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Speakers Present on 'Varieties of Gifts, ...of Services, ...of Activities' Evangelization of Millennial Generation

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Tim Glemkowski, of the Millennial Church Conference, presents to attendees of the Diocesan Pentecost Celebration.


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, Homily on the Solemnity of Pentecost, 6/9/2019

�n the Friday and Saturday of Pentecost weekend (June 7-8), our diocesan Church gathered in Rochester to reflect on the work of the Holy Spirit in our Church, and to pray for an outpouring of the Spirit upon the people and ministries of our diocese. On Friday, more than 130 clergy and laity came together with presenters from The Millennial Church Conference to learn and discuss strategies and approaches to more “effectively create parish communities that

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ROCHESTER--Pete Burak, Ali Hoffman, and Tim Glemkowski spoke to 130 people working southern Minnesota apostolates and ministries at the Millennial Church conference, part of our diocesan Pentecost Celebration this past June 7-8, 2019. The millennial generation (born between 1984-2001) does have distinctive markers and needs as a generation that has recently come of age in the USA, but the challenge is that this generation (and the next, sometimes called “Gen Z”) has been leaving the faith at much higher rates than their predecessors. The Millennial conference was an opportunity to hear from people in the generation about evangelizing their own generation, and their experience of good Catholic practice. Burak, the national director of i.d.9:16 (a young adult discipleship outreach associated with Renewal Ministries), offered that like all younger generations—but perhaps more than any other younger generation”—millennials have a very high hypocrisy meter. They are attracted to Christianity, but they are attracted first and foremost

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INSIDE this issue

Sealed by the Holy Spirit page 8

Moving Students Onward and Upward page 12

Confidential... page 13

Pope Francis Watch

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Pope: Holy Spirit Unites Church Despite Sin and Scandal

By COURTNEY GROGAN VATICAN CITY, June 19, 2019 (CNA) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal. “The Holy Spirit is the creator of communion, the artist of reconciliation … He builds the community of believers by harmonizing the unity of the body and the multiplicity of its members,” Pope Francis said June 19 in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Spirit “makes the Church grow by helping it to go beyond human limits, sins and any scandal,” he said. Dedicating his Wednesday catechesis to the Acts of the Apostles’ account of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Pope Francis reflected on how the Holy Spirit transformed and strengthened St. Peter. “On the feast of Pentecost, it is Peter who speaks, the rock on which Christ chose to build his Church,” he said. “His word, weak and even capable of denying the Lord, when crossed by the fire of the Spirit gains strength and becomes capable of piercing hearts and moving to conversion.”

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“God in fact chooses what is weak in the world to confound the strong,” Pope Francis said, quoting St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. “The Church is thus born of the fire of love - of a ‘fire’ that flares up at Pentecost, which manifests the strength of the Word of the Risen One imbued with the Holy Spirit,” he said. Pope Francis explained that this fire symbolically expresses God’s work of warming, illuminating, and testing hearts, and His care in purifying and revitalizing human works. “The Spirit of God moves hearts to welcome the salvation that passes through a person, Jesus Christ, the One whom men nailed to the wood of the cross and whom God raised from the dead,” the pope said. “As Benedict XVI said, ‘This is Pentecost: Jesus, and through Him, God himself, comes to us and draws us into himself,” he added. “Let us ask the Lord to let us experience a new Pentecost, which expands our hearts and tunes our feelings with those of Christ, so that we proudly proclaim His transforming word and bear witness to the power of love that calls to life all that it encounters,” Pope Francis said.

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July 2019 The Integrity of Justice

That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

Articles of Interest

Seeds of Faith____________________________4 ...Challenge Grants_________________________5 What Is Alpha? What Is ChristLife?_______6 Sealed by the Holy Spirit_________________8 Next World Youth Day...___________________10 No Quick Fixes...__________________________11 Moving Students Onward and Upward_______12 Confidential...___________________________13 Diocesan Headlines________________________14 Diocesan Calendar_________________________16 Officials The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, announces the following appointments: Pastor Very Rev. Thomas Loomis: reappointed to the office of Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Rochester, effective July 1, 2019. Very Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy: reappointed to the office of Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Spring Valley, St. Finbarr Parish in Grand Meadow, and St. Patrick Parish in LeRoy, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. John Evans II: appointed to the office of Pastor of Crucifixion Parish in La Crescent, St. Patrick Parish in Brownsville, and Holy Cross Parish in Dakota, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Gregory Havel: currently Pastor of Crucifixion Parish in La Crescent, St. Patrick Parish in Brownsville, and Holy Cross Parish in Dakota, and Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Rushford, St. Peter Parish in Hokah, and St. Mary Parish in Houston; transferred to the office of Pastor of St. Casimir Parish in Wells, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Easton, and St. John the Baptist Parish in Minnesota Lake, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Swaminatha Pothireddy: reappointed to the office of Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Adams, St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnsburg, Queen of Peace Parish in Lyle, and St. Peter Parish in Rose Creek, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Michael Cronin: currently Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Janesville, All Saints Parish in New Richland, and St. Joseph Parish in Waldorf, transferred to the office of Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Winona, effective July 1, 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

