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St. Mary First Week of School 20-21 is off to a Great Start. All the students attend mass and had their backpacks blessed by Father Amadi.
The process of St. Mary students creating their new mission statement.
St. Mary School Education Forward
Kingdom Come Prayer
St. Mary Algoma Enrolling NOW
We want to congratulate Father on the 7th anniversary of becoming a priest. We appreciate all you do!!
The Rosary Society Cookbooks are Ready to be Picked Up
SMS WRAP Returning for 2020-2021 School Year
WRAP
St. Mary School - Open Registration
Registration at the School is now Open. Please call - 920-487-5004 or email - [email protected] for more information.

St. Mary School, Algoma provides a quality Catholic educational and faith filled environment for students from pre-K through 8th grade. Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic School located in Algoma, Wisconsin offering excellent academics combined with moral, intellectual, emotional and spiritual formation for each child.

Operating as usual

[10/17/21]   There will not be a Live Stream of Mass today. Facebook is working on a fix. Thank you

[10/15/21]   A beautiful and thought provoking reflection from Fr Amadi:

"Grateful. Thankful. Blessed.
The year 2009 was a very big year for me. It was the year I came to the United States as a seminarian. This was in the spring of the year in early April which happened to be the Saturday of Holy week. I had every intention to attend the Easter Vigil that night, but after a long flight I was exhausted and dozed off. Fr. Tom Long, the diocesan vocation director at the time with whom I stayed, did not want to disturb my sleep because he knew how much I needed the rest. I was so excited to be in America. It was like a dream come true.
Growing up in Nigeria, I watched a lot of American movies and music videos.
In high school, I was not very interested in sports. My interests were choral music and books hence I read a lot of American novels. I remember that as a teenager, it was considered very cool to wear t-shirts and baseball caps with American sport teams or the names of American cities such as New York, Chicago or Atlanta printed on them.
It was in college that I learned a bit more about American history and philosophy especially as Philosophy was my major. I marvel at America’s impact on the world stage and her global leadership, power and influence. America’s involvement in World War II, for example, changed the course of world history. The world continues to look up to the United States for leadership in research, Science and Information Technology as well as in many other fields of human endeavor. Has the American scientific power and technological prowess always been a force for good? No. Has her foreign policies and history been utterly selfless and devoid of greed? No. Every country, however, has aspects of its history that are somewhat shady. Great nations learn from their histories. They do not hide from them.
For as long as I can remember, America has always been that shining city on the hill, a place where dreams come true and a land where anyone willing to work hard can succeed and achieve the impossible. It is as the line from the national anthem, the Star-Sprangled Banner states, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Over the years of living in the United States, I have fallen in love with this country and its people. It has become home. Thus it was a great privilege and honor for me to be sworn-in this week in Milwaukee as a citizen of the United States.
The United States of America, which I love and am now privileged to call home, is filled with many qualities. One such virtue that distinguishes her and her citizens from other countries is this: generosity. I am constantly amazed and heartened by this. Wherever human suffering shows its ugly face either in the form of natural or human-made disasters, the United States is oftentimes among the first nations to respond concretely with compassion. The milk of human kindness still flows in this land and in the hearts of many citizens of this country.
This nation thrives on the rule of law. In preparing for my citizenship exam, I had to study the meaning of the rule of law. Its simple definition gets to the heart of the matter. It means that everyone must follow the law. When people criticize elected officials in higher offices and do not get arrested, or when I hear about politicians or highly-placed government officials going to jail for breaking the law, I realize this is truly an exceptional nation. This, unfortunately, is not the case in many other countries where it seems the law only applies to the poor while the rich and well-connected get away with violent acts against their people.
This is a nation where people, both young and old, can freely express themselves. Put simply, freedom of expression lives loudly in this country and that is a glorious thing. Cardinal Sean O’Malley who serves as the Archbishop of Boston, once mentioned that one of the remarkable things about America is that when we talk about the issues that affect our country long enough, we tend to get them right. I hope and pray this culture of dialogue, debate and encounter may continue to flourish.
There is so much more about America that I love. It is difficult to put into words how thankful, grateful and blessed I am to live in this country and now be an American citizen. No matter how big or small the gesture, I humbly thank all who have helped me along my journey.
Fr. Alvan Amadi"

[10/13/21]   Dear Friends, please read the following beautiful reflection by Sharon Wahlers on St Teresa of Avila.

The Old Testament reading from last Sunday was from the Book of Wisdom. The reading began, "Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded and the spirit of wisdom came to me. (Wisdom 7:7)" I was struck with how this verse could so easily be applied to the great Saint whose feast day is coming up this week, on October 15, Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint Teresa of Jesus. Saint Teresa of Avila along with Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Terese of Lisieux and Saint Hildegard of Bingen are honored as Doctors of the Church, recognizing their gift of wisdom abounding in their writings. The writings of these women reveal their inner struggles and deep prayer life which led to the gift of wisdom and closeness to God.

