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.
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.
The Spring Valley Parish is proud to recognize our high school graduates: Kate Buchal, Rachel Coyne, Rebecca Fesenmaier, Jack Hannack, Collin Huebel, Nicholas Kalmes, Alyssa Nilssen, Jason Richardson, Jacob Rielly, Kalley Rustad, Jedidiah Schlegel, Alena Schneider and Regina Schneider.
The Elmwood Parish is proud to recognize highschool graduates: Damon Erickson, Elizabeth Feuker, Elizabeth Fredrickson, Darek Nelson and Andrew Webb.
Scholarship winners: Elizabeth Feuker and Elizabeth Frederickson.
Congratulations Seniors! May God be with you as you continue your life's journey!
Congratulations to the children of Elmwood and Spring Valley on receiving Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Holy Communion April!
Elmwood First Communicants are: Taylor Sue Asher (Jeff and Sara), Blake Marcus Bechel (Melvin and Sara), Hannah Marie Fesenmaier (David and Brenda), Jayden Robert Obermueller (Charley and Renee).
Spring Valley First Communicants are: Derek Richard Clark, Collin Joseph Brunner, Kamdynn Allyn Marie Hoolihan, Bethany Clara Nilssen, Tyler Richard Ray Paulson, Ella Kay Peterson, Toby Matthew Shafer.
May these children hold Jesus in their hearts and their love for the Eucharistic Lord deepen daily!
Elmwood's Levi Schmitt, son of Joe and Laurie Schmitt, continues his formation for the Priesthood for our Diocese of La Crosse. Bishop Callahan assigned Levi to study Theology at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, Milwaukee. Please pray for Levi and all the young men studying to be priests for our Diocese. At the beginning of this new academic year Levi wrote the following note to our local Knights of Columbus:
"August was a very busy month. In the first week, Kyle and I spent our very full days saying good bye to the various people we had met while in Bolivia. Though we had only been in the country for a short period of time, we had formed strong friendships. This was particularly true with the patients we regularly visited at their clinic. Out of all the things that went into the Bolivian experience, the best and most important thing were people we met.
After returning to the States, I had about ten days of free time. I spent a few days with family, a few days with friends, and a few days with my brother seminarians at our August gathering. It was a special grace praying in the House of Formation's new chapel with my brothers, knowing that the place was made possible in part by our council's innovation. The ten days went fast though, and before I knew it, I was driving my sleek, black Pontiac across three-hundred miles of Wisconsin to get to my new base of operations: St. Francis de Sales.
The seminary is a very unique place. To date, it is the oldest seminary in the nation still on its original site. Archbishop Henni finished the construction of the place in 1856. It is a strange experience walking the halls and through the rooms with the knowledge that hundreds of seminarians and priests have gone on ahead of me. It raises both pride and humility: pride that I have entered into a long and venerable tradition, and humility in knowing that, like those priests, I am a part of something bigger than myself.
When I arrived here two and a half weeks ago, we opened with a week-long set of orientation conferences to acquaint me and my new brothers with the seminary's system. The week after, all of the seminarians entered into a week-long silent retreat in Illinois. This, above all, was the greatest blessing of the month. After dodging from country to country, city to city, conference to conference, I needed time to slow down and refocus on the Lord. So, after rebooting my relationship with Jesus, I came back to the seminary to officially start the new year of formation.
I will keep you posted on how things develop, but at this point I am very excited for what St. Francis has to offer. I take the opportunity, then, to thank you brothers for all the support you have shown me over these last four years of seminary and the support you continue to show me now. May the Lord bless you for your generosity. Know of my prayer!"
Seminarians for the Diocese of La Crosse
United with our fellow Catholics in the Diocese of La Crosse we have begun the 2015-2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal. The Appeal is the major source of funding for the ministries, programs, and services of our Diocese. Thanks to the generosity of people in our own parishes and parishes throughout the La Crosse Diocese, the Appeal has proven successful in meeting the financial needs of the Diocese, in raising additional funds for parishes, and in fulfilling our Christian responsibility to assist those in need.
Why should we take part in this Appeal? Our participation in this Appeal affords us the opportunity to give assistance to our needy brothers and sisters in our area, our Diocese, and around the globe. Our donations, for example, support our diocesan mission and orphanage in Peru. In other words, our involvement is a matter of charity. In addition, our contribution to the Appeal is a privileged way in which we take responsibility for our portion of the expenses involved in the activities of our Diocese of La Crosse. So our monetary support for the Appeal, for example, helps pay for the education of our future priests like Elmwood’s very own Levi Schmitt as well as our seminarian-intern Daniel Sedlacek who will be ordained a transitional deacon in October! In other words, our participation is a matter of justice.
Each parish family will receive a brochure detailing the programs, ministries, and services supported by the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Please pray for Bishop Callahan and for the success of this year’s Appeal. Moreover, please give prayerful consideration to your own financial gift. Each family also received a pledge card that you may return in the self-addressed envelope via mail or the offertory plate at Mass. Thanks to you, the Appeal was a success last year with the majority of our parishioners participating. With your continued generosity, we can once again meet and even surpass our target. As always, one hundred percent of any funds beyond our goal are returned to us for our own needs right here.
Thanks to our parishioners spearheading our efforts again this year: Chair Gene Bauer and Secretary Marie Cebulla of Spring Valley; Chair and Secretary John Bates of Elmwood; and Chair and Secretary Karen Adams of Boyceville. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact them or Becky in our Central Office at email@example.com or 715.778.5519. May the Lord bless you for your generous sharing of your time, talents, and treasure.
Answering the call from the 2014-2015 Pastoral Council to expand and increase cooperative outreach among the Catholic communities of Spring Valley, Elmwood, and Boyceville, the Rosary-making mission now meets in two locations -- at Spring Valley in the Brother Michael Catholic Center and at Boyceville in the Saint Luke Parish Hall. Parishioners make Rosaries that in turn are donated to the missions and to the men and women serving in our military. The need is great as some places need thousands of Rosaries each week. Anyone of any age is welcome! Materials are provided as well as instruction in making bead and rope Rosaries. Come as your schedule allows!
Boyceville Saint Luke Parish Rosary-makers
The Rosary-makers meet at two locations:
Spring Valley Brother Michael Center First Wednesday of the month 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Boyceville Saint Luke Parish Hall Every other Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 PM
For more information contact:
Pam Burke 715.307.8312
Cindy Schlegel 715.684.3324
Betty Garsides 715.643.2930