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By FR. JOHN SAUER
Office of Divine Worship to Host Gathering
ROCHESTER--Seventy-five pastoral leaders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota gathered at Lourdes High School on July 7 to explore the new translation of the Order for Celebrating Matrimony. Priests, deacons and lay pastoral leaders reviewed the translation as well as modifications to the ritual book. The workshop was presented by representatives of two groups: The Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) assists US bishops "in fulfilling their roles as priests and leaders of the worshiping community, especially with the translation of Rita Thiron, Executive Director of the FDLC, introduces pastoral leaders to the liturgical text and the development of new translation of the Order for Celebrating Matrimony at Lourdes High School. guidelines for the celebration of the Mass and the sacraments” (usccb.org/ Christian Initiation and the Liturgy of the Hours. These new about/divine-worship). translations seek to be more literal renderings of the Latin The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) originals, using principles of formal equivalence, which results was founded by the bishops to assist with the implementation in a more formal sounding style of prayer that mimics the of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and Latin structure. The previous translations, by contrast, used continues to serve the bishops through formation, publications principles of dynamic equivalence, which gave precedence to and consultation. the meaning of the text. This new translation is one of a series of retranslations There is little new in the structure of the Order of of the various rites used in the celebration of the sacraments Celebrating Matrimony. The most significant addition is the of the Catholic Church. In 2011, a new translation of the inclusion of the Gloria in most ritual Masses. Also, the new ritual book includes the texts and rites for using the laso and Roman Missal, which contains the prayers used at Mass, arras, which are common in Hispanic and Filipino weddings, was introduced. Recently, a new translation of the Rite of though they can be used by any couple. Confirmation was issued. Work is being done on the Rites of
MANKATO--The Office of Divine Worship will host a Ministry Enrichment Gathering on Saturday, October 1, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Mankato. This gathering for pastors, deacons, liturgists, liturgy committees, liturgical ministers and anyone else interested in reflection on the liturgy as the source and summit of our lives is presented by Liturgy Training Publication to assist in the formation of liturgical ministers in our parishes. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering takes as its theme: Liturgy as Source and Summit. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council reminds us that the liturgy is “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows” (SC 10). The day will begin with a reflection on the ways that we encounter Christ in the Eucharist. We will then reflect on the signs, symbols and ritual gestures that we use
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New Appointments Show Pope's Vision page 2
Hundreds Thirst at Steubenville
Debt, Sustainability, and Solidarity page 13
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Articles of Interest
"My Grace is Sufficient for You!"__________page 5
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us!____page 6 A Samaritan and a Soccer Fan___________page 7 Science Curriculum...___________________page 8
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Dr. Greg Burke and Dr. Paloma Garcia Ovejero in Vatican City on July 11. Photo Credit: CNA
New Appointments Show Pope's Vision By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY, July 15, 2016 (CNA/EWTN News) -Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune with what he has said from the beginning about his vision for the Church. When we look at what Francis has preached about since practically his first day in office, three biggies come to mind: a Church that is less clerical, has a stronger lay involvement, and has a greater presence of women. With his decision [in July] to appoint several lay persons to important Vatican posts, among whom are Americans Greg Burke and Kim Daniels, as well as Spaniard Paloma Garcia Ovejero, Francis has made good on his intentions. On [July 11] it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed Burke as the new director for the Holy See Press Office, with Garcia Ovejero as his number two. After the retirement of what is considered to be the “old guard,” the new appointments represent a shift from traditional standards. While previously there has typically been a priest and an Italian in the mix, now it's two laypeople in charge, both of whom are non-Italians. Also worthy of note is that just two days later the Pope nominated Daniels, a high profile U.S. religious freedom and pro-life advocate, to this Secretariat for Communications alongside German professor Markus Schächter and Spanish psychologist Leticia Soberón Mainero. The appointments are significant because, while laity have always been named as consultors to pontifical councils and congregations, Daniels, Schächter and Soberón were appointed members. Under St. John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus – which regulates and defines responsibilities, duties and the composition of the offices of the Roman Curia but is being reconsidered in Francis' reform – membership to coun-
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cils and congregations was exclusive to cardinals and bishops. As Garcia Ovejero put it shortly after her appointment was announced, the Pope's decision to appoint her and Burke was “coherent with what he preached from the beginning.” Garcia Ovejero, the first woman to ever be appointed to the position of Vice Director of the Holy See Press Office, said that to have two laypersons working in a man-woman duo for the press office was “a logical choice.” Pope Francis, she said, “is coherent with his words and with his vision of the Church. A Church that goes out, a Church that’s not clerical, which all of us feel a part of and feel responsible in announcing the Gospel. The mission is to announce the Gospel.” If we take a look at what Francis has said from the beginning, we see that Garcia Ovejero is right. Clericalism
Officials The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following appointments: Vicar General Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Melvin, formerly Rector of Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary; appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Winona, effective July 8, 2016. Chancellor Very Rev. Glenn K. Frerichs; appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Winona; in addition to his appointments as Judicial Vicar and Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Lewiston, St. Anthony Parish in Altura, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Wilson; effective July 8, 2016.
Getting rid of the notion that the Church, and the Vatican in particular, is divided into the classes of commoners versus a higher “spiritual elite” has been a priority for Francis even Rector of Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Very Rev. Robert S. Horihan, formerly Associate In a 2011 interview with a Catholic Argentinian news Dean of Formation for Immaculate Heart of Mary agency, then-cardinal Bergoglio warned against the tempta- Seminary; appointed Rector of Immaculate Heart of tion of priests to “clericalize the laity” and to “infect them Mary Seminary, effective July 8, 2016. with our own disease” without realizing it. “We cannot fall into that trap – it is a sinful complicity,” he said. Catholic Charities Board of Directors This is an idea he has pushed with full force since the Ms. Mary Farrell, appointed to the Catholic Charities beginning of his pontificate. In his first major event after Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective being elected as Successor of Peter in 2013, Pope Francis told September 1, 2016. a group of Argentine youth during WYD in Rio de Janiero that he hoped “for a mess ... Child Abuse Policy Information that the Church takes to the streets. That we defend ourselves from comfort, that we Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy Pope's Vision, cont'd on pg. 4 Information The Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any The Courier is the Official Publication of the Diocese of Winona diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). 55 West Sanborn, P.O. Box 588, Winona, MN 55987 Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should Vol 107 - 08 call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507-454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Publisher Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil Nick Reller, Associate Editor 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 Telephone: 507-858-1257 Fax:507-454-8106 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription Rates: $5 per year in the U.S. Parishioners in the Winona Diocese subscribe through their parish. Periodicals site at www.dow.org under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona’s implementation of the postage paid at Madelia, MN Postmaster. Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Publishing Schedule: Monthly - Deadline for advertising & articles is the 10th of the month prior. (ISSN 0744-5490) Peter Martin, at 507-858-1264, or email@example.com.
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Winona were prayed for every day by us at every Mass, at the Liturgy of the Hours, during the daily Holy Hours and at every shrine. I know the blessings of World Youth Day will continue to be part of my life for a long time. Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day in 2019 will be in Panama! Assumption of Mary, August 15 Due to her unique and unrepeatable role in salvation history, Mary was given the privilege of being free from original sin and given a full participation in the bodily resurrection of her Son, Jesus Christ. Since it falls on a Monday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this year is not a holy day of obligation. However, I encourage everyone to attend Mass and celebrate this beautiful feast of our Blessed Mother. There is no better way to honor Christ’s mother than by gathering with our fellow Catholics to worship our Lord at the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and perhaps praying the rosary or some other Marian devotion. 2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal: Renew Faith. Extend Mercy. Inspire Hope. Thank you for supporting the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota's annual Catholic Ministries Appeal! The CMA is a primary source of funding to help us sustain and expand ministries in our parishes, schools and Catholic organizations within the geographical region served by the Diocese of Winona. Your
August 4, Thursday 1 pm – Holy Hour 2 pm – College of Consultors – Winona 3 pm – Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting – Winona 7 pm – Ministerial Standards Board Meeting – Rochester
August 7, Sunday 10:30 am – Mass – Installation of Lector for DOW Seminarian Matthew Wagner – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
August 5, Friday 12:10 pm – Mass honoring retirement of Janice Market– Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona 2 pm – Clergy Personnel Board Meeting – Winona
August 16, Tuesday 10:30 am – Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma Michigan - Profession of Perpetual Vows within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption – Saginaw, Michigan
August 6, Saturday 5:15 pm – Mass – Rite of Candidacy for DOW Seminarian David Kruse – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
August 8, Monday 7 pm – Mass – Camp Summit – Lanesboro
August 24, Wednesday 10 am – Clergy Advisory Board Meeting – Winona 1:30 pm – Holy Hour for Vocations
support will help us to continue to financially support spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community in southern Minnesota. The Catholic Church serves the needs of many people in our local diocese and beyond. Even a small gift is very welcome, and I am truly grateful for your support! The Dignity of Human Life Because of the intensity of this election cycle, the issues threatening human life are in the spotlight. For the Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person. Pope Benedict XVI wrote in Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) that, "The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that 'a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.'" (no. 15). As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace. God loves each human life from the instant of his or
August 25, Thursday – August 27, Saturday Region VIII Bishops’ Meeting – St. Cloud August 28, Sunday 2 pm – Ministry of Lector Installation for DOW Permanent Diaconate Candidates – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona August 29, Monday 11:30 am – Mass – Catechetical Day – Lourdes High School, Rochester August 30, Tuesday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 10:30 am – Holy Hour 11:30 am – DOW Foundation Board Meeting – Winona
her conception and entrusts this gift to the protection of a mother and father. Abortion ends the life of a child and offends God. It also deeply wounds the men and women involved. If someone you know is suffering after abortion, I encourage you to find help through Project Rachel Ministry ( h o p e af te ra b o r t i on.com), and know that you are loved by God no matter what you have done or what you have gone through. In this Year of Mercy especially, Jesus is waiting to heal you and cover you with His merciful love.
