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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

Saturday at 9:00AM or by appointment

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

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

St. Augustine's Mass Schedule
Tuesday at 8:30AM
Sunday at 9:30AM

Sunday at 8:55AM
Tuesday at 8:00AM
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.


Spiritual Discipline – 1/2
Spiritual life without discipline is impossible. If we are faithful to our discipline, a new hunger for God will make itself known. This new hunger is the first sign of God’s presence in us. When we remain attentive to this divine presence, we will be led always deeper into the spiritual life.

Discipline means to create boundaries around our meeting with God. You have to work very hard to say that this is the time in which I am with God, whether I like it or not, whether I feel like it or not, or whether it satisfies me or not. Even though it doesn’t satisfy you right away on the level of the flesh, you are satisfied spiritually. You may be distracted throughout the whole ten minutes, but keep going back to it.

Discipline means that something very specific and concrete needs to be done to create the context in which a life of uninterrupted prayer can develop. Those who do not set aside a certain place and time each day to do nothing else but pray can never expect their life of uninterrupted prayer to develop. Each day our society bombards us with various images and sounds. It requires real discipline to let God and not the world be the Lord of our mind. Therefore, everyday spiritual reading is such a helpful discipline.

The discipline of prayer makes us stop and listen, wait and look, rest and see, pay attention and be aware. Discipline demands much willpower and motivation.

To be continued next week …

Spiritual Discipline – 2/2
Continued from last week …

Spiritual discipline requires that we simply need quiet time in the presence of God. Being silent in the presence of our God belongs to the core of all prayers. In the beginning we often hear our own unruly inner noises more loudly than God’s voice. But slowly, very slowly, we discover that the silent time makes us quiet and deepens our awareness of ourselves and God. Then, very soon, we start missing these moments when we are deprived of them, and before we are fully aware of it an inner momentum has developed that draws us more and more into silence and closer to that still point where God speaks to us. Mother Teresa says, “When you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything which you know is wrong, you will be fine”. Prayer requires that we stand in God’s presence with open hands, and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing.

To read the Holy Scripture is the first thing we have to do to open ourselves to God’s call. The Word of God should lead us first of all to prayer and meditation. One very simple discipline for prayer and meditation is to read every day and prepare for the next day’s Eucharist. It is helpful to take one sentence or word that offers special comfort and read it a few times so that, it can sink deep into the heart. We need a spiritual guide who is a mature Christian spiritual man or woman to help us to distinguish between the voice of God and all the other voices coming to us.

Going back home, that is heaven, is a lifelong journey. Spiritual discipline such as praying, fasting and caring are ways to help us return home. We are not alone; God is with us. When we listen to God carefully we discover that we are already home while on the way.

Fr. Louis Maram Reddy