Rev. Andrew Beerman: currently Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Fairmont and Holy Family Parish in East Chain; in addition to his current assignment, appointed to the office of Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Blue Earth and St. Mary Parish in Winnebago, effective July 1, 2019. Parochial Administrator Rev. John Evans II: appointed to the office of Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Rushford, St. Peter Parish in Hokah, and St. Mary Parish in Houston, effective July 1, 2019. Parochial Vicar Rev. Brian Mulligan: currently Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish in Winona and St. Casimir Parish in Winona; appointed Parochial Vicar of St. John Vianney Parish in Fairmont, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Blue Earth, Holy Family Parish in East Chain, and St. Mary Parish in Winnebago, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Mr. Matthew Wagner: to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester on June 28, 2019; appointed Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish in Winona and St. Casimir Parish in Winona, effective July 1, 2019. Senior Status Very Rev. Peter Klein: currently Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Blue Earth and St. Mary Parish in Winnebago and Dean of the Mankato Deanery; granted Senior Priest status, effective July 1, 2019. DOW-R Finance Council Mr. Michael Brinkman: Reappointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester Finance Council for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Rochester Catholic Schools Dr. John Wald: Appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. Shannon Knoepke: Appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2019.

Build a Culture of Prayer! Vocations to the Priesthood It was with great rejoicing that on the afternoon of Friday, June 28, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I had the privilege of ordaining Fr. Matthew Wagner to the priesthood, through the laying on of hands and invocation of the Holy Spirit. Having a new priest for our diocese is a great cause for celebration. As of July 1, Fr. Matt has been assigned to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir Parish in Winona, and will also be teaching at Cotter Schools. Please continue to keep him in your prayers as he begins his priestly ministry to the people of God in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. As many of you are aware, the Diocese of WinonaRochester is currently facing a shortage of priests to serve its parishes and institutions. Unfortunately, there are times when parishes have been without a pastor for a period

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of time. It is important for us to remember that the Lord continues to call men to serve His Church as priests, as He has done for the last two thousand years. However, one of the struggles today is that many people no longer practice the Faith, or do not take the time to discern the Lord’s will for their lives. Our busy, secular world is full of noise and distractions, and it is very hard to hear the voice of God in the midst of the busyness. It is all the more important then to nurture our children in the Faith, teach them the importance of spending time with the Lord in prayer, and lead them by example in seeking to do the will of God. Building up a culture of prayer and discernment in families, parishes, and communities will encourage young people to consider the priesthood or religious life, and will result in more men hearing the Lord’s call to be a priest of Jesus Christ in His Church. USCCB Bishops’ Meeting

On June 11-13, the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore for their annual spring general assembly. This was the first time all the bishops have met since the February meeting at the Vatican on the topic of Protection of Minors in the Church, and the May publication of Vos estis lux mundi (“You Are the Light of the World”), which outlines universal norms for the Church in reporting and investigating suspected sexual abuse. The assembly in Baltimore was focused on how the Church in the U.S. can move forward following the revelations of misconduct and cover-up that have plagued the national and global Church over the past year. By the end of the week,

the bishops voted on and overwhelmingly approved three specific measures designed to hold bishops to a greater accountability, and provide specific directives as to how the Church in the U.S. will follow the new norms laid out by Pope Francis. These three measures are: 1) a statement of episcopal commitment, in which bishops agree to uphold the same standards of conduct required of priests and deacons; 2) a summary of the rights of bishops to limit their predecessor’s ministry in the diocese due to abuse or misconduct; and 3) a national third-party framework for reporting allegations against bishops. This system will be in place by June of 2020, although allegations can still be made before then, directly to the metropolitan, or archbishop, of each province. It is my sincere hope that these measures will help our Church move toward greater transparency, accountability, and healing from the tragic abuse and cover-up of the past. Let us place our hope in Jesus Christ, who alone can bring peace, healing, and wholeness, and renew our Church. Thank you for your prayers and support for the victims, our Church, and also for the many priests in our diocese who continue to humbly and faithfully serve the people of God in southern Minnesota. NFP Awareness Week

July 21-27 marks Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, an opportunity to promote and raise awareness of Natural Family Planning, an umbrella term for ways couples can achieve or postpone pregnancy while respecting both the unitive and procreative aspects of the marital union. There are many

July 11, Thursday 6 p.m. - Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem Dinner for New Investees - Rochester

July 15, Monday 6 p.m. - Rochester Serra Club Golf and Social Day Dinner - Willow Creek Golf Course

July 12, Friday 9:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - Confessions at Steubenville North Youth Conference Mayo Civic Center, Rochester

July 16, Tuesday 11:30 a.m. - Day of Prayer in Honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Annunciation Hermitage, Austin

July 14, Sunday 10:15 a.m. - Mass at Steubenville North Youth Conference - Mayo Civic Center, Rochester