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The pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day was filled with many graces and blessings. About fifty pilgrims from the Diocese of Winona and the Diocese of Bismark prayed and celebrated Mass at all the holy places, beginning with the Shrine of the Black Madonna in the Monastery of the Pauline Fathers and concluding with a vibrant celebration of the Eucharist with Pope Francis, with 700 bishops, over fifteen hundred priests and 2.5 million youths. I was especially lifted up by the energy of the young church, who came from every continent, ethnicity and nationality. They all came to proclaim their love for Jesus Christ and their commitment to be missionary disciples of the Church. At one
of the general sessions, the young people honored the saints from every continent and then brought the saints to life in a musical pageant. The message was very clear, all of us are called to holiness and to be saints. Some of my favorite saints, such as St. Vincent de Paul, St. Damien of Molokai and St. Josephine Bakhita, were depicted as ordinary people, who allowed grace to bring about an extraordinary transformation in them. They brought God’s love, compassion and hope to the people of their times. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was depicted as a model of holiness for young men and women. One day of the pilgrimage was spent walking and praying at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where St. Maximilian Kolbe died. The sufferings of those 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, are beyond description or comprehension. Those sent to the concentration camps came in box cars and were beaten, starved and eventually killed, even young children. All of us were moved to tears, to prayer and eventually to silence. After returning to our hotel, all of us prayed a holy hour before the Eucharistic Lord for reparation and consolation. On the last day of the pilgrimage, there was a sharing of graces by those on the bus. I was particularly touched by the young people, who gave special thanks for the Winona priests, Fr. Thompson, Fr. Vogel, Fr. Kern, Fr. Fasnacht and Msgr. Hargesheimer, and for the seminarians, Brian Mulligan, Thé Hoang and Ezra Lippert, for being joyful and authentic in living the call to priesthood. All of the people of the Diocese of
Pray for Vocations In closing, I ask that you pray for vocations to the priesthood. We have a wonderful group of new seminarians at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary this year! Yet, there is still time for a young man to enter. Please join me in continuing to pray that every young man and woman would prayerfully consider what God’s will is for his or her life. May God bless your August and the end of your summer! Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona
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VISION 2016: Summer 2016 Vicar General, in addition to assisting Bishop Quinn with the administration of the Diocese, I will be overseeing the Msgr. Tom Melvin completion of VISION 2016. I ask for your Vicar General prayers as I continue to get the lay of the firstname.lastname@example.org land in my new role as Vicar General and Director of Pastoral Planning. Many people have asked why all the proposed changes have not taken place by July 1, 2016, s the summer begins to wind down, I as originally planned. Due to various reasons, there want to take this opportunity to introduce has been a delay in the implementation of the changes myself. My name is Msgr. Tom Melvin, recommended during the last year of VISION 2016. and last month Bishop Quinn appointed However, I want to assure everyone that we still will be me as the new Vicar General for the making use of the Pastoral Plans on which parishes and Diocese of Winona. Most recently, I served clusters worked so hard and turned in earlier this year. as the Rector of the Immaculate Heart Currently, I am working to assess what work needs of Mary Seminary in Winona. Now, as
Pope's Vision, cont'd from pg. 2 defend ourselves from clericalism.” He has consistently spoken out about the issue since, most recently in an April 26, 2016, letter to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America in which he skewered the clerical mentality on the continent as “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local Church. “We'd do well to recall that the Church is not an elite (group of) priests, of consecrated people, of bishops; but all of us make up the faithful and Holy People of God,” he said, explaining that it is “illogical and even impossible for us as pastors to believe that we have the monopoly on solutions for the numerous challenges thrown up by contemporary life.” Given his recent appointments, Francis is following through and letting his words become actions by allowing the laity to have more space in decision-making posts in the Vatican. Laity Coupled with Francis' desire to suppress a clericalist attitude has been his great push to have a stronger, louder lay
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voice within the Church. In the same 2011 interview with the Argentine agency, Bergoglio said that the reform needed in the Church is “neither to clericalize nor ask to be clericalized,” but to encourage lay people to embrace their role, evangelizing in everyday life within their families, workplaces, schools and neighborhoods. This idea has been present since the Pope first began his reform by establishing the Council of Cardinals as an advisory body on Church governance and reform. During the council’s first round of meetings in October 2013, the topic of the laity came up as one of the most urgent issues to address. In a press briefing after the conclusion of the meetings, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said the council planned “to give more specific attention” to the laity, so that issues surrounding them could be “properly and effectively recognized and followed by the governance of the Church.” During the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis announced his decision to establish a new Vatican department dedicated to Laity,
to be done in the immediate future for VISION 2016, and part of this will involve getting better acquainted with all the recommendations from individual parishes and clusters. I will be meeting with several key people involved in the Pastoral Planning process in the end of July, and I will be able to give a more detailed update on Pastoral Planning in the September Courier. Thank you very much to all the pastors and parish leaders who have worked hard on their Pastoral Plans this past year. Although the implementation date for many parishes facing major change has been delayed, please be assured that we are still moving forward with the VISION 2016 process in the Diocese of Winona. Lastly, I appreciate your patience and prayers as I continue to transition into my new position, and please feel free to direct any questions to my office.
Family and Life, set to go into effect Sept. 1, 2016. While explaining the structure of the new department, he made it clear that the members would include not only consecrated persons, but also laypeople, both men and women, who work in different fields from around the world. Though it is not yet certain who will head the new office, the Pope has said on previous occasions that a department dedicated to the topics of family and the laity could be headed by either a married couple or a lay individual. His decision to put two laypeople in charge of the Holy See Press Office, then, shows that he means what he says, and that, as his reform continues to move forward, he won’t be shy in breaking away from traditional structural compositions. This is also evident in Francis’ appointment of Daniels, Schächter and Soberón, which, strictly speaking, breaks with the outline that has governed the Curial structure since 1988. While the rules of Pastor Bonus remain intact, a whole new set of guidelines is expected to come out of Pope Francis’ reform. Women The fact that Garcia Ovejero is the first woman – and a laywoman for that matter – to ever be appointed as deputy spokesperson for the Holy See is a prime example of what Pope Francis has asked for several times in calling for a more “incisive” feminine presence in the Church. He first garnered headlines for the phrase in a 2014 address to Italy’s members of the “Centro Italiano Femminile,” telling them that “I hope that more spaces are widened for a feminine presence in the Church that is more widespread and incisive.” It was the Pope himself who widened that space mere months later with the September 2014, appointment of four women to the International Theological
Commission. Women now compose 16 percent of the Commission’s members, which is a greater representation than they’ve ever had before. In April of that year Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, revealed that his department was looking for another secretary after the former had been reassigned. He recalled that in a conversation with Pope Francis, the pontiff gave the green light for the position to be filled by a woman. However, the position remains empty as the office prepares to merge with several others to form a larger dicastery as part of the ongoing reform. Typically, the position of secretary has been filled by a man, with one modern exception being the 2012 appointment of Flaminia Giovanelli as the undersecretary for council for Justice and Peace, making her the highest ranking laywoman in the Roman Curia and the first laywoman to hold the position of undersecretary. Before Giovanelli's appointment under Benedict XVI, only one other woman, Sr. Enrica Rosanna, had ever held the position. A religious of Maria Auxiliatrix, Sr. Enrica served as undersecretary of the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Society of Apostolic Life from 2004-2011. “I think we are at a point of seeing (a different model)…a springtime for new forms of leadership…in the Church,” Turkson had said, but cautioned that while the role of women is increasing in the life of the Church, it is a process that “takes time.” Given the course Francis is taking, it appears that the time is now – or that the process has at least accelerated under his leadership. In a 2015 address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, Francis said that women “know how to incarnate the tender face of God, his mercy, which translates into availability to give time more than to occupy spaces, to welcome instead of excluding.” So, while Pope Francis has often said that his reform won’t be a quick process, but will rather be carried out over a period of several years, we’re already starting to get a clearer picture of what the process will look like. If last month is any indication, we can see Francis' vision beginning to unfold, showing a Church that truly “goes out” and is open to the “newness” of the Holy Spirit.
Retreat Celebrates the Beauty of Marriage
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� arried couples from around the diocese came together in Lanesboro for the third annual married couples retreat
hosted by the Diocese of Winona’s Office of Life, Marriage & Family. Couples married from as few as 9 months to 44 years came together to strengthen their marriages by learning more about how their Sacramental marriages are meant to image the Communion of Persons of the Holy Trinity. The couples enjoyed each other’s company while they learned about the beauty of marriage during the retreat. They also had time alone to communicate as a couple. Taking time just for their marriages helped them to grow in love and helped them to grow closer to Christ as they were encouraged to place Him at the center of their lives. A Personal Note of Thanks I want to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful
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people of the Diocese of Winona for this time that I had serving you. I have been blessed by so many of you, and I am grateful to God for this opportunity. Theresa and I will be moving our boys to Bismarck, North Dakota, where we
Grief to Grace Retreat Healing the Wounds of Abuse
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By GREG SCHLEPPENBACH
was privileged to attend the 2016 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker was His Eminence Cardinal Robert Sarah who currently heads the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The Cardinal's talk and life story can inspire all who work to spread the Gospel of Life. In 1979, at the age of 34, Fr. Sarah was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Archbishop of Conakry, in the West African nation of Guinea. Eighty-five percent of the people were Muslim, and the Church was oppressed by a Marxist dictator, Sekou Toure, who had imprisoned the sitting Archbishop. Feeling troubled and unprepared to carry out this important role, Father Sarah expressed his desire to decline the appointment. But that was not an option for Pope John Paul II. Putting his faith in God, Father Sarah accepted the appointment and chose as his episcopal motto, "Sufficit tibi gratia mea" ("My grace is sufficient for you"). These words, from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor 12:9), are our Lord's response to St. Paul's pleas to be freed from the "thorn" of persistent trial and temptation. After assuring Paul of his sufficient grace, our Lord offered this seemingly paradoxical reason: "for power is made perfect in weakness." Then St. Paul embraced the path of weakness with bold faith: "I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor 12:10). Following his episcopal motto, Cardinal Sarah courageously took every opportunity to speak truth to power, challenging Sekou Toure's oppression and injustices. Archbishop Sarah's actions put him at the top of the dictator's assassination list. While his courage in the face of life-threatening persecution is inspiring enough, it is even more impressive given his persistent feelings of inadequacy as Archbishop.
will be working for the University of Mary. Thank you again for so many wonderful years here in the Diocese of Winona!
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Cardinal Robert Sarah (photo credit: CNA)
He even considered resigning his post. In his book, God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah explains how "hundreds of hours of prayer" led him to conclude that the worst that could happen to me was death; my life was nothing compared to the blatant injustices, the horrible poverty, and the unspeakable horrors that I saw each day. I had to speak, even if my life was at stake." At the close of his speech, Cardinal Sarah provided "three humble suggestions" to guide us. First, be prophetic. "Where there is no vision, discernment, the people perish" (Proverbs 29, 18). Second, be faithful. "Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear" (St. Catherine of Siena). And third, pray. The words and example of Cardinal Sarah provide needed inspiration and encouragement to all who battle the culture of death and who may sometimes feel inadequate for the work and inclined to give up. Let us keep God's words to St. Paul always before us as we work to proclaim the Gospel of Life: "My grace is sufficient for you!" Greg Schleppenbach is Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Visit www.usccb.org/prolife to learn more about the bishops' pro-life activities.
