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Bishop Quinn with the seminarians from the Diocese of Winona and Fr. Will Thompson, Vocations Director.
Matthew Wagner, a seminarian from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, was accepted as a Candidate for Holy Orders by Bishop Quinn, at a special Mass on Friday, August 21, at Lourdes High School in Rochester.
(Left) Congratulations to seminarians Brian Mulligan, Theâ€™ Hoang, and Daniel Ward, who were installed as lectors by Bishop Quinn on Sunday, August 23, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
INSIDE this issue
Another Boy, Another Question more on page 7
Camp Summit - Wake Up the World be inspired by youth on page 8
Conversion leads to Mission read more on page 12
Pope Francis Watch
The Courier Insider
Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist
Articles of Interest
Tenth Anniversary of “Co-Workers…” (III) Second Round of Cluster Meetings Begins Stories of Hope
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Another Boy, Another Question
Life & Dignity Sunday
by Elise Harris Vatican City, Aug 16, Camp Summit - Wake Up the World page 8 2015 / 05:59 am (CNA/ EWTN News).- On Third Order Franciscans Make Profession page 9 Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist RSC Summer Institute page 10 is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body School Snapshots page 10 and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the Catholic Charities Counseling Services page 11 ability to transform our hearts and minds to be Serra Club Picnic page 11 more like him. “The Eucharist is Conversion Leads to Service page 12 Jesus who gives himself entirely Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the to us. To nourish ourselves with Canonization of St. John Paul II and St. Vocations are about Quality, not Quantity page 13 him and abide in him through Holy John XXIII April 25, 2014. Credit: Stephan Driscoll/CNA. Communion, if we do it with faith, Obituaries page 13 transforms our life into a gift to God and to our brothers,” the Pope said Aug. 16. Religious Life: The Vow of Poverty page 14 To let ourselves be nourished by the “Bread of Life,” he said, “means to be in tune with the heart of Christ, to assimilate his choices, thoughts, behaviors.” Diocese Renews Consecration to Mary page 14 It also means that we enter into “a dynamism of sacrificial love and become persons of peace, forgiveness, reconciliation and sharing in solidarity,” he added. Zélie Martin – a Saint for Every Woman page 15 Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims who gathered in a rainy St. Peter's Square for his Aug. 16 Sunday Angelus address. In his speech the Pope turned to the day's Gospel Our Lady of Good Counsel: Mary Garden Blessing page 16 reading from John Chapter 6, which recounted the last part of the “Bread of Life” discourse, and in which Jesus tells his disciples that “whoever eats my flesh and Human Trafficking page 16 drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” Francis noted the shock and astonishment of the crowd when they heard Jesus Building One Home at a Time page 17 say this, and explained that such a reaction is understandable given the provocative nature of the Lord's statement. With a style mirroring that used by many of the Council of Catholic Women Convention page 17 prophets, Jesus gives the people a strong image in order to stir up questions, and ultimately a decision, within them and us, he said. Austin-born Woman to Be Maryknoll Sister page 20 Above all arise the questions “what does to 'eat the flesh and drink the blood' of Jesus mean? Is it only an image, a symbol, or does he mean something real?” the Pope said. In order to respond, Francis continued, we have to look at what Officials happened in Jesus' own heart when he broke the loaves to feed the five thousand. “Knowing that he will die on the the cross for us, Jesus identifies himself with The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following: that bread, broken and shared, and it becomes for him the sign of the sacrifice that Appointments: awaits him.” This process culminates in the Last Supper, when the bread and wine actually become Jesus' Body and Blood, the Pope said, explaining that when he Rev. Peter Schuster, appointed Assistant Vicar for Clergy, in addition to his current gives us the Eucharist, Jesus does it with a purpose: “that we may become one with assignment as Pastor of Saint John Vianney Parish in Fairmont, Holy Family Parish in him.” Communion, he said, “is assimilation: eating him, we become like him. But East Chain, effective July 1, 2015. this requires our 'yes,' our adhesion of faith.” Pope Francis then noted how some might question the purpose of attending Mass, going only when they feel like it with the excuse that they pray better alone. In response, Francis stressed that the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience, it's not simply a commemoration of what Jesus did in the Last Child Abuse Policy Information Supper.” Rather, it is a “memorial, namely, a gesture that actualizes and makes present the event Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy of the death and resurrection of Jesus: the bread is truly his Body given, the wine is truly his Blood Information poured out." edited for length. see full article: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-letThe Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and yourself-be-transformed-by-the-eucharist-61965/ compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child The Courier is the Official Publication of the Diocese of Winona 55 West Sanborn, P.O. Box 588, Winona, MN 55987 Vol 106 - 09
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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 email@example.com.
To Jesus through Mary Dear Friends in Christ,
Rejoice in Hope Bishop John M. Quinn encourage you to make time to thank and praise God for all of these blessings. I am blessed to be back in the classroom at St. Mary’s University in Winona. I give thanks for our Catholic
her womb. Every year I renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and we will continue to renew it every year, as an act of love and devotion to Our Lady. This year the consecration of the Diocese of Winona to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place on Tuesday, September 8 – the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart during a special 5 p.m. Mass. I invite all priests, deacons and all in the diocese to join me and the IHM seminarians and faculty for this special celebration. The weekend following the consecration, I encourage all pastors of parishes in the diocese to renew their parish consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. First Vows It was my special privilege and joy to be the main celebrant of a Mass during which four women of the Diocese of Winona pronounced their first vows as Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Sister Mary Elisha Glady, RSM, Sister Marie Josepha Kluczny, RSM, Sister Paul Mary Rittgers, RSM, and Sister Marie Faustina Wolniakowski, RSM, committed themselves to a life of chastity, poverty and obedience and a fourth vow
of service to the poor, the sick and the uneducated. The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Venerable Catherine McAuley in Ireland and the order spread rapidly around the world. Monsignor Colletti,
have a crucial role in the building up of the Church by living the charism of their religious order. I am indebted to consecrated religious for their faithfilled and generous service. May, in this Year of Consecrated
"... by this act of consecration, we allow Mary to actualize her mediation, enriching our diocese with grace, so we can grow into a greater likeness to Jesus Christ. " our Vicar General, joined me for these special days of grace at the Motherhouse of the Mercy Sisters. Here in the Diocese of Winona, the Religious Sisters of Mercy staff the Sacred Heart Clinic in Jackson, Minnesota, as doctors and licensed medical personnel and are at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent at our seminary in Winona. In Winona, Sister Paul Mary, one of the newly professed Mercy Sisters, is the Director of Faith Formation for our diocese, and Sister Marie Faustina will study elementary education at St. Mary’s University. Religious women
From the Bishop
Back to School With a new school year upon us, I extend my blessing and prayers to all students, teachers and parents as they settle back into their school year routines. I pray that God grant you peace and wisdom as you embark on another exciting year. I
University and for all our students. Celebrating Marriage The gift of Marriage between one man and one woman is such a blessing from God. If you are married, you have a vocation to reveal God’s love to the world. You reveal His love through your spousal love and the love that extends to your children. It is so important to celebrate and enrich marriages. I look forward to next month when I can celebrate all anniversaries of marriages at the annual Celebration of Marriage on October 18, at the Church of St. Leo in Pipestone. See the back page of this issue of The Courier for registration information. Renewal of Diocesan Consecration In 2008, the Diocese of Winona was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the very moment of conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary, Jesus entrusted His whole being to her. Similarly, by this act of consecration, we allow Mary to actualize her mediation, enriching our diocese with grace, so we can grow into a greater likeness of Jesus Christ. We surrender the diocese completely to God and His service, giving the same yes that Mary gave when she bore Jesus in
Life, many women respond to the call of the Triune God, to follow with a heart filled with love and total surrender to God’s plan for them. Every Life has Dignity We must continue to champion the cause of protecting all life from conception to natural death. By now, many of you have seen the undercover videos that reveal horrific atrocities happening at Planned Parenthood. While we must continue to petition our government officials to defund this company of taxpayer money, we must also remember to love. We Bishop, cont'd on pg. 20
Bishop's Calendar September 1, Tuesday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona September 3, Thursday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona 1 p.m. – Holy Hour 2 p.m. – Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting September 5, Saturday 5 p.m. – Mass at St. John the Baptist Church – Minnesota Lake September 6, Sunday 8 a.m. – Mass and Installation of Fr. Andrew Vogel as pastor at St. Casimir Church – Wells 10 a.m. – Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church – Easton September 8, Tuesday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona 11 a.m. – Presbyteral Council Meeting
– Albert Lea 5 p.m. – Mass for Annual Renewal of the Consecration of the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Winona September 9, Wednesday 9 a.m. – Minnesota Catholic Conference – University of St. Thomas in St. Paul September 10, Thursday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona
Mass and Lunch at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Winona September 13, Sunday 10 a.m. – Confirmation for St. Bernard Church and St. Bridget Church at St. Bernard Church – Stewartville September 15, Tuesday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona 11 a.m. – Deans Meeting – Albert Lea
September 11, Friday 6:30 a.m. – Lauds and Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary – Winona
September 17, Thursday 7:45 a.m. – Teach at SMU – Winona 2 p.m. – Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota Meeting – Rochester 5:30 p.m. – IHM Seminary Open House and Cookout
September 12, Saturday 10 a.m. – Deacon Aspirants Candidacy
September 18, Friday – September 20, Sunday
Annual Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Meeting and Investiture – St. Paul September 21, Monday Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI, with Cardinal Raymond Burke September 22, Tuesday September 28, Monday World Meeting of Families Philadelphia
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the Tenth Anniversary of “Co-Workers…” (III)
“[B]y their baptismal incorporation into the Body of Christ, lay persons are also equipped with gifts and graces to build up the Church from within, in cooperation with the hierarchy and under its direction.”
- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
In 2005, our U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a statement on lay ministry entitled, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. To mark its tenth anniversary, I want to share something of its message as it relates to the role of lay women and men within the life of the Church. In the June issue, I described the purpose of the statement and provided a brief description of its history and context within the recent teachings of our U.S. bishops. In the August issue, I examined
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the content of the document as it relates to the broader call of the laity to live out the Church’s mission in the world. And, in this column, I would like to reflect on the bishops’ message concerning the role of the laity in the ministry of the Church. It is important to recall from last month’s column that the laity’s primary vocation is to proclaim and give witness to the gospel in the world – i.e., in their families, neighborhoods, work places, and communities. This is what distinguishes the role of the laity in the Church’s mission from the role of the religious and the ordained. However, lay women and men do have a role within the Church’s ecclesial ministry as well. This was affirmed by the Second Vatican Council, which stated that “the laity have an active part of their own in the life and activity of the Church.”
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But, there are also lay people who serve the Blessed Pope Paul VI expanded on the Council’s teaching by declaring that “[m]inistries may be Church in a more professional capacity, whether committed to lay Christians [and] are no longer on a part-time or full-time basis. The document regarded as reserved to candidates for the sacrament refers to “lay ecclesial ministers” who are in of orders.” In affirming a proper role for the laity leadership positions within the Church and have within the Church’s ministry, he described how lay been authorized by the hierarchy for their service. people “can also feel called, or in fact be called, to In parish life, such lay ecclesial ministers might cooperate with their pastors in the service of the include “the pastoral associate, parish catechetical ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life.” In his statement reflecting on the In the Church, there is diversity of ministry Church’s mission at the dawn of the new but unity of mission. To the apostles and millennium, Novo Millennio Ineunte, their successors, Christ has entrusted the Saint Pope John Paul II also called on the office of teaching, sanctifying and governing laity to play an active role in ministry: in his name and by his power. Lay people [T]he Church of the Third Millennium too, sharing in the priestly, prophetical and will need to encourage all the baptized kingly office of Christ, play their part in the and confirmed to be aware of their mission of the whole people of God in the active responsibility in the Church’s life. Together with the church and in the world. ordained ministry, (Second Vatican Council,“Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity,” #2) other ministries, whether formally instituted or simply recognized, can flourish for the good of the whole community, sustaining it in all its many needs: from catechesis leader, youth ministry leader, school principal, and to liturgy, from education of the young to the widest director of liturgy or pastoral music.” Such lay ecclesial ministers should have “a array of charitable works. (#46) This, then, provides a helpful context for special level of professional competence,” as well understanding the teaching of our U.S. bishops in as academic preparation and formation, which are “Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord” on lay appropriate for their position of leadership and area of ecclesial service. ministry. In summary, the bishops state: The bishops note that one of the ways that lay • that lay ministry “has emerged and taken people “work toward the transformation of the world” is by “working in the Church and focusing shape in our country through the working of on the building of ecclesial communion.” They the Holy Spirit”; and • that “lay men and women have responded acknowledge and affirm the growing presence of lay men and women in the Church’s ministry, generously to renewed awareness of the stating that such ecclesial service is a “path of implications of their Baptism and to the needs Christian discipleship” and a “sign of the Holy of their Church communities.” But, the bishops also acknowledge that “the Spirit’s movement in the lives of our sisters and Church’s experience of lay participation in Christ’s brothers.” Most lay people serve the Church in this way “on ministry is still maturing,” and so they pledge to a limited and voluntary basis” – e.g., as liturgical “expand our study and dialogue concerning lay ministers, catechists, pastoral council members, ministry.” And so let’s celebrate 10 years of “Co-Workers,” pastoral care visitors, etc., and by serving in programs relating to youth ministry, sacramental and keep the conversation alive. Deo Gratias! preparation, and social justice.
VISION 2016: Second Round of Cluster Meetings Begins The Diocese is currently in the middle of the second round of facilitated cluster meetings for parishes facing major change in the Vision 2016 planning process. These meetings began the first week of August and will be held throughout the month of September and into October. They are an opportunity to regroup after the months since the first meeting, and check in on how the parishes recommended for oratory status are doing on due diligence and parish histories. Some parishes were hard at work over the summer and are nearly complete with both their inventorying and parish history. For those parishes in the middle of this work or which have yet to start these important tasks, the meetings are opportunities to assess what has been done and how the remainder of the tasks will be completed.
The new Liturgy schedule is a major topic of discussion at the second meeting. With new configurations of parish clusters, the challenge is to develop a schedule that works well for the parishioners of the parishes involved, and also meets the criterion of 3 Masses/weekend per priest. For many clusters, this requires changing the current Mass schedule and reassessing both the location and time of the weekend Masses. The goal is to come up with a Liturgy schedule at the second meeting that is workable and can be included in the cluster’s Pastoral Plan. The second cluster meeting also looks at the Vision 2016 measures found in the Vision 2016 Guidebook, with an eye towards assessing the parishes’ current condition for these measures. These measures are broken into three categories: Vibrant and Vital Diocese; Vibrant and Vital Catholic Parishes; and Healthy, Happy and Holy Priests and Deacons. Examples of these measures include “Use of Adoration whenever we gather [as a parish/cluster];” “Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure;” and “Manageable Work/ Ministry [for priests and deacons].” The clusters will determine how they are currently doing on each measure, so that in cluster meetings 3 and 4, one and two-year goals can be decided upon for each of the measures. The worksheet with the list of measures
according to category can be found in the Vision 2016 Guidebook, which can be found online at dow.org/ vision2016. Once clusters have completed their second facilitated cluster meeting, we are then scheduling their third cluster meeting, some of which will already be in September. Because of the large number of cluster meetings that will be held in six months (August-January), and because there are several holidays towards the end of that time period, we are trying to schedule the third cluster meetings sooner rather than later. All Pastoral Plans need to be submitted to Bishop Quinn by February 2016, and we are working hard to make sure all facilitated cluster meetings are done by the end of January! We thank you for your prayers during this process of planning, both for the Diocese of Winona as the local Church in southern Minnesota, and in particular for the parishioners who are experiencing major change as part of the Vision 2016 process. If you have any questions, we invite you to check out the Diocesan website at dow.org/vision2016. You are also welcome to call the Office of the Vicar General at 507-858-1267.
by: Msgr. Richard M. Colletti, Vicar General/ Chancellor, and Leandra Hubka
Almighty God, we the people of the Diocese of Winona prayerfully look to the future. During this time of pastoral planning, we implore the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us the gifts of wisdom, courage and hope. May we exercise the virtue of prudence by opening our hearts and minds to be good stewards of the legacy of faith inherited from those who built the Church on the prairie, the hills, and in the valleys. May we exercise the virtue of justice by opening our hearts and minds to assure that the voices of people from all generations, all vocations and all areas of the Diocese are welcomed and respected. May we exercise the virtue of fortitude by opening our hearts and minds to understand and acknowledge the spiritual and practical realities of our day and prepare for the days to come; And may we exercise the virtue of temperance by opening our hearts and minds to accept the changes in diocesan, parish and personal life that the Holy Spirit, through this planning process, is guiding us to make. Under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, may we discern and implement what is best for the diocesan Church and all the faithful of southern Minnesota. We pray this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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Stories of Hope
Life, Marriage & Family
by: Tom Grenchik Following the story of last year’s tragic suicide of a young and terminally ill cancer patient, it seemed like all the media could talk about was the courage of controlling your death by taking your own life. Encouraging suicide did not stop with the media. Many state legislatures began a mad scramble to legalize assisted suicide as quickly as possible. As Americans, we fear unbearable pain, helplessness, and the possibility of becoming dependent and losing all control. And we fear these things so much that we can imagine that suicide can restore control with some sort of ideal, peaceful death. Rather than
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emphasizing quality care and appropriate pain relief, our culture is running toward death, in an effort to run away from pain. What gets lost in all this fear of death is the recognition of the opportunity for grace.
We can depend on and grow closer to our loved ones, restore relationships, and experience spiritual, emotional, or even physical healings. The story of Jeanette Hall, featured in a brief, video, is one encouraging example: www. bit.ly/JeanettesStory. In 2000, when told she had less than a year to live, she asked her cancer doctor for the pills to commit suicide. Instead, her doctor got to know her better and inspired her to consider treatment. With the help of a caring doctor, her tumor “melted away.” Now, fifteen years later, Jeanette says, “It’s great to be alive!” She is a firm believer that patients are certain to get better care when their doctors are not encouraging their suicides, or anyone else’s. Not every story ends with a physical healing, but for those patients, the spiritually and emotionally healing presence of a loving family and a caring community can make all the difference in the world. Through the authentic compassion and support of family, friends, and community, those who are nearing death can be reassured that every moment of their lives is worth living. Maggie Karner, a 51-yearold mother of three, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness, is a witness to the power of cherishing e v e r y moment one has left. She shares her inspiring story of hope and courage in a three-minute video, which can be viewed at www.bit.ly/MaggiesStory. Maggie has much left to give to her family and society and rejects the notion that a doctor can put a timetable on anyone's life. She embraces the remaining time she has with her family, while teaching them
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the beauty of caring for her with love and compassion. Another inspiring witness is Stephanie Packer, who is a young wife and mother of four. In 2012, she was told that she had three years left to live. Far from letting the terminal diagnosis define or defeat her, she has found new purpose in leading and participating in support groups for fellow patients facing the same disease. You can learn more about Stephanie’s experience and watch a beautifully moving video about her
and the response of her loving family at www. stephaniesjourney.org. There are many other hopeful stories like those of Jeanette, Maggie, and Stephanie, but you generally won’t find them in the popular media. These courageous women are all working hard to combat efforts to legalize assisted suicide around the country, but they can’t do it alone. It’s up to us to share their stories with friends and families, classmates and co-workers. We also each need to inform ourselves about the growing push for assisted suicide. To get started, visit the U.S. Catholic bishops’ webpage “To Live Each Day With Dignity” (www.bit.ly/ ToLiveEachDay), where you can find fact sheets, articles, information about Church teaching, and prayer resources. Most of all, let us pray for all those who may be victimized by this latest advance of the culture of death. And may our words and actions always convey the priceless worth of every human person, no matter their condition or circumstances. To see how you can address the threat of assisted suicide in Minnesota, join the Catholic Advocacy Network at http://www. mncc.org/. Tom Grenchik is Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information on the bishops' pro-life activities, please visit www.usccb.org/prolife.
