Two Parishes - One Faith


St. John the Baptist

516 De Pere Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 am
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Where Your Faith Journey Is Strengthened

Reverend Paul Paider

St. Mary

528 Second Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Saturday 6:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 and 10:30 am
Tuesday and Friday 8:10 am
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"This Saying Is Hard"

In John, chapter 6, verses 22-71, Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life, the "true food" and "true drink" which brings eternal life. Jesus' language in this dialogue is shocking. Truly, the listeners do not know how to handle it, which is why it is significant to note how Jesus handled their reactions. As they expressed doubt and hesitancy, His words became stronger and firmer. Jesus makes clear that all are invited, that all who come to Him will not be rejected. Yet it is clear too that to come to Jesus entails believing in Him, which entails accepting all His words and actions as divine and therefore worthy of belief. In the final verses of this passage we see the intensity of the truth Jesus is teaching, for when they admit, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" Jesus does not soften any of His prior statements on eating His flesh and drinking His blood for eternal life. Instead, He allows those who reject it to walk away. Indeed, "many of His disciples… no longer accompanied Him." He does not call them back to explain He was speaking symbolically. No, He watches them walk away. Then He turns to the Twelve Disciples and asks if they too will leave. Let anyone who struggles with the truth of the Eucharist be encouraged by Peter's reply. Peter does not claim to fully understand this teaching yet (indeed, the Twelve must wait until the Last Supper to know how Jesus will give them His body and blood to eat), but Peter commits himself to accepting what Jesus has spoken. "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God." It is because of who Jesus is that we can willingly believe, even as we continue to grow in our understanding. -- Carrie Sue Barnes, Parish Life Coordinator (From the 11/16 parish bulletin. See Carrie Sue's weekly column in the bulletins.)

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Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Want to learn more about your faith? Are you a Catholic adult who would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation? Then contact Joanne Vanness at (phone 725-7714 x424) for more information on our RCIA program.

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Disciples on the Way 28-page pdf document (download time depends on your internet connection speed) outlining Bishop Ricken's invitation to join him on a 6-year journey of

  • Formation in Prayer and Holiness (2014-16)
  • Formation in Discipleship (2016-18)
  • Formation in Mission (2018-20).)

Pastoral Reflection:Teach My People to Pray 40-page pdf document (download time depends on your internet connection speed)

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