!
Today begins the annual 9 Days for Life novena for the protection of human life.
Each day there is a specific intention, accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.
Our Parishes will be re-opening their doors for public weekend Masses on June 27-28, 2020! Weekend Mass times for the present will continue as follows:
We look forward to worshiping with you again!
(The following content is from https://www.tobvirtualconference.com/)
We are living in a time of profound crisis in the Church... We don’t understand in the modern world anymore what it means that God made us male and female. We live in a world that is compelling us by law to say that the body and the difference between man and woman is essentially meaningless.
St. John Paul II could see this crisis coming and gave the world the Theology of the Body. Our bodies are theological because, in understanding them, we understand God. St. John Paul II's passionate search for this truth sparked what is now the fastest growing movement in the Church because it provides answers for these deepest longings of our hearts. In this glorious vision of what it means to be male and female, Theology of the Body provides a road map to the fulfillment, peace, hope and joy for which we are made.
Hosted by Theology of the Body Institute, the TOB Virtual Conference May 8-10 will feature dozens of prominent speakers and artists who will share their "ache" and joy with you — showing how Theology of the Body applies to everyday life, how it will transform your prayer life, how it can bring healing of the deepest wounds in yourself and with others, and how it will bring your Catholic faith alive in new and brilliant ways.
At noon EDT May 8, the free conference will open and attendees will have access to all of the presentations, which are pre-recorded so you can choose the order and pace. The free conference will close at midnight EDT May 10. Visit https://www.tobvirtualconference.com/ to see an opportunity for extended access to all of the presentations, as well special bonus content.
Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of John are: “What are you looking for?” We invite you to take this weekend to unite with thousands of men and women around the world who are looking for that peace and joy that Christ holds out for each of us. Invite your family and friends, and log in at any time during the weekend to start your conference!