Life & Dignity Sunday: Another Boy, Evangelization through a public policy lens by: Jason Adkins, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
The news has been full over the last few weeks of revelations about the “harvesting” of organs by Planned Parenthood from the remains of aborted children, so they can be sold for medical research. Reactions have varied. Some have offered technical arguments about the legality of this practice, while others have sought to attack the makers of the undercover videos. Planned Parenthood’s PR people have been busy. Some legislators have understandably and laudably initiated measures to stop their public funding, while others continue to attempt to defend the indefensible. Most of us simply recoil in horror from this ghoulish practice. This controversy has served one very valuable purpose. It teaches us that despite over forty years of legalized abortion, the human conscience has not been completely deadened. But there is another aspect to this that I think deserves more attention — the truth is coming out. For decades, the advocates for legal abortion — with Planned Parenthood in the forefront — have minimized or denied the humanity of the unborn child. Handy euphemisms have been used to conceal the true nature of the target of abortion, such as “products of conception”, “blobs of tissue”, “uterine contents”, “terminating a pregnancy”, and the like. Those tricks of misleading language are no longer viable, thanks to the Planned Parenthood staff members who were captured on these undercover videos, with their callous bluntness about what they were actually doing. In fact, for once we can actually take Planned Parenthood at their word, because in these videos they don’t use euphemisms, but instead they openly acknowledge the humanity of the babies they have aborted and are now dissecting. This makes perfect sense. The whole point was that the child was really a human person, and their organs and other tissue could be sold for experiments. In other words, the folks at Planned Parenthood finally told the truth about what they are actually doing when they abort over 300,000 babies each year – that’s more than 20% of all abortions in this country: they are putting an end to an innocent, fragile, defenseless, human life. The importance of this is made particularly stark in a horrifying moment in one of the videos. A technician is exchanging small talk with the interviewer, all the while as she coldly describes her handling of the various organs of one of the aborted babies. She is then heard to exclaim, “Another boy!” The pathos of that scene is almost beyond human comprehension. But the acknowledgement of the truth is a pivotal moment. Nobody can hide from it any longer. It comes right out of their own mouths. It’s not a thing. It’s not just some tissue. “It’s a boy!” It’s a human, baby, boy. Many years ago, during the great moral crusade to eliminate the human slave trade, a medallion was used by men such as William Wilberforce to advance their cause. It depicts a slave, bound in chains, and asks a simple question — “Am I not a man and a brother?” “Another boy” now asks us that same question. How will we answer? by: Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Life, Marriage & Family
What does “evangelization” look like? A preacher standing on a street corner? Well-dressed teens going door to door? In some cases, these visuals may be rather accurate. But for the Catholic Church, the dimensions of evangelization are much broader and more dynamic. Often overlooked are the many inherent evangelization opportunities found within the Church’s public policy advocacy. Authentic Catholic advocacy is meant to rise above partisan sound bites and right/left divides to, instead, affirm our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to be a witness to Christ’s love for the world. And the Catholic Church in Minnesota is creating new resources and structures to help all Minnesota Catholics fulfill this evangelical call. Does the Church have a position on every public policy issue? On matters of public policy, the Church focuses primarily on forming the consciences of the lay faithful and the broader society about the appropriate principles that should govern social, economic, and political relationships— such as respect for the dignity of the human person, solidarity, subsidiarity, and respect for the common good. In some limited cases, however, the Church must speak directly to the prudence of particular public policies. These usually fall into two groups. The first is legislation that directly contravenes some objective moral norm. One example would be opposition to the redefinition of marriage. Another is opposition to the legitimization of a commercial surrogacy business. The second group is legislation that, in the bishops’ judgment and because of their pastoral experience and the needs of their local communities, is either worthy of support because it promotes human dignity and the common good—such as payday lending regulations or comprehensive immigration reform— or undermines those values, such as assaults on religious liberty. But on the vast majority of issues and legislation introduced in any given session, the Church does not take a
position because it is the laity, and not the clergy, who are directly responsible for the just ordering of society (Deus Caritas Est, No. 29). Equipping lay Catholics, helping to create a justly-ordered society Still, on those issues that our bishops have identified as having a singular importance for the well-being of the Church and of society, it is important that Catholics and their bishops speak with one voice to offer a compelling witness to justice, peace, and authentic human development. Therefore, the bishops of Minnesota have established the Catholic Advocacy Network. The Network is an initiative of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota and represents all six dioceses and the state’s bishops— including Bishop Quinn and the Diocese of Winona—at the Capitol. Catholic Advocacy Network members receive monthly E-Updates, notices of educational events, and periodic Action Alerts during legislative sessions, to learn more about and take action on the issues of concern for the Church in Minnesota. The Diocese of Winona’s Life & Dignity Sunday, October 10-11, 2015, will provide a free, easy way to register for the Network at your parish. Look out for this and many more future opportunities to join with thousands of Minnesota Catholics who are joining together to be a faithful, positive voice for human dignity and the common good.
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Camp Summit - Wake Up The World
Youth and Young Adults
During an address to the consecrated communities of the world, Pope Francis told them to use their vocation to “Wake up the world!” When we live out our purpose we can’t help but change the world around us. “Wake up the world” was the theme for this year’s Camp Summit event, and let me tell you, the energy and enthusiasm of 211 campers is definitely something that keeps you awake! In fact, many adults at the conclusion of the event felt sleep deprived! Camp Summit started three years ago with a group of 50 youth and adults gathering together for a week of Catholic programming. The result of this experience was very positive and we saw our camp grow last year to 140 people. This year our camp reached capacity as every room was filled with lively students and their leaders totaling more than 200. This summer’s camp was filled with incredible memories! Father Vogel’s cartwheels, the crazy seminarian dance, night games, high ropes, archery, climbing walls, hiking, music, laughter and so much fun. But what I will remember most is the witness of 200 campers growing in their faith. Each morning our campers would start their day by taking quiet time to read their bibles. High school teens known as the FIAT team would then lead small groups and discuss the faith with our campers. Evening programs consisted of great talks, testimonies, dramas, confession and Eucharistic adoration. It was incredible to see the great capacity of faith in middle school students. One example to illustrate Ben Frost this was during our Director confession night. After firstname.lastname@example.org a talk by Fr. Jonathan Fasnacht and a drama
performance, the students were so enthused about confession that they started running for the doors by the dozens. Unfortunately we had not yet exposed the Blessed Sacrament, so we had to round them all up and ask them to go back inside and wait a few minutes. Once we were ready for them, 12 priests heard almost 200 confessions that night. God is truly at work! Something new to this year’s camp was the introduction of the 9th grade Prayer team. As a transition year between being a camper and joining the FIAT team, we decided to offer freshman an opportunity to grow in their prayer lives and service. Priests traveled into Lanesboro every day to present to the team and help them develop a stronger relationship with God. The prayer team cleaned up after every meal, helped with luggage, planned dramas and liturgy, and, most importantly, offered prayer and intercession for the campers throughout the week. The thirteen prayer team members did a wonderful job and held the bar high for future years. Our camp also had the privilege of having daily Mass. Priests took turns celebrating the Eucharist, including Bishop Harrington who drove in to spend Tuesday afternoon with the kids. Bishop Harrington reflected on Saint John Vianney, who strived to follow God and used his priestly vocation to wake up the world around him. He also dialogued with the Wake Up the World, cont'd on next page
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campers and explained the meaning behind his vestments and the rituals at Mass. Ultimately, camp this year was another huge success. None of it would be possible without the support of our faithful youth leaders and priests who sacrifice their time and energy to see this young generation grow in faith. We continue to see increasing enthusiasm in our young people and we look forward to the ways that these saints in the making will â€œWake Up the Worldâ€? around them!
St. Joseph Lay Carmelite Community: Reception, Temporary Profession, & Installation of Officers
March 28, 2015, marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila. In recognition of this joyful event, the Saint Joseph Lay Carmelite Community celebrated Temporary Profession, Reception of new members, and Installation of Officers during a Mass officiated by Father
Thomas Loomis on March 27th at the Church of the Resurrection in Rochester, MN. In answering the universal call to holiness through the Carmelite charism of prayer, community and service, we join
Received members: Dianne Johnson and Paula Plummer
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Third Order Franciscans Make Profession Deanna Mulrooney, Mary Hines and Deacon John DeStazio make profession into the Secular Franciscan Order (Third Order Franciscans) at Assisi Heights Lourdes Chapel on May 28, 2015. Father Pratap Salibindla, OFM, presided at Mass. Congratulations to the newest members! If you are or know someone who may be interested in becoming part of the Secular Franciscan Order, please contact Greg Brunn, Formation Director at 507-261-3635. They meet twice a month at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Rochester.
