The Courier - August 2019

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A Gentle Shepherd

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Pope Francis: Judge Your Fr. Matthew Wagner Joins Priests of the DOW-R Own Heart First - Not That of Those in Need By HANNAH BROCKHAUS

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WINONA--On Friday, June 28, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Most Rev. John M. Quinn ordained Deacon Matthew Wagner a priest for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Winona's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, during a 2 p.m. Mass of Ordination. Concelebrating

were many priests of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, and assisting were Deacon Justin Green and Deacon David Dose. DOW-R Seminarians from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, as well as those on pastoral year, served at the Shepherd, cont'd on pg. 4

VATICAN CITY, Jul. 14, 2019 (CNA) Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. “If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think, ‘Eh, the effect of wine. He’s a drunk,’ do not ask yourself if that man is drunk; ask yourself if your heart has hardened, if your heart has become ice,” the pope said July 14. The true “face of love,” he continued, is “mercy towards a human life in need. This is how one becomes a true disciple of Jesus.” In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan, which he called “one of the most beautiful parables of the Gospel.” “This parable has become paradigHeart, cont'd on pg. 2

INSIDE this issue

Called by Name page 5

The Work of the Spirit (Part II)...

page 7

"Honest Abe" in a Chicago Cubs Hat? page 12

Pope Francis Watch

Articles of Interest

Called by Name____________________________5 From 1 to 1,000 Disciples...________________6 The Work of the Spirit (Part II)...____________7 The Retrouvaille Program...__________________8 Blessed John Henry Newman...____________9 [Ask a Canon Lawyer]____________________10 What Is Stewardship?...___________________11 "Honest Abe" in a Chicago Cubs Hat?_______12 ...Not a Spectator Sport____________________13 Diocesan Headlines________________________14 Diocesan Calendar_________________________16

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cont'd from pg. 1 matic of the Christian life. It has become the model of how a Christian must act,” he said. According to Pope Francis, the parable shows that having compassion is key. “If you do not feel pity before a needy person, if your heart is not moved, then something is wrong,” he warned. “Be careful.” Quoting the Gospel of Luke, Francis said: “‘Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.’ God, our Father, is merciful, because he has compassion; he is capable of having this compassion, of approaching our pain, our sin, our vices, our miseries.” The pope noted a detail of the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is that the Samaritan was considered an unbeliever.

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Jesus uses a man of no faith as a model, he said, because this man, in “loving his brother as himself, shows that he loves God with all his heart and with all his strength – the God he did not know!” “May the Virgin Mary,” Francis prayed, “help us to understand and above all to live more and more the unbreakable bond that exists between love for God our Father and concrete and generous love for our brothers, and give us the grace to have compassion and grow in compassion.” After the Angelus, the pope reiterated his desire to be close to the Venezuelan people, who he said are facing trials in the continued crisis in the country. “We pray the Lord will inspire and enlighten the parties involved, so that they can, as soon as possible, reach an agreement that puts an end to the suffering of the people for the good of the country and the entire region,” he said.

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Rev. Gregory Havel: currently Pastor of St. Casimir Parish in Wells, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Easton, and St. John the Baptist Parish in Minnesota Lake; in addition to his current assignment, appointed Dean of the Mankato Deanery, effective July 1, 2019. Pastor Rev. John Lasuba: currently Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Byron and Holy Family Parish in Kasson; in addition to his current assignment, appointed to the office of Pastor of St. John Baptist de la Salle Parish in Dodge Center, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Andrew Whiting, IVE: appointed to the office of Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, effective August 1, 2019. Parochial Administrator Rev. Peter Schuster: currently Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Rochester and Assistant Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester; in addition to his current assignments, appointed to the office of Parochial Administrator of St. Columbanus Parish in Blooming Prairie, Sacred Heart Parish in Hayfield and Holy Trinity Parish in Litomysl, effective July 1, 2019. Parochial Vicar Rev. Javier Ibarra, IVE: appointed to the office of Parochial Vicar of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, effective August 1, 2019. College of Consultors Very Rev. Glenn Frerichs: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a fiveyear term, effective August 4, 2019. Rev. James Berning: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a fiveyear term, effective August 18, 2019. Rev. Russell Scepaniak: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a fiveyear term, effective October 10, 2019. Rev. Peter Schuster: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a fiveyear term, effective October 10, 2019.

Child Abuse Policy Information The Diocese of Winona-Rochester will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona-Rochester is committed to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at www.dow. org under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona-Rochester’s implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Mary Hamann at 507-858-1244, or

Released for Ministry Outside of Diocese Rev. Thomas Niehaus: resigned as Pastor of St. Columbanus Parish in Blooming Prairie, Sacred Heart Parish in Hayfield and St. John Baptist de la Salle Parish in Dodge Center; with permission of Bishop John M. Quinn, released for service in the Archdiocese of St. PaulMinneapolis, for one (1) year, so as to discern with the Companions of Christ, effective July 1, 2019. Deacons Deacon John DeStazio: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Joachim Parish in Plainview and Immaculate Conception Parish in Kellogg for a sixyear term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Placido Zavala: appointed to diaconal ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Justin Green: appointed to diaconal ministry at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Winona and St. John Nepomucene Parish in Winona for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Gerald Freetly: appointed to diaconal ministry at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon John Kluczny: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Augustine Parish in Austin and St. Edward Parish in Austin for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Eugene Paul: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Casimir Parish in Wells, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Easton, and St. John the Baptist Parish in Minnesota Lake for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon James Welch: appointed to diaconal ministry at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona and St. Casimir Parish in Winona for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Vernon Behrends: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Mary Parish in Worthington for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon David Dose: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Mary Parish in Lake City and St. Patrick Parish in West Albany for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon John Hust: appointed to diaconal ministry at St. Felix Parish in Wabasha and St. Agnes Parish in Kellogg for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Joseph Weigel: appointed to diaconal ministry at Holy Spirit Parish in Rochester for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Deacon Robert Yerhot: appointed to diaconal ministry at Crucifixion Parish in La Crescent, St. Patrick Parish in Brownsville, and Holy Cross Parish in Dakota for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Social Concerns Committee Sr. Marlys Jax, OSF: appointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester Social Concerns Committee for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2019.

Celebrate Mary! Blessed Virgin Mary

Every August 15, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she was taken up, body and soul, into heaven. Because the Virgin Mary was given the singular grace of being preserved from the stain of original sin, she also enjoyed freedom from the effects of original sin, including the separation of the soul from the body at the time of death. Our Blessed Mother’s Assumption is a great cause for rejoicing, not only because of the fact that she now shares body and soul in the joys of heaven, but this event is also a source of great hope for us, as it gives us a glimpse of our future, when our bodies will one day be reunited with our souls at the Resurrection of the Dead at the end of time. The Assumption is such an important and solemn event in the life of our Blessed Mother, that the Church celebrates

Rejoice in Hope Bishop John M. Quinn Bishop's Calendar

August 15 as a Holy Day of Obligation, where we take time from our normal daily routines to attend Mass, and, to the extent we are able, to make the day one of rest and celebration, refraining from unnecessary labor and prioritizing time with the Lord. The Church is the Family of God, and just as human families celebrate birthdays and anniversaries of their members, so does the Church recall and celebrate special moments in the life of the Church and its saints, of which the Blessed Virgin Mary is the most preeminent member. Another special celebration of our Blessed Mother occurs on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Following the tradition of the last several years, on this day I will renew the consecration of the Diocese of WinonaRochester to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. With this consecration, the diocese is entrusted to our heavenly mother, for her protection and intercession. She wants nothing more than for us to follow her Son, and when we give ourselves unreservedly to her, we show both our love and devotion to her and our desire to draw closer to both her Immaculate Heart and her Son’s Sacred Heart. This year, we will once again hold this reconsecration at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, and it is always a great blessing to have all of our seminarians from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona present for this special Mass. This year, since September 8 falls on a Sunday, the ceremony will take place at the Cathedral’s 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning Mass. All are invited to join me, the Immaculate Heart of Mary faculty and seminarians,