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Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us!
storm coming, if you seek the safety in that firm refuge which is Mary, there will Sr. Paul Mary be no danger of your wavering or going Rittgers, R.S.M. down.” Director And as St. Francis de Sales said, “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little firstname.lastname@example.org children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” ach month of the year is dedicated to And I cannot leave out St. a particular devotion within our Catholic Louis de Montfort, who said, faith. August is specially set aside as a “The greatest saints, those month of devotion to the Immaculate richest in grace and virtue, Heart of Mary. I have previously written will be the most assiduous about the specific devotion to our Lady’s in praying to the most Immaculate Heart, so I'll try not to repeat Blessed Virgin, looking myself; however, I can’t let the opportunity up to her as the perfect to speak about Our Lady pass me by. model to imitate and My mother instilled in me a love as a powerful helper for Our Lady from a very young age, to assist them.” which today has helped me through many I could fill this different periods of my life. She did so column with words not by forcing anything upon me and my of Saints throughout siblings, but rather by showing us her own the ages who love for the Queen of Heaven. My hope and prayer is have relied on the that you have (or will) discover this love in your life and assistance and be able to pass it on to those you encounter and to intercession of Our those who have been entrusted to your care. Lady. Do you want to I remember the little moments throughout the day love the Lord more? that my mom would beseech Our Lady’s intercession: Look to Our Lady and walking into the kitchen and “catching” my mom on she’ll show you how! her knees asking for Our Lady’s intercession for her Today, I am no fudge to set (it was hot and humid in Georgia, so it was longer able to walk a miracle with every batch); watching her in the pew in on my mom’s before Mass praying the Rosary and bowing her head conversations in the each time she mentioned Our Lord’s name; having a kitchen with Our Lady, week of alone time with my dad so my mom could but I have discovered for take a Marian Pilgrimage. I most vividly remember as myself just how powerful an eight-year-old, watching my mother’s unfailing faith the loving heart of the as she buried two sons within a year, and how she did Blessed Mother is, and how not run from the cross that was given her, but instead powerful calling out her name lovingly clung to it as her only hope. It was then that I is. As Mother Teresa once said, began to love Our Lady. “If you ever feel distressed during Soon after I entered the convent, I found myself your day, call upon our Lady, just say on my knees in front of the oven, praying for Our this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Lady’s intercession to assist my lack of culinary skills. Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must Sometimes I was beyond help, but what I realized was admit, this prayer has never failed me.” And I must admit it has never failed me either. that the Blessed Mother had become my first recourse whenever I had a problem, because I knew that she When I cannot sleep, I ask Our Lady to sing to me would bring me to her Son with the loving heart of a the songs she once sang to Our Lord. When in doubt Mother. The more I read about the Saints, the more I or fear, I ask her to help me say with her, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done unto me according began to see them do the same thing. As St. Josemaria Escriva said, “When you see the to Thy word.” When in the midst of a trial, I ask Our
Translation, cont'd from pg. 1 In addition to reviewing the new translation, participants reflected on best practices in the celebration of marriages in the Church. Topics addressed included formation of the procession, the exchange of vows and rings, and the nuptial blessing. The FDLC and other liturgical publishers have prepared resources to help couples plan their wedding and to help those who prepare couples in their ministry. Those present appreciated the Presenters Rita Thiron and Todd Williamson opportunity to learn and reflect on how we celebrate marriage in the Church. Parishes after December 30, 2016, which is the can begin using the new translation on Feast of the Holy Family. September 8, 2016, with mandatory use August, 2016 w The Courier
Lady to show me how she stood beneath the Cross with hope, and how, in every situation, she was able to humbly “ponder these things in her heart.” Do you struggle with a devotion to Our Lady? My recommendation is to ask Our Lady to help you love her. One of our Sisters told me a recommendation she had been given: “If you want a relationship with Our Lady, just ask her!” Growing up in the south, in a diocese that was less than 2% Catholic, I remember being told I worshipped Mary (which we obviously don’t!). Have you ever heard that? Is that your fear? Fear not, dear one. As St. Maximilian Kolbe said, “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” She will only lead you to her Son. One time in college, I told someone who disliked my love of Our Lady, “I’m striving to be like Jesus…and Jesus loved His momma!” Pope Paul VI wrote in his encyclical celebrating the anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes, "Everything in Mary leads us toward her Son, our only Savior, by whose foreseen merits she was preserved immaculate and full of grace; everything in Mary lifts up our hearts to the praise of the Holy Trinity." During the month of August, as we honor in a special way the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may she draw each of us into a greater love of her Son. May we cling to the promise she made to Lucia when she appeared in Fatima, “I will never abandon you, my child. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
The Holy Father's Intentions for August 2016 Universal: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world. Evangelization: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.
A Samaritan and a Soccer Fan Todd Graff Director email@example.com
�he recent gospel reading for the 15th Sunday in
Ordinary Time (which fell this year on July 10th), was a familiar one: the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). And, its ever challenging message was much needed, coming just after the police shootings of two African American men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in a St. Paul suburb; and the ambush killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. A week that began with July 4th celebrations in our country had ended in violence and bloodshed dominating our nation’s news. Just a few days after hearing this gospel proclaimed at Mass once more, I came across a simple but
Disciples Learn Christ's Way By LEISA ANSLINGER
t is easy to justify to ourselves that we are living as disciples of Jesus Christ. Most of us can point to things we have done for the good of another, or things we did not do that might have been hurtful to others if carried out. Yet, in our hearts we know that the call of discipleship is greater than an occasional good deed done or misdeed avoided. “Disciples” are people who follow and emulate a master teacher. As disciples of Jesus Christ, our Teacher and Lord, we are to take God’s love, mercy and compassion as our way of life. Throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are being especially attentive to the ways in which Jesus showed mercy to those whom he encountered. The Gospels are filled with examples of Jesus’ impulse to extend mercy, often to those who were thought beyond the reach of kindness, attention, or love. Not only does Jesus share mercy, he teaches us to do the same.
brother on the side of the road, he allowed his heart to be moved by what he saw. As Saint Luke writes, he “was moved with compassion at the sight” (10:33b). So, too, the young soccer fan's face shows a sincere affection for the man he reaches out to in friendship. We cannot fully know another’s life, but we can genuinely seek to better understand others’ experiences and to humbly open our hearts to encounter them with respect and with love. In Christ, we do not “take sides” against one another; we love each person as our sister or brother, worthy of our care and compassion. Take time to act with mercy. Of course, the most powerful lesson that the Samaritan teaches us is to move from compassion to action. He sets aside his plans and gives himself fully to the wounded man’s care. In a similar way, the young soccer fan lets go of his own celebration to offer comfort and support to a fellow fan. The scholar “gets it.” When Jesus asks him who was “neighbor” to the robbers’ victim, he replies clearly: “The one who treated him with mercy.” And Jesus is equally direct in commanding him, and us: “Go and do likewise” (10:37). After the bloody events that have wounded our world and our nation of late, we need models like the Good Samaritan and this young boy to remind us of who we ultimately are – not opponents or adversaries, but friends and fellow travelers; not enemies, but sisters and brothers. And, to remind us that our ultimate tasks in this world are to heal wounds, to reconcile division, to extend a hand of friendship, to encounter and to embrace one another – in short, to act with mercy as Jesus' parable instructs us. Deo Gratias!
At a recent Sunday Mass, we heard the parable of the Good Samaritan, a story Jesus told to illustrate the extent of God’s mercy. The story is Jesus’ response to the question of the man who wished to justify himself by asking, “And who is my neighbor?” In the familiar story, people pass by the injured man, ignoring his need. The Samaritan not only cares for him on the side of the road, but takes him to help, stays with him in the early moments of his crisis, and provides money for his extended care. This is much more than simply doing a kind deed — the Samaritan literally goes out of his way to show mercy! Who are the people by the side of the road in our time? Who is the neighbor who needs to know God’s mercy through us? Let us commit this month to move beyond justifying ourselves and renew our dedication to grow as disciples, going out of our way to be attentive to the needs of those whom we encounter, ready to follow the example of our merciful Teacher and Lord.
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..."Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?" [The scholar] said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
beautiful contemporary illustration of its meaning. On that same Sunday, Portugal defeated France in soccer’s European Championship. A video taken after the match captured a very human moment. A French fan, looking to be in his 20s, is clearly downcast and dejected with his hand seeming to cover the tears in his eyes. A young boy of 10 or so, clad in Portugal’s team colors, reaches up to him and extends a hand of friendship. In the next few seconds, we watch the young boy speak to the man and put his hand supportively on his arm. The man reaches down to cradle the boy’s head, and the boy continues to walk with him, still holding his arm. The man then reaches down and extends a full embrace to the boy. He is clearly consoled by his care and affection. Of course, this simple act of concern can hardly compare to the horrors of the shootings and tragedies that our nation had just witnessed. But, it reminded me that the way out of such darkness is the way of the Good Samaritan and the way of this young soccer fan. Although undoubtedly thrilled to have his national team win this prestigious championship, he was still able to see someone who was hurting and to turn his focus to reaching out to him. Drawing on the parable and on this encounter of two soccer fans, I offer three paths for us to follow daily which will help to heal and to reconcile our personal and communal lives. Take time to see. Of the three men who were on the road to Jericho in Jesus’ parable, only one takes the time to stop and truly see the wounded man. The other two pass by “on the opposite side.” Likewise, this young soccer fan takes the time to see the French fan in his sadness. We encounter many people each day in our lives. Do we truly “see” them and take the time to allow ourselves to encounter them in their joy or pain? Take time to reflect and to connect. Not only did the Samaritan take the time to see his wounded
Mercy joins a human need to the heart of God, and this leads to immediate action. We cannot meditate on mercy without it turning into action. --Pope Francis, Address at Jubilee for Priests, 6/2/2016
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A Science Curriculum for the Next Generation
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Collaborative science curriculum writing took place on June 20-22 at Lourdes High School in Rochester. Science teachers representing each Catholic school in the diocese collaborated to write the team/department outcomes, unit concepts and unit goals. The Next Generation Science Standards guide the process with their three dimensional learning process: practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These three dimensions are combined to form each standard which allows students to become engaged and play an active role in their science lessons. The teams are also working on weaving these concepts into grade-appropriate lessons which support our Catholic faith. Our Catholic schools are committed to educating our students in the area of scien-
tific knowledge so their future leadership will solve our world problems in the context of our faith. Five Marks The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools lists five marks that demonstrate a school's Catholic Identity; a Catholic school is: inspired by a supernatural vision founded on a Christian anthropology animated by communion and community imbued with a Catholic worldview throughout its curriculum sustained by Gospel witness. The identity of Catholic schools is rooted in the teachers' ability to intentionally integrate Catholicity into all academic areas. Administrators and teachers of Catholic schools understand that Catholic identity is found in the virtues, values, and social themes of their schools. Religion is anticipated to be woven into every teaching and learning process. Each lesson taught is an opportunity to share our rich Catholic heritage.
School's Not Out at RCS �he love of learning never stops at Rochester
Catholic Schools. Summer Academy (K-8) and J-Term (9-12) were in full swing with academics, fine arts, sports camps and much more filling our campus halls, gymnasiums and theaters with busy hearts and minds! In What’s Going On?! camp, curious students from around the diocese engaged in discussions about current global events, such as presidential candidates, turmoil in the Middle East, and why gas prices are so low lately. We Do Robots opened the creative and futuristic world of Lego building technology and electronic gadgets for young minds to explore. Need a New Perspective? camp introduced the world of sociology, where students don’t study historical events; they study the people who made history. Both left and right brains thrived with Math August, 2016 w The Courier
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Pacelli science teacher Jonathon McDonough and Pacelli religion teacher Elly Benin presented resources and examples of the integration of faith and knowledge into the science curriculum during the ACE Collaborative workshops. Both teachers provided examples and resources to infuse Catholic components into their daily lessons. "Truth does not contradict truth," said McDonough. "As we plan our daily science lessons to meet the necessary academic rigor, often times religion takes a backseat. This, however, tends to undermine the purpose of Catholic education, which is to help students develop a personal relationship with Christ. Therefore, religion needs to be integrated into the curriculum, and this can be done in a variety of ways. If there are time constraints, it can be as simple as mentioning the religious background of a famous scientist, or sincerely incorporating prayer and worship into everyday classes. It can also be as complex as an investigation and discussion of the erroneous claims in which science and religion contradict one another. However you choose to integrate faith into the science classroom, look to your colleagues, priest, or even online resources for guidance, as community is a fundamental strength of the diocese. It is not necessary to have all of the answers, it is merely necessary to start the conversation and facilitate understanding that science and religion truly complement one another."