July 17, Wednesday Christ Cathedral Solemn Mass of Dedication - Catholic Diocese of Orange, CA

scientifically-based methods that aid married couples in practicing responsible parenthood in the spacing of their children, which involve no drugs, implants, or surgery, but rather respect the natural rhythms of a woman’s body in order to discern when a woman is fertile. Natural Family Planning recognizes the fact that every child is a gift from God and that God has given us the means to plan our families in accord with His design, not by imposing our own wills with artificial chemicals and devices, but by instead cooperating with our Triune God’s plan for the human body and new life. St. Mary’s School, Worthington

On the weekend of June 1-2, I, along with Fr. Jim Callahan, Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Worthington, Marsha Stenzel, our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Jackie Probst, Principal of St. Mary’s School in Worthington, and the Worthington parish and school communities, welcomed Fr. Joe Copora, C.S.C. to Worthington. Fr. Corpora is the Director of University-School Partnerships in the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, and he has worked extensively in increasing enrollment in Catholic schools, especially within the Latino population. Fr. Corpora preached at all the parish Masses, in both English and Spanish, and there were many events throughout the weekend to help provide all parish families with a greater awareness and understanding of Catholic education, and encouragement and resources that would enable them to enroll their children in the school. Fr. Corpora was able to meet with not only many

July 20, Saturday 5:30 p.m. - 70th Anniversary Mass - Christ the King Church, Medford

July 21, Sunday 9:30 a.m. - Mass and Installation of Pastor Fr. John Evans - Crucifixion Church, La Crescent July 24, Wednesday 1 p.m. - IHM Seminary Finance Council Meeting July 25, Thursday 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting


community members during his brief visit, but also with parish staff, Hispanic leaders, and the school board, to help them envision how they can increase collaboration between the parish and school, and have greater enrollment from the many ethnicities represented in the Worthington community. All children are welcome at St. Mary’s School. This summer, the goal is to increase St. Mary’s School enrollment to 100 students for this fall, up from 68 this past spring. To this end, following Fr. Corpora’s visit there has been a continued effort to reach out to parish families, particularly in the Latino community, with a school open house, translation assistance, and having current parents act as resources for new parents. Catholic Schools play a vital role in assisting parents in passing on the Catholic faith to their children, and it is important for us to support our Catholic schools and do all we can to make them accessible to everyone in the community. It is encouraging to see the energy and enthusiasm at St. Mary’s Parish and School in Worthington, as they strive toward bringing the benefits of a Catholic School education to the entire parish community.

From the Bishop

�ear Friends in Christ,

Sincerely in Christ,

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

July 26, Friday Most Rev. Robert Gruss’ Installation Mass - Saginaw, MI July 28, Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Mass and Installation of Pastor Fr. Michael Cronin - St. Mary’s Church, Winona July 29, Monday 5:15 p.m. - Camp Summit - Dinner and Mass - Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center - Lanesboro July, 2019 w The Courier w

Catholic Foundation


Seeds of Faith Tuition Assistance Grants to be Awarded for 2019-2020 �t is with great pleasure that we

announce that $134,400 in endowment earnings from the Seeds of Faith Catholic School Tuition Assistance Endowment is available for need-based assistance for the 2019-2020 school year! Last year, 229 families received tuition assistance totaling $132,919. The distribution of funds will follow the case statement adopted for the endowment fund in the Seeds of Faith campaign. It promised: “…The diocese will establish a $2,000,000 endowment fund designated to provide tuition assistance to parents who seek a Catholic education for their children and who demonstrate a financial need. This endowment also will respond to a special need to provide tuition funding for the newly arrived immigrants in our diocese.” Again, this year we have funds available specifically for Hispanic families with financial need. The Rothwell Endowments earnings allow us to distribute $16,300 in the 20192020 school year. The application and the

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

All Saints New Richland Good Shepherd Jackson Holy Family Kasson Immaculate Conception St. Clair Resurrection Rochester St. Casimir Winona

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St. Ignatius Spring Valley St. Joseph Lakefield St. Joseph Waldorf St. Luke Sherburn St. Patrick West Albany

process is the same for Seeds of Faith funds and Rothwell funds. Catholic education realizes a threefold purpose to proclaim God’s message of love, build community and provide service. The Seeds of Faith Tuition Assistance Endowment, established in 2004 and stewarded by the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota, was created to aid families who seek a Catholic education for their children and demonstrate financial need. This particular fund was not set up to award academic scholarships to students; it was developed specifically to give families the opportunity to access a Catholic education so that such an education never be denied because of inability to pay. “We approach our future full of hope because God loves us. As the people of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester let us work together, by the grace of God, to secure the future of our parishes and the diocese.” As we recall the words of the people who lovingly established the Seeds of Faith Tuition Assistance Endowment, a $2,000,000 portion of the extensive Seeds of Faith Campaign, we witness how their love continues to touch the lives of others year after year. An endowed fund is a way of giving that creates a permanent, continuous source of income for a ministry or mission as designated by donors. The Seeds of Faith Tuition Assistance Endowment continues to grow each year as the Foundation prudently invests the fund following Catholic Responsible Investing principles. From investment earnings, more than $855,668 has been granted to families in greatest need just since 2012. The endowment will continue to grow, and with investment earnings each year, the total dollars available for tuition assistance grants are expected to increase from year to year.