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RSC Summer Institute
by: Emily Pearson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Rochester Catholic Schools hosted the second annual RCS Summer Institute on August 10 and 11. This was a professional development opportunity, at no charge to the participants, for all faculty and staff in the Diocese of Winona! Teachers, administrators, substitutes, and support staff came together to learn from and with one another. Most of the classes were taught by our very own talented teachers, and several outside experts were also brought in to help our teachers and staff learn and grow. One of the highlights of the Summer Institute was having the opportunity to learn from Sr. Paul Mary Rittgers, RSM and Sr. Mary Elisha Glady, RSM. Over 30 classes were offered over two days and we had over 130 participants. Session topics included:
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Math from a Catholic Worldview Flipping Your Classroom Lectio Divina Using Technology in Music Classrooms Being a Leader in a Catholic School: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators Alike w iMovie in the Classroom w Motivation: It's Important for the Teacher, too! w Online Assessment: Google Forms for Quizzes w Google Classroom w Catholic Education and Critical Pedagogy w Reading Strategies for Content Area Teachers. w Assessing Student Work with Google Tools: Flubaroo, Goobric, and Pear Deck RCS Summer Institute was optional for faculty and staff. Participants selected which and how many classes they wished to attend. We presented it as “choose your own professional development.” This completely customizable professional development helped teachers grow to meet their individual needs, rather than a onesize-fits-all style of more traditional professional development experiences. The participants at Summer Institute were engaged and left feeling inspired for the school year. We received feedback: w “This class was great! I always enjoy her classes because she is fun and relatable. I always leave her class with great ideas and motivation to start up a new year. Thank you so much & I look forward to next year!” w “Great user friendly ideas that will be applicable to my grade w w w w w
This group of social studies teachers from across the Diocese of Winona have been working all week under the direction of Dr. Thomas Doyle from Notre Dame University's ACE Collaborative to learn best practices in curriculum and instruction. Last year, they spent a week aligning the curriculum across the Diocese and raising the academic rigor to align with new state and national standards and increase academic excellence in our Catholic schools. This year, teachers planned units and created tests and performance assessments to better challenge all students.
level. Also fit very well with the direction our curriculum is headed.” w “I appreciated the clear, meaningful review and presentation of what the different pieces of data were and what they mean to us in planning for the instruction to meet the needs of each student.” At the end of the two days, participants left RCS Summer Institute with new ideas, new strategies, and new connections to other teachers and staff in the Diocese of Winona.
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Schools Snapshots Students bring statue of St. Peter to Hok ah.
K-2 social studies representatives working on assessments. ed Mass Fr. Fogel celebrat curriculum on the final day of training. September, 2015 w The Courier
3-6 social studies representativ Marnie Leif, Wendy Dibert, and es, Schulze working on assessme Pat nts.
The students at St. Peter's School in Hoka h were excited to help with the re novation of their church. They notic ed there was not a statue of their patron saint in th e church, so they ra ised over $3400 to buy a beautiful ne w statue of Saint Peter from Italy. Here, in the phot o, Mariah and Ow en Von Arx show it off. It stands in the new statuary made from the old confessional.
Extending Christ’s Care: Catholic Charities Counseling Services
Catholic Charities can be thought of as the social service arm of the Diocese of Winona. Our mission is to serve people in need, especially the poor and marginalized, without regard to race, age, faith tradition, or ability to pay. The Catholic Charities counseling program is one of the avenues through which we live out that mission. Counseling services are offered from one end of the diocese to the other, through offices in Winona, Rochester, Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Mankato, and Worthington. What kind of situations might lead people to come in for counseling? These are as varied as life itself, but often fall into one of three broad categories: • People come in for counseling for healing in growth in their marriages and family relationships. Usually people have been trying to improve family life for some time before they try counseling, but are feeling stuck and discouraged. Caring, professional input can help them restore love and care into family life. • People come into counseling to help them cope with painful life situations. Sometimes dealing with a major loss, like the death of a loved one or an unwanted divorce, can feel overwhelming. People sometimes feel overwhelmed by the demands of their life situation, like managing work and parenting, or caring for aging parents. Many of us are blessed with supportive families and friends to offer support, but sometimes that is
not enough. Counseling can provide added help. Sadly, there are others of us who do not have these kind of supportive relationships to help them when going through a hard time. When I was working at a Catholic Charities office in Pennsylvania years ago, a man told me that when I shook his hand in the lobby to welcome him for his session, it was the only touch he experienced all week. It is easy for those of us blessed with caring support networks to forget that others are facing a difficult hardship entirely alone. Counseling sometimes adds needed support while a person builds that support into his or her life through personal relationships and other sources of support, like a faith community. • People come to counseling for help dealing with distress and life problems caused by mental health concerns. Just as some of us are born with a vulnerability to physical health conditions, like heart problems or diabetes, others are born with a vulnerability to painful mental health concerns like depression or anxiety. In addition, sometimes people develop these problems through hurts and stresses in life, or because of a traumatic event. Catholic Charities counselors are trained to help people develop skills and practices that can help reduce the hurt and enhance wellness. Many people who choose to come to Catholic Charities for
by: John T. McGuire, MSW, LICSW Clinical Social Worker Catholic Charities Rochester Office
counseling, both Catholics and nonCatholics, have told us they do so because they know their faith will be respected and valued. For those who want to incorporate their faith into counseling, many of the practices we teach that nourish healing and wellness - the daily practice of gratitude, to cite just one example - can be deepened by adding a prayerful dimension. Through our counseling program, we strive to extend the love and care of Christ to everyone we serve. Jesus promised us that “Blessed are those who
mourn; they shall be comforted.” For those who come to use Catholic Charities counseling services hurting for any reason, our mission, in the name of the Catholic community, is to help fulfill that promise.
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About 30 people attended the Serra Club Mass and picnic with Bishop John M. Quinn. It was held at St. Mary's parish on June 30. Bishop Quinn concelebrated the Mass with Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and Vicar General, Msgr. Richard Colletti,
and Fr. James Berning, pastor of St. Mary's. The very beautiful Mass was offered in memory of Linda Bass, one of our members who recently passed away. After the Mass we all gathered in the lovely backyard of the church and rectory of St. Mary's Church. Baked chicken was catered, but salads, side dishes and desserts were provided by the members themselves, A fine time was had by all and the weather was beautiful. September, 2015 w The Courier
Conversion Leads Lewiston Man to a Life of Service in the Mission of Vanuatu Diocesan Aid Reaches the Shores of the Island Tanna in Port-Vila, Vanuatu
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Our God works in beautiful ways to touch and transform our lives if we would only open our hearts to Him. Bob Siebenaler is a member of St. Rose of Lima’s parish in Lewiston. He is a missionary, but that wasn’t always his life. Bob says, “I’m an alcoholic and the good Lord and the Blessed Mother gave me the gift of sobriety before I turned 50. And when you do know that the Blessed Mother and Jesus have blessed you with this, then you want to give back.” After this blessing, he struggled for a few years asking why God would do this and wondering “what do You want of me?” Mr. Siebenaler had been away from the Catholic Church since the “Vietnam days,” as he says. He thought God had left him and didn’t care. Part of the miracle of his conversion was when his wife was sick. And he asked, “Lord, you have to help me.” Nothing was working and it was easier to drink and forget about it. God woke Bob up to realize, “enough playing around; you have to get to work.” He said, “I happened to be sober one evening and took a little walk and ended up past the Church. I hadn’t been in there in a long time. And a little voice said, ‘why don’t you stop in?’ And I did. The light was there and I said ‘okay, what can You do?’ … I said ‘You’ve left me with nothing’ and I went back to Vietnam and childhood blaming (Him for) all these things.” Yet, then he said “okay, fine. If there is a God, you help me with my wife.” About a week later, he took a walk again and saw the church and thought “ugh! Why don’t I walk a different way?” On the way back, it started sprinkling. Bob ducked into the church just to get out of the rain. Yet, this time it felt different. He asked God to help get his wife to agree to go to a doctor. That night his wife asked him to drive her to the emergency room to get help. He realized that God had intervened. A few weeks later, he said, “if You can do that, you can take my drinking away from me.” The next time he went to buy alcohol, it all tasted awful to him. When he tried to drink a beer, he couldn’t swallow it; it just foamed out of his mouth. He thought maybe he was getting sick. But then he thought, "fine, I just won’t drink." He realized later that God had healed him. He began little by little to go back to church. He said to Mary, “if you take these things, and Msgr. Jean-Bosco Baremes, SM accepts the gift of solidarity help me, I dedifrom the Diocese of Winona by the hands of Mr. Robert cate myself to Siebenaler. This gift is greatly needed to help rebuild the you.” After he Church and homes that were destroyed by the cyclone. started going back to St. Rose, he got The Courier in the mail. Then he saw a small ad that said, “Do you like tropical heat? Do you want to work for nothing? Do you have any skills? Call this number.” This was in the year 2000 and Bishop Harrington visited a friend in Australia and suggested a missionary diocese for the Diocese of Winona. The Diocese of Post-Vila in the country Vanuatu is a series of islands 1000 miles from Australia. Bishop Harrington took a group from our diocese to check it out. It is a hard place to live. Everyone except Bob never wanted to go back. Yet, Bob knew this was his calling. This is a third world country. They live in huts; they don’t have electricity, no running water, no vehicles, no money. The measure of a man is how well he keeps his Many parishes throughout the garden, because diocese are committed to offer that’s what he consolation to the Heart of Christ feeds his family through a Mass of Reparation. on for the rest Please go online to of the year. Our diocese gave a dowcourier.org to see the lot of money to complete Mass list. help the Diocese
The cyclone caused extesnive damage to the church as well.
