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June 2014 Official Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, MN


“125 Years




Faithful Service”

Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits – he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone.… Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. (Pope Francis, Closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013) A major diocesan gathering will be held on September 12-13, 2014, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Diocese, and to call our diocesan Church to a deeper response to Jesus’ invitation to proclaim the Gospel and to bear witness to the faith through loving service of our neighbor. The theme for the anniversary celebration, “Where Does Jesus Send Us?,” is taken from Pope Francis’ 2013 World Youth Day homily. The celebration will begin on Friday evening, September 12th, at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato with a time of prayer, reflection, and sacred music. The program will feature the acclaimed Chamber Singers from Saint Mary’s University, under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea. The evening will provide a context of prayer and thanksgiving for God’s faithful love and care of our Diocese during these past 125 years, and lead into the activities and events of the following day. On Saturday, September 13th, the celebration will move over to the Verizon Wireless Center for a day of presentations, live music, historical displays, outdoor activities, and prayer and liturgy. Headlining the speakers and performers for this day: • Most Reverend Álvaro Ramazzini is the Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Born and raised in Guatemala, Bishop Ramazzini was ordained a priest in 1971. As a priest and bishop he has been involved in social justice issues, especially in the area of protecting the rights of indigenous people, and has become known as one of Latin America’s most important human rights leaders. (Bishop Ramazzini will be speaking at a general session for Spanish-speaking participants, and will concelebrate the Mass at the celebration.) Where Does Jesus Send Us, cont'd on pg. 1 of Special Edition insert

Ministry Days to Initiate YearLong Formation Program

The annual diocesan “Ministry Days” gathering for diocesan clergy and lay leaders will be held on Monday, June 9th – Tuesday, June 10th, at Saint Mary’s University in Winona. This year’s event will bring a team from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO, to begin a formation process, called Symbolon, which seeks to “transform parish leaders to become effective instruments of the New Evangelization through doctrinal, spiritual, and pastoral formation.” The year-long process will include: 1) an initial two day training at Ministry Days; 2) nine monthly webinars (from August, 2014 – May, 2015); and 3) a one day follow-up training to conclude the process in the spring of 2015. The upcoming days will feature keynote presentations on the New Evangelization and breakout sessions in the areas of the RCIA, adult faith formation, and youth ministry. Symbolon, cont'd on pg. 16

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Celebrating Priestly Anniversaries read more in the Special Edition Insert

Ordination of a New Deacon

Investing in Your Child more on page 9

details on page 5

Pope Francis Watch


Pope Francis Visits the Holy Land, Prays for Peace

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Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations. The pope made the announcement May 25, after praying the "Regina Coeli" at the end of Mass that Abbas attended in Manger Square, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Earlier in the day, en route to the Bethlehem Mass, he made an unscheduled stop to pray before a controversial separation wall, built by Israel over Palestinian protests on West Bank land. The pope unexpectedly stopped the vehicle and alighted, then walked over to the graffiticovered structure and rested his forehead against it in silence for a few moments. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, later confirmed that the pope had been praying as he stood against the wall. Father Lombardi told journalists the stop was a very important symbol of the pope's understanding of the significance of the wall and was a manifestation of his identification with the suffering of the people. During a speech to Abbas and other dignitaries in the presidential palace, the pope decried the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's "tragic consequences," including "insecurity, the violation of rights, isolation and the flight of entire communities, conflicts, shortages and sufferings of every sort."

Pope Francis stops in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS /L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

"In expressing my closeness to those who suffer most from this conflict, I wish to state my heartfelt conviction that the time has come to put an end to this situation which has become increasingly unacceptable," he said. The pope said lasting peace would require the "acknowledgement by all of the right of two states to live in peace and security within internationally recognized borders." "Each side has to make certain sacrifices," Pope Francis said, calling on Israelis and Palestinians alike to "refrain from initiatives and actions which contradict the stated desire to reach a true agreement." Both leaders have accepted, but a date for the event has not yet been set. - gathered from CNA/EWTN News reports.


The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following: Appointments: Deacon John Kluczny, appointed as Assistant Director of Deacon Aspirants for the Permanent Diaconate Program in the Diocese of Winona, effective May 1, 2014. Rev. Raul Silva, appointed as Priest Coordinator for Clergy Personnel for the Pastoral Care of Hispanic people in the Diocese of Winona, effective April 30, 2014. This is in addition to current assignment as Pastor of All Saints Church in New Richland, St. Aidan in Ellendale, and St. Mary in Geneva.

Rev. Msgr. R. Paul Heiting

Articles of Interest

DOW will Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom

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Bishop Quinn Ordains Jonathan Fasnacht

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"Living the Fourth"

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"The Gospel is for everyone"

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The Fruits of Going on Pilgrimage

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Investing In Your Child’s Faith Formation

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Your Sons Need Your Womanhood

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Sacramental Preparation Centered in Christ

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Rochester Catholic Schools: Project Lead the Way

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The Conclusion of The 8th Promise

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Special Anniversary Edition insert Celebrating Our Priests' Anniversaries Enter the Diocesan Video Contest!

June 2, Monday 5 p.m. – Social and Dinner for Premier Bank Golf Outing, Owatonna Country Club, Owatonna June 3, Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – Confirmation for Inmates at Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca June 4, Wednesday 11 am-3 p.m. – Minnesota Catholic Conference, St. Paul June 5, Thursday 9:30 a.m. – Holy Hour 10:30 a.m. – Diocese of Winona Consultors Meeting, Pastoral Center June 6, Friday 6 p.m. – Social and Dinner for Catholic Schools Foundation, Spring Recognition Dinner, Visions Event Center, Winona June 7, Saturday 5 p.m. – Mass at St. John Vianney Church, Fairmont June 8, Pentecost Sunday 8 a.m. – Mass at Holy Family Church, East Chain 10 a.m. – Mass at St. John Vianney Church, Fairmont June 9-10, Monday and Tuesday Diocese of Winona Ministry Days, Saint Mary’s University, Winona

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June 1, Sunday 3 p.m. – Deacon Ordination of Jonathan Fasnacht, St. Ann Church, Janesville

Priest Appointments, cont'd on pg. 14

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Bishop's Calendar

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Child Abuse Policy Information 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 www.dow. org 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

Come, Holy Spirit, & Renew this Land! Dear Friends in Christ,

Rejoice in Hope Bishop John M. Quinn tion by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching. At stake is the freedom

Praying for Peace As our Holy Father, Pope Francis returns from his visit to the Holy Land, I am inspired by his message and action of peace and reconciliation. The stated reason for Pope Francis’ visit to Jordan, Israel and Palestine was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s pilgrimage to the region and his revolutionary gesture of reconciliation with the leader of the Orthodox world, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. Pope Francis embraced Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to further Christian unity. In addition to this gesture of peace within the Christian world, Pope Francis also invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations. Both leaders have accepted his invitation! I ask that all Catholics join with me in praying for the Holy Father’s intentions and for peace in our faith and throughout the world. Ministry Days In this Year of Thanksgiving, the priests, deacons, religious, and laity of our Diocese will come 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 event will bring a team from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO, to begin a formation process,

called Symbolon, which seeks to “transform parish leaders to become effective instruments of the New Evangelization through doctrinal, spiritual, and pastoral formation.” It will take place on Monday - Tuesday, June 9 - 10, at Saint Mary’s University in Winona. The year-long process will include: 1) an initial two day training at Ministry Days; 2) nine monthly webinars (from August – May); and 3) a one day follow-up training to conclude the process in the spring of 2015. A more detailed description of this year’s Ministry Days program and activities is available online at: www. The registration fee of $125 covers all of the training components throughout the year. Late registration is possible by calling the diocesan Office of Lay Formation. Pentecost Last year on the Vigil of Pentecost, Pope Francis challenged us, "Ask yourselves this question: How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God." (Pentecost vigil, May 18, 2013). Let us be emboldened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and speak out the truth of our faith! While there are many cultural challenges to living the Gospel and to embracing the life-giving teachings

of the Church, the victory is already won for us in Jesus Christ. Let us not keep Christ “locked in,” but share the Good News! We live in hope, because “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” John 14:26. Pentecost is the completion of the Easter celebration of the Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and the movement of the Church out into the world, to proclaim the Gospel to every land and culture. Jesus Christ breathed the Holy Spirit upon the Church to give His people courage to preach and teach the truth of the Gospel with love and compassion. Come, Holy Spirit, Come! Ordination to the Diaconate It was my special joy and honor to ordain Jonathan Fasnacht to the transitional diaconate on the Feast of the Ascension at his home parish of St. Ann, in Janesville. Deacon Jonathan will return to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, for his final year of formation and studies. Please keep praying for vocations. The Lord hears the prayers of the pure of heart who hunger for the Eucharist.t

From the Bishop

Fortnight For Freedom Once again we unite with Catholics across the nation for a Fortnight for Freedom, to preserve the Freedom to express religious beliefs, which will take place from June 21 to July 4 this year. This is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecu-

to conduct Catholic colleges, universities, hospitals, and charity organizations, according to Catholic teaching or to be forced to provide insurance coverage for abortions, abortifacents, contraception and sterilizations. The cost of the insurance for these procedures will eventually be absorbed by Catholic institutions by paying higher premiums. We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding fathers and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together. All are invited to join me in prayer for this important time to protect religious liberty for all Americans. Information is available for all the parishes on how to celebrate the Fortnight For Freedom by going on line to the website www. Fortnight4Freedom. org for resource materials. Keep praying, and take action, with our Lord’s help, we will prevail.


