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July 2013

Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona

Volume 104, No. 7

To Encounter the Lord


Proclaiming & Witnessing to the New Evangeliztion By: Todd Graff The clergy, religious, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Winona gathered on June 24-25 at Saint Mary’s University in Winona for the “Ministry Days 2013” gathering. This annual diocesan event is held on the Saint Mary’s campus each June and provides diocesan leaders with an opportunity for continuing education and formation, and an opportunity to spend some time together in prayer and conversation. The theme for this year’s gathering, TO ENCOUNTER THE LORD ~ Proclaiming and Witnessing to the New Evangelization, drew upon the call of recent popes and Church leaders to proclaim the Gospel through an evangelization that is “new in its ardor, in its methods, [and] in its expressions” (Blessed Pope John Paul II). In his apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei (“The Door of Faith”), Pope Benedict XVI wrote of the “love of Christ that fills our hearts and impels us to evangelize.” Two national speakers, Ralph Martin, PhD, and Jim Beckman served as keynote presenters and helped to guide diocesan leaders in reflecting on and discussing ways to respond effectively to this call to a “new evangelization,” • Dr. Martin, the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, spoke on the topic, “What Is the New Evangelization? Why

Bother?” His general session explored the origins of the new evangelization, considered some of the main obstacles to its flourishing within the life and ministry of the Church, and offered ideas on how ordinary Catholics can engage in the new evangelization themselves. • Mr. Beckman, the Director of Youth Leadership and Evangelization for the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO, addressed the group on, “Rediscovering Discipleship in the New Evangelization.” His general session considered the criti-

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cal placement of discipleship in the overall context of conversion, and explored key strategies for parish ministry that will help draw people into becoming not just followers of Christ, but true disciples. The days also included workshops on topics relating to the new media, liturgy, apologetics, human resource issues, annulments, parish web sites, etc., led by diocesan staff. Also part of the program were opportunities for socializing and entertainment, and time each day for prayer and to celebrate the Eucharist. Building on its Ministry Days event and as part of its continuing efforts to promote the Church’s call to a “new evangelization,” the Evangelization, cont. on pg.7

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"Tragic Day for Marriage and Our Nation" WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. The statement follows. “Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage

Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. Supreme Court, cont. on pg. 4

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Most Rev. John M. Quinn: Making God First in Our Lives Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, Summer is here, and the Lord gives us time to get outdoors, go on vacation and travel. In fact, all of us should slow down and be recreated during these summer days. I invite you to make prayer an important part of each day, by giving God the first part of every day, by taking fifteen minutes or longer for prayer. If your day is centered in God, all else will be given by God. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has served over 100 days as the successor of St. Peter. He has brought a freshness and vitality to his very demanding role as the pastor of the Universal Church. I am always touched by his simple and caring gestures toward people. Pope Francis recently told the priests of the Diocese of Rome to get out among the sheep and come back smelling like the sheep! He certainly meant, that as priests and bishops, we are to serve God’s people and to be affected by the many difficulties, tragedies and anxieties experienced by people, who are trying to live faithfully in Christ. Pope Francis also warned priests not to reduce their vocation which is to be servants, like Jesus Christ, to a career and the seeking of promotion to high office. In fact, the Holy Father, in an address to the Apostolic Nuncios, who represent the Pope to governments and to Catholics in every country throughout the world, asked them to identify priests, who are pastors and servants, for consideration for the Office

of Bishop and not careerists or climbers. At every Mass we pray for Pope Francis, and we give thanks for the loving example he gives to all of us to live simply, trusting in Divine Providence, as servants.

Safe Environment

A few weeks ago, it was necessary for me to place on administrative leave, a priest serving one of our parishes, Father Leo Charles Koppala, because he was charged with criminal conduct with a minor. I had hoped, that with all the education and training programs of the past thirty years, we had turned the corner and such events were in the past. The Diocese of Winona and all of our parishes and schools continue to be committed to providing a safe environment for all young people. It is important for all of us to remain vigilant, and if you see behavior from an adult toward a minor that is questionable or raises concerns, report it immediately to the supervisor in charge. If the behavior toward a minor is criminal, report it to the local law enforcement agency, and let them do the investigation. Our parishes and schools are to be places where everyone is safe and Jesus Christ is at the center of every relationship and activity.

Recent Supreme Court Rulings

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and refused to rule on the merits of California’s Proposition 8. This was indeed a “tragic

day for marriage” as Cardinal Timothy Dolan president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage have stated. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states do not. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Yet, let our hearts not be troubled. Our Savior has already won the victory; He gives us eternal hope. We must now redouble our efforts in witness to the truth about marriage. Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriagestrengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it. When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

Rooted in Faith, Rejoice in Hope!

The Rooted in Faith, Rejoice in Hope! campaign continues to move forward. In 2012, the entire Diocese was invited to participate in a Feasibility Bishop, cont. on pg 5

Bishop John M. Quinn

OFFICIALS The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona, announces the following: Pastoral Assignments: Rev. Swaminatha Pothireddy, from Pastor of All Saints, New Richland; St. Aiden, Ellendale; and St. Mary Geneva to become Pastor of Sacred Heart, Adams; St. John, Johnsburg, Queen of Peace, Lyle; and St. Peter, Rose Creek effective July 1, 2013, and it will remain in effect until further notice. Rev. Raul Silva, from Parochial Vicar for Queen of Angels, Austin, and Our Lady of Loretto, Brownsdale to become Pastor of All Saints, New Richland; St. Aidan, Ellendale; and St. Mary, Geneva, in addition to working in the Neo-Catechumenate at Queen of Angels. This appointment is effective July 1, 2013, and it will remain in effect until further notice. Rev. Shawn T. Haremza, from Pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Harmony; Assumption, Canton; and St. Olaf, Mabel to Parochial Vicar of Resurrection, Rochester. Rev. Wellington Munoz, to become Parochial Vicar for Queen of Angels in Austin and Our Lady of Loretto in Brownsdale, in addition to work with the Neo-Catechumenate. Also to serve as Parochial Vicar to the parishes of All Saints, New Richland, St. Aidan, Ellendale; and St. Mary, Geneva effective June 19, 2013, and it will remain in effect until further notice. Other: Rev. John Griffiths, JCD, reappointed as Defender of the Bond for a three-year term, effective May 30, 2013. William Daniel, reappointed as Vice-Chancellor, Judge, and Director of the Winona Tribunal for one year, effective immediately.

Bishop's Calendar - July 2013 July 1, Monday 5:30 p.m. – Dinner, Premier Bank Golf Outing, Owatonna Country Club July 11, Thursday 10 a.m. – Holy Hour (Bishop’s Cabinet) 11 a.m. – Bishop’s Cabinet Mtg 7 p.m. – Evening Prayer and presentations by Neo-Catechumenal Way Communities, Cathedral of

the Sacred Heart, Winona July 13, Saturday 11 a.m. – Mass, Winona Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Basilica of Stanislaus, Winona 4:30 p.m. - Steubenville North Conference, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester July 14, Sunday 10 a.m. – Closing Mass

– Steubenville North Conference, Rochester Civic Center, Rochester July 15, Monday 5 p.m. – Social and Dinner – Rochester Serra Club, Priest Golf Outing, Rochester July 16, Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – Mass, followed by lunch, at Annunciation Hermitage, Austin

Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy Information The Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona is committed to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona’s implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Peter Martin, at 507-858-1264, or

July 17, Wednesday 7 p.m. – Holy Hour, followed by conversations with parishioners at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Blue Earth July 20, Saturday 5 p.m. – Mass at Good Shepherd Church, Jackson – farewell for Bridget Guggisberg, who will enter the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the

Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, MI July 21, Sunday 8 a.m. – Mass at St. Casimir Church, Wells 10 a.m. – Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Easton July 25, Thursday 4:45 p.m. – Winona Serra Club, 22nd Annual Picnic – Roger & Peg Zehren home

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Commissioning Service at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The members of the diocesan Institute of Lay Ministry Class of 2013 were recognized and blessed during a Commissioning Service at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart held on Sunday, June 23rd. Bishop John Quinn led the service, calling the Institute graduates into “leadership in ministry to the people of God” in the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Winona. Members of the class are: Students Completing the Commissioning Track: Kevin P. Aaker (Saint Catherine Parish, Luverne) Barb Agerter (Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester / Pax Christi Parish, Rochester) Kathy Baruth (Saint Bridget Parish, Simpson) Patricia L. Bauer (Christ the King Parish, Byron) Mary Ann Billeter (Holy Family Parish, Kasson) Caroline Brost (Resurrection Parish, Rochester) Steven Leon Hesse (Saint Mary Parish, Winona) Marla Markham (Saint Mary Parish, Winona) Peter Markham (Saint Mary Parish, Winona) Joan M. McKiness (Christ the King Parish, Byron) Mary McLaughlin (Saint Catherine Parish, Luverne) Elizabeth Odom (Saint John Vianney Parish, Fairmont) Richard E. Odom (Saint John Vianney Parish, Fairmont) Paul Eric Prond (Christ the King Parish, Byron) Joann Catherine Reier (Resurrection Parish, Rochester) Ken Schmitt (Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Currie) Wendy Marie Shepherd (Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Rochester) Anthony Paul Staloch (Saint Ann Parish, Janesville) Jeff Kritzer (Saint Augustine Parish, Austin) Other Members of the Class of 2013: Joyce Lehman (Pax Christi Parish, Rochester) Dr. Scott P. Burtis (Saint John Vianney Parish, Fairmont) Bob Roche (Saint Theodore Parish, Albert Lea) Justin Carlin (Saint Pius X Parish, Rochester) Bethany Rubenzer (Saint Mary Parish, Caledonia) Carol Cyr (Saint Teresa Parish, Mapleton) Heather C. Sutton (Saint Mary Parish, Winona). Mark M. Engesser (Sacred Heart Parish, Adams) Shelley Haag (Holy Redeemer Parish, Eyota) The Institute of Lay Ministry calls lay women and men to a deeper living out of their Ken Hanson (Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Rochester) Christian vocation in the world, and prepares them for more faithful and effective lay leadRandy Horlocker (Pax Christi Parish, Rochester) ership in the Church. During their three years of formation, Institute students study the Karen Kramer (Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Charles) Scriptures, church history, and canon law as well as church teaching on the sacraments and liturgy, moral theology, the Trinity, etc. They spend time together in prayer and reflection, and learn about spiritual development and the different expressions and traditions of spiritual practice in the church. Time is also devoted to building their skills as ministers in such areas as communication, collaboration, and leadership.

