Catholic Churches of NCC includes: Saint Patrick Parish Seneca WI; Saint Philip Parish Rolling Ground WI; Saint Mary Parish Gays Mills WI; St James Cemetery Rising Sun WI; Kneeland Cemetery Seneca WI


2023 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Washington 2023



Normal Mass  Times At The Three Parishes


Saturday 7pm at Saint Patrick Parish in Seneca

Sunday 7:30am at Saint Patrick Parish in Seneca

Sunday 9am at St. Mary Parish in Gays Mills

Sunday 10:30am at St. Philip Parish in Rolling Ground *

* (Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions on First Sundays following the 10:30 Mass)


Monday - Wednesday - Friday 8:30am * at St. Patrick Parish

* (Eucharistic Adoration on First Fridays following the 8:30am Mass)

Tuesday 8:30am at St. Philip Parish

Thursday 8:30am at St. Mary Parish



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What Every Father Needs to Know

I’m not a perfect father, but if there is one thing I consider essential to raising my sons, it’s this.

Fathering Catholic children is something I am still in the process of doing. They are: newborn, 2, 4, and 6 years old (the oldest two are going on 5 and 7 very soon). Given this, I’ve still got several years ahead of me until they’re free birds and making decisions on their own. Actually, scratch that — a Catholic father never stops being a father. But you get the point: the kids are still under my roof and they’re under my authority. Not just authority, they’re under my example.

I was reminded of this recently when my kid lied to me. It was over something small. And this isn’t one of those instances where his blood sugar was low, he was tired, it was the end of the day, and he temporarily misremembered. No, my son flat out knew the truth and withheld it from me. Even worse, he told me something that wasn’t true in order to conceal the facts from me. That’s an elaborate definition of a lie, something you might say to adults, but my son definitely knew it was a lie — like when you ask them if they ate the cookies and they say no but the wrapper under their bed and the crumbs on the floor and the chocolate smear on their cheeks tell a different story.

Oh, I remember now. I’m working in another room and I hear “HEY!” then a *whack* after which some plastic slams to the floor and crying ensues.

“What happened?”


“Did he hit you?”


“Did you hit him?”

“No, I—”

“Well he says you hit him and I heard it, so what happened?”


Yeah, this is going nowhere. I knew the truth and persisted to ask him a question I knew he didn’t want to answer. And, if I know 6-year-olds — after being a crazy one myself — I know that he knows that I know.

Realizing this all within the same 0.5 seconds, I decided to change direction and confront him about hitting his brother, and explain how that is not tolerable behavior in our house, the hitting, and also the lying. Perhaps a moment of leniency from me, but the situation is resolved (somewhat) and life goes on.

Then, not 10 minutes later I remember that I didn’t even have the chance to ask him how his day in school went. I will know if he behaved well and followed in instructions based on the color he reports, similar to a stop light. “Hey now did you do in school today?”



Wife: “He got a red. His teacher said he purposely stomped on someone’s foot.”

I immediately remember to not over react, but I demonstrate my great disapproval. We have a short talk about the incident and I proceed to explain his punishment. Crying ensued, which I expected. But what he said next, I could not handle.

“I hate myself! I’m the worst kid! I am never going to do things right.”

I know, especially after sharing this story that other parents have heard their kids say this. And judging from their reaction, the tone of their “oh, my kid does that, too” and the nodding with eyebrows raised to indicate its “normal,” the same look you get when you ask if someone wants tacos for lunch, like, “yes, exactly,” I can tell that many parents might see no issue here. But I do.

I immediately got on my knees to his level, grabbed his shoulders, whipped his tears and lifted his chin to see me better. “Son, it’s good to feel bad when you do bad things. That’s shame and it shows that you recognize you did the wrong thing, and that you are sorry for it. But son, you are not a bad kid, and although what you did is not good, it does not mean I don’t love you.”

(Sobs and looks up.)

“Son, you know the devil? Well what he wants is for you to hate yourself by making you feel like you can’t be loved, like the things you do are so bad that I can’t love you. That will never happen.”

(Starts to wipe some tears.)

“And you know what? He doesn’t just want you to hate yourself. Satan hates God, but Satan can’t hurt God. He knows that the worst he can do to God is to hurt God’s people, by taking them away from God. And you know how he does that?”


“By making them believe God doesn’t love them, by convincing them that God won’t forgive them. And that will never happen.”


“You are loved. I love you, God loves you. Nothing will ever stop that” and I hugged him.

Now he is too young, but I was going to add, “And you know, he does all of this because he wants you to throw away your life with God. If he can’t convince you that God doesn’t exist, then he’ll convince you that God doesn’t love you. He wants to make you hopeless. And there’s nothing he was love more than for you to jump out that window so that you die in that hopelessness. You see, disliking your sins is good, but causing it to believe that that is who you are, that you are a bad person, is a grave error.”

This is a true story, and I was visually struck when my son said he hated himself. He was six, he didn’t mean it, but what if he goes on thinking that even the hint of that notion is reasonable? What if any parent leaves this notion unchecked and uncorrected.