Sincerely in Christ, Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona

Bishop's Calendar cont'd

June 11-12, Wednesday and Thursday United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Assembly, New Orleans, Louisiana June 16, Monday 5:30 p.m. – Dinner, Cotter Golf Classic, Cedar Valley Golf Course, Winona June 18, Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – Holy Hour 10:30 a.m. – Diocese of Winona Consultors Meeting, Pastoral Center 7 p.m. – Presentation by Immaculee Ilibagiza, St. Mary of the Lake Church, Lake City June 19, Thursday 12:10 p.m. – Mass at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona 5:30 p.m. – Social and Dinner with Deacon Aspirants, Alverna Center, Winona

June 20, Friday 7 p.m. – Movie “Two Generations Together,” at Worthington Event Center, Worthington June 21, Saturday 5 p.m. – Mass at St. Anthony, Lismore June 22, Sunday 8:30 a.m. – Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wilmont 10:30 a.m. – Mass at St. Adrian, Adrian 1 p.m. – Mass at St. Kilian, St. Kilian followed by Corpus Christi Procession 6 p.m. – Rochester Deanery gathering, St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester June 24, Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – Mass at Sacred Heart Home, Austin June 25 - Wednesday 12 p.m. – Senior Priests’ Lunch, Clarion Inn, Rochester

June 26 – Thursday, 7 p.m. – Diocese of Winona Review Board Meeting, Resurrection Church, Rochester June 28 - Saturday 7 p.m. – Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Heron Lake June 29 - Sunday 8 a.m. – Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Brewster 10 a.m. – Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, Windom June 30 - Monday 5 p.m. – Dinner, Catholic United Financial Golf Outing, Willow Creek Golf Club, Rochester July 13, Sunday 10:45 a.m. – Closing Mass – Steubenville North Conference, Rochester Civic Center, Rochester

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Life, Marriage & Family


Diocese of Winona to again Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom From June 21 to July 4, the Catholic Church of the United States will be once again offering two weeks of prayer and fasting for the intention of greater religious freedom in our country. The fortnight begins on the vigil of two great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our

Peter Martin, STL Director

Christian and American heritage of liberty. The current threats to religious liberty are becoming more audacious. The HHS mandate, for example, forces religious institutions to facilitate and/or fund contraception contrary to their own moral teaching. Further, the federal government tries to define which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit protection of their religious liberty. Several Catholic Charities have been driven out of the business of providing adoption or foster care services—by having their licenses revoked, their government contracts ended, or both—because they refuse to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples who cohabit. There are many other examples of threats to religious liberty

which you can learn about at: Each parish throughout the Diocese will offer special prayers of the faithful at each liturgy throughout these two weeks, but we can also take part in the Fortnight at home. Several Prayer Resources are available at You will also find many great suggestions of how we can learn more about the importance of religious liberty, for example, simply watching great movies like Becket, A Man for All Seasons, or For Greater Glory can help us to focus on our attention to this most important civil right.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith. Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us— this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Bishop Quinn Ordains Jonathan Fasnacht On June first, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Bishop John Quinn ordained Jonathan Fasnacht a deacon for the Diocese of Winona. The ordination took place at Jonathan and my own home parish, the church of St. Ann in Janesville, MN. It was a very joyous and blessed ceremony that was attended by Bishop Harrington, many priests, deacons, some religious and a church full of faithful laity. Being Jonathan’s brother and a priest myself my heart was filled with gratitude and joy. I was grateful to God for giving us such a great man to be our next priest and for the personal gift of having a brother who will also be a priest. The church was small but the Spirit was big on Sunday. Many people commented on the power and beauty of the heartfelt liturgy. Bishop Quinn gave a wonderful homily about Jonathan’s calling to belong to God the Father in a unique way through holy orders. The fantastic music magnified the beauty of what was happening in the ritual of ordination: God calling and making Jonathan his son and disciple in a unique way so as to be minister to the faithful. Jonathan is a beautiful person full of a deep desire to serve God. I know for certain that he will be a great deacon and a great priest because of his deep love for the Lord. It is his love for God that will drive him to serve everyone with great compassion and strength.


by: Fr. Matt Fasnacht, brother of the new deacon


25th Annual Harvest Mass August 15, 11:00 a.m.

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"Living the Fourth" - Diocesan Vocations Director Takes on New Media Pope Francis has encouraged the New Evangelization. What exactly is the New Evangelization? On the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)'s website they explain: "The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization." " An essential piece of this is actually going forth to proclaim the Gospel. But where do you go? You go where the people are. The Vocations Director of the Diocese of Winona has done precisely that. He has taken to the internet to our diocese's YouTube channel to proclaim the Gospel in video, in little snippets of truth. With the help of Bryan Rodriguez, MultiMedia Communications and Rev. Will Thompson Technology Specialist for the Director Diocese, Fr. Thompson brings truth to the viewer with love and laughter. As the introductory video explains, "Living the 4th" is a


by: staff writer


Father Milo Ernster

The Reverend Father Milo Ernster, age 84, of Wabasha, a retired Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Winona, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Wabasha. He was born November 8, 1929 in Caledonia, the son of Julius and Felicitas 'Flossie’ (Schmitt) Ernster. He graduated from Loretto High School in 1947 and then entered Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, graduating from St. Mary’s College in 1951. He then entered St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul and was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald on June 4, 1955, at his home parish of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Caledonia. He celebrated his first Mass there the following day. Fr. Ernster served as Parochial Vicar for the parishes in Wells, Fairmont and St. Stanislaus in Winona and Parochial Administrator for the parishes in Fulda and Easton. He also served as chaplain and special confessor for St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and chaplain and instructor for the Sisters of Saint Francis at the Motherhouse in Rochester. As pastor he served the parishes of Lake Crystal and Vernon Center; Adrian and Ellsworth; St. Joseph the Worker in Mankato; Plainview and Immaculate Conception, rural Kellogg; St. Stanislaus and St. John in Winona; Medford and Deerfield; Caledonia; and Dodge Center, Claremont and West Concord. He retired from active ministry January 15, 1998. He continued his service as Parochial Administrator for the parishes of Dodge Center, Claremont, and West Concord, and the parishes in Lewiston, Altura and Wilson. He then briefly served in that capacity for the parishes of Wabasha, Kellogg and Conception in late 2007. Fr. Ernster continued his priestly ministry until just recently by helping the area priests with their weekend Mass schedules and other Sacraments. He offered Masses at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s chapels as well as anointing the sick and the dying. He was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #901, Mankato. He enjoyed his home on the Mississippi River in rural Wabasha and the serene setting it offered him. He loved fishing, the game of golf and walking. He especially loved cooking at his home for his fellow priests on Sunday evenings. Father Milo is survived by his sister, Sister Marga (Adeline) Ernster, O.S.F., Rochester, MN, aunt, Pernilla Ernster, Caledonia, MN and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Flossie Ernster. June, 2014 w The Courier

video series "where we're going to look at how we live our faith." When explaining the title, Fr. Thompson says, "Jesus Christ was raised from the dead on the third day, on the fourth day it really becomes real in our lives." He explained further that a person's vocation flows from a life in which his or her faith is lived out. Like a quick gust of fresh air, Fr. Thompson's videos will brighten your day, make you smile and give you something to think about. If you haven't checked them out yet, be sure to head over to: and watch a few or all of the Living the 4th videos. Each video is only about 3 minutes, but well worth your time.