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The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance. “Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father. “Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriagestrengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it. “When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity. “Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.”




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Theology of the Body & Natural Family Planning

By Peter Martin, S.T.L.

In my previous two articles, I briefly introduced some aspects of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. You may recall that I first wrote about how our bodily existence as male and female defines marriage and that Jesus Christ Himself pointed this out when He said: “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” Last month’s article included a discussion about our bodies after the Fall of Adam and Eve. I explained how, at the moment of their disobedience of God’s command, Adam and Eve recognized that they were naked and were ashamed. The shame they experienced was not one of disgust, but rather, a deep awareness that their bodies were so good that they were not to be used as objects. Love is the only proper response for persons who are created in God’s image and likeness; as Blessed John Paul II so often defined it, love is a total gift of self (epitomized by Christ’s death on the cross). We are able to communicate that love not only with our words, but also with our bodies. In marriage, a total gift of self is one that holds nothing back and, as I concluded last month’s article, this is a hard truth for a culture where contraception is so prevalent. If you’re still with me (thank you!), you might be able to see where I’m going next: Natural Family Planning (NFP). How is that any different than contraception you ask? There are several differences, but let’s start with the fact that a couple who uses the natural infertile time in the woman’s cycle to avoid a pregnancy does nothing to frustrate God’s designed purpose for the marital act. I might also add that the couple does not withhold anything

from their spouse and hence they fulfill the total gift of self that love demands. On the other hand, a couple who uses contraception deliberately works against the purpose that God has designed for the body. The contracepting couple also withholds their fertility from each other in an anti-procreative act and do not give themselves totally. Don’t get me wrong, the Catholic Church does not condemn contraception because it is artificial, but because it runs contrary to the designs of the body. To be clear, the Catholic Church has no problem with prosthetic limbs, heart bypass surgeries, or blood pressure medicines because these

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Director things work with the body in order pmartin@dow. org to make the body work the way it is meant to. Contraception does the opposite; it in fact works against (contra) conception. Until 1930 all Christian denominations opposed contraception, but as the pill became more and more popular, the other faiths began to accommodate birth control. Contrary to what you hear in the media, the Catholic Church does not profess the truth in order to be a killjoy. Besides the moral aspect, there are several other harmful effects of birth control: some methods actually cause abortions, for example. All contraceptives have potential adverse side effects including a heightened risk of breast cancer, a greater risk of contracting STDs, headaches, high blood pressure, fatal blood clots and the list continues. Did you know that NFP couples have a divorce rate of only 1 to 3 percent? Perhaps it is because they communicate about their plans for a family every month and incorporate God’s plan for their life. “Why haven’t I heard any of this before?” Well, I’m glad you asked! “Pro-Woman, Pro-Man, Pro-Child, Natural Family Planning” is the theme of this year’s NFP Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the USCCB to celebrate God’s design for married love and the gift of life and to raise awareness of NFP methods. The dates of NFP Awareness Week (July 21 –27, 2013) highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Visit the Office of Life’s website for more information about NFP.


Rooted in Faith, Rejoice in Hope

Answers to Questions about the Campaign By Joel Hennessy

The Rooted in Faith, Rejoice in Hope campaign is currently underway in our Diocese. This historic campaign is attempting to raise money for some very important goals, including strengthening our priest pension fund, making necessary improvements and upgrades at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, funding the 2013 Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA), and assisting parishes by returning 25 % of all funds raised to address local projects. With the campaign underway in the Rochester deanery, and as preparations begin to launch the campaign in the other deaneries across the Diocese, here are some frequently asked questions which have come up thus far. We hope these responses will allow all families to make an informed decision regarding support for the campaign. How do I know my pledge or gift will be used specifically for the stated campaign goals? The Diocese of Winona Foundation is an independent corporation with a separate Board of Directors, comprised of laypersons and clergy, responsible for stewarding any gifts made to the foundation and strictly abiding by the intentions of the donor. The Directors provide oversight for all aspects of the campaign, including collection and distribution of the funds as designated by each donor via the campaign pledge card. All gifts to the campaign will be used solely for the restricted purposes of the campaign and for no other purposes. The restricted purposes have been detailed in the campaign case statement, which will be delivered to all parishioners before support

is requested. Will my charitable gift be tax deductible? Yes. The Diocese of Winona Foundation is set up as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Therefore, all gifts are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. If you make a gift to the campaign, the Diocese of Winona Foundation will send an endof-year statement to you for tax purposes. Specific questions regarding tax deductibility should be directed to your tax advisor. Why are parishioners being asked to consider a specific dollar amount? How was that amount determined? All parishioners are being challenged to consider a sacrificial gift for this important campaign. Your specific request amount was determined by a number of factors, including: 1. Your past support of the Church; 2. Feedback received during the Feasibility Study; 3. A general perception of what level of donation you may be able to give to the campaign; and 4. The need to challenge parishioners to sacrifice so that our important goals can be met. Remember, the amount that you are asked to consider will be spread out over 5 years. The specific request amounts are not intended to embarrass or offend anyone. If the request amount is too much, please reconsider an amount that would be more appropriate for you or your family. If you can afford to give more than what is asked, we humbly and graciously welcome such

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Study to gauge the support for projects that will be incredibly important for our future – the strengthening of our priest retirement fund and improvements to our Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. As Catholics, we make sure that our priests – who have given their lives of priestly service to the Church – will be cared for appropriately during their retirement years. In addition, it is incumbent on all of us to encourage, educate and provide vibrant formation for a new generation of priests at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. Through this campaign, and with your continued generosity as faithful Catholics, we will provide for our priests and make sure that the clergy of tomorrow will be educated in modern, safe facilities. I am grateful for your prayers and generous gifts, that will ensure a successful Campaign.

Ministry Days

In this Year of Faith, the priests, deacons, religious, and laity of our Diocese came together at our annual diocesan “Ministry Days” event to learn, to share and discuss, and to act upon this renewed call to evangelization which is at the very heart of our Church’s mission. This year’s gathering was entitled: TO ENCOUNTER THE LORD ~ Proclaiming and Witnessing to the New Evangelization. It was a great success with keynote presentations by Ralph Martin, PhD And Jim Beckman. These days also included workshops, opportunities for socializing and entertainment, and time each day to pray together and to celebrate the Eucharist. I thank Todd Graff, our Director of the Office of Lay Formation, for orchestrating the event and all those who so willingly gave of their time and energy. Sincerely in Christ, Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona

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The Office of Mission Advancement Joel Hennessy

generosity. Your sacrifice, in any amount, will Director help make the difference in this camjhennessy@ paign and be a blessing to the Church and the Diocese. Is my pledge legally binding? Will it be confidential? inary. Once the 25% is returned to A pledge is not legally binding; it your parish, the remainder of your is simply your best faith intentions. gift will be distributed based on your A pledge is a gift, one you consider designation. to be meaningful to you. All we ask is that you do your best and advise the Diocese of Winona CAMPAIGN PRAYER Foundation of any financial God our Father, we thank You changes that will impact for Your many blessings. your pledge. All pledges will From age to age, You gather a people to Yourself be kept as confidential as so that an offering may be made possible. Only the people to the glory of Your name. responsible for maintaining Blessed is Your Son, Jesus Christ the records will have access who is present among us to your pledge amount. and whose love gathers us together. Can I specifically desEnliven us with Your Holy Spirit and open our eyes ignate my gift? and our hearts to the needs of all. Yes. On your pledge card, Bless our efforts to provide a secure future you will be given two options. for our senior priests and for our future priests. The first is to allow your We rely on Your guidance and bounty to remain non-parish gift to be desigrooted in faith and to rejoice in hope. nated to the specific camMay our generosity bring honor to Mary, paign goals in most need of our Mother and Heavenly Queen. funding. However, if you prefer that your support go to a Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. specific goal, you will have Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. the opportunity to choose a second option and assign Prayer based on adaptation of Eucharistic Prayer percentages of your gift to for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions and Eucharistic Prayer III. The Roman Rite either funding of the priest retirement fund or IHM sem-

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Following the Footsteps of Apollos By Rev. Will Thompson