August 3, Saturday 5 p.m. - Mass and Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Seminarians Matthew Koestler and Adam Worm - St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Charles August 4, Sunday 9 a.m. - Mass (English) - Queen of Angels Church, Austin 11 a.m. - Mass (Spanish) - Queen of Angels Church, Austin August 6, Tuesday Knights of Columbus Convention - Minneapolis



and Cathedral parishioners, as I consecrate the diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May we all draw closer to her Son Jesus Christ, and ever know our Blessed Mother’s maternal love, help, and protection. Unbound Conference

This fall, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester’s Office of Missionary Discipleship will be hosting an Unbound conference, which will be held at St. John Vianney Parish in Fairmont. Unbound Ministry ( h e a r t o f t h e f a t h e r. c o m ) provides a model of deliverance prayer where trained prayer teams assist individuals in identifying and healing from the effects of sins and spiritual wounds in their life. The twoday conference will provide information and training in this particular method of prayer, and prayer teams are being assembled throughout the diocese for those who would like to receive prayer using the Unbound model, after the conference. One only has to look around to see the brokenness of our world, country, communities, families, and us as individuals. Because of original sin, all of us are wounded, and by our sins we wound others. We often carry the burden of these wounds without realizing how much they weigh us down and affect our relationships with others and, most importantly, with our Triune God. But Jesus Christ desires us to know His mercy and healing, and invites us to surrender our sins and wounds to Him, and be filled with His love and peace. Unbound provides an avenue to find this healing, and I hope that many people will take advantage of this conference to learn more about how they can find spiritual healing and wholeness in the lives.

August 21, Wednesday 5:30 p.m. - Mass - Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem - Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester August 22-24, Thursday - Saturday Region VIII Bishops Provincial Meeting - New Ulm August 24, Saturday 5:30 p.m. - Confirmation - St. Mary Church, Worthington August 25, Sunday 4:30 p.m. - Dinner with IHM Seminary Faculty

For more information on the Unbound conference and ministry of healing, you can go to the Missionary Discipleship page of the Diocese of WinonaRochester website,, or contact Dr. Susan WindleyDaoust, Director of Missionary Discipleship, at swindley@ or 507-858-1277. Youth Evangelization

While summer often provides a break from many of our regular activities, it also is an opportunity for our youth to take part in a variety of Catholic camps and events designed to help them delve more deeply into our Catholic faith. One of these opportunities is Totus Tuus, where teams of young adults travel to parishes throughout the diocese to facilitate faith-filled catechetical programs and fun activities for children in grade school through high school. Latin for “Totally Yours,” Totus Tuus was the motto of St. Pope John Paul II, and signifies how, when we entrust ourselves completely to Christ’s mother, she will lead us to her Son. Totus Tuus is a week-long camp that leads youth in discovering more about their faith, while providing them with the opportunity to participate in Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Sacrament of Penance. I am grateful for the young adults who so generously spend their summer traveling around the diocese, to help teach the faith to children in so many of our parishes. The annual Steubenville conference, held in Rochester in July, draws about two thousand youth each year, including over 120 from the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. The weekend is full of speakers who encourage and challenge the youth to live faith-filled lives committed to Christ and


His Church, and there are many opportunities to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and Adoration. It is a great blessing to attend this event, where I have the privilege of hearing confessions and celebrating the closing Mass. W h i l e Steubenville is for high school youth, the diocese also offers Camp Summit, a Catholic camp for those in middle school. Camp Summit combines the adventures of a traditional summer camp with the opportunity to practice and learn about the Catholic faith. Camp Summit has grown exponentially in the few years since it started, and now runs for two separate weeks with a total of about 350 students. It is a blessing to have so many enriching and engaging opportunities for our youth to encounter the Lord more deeply in the summer. These offerings are just a few of the many activities taking place across the diocese, which include Vacation Bible School, mission trips, and more. It is evident that the Holy Spirit is alive in our young people, and I am grateful for everyone who makes these events possible, and takes the time and effort to accompany our young people on their journey of faith. Blessed are all of you.

From the Bishop

�ear Friends in Christ,

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona-Rochester

August 26, Monday 11:30 a.m. - Mass - Catechetical Day - Lourdes High School, Rochester

September 5, Thursday 9:30 a.m. - Holy Hour 10:30 a.m. - College of Consultors Meeting

August 28, Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - Conference Call with USCCB Catholic Higher Education Committee

September 6, Friday 8 - 9:40 a.m. - Teach at SMU

August 29, Thursday 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting August 30, Friday 8 - 9:40 a.m. - Teach at SMU September 4, Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - MCC Study Day, St. Paul

September 7, Saturday 5:15 p.m. - Confirmation - St. Theodore Church, Albert Lea, with St. James Parish, Twin Lakes September 8, Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Rededication of the Consecration of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona August, 2019 w The Courier w


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altar and as lectors. In his homily, Bishop Quinn urged Deacon Wagner to be a "gentle shepherd," in order to retrieve the Church's "lost sheep" who need the Gospel. He compared this image to that of a shepherd who was not gentle - a German shepherd dog who guarded a junkyard in the neighborhood where Bishop Quinn grew up. "That dog was mean," Bishop Quinn said. "And whenever we'd get too close to the fence, boy, that dog would jump. It looked like it had teeth like razors." He continued, "But, you know, that shepherd had one weakness, and people found out that all you had to do was throw a pound of hamburger in there, and that dog would unlock the lock and let you in! "What happened was, as good and powerful and strong as that dog was, that shepherd had an Achilles heel. Maybe we all do. ... "But, see, Jesus is a gentle shepherd. He doesn't come pouncing on us. He doesn't come in anger. He never bares his teeth. He brings out his heart. He's a gentle shepherd who reminds us that he gives his life for us. And his message is that of a shepherd who looks for those who are broken-hearted. He searches out the wounded. He wants those who have no other place to go. ... "Scandals in the Church have caused some of our sheep to stray. We caused it, and now we have to bring reconciliation to those who have been wounded. Matthew, go after those sheep. Go after them by a life of faith and love, and be gentle with them. ... "Matthew, you've got the best smile I've ever seen. You live in hope. Remember, that's what our people need. ... Help them live in hope. Be a priest who brings hope and a shepherd who helps them know their story counts and is part of the salvation story of Jesus Christ for us all. Keep lifting those sheep." After his ordination, Fr. Wagner celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels on the Alverna Center campus of St. Mary's University in Winona. Fr. Wagner has been appointed parochial vicar of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir Parish, both in Winona, effective July 1, 2019. Like any presbyteral ordination, Fr. Wagner's ordination prompts many of the faithful to look toward the future of vocations in the diocese. Diocese of Winona-Rochester Vocations Director Fr. Jason Kern has announced the diocese's upcoming participation in a parish-level vocations initiative of the U.S. Council of Serra International - the Called by Name initiative. Called by Name taps into parishioner feedback as a valuable tool in focusing vocations efforts in parishes. According to the Serrans for Vocation Directors website ( "At the core of Called by Name is a process that takes place during Mass, wherein priests talk of the need for vocations in their homilies, and parisioners fill out response cards with the names of men and women they believe have both a call to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life, and the qualities to live out such a vocation." Further information on Called by Name can be found in Fr. Kern's column on the next page.

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Called by Name Rev. Jason Kern Director of Vocations

think would be a good candidate for the seminary or religious discernment? As the vocations director for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, I hear frequently from pastors and youth ministers about young men or women in their parishes who are considering specific calls from God toward priestly or religious life. When I ask if the young people have spoken with their pastors or if the young people have been followed up with, the answers vary, and sometimes I'm asked what to do in order to help keep these young people on the path of discernment. It is my hope as vocations director to more readily assist in this process as it is appropriate. One program that Bishop Quinn and I will use to this end in the coming months, at interested parishes, is a program run through Serra International (a lay organization present in our diocese that works to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life). This program is named Called By Name, and it is supported by the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Vocations. This program is run by Serra member volunteers who work with a local pastor, and the program ordinarily takes place during Mass, wherein priests have the opportunity to talk of the need for vocations in their homilies (perhaps by sharing their own vocation stories), and parishioners fill out response cards with the names of men and women they believe have both a call to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life, and the qualities to live out such a vocation. The individuals will be followed up with in a low-key, informative manner by me, the vocations director. This will allow them to say they are not interested at this time or that they would like to discuss a little more about how they would know if God is calling them to this way of life. It is also an opportunity for them to receive resources on vocational discernment. The reason for this program: Often it is difficult to form relationships and follow up with candidates who might not reach out on their own. This process assists them in foregoing a step blocked by fear, and allows them to be in contact with the vocations director, who can encourage and accompany them on their path of discernment. If they never speak with someone about their vocation, it may lay dormant and not be responded to, and they still have the freedom to say “no” if they desire to do so.