Monica Herman

Executive Director Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota

The Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota receives letters each year from families who wish us to pass along their thanks to those who contributed to the Seeds of Faith Campaign. To those who generously contributed to the Seeds of Faith campaign over a decade ago, thank you for touching the lives of others in this unique and muchneeded way.

The Seeds of Faith Tuition Assistance Endowment is stewarded by the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota (EIN: 41-11691198), an independent Minnesota non-profit corporation that is tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Contributions are used only for the benefit of designated purposes identified in the endowment statement of purpose and for no other purposes. To learn more about the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota, visit

Support Our Schools

Through Schulze Family Foundation Challenge Grants Superintendent of Catholic Schools

�he DOW-R Office of Catholic Schools is pleased to

announce an opportunity for all Catholic elementary schools to receive a challenge grant provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, located in Minneapolis. Richard Schulze is the founder of Best Buy. Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Steve Hoeppner, vice president of the Schulze Family Foundation, who also met individually with each of our elementary school administrators and several of the schools’ pastors, to listen to each of their school’s needs. Based upon those conversations, Mr. Hoeppner reported back to the Schulze Family Foundation, which was eager to announce to all elementary administrators the offer of a challenge grant of up to $25,000 per school. This challenge grant is a way to help our schools enhance excellence and/or grow enrollment. Each elementary school must communicate how they will raise money from their school community to meet the Schulze Family Foundation challenge, and how they will invest the dollars raised to enhance excellence and/or grow enrollment. The parameters of the challenge include:

How More Catholic Schools Look to Minimize Screen Time By MARY FARROW

DENVER, CO, Sep. 7, 2018 - Not long ago, introducing more technology into the classroom meant allowing third graders to play 15 minutes of Oregon Trail during recess time. In recent years, particularly after the emergence of smartphones and other mobile devices circa 2012, for many schools it has meant an iPad for every student, laptops in every classroom. However, research has begun highlighting the detrimental impacts of excessive screen time, particularly on developing brains and on education, sparking concerns among educators and parents. Even tech industry giants are starting to speak openly about the dangers of internet addiction and the need to monitor children’s screen time. For Catholic schools, the issue is especially pressing, some school leaders say, because Catholic schools are concerned with the human and spiritual formation of their students. Michael Edghill, principal of Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, Texas, told CNA that his biggest concern is a tendency to let technology become the main driving force of education, rather than a tool of support for teachers and students. “For a Catholic school, that is a bad paradigm to fall into because it takes a rightly formed person to

undertake the task of human formation, which is the mission of Catholic education,” he said. “No machine or technological tool can appropriately engage in the formation of the soul.” Jean Twenge is a psychologist and the author of “iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.” Twenge told CNA that her research found the “sweet spot” for screen time for teenagers should be about 2 hours per day “for mental health, happiness, and adequate sleep. Beyond that, the risks increase, topping out at the highest levels of use.” Notably, but perhaps not unsurprisingly, most US teens report average daily screen times well over the recommended two hours. In 2015, research group Common Sense Media reported that more than half of US teenagers spend at least four hours a day on a screen, while 25 percent of teens reported even higher uses - more than eight hours daily - with the potential of detrimental effects. “For example, teens who use electronic devices 5 or more hours a day are 71% more likely to have a risk factor for suicide than those using devices less than an hour a day,” Twenge said. “They are also 51% more likely to not sleep enough. Teens who are online 5 or more hours a day are twice as likely to be unhappy as those online less than an hour a day.” As for educational impacts, research has also found that smartphones can impact a person’s ability to think simply by being within reach - even if they are turned off. Another study found that students taught in computerless classrooms performed significantly better on tests than their counterparts taught in class-

ate additional revenue, and build the Kindergarten pipeline; increased outreach to Hispanic families, whom we would like to attract to Catholic schools in much larger numbers. It is our hope to see an outpouring of support for these challenge grants, as they offer perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars of Catholic-school support from a donor outside of our diocese. Our school administrators will work diligently to find opportunities to present information and answer any of your questions. If you would like to contribute to any of the schools to help them earn their challenge grants, please contact the school you are interested in donating to. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Superintendent Marsha Stenzel, at 507858-1269 or email Catholic education is a large part of the work of any diocese. But, Catholic education depends on your support. Catholic schools do not receive the financial benefits that our public schools receive; therefore, your generosity makes our schools possible. Our commitment to our schools is an expression of our commitment to being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for our priests, teachers and administrators who serve our Catholic schools. The parents who enroll their children in our schools and all those who support the mission of Catholic education leave a legacy of sacrifice and God’s Providence.