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Special Insert - August, 2016
The Pope on God's Mercy The following text is excerpted from Pope Francis' Jubilee Audience on the Works of Mercy, delivered at Saint Peter's Square on June 30.
�earHowBrothers and Sisters, Good morning! many times, during these first
months of the Jubilee, have we heard about the works of mercy! Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience. Indeed, it is good to never forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but a way of life: a person can either be merciful or unmerciful; it is a lifestyle. I choose to live in a way that is merciful, or I choose to live in a way that is unmerciful. It is one thing to speak of mercy, and it is another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of St. James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say mercy without works is dead within itself. That’s it! What makes mercy come alive is its constant dynamism in order to go and meet those in need and the necessities of those in spiritual and material hardship. Mercy has eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to lift up again.... Sometimes we pass by situations of dramatic poverty, and it seems that they do not touch us; everything continues as if it were nothing, into an indifference that eventually
creates hypocrites and, without our realizing it, leads to a form of spiritual lethargy that numbs the soul and renders life barren. People who pass by, who move on in life without noticing the needs of others, without seeing many spiritual and material needs, are people who pass by without living. There are so many aspects of God’s mercy Pope Francis at the June 30 Jubilee Audience. Photo Credit: CNA toward us! In the same way, there are so many ing the poverty produced by the culture faces turned to us in order to obtain mercy. of wellbeing, the Christian gaze does not Those who have experienced in their own weaken and become incapable of focusing lives the Father’s mercy cannot remain indif- on what is essential. Focus on the essenferent before the needs of their brothers. tials. The lesson of Jesus that we have heard What does this mean? To focus on does not allow escape routes: I was hungry Jesus, to see Jesus in the hungry, in prisonand you gave me food; I was thirsty and you ers, in the sick, the naked, in those who gave me drink; I was naked, displaced, sick, don’t have work and need to lead their famin prison, and you assisted me (Mt 25:35-36). ily forward. To see Jesus in these people, You cannot stonewall a person who is hun- our brothers and sisters; to see Jesus in gry; he must be fed. Jesus tells us this! The those who are lonely, sad, in those who works of mercy are not theoretical ideas, but have made mistakes and need counsel, in concrete testimonies. They oblige us to roll those who need to walk with Him in silence up our sleeves to alleviate suffering… so that they feel accompanied. These are It is necessary, therefore, that we remain the works that Jesus asks of us! as vigilant as watchmen, so that, when fac-
Opening Our Hearts to Works of Mercy
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Events for the Year of Mercy
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Pilgrimage Parish Profile
Pope Francis Witnesses to Mercy � n a Friday each month during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis undertakes an activity to give concrete witness
to God’s mercy in people’s lives. Through the example and illustration offered by these “Fridays of Mercy,” the pope has said that he hopes to cultivate a “revolution of tenderness … as a fruit of this year of mercy” and so to demonstrate “the tenderness of God toward each one of us.” Visit to “Il Chicco”
In May, Pope Francis visited the community, “Il Chicco,” an association that belongs to the family of L’Arche founded by Jean Vanier in 1964. The community of Il Chicco (“the Grain”), founded in 1981, is home to 18 people with grave mental disabilities. The idea behind these “family houses” is to take care of people with serious disabilities in a way that makes them feel welcomed and gives them a role in their own lives and in the lives of those dedicated to their care. By his visit, Pope Francis wanted to give a further sign against the prevailing “throw away culture” that he has often spoken of. People must not be deprived of love, joy, and dignity merely because they have an intellectual disability. In the two family houses at Il Chicco, Pope Francis sat down at the table to have a snack with the residents and volunteers; he listened as they shared about their lives and experiences. The Pope, in addition to offering a personal financial gift, also brought pastries and seasonal fruits which were received with great applause and joy. He also visited the workshop where the residents daily produce small handmade objects. Finally, with everyone holding hands, Pope Fancis prayed together with them in their small chapel. After having hugged everyone, he left around 6:30 p.m. With this visit, Pope Francis expressed one of the characteristic messages of his pontificate: attention, tenderness,
and affection for those who are the most vulnerable among us. In this, he sought to offer a concrete sign of how to live out the Year of Mercy. Visits to Communities of Priests Pope Francis continued the “Fridays of Mercy” in June with surprise visits to two communities dedicated to priests. He first traveled to the “Monte Tabor” community, where eight priests from different dioceses are in residence, sent there by their respective bishops for various personal problems. The priests live together under the guidance of a permanent deacon, Ermes Luparia, who was a colonel in the Air Force before turning to the study of psychology. For many years he has dedicated himself to this recovery service in the spirit of the Salvatorian Fathers. The Holy Father’s visit included an emotional encounter with the priests in the community’s small chapel, where they talked to him about their hopes and difficulties. Following this visit, the Holy Father decided also to go to the home for priests in the Diocese of Rome com-
monly known as the “Cento Preti”, or “One Hundred Priests” – officially read more on page 4 named the “Casa San Gaetano”. In the evening, the Holy Father entered the doors of this community and embraced the twenty-one elderly priests there, some of whom are very ill. The priests in this residence, mostly diocesan priests along with a few religious, have given their lives for the Church. According to Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, Pope Francis through these visits sought “to show each of the [priests] his concrete and cordial affection.” After having celebrated a Jubilee for Priests earlier in the month as part of the wider Jubilee of Mercy, the pope wanted to show “his closeness and attention” to these priests who weren’t able to participate in person. Information and pictures for this story were taken from the Vatican's Jubilee website: www.im.va/.
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Jubilee Year of Mercy
O p e n i n g O u r H e a rt s to t h e W o r k s o f M e rc y Give Drink to the Thirsty ~ Forgive Injuries
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, #15
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults). They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.
Give Drink to the Thirsty Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity. We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource. • We take it for granted that we have access to clean water. Donate ... to help build wells for water for those in need.
Moments of Mercy What Does Mercy Look Like?
Each month, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes, “Moments of Mercy,” offering a brief reflection on mercy and concrete suggestions of how we can live out the mercy that God offers us all. These are perfect for busy days since they help us to slow down for just a few minutes and think about the gifts God has blessed us with and how we can share them. What does mercy look like through the eyes of another person? We know how we would like people to act with mercy toward us, but what is mercy to a family member, our coworker, or the person we walk by every day? For each of us, there are particular things that are meaningful to us and speak to our need for mercy. In spite of these differences, we are still able to minister to one another, because the love of God surpasses our differences and draws us all into the one Body of Christ. In order to show others the love of God through acts of mercy and compassion, we need to be attentive to their needs and the way in which God is working in their lives.
- Volunteer some of your time this month at a place where you will meet a variety of people—for instance, a local community center, a food bank, or a homeless shelter. Though everyone might have different needs, all are searching for the love and mercy of God. Reflect on the way your need for God's love is similar to their need for God's love.
- Spend some time talking with a younger or older relative or friend. Sometimes we ignore those whose perspective on life is different or far removed from ours (being much younger or much older than us). Listen to what is important to them, recognizing God's love acting in their life and the way in which you can best act with mercy and compassion toward them.
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• Organize a group of children involved on a sports team or a summer camp. Invite them to collect bottled water to distribute at a shelter for families. If parents can be involved, ask them to accompany their children in delivering the water to the families. • Do the same with youth and young adult groups. • Make an effort not to waste water. Remembering to turn off the water faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes can help, especially in regions suffering from drought.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history. Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs" (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults).
Forgive Injuries Forgiving others is difficult at times because we do not have God's limitless mercy and compassion. But Jesus teaches us that we should forgive as God forgives, relying on Him to help us show others the mercy of God. • Let go of grudges • Saying "sorry" is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives. • Participate in the Sacrament of Penance. • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet This content is reprinted with permission from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Living the Year of Mercy Practical suggestions to help you walk more virtuously through the Jubilee Year In his Bull of Indiction announcing the Year of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis offers a series of practical suggestions for how Catholics should celebrate the Jubilee Year. In this and the coming issues, we will offer one of these practical suggestions drawing from an article by Emily Stimpson, a contributing editor for Our Sunday Visitor.
Walk Through a Holy Door
For at least 500 years, Holy Doors and Jubilees have gone hand in hand. During this Jubilee of Mercy, however, Holy Doors take on an unprecedented significance. Not only will the Holy Doors in Rome open for pilgrims, but Pope Francis also asked that every cathedral and basilica around the world set up a similar door, a “Door of Mercy.” The tradition of Holy Doors dates back to the early 15th century, when Pope Martin V declared that one of the doors in the Basilica of St. John Lateran could only be opened during a jubilee year. By the end of the century, all the major basilicas in Rome had similar Holy Doors, set aside for jubilee years.
The doors themselves symbolize Christ, who called himself “the gate” to eternal life (John 10:9). For pilgrims, to walk through the Holy Doors is to walk, in spirit, from sin to grace and from death to life, acknowledging Christ as the only way to the Father. During this Year of Mercy, all the Holy Doors in Rome and across Europe will be flung open. Everyone who walks through them will have the opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence for themselves or a departed loved one. For those who can’t travel across an ocean, the same graces will be available in any local cathedral or shrine with a “Door of Mercy,” where, Pope Francis said, “anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope” (Misericordiae Vultus, No. 3). See page 4 of this Jubilee insert for a listing of Holy Door / Pilgrimage Sites in the Diocese of Winona. Also, a diocesan “Holy Door and Pilgrimage Information” booklet is available to view online at the diocesan Jubilee web page: www.dow.org/mercy.
Year of Mercy
Calendar of Events In Rome and the Universal Church… Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4 Jubilee for Workers of Mercy & Volunteers - St. Peter's Square
Sunday, September 4
Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta - St. Peter's Square "The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace." -Blessed Mother Teresa
Saturday, September 10
Special Jubilee Audience of Pope Francis - St. Peter's Square
October 7 (or another Friday) Diocesan Holy Hour - 3 pm, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
October 15 Diocesan
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25 Jubilee for Catechists - St. Peter's Square
In the Diocese…
�e have all driven behind a semi
truck upon which has been placed a bumper sticker that reads, “How are we doing?” A phone number is included so that passing drivers may share their praise or critique for the way in which the truck is being driven. There is some accountability built in to the presence of such a message, as well as encouragement for the driver to go out of his or her way to drive courteously and safely. At this point in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it might be good for us to check in with family and friends with similar questions: “How am I doing?” “Am I growing as a person of mercy?” “Have you seen any change in my behavior or demeanor toward others?” The reality is, God’s love and mercy are constant, always ready for our recognition and acceptance. It is we who need to grow — in gratitude for mercy received, and in willingness to share mercy with others. It might be uncomfortable to ask a friend or family member to critique your growth as a person of mercy. Begin with honest self appraisal — how are you doing? Then, seek out
3 pm - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
White Mass (Jubilee for all Catholic Medical Personnel) - 5:30pm - St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester
Jubilee for Prisoners
October 30 Diocesan Jubilee for Hispanic Catholic Community - Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato
Friday, August 5 Diocesan Holy Hour - 3pm, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
(or another Friday) Diocesan Holy Hour -
The Sacred Heart Mercy Healthcare Center, Jackson, and Sacred Heart Church, Adams, also hold Holy Hours on the first Friday of each month at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm, respectively.