It was a lenient moment. Sometimes I move immediately to correction and punishment, but when he said that I had to stop everything and make sure that it was amended while it was fresh in his mind. I’m not a perfect father, but if there is one thing I consider essential to raising my sons, it’s the conviction that their image of God the Father, will inevitably come down to their image of their earthly father. And therefore, I want that to be one of mercy and justice together, with the guarantee of forgiveness at any moment and measure of contrition.

Shaun McAfee Mr. Shaun McAfee, O.P. is the author of Reform Yourself! and other books, is the founder and editor of, and contributes to many online Catholic resources. He holds a Masters in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Shaun has made his temporary profession as a Lay Dominican and temporarily lives in Italy.


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Catholic Understanding and Teaching concerning Morphine Drip

Isn't a morphine drip just another way to hasten a terminal patient's death? What is the difference between that and assisted suicide?

A morphine (a strong opiate that offers the best, most common approach to severe pain relief) "drip" or continuous infusion (an efficient and convenient intravenous application) is often used when a terminally ill patient is experiencing progressive or intense pain. A morphine infusion (drip) is not prescribed to hasten a terminally ill patient's death, but to provide comfort to the patient. There is a method of gradually increasing strength of pain medicines as the pain changes with disease progression. Both the dosage and type of medicine can be changed to meet the individual's unique needs for relief and prevention of pain and discomfort. Beginning with mild, to moderate to strongest medications, the physician has options to maintain control over the person's pain over time.


There is a distinct difference between the action of prescribing pain medication for a terminally ill patient and prescribing a lethal drug for a terminally ill patient. In the first case, the intent of the prescriber is to relieve pain and the drug of choice would be an opiate such as morphine. In the second case the intent of the prescriber is to purposefully hasten death and the choice of drug would be a barbiturate. While it is true that the terminally ill patient's life may be somewhat shortened as a result of the ingestion of an opiate-that is not the intent of the prescriber. Catholic moral theology recognizes and accepts this situation-calling it the "rule of double effect. " (See discussion below.) Often the person who has struggled with pain for some time may be finally able to "let go" and die peacefully once they are no longer suffering. This can happen simultaneously but is rarely a direct result of the medication. The health care providers must assess and monitor and adjust the medication to achieve the proper dose and comfort balance.


"It is worth recalling here a statement of Pius XII that is still valid. A group of physicians had asked: 'Is the removal of pain and consciousness by means of narcotics... permitted by religion and morality to both doctor and patient even at the approach of death and if one foresees that the use of narcotics will shorten life?' The pope answered: 'Yes, provided that no other means exist and if, in the given circumstances, the action does not prevent the carrying out of other moral and religious duties... death is by no means intended or sought, although the risk of it is being incurred for a good reason; the only intention is to diminish pain effectively by use of the painkillers available to medical science.'"

What is the rule of "double effect"?

The rule of double effect, found in Catholic moral theology, has a long history of use by bioethicists and philosophers as a means to resolve a particular type of ethical conflict in clinical cases. Basically the rule comes into play when a proposed action (such as administering morphine to a terminally ill patient in pain) has two known outcomes. One outcome is intended and desired (relief of pain). The other outcome is neither desired nor intended (hastening death), although it may be foreseen.


Is it wrong to offer increasingly high doses of morphine to a terminally ill patient in severe pain? Won't the patient become addicted?

No, it is not wrong-even knowing that the medicine may actually, although not intentionally shorten the life of a terminally ill person (See discussion of "double effect.") A well informed physician is not worried about "addiction" but about providing adequate pain relief. Addiction is only a problem for those who are receiving curative care and who anticipate resuming ordinary life, or who have no underlying cause for pain and are taking strong pain medicine for the emotional high or escape from the euphoria. When a physical cause for pain exists it is utilized by the body and may need to be increased over time as the body adapts to it and changes occur in condition.


One of the primary purposes of medicine in caring for the dying is the relief of pain and the suffering caused by it. Effective management of pain in all its forms is critical in the appropriate care of the dying. Patients should be kept as free of pain as possible so that they may die comfortably and with dignity, and in the place where they wish to die. Since a person has the right to prepare for his or her death while fully conscious, he or she should not be deprived of consciousness without a compelling reason.


Medicines capable of alleviating or suppressing pain may be given to a dying person, even if this therapy may indirectly shorten the person's life so long as the intent is not to hasten death. Patients experiencing suffering that cannot be alleviated should be helped to appreciate the Christian understanding of redemptive suffering. When a person is more comfortable they have the energy and ability to focus on family, relationships, living as well as possible for whatever time they have. Relief of pain can improve the time and duration of life and provide a window of meaningful celebration of one's life. Family can then use the time to share stories, have gatherings, create lasting loving memories, using the time well with good pain relief. Family's benefit from pain relief just as patient does. When one suffers, the other does too.


A terminally ill patient (or those advocating for him or her) would be wise to seek out a physician who is well informed about pain management. One of the advantages of hospice care is that the medical personnel are well informed and well trained in the application of adequate and appropriate pain medication. Adequate pain relief is a right of every person and should be expected with good hospice or end of life care as well as during earlier treatment phase, as needed.







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