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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

As you well know, we have been searching for a Pastoral Minister since Judy Stolper’s retirement at the end of summer last year. I am now pleased to announce that Deacon Todd Martin has agreed to accept the position on a half time basis. Judy has agreed to provide guidance and assistance on a part time basis when available. I…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Today I share with you a continuation of Pope Francis’ Lenten message to the Universal Church. Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Being very busy as I prepare to journey to Arizona with Fr. Roger, I am relying on Pope Francis for my columns this week and next week. Below is an excerpt from his Lenten message to the Universal Church. By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

This weekend’s Gospel is particularly interesting for us at St. Peter Parish. Jesus visits Simon’s (Peter’s) house. Present is Peter’s mother-in-law, who is ill with a fever. Jesus cures her and she proceeds to wait on them. First of all, this passage tells us that Peter had been married. He was probably a widower, because his mother-in-law seems to be…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

We are fast approaching the month of February. The name comes from the Latin word, februum, which means purification. This is in reference to a purification ritual which occurred on the 15th day of the month. January and February were added to the Roman calendar by King Noma Pompilius in 713 BC. Up to that point winter was considered a…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

When I was beginning my senior year in high school, I began to ask myself the question, “What do I want to do when I grow up?” I arranged a meeting with the guidance counselor, who happened to be a member of my parish. I asked him, “What do you think I’d be good at?” He said to me, “Your…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

The purpose of my letter this weekend is to thank all of those who so generously remembered me this past Christmas. It is my intention to thank each personally, but this will probably take a couple of months. I intend to use, for my thank you notes, the Christmas card I chose for this year, so don’t laugh if you…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

It seems like the Christmas season has passed by us very quickly this year. This weekend we celebrate Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the world. On Monday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, the last day of the season. On Tuesday we return to Ordinary Time, which ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. I hope your Christmas…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Long ago on a New Years Day, when I was in high school, we received a phone call from my Aunt Margaret and Uncle John in Mauston. They asked if we would like to join them for supper. Since Mauston was not that far from Baraboo, we said yes. This custom has continued for more than 50 years. The only…
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From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

As we share this Christmas: good wishes, good food, beautiful gifts, and a multitude of blessings, we should always be mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves. We are all blessed to belong to a parish where the poor are not forgotten. We take no special pride in this, but we are simply grateful for the privilege of being God’s…
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