Friday, September 2
Monday, August 29
Sunday, September 18
Diocesan Catechetical Day - 8:30am 3:30pm, Lourdes High School, Rochester For all catechists serving as teachers, DREs, faith formation teachers, RCIA, home schooling, or for any interested laity. Please join us this Catechetical Day as we learn more about Love and Mercy.
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Conference - Lourdes High School, Rochester
one good friend with whom you can share. Such genuine reflection is sure to uncover moments of true merciful living, and areas for future growth. Together, make a commitment to embrace the call to share mercy in deeper ways in the coming months. In this way, the Jubilee Year will be one of lasting impact, a cause for true celebration.
Leisa Anslinger is the co-director of the Catholic Life and Faith group. This article is reprinted with permission from Mercy Now, a Catholic Life and Faith publication and free resource for parish and diocesan leaders.
November 13 Closing Mass Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona Closing of the Holy Doors Sacred Heart Sites Across the Diocese
Diocesan Holy Hour -3pm, Sacred Heart of Mercy Healthcare Center, Jackson
3 Jubilee Year of Mercy
In August & September...
Catechetical Sunday - "Prayer: The Faith Prayed"
"Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith." -US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Stewards of God's Mercy By LEISA ANSLINGER
�hen we think of “treasure” in
relationship to stewardship, our thoughts often first, and perhaps only, go to money. Yet, when we hear how Jesus refers to treasure in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 12:32-34, from the Gospel read on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time), he speaks of much more than money: our “treasure” is all that is precious to us. What we “treasure” is a sign of what is important in our lives. What do you treasure? Family? Security? Money? A sense of purpose or meaning in life? Each of these has the potential for good in our lives and the lives of others; with each we can also lose perspective, placing the person/thing/desire above God, making it an idol. It is this about which Jesus warns us. Do we “treasure” the mercy of God, stewarding it well by sharing it lavishly, sacrificially, abundantly as it has been given to us? Re-read the passage from Luke with this in mind: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you mercy…” Jesus understands that placing God above all things and building treasure in heaven may
initially cause us anxiety or fear — doing so requires us to let go of false perceptions of control and calls us to place our trust instead in God who gives us everything that is good, including mercy. “Do not be afraid” to grow as a steward of God’s mercy! This month, make a renewed commitment to steward God’s mercy through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. What one or two would help you make a “purse” that does not wear out, placing God and the needs of others before your own? Being a steward of God’s mercy means treasuring the gifts of God by treasuring the presence and preciousness of the people around us, especially those most in need. Treasure those who are hungry, thirsty, in need of clothing or shelter, the sick, imprisoned, dying… the doubtful, ignorant, sinners, afflicted, those who offend and hurt us, all who are in need of our prayers. Leisa Anslinger is the co-director of the Catholic Life and Faith group. This article is reprinted with permission from Mercy Now, a Catholic Life and Faith publication and free resource for parish and diocesan leaders.
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Pilgrimage Parish Profile
Sacred Heart Parish, Owatonna �Catholic he spiritual needs of the settlers of Owatonna
were first cared for by Father George Keller from Faribault. He obtained permission to offer Mass in the town hall in 1866. The local Catholics decided to build a church, and, under the direction of Father Keller, construction began in 1867 on the site of the present church. The church was completed in 1868 and dedicated on Christmas Day of that year. By 1891, the church was too small for the rapidly growing parish. The Irish and German Catholics decided to build a church of their own. In 1891, Father John Pivo was appointed to lead Sacred Heart Parish, and his 45-year pastorate would see many challenges. On December 17, 1901, Sacred Heart Church was destroyed by a fire believed to have been caused by an overheated furnace. The altar furnishings and vestments were saved, but otherwise the property was a total loss. Once again Sacred Heart Parish was divided. The Polish members decided to build a church for themselves, naming it Saint Hyacinth. The same year, construction began on the new Sacred Heart Church. On March 22, 1922, a fire destroyed the second Sacred Heart Church. The cause of the fire was uncertain, though it was believed to have started from the furnace. The fire came as a terrible blow to Father Pivo. The same year, under the direction of Father Pivo, the third Sacred Heart Church was built at a cost of about $90,000 on the 1902 foundation. Dedicated on June 16, 1923, this church is the present Sacred Heart Church. The narthex was added to the church in 1968, and a parish center was built in 1984. The interior was repainted and new light fixtures installed in 2004. In 2012, new front stairs from Cedar Avenue were constructed. In 2013, the parish completed a capital campaign to build new parish offices, increase parking, expand the narthex and gathering spaces, and make some additional updates to the interior of the church. Along with Saint Joseph Parish, Sacred Heart Parish supports Catholic education through Saint Mary School and the religious education program. With roots as far back as 1877, Saint Mary School serves students from pre-school through eighth grade. In addition, Marian High School served students until its closure in 1975. In 1993, Mary Trenda and Pat Mollenhauer began the first parish nursing program in the Diocese of Winona. Today, the program continues to serve through health educators and counselors, facilitators and teachers of volunteers, referral sources, and liaisons with the community – seeking to strengthen the close relationship between faith and health. Sacred Heart Church features the first shrine in America dedicated to Our Lady of Beauraing (The Virgin with the Golden Heart) that is frequently visited by parishioners and guests. The message the Mother of God gave at Beauraing, Belgium is one of consolation. Therefore, the shrine depicts Mary with open arms – a Mother always ready to help. A part of the hawthorne tree under which Mary appeared is now encased in our grotto. The shrine is constructed of local quarry stones from the foundation of the former Sacred Heart Academy. The shrine was built by Jay Meixner and the statue donated by George Herter. The parish continues to thrive, seeking to be faithful to its mission statement: “Drawing our life from the Eucharist, the Sacred Heart Parish family will live the mission of Jesus Christ in prayer, faith formation, and service.” The parish will celebrate its 150th anniversary on September 24, 2016. See Diocesan Calendar for details. This article is reprinted from page 252 of the text, The Diocese of Winona: The History, published in 2014.
Jubilee Web Page and Contacts
The diocesan web page for the Jubilee includes information about the meaning of the Jubilee Year and about our diocesan celebration of the year. The address for the diocesan Jubilee web page is: www.dow.org/mercy. If you have any questions about our diocesan plans for the Jubilee, please contact Fr. John Sauer in the Office of Divine Worship (email@example.com / 507-451-1588), Sister Paul Mary Rittgers, RSM in the Office of Faith Formation (firstname.lastname@example.org / 507-858-1273), or Todd Graff in the Office of Lay Formation (email@example.com / 507858-1270). August, 2016 w The Courier
Holy Doors and Pilgrimage Sites in the Diocese of Winona "With these sentiments of gratitude for everything the Church has received, and with a sense of responsibility for the task that lies ahead, we shall cross the threshold of the Holy Door fully confident that the strength of the Risen Lord, who constantly supports us on our pilgrim way, will sustain us. May the Holy Spirit, who guides the steps of believers in cooperating with the work of salvation wrought by Christ, lead the way and support the People of God so that they may contemplate the face of mercy." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus #4
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Winona 360 Main St.--Winona, MN 55987 507-452-4770 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cascwinona.org
Sacred Heart Church – Adams
412 W Main St./P.O. Box 352--Adams, MN 55909 507-582-3120 email@example.com www.sacredheartcluster.org
Sacred Heart Church – Brewster
(served by St. Francis Xavier Parish, Windom) 516 10th St./P.O. Box 187--Brewster, MN 56119 507-842-5584 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sfxwindom.org
Sacred Heart Church – Hayfield
(served by St. Columbanus Parish, Blooming Prairie) 150 NE 2nd St./P.O. Box 27--Hayfield, MN 55940 507-477-2256 email@example.com www.stcolumbanuschurch.com
Sacred Heart Church – Heron Lake
(served by St. Francis Xavier Parish, Windom) 321 9th St./P.O. Box 377--Heron Lake, MN 56137 507-793-2357 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacredheartheronlake.org
Sacred Heart Church – Owatonna
810 S Cedar Ave--Owatonna, MN 55060 507-451-1588 email@example.com www.sacredheartowatonna.org
Sacred Heart Church – Waseca
111 4th St. NW--Waseca, MN 56093 507-835-1222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacredheartwaseca.org
Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel (Assisi Heights) – Rochester 1001 14th Street NW, Ste 100--Rochester, MN 55901 507-282-7441 email@example.com www.rochersterfranciscan.org
Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center Chapel – Jackson 803 4th St.--Jackson, MN 56143 507-847-3571 firstname.lastname@example.org
Generally, information on Mass times and contact information for each of the parishes is available online at the diocesan web site (www. dow.org) and at the individual parish websites. A group planning a pilgrimage to one of these sites is asked to first contact the pilgrimage parish/institution regarding its plans and the arrangements needed.
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other Theresa used two words of scripture as a cornerstone for the Missionaries of Charity: “I Thirst.” These were the words of Christ when he hung on the cross, offering his life as a sacrifice to all. For Him, the words certainly had a literal meaning; but for Mother Theresa and our Church, they also contain significant symbolism. Christ thirsts for all souls, and humanity thirsts for God. These words were the theme for this summer’s Steubenville Youth Conference, which drew more than 1,500 teens to Rochester’s Civic Center for a weekend of prayer and celebration. The Diocese of Winona was well represented at the conference, sending 400 attendants, by far our largest turnout yet. The youth gathered with some of the country’s best speakers and musicians, including: Father Leo Patalinghug, the "Cooking Priest" and host of the Grace Before Meals video series; Katie Hartfiel, author of Woman in Love; Emily Wilson, author of I Choose the Sky; Kyle Heimann, host of the Kyle Heimann Show podcast; and the band SONAR. The energy level produced by these talented presenters was often electrifying. The speakers presented Christ’s thirst for the teens
Youth and Young Adults
as an invitation needing a response. And the response of young people was overwhelming, with more than 1,000 confessions heard throughout the weekend, much prayer, and small group time. Mass was offered each day and Bishop Quinn was the main celebrant on Sunday morning to bring the event to its official end. In his homily, Bishop Quinn encouraged the teens to be like clay in a potter’s hands. “You need to allow God to mold you,” he said to the teens as he reflected on art lessons he'd once received as a gift. He encouraged the young people to be proactive in their faith when they returned to their parishes by staying faithful to the sacraments and prayer life.
At the end of Mass young people who were open to a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life were invited to come forward. Many teens made their way to the front of the arena, where Bishop Quinn encouraged them and prayed over them. Yes, we all truly thirst for the living waters of Jesus Christ, and the Steubenville North Youth Conference provided a unique opportunity to quench that desire. May we all thirst for our Lord, who continues to thirst for us.
Save the Date - October 10, 2016 - 7 p.m. Minnesota author Laura Sobiech, mother of Zach Sobiech, will speak at Holy Spirit Church in Rochester (5455 50th Ave NW) on Monday, October 10. Shortly after her son's death, Laura wrote a book titled Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way. The story she tells is not that of Zach's death, but of a boy who showed his family, his friends, and eventually the world, that everyone can choose to fly a little higher. Zach was diagnosed in 2009 with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that strikes mostly children. In 2012, he learned that his cancer was terminal, and his mom urged him to figure out a way to say goodbye to his family and
friends. The result was his hit song "Clouds," which went viral on YouTube, surpassing 3 million views by the time of his death and was #1 on iTunes the day he died in 2013. He started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund because there was very little funding for childhood cancer. Since his death, the fund has grown to over $1 million! Google "Zach Sobiech" this week and you will be amazed by the outpouring of love for him and his family. His story has touched so many lives! An episode of My Last Days was filmed at his home in Lakeland, MN, in 2012, and Warner Brothers has just picked up Zach's story and will release the movie "Clouds" sometime next year. August, 2016 w The Courier
A Wider Pool
We see the results of this standard in our own Diocese as our priests become older and fewer. It appears Rev. Will Thompson that our pool of candidates for the Director priesthood is shrinking, and I must firstname.lastname@example.org agree that it is time we do something about it. I am convinced that there is a large group of possible candidates that we are missing. There are so many good or many years now, you could people that don’t even have the opportunity to say it goes back to the time of the see the priesthood as a real possibility. And there Reformation or even before, there has is something that each and every one of us can do been a call for change in the Church. about it. Evangelize! We have seen this call renewed in a The easy answer is to say priests can get specific way over the past 50 years: that married or women should be priests. Neither the qualifications for the ministerial solution really addresses Jesus’ prayer in John priesthood should change. This call is 17:11 that “they may all be one, even as we are sometimes very broad by suggesting one.” Jesus did not plan on having denominations, that the priesthood be opened up and yet over half of all Christians do not belong to to all people. Sometimes it is more the Church Jesus instituted. There is goodness, no limited, such as when someone suggests that all doubt, in each denomination, but also a loss of the requirements should stay the same except for Apostolic line found in the priesthood. How many celibacy. There are many reasons for attempting possible priests do not know they have a vocation to broaden the pool of candidates, and one because they attend church where there are no consistent reason is to have more priests, which is priests? In order to be a priest, one must first be a good thing! If it were about practicality, there is Catholic. If we are to do our part in building up no doubt that the qualifications would change. Yet the Body of Christ by recognizing vocations to the Church has resisted this perennial call based the priesthood, we should start seeing the signs not on practical, but on theological grounds.
in those currently outside of the Catholic Church. You may argue that other denominations allow married clergy, so why not the Catholic Church. Without getting into an argument, I would simply say that the Church has had the discipline (not divine mandate) for about a thousand years that priests remain celibate. This is partly because most priests chose to be celibate in the first thousand years of the Church. Why? The successors of the Apostles, bishops throughout the ages, have seen a connection between the priesthood and Jesus’ reference to “eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:12) and his own celibacy. What Christian religion outside of Catholicism promotes celibacy? It is a gift that should be accepted by those to whom it has been given. This too is seen as impossible due to our hypersexualized culture. We have a duty, therefore, to promote the goodness of chastity and the possibility of forgiveness and conversion when it is not reached. We do have a need to expand the pool of candidates for the priesthood, and we are able to do something about it, but it won’t be easy. By evangelizing and promoting chastity, we are able to help many young men see the priesthood as a possibility. When we do this, we build up the Church through our own witness to faith.
New Acolytes Installed WINONA--On Sunday, July 10, Bishop Quinn took time during the 10:30 Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart to install two seminarians as Acolytes. Thé Hoang and Brian Mulligan petitioned the bishop this spring to perform the rite, which happens between a seminarian's first and second years of theology and is the last formal stage before being ordained a deacon. As Acolytes, Thế and Brian will not only serve at Mass, but also become Ordinary
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Ministers of Holy Communion, who are able to distribute Communion at Mass and bring Communion to the homebound without any additional commissioning. In August the acolytes will return to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI, to begin their third year of theology and their seventh year of seminary formation, during which they will spend more time learning how to celebrate the sacraments and the administrative side of being a pastor. In the Spring of 2017, they will petition Bishop Quinn to ordain them as deacons in a celebration tentatively scheduled for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 23. Please pray for Thé and Brian as they continue on their journey toward priesthood.
Our First Christian Steward: 11 The Canticle of Mary My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on all ages will call me blessed. The mighty one has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
The Blessed Virgin Mary
is a beautiful stewardship prayer used by the Church every day Monica Herman since the fifth century. It is a Executive Director hymn at Evening Prayer in the Catholic Foundation of Southern Liturgy of the Hours. Minnesota Among the many email@example.com ship themes in this reading, the prayer helps us realize that God's stewardship plan turns the The following article appeared in the August world's values upside down. 2016 issue of the e-Bulletin Catholic God comes to the aid of Stewardship, produced by the The Catechism the poor and lowly, to International Catholic Stewardship of the Catholic the detriment of the Council. Church teaches us that the rich and powerMagnificat ... is the song both ful. And for those n August 15, we of the Mother of God and of the who entrust their celebrate[d] the Feast of Church; the song of the Daughter of lives to the Lord, the Assumption; the day we Zion and of the new People of God; the they are filled recall Our Blessed Mother song of thanksgiving for the fullness of with good things. As a young being assumed into heaven woman, humble and poor, graces poured out in the economy of and crowned queen. In the Mary becomes an interpreter salvation and the song of the "poor" Gospel reading on this day of God's plan of salvation, she whose hope is met by the fulfillwe hear proclaimed once reveals to us the fundamentals ment of the promises made to our again the Canticle of Mary, of good stewardship, and she ancestors, "to Abraham and recorded in the Gospel of Luke becomes a prophetic witness to to his posterity for ever" (1:46-55). It is the Virgin Mary's social justice for all future genera(#2619). song of joy in response to her tions who "will call me blessed" (Luke cousin Elizabeth's greeting (Luke 1:411:48). Mary was the first disciple, the first 45), and summarizes Mary's deep faith Christian steward of God's plan. and trust in God. Take a few moments and pray this stewardship This joyous song is also known as the Magnificat, prayer. Consider its implications for your life. How from the opening line of scripture's Latin translado you magnify the Lord? How do you make God tion, which means, "My soul magnifies the Lord" "bigger" in your day-to-day world? How do you (Magnificat anima mea Dominum). The Magnificat bring God's compassion to the poor?
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Notes from the Jubilee for Deacons The flight from New York to Rome was nine hours long and we arrived in Rome at about 7 a.m. We then boarded Deacon John Hust a bus to Assisi, where we stayed the first St. Felix Parish, Wabasha two days of the pilgrimage. It was a long St. Agnes Parish, Kellogg day, but the beauty and peacefulness of Assisi was quite apparent. St. Francis, who was a deacon, and his followers reminded us of the effects that living out the Gospel has on those around us. Through openness t has always been a dream of ours to to grace, St. Francis, St. Clare and their followers were travel to Rome, visit the Vatican, and see able to rebuild and restore God’s Church in that area, the Holy Places of our Catholic faith. So a renewal which would later spread throughout the on May 22, 2016, my wife and I began world. We were reminded of how important it is for our pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. This all of us to listen to God and do what He tells you. One was a nine-day pilgrimage in which we person can have a great effect on many. would visit many holy places and end Our days began with breakfast at 7 a.m. after with the Jubilee for Deacons in Rome, which we boarded a bus (of which we had two) for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the our next adventure. We had daily Mass at the various restoration of the permanent diaconate. Basilicas, with my brother deacons giving the homilies, We were to meet up with 90 other pilexercising our role as Heralds of the Gospel, a mandate grims who would make this journey with deacons receive upon ordination. In Rome, we visited us. The group consisted of 32 deacons, all the major basilicas. As a group, we were privileged three priests and many wives and family to pass through and pray at five Holy Doors in this
Pope Francis celebrates Mass and prays the Angelus at the Jubilee for Deacons, a special event during the Jubilee of Mercy, on May 29. Photo Credit: CNA
Extraordinary Year of Mercy. What struck Nancy and me was the giftedness of so many people, whether it be the persons in honor of which the Churches were erected, or the inspired artists and their frescoes or various works in marble, all for the honor of God. These holy people reminded us that God has a plan for each of us and has given us the gifts to do marvelous things, if we are open to God’s gifts and use them for His glory. Even though we are not all apostles, evangelists, or artists, God will use us. The highlight of the pilgrimage was, undoubtedly, the Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, which was held on May 29. There were approximately 25,000 faithful present to celebrate the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with us that day. Additionally, there were over 2,000 deacons vested for this special Liturgy with the Pope, each receiving a commemorative stole in celebration of the Deacon Jubilee. Deacons came from all around the world to represent the diaconate. While Pope Francis’ address was primarily to the deacons, it was meant for all of us. The Pope encouraged us to be good and faithful servants. Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45), and we must imitate Him. Pope Francis admonished us to be available to serve. We are to set aside our schedule for God’s schedule and allow Him to control our free time. He told us to be open to surprises, and that God may change our plans. Pope Francis also encouraged us to grow in meekness and humilty, for Jesus was meek and humble of heart (Matthew 11: 29). He reminded us that we can only be good and faithful servants as we grow in grace through prayer and the Sacraments. While I have only touched on a few highlights of the pilgrimage, I would like to close with this final thought: we are beloved sons and daughters of the Father, and it is our responsibility to be living signs of God’s love and mercy. Peace!
Pope Francis admonished us to be available to serve. We are to set aside our schedule for God's schedule and allow Him to control our free time.
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to celebrate the sacraments. As a sacramental church we value the things of nature through which God lavishes his grace on us. Water, bread, wine, oil, touch, smell and posture all become the instruments of God’s saving action through the sacraments. The Ministry Enrichment Gathering will help us reflect on our use of these powerful symbols in our rites. Information is being sent to parishes and liturgical contacts soon. Registration will be available through the diocesan website in early August. Fr. John Sauer is Director of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Winona August, 2016 w The Courier
Debt, Sustainability, and Solidarity Executive Director Minnesota Catholic Conference
�s we commemorate the passing of one year since
Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’ (“On the care for our common home”), it is worth reminding ourselves how the pope’s re-presentation of Catholic social doctrine through the lens of “integral ecology” can help us address some of the most challenging socio-political problems of our day, especially as we evaluate candidates in this election season. Integral ecology is an ethic that respects both persons and the environment and does justice to both. In other words, it seeks to foster right relationships between people and communities, as well as between humans and the created order with which God has blessed us. Being in right relationship with others includes being in right relationship with future generations— not saddling them with challenges that will burden their well-being, and embracing the responsibility to leave the world better than we found it. Sadly, a culture of instant gratification and ideological rigidity has blinded us to our inter-generational responsibilities, and has led us to pile debt in various forms upon those who will come after us. Both our national debt and the accumulating ecological debt are regularly (and rightly) described as “unsustainable,” and pose grave threats to future generations and to the planet itself. Mass Consumption
Seeing the Whole
By one measurement, the U.S. government had $76.4 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded obligations at the end of FY 2015. That amounts to $237,284 for every person living in the U.S, and $613,531 for every household in the U.S. This is a major policy crisis for the American public. According to a 2014 report by the Congressional Budget Office, some potential consequences of unchecked government debt include: reduced “future national income and living standards;" “higher inflation” that decreases “the purchasing power” of citizens’ savings and income; and increased “prob-
Unfortunately, public officials tend to see the potential impact of only one form of debt, and sometimes minimize the impact of other forms. And there is often an unwillingness or inability to make a connection between the national debt and the ecological one, limiting their ability to address either. Our attachment to ideologies, along with our own biases
and limited horizons, often prevent us from seeing the right solutions. By contrast, Catholic social doctrine, deepened in the discussion of integral ecology in Laudato Si’, helps us see the connectedness of things, and beyond the dis-integrated politics of half-truths and either/or solutions. Seeing the whole may lead us to restrain both government spending and consumption patterns (even though they may benefit us materially today) to preserve our common home for future generations. The earth, its people, and its goods are a gift given to us by the Creator. They are not ours to spend as we see fit, but instead are given to us to steward— to till and to keep. We’ve done too much tilling, and not enough keeping.