Week One - Communications begin and continue through week three - bulletin and pulpit announcements.

Week Two – Called By Name is launched at all Masses. • Vocation-themed homilies. •

Announcement from the pulpit regarding the completion and collection of nominee cards.

Nominee cards are placed in the pews and the pamphlet rack of the church. Be sure to make pencils or pens available.

The Prayers of the Faithful and music are coordinated to specifically address vocations.

Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider the names of good potential nominees. Parishioners then write the names and contact information on the nominee cards provided in the pews, and drop them in the specifically designated boxes at each exit, in the collection baskets, or drop/mail them to the parish office. Week Three – Same as week two.

Week Four - Follow up with the individuals whose names were submitted. • A previously prepared form letter to the nominees from the pastor should be sent out immediately following the collection of the cards.

If you are interested in this program, please contact me directly or JoAnn Eichten, who is the current district governor for the Serra Clubs in our area. We will reach out to parishes where we think the community is ready to bring forward vocations, but if you believe this would work well in your community, give us a call and we will work with you to help young people take that next step in seeing where God is leading them in their lives. A second initiative that the vocations office is looking to launch is inviting a much more intentional approach to parish communities praying for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese. If your parish would like to pray more intentionally for holy vocations and for God to sustain those who currently serve, please contact me, and I can help you determine how your parish community might formally begin a season of prayer for vocations.


� o you know anyone who is thinking about becoming a priest or a religious? What about anyone who you

This is a four-week process led by the Serrans, who assist at the parish, and it is adaptable to each parish's needs. The program is conducted over two consecutive weekend Masses. A number of prospective priests and religious in each parish will potentially be moved into actively entering into the discernment process after hearing their names were specifically mentioned as people who might have a calling. Called by Name plays out according to the following schedule:


For more information on Called By Name, go to this website:

Here are some ideas for parish vocation prayers:


Fr. Jason Kern, Vocations Director JoAnn Eichten

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Missionary Discipleship


From 1 to 1,000 Disciples in Five Years

�o you ever get overwhelmed by the call we all received in our baptism to share the

person and love of Jesus Christ--what that means, how to do it, not feeling prepared, and a budding awareness of the vast need? I have good news (in addition to the gospel)! There is a straightforward way to learn what and how by doing it, gaining confidence on the way, and making a big, real impact on your community through sharing faith and spiritually multiplying our outreach. I want to talk to you about Discipleship Quads. Most of us are aware of the power of small faith-sharing groups, and we have many operating in our diocese, formal and informal. From families to bible studies to sacred parenting groups to lay ecclesial movements to third orders, we need these small communities to create space to speak of our growing life in Christ, and to live in Christ-centered friendship with each other. But, as valuable as all of those are, Discipleship Quads are different, doable, and can change our experience of being a parish of missionary disciples. What is a Discipleship Quad?

A Discipleship Quad is a “micro-group” of four men or four women, who agree to come together for 90 minutes weekly for a year, to challenge each other to grow in faith together. After a couple of sessions getting to know each other and sharing their faith stories to this point, they work through a free curriculum that focuses on helping each person of the small group grow in relationship to Christ in everyday life through scripture, tradition, and the saints. They are autonomous small groups, and meet where they wish: a coffeehouse, a home, a vacant classroom after dropping kids off, a parish office, the library. They learn to pray together and share each other’s concerns, challenges, and joys, and they take turns practicing being leaders of this micro-group. Finally, after a year, they each go forward to do what they agreed to consider seriously at the beginning of the process: begin new quads, making new disciples.

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There are two big insights that make this small group different and exponentially more effective at changing parish and community culture.

1. Spiritual multiplication. This small group process practices a form of spiritual multiplication by preparing and equipping people to be not only disciples, but also disciple-makers. Let’s say one group of four exists in your parish, and next year they create new quads (16), and the next year they did it again (64), and the fourth year they did it again (256), and the fifth year they did it again (1024 people!). Even adjusting for the inevitable realities of life that may prevent people from leading a group the second year, that is a remarkably deep and wide outreach. It would be culturally transformative, and would only widen dramatically quickly after “year five.” (Remember how quickly Christianity initially spread? This is one reason why...they didn’t just relay information, they made disciples who make disciples.) 2. The other difference is the nature of the group. Dr. Greg Ogden spent decades researching discipleship processes, and his research proved that four is the magic number for making disciples. A group of two tends to fall into a teacher-student relationship. A group of five or more tends to crowd some out, and there is an inner circle and outer circle that gets left in the dust. Four (or if one needs to drop, three) creates a group that allows substantial sharing, a sense of safety, a friendship-based accountability to each other, and flexibility in scheduling - and all this fosters genuine growth in Christ.

Parishes can choose to employ this method of making disciples, but it can also be done by other small groups already existing (for example, an existing bible study breaks into quads and decides to do this for a year), or even by a person who simply wants this to happen in his or her community: you pray, invite three people, and off you go!

Susan Windley-Daoust

Director of Missionary Discipleship

This particular model derives in part from FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), but it also builds on the strengths of RENEW and post-Cursillo small groups. It is hosted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and here is even more good news: it is completely free. Online training, curriculum materials, free. You can explore it more here: The Office of Missionary Discipleship is going to support and encourage people in the diocese who want to engage in these quads (which means any necessary coaching, as well as a wide diocesan community of support, will be free as well). If you are interested, please contact me ( A deep information and launch gathering will be offered this fall--watch this space! I invited John Gust, who is the director of ministry for the Austin cluster of St. Augustine and St. Edward, to describe how their cluster came to back this process: Over the past few years, Pope Francis has been calling us to become missionary disciples who speak and live the Word of God beyond the walls of the church buildings. At the same time, God has been putting a desire on our hearts to really focus on discipleship at the parish. So we began to discern and pray as a ministry team, looking at what seemed to be fruitful elsewhere, including studying the FOCUS ministry model, reading Forming Intentional Disciples, and networking with and within the diocese. We quickly recognized that there were a lot of good things we were doing at our parishes, but ultimately we needed to discern what would be best - to choose the “better portion.” While existing programs were good, we needed to shift our focus to what was best: encountering God, building or deepening a relationship with Him, and intentionally inviting others to do the same; forming the total person, rather than merely teaching the mind. We discerned that implementing Discipleship Quads was our next step toward becoming a parish of missionary disciples. As a spiritual multiplication process, the Discipleship Quads are intended to help the members encounter God, be formed as His disciples, and then share His Good News with others. Please pray for us as our first group of Quads begins to seek the Lord!

The Work of the Spirit (Part II)

'Varieties of Gifts, ...of Services, ...of Activities'

The Holy Spirit … makes us Church, building different parts into one harmonious edifice. Saint Paul explains this well when, speaking of the Church, he often repeats a single word, "variety:" "varieties of gifts, varieties of services, varieties of activities" (1 Cor 12:4-6). We differ in the variety of our qualities and gifts. The Holy Spirit distributes them creatively, so that they are not all identical. On the basis of this variety, he builds unity. From the beginning of creation, he has done this. -Pope Francis, Pentecost Homily, 2019

�s part of our diocesan Pentecost Celebration held

in early June, a listing was compiled of the various lay groups, movements, and associations present in the diocese. This list demonstrates the great varieties of gifts, charisms, and graces of the Holy Spirit alive and at work in our Church here in southern Minnesota. We now continue the task begun last month of providing information on these groups which are a manifestation of the Spirit moving and active in our midst.