of Port-Vila. We’ve also helped build four houses on the ocean that the Diocese of Port-Vila could rent out to diplomats to help the diocese get an income as well. Bob has worked in Vanuatu to help in many ways. He taught them how to handle the money, build wells, fix stoves, anything they needed him to do. When the hurricane hit last Spring it destroyed everything. Their homes were gone; their schools and trees got tossed into the ocean. There used to always be something Bob could do, “but this time it was horrid. This time everything is shot. Everything is broke; everything is ruined. And everything is gone.” The people were living under tarps, out in the open or under a piece of their house. The roads were impassible and there is no road repair. Bob realized he had to just do the little he could do. He couldn’t go to the islands because it was too close to when the cyclone had hit. Bob said that there are five levels that need to be taken care of after a disaster: water, food, clothing, temporary shelter and restructuring. At that point they were only on number two. But every little bit helps. When asked what he would like people to know, besides just sharing the story of Vanuatu, Bob said, “Pray for me and my family and my mission, but you have a mission in Winona, Lewiston, Winona county, state of Minnesota, United States, the world. You do not have to go half-way around the world. This is what God wants me to do, but you can do missionary work in your own family, in your own community. It’s all around us: people hurting. Step out of your comfort zone. If you can be warm and your belly is full, you need to quit complaining and make sure everybody around you has the same warmth and the same full stomach. You have to die to live again.” Bob also went through a horrendous truck accident just south of Winona. A driver committed suicide by ramming into him. Bob said it was a miracle that he escaped: “there was a blue ramp that helped me escape out of the truck and the flames were just horrid.” A priest friend later told him that was the Blessed Mother guiding him to safety. He said, “the bishop of Vanuatu, my best friend, my confidant, my spiritual advisor, who died a few years ago was in that truck and said ‘Bob, you go now!’ and I rolled through 30 feet of fire … they wouldn’t let me get in the ambulance because the smell of diesel was so horrid; I was soaked in diesel. Not a hair on my body. It’s a miracle.” He attributes this miracle of escaping the truck, being soaked in diesel, rolling through 30 feet of fire and not being burnt, to Our Blessed Mother. To give financial aid to Vanuatu, please send it to the Diocese of Winona. Bob is available to speak about conversion, miracles, and mission. You can contact him at 507-254-6033.
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The damage from the cyclone was extensive. This was a school.
Vocations are About Quality, not Quantity
By: Ann Schneible, Vatican City, Apr 14, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Wellformed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in an address to religious formators on Saturday at the Vatican. “There is not a vocations crisis where there are consecrated people able to transmit the beauty of consecration with their own witness,” the pontiff said, according to Vatican Radio's translation. Even in the midst of declining numbers in some religious communities, the Pope said formation – rather than recruitment – should nonetheless take priority. “It is necessary to be lovingly attentive to the path of each and to be evangelically demanding in every phase of the path of formation,” he said, “beginning with vocational discernment, so that the eventual crisis of 'quantity' might not determine the much graver crisis of 'quality.'” A religious sister at the Beatification of Sister Miriam Teresa Pope Francis spoke to a gathering of Demjanovich at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 4, 2014. Credit Jeffrey Bruno via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). some 1,300 formators who were in Rome Apr. 7-11 for a five-day conference on the theme: “Living in Christ according to the way of Life of the Gospel,” an event put on by the Congregation for Consecrated Life and people, he added, have the “privilege to important to form those for the mission, form the participate in the work of the Father who forms passion of proclamation, the passion for going Societies of Apostolic Life. Although Pope Francis recently announced the heart of the Son in those whom the Spirit has wherever, in every periphery, to tell everyone about the love of Jesus Christ, especially to those the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Year of called.” “In each of you I see our young people, far from the Church, to the little ones, and to the Consecrated Life is still going strong. It began Nov. protagonists of the present living with passion, poor, and let ourselves be evangelized by them.” “All this requires a solid base, a Christian and promoters of a future animated by hope. structure of one’s personality that today families Young people who, moved by the love of God, Rev. Will Thompson search for the path they are to take in their own rarely know how to give,” he added. “And this Director increases your responsibility.” lives in the church.” firstname.lastname@example.org The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated He urged formators to be true mothers and fathers to those under their guidance. Formators Life and Societies of Apostolic Life issued a should possess “a great heart for the young, statement, signed by the Prefect of the to form in them great hearts, able to receive Congregation, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, on everyone, hearts rich in mercy, full of tenderness.” Apr. 13 following the conclusion of the five-day 30, the first Sunday of Advent, and will conclude “The young must be formed in humble and conference. Feb. 2, 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of In the message, translated by Vatican Radio, intelligent freedom to let himself be educated by Jesus. Cardinal Aviz stressed the essential role of those God the Father every day of their life, at every Pope Francis expressed particular affection responsible for the formation of young religious age, both in the mission and in fraternity, both in for the young people under the care of those men and women. responsible for their formation in the religious life, action and in contemplation,” he said. “The Church loves you, appreciates you, and During the audience, Pope Francis also and stressed the importance of this ministry. “Consecrated life is beautiful. It is one of the warned against the temptation of feeling that prays for you: without your service consecrated most precious treasures of the Church, rooted in their task as formators is a burden insofar as it life could not exist.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francistakes away from other duties. the vocation of baptism,” the pontiff said. vocations-are-about-quality-not-quantity-20907/ “The mission is important, but it is also Those responsible for the formation of young
Sr. Zoa Braunwarth
Sister Zoa Braunwarth, 91, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, Minnesota, died at Assisi Heights Sunday, August 2, 2015. Jane Esther Braunwarth was born December 1, 1923, in Minneapolis, to Joseph & Esther (Ottinger) Braunwarth. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1953, from Saint Joseph Parish, Waconia, Minnesota. Sister Zoa made first vows in 1955, and Perpetual Vows in 1958. In 1969, she
received a Certification in Religious Education from the College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Nebraska, and in 1971, a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota. Sr. Zoa taught elementary students at St. Priscilla School, Chicago (19551960), and at St. Peter School, Delano, Minnesota (1960-1961). After 6 years, Sr. Zoa worked in religious education and pastoral ministry: Hayfield, Minnesota (1961-1965), St. Patrick’s
Parish, Edina, Minnesota (1965-1972), and St. Theodore Parish, Albert Lea, Minnesota (1974-1976). From 1972-1974, Sr. Zoa served as Director of Novices for the Sisters of St. Francis. Additional ministries included serving as a House Parent and Religious Education Coordinator at the State School for the Deaf in Faribault, Minnesota (19761977); Family Centered Coordinator at St. William Parish, Fridley, Minnesota (1978-1985); and Pastoral Associate and Adult
Education Coordinator at St. Peter Parish, Mendota, Minnesota (1985-1993). In her retirement, Sister Zoa was actively committed to Social Justice concerns. Sr. Zoa is survived by her religious Congregation with whom she shared 62 years; a brother, George (Carol) Braunwarth of Waconia, MN; a sister, Mary Myra Johnson of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, & several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Helen Mack and Barbara Brinkman. September, 2015 w The Courier
Religious Life: The Vow of Poverty By: Sister Mary Elisha Glady, RSM
Poverty constitutes one of the Evangelical Counsels that all religious live. Like the other Evangelical Counsels, by the vow of poverty a religious man or woman seeks to imitate Christ more closely. Religious poverty includes giving up personal possessions and being materially poor. In Matthew 19:21, Jesus tells the rich young man, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you possess, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” Jesus links beatitude, the happiness of eternal life with God, to freely giving of the gifts God has given one; He does not link eternal happiness to having material possessions. In the apostolic exhortation Redemptionis Donum, St. John Paul II writes, “The rich person is not the one who possesses but the one who ‘gives,’ the one who is capable of giving” (5). The gift of oneself can go beyond material possessions to include the giving of one’s time and talents, and the vow of poverty includes this type of giving as well. By giving of oneself, a religious lives poverty in imitation of Jesus. As St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 8, “though [Jesus Christ] was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” Furthermore, as Jesus points out to the rich young man, the giving up of one’s possessions frees a person to be able to follow Christ. In religious life, having fewer possessions to take care of can free up time and remove other obstacles to divine worship and charity (Lumen Gentium, 44). As noted in Luke 16:13, “you cannot serve both God and mammon [riches or material
wealth].” So, giving up of material goods allows one to receive the spiritual goods that come through a relationship with Jesus and growing in charity. A religious living the vow of poverty gives witness to the world of the primacy of God. This importance of being a witness is emphasized in Essential Elements in the Church’s Teaching on Religious Life which cites Canon 669 of the Code of Canon Law in emphasizing that we as Religious Sr. Paul Mary “should wear the Rittgers, R.S.M. religious habit Director of the institute, email@example.com described in their proper law, as a sign of consecration and a witness of poverty” (EE 34, §37). A religious is willing to forsake material goods for the good of their relationship with God. As Vita Consecrata notes, “Poverty proclaims that God is man’s only real treasure” (21). Furthermore, having fewer materials means a religious must rely on God to provide for his or her needs. This witnesses to a trust in God as a loving Father who knows how to give good gifts and will provide for one’s needs. Living as one who “knows what it is to stand in need before God,” (Essential Elements, 35), a religious is then equipped to compassionately serve other members in the body of Christ who are in need.