Sister Cabrini Walch

Sister Sister Cabrini Walch, 87, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Bernadette Alberta Walch was born October 15, 1926 in Altura, MN, to Leonard and Lucile (Frisch) Walch. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1945 from St. Anthony Parish, Altura. Sister Cabrini made first vows in 1948 and perpetual vows in 1951. In 1960 she received a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, and a Master of Arts in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN in 1973. For twenty-five years Sister Cabrini taught in elementary schools in Ironton, Ohio and several schools in Minnesota: St. Augustine, Austin; St. Paul, Fairmont; St. Peter, North St. Paul; St. Peter, Rose Creek; St. Peter, Caledonia; Cathedral School, Winona; St. Mary School, Sleepy Eye; and Sacred Heart School, Waseca. On receiving her degree in theology, Sister Cabrini served as religious education coordinator at St. Francis Parish and then as a teacher aide at St. Pius X both in Rochester. From 1978 to 1987 Sister Cabrini served in Pastoral Care at St. Marys Hospital and Health Care Center in Tucson, AZ. Returning to Minnesota, she served as Pastoral Care Minister at Assisi Heights (1987-1992), Chaplaincy volunteer at Saint Marys Hospital (1992-1994), and at Assisi Heights on the Liturgy team and Pastoral Care team until her retirement in 2000. Sister Cabrini is survived by her Franciscan Community with whom she shared life for sixty-eight years and her siblings: Joan (Donald) Simon, Harrisonburg, VA, Kathryn (Richard) Kreutter, Deephaven, MN, and Rita (James) Suchomel, Hopkins, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Roman Walch, John Walch, Thomas Walch, Genevieve Roth and Mary Kronebusch.

Sister Guillaume Ryan

Sister Guillaume Ryan, 104, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights on Friday, April 11, 2014. Margaret Catherine Ryan was born February 5, 1910 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to William and Edna (Hagel) Ryan. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1937 from St. John Parish, Milwaukee. Sister Guillaume made first vows in 1940 and perpetual vows in 1943. In 1931 she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Sr. Ryan, cont'd on next page Madison, in 1937.

Pope Francis has brought a new energy and style of leadership to the Church and to the world. His ability to convey the love of Christ through simple actions and raw humility has attracted the world’s attention and opened new doors for bringing the Gospel to everyone. The Holy Father issued this challenge during the most recent World Youth Day, “Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits – he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone.… Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem

pation of this historic moment, His Excellency, Most Rev. John M. Quinn has proclaimed the year 2014 as a Year of Thanksgiving. The Year of Thanksgiving includes multiple Joel Hennessy events throughout Director the year and will be highlighted by a diocesan gathering in Mankato, Minnesota in September. To farthest away, most indifferent. The commemorate the year, a Diocesan Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to History Book has been commissioned feel the warmth of his mercy and his which contains the complete history love.” of the diocese from the missionarThe Diocese of Winona was offi- ies to present day. It also includes a cially created on November 26, 1889 history page for every parish in the and missionaries had been bringing diocese. The Year of Thanksgiving the Gospel to the area since the mid- will conclude on the anniversary date 1600’s. The generations before us and be followed by an ongoing effort operated under the same directive as to celebrate and remember our past, Pope Francis inspires us with today, embrace the gifts of the present, and “…no borders, no limits – he sends us to go forth in faith to make disciples. to everyone. The Gospel is for everyThe mission of the Diocese is to one…” “serve the servants” who faithfully 2014 marks the 125th Anniversary offer their lives in service to the of the Diocese of Winona. In anticiLord – our clergy, religious and the laity. As we reflect on the grace, mercy and all the goodSr. Ryan, cont'd from previous page For thirty-six years Sister Guillaume ness God has poured upon taught secondary education with a focus us, we will be strengthened in Science and Mathematics. She taught three years in Ironton, Ohio, and the remaining years were teaching in education at schools in southern Minnesota: Sacred Heart, Waseca (1940-1946); Holy Trinity, Rollingstone (1949-1955); Lourdes High School, Rochester (19551956); Loretto High School, Caledonia (1956-1959); St. Augustine/Pacelli, Austin (1959-1966); St. Mary School, Sleepy Eye (1966-1967); and Cotter High School, Winona (1967-1976). Following her years of teaching, Sister Guillaume did clerical work in the Alumnae Office at the College of Saint Teresa (1976-1980) and served as bookkeeper in the Business Office at Assisi Heights (1980-1990). She retired in 1990 and continued to help in various ministries at Assisi Heights. Sister Guillaume is survived by her Franciscan Community with whom she shared life for seventy-six years.

to embrace the New Evangelization with greater fervor, ardor and fortitude to bring the Love of Jesus Christ to the people of southern Minnesota. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. The generations before us brought the faith to this region through no little effort, struggle or sacrifice. Their inspiration was the same call which is before us today – go and make disciples. The pages of this edition of The Courier give you a good sample of the good works which have been occurring through the people of the Diocese of Winona. The role of all of us at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Bishop Quinn’s staff, is to serve you – the disciples who delivery the Gospel to every person you meet, either through a simple gesture of love or a selfless act of sacrifice. You are the hands and feet of Christ in the world today and we vow our support for all you do. I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

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The Fruits of Going on Pilgrimage

Lay Formation

About a year ago, our Institute of Lay Ministry class was meeting for its final course session, and was soon to be commissioned by Bishop Quinn. This would mark the conclusion of their study and formation together as a class. They were discussing how much they’d enjoyed being together the last three years, and lamenting how much they would miss seeing each other on a regular basis. (I did remind them that the Institute also offers a continuing formation program, which provides ongoing opportunities for all of our alumni to come together for learning, sharing, praying, and just being together.) Some of the class members had an idea about how to stay connected – an “ILM pilgrimage.” And, they asked me what I thought about it. Well, I was a bit caught off guard, and rather - Richard Niebuhr hesitant thinking about the challenges of taking a group to Rome, or the Holy Land, or another place which I associated with pilgrimages. I said that I would “think about it.” But, as I thought about it, I had an idea of my own which of Prayer, which he directs. The Apostleship seeks “to encourage Christians made my initial trepidation diminish. I realized that we to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord for the coming of God's had some beautiful and sacred places very close to home, Kingdom and for the Holy Father's monthly intentions.” Encouraging a daily which could be the sites habit of prayer and reflection which includes a “daily offering” and an evening for our pilgrimage. And “examen,” the Apostleship “encourages a Eucharistic spirituality of solidarity so began the planning with the Body of Christ and loving service to others.” It was a powerful mesTodd Graff for the first-ever “ILM sage for our group, and Father Kubicki was another wonderful spiritual guide Director Pilgrimage,” which took for us. After spending the overnight and the next morning at Holy Hill (a time place from May 5-8 at sites here in Minnesota which included celebrating Mass in the glorious basilica church, and an impromptu conversation about the shrine with one of the resident Carmelite and Wisconsin. While there’s not friars), we packed up and headed home. We truly enjoyed the graces of our enough room to give a full account of our pilgrimage, I would like to touch on pilgrimage, and the blessing of being together. It was indeed a sacred time. In returning to our homes, we contina few highlights… ue to ponder the experience. A poem by • The theme for our pilgrimage was, R.S. Thomas titled, “Somewhere,” offers us “The Joy of the Gospel,” which is the title of "The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts some direction in this: Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation. and lives of all who encounter Jesus. The point of traveling is not During our time together, we heard a talk To arrive but to return home on this statement by a Franciscan friar, Those who accept his offer of salvaLaden with pollen you shall work up viewed and discussed a series of video tion are set free from sin, sorrow, inner Into honey the mind feeds on. presentations relating to central themes of Pope Francis’ teaching and thought, and emptiness, and loneliness. With Christ We are all the richer for this experience of watched a documentary describing his life joy is constantly born anew." pilgrimage – Deo Gratias! and ministry as a Jesuit priest, religious superior, bishop, archbishop, cardinal, and - Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium now Pope. We were all deeply moved and challenged by our Holy Father’s genuine humility and profound love for God’s people, especially for the poorest and most oppressed. We have taken this challenge into our hearts and will seek to follow Pope Francis’ way of humble service. • We spent a beautiful day (which has been rather rare this spring) at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We devoted much of our time there to prayer, participating in the celebration of the Eucharist and a Holy Hour which included Adoration, Evening Prayer, and Benediction. We marveled at the beauty of the Shrine Church and were inspired by the saints who are portrayed in the majestic paintings lining the sides of the church’s interior – holy women and men such as Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Blessed Miguel Pro, and Saint Maria Goretti. Some took their prayer outdoors to the Stations of the Cross and to the Rosary Walk along the hillside. • On Wednesday morning, after some spiritual guidance and a blessing from Bishop Quinn, our group departed for Hubertus, Wisconsin (just northwest of Milwaukee) to visit “Holy Hill” (formally known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill). While still a few miles away, we caught sight of a grand and lovely church on a hill in the distance. This was our first impression of Holy Hill, and we were immediately captivated. We settled into our rooms, and some walked the grounds. After dinner, Fr. James Kubicki, SJ., joined us to share the message and mission of the Apostleship June, 2014 w The Courier