Many parishes, groups and individuals have ways of praying for and promoting vocations. Whatever can be done to beg the Harvest Master and plant seeds for Christ is helpful. However, it can sometimes feel like throwing darts in the dark. When praying for and promoting vocations, the church is looking for vocations in a very general way. Every now and then a particular individual begins to stand out as potentially having a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. In I Corinthians 3:6, Paul addresses a concern of who the people belong to by noting that he planted, Apollos watered, but God brings the growth. Our prayer recognizes that God brings growth. Promoting vocations is like planting seeds. It is the art of watering, or cultivating a vocation that vocations work becomes specifically addressed to individuals. I call this an art because it is. Anyone who has spent time gardening knows that certain plants need to be watered every day, others can go for a long time without water, yet growth happens anyhow. People are the same

way. If an individual has a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life, some need regular encouragement or ways to let the vocation grow, others require a bit more of a hands-off approach. All need support. There are a few primary ways that a vocation can be cultivated: personal prayer, service and confidence. Each of these methods represent ways to encourage someone to consider a vocation without feeling like you are hounding them. Personal prayer is certainly a requirement to cultivate vocations because it it through an active relationship with Jesus Christ through the Church that any of us will grow in holiness. Without daily prayer, a vocation (or faith for that matter) will shrivel up. Yet just because an individual is called to the priesthood or consecrated life it does not also mean that they have an inherent ability to pray. They need to be taught. This would include learning how to spend time in silence, praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Rosary and reading the Bible. A life of conver-

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sion with regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation also helps us to be more open to hearing God's call in our lives. Someone who God is calling to the priesthood or consecrated life should also be growing in a life of service. If you know of someone who God may be calling, invite them to take part in service opportunities in the parish, around town, and on mission trips. You may also encourage this individual to help out around the parish as a catechist, lector or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. A heart for

service is necessary for anyone called to the priesthood or consecrated life. Finally, confidence is needed for someone to say yes to their vocation. Confidence can be built in two primary ways: feeling that they would be happy as a priest, nun, sister, brother, monk, etc. and being able to make a commitment to this way of life. Cultivating a vocation includes recognizing the reality of that particular way of life: it's joys and sorrows, knowing what daily life might be like, and that happiness can be found. An individual who is considering a vocation would also be aided by a visit to a seminary, convent or monastery to visit with people who are living these ways of lives and to discover what their commitment is like.

Celebrating 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilarians

Sixteen members of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester, MN, celebrated their Diamond Jubilee (60 years) on May 16, 2013. Sister Alverna O’ Laughlin was an LPN and received certification in clinical pastoral education. She nursed at Mercy Hospital in Portsmouth, OH, and served throughout Minnesota and in Chicago, IL. Later, she served as a pastoral minister, camp counselor and educational services coordinator at Courage Center in Minneapolis, MN. Sister Angelo Grose received B.S. degrees in Elementary Education and Social Studies from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, and taught in Owatonna, North St. Paul, Fairmont, Iona, Albert Lea, Austin, and Rochester, MN; as well as Watertown, SD. She also served at St Mary’s Montessori Center, Owatonna, MN. She also worked at St. Mary’s Educare, Winona, MN; the Diocese of Winona Office of Education as a school visitor; and at Crucifixion School in LaCrescent, MN, as an educational assistant. Prior to her retirement, Sister Angelo was a pediatric volunteer at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester. Sister Cynthia Howe received her LPN degree from Saint Marys Hospital School of Nursing. She started her career at Mercy Hospital in Portsmouth, OH, later returning to Rochester, where she served as a Surgical Nurse in the Operating room at Saint Marys Hospital, and then in the Phlebotomy Department at Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital. Sister Elizabeth Gillis, formerly Sister Maristella, earned a B.S. in Nursing from the College of Saint Teresa, and an M.S. in Nursing from Catholic University of America. She later received certification as a Chaplain. She spent the majority of her career in Rochester, MN, Pueblo, CO, and Chicago, IL. From 1982-1985, Sister Elizabeth was a missionary in Chaipas, Mexico, and Chulucanas, Peru. Sister Helen Rohlik, formerly Sister Phylis, received B.S. degrees in Elementary Education and Latin from the College of Saint Teresa. Later, she later received an M.A. in Classical Languages from Notre Dame University. She taught elementary students in Owatonna, Austin, Wilmont and Winona, MN; and secondary students in Norfolk, NE, and Rochester, MN. She later worked in office work, parish work, child care, and then as a nursing assistant at Assisi Heights. Sister Janel Crumb, born Kathryn Crumb, received a a B.S. in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Teresa, followed by an M.S. in Education from Winona State University. She spent 25 years teaching in Winona and Rochester, MN; Chicago, IL; and Las Animas, CO. The following 25 years were spent in ministry to the poor and homeless in Albuquerque and Bernalillo, NM, and in community service organizations in Alamosa, CO, and Grand Junction, CO. In 2004, Sister Janel won the Franciscan Federation Peacemaker Award. Sister Joy Barth attended the College of Saint Teresa earning a B.S. degree in Education. Sister Joy spent 34 years teaching intermediate grades in Austin, Winona, Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Fairmont, MN; and Silver Spring, MD. She also spent 16 years at the Assisi Community Center at Assisi Heights. Sister June Kaiser earned a B.S. in Economics from the College

of Saint Teresa and an M.S. in Education and Administration from the University of Denver, Denver, CO. Her teaching career was spent in Portsmouth, OH; and in Caledonia and Rochester, MN. From 1969-1978, she worked as Registrar in Administration for the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, then became Treasurer for the Rochester Franciscan Congregation until 1998. Sister Kathleen Lonergan, formerly Sister Nuala, received a B.S. in Nursing from the College of Saint Teresa. She spent 20 years working at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, MN, supervising pedi- Back row, left to right: Srs Valerie Olson, Elizabeth Gillis, Mary Margaret atrics and internal medicine. After Dapporn, Margaret Boler, LaDonna Maier, Petrine DeSplinter, Helen Rohlik, June leaving nursing, she cared for chil- Kaiser and Janel Crumb. Front row, left to right: Srs Alverna O’Laughlin, Cynthia dren and was active in Saint Marys Howe, Regina Monnig, Joy Barth, Angelo Grose and Kathleen Lonergan Style. Hospital Auxiliary. Sister Ladonna Maier, received her B.S. in Education from the piano in Chicago, IL; Portsmouth, OH; Norfolk, NE; and Austin, St. College of Saint Teresa; followed by a B.S. in Occupational Therapy Bonifacius, Rochester, Shakopee, and Waseca, MN. She also spent from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN. She spent her career 32 years in Watertown, SD, as a teacher, and a night nurse aide in Occupational Therapy in Austin, Brainerd, and Winona, MN; as well in local nursing homes. Now, Sister Mary Margaret enjoys tutoring as McAllen, TX. Later, she worked for the impoverished; setting up an students and assisting teachers at Saint Pius X School in Rochester. outreach soup kitchen in Grand Junction, CO, and serving as a home Sister Petrine DeSplinter, worked at Saint Marys Hospital in care worker for developmentally challenged and elderly persons in the Patient Account Office for almost 20 years. Beginning in 1972, the Twin Cities. Currently, Sister Ladonna enjoys overseeing the Craft/ she worked as an Administrative Assistant at Assisi Heights for 13 Activity Room at Assisi Heights. years, as well as assistant to the Archivist; processing mail and Sister Margaret Boler, formerly Sister More, received a B.S. preparing telephone statements for the Business Office and Sistersdegree in Education from the College of Saint Teresa; an Social in-Residence, and volunteering her clerical skills upon request. Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; and a Certification in Sister Regina Louise Monnig received a B.S. in Nursing from Pastoral Education. She taught in Minneapolis, Rochester and St. the College of Saint Teresa; an M.S. in Nursing Administration from James, MN; as well as Chicago, IL, and Portsmouth, OH. Later, Catholic University, D.C.; and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology she began a career in social work in Chicago, IL, then served as and Counseling from the University of Minnesota. She began as a Coordinator of Human Resources at Assisi Heights and then as nurse at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN, then as chair of the chaplain with the Hospice of Baltimore, MD. nursing department at the College of Saint Teresa. She went on to Sister Marguerite Cahill, formerly Sister Moninna, received a become an associate professor of nursing at Wichita State University, B.S. in Social Studies and Business from the College of Saint Teresa; and associate dean and professor at the University of Louisville. In an M.S. in Business and Economics from the University of Denver, 1972, while a doctoral student, she joined the US Air Force Reserve, Denver, CO; and a post-graduate degree in Religious Studies from serving for 19 years as a flight nurse and training director. She also the College of Saint Teresa. She spent her career teaching in Waseca she served as associate dean/professor at the University of North and Austin, MN; and at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA. She Dakota and the Medical College of Nursing in Augusta, GA; then later served as principal at Notre Dame H.S. in Portsmouth, OH. She as dean of the School of Nursing at Tennessee State University in also taught religious education at Port Angeles and Bothell, WA, as Nashville, TN, and, later at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. well as Shakopee and St. Bonifacius, MN. Prior to retirement, she Sister Valerie Olson, formerly Sister Katrine, received an A.A. served as sacristan at Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights. in Liberal Arts from Rochester Community College. Her 42 years of Sister Mary Margaret Dapporn, formerly Sister Fabiola, received ministry were spent at Saint Marys Hospital, working in the Business a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Office, Personnel Office and serving as a volunteer. She later served Teresa. She spent her career in elementary education and teaching as a volunteer in the Franciscan Life Library at Assisi Heights.

July 2013

In this Issue

A Year of Faith Essay Winner Featured

St. Gianna Molla More on YOF page 2

Endow Spolight

Every Child is a Miracle! More on YOF page 4

Ask a Canon Lawyer

Does the use of contraception affect the validity of marriage? More on YOF page 3

Year of Faith Logo Explained

The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.