Catholic Schools

Marsha Stenzel

‘All or nothing’ challenge. If a school raises the requested challenge amount up to $25,000 from the types of donors specified and meets the deadline selected by the school, the Schulze Family Foundation will send that school a check for the full amount of the challenge. If money raised does not meet the challenge requested, the challenge will not have been met, and a grant will not be made. Qualifying contributions are those from donors who have not previously given to the school, as well as those from previous donors who increase their largest previous gift to the school (the difference between the largest previous gift and the gift to the school’s challenge campaign will count). The challenge must be met not later than a deadline chosen by the school (not more than 12 months from the date on which the challenge agreement is signed by both parties). Each school has the responsibility to be as specific as possible to the Schulze Family Foundation regarding the impact the school anticipates this grant will have on enhancing excellence and/or growing enrollment within their school. A few examples: professional development to improve teacher skills, morale, recruitment and retention; anticipated increase in academic performance based on assessment tests, resulting from enhanced baseline programs, such as math, grammar, languages, music, and logic; building a new STEM lab to attract new students and retain older students, enabling the school to grow overall enrollment; investment in a preschool or second preschool room, enabling the school to increase Pre-K enrollment, gener-


rooms with iPads and computers. The human, relational and educational concerns are why some Catholics schools are taking steps to limit, if not completely ban, the use of smartphones and iPads in the classroom. St. Benedict Elementary in Natick, MA, is one Catholic school that has taken the approach of not using electronic technology in the classroom at all, except for very limited ways in the higher grades. Jay Boren, headmaster of St. Benedict, told CNA that this is because the classical academy was founded by parents who had a desire for their school to be different. “There are studies that show that (student) memory retention is better when they have written the information as opposed to having typed it. There are also benefits to learning cursive,” Boren said. “In addition, an environment that is not inundated with fast-paced technology...allows students to cultivate the ability to sustain attention, develop concentration, and appreciate silence, which are the necessary dispositions to ponder truth, beauty, and goodness. We feel that those skills, are more important at this age level than mastering a screen that they will certainly be exposed to throughout their life at other times.” On the other hand, Fr. Nicholas Rokitka, OFM Conv., teaches at Archbishop Curley High School in Buffalo, New York, which implemented a 1-to-1 iPad to student program four years ago. “My major concern about technology in the classroom is the inability of the students to focus on the topic at hand and listen to the teacher,”

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Missionary Discipleship


What Is Alpha? What Is ChristLife? And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” … “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. –Revelation 21:5-6

� ne of the deep challenges of being Church is that we

increasingly live in a culture that has not heard the good news that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, who came to us in love while we were separated in sin from the Father: loving us, sharing life with us, healing us, and finally dying for us and our sin. The Father raised him from the dead, and Jesus sent us the power and person of the Holy Spirit, to carry that good news—God loves you and wants a relationship with you, now and forever--to the ends of the earth. People may “know” who Jesus is, at least in name. They may “know” some things about the Catholic Church. But they have not been introduced to Jesus Christ in friendship, over food, and with the

assurance of “no strings attached.” People cannot respond to what they have not heard. Alpha and ChristLife are ways that we can make sure people hear the proclamation of the gospel, and are invited to know who Jesus Christ is. Alpha and ChristLife are short-term processes that enable and encourage a reflection on that first message, the cornerstone of Catholic Christianity. They can enliven and recall what it means to be Christ-centered community within a parish, a ”back to the basics” process over 7-11 weeks, with a built-in retreat day. But because they are very basic, they also work as a place to invite people who are fallen away Christians, and people who have grown up with no religion to “come and see” what this Jesus Christ is about. In the process, everyone gains new friends, learns (or re-learns) how to pray, and recalls God’s activity in their everyday lives. St John the Baptist, Mankato; Pax Christi, Rochester; and Good Shepherd, Jackson, have all been implementing Alpha as a first step in evangelizing their own parishes, and people involved agreed to share some of the fruits of the process. A number of parishes have also expressed interest in ChristLife, a very similar process developed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The first “course,” called Discovering Christ, recalls what it means to honor Christ as the center of our lives. It is

also a community renewal process, suitable for active and inactive Catholics, that “begins at the beginning.” If your parish (or local Catholic community, because these can be implemented in bible studies, schools, jails, etc.) is interested in either process, you can contact me. The diocese is hosting an Alpha in a Catholic Context training on August 24 at Pax Christi (see calendar for details). I would be willing to arrange a Discovering Christ training for people who are interested. Alpha and ChristLife are not silver bullets in evangelization—nothing really is. But they are intriguing first steps in renewal that spiritually reawaken a parish, build community, reintroduce prayer to adults, and teach people how to reach out to others in love. That is always a good place to start. ***

Through Alpha, our parish is able to introduce individuals to Jesus Christ and support them in their faith journey to know Jesus Christ, his love for us, and the inner peace that is possible through a relationship with him. Alpha focuses on introducing participants to the person of Jesus Christ in a safe environment, free of judgment. It is inspiring to see the transformation that occurs during the weeks of Alpha and how participants not only come to know Jesus Christ, but also, develop a bond with others to talk openly about their faith and ask questions. The trusting relationships, energy level and depth of conversation increase as the weeks go on to create lasting support for continuing a faith journey to bring one closer to Jesus Christ after the completion of Alpha. So in many ways Alpha is just the beginning…as for one participant returning to attending Mass after participating in Alpha. – Barbara Radke, St. John the Baptist, Mankato