"Pilgrims are persons in motion – passing through territories not their own – seeking something we might call contemplation, or perhaps the word clarity will do well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way"

Special Anniversary Edition June, 2014

Upcoming Events & News

Where Does Jesus Send Us? cont'd from page 1 • Father Michael Schmitz, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the Chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires and educates through his priesthood and preaching. Ordained in 2003, he has preached to youth and young adults across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ for saints to be raised up in the Church. • Tony Melendez is a “toe-pickin' guitar player and vocalist.” Born without arms and with a club foot, Tony is an inspirational Catholic musician and speaker and has been performing for over 20 years in forty countries. He performed for Pope John Paul II has received numerous Unity Music Awards, and continues to challenge and inspire others with his music and his courage. (Tony will be presenting and singing in both English and Spanish at the event.)

• Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is responsible for leadership of the agency’s mission of assisting Catholics in the U.S. to act on their faith by helping people in need around the world. Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Rosenhauer spent 16 years working for the justice and peace office at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The celebration will include general sessions in both English and Spanish, a youth track, and a program for children. There will be displays, resources, service opportunities, and items from our diocesan history. At the heart of the celebration will be prayer, with opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, and the celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday afternoon. There is no charge to participate in the celebration, but pre-registration is requested for the Saturday event, and is required for participants in the Youth Track and Children’s Program. Registration and other information are available online at the Diocese of Winona web page: Those pre-registering for To Register the event will receive a commemorative item at the celebration. for events, enter the video contest or find out more about what's going on, please visit the Diocese of Winona's website: or call (507) 454-4643

The annual diocesan “Ministry Days” gathering for diocesan clergy and lay leaders will be held on Monday, June 9th – Tuesday, June 10th, at Saint Mary’s University in Winona. Commemorative Book of the History of the Diocese and Parishes for the 125th Anniversary - This beautiful book will be available to purchase at your local parish in September! Highlights and Heroes - this new section of the Anniversary insert will be coming soon! It will be a deeper look into the heroic lives of the men who gave up everything to serve the Church and her faithful people. Diocesan Anniversary Celebration! September 12-13, 2014, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

"Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits – he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone... (Pope Francis, Closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013)

Celebrating Our Priests' Anniversaries of Ordination 60 Years

Fr. Joseph Fr. Harry P. Fr. Donald Msgr. Eugene Fr. Edgar LaPlante Jewison Zenk E. Egan Schaefer

Father LaPlante did his undergraduate studies at Crosier Seminary in Onamia and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD; and he completed his theological studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. On June 6, 1954 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father LaPlante has held many assignments: parochial vicar, instructor for Cotter High School, chaplain for the Newman Center in Winona, spiritual director, and pastor. He has also completed 20 years in the Air Force as a chaplain. On June 29, 1994 Father joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

Father Jewison did his undergraduate studies at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minnesota and IHM Seminary in Winona; and completed his theology studies at Theological College in Washington D.C. On June 6, 1954 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father Jewison has held many assignments: parochial vicar, instructor in Catholic schools, and pastor. Father has also served as dean for the Mankato and Rochester area. On June 29, 1994 Father Jewison joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

Father Zenk did his undergraduate studies at Loras College in Dubuque, IA and his theological studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. On June 6, 1954 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father Zenk has held many assignments: parochial vicar, chaplain, parochial administrator, and pastor. Father also served in the Army from 19451946. On June 29, 1994 Father Zenk joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

55 Years

Monsignor Egan did his undergraduate studies at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and his theology studies at Theological College in Washington D.C. On June 6, 1954 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Monsignor Egan has held many assignments: parochial vicar, instructor in Catholic schools, and pastor. Monsignor served in the United States Army as a chaplain from 1965-1985. On December 5, 1997 he was named a monsignor. On June 30, 2000 Monsignor Egan joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

Bishop Bernard J Harrington

Bishop Harrington did his S e m i n a r y Graduate studies at Sacred Heart College in Detroit and his theology studies at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI. He completed his theological studies at Catholic University in Washington D.C. Bishop Harrington received his masters degree from the University of Detroit. On June 6, 1959 he was ordained by Archbishop John F. Dearden at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. On March 26, 1990 he was named a monsignor. On November 23, 1993 Bishop was appointed by Pope John Paul II as auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit and titular Bishop of Uzali. Bishop Harrington also served as regional bishop of Macomb and Saint Clair Counties, and episcopal moderator for pastoral concerns. On January 6, 1999 he was installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Winona. He has held many assignments: counselor, chaplain, and pastor. In the Diocese of Winona Bishop began the Diaconate Program , the Office for Hispanic

Father Schaefer did his undergraduate studies at IHM Seminary in Winona, and his theological studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He also attended the Chaplains Training Center at State Hospital in Hastings. In addition Father had pursued graduate studies at the State Hospital in Hastings, and received a graduate degree in Clinical Psychiatry. On June 6, 1954 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father Schaefer has held many assignments: parochial vicar, chaplain, and pastor. On July 1, 1997 Father Schaefer joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

Ministry, the Diocesan Office of Lay Formation, the Office of Stewardship, and the Office of Pastoral Planning. He also initiated the Seeds of Faith 30 million dollar campaign for the diocese. Bishop was pastor at Holy Name parish in Birmingham MI (19711976) and St. Rene Goupil parish in Sterling Heights, MI (19841993). In 1965 he was appointed as Associate Superintendent for Catholic High Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 1976 Bishop was appointed as the seventh Rector/President of Sacred Heart Seminary College in Detroit. In 1977 Bishop Harrington also became the Director of the Formation Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 1992 Bishop headed a 100 million dollar endowment drive for the Archdiocesan schools and programs. In 1996 he worked on fundraising for building the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington DC. He was also chairman of the USCCB committee of education (2000-2003). On May 7, 2009 Bishop Harrington joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese.

Msgr. Donald P. Schmitz

50 Years

Monsignor Schmitz did his undergraduate studies at IHM Seminary in Winona and his theological studies at North American College in Rome. On December 16, 1964 he was ordained by the Most Reverend Francis Reh at Saint Peter Basilica in Rome. On December 5, 1997 he was named a monsignor. Monsignor Schmitz has held many assignments: parochial vicar, Catholic schools instructor, chaplain, spiritual director, and pastor. From 1976-1991 Monsignor served as the chancellor for the Diocese of Winona. In 1976, Monsignor Schmitz became Director for the Society for the Propagation of Faith and the Director of Catholic Cemeteries for our diocese. In 1991, he became the moderator of the Winona Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for the Rochester area. Monsignor Schmitz served for many years on the Diocese of Winona Tribunal; he was also on the presbyteral council, clergy assignments committee, and College of Consultors. In 2007, he became the Vicar General for the Diocese of Winona, and in 2009 became the Vicar for Senior Priests of the diocese. On June 27, 2012 Monsignor Schmitz joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese. Monsignor is currently doing pastoral ministry at Pax Christi in Rochester and Ss. Peter and Paul in Mazeppa.