Saint Teresa of Avila was born in Spain in the year 1515. To place her in history is helpful in understanding what challenges faced her. Less than twenty years before her birth, Columbus opened the New World to European colonization. She was born during the Spanish Inquisition and two years after she was born, Luther started the Protestant Reformation. During this time of change Teresa was finding her way from outer turmoil to inner peace.

Teresa was born into a pious family. As a young child Teresa became caught up in the zeal of stories of martyrs shedding their blood for God, her imagination took flight. When she was seven-years-old she convinced her younger brother brother to run away with her to Muslim lands so they could be martyrs and meet Jesus. God had other plans for them. On the road leading from the city an uncle found them and brought them home. Was this an early example of Teresa's quest for piety or a lack of wisdom? Fortunately Teresa did survive her childhood.

After this incident Teresa was torn between her strict father and a mother caught up in romantic novels. As a young woman she was caught between the guilt in failing her father's expectation and the worldly pleasures of popularity, fashionable clothes and rebellion. When she was 16 her father decided she was impossible to control and sent her away to a convent. He hoped a short time in the convent would tame her independent nature into a proper submissive woman.

Her father's plan did not work as he had envisioned. When time came for Teresa to choose between marriage and convent life, she faced a difficult decision. She had witnessed the difficult marriage of her parents and the suppression of her mother's spirit. On the other hand, the convent life did not have the fun she had enjoyed with her friends. In the end she choose the religious life because the convent rules were less strict than her father. Teresa also chose the convent because she felt it was the only safe place for someone who was as inclined to sin as she was.

Convent life was not as easy and safe as young Teresa had imagined it to be. For the next eighteen years she learned, matured and practiced mental prayer. She felt she was not achieving the goal of keeping Christ present within her. Life in the convent was challenging. Many of the women who entered were there because they nod no place else to go. The nuns would arrange their veils fashionably and wear jewelry. The convents had a steady stream of visitors and status depended not on piety but on the amount of money brought to the convent. Teresa was encouraged to have visitors and teach them prayer so that they would contribute gifts to the community. Eventually Teresa became more involved in flattery and vanity than in spiritual guidance. Her path toward God had become stalled.

Teresa was about to be led from her spiritual desert. She fell seriously ill with malaria. She had a seizure and was unconscious for four days. When she woke up she learned that she was so close to death that a grave had been dug for her. She suffered from the illness for three years and used it as an excuse to stop prayer completely. She felt she was beyond the favor of God.

When Teresa was 41 she had a conversion. A priest convinced her to return to prayer. She suffered great anxiety and distraction during her prayer. Teresa developed a sympathy for those who have a difficult time in prayer. She said, "All the trials we endure cannot be compared to these interior battles." Teresa conquered these interior battles to enter into intense experiences of prayer.

Teresa's return to prayer led to a determination to found a reformed convent that went back to a simple life of poverty devoted to prayer. Her plans were denounced by her fellow sisters telling her that she should raise money for the convent she was already in. Legal proceedings began against her. Despite the war raging around her, Teresa continued her simple life of prayer and trusted in God.

Teresa's trust was well founded. She began writing her life's story and the struggles she suffered. She spread her reform movement. She faced many obstacles from her religious brothers and sisters. Despite the abuse, riots and threats of excommunication, Teresa persisted. Teresa became the founder of the Discalced Carmelites and was declared a Doctor of the Church for her writing and teaching on prayer.

Teresa was a determined woman who abandoned herself to God's will. Let her give us strength today to seek God's wisdom. In her words, "I am yours, Lord, I was born for you. What do you want from me?" Let us look to the wisdom of Saint Teresa in prayer.

A Prayer by Saint Teresa of Avila

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use these gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
And allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us. Amen

Pass on the love that has been given to you,
Sharon

[10/08/21]   There's lots happening at St Mary Parish:

Open Wide Our Hearts is happening next weekend, Oct 16th at 5:15 - 6:30 PM & Oct. 17th at 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Soup, sandwiches, dessert, coffee, & juice will be available on Saturday and donuts and coffee will be available on Sunday.

World Mission Sunday collection will be happening this weekend instead of October 24th. You can find an envelope at any of the Church entrances/exits.

Rosary Society is holding their annual Pie fundraiser. Order forms will be available at the church entrances and in the parish office. See the bulletin insert for more information.

10/03/2021

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[10/02/21]   Beginning from Sunday October 3, we shall be restarting our Children's Liturgy of the Word during Mass. This is welcome news especially for parents of young children in our parish. We thank April Wery who will be in charge of this ministry and who has been preparing for it for sometime now.

[09/30/21]   A Prayer to Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, The Archangels, on the feast of the Archangels.