Diocese Renews Consecration to Mary
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Zélie Martin – a Saint for Every Woman
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St. Therese of Lisieux’ parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, are to be canonized this fall. Though this is only just now occurring, the hint of their holiness was shown when Pope Pius XI gave to the Universal Church the Office and Mass of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus on July 13th, the marriage anniversary of her parents. A Saint rises from a holy family; a holy family rises from a holy marriage. And in this marriage, I would like to introduce you a bit more intimately to dear Zélie Martin. She is a marvelous woman of love, wit, humor and charm. My hope is that you will find just enough here to tease you into reading The Story of a Family by Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat (most of the quotes here are from this book). Zélie knew the challenges of being a woman and the love, joy and pains of motherhood. St. Thérèse was only four years old when her mother died, but Zélie’s motherhood to Thérèse’ older sisters and the faith that she breathed into the family extended through them to this youngest soul. Many mothers could relate to the heart-filled love of Zélie as she writes to her sister during her pregnancy with Thérèse: “I love children to the point of folly; I was born to have them!” She was forty-one at the time and we can feel her love and still her humor when she says, “it will soon be time for this all to end … I am at an age where I should be a grandmother!” Zelie’s motherhood was not all joy. This is a woman who gave four of her nine children back to God. Two sons died in infancy, one daughter after a few months and one daughter at five years old. The daughter who was five years old, Hélène, died suddenly after only a few days of illness. Zélie recounted her death, “I was looking at her sadly. Her eyes were dull, there was no more life in her, and I began to cry. Then she put her little arms round me and did her best to comfort Theresa Martin me. All day, she kept Associate Editor saying, ‘My poor little firstname.lastname@example.org mother has been crying.’ I sat up with her and she had a very bad night … Then about a quarter to ten, she said to me; ‘Yes, I shall soon be well again … yes, very soon…’ and at that moment, her little head fell on my shoulder, her eyes closed and five minutes later, she was dead … Neither I nor my husband expected this sudden end. When he came in, and saw his poor little daughter dead, he burst out sobbing, and crying: ‘My little Hélène!’ Then we offered her to God together…” The daughter she lost (just before Thérèse) was neglected by the woman who was supposed to nurse her. She took the Martins’ money, but didn’t nurse the child. Just less than two months, they found out and looked for another nurse
(because Zélie was unable to breastfeed, she died of what they later believed was breast cancer). But the baby got sick and Zélie was heartbroken once more. “I am utterly desolate. I so loved this child. At each new bereavement I seem always to love the one I lose more than the others, She was as pretty as a flower, and then I looked after her all by myself. Oh, I wish I could die also! I am utterly worn out these last two days. I have eaten practically nothing and been up all night in mortal anguish.” She poured more love into the children that she still had and was affectionately dedicated to her husband. When she was away from him for a time, she wrote, “I long to be with you, Louis dear. I love you with all my heart, and I feel my affection doubled by being deprived of your company. I could not live apart from you…I embrace you as I love you. The little girls wish me to tell you that they are enjoying themselves at Lisieux and send you a big hug.” Louis, who did not particularly like letter writing, would still respond in kind, “I had the happiness to communicate at Our Lady of Victories, which is like a little Heaven on earth. I put up a candle for all the family intentions. I kiss you all lovingly, while awaiting the pleasure of being with you again, I hope Marie and Pauline are very good! Your husband and true friend who loves you forever.” Zélie delighted in her little Thérèse; she would remark about all the curious things this little stubborn one did: “This morning Thérèse told me she wanted to go to heaven and that, therefore, she would always be as good as a little angel.” She also saw Thérèse’ future before she died, “ ‘You will have no trouble in bringing up Thérèse,’ she confides to the elder girls, ‘She is so highly gifted, hers is a choice nature.’ … ‘She will be good; you can see the seed there already. She talks of nothing but God; she would not miss her prayers for anything in Madonna Summit of Byron the world.” opening in 2016 This is a woman who will be our great advocate in heaven and I rejoice that she will be recognized as a Saint! I hope you can get a chance to read more about her and as you do, I am certain you will find a kindred spirit. What a wonderful Saint for our time! And so ready to help those who suffer a wound in their hearts.
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In the Diocese
Our Lady of Good Human Trafficking Counsel: Mary Garden Blessing Human Trafficking - the exploitation of women and children for prostitution, was the topic of the program at the Annual Salad Supper August 12, at St. Gabriel's Church, Fulda.
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On Sunday July 5, 2015. Father Beerman blessed the Mary Garden that has been planted at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wilmont.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Hosts Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run The five Rochester conferences of Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a nonprofit organization that helps those living in poverty, will sponsor the 2nd Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on Sept. 26, to benefit the poor in our community. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 1600 11th Ave SE, with a rest stop at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1114 3rd St SE, before returning to the starting point. St. Michael’s conference of SVdP in Owatonna will also host their 1st Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on Sept. 26. Their walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Dratt’s Park. Over $10,000.00 was raised from last year’s walk. We have a goal to double that amount this year! All proceeds and donations from the event will directly benefit the people in the Rochester and Owatonna areas served by SVdP, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event. Anyone interested in learning more, participating, or making a pledge can visit https://www.svdpusa.net/fop/. Participants also can make an online pledge. Every day, the local SVdP in Rochester and Owatonna (and all around the world) is helping individuals and families in our own community. SVdP volunteers work with families to provide help such as emergency food, keeping the lights on, and avoiding eviction. These volunteers continuously work, through God’s divine love, to provide both individuals and families with assistance regardless of their religion, race, or national origin. Recently, Bishop Quinn, as National September, 2015 w The Courier
Casie Bangasser, Director of Ministries Pastor at Victory Christian Church, Balaton, MN, was the featured speaker. She told of her first hand experiences as a college student who traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, to learn about this situation and to help these women through the NightLight Foundation. In 2014, she went back to Bangkok leading a delegation of American women to offer intervention to sexually exploited women, to enable them to discover their God-given dignity and to provide alternative employment for these women through the NightLight operated jewelry makCasie Bangasser, Director of Ministries ing business. Casie is Pastor at Victory Christian Church, available to speak at Balaton, MN, was the featured speaker. local venues by calling her at 507-626-1497. The web site for more info is: www.nightlightinternational.com
Chaplain of the Society, encourgaged invidiual parishes to form SVdP conferences so that the needs of the poor and disadvantaged are attended to with loving care and concern. One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org) is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 150 countries on five continents. With Visit the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Donegal membership in the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock United States totals Shrine at Ballymoe more than 150,000 in Join me for a special tour as we celebrate the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy in the (Birthplace of Fr. Flanagan 4,400 communities. In Founder of Boys Town) 2013, SVdP provided more than $795 Connemara million in tangible Galway and in-kind services Cliffs of Moher to those in need, made more than 1.7 $3099 R/T - Chicago $3299 R/T - Omaha Ring of Kerry million personal visits • At this price, this trip will fill up fast • Killarney (homes, hospitals Includes daily Mass, most meals, roundtrip air, First Class Hotels, Blarney Castle and prisons), and daily tours, transfers, all admission fees, porterage, hotel taxes, helped approximately service charges, govt. taxes and airline imposed surcharges. Cashel 11 million people. For Enjoy the great hospitality of the Irish people who share Dublin more info on the walk their zest for life, their beautiful country and history. or forming your own Best of Northern Ireland Father John Vakulskas Jr conference, please Belfast PO Box 347 email Marty Cormack Downpatrick Okoboji, IA 51355 in Rochester at: (712) 490-8047 or email@example.com martycormack@svdpDerry rochmn.org.
Emerald Isle of Ireland April 18 - 28, 2016
Building One Home at a Time
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas across the state of Minnesota are helping build Habitat For Humanity Homes, one home at a time. There are 29 courts across Minnesota. Each year in October, the Catholic Daughters distribute Gummi Bears for a monetary donation throughout their communities. Thus, a funding grant is made possible. Funds collected each year will be used for building a home the next year in Minnesota. This is an ongoing yearly project by the courts of Minnesota. This year the $10,000.00 grant was awarded to Court Winona #191 and is the 15th home for the Catholic Daughters in Minnesota. The new home in Winona is being built on Minnesota Street for a
mother and her son. On August 1st, a work day was scheduled for the Catholic Daughters, and sixteen individuals assisted with the building from the following courts: Court Plainview, Court Caledonia, Court Mazeppa/Bellechester, Court St.
Charles and Court Winona. Also helping was a grandson who just finished his tour of duty in the military, spouses, children and friends. Workers applied siding to the home, chip board to the garage and painted siding. They also painted the inside trim
which will be used around the windows and doors. One member of Court Winona who is 80 years old, loves working on the Habitat Homes and was so excited about being able to trade the paint brush for a hammer. Court Caledonia presented a check to Habitat from their court which was the proceeds from a cookout that they had for this home. A special thank you to all who support our Gummi Bear campaign so that we can build another Catholic Daughter Habitat Home in Minnesota.
