During the festivities surrounding the dedication of the Brother Michael Catholic Center, it was made public that the Brothers of Saint Pius X donated a hand-carved statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Sacred Heart Parish, Spring Valley. In the 1950s the wooden statue had been given to the Brothers by an older man from Germany who had sought to enter their community. Even though his application was rejected, this man was grateful that the Brothers for considering him. As an expression of his thanks, he sent them this magnificent statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from his native land. The statue graced the chapel of the Brothers for many years. The Brothers of Saint Pius X now give the statue to Sacred Heart Parish as a token of their gratitude for honoring Brother Michael Mandernach and their religious community. The magnificent statue is currently on display in the church but will eventually be moved to a prominent place in the Brother Michael Catholic Center.
Congratulations to the young people of our parishes on being confirmed by the Most Reverend Bishop William Callahan in Menomonie on Saturday, October 15th. Confirmation Candidates from Spring Valley are: Hannah Hagen, Nathan Hannack, Alex Johnson, Mason Johnson, Tyler Leach, Tajiah Miles, Isaac Nilssen and Jarod Rielly. From Elmwood: Rachel Fesenmaier, Hannah Feuker, Brendon Geraets, Carson Heath, and Bruce Zignego. From Boyceville: Anna Boesl and Cooper Boesl. May these young adults be filled with the Holy Spirit as they go forth in life! Come Holy Spirit Come!
Below is a photo of the Spring Valley Confirmation Candidates with Bishop Callahan, Fr. Prince Raja and parish confirmation teacher Mary Lansing:
On August 9th, Fr. Prince enjoyed a visit from his Diocesan Archbishop Antony Papusamy of India. The Archbisop was in the USA to do Mission Appeals in various states and arrived in Wisconsin to do a Mission Appeal in Green Bay. While in Wisconsin, he took the opportunity to visit his diocesan priests stationed as pastors around the state and check on their wellbeing in their parish assignments. He spent a day with our own pastor, Fr.Prince.
On the evening of Tuesday, June 28 the Dean of the Durand Deanery, the Very Reverend Kevin Louis installed Fr. Prince Amala Jesuraja as Pastor of our tri-parishes of Sacred Heart Churches of Elmwood and Spring Valley and of St. Luke's in Boyceville. Please extend warm greetings to Fr. Prince as our official pastor and remember to offer up your prayers and petitions that he may fulfill his pastoral duties with faith and love. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us!
Daniel Sedlacek who was assigned to our parishes for the Summer of 2015, will be ordained a Priest for our Diocese of La Crosse at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 25, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman. Please keep Daniel and all our seminarians in your prayers.