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Bible Study starts next Tuesday

Posted on Sep 28 , 2011 in Our Ministries & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & Religious Education & St. Peter's News

Phil’s Notes & Tidbits

            It was during my college years that I first fell in love with the Bible.  A youth minister had challenged us to read the entire Bible.  He stated that a person could read the entire Bible in a year by reading around 3 chapters a night.  Since the chapters are short, it was a commitment of around 15 min a day.  I decided to give it a shot and completed the journey in a bit over a year.  Perhaps not coincidentally, I became a Catholic in the process.   (I had been a non-denominational Christian at that time).  I, like many other converts and reverts, brought my love of the Scriptures with me and I’ve been teaching the Bible in various forums ever since.  In fact, I remember asking the priest who had received me in to the Catholic Church whether it was alright for me to lead a Bible study in the parish.  He smiled, laughed, and nodded.  Sure enough a few weeks later I was leading a Bible study after Sunday Mass. 

            The Church is calling on us to read the Bible regularly.  “The Church ‘forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful…to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures.’”   (Catechism of the Catholic Church #133).  The passage goes on to quote St. Jerome who famously translated the whole Bible in the 300’s as saying, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” 

Pope Benedict, offering a reflection on an ancient writer in the Church, Origen of Alexandria, mentioned that the privileged place to encounter God is by falling in love with him, specifically through prayerful reading of Scripture.  

            We’ll be looking to do just that beginning this Tuesday evening, Oct. 4th  at 7PM in Kolbe Hall.   All are welcome to join! 

God bless you!

                        Phil Lawson

                        Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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Jesus the Teacher Catechist Inservice 9-24-11

Posted on Sep 26 , 2011 in Our Ministries & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & Religious Education & St. Peter's News

For the 6th year, St. Peter’s hosted an area Catechist Inservice, which took place this past Saturday.  Over 50 catechists from some 14 area parishes participated.   The evaluations at the end were all very positive, one person summed it up:  “done very well, I ‘save the date’ every year, thank you for offering this.”

Jody from St. Bronislava teaches the Virtues

The Catechists enjoy a networking session, comparing notes.

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Phil’s Notes & Tidbits 9-12-11

Posted on Sep 12 , 2011 in Our Ministries & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & Religious Education & St. Peter's News & Upcoming Events

 

            Phil’s Notes & Tidbits

            Congratulations to our own Shirley Wanserski, who was commissioned as a Leader of Prayer for the Diocese of LaCrosse by Bishop Callahan on September 17th in LaCrosse.  The Diocesan Leader of Prayer Program was created so that lay persons are prepared and commissioned to serve their parishes by bringing Holy Communion to the sick; conducting a Liturgy of the Word, possibly with distribution of Communion, on weekdays when a priest is unavailable (or on Sunday in an emergency); and by leading parishioners in prayer at times of illness or death.  Previously, Shirley completed the 2 year Lay Formation Institute for the Diocese and felt called to continue on to this next step.  Shirley joins, Gary Glodoski, Ray Heitzinger, Phil Lawson, Lorraine Studinski and Bill Maher as Leaders of Prayer at St. Peter’s.   Congratulations again Shirley and thank you for responding to God’s promptings! 

            In other exciting news, our own Ray Heitzinger has a tentative date for his ordination to the diaconate next year!  His ordination by Bishop Callahan is scheduled for October 27th, 2012.  Please keep him in your prayers as he completes his 5th and final year of formation—which God-willing will lead to his ordination next fall! 

            Finally, I had mentioned in passing that I’m teaching a Survey & Theology of the Bible course to our junior high and high school students.  A number of requests quickly popped up from adults (and our college DTS group) seeking the same thing.  So beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4th, I’ll be offering a weekly parish Bible Study in Kolbe Hall at 7PM.   We’ll do a survey of the entire Bible over the course of the year.  This will be my 3rd time leading this course and it’s something I certainly enjoy!  And whether we have 10 participants or 50 it’s always fruitful to spend time in the Word of God!  If you have any questions, feel free to call or send me an email. 