Year of Faith Special Edition Insert of The Courier

Year of Faith 2012 - 2013

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

The Second Vatican eral other Council documents also offer Council’s “Decree on important teaching on the laity’s role in the Apostolate of the the Church. These would include the Laity” (Apostolicam Actuositatem) was documents on the Church, on ecumenapproved by a vote of 2,340 to 2 by the ism, on the media, on the liturgy, and on bishops assembled for the fourth ses- Christian education. The document, Lumen Gentium, is sion of the Council. Pope Paul VI then promulgated the decree on November particularly significant in this regard. 18, 1965. This was the first document of As it states, “The lay apostolate, howevan ecumenical council of the Church to er, is a participation in the salvific misspecifically focus on the role of the laity sion of the Church itself. Through their within the life of the Church. It is important, in understanding this momentous document, to note some of the history The laity derive relating to the laity in the years leading the right and duty to the up to the Council. apostolate from their union with While some believe that the laity were passive parChrist the head; ticipants in the Church’s incorporated into Christ's Mystical life before Vatican II (sumBody through Baptism and marizing this role as to “pay, strengthened by the power of the pray, and obey”), this is not Holy Spirit through Confirmation, the case. The Catholic Action movement in Europe encourthey are assigned to the apostoaged and organized the laity to late by the Lord Himself. assist the hierarchy in bring–Second Vatican Council, “Decree on the ing the Church’s influence into Apostolate of the Laity” (#3) the everyday world of family, political life, and work. The popes of the early 20th century actively promoted Catholic Action, and Pope Pius XII, in 1946, Baptism and Confirmation all are comdescribed the laity as being “in the front missioned to that apostolate by the Lord line of Church life” and as “not only Himself…. Now the laity are called in belonging to the Church, but of being the a special way to make the Church present and operative in those places and Church.” Other lay-centered movements also circumstances where only through them grew up and flourished in the years can it become the salt of the earth” [#31]. The Decree on the Apostolate of the leading up to the Council: the Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Laity then echoes, summarizes, and Day and Peter Maurin; the Christian expands upon the teaching on the laity Family Movement; the National Councils as it is developed in other key Council of Catholic Men and Women; the Young documents. Some of the major points of Christian Workers; etc. All of these this document can now be highlighted. - All members of the Body of Christ offered ways for lay women and men to come together as active participants – lay, religious, and ordained – share in promoting the Church’s mission in in the Church’s apostolate, which refers to “every activity of the mystical body” society. This was some of the context that led which seeks to fulfill the Church’s misto the Second Vatican Council’s reflec- sion to proclaim and give witness to the tions on the laity. Before describing the saving work of Christ [#2]. - Lay people’s “right and duty to the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity directly, it is important to note that sev- apostolate” comes directly from “the Lord

By: Todd Graff

Himself,” by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation which unite them to Christ and strengthen them in the Holy Spirit. Through the grace of these sacraments, the laity “are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people (cf. 1 Peter 2:4-10) … that they may witness to Christ throughout the world” [#3]. - Within the Church, there is “a oneness of mission,” but a “diversity of ministry.” The laity share authentically in this mission and “in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ” [#2]. But, their participation in this one mission of the Church is distinct from that of the religious and the ordained. - The laity live out their distinct apostolate primarily in the everyday world of family life, civic life, work, etc. It is their particular vocation within the life of the Church to “take up the renewal of the temporal order as their own special obligation” [#7]. By the daily witness of their Christian lives within the spheres of family, work, culture, education, public policy, etc., lay women and men seek to bring the “good news” and saving work of Jesus Christ to the secular world, and so to “penetrate and perfect the temporal order through the spirit of the Gospel” [#2]. Citing Jesus’ sending out of the disciples, the Council Fathers conclude this document with a call to the laity to truly share in Christ’s “saving mission” in our own day: Through this holy synod, the Lord renews His invitation to all the laity to come closer to Him every day, recognizing that what is His is also their own (Phil. 2:5), to associate themselves with Him in His saving mission. Once again He sends them into every town and place where He will come (cf. Luke 10:1) so that they may show that they are co-workers in the various forms and modes of the one apostolate of the Church, which must be constantly adapted to the new needs of our times [#33].

Porta Fidei - ANSWERS to June's Questions:

1. Explain this statement: “Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt.”(#14) Charity is the love of God above all else. Because we love God, we also love our neighbor and desire his or her wellbeing. In this way, we perform the works of charity that benefit our neighbor. The Letter of St. James tells us that faith without works is dead. (Jms 2:17) These works are the fruit of faith combined with charity. However, many atheists can do good works toward their fellow human beings. These good works are apparent acts of “charity” but are not rooted in love of God or in faith. Also, we can equate “charity” with a sentimental feeling of love that again is not grounded in the firm foundation of faith. Both of these types of “charity” are easy targets for doubt whenever the storm winds of trial, scandal, conflict, or challenges blow. (cf Mt 7:26-27) 2. What is our commitment that comes from faith? According to our Holy Father, “Faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world. What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.” (#15) The Year of Faith, then, is our preparation for becoming a “living sign” and a “credible witness” for the New Evangelization, so that we can lead others to “true life, life without end.”

Calendar Of Events

2 - Year of Faith, July 2013

Events in the Diocese for the Year of Faith Color Key: General Youth Adults School Teachers/Catechists July 12-14, 2013: Steubenville, Rochester Civic Ctr. CONTACT: Ben Frost, July 19-30, 2013: World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CONTACT: Ben Frost

CONTACT: Ben Frost

August 26, 2013: Catechetical Day, St. Augustine Church & Pacelli School, Austin CONTACT: Sr. Mary Juanita Gonsalves, RSM, November 24, 2013: Official Closing of the Year of Faith for the Universal Church

August 12-15, 2013: Junior High Catholic Summer Camp at Eagle Bluff in Lanesboro

St. Gianna Beretta Molla A Witness to Faith for the Year of Faith

written by Isaac Drees from Austin, First Place Home School winner for grades 4-6. WANTED: DIOCESE OF WINONA SEEKS SAINTLY ROLE MODEL FOR YEAR OF FAITH. MUST BE A CANONIZED SAINT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. APPLICANTS SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES: “FAITH,” “JOY OF BELIEVING,” AND “CHARITY.” THE EXAMPLE OF HIS OR HER LIFE SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF INSPIRING LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE TO LIVE FOR GOD. SUBMIT ESSAY OF RECOMMENDATION TO DIOCESE OF WINONA. As soon as I saw that ad, I knew it was going to require some research. Out of all the saints I read about I decided that St. Gianna Beretta Molla was the best candidate for the job. I recommend St. Gianna because she had a strong faith throughout her entire life, always trusted in Divine Providence, performed acts of charity, and motivated those around her to grown in their faith. Because she was a laywoman, wife, mother, and professional many people can relate to her and follow her example. Gianna was born and raised in a Catholic family. They truly lived their faith every moment of each day, not just for an hour every Sunday morning. Gianna and her siblings studied the teachings of the church and were taught to put them into practice. The family attended daily Mass, donated to the missions, and lived very simply. In Gianna's heart the seed of God's love took root in fertile soil and flourished. St. Gianna felt all vocations are a gift from God and worked very hard to determine her vocations. Being a doctor and a wife were more than just jobs to Gianna. They were what God called her to be. Gianna believed that God would provide for her and everything was part of God’s plan. She didn’t worry about the future. She enjoyed life. Some of her hobbies were: mountain climbing; skiing, fashion, and theatre. Jesus said “…I came that they may have life, and that they may have it abundantly.” Gianna love life and her hobbies helped her enjoy it to the fullest. James tells us, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” Gianna’s life was full of charity. She put her faith into action by participating in Catholic Action and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In her medical practice she focused on mothers and young children, accepting whatever payment they could give. With the birth of each of her children she gave a large donation to the missions. Gianna had a strong faith her entire life although an Ignatius Retreat converted her spiritual life to a deeper level. She inspired younger ladies in Catholic Action to live a stronger life of faith. In the end her great love brought her to be able to risk her life for her child. After you read about her holy life and great virtue you can see why I think Gianna is the best saint for the Diocese of Winona during the Year of Faith. So what do you say, is she hired?

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.

E vent of the M onth

Steubenville North Rochester Conference The Steubenville North Rochester Conference will take place at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, on July 12-14, 2013. Seeking to address the needs of today’s Catholic youth, the conference includes an inspirational line-up of speakers, musicians, and presenters. In this Year of Faith, the conference hopes to challenge the youth to stand firm in their faith, rely upon the power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend, and Savior, and to show that faith to the world. A highlight of the weekend is the powerful time of Eucharistic Adoration. For more information about this event, please visit the Youth and Youth Adult page on the Diocese of Winona website at,

World Youth Day: Celebrating the Faith! From July 23 until July 28, there will be the celebration of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. During his homily on Palm Sunday, 2013, Pope Francis addressed the youth, with joyful anticipation of this event as a time to celebrate the faith, “You have an important part in the celebration of faith! You bring us the joy of faith and you tell us that we must live the faith with a young heart, always: a young heart, even at the age of seventy or eighty. Dear young people! With Christ, the heart never grows old! Yet all of us, all of you know very well that the King whom we follow and who accompanies us is very special: he is a King who loves even to the Cross and who teaches us to serve and to love. And you are not ashamed of his Cross! On the contrary, you embrace it, because you have understood that it is in giving ourselves, in giving ourselves, in emerging from ourselves that we have true joy and that, with his love, God conquered evil. You carry the pilgrim Cross through all the Continents, along the highways of the world! You carry it in response to Jesus’ call: “Go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19), which is the theme of World Youth Day this year. You carry it so as to tell everyone that on the Cross Jesus knocked down the wall of enmity that divides people and nations, and he brought reconciliation and peace. Dear friends, I too am setting out on a journey with you, starting today, in the footsteps of Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI. We are already close to the next stage of this great pilgrimage of the Cross. I look forward joyfully to next July in Rio de Janeiro! I will see you in that great city in Brazil! Prepare well – prepare spiritually above all – in your communities, so that our gathering in Rio may be a sign of faith for the whole world.” To pray for all young people, especially those participating in WYD, below is provided the official prayer for the event: “Oh Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world, and You chose men and women, so that through Him, with Him and in Him, they might proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to all nations. Grant us the necessary graces, so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the joy of being the evangelists that the Church needs in the Third Millennium may shine in the faces of all young people. “Oh Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado, welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You led us, by the Holy Spirit, to encounter the Father as His children. Young people, who are nourished by Eucharist, who hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to walk along the paths of this world as disciples and missionaries of the New Evangelization. “Oh Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and of the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, shed Your Light upon all young people so that, inspired by their experience at World Youth Day, they may bring faith, hope and charity to the four corners of the earth, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world. Amen!”