Faith in the Public Arena
ability of a fiscal crisis in which investors would lose confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget.” Similarly, our ecological debt— the disparity between how much we use and waste and how much our local environment can produce and absorb—is staggering. Not only do our consumption patterns entail the creation of an excess of greenhouse gases that may contribute to climate change and a host of accompanying problems, but they also rely upon extracting natural resources from developing countries, harming their natural environment while leaving them with few returns. As Pope Francis notes in Laudato Si’ (51-52): “A true ‘ecological debt’ exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time.” As a result, “the developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programs of sustainable development.”
"Faith in the Public Arena" is a regular column by the Minnesota Catholic Conference. Learn more about Laudato Si' and integral ecology at MNCatholic.org.
Engage your local candidates
Help end politial homelessness in your own backyard Given the state of national politics, many Catholics are frustrated and feel a sense of "political homelessness." Neither major party seems to advance a consistent ethic of life, and it can be difficult to see where Catholics of principle fit in. Catholics should always have a sense that their views don't fit neatly into either party in a two-party system, but it need not be the case that Catholics are so alienated by the parties that they cannot work prudentially within them for the common good. Now, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is giving you the tools to help change this dynamic in the place that matters most: your own community. The entire Minnesota Legislature is up for election this year. This means that a united Catholic voice in Minnesota can have a real impact on our state's political landsape. We can use this election as an opportunity to end political homelessness in our own backyard. The Minnesota Catholic Conference has developed an entire resource center for tools to help you engage with your candidates, including: a questionnaire to help you find out where Catholics stand on the most important issues facing our state tips for having effective conversations with candidates easy ways to share the results of your conversations with MCC Access these resources and more at MNCatholic.org/engage-your-candidates.
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Mayo Chaplain Receives Fellowship
She completed Clinical Health and Human Values. "More interdisciplinary colPastoral Education resilaboration and a growing understanding of how religion dencies from St. Elizabeth and spirituality can positively affect patient health means Psychiatric Hospital in hospital chaplains are increasingly important members of Washington, D.C., and at a patient's care team." ROCHESTER--Beba Tata, a Mayo Clinic staff VCU. The fellowships will pay for 16 board-certified chapchaplain and member of Holy Spirit Parish, While earning her lains to complete a two-year MS or MPH in epidemiology, was recently named a Chaplain Research MPH, Beba will explore biostatistics or public health at an accredited school of Fellow in a John Templeton Foundation the role of interdisciplinpublic health. Selected from a competitive national pool, funded grant called Training Research- ary teams in providing care the first cohort of eight fellows gathered for a kickoff conLiterate Chaplains as Ambassadors for to patients in crises and ference July 27-29 at Rush University. Spirituality and Health. She will receive full nurses coping with dis"I am eager to be a part of this journey," Beba said, tuition and a stipend to earn a Master of tress. "and to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to Public Health degree in Community Health The Training recognize research-viable topics that would promote betPromotion at the University of Minnesota Research-Literate Chaplains program is a joint effort by ter health outcomes." as part of an effort to build the field with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Brandeis She added, "It is not all about "head work," but strong research-trained chaplains. University in Waltham, MA. The project seeks to close the an integreation of head, heart and hands to translate Beba earned a degree in Environmental gap between hospital chaplains' current limited research research into best practices for better health outcomes." Management and went on to counsel HIV/ literacy and the need for evidence-based care by all memTo learn more about the Training Research-Literate AIDS patients in Cameroon before mov- bers of the health care team. Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality and Health pro"Health care chaplains have embraced the impor- gram, please contact Kathryn_Lyndes@rush.edu. ing to the United States in 2009. She earned a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit tance of evidence-based practice but lack coordinated elementary religious School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and a the training to realize it," said program coeducation. She served in pastoral Master of Patient Counseling at Virginia leader George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, director of ministry and as a parish volunresearch in the Rush Department of Religion, Commonwealth University in Richmond. teer until her retirement to Assisi Sr. Vinciana Bauer Heights in 1999. Sister Vinciana is survived Sister Vinciana Bauer, 90, by her Franciscan Sisters, with a Franciscan Sister of the whom she shared life for 72 years, Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes in Rochester, died at and her siblings: Gordon (Wanda) Assisi Heights on Saturday, July Bauer of Caledonia; John (Judy) Bauer of Durand, WI; Bernice 2, 2016. WASECA--On June 14, Lange of Houston; Vina Lange Catholic Daughters Court of Caledonia; Rita (Lee) Svehaug Sacred Heart, Waseca #1424 of Caledonia; Mary Mullen of Boise, ID; Mildred (Art) Robak of installed its new chaplain, Waterford, MI; and Helen (Dave) Fr. Gregory Leif, as well as Augedahl of Caledonia. She was several officers. Pictured preceded in death by her parents; left to right are (front row) two brothers, Vincent and Treasurer Jeanne Sexton, Lawrence “Shorty” Bauer; and a sister, Theresa Heberlein. Financial Secretary Bea A Funeral Liturgy was held O'Brien, Recording Secretary on July 11 in the Chapel of Our Joan Ignaszewski, Regent Lori Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Michaelson; and (back row) Rochester. Vice Regent Pat Foley, Court Memorials are suggested to Chaplain Fr. Gregory Leif, and the Sisters of St. Francis, Office Esther Mary Bauer was born of Development at Assisi Heights, District Deputy Carol Nelson. to Gerhard and Helen (Reining) Bauer on August 18, 1925, in 1001 14th St. NW – Suite 100, professed her first vows in 1943. teacher, serving for 30 years in Adrian. She entered the Sisters Rochester, MN 55901. Sister Sean received a bachelor’s parish schools in Iona, Austin, of Saint Francis in 1944 from St. degree in education and science Owatonna and Waseca, MN; Peter Parish in Caledonia. Sister Sr. Irene Komor from the College of St. Teresa in and Chicago, IL. Additionally, Vinciana made first vows in 1947 Winona and a master’s degree Sister Nicholine served as a and perpetual vows in 1950. She Sr. Irene (Mary Casper) Komor, in education from Winona State Religious Education Coordinator received a Bachelor of Science in SSND, 83, professed in 1953, died University. Her primary career in Hayfield, Edina, Chatfield and Elementary Education from the July 8, 2016, at Good Counsel, was spent as an elementary Leavenworth, and also as the College of St. Teresa, Winona, in Mankato. A native of St. Paul ROCHESTER--Two members of teacher in Fairmont, Adrian, Religious Education Chair in 1961 and a Master of Science in and a graduate of Good Counsel the Sisters of Saint Francis will Owatonna, Albert Lea and Sleepy Eye for 15 years. Some Elementary School Administration Academy in Mankato, she was celebrate their 75th Diamond Austin, MN; Chicago, IL; and from Winona State University in a Catholic School teacher and Jubilee with their religious Santa Ana, CA. Additionally, of her recent accomplishments 1966. administrator for over 50 years. community on August 11, 2016. Sister Sean served as a principal include being in the St. Mary’s In the Diocese of Winona, Sister Sister Vinciana served as an in Albert Lea and Austin, MN; School Alumni Hall of Fame intermediate teacher at several Irene taught at St. Casimir, Wells Sister Sean Clinch was born and Chicago, IL. She currently and receiving a Distinguished schools in southern Minnesota: (1956-57) and was principal at St. in Norfolk, NE, and entered resides and volunteers at Assisi Service Achievement Award in St. Augustine, Austin (1947- Mary, Madelia (1967-74) and St. 2008. Currently, Sister Nicholine the Rochester Franciscan Heights in Rochester. 53); Cathedral School, Winona Mary, Winona (1982-86). Congregation from Sacred Heart resides and volunteers at Assisi (1953-57); Queen of Angels, Church there, where she also Sister Nicholine Mertz was Heights in Rochester. Austin (1957-58); and St. Kilian born in Sleepy Eye and entered School, St. Kilian (1958-60, 1962the Rochester Franciscan 70). She also served as Principal Congregation from St. Mary’s and teacher at St. Gabriel, Fulda Parish there, where she also (1971-72) and St. Kilian, St. Kilian professed her first vows in (1972-73). In addition, she taught 1941. Sister Nicholine received a at St. Lawrence School, Ironton, Bachelor of Science in Elementary OH (1960-62 and 1970-71). Education from the College Following her years of teachof St. Teresa in Winona and a ing, Sister Vinciana served on the Master of Arts in Teaching, with staff of the Christian Community a focus in religious education, Center at Assisi Heights (1974from St. Mary’s University in 76) and at St. Theodore Parish, Winona. Her primary career Albert Lea (1976-99), where she was spent as an elementary
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Catholic Daughters Install New Chaplain, Officers
Two Sisters Celebrate 75th Diamond Jubilee
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Lay Carmelites Celebrate Final Professions, New Enrollments
School's Not Out, cont'd from pg. 8
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrates Anniversaries, Friendship Day EASTON--For many reasons, Saturday, June 25, was a day of celebration for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Easton. The parish marked their 150th year as well as the 100th year for their beloved church during their annual Friendship Day celebration. The day began early with a 5K Fun Run/Walk for all ages. Members of the Easton Fire Department served a pancake breakfast, and guided history tours of the church were given. In the church basement, ceremonial vestments and parish artifacts were on display as well as a slide show of parish history. A com-
munion railing - stored for an unknown number of decades in a parishioner’s barn, brought down, and cleaned up for display - may have originated from the parish’s original St. Mary’s church which was built in 1866. Children’s games, mini golf and a pedal pull kept youngsters busy. Chainsaw artist Scott Beto demonstrated his craft. The big tent kept the celebration in the shade as the food and refreshments were available throughout the day. A live auction and all school reunion program brought people together in the afternoon. The weather forecast was not favorable, but prayers were answered as the storms never materialized and a constant breeze accompanied the heat and humidity. The day culminated with an evening Mass officiated by Bishop John Quinn and assisted by Father Andrew Vogel and Deacon Gene Paul of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Bishop Quinn remarked during his homily, “That’s amazing, when you think that, even before the Civil War, Catholics were gathering in this area and celebrating the Catholic life and waiting for a priest to come. Boy that’s amazing. That’s that pioneer spirit, that said, 'We are Catholic, and we are proud, and we will wait until there’s a priest so that we can have the Eucharistic Mass.' “One of the blessings too, not only with
Mania, Building a Bridge to Algebra, Wild Reader Book Club, and First Aid Training camps along with wellness camps for strength and conditioning and sports camps for great exercise, athletic skills, team building, and an opportunity to model good sportsmanship. For those who wanted to express their artistic talents, famous artists were introduced at Art Camp while theatre camp-goers danced and sang to an original production for a public audience. If Lights! Camera! Action! was
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ROCHESTER--On June 4, 2016, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Members making Final Professions; Terese Horlocker, Mary, the St. Joseph Lay Mary Robak and Robert Robak; with Fr. Kevin Connolly Carmelite Community in Rochester celebrated the Final Professions of members Terese Horlocker, Mary Robak, and Robert Robak. The ceremony was officiated by Fr. Kevin Connolly within the Mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Rochester. We are thankful to God for the gifts they bring. Fr. Kevin Connolly with newly enrolled members of the Six people from the Rochester Brown Scapular Confraternity: William Groslie, Dee Smith, area were also enrolled in the Tia Meyers, Sally Schuelke, Randy Horlocker and Steven Bahnemann Brown Scapular Confraternity. According to carmelnet. org, Carmelites are a religious to live out their baptismal commitment order who "live in a prophetic and according to the spirit of the Carmelite contemplative stance of prayer, common Order. Members are brothers and sisters life, and service. Inspired by Elijah and of the Carmelite Family and sharers in Mary and informed by the Carmelite Rule, the same call to holiness and in the same [Carmelites] give witness to an eight- mission of the Carmelite Order." hundred-year-old tradition of spiritual For more information on the St. transformation..." Joseph Lay Carmelite Community in The St. Joseph Lay Carmelites, Rochester, call Terese Horlocker, Director, "though not in Religious Life, choose at 507-288-9550.