What have I seen? Alpha at Pax Christi is the parishioners’ place to start practicing the total story of telling how God has been working in their lives, especially for people who need help feeling comfortable with sharing about God, and as people become more comfortable with the process, they step by step become great disciples through the process. After all, the first step of discipleship is how does one tell one’s story? God’s work in their lives, his love, his mercy? Alpha creates space and invites people to remember that beautiful work of God and share it with each other. Alpha is good at allowing people to ask questions, explore, wrestle with big mysteries. And they find God. They also find we’re walking as a community. We

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Susan Windley-Daoust

Director of Missionary Discipleship

are the church, we are the mystical body! Some of the mysteries of the faith are hard to understand, and it’s good to realize we have brothers and sisters to lean upon. I could go on and on, but Alpha has really helped people in our parish explore and develop their call to be disciples of Jesus Christ, together. – Fr. Thế Hoàng, Pax Christi, Rochester

We offered an Alpha course that started during the Lenten Season and finished the end of May. We had between 45-60 members attend each session. We were divided into groups: women and men and also age/ stage in life. I was a member of a women’s group of mostly mothers with older children. It was such a beautiful experience to be able to share our faith together. As the sessions went on we were able to open up and communicate more as we developed a faithbased relationship. Alpha provided us with the foundation of our faith and reflection questions that were easy to answer and lead into wonderful group talks about so many areas in our lives and how we can live out our faith more fully. We all agreed that Alpha opened our eyes to a hunger/ thirst for a relationship with Jesus and with our sisters in Christ that we had been trying to fill with so many other worldly things. The sessions on the Holy Spirit really brought us together and set us on fire to pursue both relationships with an energy none of us had ever experienced before. Just last evening we had our first small group session. It was amazing to get together and talk with each other again and to hear the stories of how Alpha has changed our faith and prayer life. Everyone was eager to share how the Holy Spirit had been working with and through them in the few weeks since our last session. Each and every one of us has experienced or witnessed so many graces that have been poured out. Our eyes have been opened to the beauty of the world around us and just how much God pours his love and mercy out to us. We also shared that we have a renewed prayer life and a deepening of our relationship with Jesus. Wonderful things are happening in this beautiful group of women, and we are so grateful for the Alpha course for bringing us together to share our beautiful faith with each other and look forward to continued growth in our relationship with Our Lord and each other. – Carey Simmons, Good Shepherd, Jackson

Todd Graff

Director of Lay Formation & RCIA

cont'd from pg. 1 understand, empower, and connect with young adults.” We learned that the key is to be formed as true disciples of Christ, and then to reach out to this generation with an authentic love and care, rooted in the Gospel, which invites these young women and men to take the radical path of faith in Jesus Christ. On Saturday, musicians/presenters of The Vigil Project led a day of prayer, witness, and praise – offered both in presentation and in song – as participants prepared their hearts for the great feast of Pentecost. The day culminated in the celebration of the diocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass that evening, with Bishop Quinn, at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Holy Spirit at Work in Our Diocese

As part of our diocesan Pentecost Celebration, 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. This month and next month, we will provide information on these groups which are a manifestation of the Spirit moving and active in our midst:

Communion and Liberation (CL) is a movement in the Church which has the purpose of forming its members in Christianity in order to make them coworkers in the Church’s mission in all areas of society. No form of membership enrollment is involved, but only the free participation of individual persons. The basic instrument for the formation of those who belong to the Movement is a weekly catechesis which is called the School of Community. Web: | Contact: Sebastian Modarelli ( The Cursillo is an encounter with Christ. It promotes a spiritual revitalization of our world. By living a fully Christian life, we bring Christ to others, including members of our family, school, workplace, etc. Cursillo develops a consciousness that we are called to be leaders. The Cursillo Movement provides a method and a technique to provide each of us with the tools, the mentality, the strength, and the support to make this natural type of evangelization possible. Web: | Contact: Ron Arens ( or 507-236-7459)

The Lay Carmelite Order, historically known as the Third Order of Carmel, is an association mainly of lay persons. Membership in the Third Order is an intensified commitment to the living of our baptismal promises. We find in Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and in the Prophet Elijah the models for this way of Gospel living. Being a Lay Carmelite is not just a devotion added to life; it is a way of life, a vocation. By entering the Order, the Lay Carmelite takes up the Carmelite charism of prayer, community, and service to others. The call to Carmel, a call to seek God’s will in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life, binds Lay Carmelites in a love of those with whom they live and work, and in solidarity with God’s People everywhere. For more information about joining the Saint Joseph Lay Carmelite Community in Rochester, contact: Director Terese Horlocker (horlocker.terese@ or 507-288-9550) Lumen Christi is a charismatic prayer group that meets weekly at Pax Christi Parish in Rochester for praise and worship and to offer individual prayer to those in need of spiritual or physical healing. Lumen Christi is part of a global charismatic renewal movement in the Church, whose aim is to empower, encourage and equip lay and ordained believers for evangelization and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. The group is dedicated to helping people experience the personal love of Jesus, surrender their lives to God the Father, and realize their full baptismal inheritance through life in the Spirit to grow in holiness. Web: | Contact: Karolina Kucewicz ( or 507271-6597)