The Truth of Our Faith

The Lord’s Prayer Choosing God First

By Sr. Mary Juanita Gonsalves, R.S.M.

How do we act with those we love? If you are a parent, spouse, friend, these words from the Catechism of the Catholic Church may reflect your response: “it is characteristic of love to think first of the one whom we love” (#2804). In this article, the first three of seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer is understood as carrying us toward the Father, before we address our own needs, as we pray: “thy name, thy kingdom, thy will!” Why do we “hallow” God’s name? When we pray “hallowed be thy name,” we are not causing God’s name to be holy, for only God can sanctify (make holy). We ask that the Father make his name holy because when we ask this, we seek to recognize who God is and his loving plan for us. Through his saving works in salvation history, we recognize God as holy. But the holiness of God is fully revealed by the Word made flesh, Jesus. In the priestly prayer of the second person of the Trinity, the Son’s love for mankind reflects the Father’s love: “Holy Father… for their sake I consecrate myself, that they may also be consecrated in truth” (Jn. 17: 11, 19). Through Baptism, the faithful are consecrated in the truth, and with the gift of the sacraments, they are strengthened to persevere daily in living in holiness. Thus, we pray that God’s name be hallowed in us through the way we live. Where is the Kingdom of God found? The Catechism notes that “The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst. The Kingdom will come in glory when Christ hands it over to his Father” (#2816). Although the fullness of the Kingdom of God will be found at Christ’s final coming, the Catechism continues saying that today the kingdom of God is found where there is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (#2820). In our daily lives, this means that when we can discern, according to the Holy Spirit, how to serve justice and peace in the world by our choices and actions, then we find the Kingdom of God. Particular attentiveness and a faith filled response to the direction given by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and his local ordinary, the diocesan Bishop, draw us closer to the Kingdom of God. Whose will is desired? Earlier in the article, we reflected on God’s name made holy in us through our living in

Ask a

Canon Lawyer

By Mr. William Daniel

Q: "If we believe that using contraception in sexual intercourse between husband and wife is a denial of the wedding vows, not a renewal of them, then would a couple's marriage be valid if they have used contraception their entire married life?"

holiness. Here, again, we ask that God’s will be done through our following of the commandment that summarizes all others: “that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (Jn. 13:34). Moreover, when seeking righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit, it is not simply for oneself; it is for the whole world. For this reason, we pray to the Father that his will be done on earth—not only in my life—as it is in heaven. We only have the strength to pray and do the Father’s will when we are united with Jesus. During the month of July, when our country celebrates Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, we pray in a special way for married couples, that they may seek to build faith-filled families in accordance with God’s will. Helpful videos and resources on marriage and natural family planning can be found on the USCCB website, under the Issues and Action section. In the next article on the Lord’s Prayer, we will reflect on how we offer up our expectations to the Father in hope of receiving his mercy.

Try These Great Ideas for C e l e b r a t i n g t h e Ye a r o f F a i t h ! For Adults: - Buy a Catechism or start a CCC class in your parish! - Go to Mass every Sunday! (& daily Mass if you can!) and Go to Confession! - Make a Pilgrimage - Pray the Act of Faith every day! - Volunteer in your parish! - Read Pope Francis' weekly message. For Couples: - Read Scripture together daily! - Attend Mass every SUNDAY! - Go to Confession together - Make a pilgrimage! - Pray an Act of Faith every day! - Pray the Rosary regularly! - Go to a Natural Family Planning class! - Go on a Marriage Retreat together!

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For Families: - Read the Catechism & Bible with your family! - Go to Mass every Sunday as a Family! - Go to Confession together as a family! - Make a family pilgrimage together - Pray an Act of Faith every day at breakfast! - Volunteer as a family at your parish. - Pray the Rosary together regularly!

Reply: When a man and a woman of child-bearing years exchange matrimonial consent, they promise to welcome children lovingly and to raise them according to the laws of Christ and His Church. However, what is necessary for the validity of their consent, and therefore of their marriage, must be kept distinct from the ideal of marriage and family. The ideal proposed by the Church is that the couple will welcome several children and build up the Church by having a large family (Gaudium et spes, no. 50). It is possible, however, for a couple to determine, after consulting their spiritual director or pastor, that there is a need to avoid pregnancy at a given time, by abstaining during the fertile intervals of the woman’s menstrual cycle. In a very extreme and serious case, this could result in the welcoming of no children. While the use of artificial contraception is morally illicit, and indeed intrinsically evil, it is a means that accomplishes the same practical end. In order for marriage consent to be valid, the spouses must minimally be open one day to welcoming a child. Marriage is ordered by its very nature to the procreation and raising of offspring, and both spouses have a right to marriage with this end in view. At the time of the wedding, when asked by the priest or deacon if they will generally orient their marriage toward this end, they must agree. Their plan may fall short of the ideal discussed above, but their marriage remains valid. If the spouses at the time of


Books: Youcat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. Trans. Michael J. Miller, (Ignatius Press, 2011). The Year of Faith: A Bible Study for Catholics, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012). Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents. Austin For Youth: Flannery, O.P., (Costello Publishing - Ask your parents for YouCat! and Read it! Company ,NY, 2004). - Go to Mass every Sunday! Year of Faith Links: - Go to Confession during Advent & Lent! Official Vatican Website for the YOF: - Go to Diocesan Youth Events! Say your Act of Faith every day!

marriage form a firm plan to avoid pregnancy for an arbitrary amount of time (e.g., 4 years), they are abusing the right of the other (and their mutual obligation) to orient the marriage toward having children; but the marriage remains valid. If they intend absolutely to exclude children from their marriage, their consent is invalid, since they have rejected an essential dimension of marriage. They could carry out this plan by the consistent use of contraception, but also through always abstaining from intercourse during the fertile times (which is an abuse of natural family planning). Therefore, the use of contraception for the entire married life has an impact on the validity of consent only to the extent that it reflects the spouses’ intention at the time of the wedding. If spouses never have any children (assuming they do not suffer from infertility), the consent of one or both of them is invalid if, at the time of the wedding, they decided never to have children in the marriage. If they decided to delay procreation but were generally open to it at the time of the wedding, their consent could still be valid if they did not have children for other reasons, such as spousal conflict, poverty, or the death of a spouse. Mr. William Daniel is a canon lawyer of the Diocese of Winona, serving as a Tribunal Judge and Vice-Chancellor. If you have a canon law question which may be considered in a future issue, you may send them to the Associate Editor at vangelizatio/en.html United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops YOF site: search "Year of Faith" and you'll find a plethora of information. Our Diocesan Website will have a YOF page: Catholic Learning Links: Catechism of the Catholic Church: and search: "catechism" to view full text online. Catholicism Series: My Catholic Faith Delivered:

Living Our Faith in Society

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Every Life is a Miracle!

The regular Endow article will resume next month. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Martin on the birth of another beautiful boy! Damian Joseph Martin was born on June 5th at 12:04 a.m. exactly on his due date. Mother and baby are doing wonderfully. Theresa wishes to thank the many people who have been Theresa Martin, praying for her and baby Damian all along. "I was Endow overwhelmed by the immense support of especially Coordinator the women at our latest event praying for me and offering encouragement," Theresa recalled, "I am so happy to take this chance to say "Thank You!" to everyone who so generously prayed for and supported us. It was most appreciated." When asked how it feels to be the mother of five boys, Theresa laughed. "God does have a sense of humor! But I feel incredibly blessed. I know babies are born every day and so, in some way, in seems ordinary, but there is nothing ordinary about new life! Sometimes when you are pregnant, you sort of forget that you are really carrying a little person inside you. Obviously you know, but it's not as real to you.

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Sr. Mary Yet, when you go through labor and that Juanita squiggling, crying, reddish purple bundle Gonsalves, is placed in your arms for the first time RSM ... there is nothing in the world as beauitDirector ful as that child! There is nothing in the faithformation world like it. It is a miracle beyond pare! That our love has created a new life whose soul will live for all eternity - wow. Pregnancy can be rough, labor worse, but God must know what He is about, for such an incredible gift cannot be taken lightly. I would endure it all over again for little Damian - I'm so in love with this little guy! And even more so with his wonderful daddy." Theresa and her husband, Peter Martin (the Director of the Office of Life, Marriage & Family for the diocese), and their four other sons couldn't be happier. We rejoice with them and praise God for Damian, their new little miracle! Please see the Faith Formation page on for Endow updates. (There is another Endow training Day in September - stay tuned!)

Life is Beautiful!

Damian Joseph

Born June 5th, 12:04am

Photo taken by Heidi Wisniewski Photography, Winona, Minn.