40 Years

Msgr. Robert Meyer

Monsignor Robert Meyer did his undergraduate studies at Winona State University in Winona. Prior to entering Seminary he was a public school administrator for 13 years. Monsignor completed his theological studies at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Boston. On May 24, 1974 he was ordained a priest by Bishop Loras J. Watters at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. On August 16, 2012 he was named a Prelate of Honor with the title of reverend monsignor. Monsignor Meyer has held many assignments: parochial vicar and parochial administrator, tribunal judge and advocate, and pastor. Monsignor Meyer served as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education, Director of Catholic Social Services, and the Diocesan Family Life Director. He also served as the Dean for the Mankato deanery and Dean for the Rochester Deanery. In addition Monsignor served on the Presbyteral Council, Diocesan Finance Council, and the Priests Committee for the Capital Campaign. Monsignor Meyer supervised the remodeling of Madison Lake's parish school building and the Sisters' convent. He also supervised the restoration and renovation of St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. John Nepomucene churches. He is currently serving on the College of Consultors. On June 30, 2008 Monsignor Meyer joined the rank of senior priests in the diocese.

Fr. Thien Nguyen

Father Nguyen did his undergraduate studies at St. Paul Seminary, Tran Khai Nguyen, and Teachers College in Vietnam, he then attended IHM Seminary in Winona, and did his theological studies at St. John Seminary in Brighton MA. On June 14, 1989 Father Nguyen was ordained by Most Reverend John G. Vlazny at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father has held many assignments: parochial vicar, parochial administrator, and pastor. He was also an instructor at Pacelli High School in Austin. Father Nguyen currently serves as pastor for St. James in St. James, St. Mary in Madelia, and St. Katherine in Truman.

Fr. William Kulas

Father Kulas did his undergraduate studies at IHM Seminary in Winona, and his theological studies at St. John Seminary in Collegeville. Father attended Mankato State University for a specialist degree in Education Administration. He later attended Catholic University in Washington DC for graduate studies in Cannon Law, and received his license in Cannon Law in 1984. On May 24, 1974 he was ordained by Most Reverend Loras J. Watters at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father Kulas has held many assignments: parochial vicar, instructor for Catholic schools, and pastor. In 1984 he was appointed as the Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal for the diocese. In 2000 Father was the Canonical Office of Associate Judge for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance for Ecclesiastical Province of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Father Kulas served on the tribunal and priests pension board for many years. He is currently pastor for Holy Trinity in Rollingstone, St. Mary in Minneiska, and St. Paul in Minnesota City. Father Kulas is also the chaplain for the Winona Serra Club.

Fr. Peter Klein

Father Klein did his undergraduate studies at IHM Seminary in Winona, and his theological studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. On May 24, 1974 he was ordained by Most Reverend Loras J. Watters at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father Klein has held many assignments: parochial vicar, parochial administrator, instructor for Catholic schools, and pastor. Father Klein is the author of "The Catholic Source Book, 5th Edition". He currently is pastor for Ss. Peter and Paul in Blue Earth, and St. Mary in Winnebago. Father Klein also serves as the Dean of the Mankato Deanery.

25 Years

Fr. Mark McNea

Father McNea did his undergraduate studies at Mankato State University in Mankato, and IHM Seminary in Winona; he then attended St. John Seminary in Brighton MA for his theological studies. Father McNea has also studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. On June 14, 1989 Father McNea was ordained by Most Reverend John G. Vlazny at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. Father has held many assignments: parochial vicar, chaplain, and pastor. Father McNea has served as Associate Director of Vocations for the diocese, has been a member of the faculty for IHM Seminary in Winona, has served as an instructor for Lourdes High school in Rochester and Cotter High School in Winona, and as the Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. Father has also served in the diocesan Tribunal. He currently is a member of the College of Consultors, and serves on the Clergy Personnel Committee and the Presbyteral Council. Father is the Assistant Vicar for Clergy and is a member of the Curia, Deans' Committee, and the Bishop's Cabinet. Father McNea is also pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester.

June, 2014

Special Anniversary Edition

Enter the DOW Video Contest! In several cultures it is tradition to give gifts to others on one’s birthday. For the celebration of our 125th Anniversary, the Diocese of Winona intends to do exactly that! As a way to honor and further our diocesan “Year of Thanksgiving,” we will share the love and the treasures that we as a diocese have received with those among us who are in special need of care and support. The Diocese will be awarding grants of up to $10,000 to groups (parish, school, etc.) who demonstrate, through a 2-3 minute video, how they are providing “works of mercy and justice” to those living in poverty. By sponsoring this video contest and providing such funding, the Diocese seeks to promote and honor all the great work that is being done to help those in economic need. Winners of the grants will have their video highlighted at the 125th Anniversary celebration in Mankato on September 13th. To find out more about this project, including how to enter your video, please visit: The Challenge:

“What you have received as as a gift.” Ma gift, give att. 10:8

• Document your service experience or program with a short video, between two to three minutes long. • Explain in 300 words or less the purpose and future plans of the project. • Complete the entrance application (visit and send the application to the Diocese of Winona. • Submit an entry on Facebook ( by September 1, 2014. • Entries that meet the criteria for the challenge will be posted on Facebook for the public to view. • Accepted entries will be open for the public to vote on, based on creativity, passion, and the impact of the message. • A panel of judges will select the winners of the challenge.

“Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws of an economy that seems at times to treat people as mere consumers.” Pope Francis 6/14/13

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Thy Holy Love surround them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us: obtain for us numerous and holy priests. Amen. To Register for events, enter the video contest or find out more about what's going on, please visit the Diocese of Winona's website: or call (507) 454-4643

Investing In Your Child’s Faith Formation


guest columnist: Tisha Frost

Ben Frost Director

I'm talking about investing in the faith formation of your children. As a convert, I always wondered how I was going to pass on the Catholic faith to my kids. I struggled for FOUR years as a young adult to understand the teachings of the Church before I finally converted. How do I explain all those same teachings to a six year old and expect them to “get it”?! Thankfully, there are some amazing programs and resources that have come out in the last 13 years since I became Catholic. Here are some that you might think about investing in for your family. 1) Any parish or diocesan program. I know I am totally biased here, as my husband works for the Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry office, but there are some awesome programs throughout our Diocese and throughout our state. Totus Tuus, Steubenville North, Camp Summit, Intermission, NET, TEC, Lifeline, Vocations Camps, not to mention some great parish programs like Y Disciple, Theology of the Body for Teens, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, among many others. The experience that your children have with these programs could forever change them!

2) Holy Heroes and Glory Stories. This is a wonderful Catholic program that offers many different ways of passing on the faith. Advent and Lenten Adventures are free and delivered via email. You can also order coloring books on the Rosary and Stations of the Cross. They have incredible Saint stories (very professionally done) on CD and are starting a new DVD series on the Sacraments. My favorite part of this program is that it is run by a family of 8. Their children are in the videos explaining the faith, and my kids love to listen to other kids talk! Their website is

Youth & Young Adults

We all think investing is important. We invest in things that we think are worthwhile; things that will benefit our family. First, there are long term things we invest in: IRAs, 401Ks, stocks, bonds, college funds, a house, and so on. Second, there are short term things we invest in: life insurance, a safe car, warm winter boots and coats (and snow pants and hats and mittens...) for the kids, school supplies, a good hair cut, a family vacation, a date night, etc. Beyond investing, think about how much we (I include myself here) spend on temporary things like holidays- Christmas especially, but even on Halloween costumes and Easter baskets. In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy! That's crazy! $2.1 billion on candy that gets eaten up in a few hours or maybe a few days (if you're lucky). Don't get me wrong. College funds, life insurance, school supplies, a family vacation, even Easter candy are good things to spend money on. My question is: What if as families, we spent just a fraction of our income on something that didn't break down, wasn't eaten up in a day, didn't fluctuate with the stock market and would last even longer than a lifetime?