St. James Coffee is a unique response to the Church’s call to the New Evangelization in that it brings the Church into the world and into the everyday lives of its customers and the local community. It is a place where people encounter Jesus Christ through its products (including events and programs) and the hospitality of its volunteers and staff. Our mission is to provide a welcoming space for nonCatholics and non-practicing Catholics to come to know Christ and His Church, and to provide a forum for Catholics to find fellowship and catechesis. Located at 4156 18th Avenue NW in Rochester. For more information: 507-281-3559 or St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) is a lay apostolate that works in obedience to the Catholic Church and in fidelity to her teachings. Armed with pamphlets, rosaries, and a simple sign, SPSE evangelists take to the streets, going wherever people are gathered – on a street corner, at a festival, or even at a football game. Our outreaches always begin and end in prayer. Our approach is non-confrontational, and our goal is not to win arguments but to share the love of Jesus Christ with a hurting culture that is seeking truth. We share with non-Catholics why we believe what we do; we encourage those who have "fallen away" to come back to the Church, through the Sacrament of Confession; we pray for those we meet and those who ask. We also teach and train ordinary Catholics to become missionary disciples. Contact: Deb McManimon, SPSE regional director of evangelization teams, at or 507-271-1737. Website:

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To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church, as a particular vocation to service, and to support priests in their sacred ministry. Also, to encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.

Finally, to assist members to recognize and respond in their own lives, to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Contact: Steven Sturm, Rochester Club president at Website:

The Secular Franciscan Order observes the gospel of Jesus by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and center of his life with God and people. Secular Franciscans devote themselves to reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to the gospel. We go forth as witnesses and instruments of the Church’s mission among all people, proclaiming Christ by our life and words. We are united by the dynamic power of the gospel, by joyful and radical change the gospel calls “conversion”. Prayer and contemplation are the soul of all we are and do. As Secular Franciscans, we seek a proper detachment from temporal goods by simplifying our own material needs, and strive to purify our hearts from every tendency and yearning for possession and power. We respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High” following the Franciscan concept of universal kinship with creation. Messengers of perfect joy in every circumstance, we should strive to bring joy and hope to others. All are welcome. Contact: Larry Price, ofs, at or 507-4585370. The Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester Lay Associates (Cojourners) are women and men from various professional backgrounds and faith traditions who commit to living the mission of the Sisters within the context of their own lives and responsibilities; they are not vowed. Sisters and Cojourners seek to build community with each other because of a desire for spiritual growth, support and mission. Website: Contacts: Sr. Ann Redig, candidate liaison, at or 507-282-7441; and Margo Kroshus, cojourner coordinator at or 507-282-7441

Lay Formation & RCIA

Todd Graff

Director of Lay Formation & RCIA

Serra Clubs work with their bishops, dioceses and religious vocation directors to encourage and support vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life. Serra Club members are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. All are dedicated to promote and foster vocations. The objectives of Serra are:


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Vincentians) are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule. Website: Contact: Marty Cormack, Rochester District council president at Teams of Our Lady is a lay movement officially recognized by the Holy See under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Through Teams of Our Lady, couples have found a way to meet their needs and desires of growing closer in love and faith. A team is a group of five to seven couples and a spiritual advisor who meet once a month to share, pray and discuss the challenges of living a Christian marriage and life. Team couples strive to live out Endeavors, which assist in their spiritual growth as a couple and as individuals. Website: Contact: Sarah and Josh Valinski at or 616-204-0631.

These lay groups and movements active in our diocesan Church (both those described above and in last month’s issue) are a great blessing, and truly the work of God’s Spirit in our midst here in southern Minnesota. Deo Gratias! Brothers and sisters, let us daily implore the gift of the Spirit. Holy Spirit, harmony of God, you who turn fear into trust and self-centeredness into self-gift, come to us. Grant us the joy of the resurrection and perennially young hearts. Holy Spirit, our harmony, you who make of us one body, pour forth your peace upon the Church and our world. Holy Spirit, make us builders of concord, sowers of goodness, apostles of hope.

-Pope Francis, Pentecost Homily, 2019

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Life, Marriage & Family


The Retrouvaille Program Is

Coming to Rochester!

�he Diocese of Winona-Rochester

is excited to offer a Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) weekend this October 11-13 in Rochester. This program is for couples with marital problems who want marriage help. Those who are considering marriage separation, and those who are already separated or divorced, are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille Program. There is always hope of reviving your relationship. Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs

of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program. Many lawyers and judges send couples to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to filing for a divorce or rendering final decisions. Many marriage counselors and family therapists send their clients to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to counseling. These professionals know that the tools of communication in marriage, taught in this program, are often what couples need. For more information on Southeast MN Retrouvaille, visit

Save the

Date for the

Diocese of Winona-Rochester's

Women's Conference 2019 Transforming Culture to Promote Life The Unique Gift of Womanhood

November 2, 2019 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. St. Augustine Church, Austin For more information, please contact the Office of Life, Marriage & Family. August, 2019 w The Courier w

Peter Martin

Director of Faith Formation and Life, Marriage & Family

Blessed John Henry Newman to be Canonized Aaron Lofy


VATICAN CITY, Jul. 1, 2019 (CNA) -- The Vatican announced Monday that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13 in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July 1, Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be canonized together in St. Peter’s Square. Indian Sister Marian Thresia, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini; Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marguerite Bays, a Swiss consecrated virgin of the Third Order of St. Francis will be canonized alongside Newman. Their canonizations will take place during the 2019 Special Synod of Bishops from the PanAmazonian region to be held at the Vatican Oct. 6-27. Newman was a 19th century theologian, poet, Catholic priest and cardinal. Originally an Anglican priest, he converted to Catholicism in 1845 and his writings are considered among some of the most important Church-writings in recent centuries. Ordained a Catholic priest in 1847, he was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879, although he was not a bishop. Newman’s conversion to the Catholic

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involved the complete and inexplicable healing of a deacon from a disabling spinal condition. His second miracle concerned the healing of a pregnant American woman. The woman prayed for the intercession of Cardinal Newman at the time of a lifethreatening diagnosis, and her doctors have been unable to explain how or why she was able to suddenly recover. “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons,” Blessed John Henry Newman wrote. “He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments,” he said. “Therefore, I will trust Him... If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him... He does nothing in vain... He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”

Youth & Young Adults

Director of Youth & Young Adults,

faith was controversial in England, and resulted in him losing many friends, including his own sister who never spoke to him again. The British cardinal founded the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England, and was particularly dedicated to education, founding two schools for boys. He died in Birmingham in 1890 at the age of 89. In October, Cardinal Newman will become Britain’s first new saint since the canonization of St. John Ogilvie in 1976. At Newman’s beatification Mass in Birmingham, England in Sept. 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that Newman’s “insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society, and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education were not only of profound importance for Victorian England, but continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world.” “What better goal could teachers of religion set themselves than Blessed John Henry’s famous appeal for an intelligent, well-instructed laity: ‘I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it,’” Pope Benedict said. The first miracle attributed to Newman’s intercession

Submitted by LOREN DAHLING Fr. Jason Kern presented the St. George Emblem to Tom DeMarais following Mass on June 16, 2019, at St. Mary Church in Winona. The emblem is awarded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese, and is the highest award with which a diocese may honor a Boy Scout leader who has made significant and outstanding contributions through Scouting to the spiritual development of Catholic youth. Tom has served Scouting for 30 years as scoutmaster for Troop 13, cubmaster for Pack 13, Sugar Loaf District roundtable commissioner, district committee chair, and other positions. St. George is the patron saint of Scouting. Whether the dragon-slayer of myth or the historical martyr, he is known for publically demonstrating his ideals and faith. Tom has done this for youth through Scouting in many ways, as a nine-time chaperone to the National Catholic Youth Conference, and in several positions within his parish. Let us congratulate Tom as we thank him for the guidance he has given in service to our local Catholic youth. Loren Dahling is the chair of the Winona-Rochester Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. August, 2019 w The Courier w

Ask a Canon Lawyer


Sacramental Marriage � ften when people speak informally of what we do in the marriage tribunal, they describe it as: “investigating whether a marriage was truly sacramental or not.” While this captures the basic idea of the purpose of a marriage nullity trial, it would be more accurate to say that, strictly speaking, we determine whether a marriage was valid, not whether it was sacramental. But what’s the difference here? Marriage as a Natural Vocation

In a nutshell, a valid marriage is a marriage where the bond is true and binding, and a sacramental marriage is where the bond is also a sacrament in addition to being valid. While all truly sacramental marriages are valid, not all valid marriages are sacramental. Any reasonably healthy human person is in theory capable of contracting a valid marriage. This is true for Catholics, non-Catholics, and even nonChristians. The reason for this is that marriage is a natural human vocation, meaning that marriage is something intrinsic to human nature. Marriage was part of God’s plan for humanity from the beginning of creation, and it remains a fundamental part of the human experience even after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the beginning of original sin. This is evident not only in our sacred Scriptures, but also in the fact that all human cultures throughout history have had some concept of marriage as an institution. Consequently, it is possible to understand and intend marriage even coming from a completely non-religious point of reference. Because of this, the Church regards the marriages of non-Christians as being valid, and thus binding, until proven otherwise in a marriage nullity process. However, while unbaptized persons are able to enter into valid marriages, only the baptized can have a marriage that is also sacramental. Marriage as a Sacramental Vocation

As we know, Christ chose to perform his first public miracle at a wedding at Cana. In doing so, he raised Christian marriage to the dignity of a sacrament. That is, for Christians marriage is not only a union between a man and a woman, foundational to human society, which is ordered toward the creation of new life; but is also a source of sacramental grace for the spouses personally, as well as a sign for all the faithful of Christ’s love for the Church. While a valid natural marriage is a great good even by itself, a sacramental marriage is a sort of serious spiritual “upgrade.”