15th Anniversary of the Institute of Lay Ministry By Todd Graff

On June 23rd, Bishop John Quinn commissioned the fifth class of our diocesan INSTITUTE OF LAY MINISTRY [see story and picture on page 3]. The Institute began in 1998 and “calls lay women and men to a deeper living out of their Christian vocation in the world, and prepares them for more faithful and effective lay leadership in the Church.” This current year marks the 15th anniversary of the Institute. During these 15 years, the Institute has formed five classes of lay people, comprising some 250+ individuals, for service and leadership in the Church and in the broader community. The year, 2013, also marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s landmark statement, Christifidelis Laici, on “The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and the World.” In this statement, Blessed Pope John Paul affirmed the call of each lay woman and man to a life of Christian witness and service: “In our times, the Church after Vatican II in a renewed outpouring of the Spirit of Pentecost has come to a more lively awareness of her missionary nature and has listened again to the voice of her

The eyes of faith behold a wonderful scene: that of a countless number of lay people, both women and men, busy at work in their daily life and activity, oftentimes far from view and quite unacclaimed by the world, unknown to the world’s great personages but nonetheless looked upon in love by the Father, untiring labourers who work in the Lord’s vineyard. Confident and steadfast through the power of God’s grace, these are the humble yet great builders of the Kingdom of God in history. –Pope John Paul II, Christifidelis Laici (#17

Lord who sends her forth into the world as ‘the universal sacrament of salvation’ (Lumen Gentium #48). The call is a concern not only of Pastors, clergy, and men and women religious. The call is addressed to everyone: lay people as well are personally called by the Lord, from whom they receive a mission on behalf of the Church and the world” (#2) [italics added]. In light of these two milestones relating to the laity, the Office of Lay Formation is planning a process of reflection, planning, and celebration relating to our diocesan lay formation efforts during the 2013-14 academic year. During this anniversary year, several activities will be undertaken, including: • A broad consultation concerning the role of the diocesan INSTITUTE OF LAY MINISTRY and possibilities for development and change in the program going forward. • A special year-long course on “The Call of the Laity within the Life and Mission of the Church” open to both Institute alumni and prospective students. • Regional gatherings of Institute alumni to

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re-connect and to celebrate the 15th anni- Todd Graff versary. • A series of articles in “The Courier” Director on the role of the laity in the life of the Church, both in terms of our local Church and the universal Church. • A spiritual retreat or pilgrimage open to all Institute alumni in the spring of 2014. • A re-launching of the INSTITUTE OF LAY MINISTRY in the spring of 2014, with an application and selection process for a new class to begin in the fall of that year. In his statement reflecting on the new millennium, Blessed Pope John Paul II invited us as a Church “to go forward in hope,” and encouraged each of us to offer our Lord “a generous heart to become the instruments of his work.” I pray that we as “the lay members of Christ’s faithful people, Christifidelis Laici,” will embrace his message more deeply through the events of this coming anniversary year. Deo gratias!

BVM Sister Celebrates Golden Jubilee

A Sister of Charity, BVM with ties to the diocese of Winona will celebrate 50 years in religious life this summer. Sister Margaret Mear, BVM (Jacoba) Sister Margaret Mear was born in Kankakee, Ill., and entered the BVM congregation on July 31, 1963. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1966, and final vows on Jan. 30, 1972. She taught secondary school at St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines, Iowa, and in Mundelein, Ill. She was a college art teacher for 34 years at St. Mary College in Winona, Minn. “I feel very lucky to be a BVM sister,” Sister Margaret says. She lives at the North Farms of Mississippi Abbey, where she continues to work on her art. She is among eight golden jubilarians who will gather in the Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 21, 2013, for a liturgy of thanksgiving. To send a congratulatory message to a sister on her jubilee or to donate to the BVM congregation on behalf of these sisters, please go to

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Meet Our Catholic Schools Saint Felix, Wabasha

Catholic Education Marsha Stenzel Director mstenzel@dow. org

Submitted by: Samuel Cotton, Principal St. Felix Elementary is a small Catholic School located directly in the heart of Wabasha and has been serving the community and surrounding areas for over 150 years. St. Felix Parish was founded by Reverend Felix Tissot in 1858, the same year the territory of Minnesota was granted statehood. Tissot served local Native American and settler populations who, by the 1860s, wanted to enrich their children’s lives by building their faith with a strong parochial education. In 1871, two School Sisters of Notre Dame and a candidate arrived in the village of Wabasha. Two days later, St. Felix School opened in the parish church basement with Sister Mary Venantia and Sister Mary Saturnina holding classes for 87 students. In 1881, the enrollment at St. Felix School numbered 185 and by the next year, it was up to 200 students. On July 4, 1901 the cornerstone to the school was laid. St. Felix School became the third Catholic school in Minnesota established by the Notre Dame Order and in 1909 four girls shared the honor of being the first four-year high school graduates of the school. St. Felix School’s program and enrollment growth continued under the experienced guidance of religious and lay teachers. Scholars and athletic teams established a proud reputation, capturing

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numerous honors. By 1966, the school’s population reached 541 students. In 1968, in the face of economic hardship, the parish reluctantly closed St. Felix High School. Since then, a first through sixth grade elementary program has flourished. In 1985, a kindergarten was added, in 2000 a pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-old children and in the fall of 2006, a 3-year-old component for preschoolers was added in rounding off the school in being an innovative center of learning, embedding Gospel values within the curriculum Today St. Felix is continuing to experience growth on a variety of levels. Over the past few years with revitalization in Catholic education, the student population has continued to grow. Each day students, parents and teachers gather in our lobby and as a family we say morning prayer and reflect upon individual student petitions. Throughout the school each classroom has interactive white boards and classroom projectors. Over the course

of the past year the school has enhanced their science, math and religious education programs by adding new text books and purchasing lab kits. Over the course of next year the school will be continuing to enhance their programs through the incorporation of iPads as well as having a new computer lab. St. Felix is also accredited by Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

(MNSAA). Because of the generous support of the school’s alumni, parishioners and the strong support of volunteers, St. Felix School continues to thrive and grow. School parishioners and community members are found at every event the school holds from the annual Christmas Musical to sixth grade graduation. Each year the school holds a number of fund raisers which financially continues to help the school thrive. The biggest fundraiser is our Parish’s Fall Festival where, through the course of continual growth in parent commitment and strong dedication to our parish school, in one day the fundraiser will raise close to $100,000 where all proceeds go directly to support the programs of the school. St. Felix School is a Catholic Christ centered school dedicated to life-long learning where students are encouraged to develop spiritually, academically, socially and morally.

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Diocese will be hosting a “Digital Church Conference” on Friday, October 4th, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. This event offers “a one-day guide to Catholic new media,” featuring “three dynamic national speakers, and limitless possibilities as participants learn everything from perfecting their websites, to building their social network, to evangelizing online.” To learn more about the event, you can visit the Digital Church Conference web site: www. Promotion and registration information for the conference will be available soon at the diocesan web site ( In the coming months, the Diocese will continue to offer the clergy, religious, and laity resources and opportunities to better understand both the content of the new evangelization and the witness that it calls forth both from individual disciples and from our parishes and Catholic institutions.

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Totus Tuus Teams Witnessing the Gospel By: Ben Frost

Every year the arrival of summer means a flurry of events in youth ministry. One such retreat week is Totus Tuus. Parishes from around the diocese sign up to have a team of young adults come in and offer programming for youth in grades 1-12. Our Totus Tuus program actually starts with a training week in late May where young adults from around the country come to Winona to grow deeper in love with the Lord, learn the day to day structure of the

program, and then break into teams to serve a number of dioceses. The Diocese of Winona is blessed to have three teams serving our young people, and this summer they will serve twenty parishes and nearly 1000 young people. Totus Tuus is the latin translation for “Totally Yours”. The name of this program describes its mission. All the students who attend programming are encouraged to live as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ and offer their lives as a complete gift to Him. Mary is also a common theme for the retreat, because she was the greatest example of how to live as “Totus Tuus”. Mary gave her life completely over to God and consecrated her life to the will of the Father. The Totus Tuus experience is packed with excitement and fun, as well as solid catechesis and formation in Christian living. The day is consumed with

daily lessons, songs, Mass, confession, games and activities. Parishes are also involved in the entire event. Families come together for an evening pot luck, and even get to encourage the little ones as they participate in a large scale water fight. Mornings are a time for elementary grades to gather, while evenings are set aside for the older youth. Please pray for our Totus Tuus teams and parishes this summer. The continued growth of this program is proof of the fruit it bears. If your parish is interested in learning more about this event please contact Ben Frost.

