Youth and Young Adult



Hello! My name is Emma Kloes and I am a college student at UW-Madison.  Although I love my home in Madison, I also loved growing up in Hortonville as a parishioner of Ss. Peter and Paul.  Ss. Peter and Paul has always been very special to me; there is something that thiscommunity has that is unlike any other.  Some visiting priests say that it’s our strong voices in communal prayer or our beautiful, loud singing.  I’d have to agree with them, but the uniqueness of our parish is more than our loud voices.  It’s the dedication to service, radiant joy, fire for the Catholic faith, and pure love that I have witnessed in so many of you.  This has taught me the importance and pure goodness of living a life for Christ. The transition to life in college was not an easy one, but Ss. Peter and Paul had fortunately equipped me for living out my faith amidst the secular college culture of Madison.  I want to thank you and give back to our beautiful community here by sharing various reflections each week in our bulletin. I hope to share with you all the beauty of Catholicism along with ways we can live out this faith, striving for holiness and heaven.    Emma~


May 13th 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! In light of this day, I was doing a bit of reflecting on my childhood.  What first popped into my mind was my mom’s return home after a long day of work and my long day of school.  I remember the anticipation as I watched the clock, wishing time would pass so I could see her.  After a few hours had passed, I would hear her car coming up the driveway, the opening of the garage door, the dogs barking, and finally the door opening.  She often said something like “hello family!” or “I’m home!” and at that very moment I would sprint and jump into her arms, hugging her as tight as I could. Mom coming home meant everything as a child; her simple presence made everything better.

I want to have this child-like love for Jesus.  I want to become just as overwhelmed with joy waiting for him, and just as in love with him as I am with my mother.  Something that often hinders this type of love for him is our false belief that in order to be chosen by Jesus we must be lovable, whole, strong, healthy, special, and perfect.  We sometimes think we are too much of a sinner, too broken, and too weak to receive him.  Just like mothers, however, God doesn’t need us to be perfect, he just wants us to be his.  They love us because of our one identity: their sons and daughters. There is nothing more beautiful than that.  Thank you mothers for showing us Christ’s love and teaching us how to have a child-like love for our Lord.  Thank you mothers for your nurture, wisdom, patience, protection, and selflessness.   

Happy Sunday!




Sunday, May 20th 

Today is Pentecost Sunday. On this day, the early disciples gathered together, and the Holy Spirit was poured upon them.  This day changed their lives as it gave them the power to proclaim Jesus as risen and as Savior.  Afterward, they had great influence on those around them; they baptized, forgave sins, and ultimately led others to a relationship with Jesus. It’s easy to see the influence the disciples, the saints, and other leaders of the Church have on us.  This influence came with leadership.  They were true leaders because they imitated the life of Christ. It’s even easier, however, to forget that we have the responsibility just like them to influence others.  We are leaders in various ways: as workers, as parents, as teachers, as siblings, and as friends.

How are you influencing others? Where are you leading them?

Saint John Paul II was once asked if his father was hard on him.  He answered describing his father, a very spiritual person, as being so hard on himself that there was no need to be hard on his children.  JPII’s father led his family by being a model for his sons.  They were able to follow and imitate Christ because their father did so.

How can we change our lives to better imitate Christ, thus leading others to imitate him as well?

Happy Sunday!




Sunday, April 29, 2018

God’s mind brought us into existence. 

Jesus’ Heart loved us into existence. 

The Holy Spirit breathed us into existence. 

Wow, try reading those last three sentences a few more times.  Reflecting on those words recently brought me great childlike peace.  Remember when we were children, and trusted our parents without question?  Christ wants us to have that mindset in our relationship with him.  He wants us to live with childlike wonder, not worrying about the future but rather trusting in his plan and joyfully waiting for his fulfillment. Let’s let go of unnecessary worrying, and trust in our Father, who knows how to take care of us more than we know how to take care of ourselves.

Jesus, I trust in You.  Jesus, I trust in You.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Happy Sunday!




April 1, 2018

Happy Easter to all Ss. Peter and Paul parishioners and visitors!  As the Catechism states, today is not simply one feast among others, but is the ‘feast of feasts’ and the ‘solemnity of solemnities.’ What a beautiful day this is, and what a beautiful season this will be.  We just finished the forty days Lent, and now we are entering the Easter season of fifty days, fifty days of celebrating Christ’s greatest gift of all: The Resurrection. 

Imagine living a life where we made decisions as if death wasn’t an option. Imagine a life where we chose the newness of life that Jesus has created for us through the Resurrection. Imagine living a life viewing an earthy death not as an end but rather as a new beginning to an eternity with God. This type of life is possible.  Jesus tells us this as he said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death” (John 8:51).  His Resurrection has defeated death, setting us free from the eternal effects of sin.  Christ’s Resurrection has given us the opportunity to give our daily suffering to him and then enter into eternal life at the moment of our physical death.  Not through the world, but through Christ can we find a cure for our pain and suffering.

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. – St. John Chrysostom

Happy Easter Sunday!




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