3) Cat Chat. This is both a radio show and a TV series on EWTN. While “radio shows” aren't for everyone, my children have loved them, and they have saved my sanity on many a long car ride. What I have most enjoyed is the incredible Catholic lyrics in all the songs. My children are very musical and tend to listen better to a message of a song than anything I say. They are like sponges and memorize every line. So I appreciate the Catholicity in these cds that you don't always find in kids worship songs. Their website is 4) Ham Lake Family Formation. While this is primarily meant to be a parish based program, families can order the program on their own and follow it in the home. The price might scare you a little bit at first, but I think it's totally worth it. Each month they mail you a packet of materials. The lessons follow the liturgical calendar. What I like best about this program is that it gives our family a guide for sitting and talking about our faith. It seems like that should be a natural thing, but it isn't. It's not natural for me to call a “family meeting” to pray or talk about a Saint or what we heard at Mass. But this program has really helped me, and my husband, to do just that. This is a very short list of the great Catholic resources that are out there. There are so many others to consider as well. I know it's not possible to do every single one and I know costs can add up but I put this challenge out there: Just like you put money aside each month for retirement or a college fund or Christmas presents, think about putting aside some money for faith formation each month. This investment might be the best one of your life and the gains you receive will last forever!

June, 2014 w The Courier

In the Diocese


Your Sons Need Your Womanhood

I recently read an article about “what moms of boys need to know.” It had some good points, but an overall feel of “get used to gross and just let it happen because there is nothing you can do.” As a mother of boys myself, I had to disagree. With our oldest son’s birthday approaching, I realized we have nine years of experience raising boys. We have five sons now and I see more and more how necessary my feminine influence is for them. It is true that “boys will be boys.” Boyhood is a glorious Photo of the Martin boys from last summer by Heidi Wisniewski, gift! They are so adventurous and daring. They destroy

and build and destroy and build and destroy Theresa Martin and build again. They Endow Coordinator climb and jump and scream and shout and laugh. Oh! that all houses could be filled with their laughter! Of course they also have difficulty keeping the bathroom even in the neighborhood of slightly clean, will probably break everything in your house, and think flatulence are hysterical. And while I realize these are also very “boy” things to do, should a mother really just let it go and let them be gross? Mothers are a gift to their sons. Their femininity brings beauty into their little boy-worlds. A mother can bring civility to his wild world – not to crush it or break him, no! – but to teach him to temper it in the appropriate situations. Related to this, the father’s love for the son’s mother is vitally important as well. The son learns how to treat a woman by watching how his father treats and loves his mother. Not at all suppressing their boyhood, a mother’s love and feminine influence heightens it. It’s the mother’s presence, the beauty of her womanhood, that beckons the son to stop the mud pies and spitting contests for a moment and gather up wild flowers to adorn her. In between the pirate battles and saving the world from an alien invasion, he stops to yell over to her “I love you, mom! You look beautiful!” After a rowdy day, the sweaty darling warriors need a touch of womanhood! They might grumble at having to

me: "do you know I love you so much?" E: (nodding) "mommy?" (Whispering) me: "yes?" (thinking I'd get an "I love you" back) E: (leans in to my ear) "I have a gun and I have a sword." (Smiles, hugs me and goes to play...) I guess that's "I love you" in boy language!

Masses of Reparation for Sins Many parishes throughout the diocese are committed to offer consolation to the Heart of Christ through a Mass of Reparation.

Please go online to visit to see the complete Mass list. June, 2014 w The Courier

"okay, mom, well first Louis and I have to use our magic potion to stop the guy from taking over the world because we're almost there! And then we'll come inside for lunch"

wash their hands, but they long for the peace that a mother’s comfort brings – even if they never admit it. With five boys slowly taking over my home, I have felt a need to bring that feminine beauty into their lives – as if this was a piece of my duty as their mother. You can bring beauty and civility in many small ways. Lately, I have been using our dinner time to bring it out a little more. Setting the table beautifully with extra little touches, and combining that feeling of beauty with food they love creates the perfect moment! (The phrase “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is never more clear than when you have growing boys!) It doesn’t take much to add your feminine touch to their lives in whatever way you choose to do so, but it is so important. Does this mean they won’t ever have base humor anymore? Heavens, no! (Though I wish it did at times!) I know that even my nice tablecloths will get stained, vases broken, and wine spilt. Their Church clothes will get dirty, their jeans will always have holes and their hair a mind of its own. Yet, just because it is difficult, does not mean we give up bringing that beauty into their lives. We don’t just leave them there in the mess, because “boys will be boys.” Instead, we call them to the highest form of themselves, rejoicing and celebrating the greatness of their God-given boyhood, their wonderful masculinity.

Come, Holy Spirit!

11 Faith Formation

Saint Augustine, in an Easter sermon, preached, “There is no one who does not love something, but the question is, what to love. The psalms do not tell us not to love, but to choose the object of our love… This love is not something we generate ourselves; it comes to us through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”1 This year, on Sunday, June 8, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, we can also reflect on God’s gift of the Holy Spirit given to us and our response of openness to receiving this gift. By receiving the sacrament of Baptism, the faithful enter into a new life of grace, life in the Holy Spirit. With Confirmation, this grace is perfected to root the faithful more deeply in relationship with God and guide us to witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1316). With the graces given through all the sacraments, especially, that of confirmation, freedom of choosing the objects of our love is also given. Ralph Martin, a leader in renewal movements in the Catholic Church, turns to St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching that, in our human freedom, not all who approach the sacraments come with the same disposition and, therefore, not all receive the same share of the grace; “just as from the same fire, he receives more heat who approaches nearest to it, although the fire, as far as it is concerned, sends forth its heat equally to all” (ST III, q.

69, a.8).2 This means that differences in the disposition of openness to grace can lead to differences in life choices across the generations, whether one is an adult entering the Church or a young person preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. To ensure that sacramental preparation has a foundation in the ultimate source of happiness, Christ, it is essential for persons to encounter the person of Christ, True God and True Man. Evangelization, then, has to focus on both transmission of the doctrinal elements of the faith handed down through the Church, as well as, within relationships formed in a faith-filled community. The Holy Spirit and the faith community, including priests and godparents or sponsors, work together to prepare hearts for conversion and an awakening of faith (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1098). Speaking on sacramental preparation for confirmation in the Church of the Resurrection in Rochester, Rosemary Byrne, a coordinator of faithformation, noted: “Our primary method to foster conversion is through prayer

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

and small group discussions. In small groups, students can ask questions and discuss ways of living out their faith. Most teens are not comfortable talking frankly in front of their peers, so we keep the groups to about 8 candidates and take time for trust to build before talking about more sensitive material. We are also mindful about bringing them into a more active participation in parish life. We allow them to take more leadership roles and provide training for those who wish to take on liturgical ministries (such as lectors). We also encourage them to be active as aides for the younger children’s faith formation classes and volunteer at parish events. We try to build community within the Confirmation class during larger group meetings, retreats, and youth ministry events.” As the Church completes the Easter Season with the Solemnity of Pentecost, we can pray in thanksgiving for all who have entered the Church this year and received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, that God may continue to open their hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in choosing the way of holiness. 1. Sermon 34, 1-3, 5-6: CCL 41, 424-426 2. “The Post-Christendom Sacramental Crisis: The Wisdom of Thomas Aquinas,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2013): 57-75.

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A monthly column of prayers and their place in the tradition of the Church.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the This prayer is recited during the Novena of the Holy Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that Spirit, before Pentecost Sunday. It is a novena pre- I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease scribed by the Church. For information on the nove- Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen. na, visit June, 2014 w The Courier


Congratulations to all of our Catholic School Graduates! Rochester Catholic Schools Adopts Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Education Program

Catholic Schools

We will be featuring our graduates in the July Issue of The Courier!