The Office of Youth & Young Adults Ben Frost Director


The Root of the Problem? By: Raymond de Souza

Some people say that the main obstacle facing the Church these days is the secularism of contemporary American culture. Others say it is the internal dissent. For others, it’s the direct action of the devil. Opinions vary. I for one believe that our main enemy is not to be found in the secular policies by this or that government or political party, not in the antics of fringe groups, let alone in blaming the devil for everything wrong that happens. I believe that the root of the crisis – that’s the word used by Cardinal Ratzinger – will be found in the unwillingness of the good to become better in the Mystical Body of Christ. Let me explain myself. It is true that, by and large, we abhor sin and do not want it to expand and take over the world. By the same token, we do not want to aim towards sanctity. We prefer to sit comfortably somewhere in between, or at least on the safe side of the fence. Again, if it is true that we do not want to see evil people becoming worse, it is also true that we prefer that good people do not become saints. Saints are a troublesome lot. They live the first Commandment to the fullest, and have no time for nonsense. They are like eagles, gazing straight at the Sun, flying high and soaring above the clouds in contemplation, love of God, dedication to serve the Church, to minister to everyone in need. They show us up. They cause nothing but trouble. We are much wiser, aren’t we: we prefer to aim much lower, and take no risks. Like the chicken, that flies a little and comes down again to the dust, safe and sound. It’s like admiring the beauty of the stars at night, and pointing at them, and the person next to you looks at your finger and finds nothing particularly beautiful about it. This mentality has names: In the intellect, it is called mediocrity. In behaviour, it is called minimalistic ethics. In prayer life, it is called shallow religiosity. Mediocrity is the refusal to see the big picture, the Cause of the Catholic Church, the militant aspect of being a Catholic (Let your words be ‘yes, yes, no, no’ type of thing). Minimalistic ethics is to do the very least minimum necessary amount of good and avoidance of evil, just enough to escape hell. No

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involvement whatsoever in fighting evil. Shallow religiosity is the preoccupaRaymond tion with the type of prayer that makes de Souza me feel good, without any particular concern with identification with Jesus Christ. Director The liturgical phrase at Mass ‘Lift rdesouza@ up your hearts’ is altogether devoid of meaning to many of us. About ten years ago Pope John Paul II addressed a letter to the Bishops of Japan. He exhorted them to aim high, Raymond de Souza's Speaking Schedule very high: nothing short of a Call to Holiness. Here are his words: “The call to holiness, while it applies In July: in specific ways to Bishops, priests and Tues., July 9: 7 p.m. Sacred Heart Cathedral. Thurs., July 11: 6 p.m. St James Coffee House; ‘Raiders of Religious men and women, is a universal the Lost Art’ – training in Apologetics. call. There are different ministries and Tues., July 30: 6 p.m. St James Coffee House, Rochester; different roles in the Church, but this ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ – training in Apologetics, in cannot mean that some are called to holiSpanish. ness and others are not. Everyone who is baptised is drawn into the holiness of In August: God, and therefore "it would be a contraThurs., August 8: 6 p.m. St James Coffee House, Rochester; diction to settle for a life of mediocrity, ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ – training in Apologetics. marked by a minimalist ethic and a shalTues., August 13: 6 p.m. St James Coffee House, Rochester; low religiosity" (Novo Millennio Ineunte, ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ – training in Apologetics, in 31). … Spanish. “In a sense, the holiness of clergy and religious is intended as a service to There are still days available for June, July & August. Parishes interlay people, enabling them to grow more ested in booking talks on Apologetics for the Year of Faith are invited to contact Mr. Raymond de Souza at (507) 858-1265 or RdeSouza@ and more in the way of holiness, so that they can fulfil their baptismal vocation. A laity imbued with Christian virtue to a heroic degree…” Once such a call to holiness is proclaimed, “The truth is that holy Pastors will produce holy lay people, and from among those holy and both clergy and laity correspond to it, then lay people there will come the vocations to the we’ll see that neither secular governments or priesthood and religious life which the Church political parties, nor dissenting fringe groups, needs in every time and place. We must keep this not even the devil himself, will stand a chance against the Church! vision in mind.”

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Building a Case in Favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform based on the principles contained in the “Declaration of Independence” and the “Bill of Rights” By: Deacon Eduardo Fortini The Social Teachings of the Church are grounded in what is called “The Natural Law.” First, we must understand: What is Natural Law? - Those moral principles which are selfevident to our reason by virtue of our human nature. - These principles have to do with the way God created our human nature in His image and likeness. - These principles of Natural Law are synthesized in the 10 Commandments. You may say, “Deacon Eduardo, now you are talking Religion. What about who is not Catholic, or who is not Christian, or who doesn’t event believe in God?” As I said, these principles are self evident. You just need to be a reasonable human being to understand them: The right to life, to liberty, To work, to hire workers, to receive a salary, to private property, to have a spouse and children, to be reunified with your family members, to know the truth, to speak the truth, to privacy, to defend the innocents, to defend myself, to defend my family, to defend my nation, to pursuit happiness ... You see, I’m not necessarily talking from the perspective of religion, I’m talking SELFEVIDENCE. Actually, I’m talking about “The Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson echoed in the “Bill of Rights” (The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, year 1791). You may not be a Catholic or not even a believer in God but, as an American: Do you believe in the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence protected by the Constitution of the United States of America? The Declaration of Independence of Thomas Jefferson is a master piece of Social Justice.

He states some principles of Natural Law then he proves with facts how these principles were broken by the King of Great Britain. Then he claims that a ruler who systematically breaks the Natural Rights of human beings endowed by the Creator and becomes a tyrant loses his moral authority. The duty of the ruler is to protect the “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” of human beings. Some of these NATURAL RIGHTS are listed in the Declaration of Ind. and the CONSTITUTION sets up a system of Government to protect these basic rights. The Government is divided in three powers and the mandates are temporary so if a ruler becomes abusive the people won’t vote for him anymore. Let us see those principles of Natural Law about immigration that the Positive Law of the government should protect and wisely regulate without being negligent toward NATURAL RIGHTS of the people. Not only “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” are self evident rights but also: 1. The Natural Right to hire workers. 2. The right to look for an honest job. What if there are not enough low skilled workers available among the citizens? Do I have the right to hire foreign workers for the sake of my business or my farm? Does the government have the duty to respond with a legal path that would effectively address the needs of employers? If this legal path doesn’t exist, whose fault primarily is it? The fault of the employer who has a natural need to hire? The fault of the worker who has a natural need to work? If several million of “low skilled jobs” are offered and most of the citizens don’t show interest in them but foreign workers do, what would be the duty of the government toward the economy? Wouldn’t it be to legally facilitate

this process? Principles of Natural Law regarding the right to look for an honest job and the rights acquired by performing an honest job, as they are stated by Pope Leo XIII: There has been and there is a great contribution of undocumented workers to the U.S. Economy. This is undeniable! Comprehensive Immigration Reform shouldn’t be considered amnesty because it is grounded on Natural Principles as it is stated by Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum #7: “Man precedes the State, and possesses, prior to the formation of any State, the right of providing for the substance of his body.” The borders of a State are necessary and have to be respected but they are not an absolute principle. Undocumented people with good character who have honestly worked for years (sometimes decades) had also acquired a natural right to stay within the society they have contributed to through their daily labor (another principle clearly stated in Rerum Novarum #9: “Now, when man thus turns the activity of his mind and the strength of his body toward procuring the fruits of nature, by such act he makes his own that portion of nature's field which he cultivates - that portion on which he leaves, as it were, the impress of his personality; and it cannot but be just that he should possess that portion as his very own, and have a right to hold it without any one being justified in violating that right.”) If that portion of land is already owned the worker has the right to receive a fair salary in exchange for his work that would allow him over time to purchase his own land and house within the society he is serving.

Considerations on Immigration We are not just advocating for the undocumented workers based on unalienable principles of Natural Law (which are above the Positive Laws of Governments as stated in the Declaration of Ind.), but we are also advocating, based on these Natural principles, to protect the rights of farmers and businesses to hire the number of “low skilled workers” that they need to be successful. They will never be able to find se workers among US citizens in present times. The 15 million undocumented are not replaceable by “low skilled US citizens.” Farmers and businesses should have a strong voice on how the lawmakers will provide them an Immigration System that allow them to get the workforce they need and without delays from the Government. “Low skilled worker visas” should be issued in a way that truly serve the needs of farmers and businesses. Comprehensive Immigration Reform not only needs to fix the status of 15 million of “low skilled workers,” but must make sure that in the future all the “low skilled workers” that the US Economy needs are promptly hired with a “proper worker visa path” that accommodates at the first place the needs of the farmers and businesses. If we want to be successful and not find ourselves in ten more years advocating for another Comprehensive Immigration Reform we need to do this Reform listening accurately to what farmers and businesses have to say. It is essential to have the lawmakers committed to listen in order to make “Positive Laws” that capture those natural principles that – if respected – will make the farms and businesses successful, the low skilled workers respected and happy, and the whole country empowered by a healthy economy.

Rejoice with our Jubilarians

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province honor our Jubilarians, women of hope, and are grateful to God for their faithful lives.

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60 years continued

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Rosalyce Mercurio Sandra Peterson Reina Maria Quiroz Barbara Jean Rupp Del Marie Rysavy M. Natalie Saito Shannon Marie Scallon Lynne Schmidt Laura Jean Spaeth M. Loriann Stanton M. Karen Tachibana M. Anita Takagi Margie Ann Thole M. Jeanette Toyosato Jo Ann Volk Sharon Waldoch Jane Frances Wand Mary Jean Paul Zagorski Marcia Mary Zofkie

Helen Bronner Evelyn Dangel Rose M. Feess Monica Grathwohl M. Paulanne Gruber Gertrude Marie Hagan Janis Haustein Mary Aloyse Hessburg Teresa Marie Hinrichs Arlene Hodapp Mary Paul Holdmeyer Joanna Illg Catherine Ann Kallhoff Irene Komor M. Agnes Claire Krogman Mary Alyce Lach M. Yolanda Latessa Dorothy MacIntyre Grace Marie Mueller Joyce Ploch Carol Marie Polczynski Doris Probst Sylvia Provost Connie Pytlik M. Alcuin Rottjakob

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Sculpture of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, our foundress, by Marie Henderson, RSM.