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When two baptized Christians marry validly, even if one or both of them is not Catholic, their marriage cannot help but be a sacrament. This is true even if the Christian spouses are not aware that their marriage is a sacrament, and remains the case even if they did not have any deliberate intention to live out their married life in a specifically sacramental way (provided, of course, that they still had at least a basic intention to enter into a permanent, exclusive faithful union that was open to new life). And, incidentally, if two non-Christians marry, but both later become baptized—or if there was a marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian, with the nonChristian receiving baptism during the marriage—their marriage, which was not a sacrament to begin with, instantly becomes one as soon as the non-Christians in the union are baptized. In situations like this, the sacramentality of marriage is not only an “upgrade” from a merely natural marriage, but it’s also like an “automatic update!"

Jenna Cooper

Tribunal Coordinator & Judge

studying the whole scenario to make sure all the relevant conditions are met, can allow the new Christian to marry another Christian. The new, sacramental marriage bond would then dissolve the old, merely natural one. The second situation is in a Petrine privilege, also called a dissolution “in favor of the faith.” A Petrine privilege may apply when a non-sacramental marriage, in which at least one of the parties was unbaptized, fails, and the baptized party then wishes to marry another Christian. If certain conditions are met—such as, the person requesting the favor cannot have been the main cause of the marital relationship Do breaking down, and there must be no you Sacramental Marriage que danger of scandal to the Christian h cano s t i o n ave a and Canon Law community, among other things— n la abo you a detailed request for a dissoluu w t On a spiritual level, there are many that tion of the marriage is sent to to s w o u l d profound effects of a sacramental ee l i the Holy Father in Rome. If the k e her answ marriage, which, unfortunately, Pope decides that dissolving the e e r ed ? E jcoo we don’t have room to discuss non-sacramental marriage is m p here. But on a more theological w i t h er@dow a i l in the pastoral best interests of r. o r g or canonical level, one of the " the Christians involved, he may C o que more notable consequences of a choose to use the power to “bind stio u r i e r n" sacramental marriage is that the the and loose” (see Matthew 16:19) subj i n marriage in question becomes, in that Christ gave to St. Peter himself ect a manner of speaking, even more line in order to dissolve that non-sacra. permanent than a natural marriage. mental marriage. This might seem like a strange thing to say, since the Church teaches that A Quick and Easy Loophole? all marriages are truly permanent as long as both spouses are alive. However, more technically, we Sometimes, some people have the impression that a believe that it is valid, consummated, sacramental marPauline or Petrine privilege is a quick and easy way for a riages which are absolutely indissoluble. Practically, divorced person to become free to marry in the Church, this means that in some very rare cases, a natural nonas opposed to going through a longer and more demandsacramental marriage might be dissolved. ing marriage nullity trial. But, while these privileges are The first situation where this could happen is in simpler processes that can indeed often be somewhat a Pauline privilege, first described by St. Paul—hence faster, it’s important to keep in mind that they are not the name—in his first letter to the Corinthians (see 1 quick and easy solutions. Corinthians 7:12-15). The Pauline privilege can apply For one thing, as noted above, the scenarios where when two non-baptized people are married, one party such privileges would apply are not common ones. converts to Christianity and is baptized, and the nonFurther, in each case, there are several other condibaptized party subsequently either departs from their tions that must be met besides simply having a nonmarital common life or will not allow that newly-bapsacramental marriage. Finally, in both processes, all of tized to live out their Christian faith in peace. In such the relevant facts of the case must be definitively proven a case the local bishop, after carefully in some way, whether through documentary evidence or witness testimony. And sometimes, collecting these proofs can demand the same level of time and attention as collecting proofs for a regular marriage nullity trial. So, while our theology on sacramental marriages might allow for these “loopholes,” we can see that the Church still takes even merely natural marriages very seriously.

What Is Stewardship? Monica Herman

Executive Director Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota

What Is Stewardship? It is a lifestyle, a way of life, a life of total accountability and responsibility. It is the acknowledging of God as the Creator and Owner of all. Christian stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all God’s gifts. Stewardship is a way of thanking God for all of our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts that we have been given. It involves the intentional, planned and proportionate giving of all we have. Finally, stewardship encourages everyone to participate in the task of building the Kingdom of God.  Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, yours are the eyes through which he is going about doing good, yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now (St. Teresa of Avila). What Difference Will Stewardship Make in My Life?

The difference is the motivation for giving.  Stewardship acknowledges that God is the source of all of our gifts and talents and we are the caretakers of these gifts. Stewardship encourages us to make a difference and to become involved. It challenges individuals and families to reexamine their relationship with God, each other, the workplace, the community, and the parish. And, it increases awareness and appreciation of the presence of the Lord in our lives. Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth (Prov 27:1).

What Is Meant by Giving of One’s Time, Talent and Material Possessions?

Put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received. Thus, in all of you God is to be glorified (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Am I Expected to Give All I Have Been Given to the Church?

No. The church teaches that the primary vocation of the laity is to transform the world to Christ. We do this best when we share and use the gifts our generous God has given us in love and justice, first at home, then in the workplace, in our communities and in our parishes. Certainly, however, the parish is a focal point for coming together as disciples of Jesus. Our parish is central to our gathering for prayer and worship, celebrating the sacraments, meeting for and planning together the work of the church, and celebrating the gift of each other. We have an important responsibility to our parish to plan ways we can use and share our gifts there, but we must remember that our sense of stewardship needs to be kept broad and holistic. All things work for good for those who love God (Rm 8:28). What’s the Difference Between Stewardship and Fundraising?

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus specifically talks about how God wants us to live our lives to help build God’s kingdom. Scripture talks about what we should be doing with the gifts that God has given us. Good stewards respond to the needs that fundraising efforts address, but they always focus on the primary fact that, as disciples of Jesus who have been gifted by a most generous God, we need to give! Happiness lies more in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35).

Catholic Foundation

Questions and Answers


What’s the Difference Between Stewardship and Tithing? Tithing is the biblical notion of giving one-tenth (10%) of our money. Good stewards reflect upon their current level of giving, and consider “takinga-step” to a higher level of giving, if possible. The ultimate goal may be to achieve the biblical tithe, or it could be less or more, depending upon what a person/family had concluded through prayer and reflection.  The important thing is to take the first step of faith by putting God first.

Congratulations! Since our Last Printing, the following parishes have met their goals for the 2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:

Christ the King Byron

St. Francis of Assisi Rochester

Holy Family Kasson

St. Patrick LeRoy

St. Ann Janesville St. Columban Preston

St. Rose of Lima Lewiston

Sharing these gifts involves being with God in prayer and worship, using our gifts to help build God’s Kingdom among our family and friends, our workplace, and our communities and parishes. It means becoming ministers of the Gospel in our communities and parishes in new ways! Men do not light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. They set it on a stand where it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father (Mk 5:14-16).