God bless you!

                        Phil Lawson

                        Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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Phil’s Notes & Tidbits 8-29-11

Posted on Aug 29 , 2011 in Our Ministries & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & Right to Life & St. Peter's News

Scenes from the Rosary Cruise

The Double Rosary during the Rosary Cruise

Phil’s Notes & Tidbits
            You probably saw the advertisements or fliers for the August 21st Rachel’s Vineyard Rosary Cruise.  It was a tremendous success with 93 attendees from 16 different parishes.  (I think St. Peter’s had the largest attendance!)  The Cruise included a beautiful tour of the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet led by Fr. Joseph O’Hara and our own Fr. Arul Joseph respectively, along with some great conversations. 
Rachel’s Vineyard is present in locations throughout the world and is now
being brought to Stevens Point.  As their website http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/ states: 
Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
Rachel’s Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God’s love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.
Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.
 
Special thanks to our own parishioner, and head of Project Rachel in Central Wisconsin, Lisa Sommers.  Her heart for those harmed by abortion and the love she has are a beautiful example of Christ’s merciful, healing, presence.   Thank you Lisa!  And thank you especially for responding to God’s placing of this ministry on your heart!  The first Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in Central Wisconsin in scheduled for October 14th-16th.  Please keep this beautiful and healing ministry in your prayers.  For more information about Rachel’s Vineyard, feel free to email rvstevenspoint@gmail.com 
            Perhaps fittingly, there was a beautiful double rainbow that appeared in the sky as the group was praying the Rosary.  May God richly bless this wonderful effort of healing!
                        God bless you!
                        Phil Lawson
                        Director of Catechesis & Evangelization
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Phil’s Notes & Tidbits 8-22-11

Posted on Aug 22 , 2011 in Blog & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & St. Peter's News & Uncategorized & Vocations at St. Peter's

“I want to be a teaching sister like Sr. Rose Anthony.” This was the comment from 8 year old Chloe after spending some time with my sister-in-law, Sr. Rose Anthony, OP at the summer open house our family hosted with her. Another young girl, about 6 years old went up to Sr. Rose Anthony and informed her that she had already chosen a religious name for when she eventually entered the convent! She had been exposed to the Nashville Dominicans before her family moved to Stevens Point, and wanted to be just like those sisters. Some 30 people stopped by that day to spend a little time visiting with Sister, including a fair number of young ladies.
I came across this great reflection from a Cleveland priest and seminary professor, Fr. Damian Ference:

“The inspiration to consider a vocation rarely comes from vocation literature; it comes from real people living out their vocations in the real world. In order to know what it means to be a good family, a good priest, a good religious, and a good Catholic, one needs to have living, breathing examples of each. I would have never considered the priesthood if I had not known some great priests as I was growing up; the seminarians I teach continue to tell the same story about their call. Disciples beget disciples – good marriages beget good marriages, good religious beget good religious, good priests beget good priests, and good Catholics beget good Catholics. When discipleship is modeled well, it becomes an invitation for others to become disciples themselves.”

We thank God for the joy-filled sisters (including our own Sr. Michelle!) we have encountered, the holy priests who have touched our lives, and the faith-filled marriages present in our parish—all of the above living there discipleship in Christ fully. And when our young people are exposed to these examples, no doubt the vocations will follow and flourish.
God bless you!
Phil Lawson
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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Meet the St. Peter’s Keys

Posted on Aug 08 , 2011 in Blog & Parish Events & Parish Organizations & Phil Lawson MTS & St. Peter's Keys Softball Team & St. Peter's News & Uncategorized