The nature of The Neocatechumenal Way is defined by His Holiness Saint John Paul II when he wrote: "I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic Formation, valid for our society and for our times." The Neocatechumenal Way is not a movement or an association, but an instrument in the parishes at the service of the bishop and pastors to return to faith many of those who abandoned it. It is a way of conversion through which the richness of the gospel can be rediscovered. Web: | Contact: Fr. Raúl Silva (fatherraul@

Next month, we will finish our list and descriptions of these lay groups and movements active in our diocesan Church. They are a great blessing to us, and truly the work of God’s Spirit in our midst here in southern Minnesota. Deo Gratias!

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Encounters with Mary is a study and prayer group devoted to deepening our understanding and appreciation of Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother. The group, which meets monthly at Pax Christi Parish in Rochester, discovers Mary through scholarly writings, sacred images, her messages at approved Marian apparitions, as well as through prayer and personal reflections. Each Encounter begins with a reflection on Our Lady followed by a thoughtful praying of the rosary. All parishioners, with a special invitation to the youth, are encouraged to attend. Regular attendance is not required - join them in meditation, study and prayer as often as you are able. Contact: Terese Horlocker (horlocker.terese@ or 507-288-9550)

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, Homily on the Solemnity of Pentecost 6/9/2019

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Sealed by the Holy Spirit Spring 2019 Confirmations

his past spring, hundreds of young people were confirmed throughout the diocese. The Sacrament of Confirmation perfects baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which: • gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply into Christ, • strengthens our bond with the Church, • associates us more closely with her mission, and • helps us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.

Faith Formation

April 5 All Saints Church, Madison Lake, with St. Joseph, Waldorf; All Saints, New Richland (1); Immaculate Conception, St. Clair; and St. Ann, Janesville (2) April 6

Resurrection Church, Rochester April 10 St. Columbanus Church, Blooming Prairie, with Sacred Heart, Hayfield; and St. John Baptist de la Salle, Dodge Center April 26

Pax Christi Church, Rochester, with Ss. Peter & Paul, Mazeppa April 28

St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato (3) St. Mary University, Winona (4)

St. Pius X Church, Rochester, with St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester (5) May 1

St. Felix Church, Wabasha (6), with St. Agnes, Kellogg St. Mary Church, Caledonia (7) May 4

Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Blue Earth, with Holy Family, East Chain; St. John Vianney, Fairmont; and St. Mary, Winnebago (8)

May 5 Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester St. Ignatius Church, Spring Valley (9), with Sacred Heart, Adams; St. Patrick, LeRoy (10); St. Finbarr, Grand Meadow (11); St. John, Johnsburg; Queen of Peace, Lyle; and St. Peter, Rose Creek St. Augustine Church, Austin, with St. Edward, Austin; and Queen of Angels, Austin (12) May 6 Church of the Crucifixion, La Crescent (13), with St. Peter, Hokah

May 8 St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Charles, with Holy Redeemer, Eyota (14); St. Aloysius, Elba; St. Rose of Lima, Lewiston; Immaculate Conception, Wilson; and St. Anthony, Altura May 10 St. Joseph the Worker Church, Mankato, with Holy Family, Lake Crystal (15); and Ss. Peter & Paul, Mankato (16)

Peter Martin

Director of Faith Formation and Life, Marriage & Family

We are proud of all our young adults who have been sealed in their faith by the Holy Spirit! We look forward to all of the many great things God has called you to in participating in the One, True Church! May 12

Sacred Heart Church, Waseca (17)

Holy Family Church, Kasson, with Christ the King, Byron (18) May 15

St. Joachim Church, Plainview (19), with Immaculate Conception, Kellogg May 18

St. Joseph Church, Owatonna, with Christ the King, Medford; Sacred Heart, Owatonna; and Holy Trinity, Litomysl (20) May 19

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona (21), with St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona; St. Casimir, Winona; St. John Nepomucene, Winona; St. Mary, Winona; Holy Trinity, Rollingstone; St Paul, Minnesota City; and St. Mary, Minneiska







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Youth & Young Adults


Next World Youth Day to Be Held in Portugal Copyright© Catholic News Service By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES