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submitted by: Irene Mulyck, Minnesota Catholic Daughters Publicity/ Website Chairperson Court Winona #191
Council of Catholic Women Convention submitted by: WDCCW President Cindy Meling Donna Sanders will be the keynote speaker at the Winona Diocese CCW convention. Donna is currently serving on the National CCW “Catholic Woman” magazine Advisory Board Committee and as the New Ulm CCW Newsletter Editor. She served on the NCCW Board of Directors for eight years as past NCCW Region 1 Vice President, NCCW Organization Commission Chair, President of the Associates of NCCW and St. Paul /Mpls Province Director. Donna has also served in various CCW positions in her own diocese and parish along with serving on several Diocesan committees. Before enjoying retirement, Donna worked for many years in the educational field and business world. Donna is married, mother and grandmother of five wonderful granddaughters. Donna and her husband are members of St. Mary’s Parish and reside in the small community of Cottonwood in rural Southwest Minnesota. Shirley Nowak will also be
presenting at 1 pm on leadership. Shirley lives on a farm north of Silver Lake. She has worked in retail and County government; she was the first women County commissioner elected in McLeod County. She is the Business Administrator for the Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake. Shirley has held many positions in Council: parish president, reverence for life commission, Diocesan President and Province Director, just to name a few. Shirley says “Every time a new opportunity knocks on my door, I see Christ knocking and asking me to spread the gospel news through my work in Council. My work in Council helps me live out my baptismal responsibility through prayer, study and service.” We are the voice for so many less fortunate than us. Our programs serve the poor, the elderly, the unborn and the forgotten. Both Donna and Shirley have a love of Council and will show us this love in their presentations during the day. "Living and Sharing the Joy of Jesus" and during the leadership workshop they will "Be the Voice of Catholic Women." Hurry and register!
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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. Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty The monthly Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom in Winona will be held on the first Saturday of the month so those who take part in the Saturday Devotions can join us for the Holy Hour. Please join us September 5, at 8:30 a.m. (after the 8 a.m. Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and a beautiful rosary will be offered, along with prayer and reflection. Gather in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Prayer Vigil and Public Witness Against Abortion Semcac Clinic is a delegate of Planned Parenthood – the nation's leading abortion provider. Please consider joining a local group from 3-4 p.m. each Tuesday in front of Semcac at 62 E 3rd Street in Winona for an hour of prayer. Contact: Patti Woodworth at (507) 429-4636.
Parish Events Immaculate Heart of Mary, Currie IHM Fall Festival dinner on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu includes, turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, salad and pie. Carry-outs available. Handicapped assessable. Country store (crafts and garden produce). St. Ann, Janesville is holding their annual Fall Festival Sat., Sept. 12 Sun., Sept. 13. Golf tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. at Janesville’s Prairie Ridge Golf Course. Saturday: Mass at 4 p.m. followed by Chili/Soup All You Can Eat Supper for $5. Cash Bingo at 6 p.m. Sunday: Mass 10 a.m., Turkey dinner from 11 - 12:30, $12 & $7. Auction starts at 1 p.m. There are Games and a Bounce House for the kids and a Beer Garden for the adults. St. John, Johnsburg Annual Fall Dinner! New Menu and New Time! Serving grilled pork chops, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, dinner roll, pickles and pie! Sunday, September 13, serving from noon – 3:30 p.m. Adults & Takeout Meals - $10; Ages 5 to 12 - $5; Ages 4 & under - free.
St. Ignatius, Spring Valley 40th Annual Fall Festival Sun., Sept. 13. Barbecued chicken dinner 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., includes baked potato, cole slaw, roll, coffee. $10 ½ chicken, $8 ¼ chicken. Silent auction bidding, 11 - 1:30. Many items, including a handmade oak cedar chest. Wine basket raffle, $1 per ticket. Need not be present to win. Games for the kids. St. Aloysius Church, Elba Fall Festival on Sun., Sept. 13. Activities will begin with Mass at 10 am at the St.Aloysius cemetery (rain or shine). The new wall construction will be dedicated during Mass. Roast Beef Dinner with fixings & cake and ice cream will be served from 11 a.m. until gone. Farmers Market/Bake Sale, Cash raffle, Silent Auction & Children’s raffle. Please join us! St. Joseph, Jasper will have their Chicken Supper on Sun., Sept. 13, at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Jasper. The supper will be served from 4:00 to 6:30. Enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, cole slaw, buns, pies, desserts and beverage. Adults: $9, Children, ages 5-12: $3. St. Anthony, Lismore Fall Bazaar & Auction on Sun., Sept. 13. Roast beef dinner served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be a Live Auction featuring crafts, wood products, processed meat etc. beginning at 1:30. Big Ticket, Baked items, Country Store, & fun for the whole family with Children & Adult games. Hot dogs & Coney dogs will be available after the Auction. Matching Grant Provided by: Catholic United Financial, Contact: Sara Bartosh: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-5686670. St. Mary, Houston Annual Fall Chicken Dinner. Sunday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. ½ Chicken $9. ¼ Chicken $8. Carry-outs available. Raffle Ticket for Cash Prizes & Hand-Crafted Walnut Vase now available. St. Adrian, Adrian will host its annual fall dinner on Sun., Sept. 20, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Adults - $8, Ages 6-12 - $4, Ages 2-5 $2. Come join us for a delicious dinner of roast beef, REAL mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, coleslaw, buns, pies & desserts, and beverages. Big Ticket Drawings!
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Hispanic Priests/Sacerdotes Hispanos: Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas: Capellán del Decanato de Worthington. email@example.com Padre Octavio Cortez IVE: Vicario Parroquial de “Ss. Peter and Paul” en Mankato Tel. 507-341-0403 Tel. 507-388-2995 Padre José Morales: Capellán del Decanato de Padre Raul Silva: Pastor de "Queen of Angels" Rochester. firstname.lastname@example.org en Austin, "Our Lady of Loretto" en Brownsdale, Tel. 507-329-2931 “All Saints” en New Richland, “St. Aidan” en Ellendale, “St. Mary” en Geneva. padreraulsilva@ Padre Mariano Varela IVE: Párroco de “SS. gmail.com Peter and Paul” en Mankato. mvarela@ hickorytech.net Tel. 507-388-2995 ext 103
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Spanish Mass Schedule
St. Charles & nearby
Albert Lea, St. Theodore, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday.
Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m., every Sunday.
Austin, Queen of Angels, Spanish Mass at 11 a.m & 5 p.m. Sunday.
Owatonna, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m. every Sunday.
Dodge Center, St. John Baptist de La Salle, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday.
Pipestone, St. Leo, Spanish Mass, 2:30 p.m., every Sunday
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**Need not be present to win** Fish Pond for the kids, Country Store, Raffle Tickets for many items! Don't miss it! Holy Redeemer, Eyota will have their Fall Festival on Sunday, September 20. Polka Mass at 10 a.m., BBQ Chicken Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other events include big ticket raffle, arms length raffle, farmer's market, bake sale, and children's activities. St. Francis de Sales, Claremont Annual Fall Bazaar and Turkey Dinner on Sunday Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mass at 10 a.m. Features a cake walk, bake sale, fresh produce, silent auction and kids' games. Turkey dinner is served family style and includes turkey and all the trimmings, pie and beverage. $10 for those 11 & older and $5 ages 4 through 10. Children younger than 4: free. Take outs available. St. Felix, Wabasha On Sunday, September 20, St. Felix Church & School will be holding their annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the St. Felix Auditorium and School Grounds in Wabasha. The day will feature fresh homemade donuts, grilled chicken dinners, the farm store, general and specialty auctions, bingo, hoop shoot, a bounce house, kids games, and so much more. Join us for food, fun and friendship. All proceeds go to St. Felix School. For more information call 651-565-4446. Sacred Heart, Waseca Fall Festival Sept 18 - 20! Friday: Fish Fry 5 - 7 p.m. Auction at 6 p.m. Games and much more. Saturday: Bingo, Dance, Auction, Book Fair, Polka Mass: 5:15 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 - 7 p.m. and much more! Sunday: Carnival 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pork Chop Dinner 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bingo, Games, Auction and more! Ss. Peter & Paul, Mazeppa Fall Bazaar Sun., Sept. 20, Ham & Turkey Dinner 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Adults $12, Children 5-10 - $5, 4 & under - $1. Bingo, Raffle, Country Store, and Children’s Games. St. John Vianney, Fairmont Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 27. Mass at 10 a.m. Festival at the school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults: $10 or $12 at the door. Children ages 4-10 $5.50, cont'd on next page
Lake City, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 6:30 p.m., every third Saturday.
Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi, Spanish Mass, 12 noon, every Sunday.
Madelia, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 10 a.m., 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.
