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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

WE HAVE RESUMED PUBLIC MASSES!!!

St. Mary's - Tomahawk
Weekday Masses: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday @ 8:45AM
Weekend Masses: Saturday @ 6:00PM & Sunday @ 8:00AM & 11:00AM

St. Augustine's - Harrison
Weekday Mass: Tuesday @ 8:30AM
Weekend Mass: Sunday @ 9:30AM

St. Francis of Assisi - Pier Willow
Will Remain Closed Until Further Notice



St. Mary's Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday at 6:00PM
Sunday at 8:00AM
Sunday at 11:00AM

St. Mary's Weekday Mass Schedule
Wednesday at 8:45AM
Thursday at 8:45AM
Friday at 8:45AM

Reconciliation
Saturday at 9:00AM or by appointment (715-453-2878)

Rosary
Wednesday at 8:15AM
Thursday at 8:15AM
Friday at 8:00AM

Adoration with Confession
Following 8:45AM Mass on Fridays

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
with Adoration
Following 8:45AM Mass on first Fridays

Anointing of the Sick
Following 11:00AM Mass on Sundays
or by appointment (715-453-2878)
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St. Augustine's Mass Schedule
Tuesday at 8:30AM
Sunday at 9:30AM

Rosary
Sunday at 8:55AM
Tuesday at 8:00AM
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St. Francis-Pier Willow Mass Schedule
No Mass - Closed Until Further Notice

Welcome to St. Mary's Catholic Church
of Tomahawk, WI
.

St. Mary's is committed to being an extension of the universal Catholic Church by daily living of the teaching of Jesus Christ for the spiritual growth of all in our parish and community.


We warmly welcome all visitors and new parishioners to our parish family.  We are glad you can worship with us.  If we can help in any way, let us know by contacting our staff or by stopping in our parish office located at:
320 E. Washington Avenue, Tomahawk, WI 54487

Our summer office hours are:
Monday-Wednesday: 8:00AM-3:30PM
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 8:00AM-3:30PM

To find us on Google Maps, click here.

FROM THE PASTOR:

Unceasing Prayer - 1
We all want to love and worship God, but we also want to keep a little of our inner life in reservation for ourselves where we think and hide our own secret thoughts. We constantly are tempted to fall back into introspection and keep ourselves away from God’s healing touch.

Prayer is primarily to do nothing in the presence of God. We go to prayer with the conviction that God is the one who brings fruits to our work and we do not have to act as though we are in control of everything. We have to work hard; do our task to the best of our ability, and at the end of the day whatever happens, we need to praise God. To do this we need to be in the presence of God, and God alone, unceasingly.

If we are fervent in our conviction that prayer is important we will make prayer all of our life not just part of our life, not just a few minutes or a few hours or days. St. Paul admonishes the people to pray constantly and unceasingly
and not to be limited to time and space.

To pray unceasingly doesn’t mean that we have to think constantly about God or spend time with God instead of spending time without other responsibilities and people. Rather, it means to think and live in the presence of God. Converting our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer moves us from self-centered monologue to a God-centered dialogue. Careful attentiveness to the one who invites us is an unceasing prayer. Prayer is a joyful affirmation that God knows our minds and hearts and that nothing is hidden from God (Psalm 139). Prayer is a simple trust that we move from ourselves to God who knows everything and in whose hands “I am safe and secure”. Prayer can become unceasing prayer when all our thoughts can be thought in the presence of God.

Unceasing Prayer – 2
Saying our prayers slowly with much attentiveness and undivided heart is the prayer of the heart. By repeating our prayers attentively, we will discover that our worries become less obsessive and we really start to enjoy praying.

God has chosen to be revealed in a crucified humanity. Real prayer penetrates into the marrow of our soul and leaves nothing untouched. The prayer of the heart does not limit our relationship with God to only interesting words or pious practices and emotions. Prayer transforms our whole being into Christ. In prayer we see ourselves as sinners embraced by the mercy of God. Hence, prayer challenges us to hide nothing from God and surrender oneself unconditionally to God’s mercy.

Unceasing prayer is a ceaseless interior prayer, a continuous yearning of the human spirit towards God. As you pray more frequently, the prayer reveals how to achieve unceasing prayer, but it takes time. Ejaculatory prayers like, “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me” or “come, Lord Jesus” should become our companion while we are at work, with people or in our sleep. You may not say the prayer by your lips, but listen to your heart saying the prayer. Thus the prayer becomes an active presence of God which is unceasing prayer.

Unceasing Prayer – 3
Unceasing prayer is a realistic vocation for all Christians. The life of unceasing prayer is not an automatic that comes by just desiring or praying once in a while. When we give it serious attention and develop an appropriate discipline, we will see the real transformation that brings us closer to God. In this unceasing prayer we will discover that many of our disturbing thoughts, and worries are transformed into ongoing praise of God. When we see God through Jesus who is the image of God, we will discover that created things no longer distract us. Then we will realize that prayer is neither more nor less than the constant practice of presence of God at all times and in all places.

If prayers are just an intellectual exercise of our mind, we would soon become stranded in fruitless and trivial debates with God. On the other hand, prayer involves the heart which unites with God. In prayer we need to attentively look at God. Seeing God is made possible by the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the image of God. Hence, we need to let Jesus Christ enter fully into our consciousness so that he becomes the icon present in our inner room.

To be continued next week …

Fr. Louis Maram Reddy