Rochester Catholic Schools announced today submitted by: Laura Smith, that it has adopted Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Department of ADvancement and will begin offering courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. By offering PLTW K-12 program to its students, Rochester Catholic Schools is committing to being the leader in STEM Education in Southeastern Minnesota. In the 2014-2015 school year, RCS will offer PLTW “Launch” for students in grades K-5, and engineering and biomedical courses for Lourdes High School students. The following year, the “Gateway to Technology” curriculum will be added for grades 6, 7, and 8.“Our goal is to offer innovative and rigorous STEM curriculum and programming for all students K-12,” said Michael Brennan, Director of Rochester Catholic Schools. “The Rochester area is poised for significant growth in the next decade with Marsha Stenzel the vast majority of the expected 30,000 Superintendent jobs in STEM related industries. With such an exciting future on the horizon, Rochester Catholic Schools wants to ensure that our students are prepared to serve as leaders in our community.” “PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM education,” relevant program that allows students to play the roles of biomedical professionals said Emily Pearson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Rochester Catholic as they investigate and study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetSchools. “RCS is proud to offer PLTW to our students, in an effort to provide them an ics, microbiology, and public health. PTE provides all students with a foundation in advantage when it comes to high school, college and career readiness. We believe engineering concepts. Students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and Rochester and the surrounding area will also see the benefits of PLTW as our gradu- apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technolates are ultimately better prepared for the demands of the 21st century.” ogy and software as the world’s top companies. Through BMS and PTE, students Rochester Catholic Schools will offer PLTW “Launch” at each of the elementary will eventually have the opportunity for college credit, admissions preferences, and schools-Holy Spirit School, St. Francis of Assisi School, and St. John the Evangelist/ scholarships for completed PLTW courses. St. Pius X School. PLTW “Launch” is developed for students in kindergarten through As a unified system of schools, Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) provides fifth grade. Through a series of topic-based modules, students in PLTW “Launch” quality Catholic education to over 1,800 students. RCS promotes faith formation, engage in design problems that encourage collaboration, analysis, problem solv- academic excellence and service learning experiences for all students. Rochester ing, and computational thinking. They use touch technology, robotics, and everyday Catholic Schools remains committed to delivering quality instruction with challenging materials to explore topics such as energy, light and sound, motion and stability, and curriculum, maintaining high expectations for students and faculty, and providing an gravity. inclusive, nurturing environment dedicated to preparing students for success. Lourdes High School will offer PLTW’s “Biomedical Sciences” (BMS) program For more information on Rochester Catholic Schools’ new PLTW courses contact and “Pathway To Engineering” (PTE) program. The BMS program is a rigorous and Laura Smith at 507-424-1817 or visit

St. Casimir’s School, Wells - School Kids Environmental Days

In spite of the cool weather, there were smiles everywhere when the entire student body of St. Casimir’s School in Wells participated in the recent School Kids Environmental Days hosted by the Lura Lake Association. Arriving at Daly Park outside of Mapleton, the students were arranged into four different groups which took turns participating in the six learning stations that were offered. The topics of the stations included water conservation, water and boat safety, taxidermy, duck classification and fish identification (shown below). Mixed in with the stations was the chance to try their luck fishing with a prize rod and reel offered for the biggest fish caught. Not only did Kiera Schultz win the prize for the biggest fish, she also caught the ONLY fish! Not to worry though, as a great time was still enjoyed by all. The students and faculty of SCS wish to thank the members of the Lura Lake Association for a very memorable day! submitted by: Teresa Chirpich, Secretary

The students shown identifying the mystery fish are Zale Bushlack, Caldyn Huper, Beth Stevermer and Keon and Ella Overbeek. June, 2014 w The Courier

The 8th Promise of the Sacred Heart Practical Conclusion

does not shrink back, neglecting his obligation. He does turned against him. He will not be so weak as to change his not close his eyes in order not to see the pain. He does not path to please them. His ways can be only the ways of the blind himself with optimism: he knows that the renunciation Sacred Heart, the ways of orthodoxy, of purity, of austerity. of a certain pleasure is an obligation for him in order not to Is it not true that today Our Lord Jesus Christ and His fall into sin. He knows that he must overcome a certain habit Holy Church are disobeyed, abandoned, betrayed? Is it that favors his most deep-rooted passions. He knows that he not true that the laws, institutions, morals, and ways of the must abandon a certain group, a friendship that undermines people are more and more hostile to Jesus Christ? Is it not and ruins his spiritual life. He does not close his eyes and true that Our Lady spoke at Fatima, pointing out all of these cast aside his cross. sins and asking for penance? But where is that penance? Moreover, when his strength is exhausted, he asks for How many are there who really see these sins and who try more strength to carry his Cross, because he is fully aware to point them out, denounce them, fight them, dispute every that the life of a Christian is difficult today. To be obliged inch of their advance, raise up against them a whole crusade to struggle unremittingly against oneself in order to of ideas, of acts if it be necessary? And how many are there keep the Commandments seems to be an extrava- who are capable of unfurling the standard of absolute and Raymond de Souza, KM gant exception in a world that flaunts the joy of life in flawless orthodoxy in the very places where impiety or false Director licentiousness and opulence. He prays for the grace to piety reigns supreme? How many are they who live in union continue to embrace his cross, even when he collapses with the Church during this moment that is tragic as the under its weight. He asks for the grace to rise up again Passion was tragic, this crucial moment of history when all whenever he grows faint, the supreme grace of never mankind is choosing to be for Christ or against Christ? departing from the way by which he must reach the * * * Between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the devil, Christian en route to perfection expects not only to die, but to height of his own Calvary. The Christian en route to perfec- between good and evil, between truth and error, between face death. To face it with serenity, with neither hesitation nor tion knows that he must continue his apostolate, even when order and disorder, between virtue and vice, there is a weakness, walking toward it, even with the resolute pace of all his works have tumbled to the ground, even when all have profound, irreconcilable, eternal enmity. Darkness hates the a warrior advancing to combat. joined together to attack him, even when the ingratitude and light, the children of darkness hate the children of light; the He does not temporize before taking up his cross; he perversity of those to whom he has wished to do good have fight between the two sides will endure until the consummation of the ages, and there will never be peace between the race of the Woman and the race of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15). In order to understand the immeasurable extension and immensity of this hatred, it is necessary to contemplate all that it dared to do to the Son of God, crucified, transformed, in the words of Scripture, into a leper in The Office for Evangelization and Apologetics is offering to all whom nothing was sound; a being who writhed like a worm under the effect of Catholics interested in learning how to defend the Faith (1 Pet. 3:15) the pain; detested, abandoned, nailed to a cross between two common thieves. The Son of God: what grandeur - infinite, unimaginable, absolute - is to subscribe to the new Apologetics Online Course, scheduled to start contained in those words! Behold, in spite of all, what hatred has dared to do on June 27, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Subscribers will against the Son of God! receive one lesson a month on a variety of topics, such as: Why do The whole history of the world, the whole history of the Church is nothing Catholic priests don't marry? 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Why no drop of strength, and He multiplies our capacities for suffering and doing so that women priests? and more! our dedication may reach the extreme limit of the unforeseeable, the improbable, the miraculous. The measure of the love of God is to love Him without The cost? It's simply priceless (meaning, no price, it's FREE!) Just send an email measure, said Saint Francis de Sales. The measure of fighting for God consists with you name to Mr. Raymond de Souza, KM at to join the in fighting without measure, it may be said. The Sacred Heart wants our whole emailing list! life, He wants organization, He wants sagacity, He wants intrepidity, He wants the innocence of the dove and the cunning of the serpent, the sweetness of the sheep and the irresistible and overwhelming wrath of the lion. 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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


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Priest Appointments Pax Christi To Host Family Service Event cont'd from pg. 2

pastorate, to be relieved of the office of Judicial Vicar, and to continue to serve as a judge of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal effective July 1, 2014. Very Rev. Glenn Frerichs, from Parochial Vicar of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir, Winona; Aquinas Newman Center, Winona to become Rose of Lima, Lewiston; St. Anthony, Altura; and Conception, Wilson for a six year term, effec2014. From Adjutant Judicial Vicar to Judicial Diocesan Marriage Tribunal in the Diocese of tive on July 1, 2014.

of Cathedral and St. Thomas Pastor of St. Immaculate tive August 13, Vicar of the Winona, effec-

Very Rev. Glenn Frerichs

Rev. Thien Van Nguyen, granted permission to go on Sabbatical at St. Joseph Seminary in Vietnam from August 13, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Fr. Thien will conclude his parish assignments at the Church of St. James, St. James; St. Mary, Madelia; and St. Katherine, Truman. Fr. Thien will receive his next parish assignment upon return from his Sabbatical.

Catholic United Financial, a financial co-operative headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. invites families and friends in the Rochester, Minnesota area to join them for a family service project at Pax Christi Catholic Church on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The goal is to build 2,500 personal care kits for those affected by homelessness and natural disasters. At the event, volunteers assemble care kits that will be donated to homeless shelters and charities responding to the issue of poverty in Rochester and southern Minnesota. Gather4Good is a free community service and fellowship event, open to families and individuals. It will run from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Rochester. All supplies are provided by Catholic United Financial, including light refreshments and family fun, such as face painting, music entertainment, a bouncy house and more. “This is our fourth year of Gather4Good. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Rochester area Catholic churches when asked to support Gather4Good,” Catholic United Financial President Harald Borrmann said. “Because of their generous response we have an opportunity to host an event where they can invite their neighbors and, together, benefit others. Helping others is the embodiment of who we are and what we do.” Everyone is welcomed to the event to help meet the goal of 2,500 care kits for persons in need. Anyone wishing to volunteer and enjoy the festivities is encouraged to pre-register at the Catholic United Financial website, or by calling Gather4Good at 1-888-346-7183. The Catholic United Home Office is located at 3499 Lexington Ave. N, St. Paul, Minn., 55126.