PANAMA CITY, Jan. 27, 2019 (CNS) -Lisbon, Portugal, will open its doors to the world's young people in 2022 for the next World Youth Day. The announcement of Portugal was made by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, at the final Mass of World Youth Day Jan. 27. World Youth Day officials confirmed the year and city. Upon hearing the location of the next celebration, Portuguese erupted in cheers, waving their country's flag and chanting "We are the pope's youth!" Pope Francis then greeted Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who attended the Mass. In the early morning hours, pilgrims were awakened by sounds of upbeat


music as the hot Panamanian sun rose. Despite the heat, the pilgrims danced and sang along, awaiting Pope Francis' arrival. In his homily, Pope Francis encouraged young Catholics to be engaged in the world today to ensure a better tomorrow. "You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you," he said. The pope reflected on the Sunday Gospel reading from St. Luke in which Jesus begins his public ministry by proclaiming in the synagogue that "this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." Proclaiming the Good News of God's promise to free captives and the oppressed was an important moment in Jesus' life, the pope said. Nevertheless, he continued, many of those in the synagogue were incredulous and not prepared "to believe in someone they knew and had seen grow up." "The same thing can also happen with us. We do not always believe that God can be that concrete and

Aaron Lofy

Director of Youth & Young Adults,

commonplace, that close and real, and much less that he can become so present and work through somebody like a neighbor, a friend, a relative," the pope said. Young people, he warned, risk looking at their mission, vocation and even their lives as something far off in the future and "having nothing to do with the present" while adults can fall into the trap of inventing a "hygienically sealed future without consequence where everything is safe, secure and 'well insured.'" "The Lord and his mission are not a 'meantime' in our life, something temporary. They are our life," Pope Francis said. "Do you want to live out your love in a practical way? May your 'yes' continue to be the gateway for the Holy Spirit to give us a new Pentecost for the world and for the church."

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by authentic witness, people living it out. While as a generation they are suspicious of rules, they have a real value of relationships and collaboration. That desire for relationship is an important evangelical “in.” In addition to establishing friendships, Burak argued that Millennials need to know the “why” of Christianity—especially if they were raised Catholic, they may know the what to do and how to do it, but not the why. As a generation, they each need to be given a “decision point”—do you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord? If yes, why? If not, why not? This is, after all, big. There are eternal consequences to the answer to this question. Yet many in the millennial generation feel like they can play the odds and not make a decision on this, drifting away into the “nones” (no religious affiliation). One especially helpful metaphor Burak used was the statement that disciples of Jesus Christ walk with two legs, named grow and go. One leg is grow (deliberately grow in grace and holiness) and the other leg is go (now share the Lord’s grace with someone who needs it). Too often only one leg is given attention, and the other not. If we are being healthy disciples, we walk, even run, with both legs. If we are not healthy, we limp. And we usually limp because we are not evangelizing. Part of our lived witness is living as missionary disciples in our everyday lives. Ali Hoffman spent time speaking about how older generations may interact with millennials, and misunderstandings along the way. Texting, online forms, minimalism, and health-conscious choices are part of the millennial generation’s natural world. Paper forms, clip art, and pop and fat, not so much. But even those realities can be fine if people reach out in friendship and walk people through a registration process. These may seem like small issues, and Hoffman said catering to the preferences of one generation is not the goal. But hospitality is always a Christian virtue--so think about how you present yourself and communicate with people 35 and younger. The technological revolution changed everything for this generation. Tim Glemkowski, the president of L’Alto Institute, reminded people of an important insight from John Paul II’s Christifideles Laici--that community is important to this generation. But it isn’t community for community’s sake; community is created for mission. Mission should define the behavior of the community. And if that isn’t obvious, millenials tend to walk away, because parish July, 2019 w The Courier w

L to R: Pete Burak, Tim Glemkowski, and Ali Hoffman present to attendees of the Millennial Church Conference.

community becomes perceived as a mere special interest group, and this young adult generation is idealistic and doesn’t have time for anything less than the mission of the Church Jesus Christ founded. He argued that you see the mission lived in parishes that have normative discipleship paths in place for every adult in the parish. While this may take a lot of work, not having a discipleship path does not work. Pete Burak closed the conference with practical next moves for parishes who want to be serious about welcoming and fostering discipleship with the Millennial generation: 1. Do a rigorous budget audit. Money isn’t everything, but our money tends to go where our values are. Do we value this generation? Does that show in our budget? 2. Embrace failure. We didn’t get here overnight and winning a demographic of complex human beings will not happen without some failures. Learn from them, and keep going. 3. Start with your circle of influence. Work with the young adults you have and become disciple makers together. Then you can reach out to your circle of concern (the whole generation).

4. Regularly do intentional and specific intercessory prayer for those friends and family who are fallen away. The more specific the better. God loves to answer specific prayers to show his glory, and make it clear he is at work in the hearts of all people.

5. Be real, transparent, and call out the elephant in the room. Recall the high sensitivity to

hypocrisy? Being honest and real is the only path forward.

6. Remember that social justice is an organic part of the life of faith. First, because it is true. Second, because it is a high value to this generation--and a gift they can bring to us. 7. Text them. They don’t email (usually).

8. Ask: “would our parish exist if we lost all our buildings?” If not, change that. We are the Church. Millennials are attracted to community and balanced, integrated life. We more than any other group alive should be that. 9. Ask them questions, like “how did you get to that?” Humble yourself and listen to this generation. Humility is a Christian virtue and key to evangelization. 10. