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~


 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!




March 25th 2018

We are very close to the celebration of the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week! Today is a good time to prepare and look ahead to what is coming. Today is also a good time to reflect on what God is desiring to do in our hearts as we walk with him in the last days of his life, through his passion, death, and resurrection.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’s humanity shows as he says, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass”.  The idea of being betrayed and crucified isn’t something he looks forward to because he is fully human.  Yet we also see that Jesus is also fully divine as he says, “Not as I will, but as you will”.  He looks at this will, sees it's aligned with the Father’s will, and embraces it. 

God desires to use this as a model for our own lives. There are many times where we encounter things we must do but would rather not do.  Usually this brings hesitation and procrastination.  When the Father spoke to Christ, he didn’t hesitate but rather embraced his will.  This is true love: doing the good for the other.  Jesus didn’t withdraw from the Father, but united and trusted in God.  As we enter Holy Week, let’s focus on this model, on this way of living and loving. 

Happy Sunday!




March 18th, 2018


“The Lord is my shepherd, 

there is nothing I shall want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside peaceful waters.

He restores my soul.

He guides me along the way of righteousness as befits his name.

Even though I walk through

the valley of the shadow of death,

I will not be afraid.  For the Lord is at my side.  His rod and his staff

comfort and protect me.

He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies.

He anoints my head with oil.

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.

And I will live in the house of the Lord, forever.” 

This Psalm teaches us not to make our own plans and rely on our weak selves, but to rather let our Shepherd lead us, guide us, be our companion, and be our friend.  Reliance on Jesus will bring us green pastures, a restored soul, and an overflowing cup. This Psalm is a call to conversion.

Lent is also a call to conversion. It’s a call to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, which strengthens and transforms us, body and soul.  Through Scripture like this Psalm, Jesus tells us of the peace we receive when we give ourselves to Christ Himself.  It’s easy, however, to become anxious and overwhelmed when hearing the phrase, “giving yourself to Christ.”  I believe we can calm our anxieties, make this conversion, and rely on Jesus with greater ease by simply following the call to love Him and love our neighbor.  When this love becomes our greatest focus, we will be converted, we will have greater peace, and we will live in the house of the Lord.

Happy Sunday!





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