Rev. Thien Van Nguyen Rev. Timothy Hall, from St. Rose of Lima, Lewiston; St. Anthony, Altura; and Immaculate Conception, Wilson to become Pastor of St. James, St. James; St. Mary, Madelia; and St. Katherine, Truman for a six year term effective August 13, 2014. Rev. Timothy Graduate Studies Hall Rev. Patrick Arens, Pastor of St. Mary, Chatfield; St. Patrick, Lanesboro; and St. Columban, Preston to attend The Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL for Graduate Studies in Liturgy, for the Summer Session, June- through July 20, 2014. Fr. Glenn Frerichs will provide weekend coverage for the six weekends that Fr. Arens is in Mundelein, IL. Rev. Patrick Arens

Hispanic Priests/Sacerdotes Hispanos: Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas: Capellán del Decanato de Worthington. Tel. 507-341-0403 Padre José Morales: Capellán del Decanato de Rochester.

Tel. 507-329-2931 Padre Carlos Arturo Calderón: Capellán del Decanato de Mankato. Padre Mariano Varela IVE: Párroco de “SS. Peter and Paul” en Mankato. Tel. 507-388-2995 ext 103

Padre Octavio Cortez IVE: Vicario Parroquial de “Ss. Peter and Paul” en Mankato Tel. 507-388-2995 Padre Raul Silva: Pastor de “All Saints” en New Richland, “St. Aidan” en Ellendale, “St. Mary” en Geneva

Padre Wellington Muñoz: Vicario Parroquial de “Queen of Angels” en Austin, “All Saints” en New Richland, “St. Aidan” en Ellendale, “St. Mary” en Geneva. Tel. 507-433-1889

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. Lake City, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 6:30 p.m., every third Saturday. Madelia, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 10 a.m., every Sunday. Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m., every Sunday. Owatonna, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m. every Sunday. June, 2014 w The Courier

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.

Action with Prayer

Parish Events Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona will be hosting MARY: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. - an Eight-Part Bible Study Featuring Dr. Edward Sri. There will be two meetings times to choose from. You can either join the Tuesday evenings group 6:30 - 8:30 pm (7/08 - 8/26) or the Wed morning group 9:30 - 11:30 am (7/09 8/27). Both will be in the St Augustine Room. Cost is $30. You may reigster online at

SUBMISSION for the calendar Please note: submission deadline

is the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. All submissions must be sent electronically on our website:

Pilgrimages or by emailing:

and by the deadline in order to assure receipt and inclusion in the Events Calendar. Though not all events will fit, we strive to include as many events as possible. Thank you! - Courier Staff


Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Please join Christine Stoen on a Pilgrimage to Medjugorje on October 13 -21, 2014. Cost: $2,794. Visit: www.

Other Harvest Mass, Slayton Mark your calendars for this year's Harvest Mass. Hosted by Ken and

Marlys Knuth at Knuth's Sudden Creek Shire Horse Farm, Slayton, on August 15. 11 a.m. Mass followed by lunch. Women's CEW Weekend Sept 5 - 7 Are you interested in a getaway where you will find spiritual renewal, discover purpose and direction in life, and experience Christ? Join us for the Rochester Christian Experience Weekend September 5-7 at Camp Victory in Zumbrota.

Job Openings Make sure to reserve this weekend on your calendar right away. To get more information or to register, contact Teresa Walter 250-1146 or Beth Kosta Gressett ( Director of Faith Formation, St. Joachim Parish, Plainview seeks a Director of Faith Formation for 300 public or home school students (grades 1-10). The parish has 600 families in a rural town near urban Rochester MN. The candidate for this full-time position will be a practicing Catholic with at least a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, or Religious Education, and appropriate experience in the same areas. Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume, and references by May 30, 2014, to Rev. William M. Becker, Pastor, St. Joachim Church, 900 W. Broadway, Plainview MN, 55964, or fatherbecker55964@ Position description and more online at Principal, High School, Full-Time, Cathedral High School, Grades 7-12, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, New Ulm Position available for the 2014-2015 school year. Job description and application is available at: www. St. Catherine's-St. Mary's School System, Remsen, Iowa. Looking for a Marketing and Enrollment Director St. Catherine's-St. Mary's School System is a cornerstone in the town of Remsen, Iowa. It is a TK-12 Catholic school system. This is a full time position working with dedicated students and families in a Christ centered environment. Marketing background or degree highly desired. Please send your letter of application, resume, and references to the following address (or email): Mr. Pete Haefs, Principal Remsen St. Mary's High School 523 Madison Street, Box 500 Remsen, Iowa 51050

15 Events in the Diocese

St. Mary’s Church, Winona offers a Mass for Life and Marriage on the first Thursday of the month, at 5:15 p.m. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona will host the monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty on Saturday, May 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. after the 8 a.m. Mass. Gather in the Adoration Chapel. 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 608-698-7443. .

(go to "Adults" :Bible Studies") or fill out the paper form that can be found in Cathedral's Gathering Space. Contact the office for more information. St. Mary of the Lake Church, Lake City will be hosting Immaculee Illibagiza New York Times bestselling author: Left to Tell. Her story is one of faith and forgiveness through the power of prayer. Doors open 6 p.m., talk begins at 7 p.m., June 18. For more information: www.immaculee. com or Birds and Bees, Assisi Heights June 21, 9 - 11 a.m. $8 per person. An opportunity to learn about the secret life of bees and birds! You will meet the bees, learn hive structure, beekeeper dress, and bee identification. Good Counsel Convent, Mankato On June 13, noted Brazilian organist, Cristiano Rizzotto, plays the historic Johnson & Son Organ at 7 p.m. Program includes works by Bruhns, Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Widor and Durufle. Free will offering. The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester Fr. Harry Jewison will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his Ordination at 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 8. All are invited to attend & join Fr. Jewison for refreshments following the Mass. St. Anthony's, Lismore Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites you to share in their 90th Anniversary on June 14. Mass: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony's. Free lunch & program to follow. RSVP to

Traditional Latin Mass Alpha, St. Alphonsus Liguori, weekly and daily. Sunday: 5 p.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 June, 2014 w The Courier

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Symbolon, cont'd from page 1 Matthew Kelly

Highlights in this year’s program include: • An opening keynote presentation by Dr. Edward Sri on, “Exploring the New Evangelization: The Extraordinary Mission of Our Time.” Dr. Sri is a nationally-known speaker on Scripture and Catholicism and the author of several best-selling books. He currently serves as Vice President of Mission and Outreach and Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute. • Participant tracks in the areas of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (“RCIA”), Adult Faith Formation, and Youth Ministry. These tracks will be led by faculty from the Augustine Institute, and will provide in-depth training and formation in organizing and leading these areas of church ministry. • And, as always, the days will offer participants time to come together for faithfilled prayer and liturgies, sharing of resources and ideas, and conversation and comDr. Edward Sri will give munity building the opening Keynote to strengthen and build up the life presentation. of our diocesan

Church. As indicated, this year’s program will be led by faculty from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. The mission of the Augustine Institute is to serve the formation of Catholics for the New Evangelization, and through its academic and parish programs, to equip Catholics intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally to renew the Church and transform the world for Christ. At the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, Saint John Paul II called Catholics to this “New Evangelization” – i.e., to renew their commitment to Christ and to live their faith fearlessly and proclaim it to all people. As a response to this call, Catholic scholars in 2005 established in Denver a graduate school dedicated to transforming Catholic education for the New Evangelization. What began as a graduate school has quickly expanded into a multi-faceted Institute providing strategic disciple-based parish programming and leadership formation to dioceses and parishes across America. A more detailed description of this year’s Ministry Days program and activities is available online at: The registration fee of $125 covers all of the training components throughout the year. Late registration for the event is still possible by calling the diocesan Office of Lay Formation at: 507-858-1254 [Janice] / 507858-1270 [Todd].

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