Meet the St. Peter Keys Softball Team

St. Peter’s has had a parish softball team since 2006 playing in the Stevens Point Recreation League at Zenoff Park. We are the only Church team in the entire league (Hooray for St. Peter’s!). This is something St. Peter’s can certainly take pride in! The team has been a fruitful and fun way for many of our younger parishioners to get to know each other. It is also a great opportunity to witness to the vitality of our Catholic Faith & St. Peter’s.
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the team members. The team includes Alexandria Nosratti and Jake Schultz who went through RCIA this past year and are scheduled to be married Aug. 11th, 2012; Erik Duhn who is scheduled to married this Aug. 27th and also teaches 7th grade CCD; Maria Marchel, who is scheduled to be married June 16th, 2012; Chelsea Rudiger who is scheduled to be married Dec. 28th, 2012 and leads the Pointers for Life at UWSP; Derek & Stephanie Treichel who were married in 2009 and teach 3rd grade CCD; Ivy Engwall & Teresita Marchel, high schoolers who also help with CCD and Vacation Bible School; Eli Zdroik, one of our high school altar servers, and Tyler Uttecht another high schooler; Elizabeth Glodowski & Jaclyn Hjortness, two of our college DTS students; Josh Eisenhauer, who went through RCIA in 2009; Jessica Siegler &Josh Zdroik, students at UWSP; Matt Lepak who can be found with the church cleaning crew on Thursday mornings; Alex Uttecht & Linzy Uttecht, our young adults, and finally, yours truly, Phil Lawson, who manages the team.
Thank you for your continued support of us. We regularly have one of the largest crowds in the league at our games!
God bless you!
Phil Lawson
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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Phil’s Notes & Tidbits 8-2-11

Posted on Aug 02 , 2011 in Parish Events & Parish Organizations & Phil Lawson MTS & St. Peter's News & Uncategorized

Some of the Altar boys and priests enjoy the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters game.

The Altar boys had a great time this past Monday evening with Mass at the Rudolph Grotto, a tasty dinner at McDonald’s, and a Wisconsin Rapids Rafters baseball game. Our own Dalton and Caleb even got selected for one of the special events they have during the game. Each got to dress up as an oversized cell phone and then race the bases backwards  (Dalton won.)
Another special thanks to all the boys for their continued service and efforts at the altar of Christ. Please keep these boys in your prayers as they discern what vocation God is calling them too!
God bless you!
Phil Lawson
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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Phil’s Notes & Tidbits: Altar Boy Pilgrimages

Posted on Jul 27 , 2011 in Our Ministries & Parish Events & Phil Lawson MTS & St. Peter's News & Uncategorized & Vocations at St. Peter's

“Every time that you approach the altar, you have the good fortune to assist in God’s great loving gesture as he continues to want to give himself to each one of us, to be close to us, to help us, to give us strength to live in the right way….Do your task as altar servers with love, devotion and faithfulness…You lend Jues your hands, your thoughts, your time. He will not fail to reward you, giving you true joy and enabling you to feel where the fullest happiness is.” –Pope Benedict XVI addressing altar servers at the Vatican 8-17-10.

For a number of years now we have taken the altar boys on a summer pilgrimage. This is both to thank the altar servers for their wonderful service and to give them opportunities to consider the vocation God is calling them too. Past years trips have included:
-Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.
-Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay, WI.
-Pilgrimage to the High School Seminary in LaCrosse
And, of course, fun outings like last year’s memorable canoe trip.

This summer’s trip takes place Monday, August 1st with a pilgrimage to the Rudolph Grotto where Fr. Joseph & Fr. Letona will concelebrate Mass in the outdoor chapel. Following that, we’ll head to Wisconsin Rapids to take in a Rafters Baseball game. Thank you boys for your great and dedicated service at Christ’s Altar. And please pray for these young men as they seek to follow wherever God is calling them!

God bless you!
Phil Lawson
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization

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DTS-High School

Posted on Jul 07 , 2011 in Parish Events & Parish Organizations & St. Peter's News

The High School DTS (Dead Theologians Society) group recently was “hooded.”  The participants are eligible to be hooded if they attend 3 consecutive meetings or 5 overall.  These black hooded sweatshirts with a monstrance on them are meant to call to mind the early religious habits, which were simply garments, and made them holy by what they now stood for.  Similarly, DTS takes the common sweatshirt and sanctifies it.  Congratulations to these young people.  Mortuum Mundo, Vivuum in Christo!  -The DTS motto, “Dead to the world, alive in Christ”.