Heavenly King, You have given us archangels to assist during our pilgrimage on earth.
Saint Michael is our protector;
I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.
Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News;
I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the truth.
Saint Raphael is the healing angel;
I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace
and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.
Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us.
Holy angels, pray for us. Amen (Prayer from vaticansite.com)

09/26/2021

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[09/25/21]   Mark your calendar for October 7th for a Pet Blessing. You can bring your pet(s) to the school parking lot at 2:15 for the blessing for your pets.

You still have time to sign up for the Adult Faith Formation class! The first class starts on Monday, September 27th at 6:30 pm. Call the parish office if you are interested. 920-487-5005.

If you are looking for Bishop Ricken's Sunday morning Mass, it has moved to Sundays at 7:30 am on WFRV Local 5.

[09/22/21]   Some great questions to ponder each day:

Lord, where are you calling me to make Heaven present on earth today?
How are you calling me, to meet the spiritual hunger of the people of the world?
Lord, please show me.
How are you calling me to offer forgiveness or compassion or healing or truth to somebody who needs it? Amen.

09/21/2021

The Open Wide Our Hearts photo exhibit features photos of
Catholics from various racial and ethnic backgrounds alongside
written narratives that document what life in the church has
been like for them as a person of color. This exhibition will be coming to St Mary Parish on October 16th (5:15pm-6:30pm) and 17th (9:30am-11:00am). All are welcome to attend.
Bishop Ricken describes this exhibit in the following way:
“A pilgrimage through these stories is truly mind-opening and promotes awareness of the trials some people in our midst have had to face. I am so grateful for the participants who have courageously shared their stories. As followers of Christ, we are called to listen to their words and to accompany anyone who has felt on the margins of our church and our community.“

The Open Wide Our Hearts photo exhibit features photos of
Catholics from various racial and ethnic backgrounds alongside
written narratives that document what life in the church has
been like for them as a person of color. This exhibition will be coming to St Mary Parish on October 16th (5:15pm-6:30pm) and 17th (9:30am-11:00am). All are welcome to attend.
Bishop Ricken describes this exhibit in the following way:
“A pilgrimage through these stories is truly mind-opening and promotes awareness of the trials some people in our midst have had to face. I am so grateful for the participants who have courageously shared their stories. As followers of Christ, we are called to listen to their words and to accompany anyone who has felt on the margins of our church and our community.“

09/19/2021

Mass

Mass

[09/15/21]   Another beautiful reflection from Sharon Wahlers, on the Rosary.

Dear Friends,

As I have aged my life has become more predictable. I go to my favorite Caffe on the same days of the week. The counter staff know the size of the coffee mug I prefer and automatically deliver a scone to my table. Predictability is comfortable but perhaps there may be something missing; perhaps I would benefit from a new outlook.

The Rosary remained unchanged for hundreds of years, one of the Church's oldest traditions. In 2002 Saint John Paul in his Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" or Rosary of the Virgin Mary, brought a fresh light to the life of the Rosary. Saint John Paul explained: "I believe however, that to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary it would be suitable to make an addition to the traditional pattern which, while left to the freedom of individuals and communities, could broaden it to include the mysteries of Christ's public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion.... It is during the years of his public ministry that the mystery of Christ is most evidently a mystery of light: 'While I am in world, I am the light of the world' (John 9:5)." Saint John Paul introduced the world to the Luminous Mysteries.

The Luminous Mysteries portray the public ministry of Jesus, his Baptism in the Jordan, the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration and the Last Supper. New light was cast on the adult life of Jesus and provided a valuable link between his joyful youth and the suffering on Calvary, John Paul hoped to enkindle a renewed interest in the Rosary by illuminating the ministry of Jesus.

By reliving the Luminous Mysteries, the gloom before Jesus life on earth is ended is swept away. "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwell in the land of gloom a light has shone" (Isaiah 9:1). Each of the Luminous Mysteries show Jesus as the light of the world, overcoming the shadows of sin and evil. Christ's Baptism in the Jordan reveals the beloved Son who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and Fire. The wedding feast at Cana sheds light on the transformative power of Jesus. The proclamation of the Kingdom shows Christ's light shining into the lives of the poor, hungry and outcasts. The Transfiguration displays the dazzling light of the glory of Christ to Peter, James and John. The fifth mystery, the institution of the Eucharist, gives light to the memorial of his sacrifice and the way we share in his life to this very day. Meditating on the Luminous Mysteries helps us to see the light of Jesus. As the light shines upon the world it shines into our lives washing over our shadows of fear and sin. Let the Rosary illuminate your life.

I would like to share the "Light of Christ Prayer" from the Missionary Society of Saint Columban.

Father in Heaven, You make me Your child and called me to walk in the Light of Christ.
Free me from darkness and keep me in the Light of Your Truth.
The Light of Jesus has scattered the darkness of hatred and sin.
Called to that Light, I ask for Your guidance.
Form my life in Your Truth, my heart in Your Love.
Through the Holy Eucharist, give me the power of Your Grace that I may walk in the Light of Jesus
and serve Him faithfully. Amen.

Let your light shine,
Sharon

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