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Catholic Charities


"Honest Abe" in a Chicago Cubs Hat? � hen you think of Abraham Lincoln, you might envision that stovepipe hat he

popularized. But, today I’m asking you to replace that topper with a royal blue baseball cap adorned with a red embroidered “C,” I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working under the direction of Robert Tereba (executive director of Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota) for the past 15 years. And there has been more than one occasion when I’ve had to do a double-take to ensure I was not serving under the leadership of that model of integrity we know as “Honest Abe." Those who know Bob are familiar with his unwavering passion and loyalty for the Chicago Cubs and his admiration for his “hero” – our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. When spring rolls around, it is not uncommon to see Bob sporting a “love-worn” Chicago Cubs cap. And, upon walking in his office, you will see Abraham Lincoln honored on the walls beside that famous “W” banner that signifies Cub wins. You might ask, “What kind of man would proudly, yet humbly, declare his loyal support for figures of loss and failure? Really, who wants to be associated with loss and failure?" Lincoln experienced personal and professional loss and failure; he suffered from melancholy and depression most of his life. During periods of his life, he succumbed to misery, helplessness, and thoughts of suicide. And his presidency was dominated by the biggest crisis in American history. On the other hand, the Chicago Cubs suffered the longest drought in baseball - one that lasted 107 years. Let’s face it: after viewing those defeats, you saw more than one person staring back at the television screen with index finger and thumb creating an “L’ on the forehead. Sorry, Bob; just being honest. I’ll follow Abe’s example of honesty and tell you that, as my beloved director announced his eminent retirement, tears began to well up in my eyes. You see, that man who associates himself with a historical hero and a baseball team plagued with challenges and failures magnificently represents all for which Catholic Charities’ mission stands. He has changed my life, along with countless others blessed with his friendship and support.

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Bob has been a cathartic example for those we serve who are broken in body and spirit, those seekMary Alessio ing transformation. He has reminded staff in word and Director of Advancement deed by his compassionate example that God doesn’t Catholic Charities of expect our perfection; he wants our perseverance. And Bob doesn’t give up on anyone. He looks beyond outSouthern Minnesota ward appearances and sees the true potential within. Bob embodies the mission of Catholic Charities - one that reminds you and me Bob embodies the caterpillars, there is potential for all of that we are made in God’s image and likeus to reach butterfly brilliance. That catmission of Catholic ness. Every human life has dignity - so erpillar/butterfly metaphor represents don’t give up on anyone. Charities - one that the mission of Catholic Charities and the As big baseball stories go, the Cubs man who has led that mission in southreminds you and me might be considered the biggest in hisern Minnesota for more than 19 years. tory. In 2016, Bob’s favorite baseball team that we are made in Robert Tereba represents the life-changrestored hope to all underdogs. This was God's image and ing transformation that comes when we a monumental development. And maybe look beyond outside appearances and see likeness. Every the message of hope reflected was why the potential for greatness in all. it took so long to happen. Come on; we human life has There are some life stories that are so cannot blame the drought on that billy dignity so don't grand and so powerfully moving that they goat curse scenario. The reality is that the remain etched in our hearts forever. The Chicago Cubs had just not reached their give up on anyone. story of the 2016 World Series Chicago full potential. Cubs that ended after storming back from Beginning in his mid-30s, Lincoln worked dilia 3-1 series deficit in a 10-inning championship game gently to improve himself. His failures were the catawin; the story of one of our nation’s most admired leadlyst for developing self-understanding, discipline and ers who ended slavery; and the story of Robert Tereba, strategies for helping others in need. These would a man who exemplifies the positive change that comes become the foundation of his characwhen we embrace compassion, hope, and a belief that, ter. “Honest Abe” was a diamond with God, all things are possible! in the rough. His failures were Happy retirement, Bob! We love you. We will carry the stepping stones to gloriyour example with us as we strive to inspire hope and ous transformation. His life to help those we serve reach their full potential. Wait; is used as a paradigm for I think if you listen intently, you may hear the voice of how to inspire people to that famous Cubs sportscaster, Jack Brickhouse, echoovercome life’s difficuling from heaven. ties. "Hey-hey! ... Bob, you did it! ... You hit a grand Both the Chicago slam—you changed the world!" Cubs and Abraham Lincoln remind you and All are invited to an open house to honor Bob's dedicame that, while there tion to the poor and vulnerable through his leadership are times when we may of Catholic Charities - September 17 at Mayowood Stone crawl through life like Barn (3345 Mayowood Rd SW in Rochester) from 4:307 p.m. Your presence is you gift! However, if you wish, gifts in Bob's honor to Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota Endowment Fund would help continue his work and be deeply appreciated.

Promoting the Common Good Is Shawn Peterson

Associate Director for Public Policy Minnesota Catholic Conference

fter five very blessed years as associate director for public policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), I have decided to pursue a new opportunity with Catholic Education Partners, an organization whose mission is to advance public policies that empower families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. I firmly believe that giving more children the opportunity to receive a great Catholic education through parental choice is one of the best ways we can spread the Gospel, bring more people to Christ, and build a better and just society. As I leave, I wish to share some reflections on our work at the Conference. Looking back, I am reminded of two key truths: a few committed people really can influence the political process, and the Church has a necessary and effective voice in public policy. Consider the following three pieces of legislation for which MCC advocated in recent years. Small Things Add Up to Big Change

First, consider the Prenatal Trisomy Diagnosis Awareness Act, a law which now requires doctors to provide expectant parents with accurate, and often more positive, information regarding the outcomes for babies diagnosed with Trisomy conditions. This law, now in effect, counteracts the pressure on vulnerable mothers to seek abortions rather than choose life. This bill passed because a small group of passionate moms of children with trisomy conditions (Down’s Syndrome, for example) went to the Capitol to share their stories, to be a voice for the voiceless children who are at risk of being discarded because of a disability. Second, there is the New Farmer Tax Credit which supports and encourages new farmers to take up the vocation of farming and help rebuild our rural communities. Its success was largely thanks to a group of young farmers who took time

away from their fields to come to the Capitol and meet with legislators to share their experiences. This type of personal advocacy made the difference. Third is a bill to combat the epidemic of pornography in our culture by exposing its link to human trafficking. MCC worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Breaking Free, an organization that helps rescue victims of sex trafficking. This group of brave women were willing to come forward and share their very painful stories in a public forum so that others might not have to experience what they did. All three of these bills perfectly illustrate how a small group of people willing to give their time and energy can make a big difference in society. As Pope Francis has often said, “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.” These laws also show that the day-to-day work of politics is not always about the issues you hear in the media. Often, it is about concerned citizens working for incremental change that protects human dignity and promotes the common good. Even though we may not feel capable of accomplishing “great” things, it does not mean we cannot do smaller things with great love.

Not only that, but the bishops of Minnesota personally advocated for this issue with House and Senate leaders and the Governor. After 33 years of inaction and partisan divide, both parties came together to pass a long-overdue increase for struggling families, which I believe is in no small part thanks to the Church’s efforts. How Will You Participate?

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Church in this corner of the vineyard, and I leave you with this, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as you consider how you might participate in this work for the common good:

Faith in the Public Arena

Not a Spectator Sport


It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life (1913-1915).

The Influence of the Church in the Public Square

In addition to the crucial role that citizen involvement plays, I have also witnessed the effectiveness of the Church’s institutional voice in public advocacy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recent passage of a $100-per-month increase for struggling families enrolled in the Minnesota Family Investment Program. MCC has supported this legislation for many years but in the last two years has strongly prioritized it and included it as one of the marquee bills for Catholics at the Capitol in 2017. In a single day, more than 1,000 Catholics united their voices to let legislators know this issue was a priority for Minnesota Catholics.