Joann Bauer Mary Hope Billing Rosemary Bonk Frances Buschell Mary Ellen Doherty Mary Jean Ellman Maura Endo Joyce Engle Carol Marie George Joanne Hanrahan Dana Marie Heffner Ruth Hinderer Gloria Hirai Rose Rita Huelsmann M. Canisia Hyodo M. Evangela Imamura Susan Jordan M. Nicolette Karcher Miriam Thomas Kessens Mary Lauretta Rose Koscielniak Dorothy Land

60 years Joan Elizabeth Bakle Louise Marie Benecke Jean Marie Blake Catherine Marie Brandt

60 years continued M. Ancilla Sakaguchi Gladys Schmitz Rita Marie Schneider Ann Semel M. Petrann Sieben Dolores Marie Siebenmorgen Gabriel Mary Spaeth M. Bernelle Taube Annabelle Theis Valeria Theis Mary Adelyn Vokal M. Anastasia Wehner Cordula Wekenborg Marion Welter


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Mary Matthew Cannizzaro Mary Naomi Curtin Paul Marie Duck Mary Peter Eberhardy Mary Ella Francis Hirth Mary Virgene Pable Lucy Marie Rubenzer M. Valine Saumweber Marie Virginia Strubhart Anne Marie Tholkes M. Maurice Weyer

Mercita Batog M. Honora Elsen Rose M. Ernst Mary Lucida Hoskens M. Daniella Kuhn Dorothy Merth M. Salesia Muckensturm M. Yvonne Nohava Helen Siwicki M. Cecilius Sliger

Names in BOLD are Sisters who were born in, entered from, served five or more years in or live today in the Diocese.

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July Event Calendar Parish and Community Events St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Rochester hosts a Woman's Day on July 10!. All women (16+) are invited for invigorating, and spiritually filling. Don't miss out on three inspiring speakers (Theresa Martin, Fr. William Thompson, and Catherine Marrs Fuchsel), Door prizes, chocolate fondue fountain, and Bunnies' Coconut cake! Interested? Cost is $5 Space is limited! For more information call Shawn at the parish office, (507) 288-7313. Evento para mujeres! Todas las mujeres de 16 años o más, son invitadas a un día espiritual y renovador el 20 de julio. No pierdas la oportunidad de escuchar tres maravillosos conferencistas (P. Jose Morales, P. William Thompson y Catherine Marrs Fuschel), tendremos premios, chocolates, pastel y mucho más! El espacio es limitado. $5 cada uno. Llama a Shawn al teléfono 507 288 7313. Mass for Life & Marriage St. Mary’s Church, Winona offers a Mass for Life and Marriage on both the first and third Thursday of the month, at 5:15 p.m. Rosary at 4:50 p.m. Call the office for updates. Medjugorje Pilgrimage Join us to visit a place were the

Virgin Mary has been appearing to six visionaries. November 12-20. Visit website: Holy Hour of Prayer, St. Mary's Church, Winona will host the monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Prayer Vigil and Public Witness against Abortion Semcac Clinic is a delegate of Planned Parenthood – the nation's leading abortion provider. Please consider joining a local group from 3-4 p.m. each Tuesday in front of Semcac at 62 E 3rd Street in Winona for an hour of prayer. Contact Will Goodman at (608) 698-7443. St. John, Johnsburg Annual Johnsburg JamboreeSunday, July 14. Polka Mass at 11 a.m. with Big Ben & the Brians playing. 12 noon - 7 p.m. Polka music on 2 dance floors. Along with a Bake sale, Cake Walk, Brats and other food inside and outside, raffle, homemade pies, beverages and games for all ages. FREE admission. Carmelites Brothers at Annunciation Hermitage, Austin

Invite you to join us for a Day of Prayer Honoring Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. July 15 & 16. Fr. Paul Denault, O. Carm., Instructor of Novices for the New York Province of St. Elias, will present three Carmelite and Marian themes. We begin Monday evening, July 15 at 7 p.m. with refreshments following. Tues. 8 a.m. Rosary Procession; morning & afternoon Presentations, Eucharistic Adoration with opportunity for Confession. The Mass of the Solemnity is at 11:30 a.m. in Queen of Angels Church, with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn, presiding, and lunch follows in Cunningham Hall. Free will offerings accepted. All are welcome. To register for these events, please contact us at Annunciation Hermitage, 1009 Oakland Ave. East, Austin, MN 55912, (507)437-4015. Pastoral Care Coordinator - Job Opening, Assisi Heights Assisi Heights is currently seeking a PT Pastoral Care Coordinator to work with a team in providing pastoral care services to the Sisters and Staff. Qualifications include a minimum of two years experience in long-term care or with geriatric population, superior interpersonal communication skills, 4 yr degree in

Spanish Mass Schedule Albert Lea, St. Theodore, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday. Austin, Queen of Angels, Spanish Mass at 11 a.m and 5 p.m. every Sunday. Dodge Center, St. John Baptist de La Salle, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday. Fairmont, St. John Vianney, Spanish Mass, 2 p.m., every Sunday. Lake City, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 6:30 p.m., every third Sunday.

Madelia, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 10 a.m., every Sunday. Mankato, Ss. Peter and Paul, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m., every Sunday. Owatonna, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m. every Sunday. Pipestone, St. Leo, Spanish Mass, 2:30 p.m., every Sunday Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi, Spanish Mass, 12 noon, every Sunday. St. Charles, St. Charles

Borromeo, Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m., every Sunday. St. James, St. James, Spanish Mass, 12 p.m., every Sunday. Waseca, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m., every Sunday. Windom, St. Francis Xavier, Spanish Mass, 12 p.m., every Sunday Worthington, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.

Hispanic Priests/Sacerdotes Hispanos: Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas Capellán - Decanato de Worthington Tel. 507-341-0403 Padre José Morales Capellán - Decanato de Rochester Tel. 507-329-2931 Padre Carlos Arturo Calderón Capellan - Decanato de Mankato Padre Mariano Varela Parroco - Ss. Peter and Paul en Mankato Tel. 507-388-2995 ext 103 Padre Octavio Cortez Vicario Parroquial - Ss. Peter and Paul en Mankato Padre Raul Silva Vicario Parroquial - Queen of Angels en Austin Padre Rafael Chávez Capellán de Decanato/ Región de Austin/ Albert Lea-Austin Tel. 507-219-1284

Please note: submission deadline is the 15th

Pastoral Ministry or equivalency, Chaplaincy certification in NACC or ACPE desirable. EOE. Interested? send resume to: Judy A. Rud, Director of Human Resources, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or email judyrud@myclearwave. net. Job Opening: Lourdes High School Interim Principal Enrolling over 470 students, Lourdes High School (LHS), a member of the Rochester Catholic Schools in Rochester, MN, is seeking a vibrant, mission-driven Interim Principal for the 2013-14 school year. \ The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding educational vision, professionalism, and excellence in the areas of spiritual, instructional and operational leadership. Requirements: • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. • Master’s degree in Education or Educational Leadership from an accredited institution. • 3 years teaching experience (Catholic school experience preferred). • 3 years successful administrative leadership experience (9-12 Catholic school experience preferred).• Currently possess, or be eligible for, State of Minnesota administrator’s license. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and a Personal Statement addressing applicant’s vision and philosophy

of Catholic Education to: Mr. Michael Brennan, RCS Director of Schools, at For more information about LHS and Rochester Catholic Schools visit our website: www.rochestercatholicschools. org. Position Closing Date: July 15. Job Opening: Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Mary's Parish, Worthington Qualities required include a Catholic Faith background and motivation to coordinate Faith Formation programing and curriculum for children to adults. Bilingual oral and written communication skills are necessary. Experience with multi-program coordination and delegation as well as public speaking skills are preferred. Duties include collaboration with the pastor and other staff and volunteers to coordinate sacramental preparation and celebration, catechist and volunteer recruitment, training, and evaluation, and Faith Formation budget formulation. Position will begin in August. Please send resume by July 15 to Father Will Thompson, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1215 Seventh Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187. Phone 507/3766005.

Traditional Latin Mass Schedule Alpha, St. Alphonsus Liguori, weekly and daily. Sunday: 8 a.m. except second Sunday of the month variable. Guckeen, Our Lady of Ransom, weekly. Sunday, 11 a.m., except second Sunday of the month, 9:15 a.m. Mankato, Ss. Peter and Paul, first Saturday month, 9 a.m. Rochester (Simpson), St. Bridget, first and third Sundays of the month, 1 p.m. Wabasha, St. Felix, weekly. Saturday 8 a.m. Chatfield, St. Mary's, Saturday morning, please check with the parish for the time.

The Televised Mass Offered as a service for the homebound and elderly. Every Sunday on the following stations: KTTC-TV, Channel 10, Rochester at 9 a.m. KEYC-TV, Channel 12, Mankato at 7:30 a.m. Donations for the continuation of this program may be sent to: TV Mass, PO Box 588, Winona MN 55987. Thank you for your donations to the TV Mass

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Winona Diocese of

2013 Curia Bishop

Vicar General Chancellor

Judicial Vicar

Vicar for Clergy Rector of IHM Seminary

Rev. Msgr. Paul Heiting (507) 858-1261

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Melvin (507) 454-4643

Moderator of the Curia

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook (507) 454-4643

Rev. Msgr. Richard Colletti (507) 858-1242

Most Rev. John Quinn (507) 858-1267



Hispanic Ministry

Human Resources

William Daniel (507) 858-1260

Larry Dose (507) 858-1248

Deacon Eduardo Fortini (507) 858-1259

Dave Fricke (507) 858-1250

Lay Formation

Mission Advancement Communications

Life, Marriage & Family

Todd Graff (507) 858-1270

Joel Hennessy (507) 858-1249

Peter Martin (507) 858-1264

Divine Worship

Evangelization and Apologetics

Catholic Schools


Catholic Charities

Rev. John Sauer (507) 858-1263

Raymond de Souza (507) 858-1265

Marsha Stenzel (507) 858-1269

Rev. William Thompson (507) 858-1253

Robert Tereba (507) 454-2270

Youth & Young Adults

Ben Frost (507) 858-1258

Faith Formation/ RCIA

Sr. Mary Juanita Gonsalves, RSM (507) 858-1273

The Courier July 2013 Issue  

The Courier is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, MN.

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