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“Natural and Human Ecology: A panel discussion on Laudato Si”, St. Paul Hosted by Minnesota Catholic Conference, Catholic Rural Life, and the University of St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies, on Wed. Sept 9, from 9 – 11:30 a.m., at the University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105—Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall). Join the Catholic bishops of Minnesota to delve into some of the encyclical’s themes and to consider ways in which Minnesota Catholics can put them into practice within our families, parishes, and SUBMISSION for the calendar broader communities. Event is FREE – RSVP at https://mcc-laudato-si.eventPlease note: submission deadline brite.com. RSVP is requested for seatis the 10th of the month prior to the ing, but is not required to attend. Light month of publication. All submissions refreshments will be available. Visit must be sent electronically on our webhttp://www.mncc.org/ and click on site: www.dowcourier.org “Events,” or call 651-227-8777 for more or by emailing: Courier@dow.org information. and by the deadline in order to assure Jeff Cavins Visits Dubuque, IA receipt and possible inclusion in the Events Calendar. at Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA, on September 11 & 12. Jeff will be We thank you for understanding that due to space limitations, giving his conversion story on Friday, not all events nor story submissions will fit; however, we strive to Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., no charge. Sat. Sept. include as many as possible. Thank you! - Courier Staff 12: The Bible Timeline Seminar which he developed. Registration 8-9 a.m. Cost $40 (includes lunch) before 8/30. After the Canadian Honker, Cinnamon rolls/coffee, Vietnamese Egg rolls, Tamales and other great 8/31, $50. Register online: citywidebiblestudy. Mexican food, Big Ticket Raffle & Stretch Raffle, com or call Dick Bergeson 563-451-2939 or email: Silent Auction, Children’s Games, Entertainment, firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate SSND’S 150 Years in Mankato Wine Ring Toss, and more! For more info, contact the Parish Center office at (507) 288-7313, or check The public is invited to help celebrate the 150th year since the arrival of School Sisters of Notre out www.stfrancis-church.org. Dame in Mankato with a Celebration of Prayer Immaculate Conception, Kellogg Annual family style chicken and ham dinner on and Music at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 170 Good Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Big Ticket Raffle, Counsel Drive, Mankato. A reception with refreshments will follow the free concert. In addiBake Sale, & more! tion, there will be choral and instrumental music. St. Peter's Church in Hokah Annual Roast Beef Dinner with Homemade It also will incorporate the message of the Year Dressing, October 10 from 4 - 8 p.m. Come join us! of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis in 2013. For more information, please call Mike St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rochester will be holding their annual Fall Festival on Lagerquist, SSND Communications Manager, at Sunday, October 11 from 11:30 – 3 p.m. at St. Pius 507-389-4233 or e-mail email@example.com. X School Cafeteria and Gym. The day will feature Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, Aquinas High School, Campbell Theater, LaCrosse, WI a parish dinner, silent auction, chidren's games, concessions, raffles, prizes and so much more! Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, the moving, New events this year: The Mystery Purse, Baker's live production performed by actress Maria Vargo Cart and Grocery Cart, all sponsored by Catholic and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke United Financial. For more information call 507- Productions, will be presented at Aquinas High School, Campbell Theater on Tuesday, September 288-8238. 22, and Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. St. Mary, Geneva On November 1, please join St. Mary's for a Soup The events are sponsored by St. Patrick Parish. and Pie Fundraiser. Serving four kinds of soup and a variety of homemade pies. Free will donation. Located 2 miles north of Maple Island on County Road 30. Or from Geneva, 5 miles east on County Road 35, turn south on County road 30 for 1 mile. Call 507.438.1939 for more info. For events at Assisi Heights: www.rochesterDVD Bible Study, Winona franciscan.org and click on “What’s Happening/ “James—Pearls for Wise Living” (Jeff Cavins). Events.” For more info, call Angie Grimm at 507Like Proverbs, James is a book of wisdom. 280-2195 or: firstname.lastname@example.org. It speaks to those who feel torn between the
Experience firsthand the life and message of Saint Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. This drama also brings audiences a riveting modern story that makes Divine Mercy remarkably relevant and urgent for our world today. The program is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 90 minutes, and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Admission is $8. For tickets and additional information, email faustinainlacrosse@gmail. com or call the St. Patrick Parish Office at (608) 783-5535. Watch the trailer & learn more at www. DivineMercyDrama.com Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run, Rochester Society of St. Vincent de Paul The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, with a rest stop at St. Francis of Assisi Church, before returning to the starting point. St. Michael’s conference of SVdP in Owatonna will also host their 1st Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run on Sept. 26. Their walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Dratt’s Park. Reboot! Live!, Mankato Reboot! Live!, a multigenerational life-changing event in Mankato at Fitzgerald Middle School, 110 North 5th Street, September 30. Don't miss YOUR Reboot! Live! event. Limited tickets are available for sale for you, your family and friends at http://reallifecatholic. com/reboot-live-participants/ Annunciation Hermitage, Austin The Sacred Heart/St John of the Cross Lay Carmelite Community will host an Open House at the Annunciation Hermitage in Austin on Sat., Oct. 10. Mass at 7:30 a.m. then refreshments. Info session at 8:20. Members of the Lay Carmelite Order are mainly lay persons who feel called by God to live more deeply their baptismal vocation as a member of the Carmelite Order. If you are between 18 - 69 years of age, come and see what has attracted many to the Carmelite way of life. For more info, contact Kay Krumholz at (507) 451-9412. Project Rachel Training - St. Joseph Church, Owatonna will be October 21st at St. Joseph Church in Owatonna from 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. for priests, deacons and counseling staff of Catholic Charities. Vicki Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel and executive director of the National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, will be the presenter. Project Rachel was started in the Winona Diocese in 1989 by a group of priests and lay people who wanted to help people who had lost a child through abortion and had nowhere to grieve their loss and heal. Through Project Rachel, those suffering the aftermath of abortion can find forgiveness through compassionate counseling and the sacrament of reconciliation. If you would like to know more about Project Rachel, visit http://www.ccwinona. org/project-rachel/ The Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Winona is seeking vendors for its Fall Craft/Art/Gift Show on Sat., October 24, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call the Parish Office at 507-452-5430 or email email@example.com for an application and information.
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Children 3 and under: FREE. Turkey dinner with all of the fixings! “Cookies-By-The-Pail” Sale & more! Questions: Call 507-235-5535 St. Mary, Worthington will have its annual fall dinner and festival. Turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Adults $10, children (9 and under) $5 and children (2 and under) Free. Activities: Live Auction, Recycled Treasures, Bake Sale and many booths and games. Come and enjoy the good food and fun! St. John Baptist de la Salle, Dodge Center Fall Dinner will be Sun. Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dinner served family style. Take outs available. Mass will be at 10 am. Raffle, silent auction, bake sale etc. St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester is holding its Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The Festival promises food, fun, fellowship and live entertainment! Festivities include: Turkey Dinner, cost and proceeds donated by
demands of this world and their faith. The book offers practical solutions for handling struggles and finding joy and peace in the midst of those trials. St. Mary’s Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. or Cathedral Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Begins: 9/22 (11 Sessions). Cost: $23. Deadline: Tue 9/8. Register Online at cascwinona.org or pick up forms in Cathedral’s Gathering Space or St. Mary’s Commons. Contact: Jean 608-6879546.
Traditional Latin Mass
Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, first Saturday month, 9 a.m. Wabasha, St. Felix, weekly. Saturday 8 a.m. Chatfield, St. Mary's, first and third Sunday of the month, 1 p.m. 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 September, 2015 w The Courier
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Austin-born Woman to Become Maryknoll Sister
Maryknoll, NY -- A growing passion and involvement in social justice issues, coupled with a vibrant faith and desire to help the poor, have led 43-year-old Mara Darleen Rutten to make a choice that is becoming increasingly rare. On Sunday, August 23, 2015, the Austin, MN, born native who later lived in Arizona, will become the newest Maryknoll Sister of St. Dominic at a Mass to be held at 10:30 a.m. at the congregation’s center in Ossining, NY. A 2000 graduate of Arizona State University, Tempe, with a doctorate in philosophy, Ms. Rutten, who also holds a master’s degree from South Illinois Univeristy, Carbondale (1996), and a bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota, Morris (1994), recently completed her candidacy as a Maryknoll Sister in Chicago, IL, where she attended Catholic Theological Union and completed other preparatory programs required by the congregation. Mara first sensed a tug toward a life of service while an active member
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our voices with Saint Teresa’s: “I am yours, for You I was born, what do You want of me?”
Newly installed officers: Michael Kacir. Ken Hanson, Terese Horlocker (Director), and Dave Reinschmidt. Mary Hayek, Lynne Gaffey and Margie Boyd are also officers.
Celebrating their Temporary Profession (facing altar): Carol Berns, Margie Boyd and Michael Kacir.
Bishop, cont'd from pg. 3 must love that child and stand up for his or her right to life. We must love the troubled mother; she is God’s daughter too. We must love those who work at abortion clinics; for, it is only through love that their eyes will be opened. And finally, we must love those who are suffering, because of their involvement in abortion. I am grateful that the Diocese of Winona offers the program, Project Rachel (1-800-222-5859), that helps women and men find healing and hope after an abortion. 40 Days for Life in Rochester begins on September 23. I would encourage each of you, if you are able, to take
at least one hour for silent, prayerful witness for the right of every life to be respected and given a chance to live. Gratitude for Prayers Thank you for your prayers for me and my ministry. Please continue to pray for me and our priests, deacons and religious and be assured of my prayers for each and every one of you. May the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona
of Most Holy Trinity Parish, Tucson, AZ. There she participated in “Just Faith,” a program which builds awareness of social justice issues in its participants and gives Catholics opportunities to meet the needs of struggling people in their local areas and beyond. These experiences sparked Mara’s enthusiasm for mission work, leading her to contact the Maryknoll Sisters. Partnering as a lay woman with Maryknoll Sisters, Mara worked with them among the poor and underprivileged in Cambodia.This association led her to seek membership in the congregation. In her request to be considered, Mara wrote, “I have admired the Maryknoll Sisters since I was a little girl and first heard about them through the atrocities in El Salvador. From that time forward, that is what I thought of when I thought about love: to go where you were needed but not always wanted, to refuse to abandon those whom you had come to love despite physical danger, and to serve God all the while. Through the Maryknoll family, I believe I have found the best avenue to give and receive love.” Mara will receive her Chi-Ro ring, the sign of her commitment to God and Maryknoll Sisters which formalizes her entry into religious life, at the Mass on August 23. In the Fall, she will receive her mission cross and her first official mission assignment as a Maryknoll Sister overseas. Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 24 countries around the world, they now number 458 members from both the US and overseas.
Public right-ofway outside Planned Parenthood 1212 7th Street NW
Public right-ofway outside Planned Parenthood 201 North Victory Drive #211
Join a Campaign to Pray for an End to Abortion. 40daysforlife.com Pro-Life Rally! Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4 – 5:30 p.m. 1006 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 Join us to demand that Governor Dayton investigate Planned Parenthood in light of the scandal from the undercover videos revealing the harvesting of organs from babies killed by abortion. Source: http://plam.org/events/