The divisive rhetoric surrounding immigration continues to escalate and create further fractures. While political leaders and pundits, on both sides of the aisle, would have you believe it is the “other side” that is causing our immigration system to be more broken than ever, the need remains the same. We need comprehensive federal immigration reform. This will require both sides to bravely step out of their deeply-dug ideological entrenchments, set down their divisive and dangerous rhetoric, and step onto common ground so that the United States can once again be a place that defends life, dignity, and the common good. In 2012, Minnesota’s bishops released a statement on the need for federal immigration reform. Now, more than seven years later, the message of “Unlocking the Gate in Our Hearts” continues to be relevant. (You can find the statement at www. We encourage you to read that statement once again. Then reach out to your Members of Congress to demand they step up and work together to bring about just and compassionate reforms of the nation’s immigration system. Tell them that those in government must undertake an examination of conscience as to what they have done and have failed to do when it comes to offering real solutions to this humanitarian crisis. August, 2019 w The Courier w


Together We Rise

In the Diocese


he Winona-Rochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will gather for their annual convention on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville. Our keynote speaker, Kathy Bonner, comes to us from Florida. As a member of the NCCW Leadership Team and a past member of the NCCW Board, she brings with her a wealth of

knowledge on the role and dignity of women in the Church. She speaks with enthusiasm on the empowerment that comes through membership in the Council of Catholic Women. Our afternoon speaker will also carry through on our theme, and our time together will conclude with song! A light breakfast, lunch, purse drawing, religious good vendors, special drawings and more await you! Watch for flyers in your parish. Come join us for a wonderful day. Bring a friend – you’ll want to share the experience. Jeanette Fortier is the president of the Winona-Rochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Bishop's Medals Awarded in Litomysl


n June 16, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Bishop John M. Quinn awarded Bishop's Medals to seven long-time parishioners of Holy Trinity Church, Litomysl, of rural Owatonna. From left to right: Father John Sauer, Bob & Carol Prokopec, David & Janet Miller, Rose Ann Kubicek (Bruce Kubicek not pictured), Marie Kubicek and Bishop John M. Quinn. The honorees and parish family celebrated with a brunch following Mass. Bob and Carol Prokopec were honored for their many years of helping in various ways such as: annual parish festival; maintaining of the church, school, and cemetery grounds; teaching religion class; St. Isidore School nurse; members of both the Men’s Club and the CCW; parish trustee and finance council member; baking buchty; sewing for missions and priests’ vestments; serving in liturgical roles and choir; visiting the sick; prayer chain leader; and delivering communion to the homebound. David and Janet Miller were honored for their many years of helping in various ways such as: volunteer creating the church bulletin for over 40 years; care and maintenance of school, and church buildings and grounds; sewing

for missions and prayer shawls; church sacristan and decorator; scheduling and serving in liturgical roles and choir; festival planning and worker; members of both the Men’s Club and CCW; and in charge of opening and securing the church buildings. Bruce and Rose Ann Kubicek were honored for their many years of helping in various ways such as: St. Isidore School secretary; long-time finance, pastoral and cemetery council member and parish trustee; serving in liturgical roles; Litomysl Festival organizer and workers; maintaining of the church, school and cemetery grounds; church building projects chair people; members of both the Men’s Club and CCW; and maintain sacramental records, parish records and Mass intentions. Marie Kubicek was honored for her many years of helping in various ways such as: festival organizer and helper; substitute teacher at St. Isidore; mixing fruit, and kneeding the dough for the buchty; member of CCW; mission sewing; serving in liturgical roles; prayer chain leader; and willing to help whenever asked.

St. Luke Quilters Complete 219 Quilts, 84 Dresses SHERBURN--Women of St. Luke's Parish in Sherburn recently completed 219 quilts for missions, and 84 pillowcase dresses. Of this year's quilts, 27 were given to a nursing home and a memory care facility, both located in Sherburn. The remaining quilts, and all of the dresses, were sent to Haiti. The group also tore sheets into three-inch strips, which they rolled on a rolling machine into bandages for Rochester Medical Missions in Rochester. Each pillowcase dress takes about an hour to complete; the quilts, tied with yarn, take longer. Quilt tops are typically completed during the offseason (June-December), when the ladies don't gather weekly to sew. Bottoms are sewn in the group. The group, comprising women of all ages, became involved in this international ministry through the parish's

Council of Catholic Women. The sewing project has been ongoing for more than 60 years. Most of the fabric used is donated by parishioners and residents of Sherburn and nearby communities. Three of four quilts are raffled each year to raise the money needed to purchase additional materials. From January through May, the seamstresses meet weekly, beginning their days together with morning Mass, then coffee, then sewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sack lunches and fellowship are at noon. Other projects taken on by the group include quilts for the parish's graduating seniors each year. One group member, Marsha Sickler, said, "Most of these ladies are in their 80s and 90s and just thoroughly enjoy getting together and doing the work our Lord tells us to do: clothe the naked."

Quilts, presented by (L to R) Jackie Lutterman, Brianna Lutterman, Anna Mae Ambrose, Alice Sokoloski, Della Lutterman, Ronnie Studer, Marsha Sickler, Alana Sipple and Helen Murphy. In the back are Marian Youngwirth and Mary Schweiss.

Monica Anderson is the faith formation director and pastoral associate for Holy Trinity Parish in Litomysl.

Pillowcase dresses, presented by (L to R) Ronnie Studer, Donna Nawrocki, Alice Sokoloski, Anna Mae Ambrose, Della Lutterman, Jackie Lutterman and Marsha Sickler.

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Street Evangelists in the Peace Plaza


hat happens when four ordinary Catholics, a deacon, and a priest go out to share the good news? Joy, comfort, peace, and witness. What a blessing it was to spend time sharing the love of the Lord in Rochester's Peace Plaza July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, with many people who were hurting and in need of a word of encouragement and prayer. We split into two groups and brought our mobile evangelization backpacks with blessed rosaries, medals, holy cards, and more, and began offering smiles and sacramentals to those walking by. One of the first people to stop and talk to us was a couple coming from the clinic. The wife was going in for surgery the next day, and we prayed for her needs. Deacon John also provided a blessing for both her and her husband. She cried while we prayed, and her husband’s eyes filled with tears. Both thanked us for being there and for

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Deb McManimon is the Midwest Region's director of evangelization teams for St. Paul Street Evangelization. She can be reached at 507-2711737 or

Fr. Jeff Dobbs greets passersby in Rochester's Peace Plaza on July 10.


Father Harry P. Jewison, 93, died on Monday, July 15, 2019, in Rochester. He was born on February 27, 1926, in Janesville, the seventh of nine children to Arthur and Kathryn Jewison. His grade school education was in the Country School District 28 in Waseca County. He graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1944 from Janesville High School. After graduation, he served in the Army in WWII. After the service, Fr. Jewison attended St. Thomas University in St. Paul. He later transferred to St. Mary’s University in Winona as a seminarian. He graduated from St. Mary’s cum laude in 1950. Fr. Jewison attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for his theology studies. Fr. Jewison was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald in 1954. The class of 1954 was the largest class in the history of the Diocese of Winona. He was appointed to several parishes as an associate pastor during the first years of his priesthood, serving St. Mary in Winona, St. Joseph in Owatonna, St. John in Rochester, St. Mary in Worthington, and St. Joachim in Plainview. During those years, he was also an instructor at Cotter High School in Winona and St. Mary High School in Owatonna and each of the parishes’ grade schools. Father also served as the pastor at Holy Cross in Dakota, Precious Blood in Lamoille, St. Columba in Iona, St. John Vianney in Fairmont, St. Mary in Lake City, St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester, and Sacred Heart in Owatonna.

During his time in these parishes, Father also served as the area director (dean) in the Fairmont, Lake City, and Rochester areas. For many years, he was a member of the Presbyterial Council, College of Consultors to the Bishop, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, joining in 1944. Fr. Jewison joined the ranks of the senior priests in 1994. Since that time, he lived in Rochester and kept busy filling in for priests who were sick, on vacation, or just needed help in their parishes. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and three brothers. Fr. Jewison is survived by one sister, Rita Byron; a caregiver, Judy Syring; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. A Funeral Mass was held Friday, July 19, at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn officiating and priests of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester concelebrating. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Food for the Poor or Catholic Relief Services. Online condolences are welcome at

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offering prayer and comfort. How great it was to be there as a presence of God’s love to all that stopped by to talk and receive prayer and blessings. Father Dobbs was kept busy with people asking for prayer. We took many prayer requests back to be prayed for at adoration. I commented when we were leaving – wouldn’t it be wonderful if Catholics would be out in every community. Maybe you’ve felt a pull to learn more or get involved (the Holy Spirit works that way). Check out the calendar at streetevangelization. com/mret for our upcoming outings. You can always contact me, too, for more information.