not your thing, Tech Camp offered a behind-the-scenes sound booth experience and training in the secrets that make a production come together. And let's not forget the Les Francopholies! students who traveled to France without leaving the classroom. On va s’amuser! Summer Academy was summer fun! Join us next summer at Rochester Catholic Schools, where learning is for all seasons.
all the remodeling, all the restoration, all the painting, the steeple, and all… I still think that on a day like today, thank you Lord for air conditioning. Who ever came up with it, blessed be that person!” Many commented on how fitting it was that, on such a historic occasion, it also felt like a very spiritual experience as the sun flooded in through the Rose Window in the choir loft, filling the church with light. Fifteen Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus gave the celebration a formal flair, and the rare honor of the Bishop’s Medal of Service was awarded to four Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners: Deacon Gene Paul; his wife, Jane Paul; parish administrator Sue Cory; and organist Midge Schultz. The Bishop gave these honors for their many years of generous service to the parish. The event was capped by a delicious Windsor chop supper under the big tent, followed by the Big Ticket raffle drawing. The parish’s rich history is documented in a new commemorative Pictorial History Book, prepared specifically for this special celebration. August, 2016 w The Courier
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St. Mary’s Church, Winona offers a Mass for Life and Marriage on the first Thursday of the month, at 5:15 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie September 11, Sunday Annual Fall Dinner served 11a.m.1p.m. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, salad & pie. Event includes crafts & country store. Information: 507-763-3626.
Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty is held on the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (after the 8 a.m. Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and a beautiful rosary offered, along with prayer and reflection. Gather in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Prayer Vigil & Public Witness Against Abortion Semcac Clinic is a delegate of Planned Parenthood. Please consider joining to pray from 3-4 p.m. each Tuesday in front of Semcac at 62 E 3rd Street in Winona. Contact: Patti Woodworth (507) 429-4636 Masses of Reparation for Sins in the Diocese Nearly every day, a parish somewhere in the diocese offers consolation to the Heart of Christ through a Mass of Reparation. Find the list of Mass dates, times and locations at dowcourier.org ("online only" > "online stories").
Traditional Latin Mass Chatfield, St. Mary's, 1st & 3rd Sun. 1 pm Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, 1st Sat. 9 am Wabasha, St. Felix, every Sat. 8 am
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St. Anthony Church, Lismore September 11, Sunday Fall Bazaar & Auction. Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings served 11a.m.-1p.m. Live auction featuring crafts, wood products, processed meat, etc. starts at 1:30 p.m. Big Ticket, baked items, country store & children/ adult games. Hot dogs & coney dogs available after auction.
Sacred Heart Church, Owatonna September 24, Saturday 150th anniversary of parish life. All welcome, especially former parishioners, staff, religious and ordained. 4p.m. Polka Mass with
TV Mass Update On the first 3 Sundays in August, KTTC will air TV Mass on its sister station, the CW.
Padre Mariano Varela IVE: Párroco de “SS. Peter and Paul” en Mankato. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 507-3882995 ext 103 Padre Raul Silva: Pastor de "Queen of Angels" en Austin, "Our Lady of Loretto" en Brownsdale, “All Saints” en New Richland, “St. Aidan” en Ellendale, “St. Mary” en Geneva. email@example.com
Albert Lea, St. Theodore 11 a.m. Sundays
Owatonna, Sacred Heart 1 p.m. Sundays
St. James, St. James 12 p.m. Sundays
Austin, Queen of Angels 11 a.m & 5 p.m. Sundays
Pipestone, St. Leo 2:30 p.m. Sundays
Lake City, St. Mary 6:30 p.m. every 3rd Saturday
Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi 12 p.m. Sundays & 7 p.m. Thursdays
Waseca, Sacred Heart 11:30 a.m. Sundays
Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul 1 p.m. Sundays
St. Felix Church, Wabasha September 18, Sunday Annual Fall Festival 9a.m.-5p.m. in the St. Felix Auditorium and School Grounds. Fresh homemade doughnuts, grilled chicken dinners, the farm store, general and specialty auctions, bingo, inflatable slide, hoop shoot, kids' games, tootsie roll booth, raffles, prizes & so much more. Join us for food, fun & friendship. All proceeds go to St. Felix School. Information: 651-565-4446.
St. Leo's Church, Pipestone September 11, Sunday Fall Festival 11a.m-1p.m. Fired-grilled roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, dinner roll & homemade desserts. Take-out meals available. Adults $9, Kids 5-8 $4.50, 4 & under
Spanish Mass Schedule
Madelia, St. Mary 10 a.m. Sundays
St. Adrian Church, Adrian September 18, Sunday Fall Dinner in the church parlors 4-7p.m. Roast beef, REAL mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, coleslaw, buns, pies & desserts & beverages. Adults $9, Kids 6-12 $4, Kids 2-5 $2. Elevators on north side of church. Big ticket drawings (need not be present to win), fish pond for kids, country store, raffle tickets for many items! Info: 507-360-1570
Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mazeppa September 18, Sunday Fall Bazaar featuring ham and turkey dinner served 11a.m.-1:30p.m. Adults $12, Kids 5-10 $5, 4 & under $1. Bingo, raffle, country store & children's games.
Hispanic Priests / Sacerdotes Hispanos
Padre José Morales: Capellán del Decanato de Rochester. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 507-329-2931
Holy Redeemer Church, Eyota September 18, Sunday Fall Festival. 10a.m. Mass followed by BBQ chicken dinner. Big ticket raffle, arms length raffle, farmer's market, bake sale & children's activities. Information: 507-932-3294.
St. Ignatius Church, Spring Valley September 11, Sunday 41st Annual Fall Festival. BBQ chicken dinner served 11a.m.-1p.m., includes baked potato, cole, slaw, rolle, coffee, lemonade & homemade pie. 1/2 chicken $10. 1/4 chicken $8. Carryouts available. Call 346-7565 for delivery. Event includes general store, quilt raffle & silent auction 11-1:30.
Offered as a service for the homebound and elderly every Sunday on the following stations: KTTC, Channel 10 (Rochester) at 9 a.m. KEYC, Channel 12 (Mankato) at 7:30 a.m & KEYC-DT2, Digital Channel 12.2 or Charter Channel 19 (Mankato) at 9:30 a.m. Donations for the continuation of this program may be sent to: TV Mass, PO Box 588, Winona MN 55987. Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas: Capellán del Decanato de Worthington. lukiponcho@ yahoo.es Tel. 507-341-0403
free. Event includes Garden Goods Country Store, bouncy inflatables & horse rides. Info: 507-215-1105.
Windom, St. Francis Xavier 12 p.m. Sundays
St. Charles, St. Charles Worthington, St. Mary 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. Borromeo Sundays 11:30 a.m. Sundays
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Heart School, Adams
Sacred Heart School seeks FT Middle School Teacher beginning 201617 school year. Applicants must have current MN teaching license (elementary or secondary) & Social Studies interest/ background. Send cover letter, resume & credentials to: Sacred Heart School Attn: Darlene Boe PO Box 249 Adams, MN 55909 or email: dboe@sacredheartadams. org Direct any questions to Principal Darlene Boe by phone: 507-582-3120 or email (above). Position open until filled.
St. Francis, Rochester
St. Francis, Rochester
St. Francis of Assisi Parish seeks FT Director of Faith Formation. This position is responsible for the comprehensive parish faith formation program (EPIC), sacrament prep & youth ministry. Salaried position with benefits. Some evening & weekend hours expected.
Parish seeks a PT Youth Ministry Coordinator. Position organizes & implements programs for grades 6-12. Some evening & weekend hours expected. Hours vary with tasks at.
Ideal candidate... -is fully committed to the Catholic faith & in good standing with the Church -has BA/BS in appropriate field (Religious Studies, Theology, Education, Pastoral Ministry, etc.) & knowledge of relevant catechetical documents. -is fluent in Spanish Send letter of interest & resume to: Sarah Kinsman/Welch St. Francis of Assisi Parish 1114 3rd St. SE Rochester, MN 55904 ParishAdmin@StFrancischurch.org
Litomyslaneous Group. 5:30p.m. grilled food for purchase, artifacts on display, kids' games. 6-8p.m. Coda saxophone/ keyboard duet. Special Mass seating reserved for former priests & staff of Sacred Heart; please tell Wendy if you're coming: 507-451-1588/ email@example.com. St. Aloysius Church, Elba September 25, Sunday Fall Festival. 10a.m. Mass followed by roast beef dinner served until 1p.m. Cash Raffle with $1,000 grand prize - only 500 tickets sold! For info or to purchase a Cash Raffle ticket, call the Parish Office: 507-932-3294.
Ideal candidate... -practicing Catholic of sound character & deep faith, with genuine concern for parish's youth -has BA/BS in appropriate field (Religious Studies, Theology, Education, Pastoral Ministry, etc.) or related experience -has worked with 6-12 grade youth -is proficient in Spanish Send letter of interest & resume to: Sarah Kinsman/Welch St. Francis of Assisi Parish 1114 3rd St. SE Rochester, MN 55904 ParishAdmin@StFrancischurch.org
St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Dodge Center September 25, Sunday 23rd Annual Fall Turkey Dinner. 10a.m. Mass. Dinner served 11a.m.1p.m. Raffle, silent auction, bake sale. Adults $10. Kids 6-10 $5. Preschool free. All tickets sold at door. Handicap accessible facility - 20 2nd St NE in Dodge Center. St. Mary's Church, Minneiska October 9th, Sunday Texas-Style French Toast Breakfast served from 9:30am-Noon. French toast, sausage, apple sauce & coffee, milk or juice. Adults $7, Children 6 & under $3.50. There's also a bake sale. Event follows 8:30 morning Mass. Information: 651-564-0476.