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Regular Prayer Mass for Life & Marriage is held at St. Mary Church in Winona the first Thursday each month at 8:30 a.m. Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty is held first Saturday each month 8:30-9:30 a.m. (after Mass for Life & Marriage) in the Cathedral's Adoration Chapel, 360 Main Street, Winona. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and a rosary offered. All welcome. Prayer Vigil & Public Witness Against Abortion is held 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays in front of Semcac Clinic (delegate of Planned Parenthood) at 76 W 3rd Street in Winona. Contact: Patty 507-429-4636 Masses of Reparation for Sins in the Diocese are held daily in parishes throughout the diocese. Info: Cor Jesu is held at the Cathedral in Winona, 7-9 p.m. the first Friday each month, September through May. Cor Jesu is an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, and music in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All are welcome to attend! For more details, search for Winona Cor Jesu on Facebook, visit, or call Kristopher Kaufman (859-7601619) or Steven Lehn (507-312-9041).

Other Events Servicemen's Club, Blooming Prairie August 11, Sunday St. Mary's Cemetery Board of Trustees fundraising event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Leslie Blasing of South Padre Island, TX, will entertain with seven decades of music. Advance tickets $10, available at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club or by calling 507-219-1949. St. Joseph the Worker Church, Mankato August 16, Friday Day of Prayer & Fasting for the Evangelization of Southern Minnesota. 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph the Worker for specific intentions that can be found at: St. Pius X Church, Rochester September 6-8, Friday-Sunday Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat Living in Unity with the Holy Spirit, directed by Fr. Eduardo GomezRivera. Registration: Questions: Holy Trinity Church, Rollingstone September 8, Sunday 36th Annual Holy Trinity Festival in the Holy Trinity Community Center. 8 a.m. flea market. 10 a.m. Mass. Festival begins at 11 a.m. Chicken lunch, brats, hot dogs, pie, ice cream. Bingo 12-2 (cards 2 for $1). Country store, quilt sale. Good basket raffle and big ticket

New Televised Mass Schedule KTTW Channel 7 (Sioux Falls) 6:30 a.m. Sundays KEYC Channel 12 (Mankato) 7:30 a.m. Sundays KEYC-DT Digital Channel 12.2 or Charter Channel 19 (Mankato) 9:30 a.m. Sundays KAAL Channel 6 (Austin) 9 a.m. Sundays WKBT Channel 8 (La Crosse) 7:30 a.m. Sundays

Hispanic Priests / Sacerdotes Hispanos Padre José Morales Capellán en la Mayo Clinic, Rochester Tel. 507-266-7275 Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas Vicario Parroquial de St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester Tel. 507-288-7313 Padre Javier Ibarra IVE Párroco de SS. Peter and Paul, Mankato Tel. 507-388-2995 ext. 103

Padre Miguel Eduardo Proaños Vicario Parroquial de St. Mary, Worthington Tel. 507-375-3542 Padre Raul Silva Vicario de la Pastoral Hispana en la diócesis de Winona Y Párroco de Queen of Angels, Austin Tel. 507-433-1888

Spanish Mass Schedule Albert Lea, St. Theodore Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul St. Charles, St. Charles Borromeo 11 am Sun. 1 pm Sun. 10 am 4th Sun. (bilingual) Austin, Queen of Angels Owatonna, Sacred Heart St. James, St. James 11 am Sun.; 5:15 pm Fri. 11:45 am Sun. 12 pm Sun. Windom,St.FrancisXavier Lake City, St. Mary Pipestone, St. Leo 11:30 am Sun. 6:30 pm 3rd Sat. 2:30 pm Sun. (bilingual) Worthington, St. Mary Madelia, St. Mary Rochester, St. Francis 7 pm Sat.; 1 pm Sun.; 7 pm Sat. Noon Sun. & 7 pm Thurs. 6:30 pm Tues. & Fri.

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drawing at 2:05. The big ticket will be available to parishioners, at some Rollingstone locations, and at the festival on Sept. 8. All are welcome. St. Mary Church, Houston September 8, Sunday Annual Fall Chicken-Q served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 dinner includes 1/2 chicken, potato salad, beans, bun, pie, coffee/milk. Carry-outs available. Raffle tickets available for 1 p.m. drawing. Need not be present to win. Schoenstatt on the Lake, Sleepy Eye September 13-15, Friday-Sunday Building the Domestic Church Family Retreat starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 1 p.m. Sunday. Presentations for parents and for children, Mass, food, games, crafts. $85 per adult or child aged 16+. $50 for first child 15 or younger, and $25 for each additional child. Kids 5 & younger are free. Price includes lodging and meals. Register by 9/7. Space is limited. RSVP to Katie 507-794-7727 or catherine.rockers@ St. Mary Cemetery, Winona September 14, Saturday Prayer Vigil 10-11 a.m., with Bishop Quinn presiding. Part of the 7th Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Winona vigil info: Annie Casselman 507-501-8503. Other locations: Pax Christi Church, Rochester September 15, Sunday Marriage Anniversary Mass 2 p.m. Peter has info: 507-454-4643 x273 or Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mazeppa September 15, Sunday Fall Bazaar. Ham & turkey dinner served 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $12 adults. $5 kids 5-10. $1 4 & younger. Bingo, raffle, country store and kids' games. St. Felix Church, Wabasha September 15, Sunday Fall festival 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in auditorium and school grounds. Mini donuts, chicken dinners, farm store, general and specialty auctions, bingo, bounce house, minnow races, kids' games, tootsie roll booth, raffles, prizes and more. All proceeds benefit the school. Info: 651-565-4446. St. Leo Church, Pipestone September 15, Sunday Tri-Parish Fall Festival with beef meal and homemade desserts 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Leo's Hall. Mayowood Stone Barn, Rochester September 17, Tuesday 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. open house to honor to Bob Tereba for his years of leadership of Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota. Gifts made to Catholic Charities in Bob's honor will help continue his life-changing work. The barn is located at 3345 Mayowood Rd SW in Rochester. Civic Center, Mankato September 22, Sunday St. Thomas More Newman Center at Minnesota State University fundraising gala 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, featuring Mark Bartek, FOCUS area director. $800 for a table of eight, or $100 per individual ticket. Proceeds support the Newman Center. Seating limited. Register by Sept. 5 at catholicmavs. org/gala, or by calling 507-387-4154 or emailing Resurrection Church, Rochester September 28, Saturday 6th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/ Run 2019 and Pancake Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Registration at 8:30. Free-will donations benefit Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Info: or

Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin September 28, Saturday Annual SHCC Auxiliary Craft/Bake Sale 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Raffle includes handmade quilt and HP laptop computer. Lunch available. Gifts for family & friends. St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Dodge Center September 29, Sunday Buffet-style turkey dinner served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $11 adults. $5 kids 6-10. Preschool free. Take-outs available. Raffle tickets $1 each. Silent auction, bake sale, quilt raffle, bingo, kids' games. All dinner tickets sold at the door. 20 2nd St. NE in Dodge Center. Shalom Hill Farm, Windom October 4-6, Friday-Sunday 6th Annual Married Couples Retreat. Info: 507-454-4643 x273 or pmartin@ Christ the King Church, Byron October 6, Sunday 10th Annual Fall Dinner served 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., following 10:30 Mass. Home-style ham and turkey. Raffle and silent auction begin at 1:15 p.m. St. Pius X Church, Rochester October 18-20, Friday-Sunday Pathways Together Encounter Christ (TEC) #71 Retreat. Visit to

register for TEC or to apply to be on the team. Faith formation directors and youth ministers may attend their first TEC at no cost. More info: TEC Coordinator Monica Anderson at 507363-1809 or St. Augustine Church, Austin November 2, Saturday Annual Women's Conference 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Peter has info: 507-454-4643 x 273 or St. Mary's Church, Geneva November 5, Tuesday Annual Soup & Pie 4:30-7 p.m. Chili, chicken noodle, ham & bean, and a variety of homemade pies. Free-will donations accepted. Christ the King Church, Byron November 9, Saturday 11th Annual Fall Expo 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 30+ arts & crafts and home-based businesses. Cash & carry items from most vendors. Pampered Chef, Avon, Watkins, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Monat, Paparazzi, Thirty One, Usborne Books, LuLaRoe, decorative & functional home items, holiday decorations, skin care & cosmetics, baskets, appliqued towels & aprons, candles, purses, toys and more. Baked goods, beverages and lunch available. First 50 customers at 9 a.m. and first 50 at noon will receive a gift bag. 202 4th St. NW in Bryon.

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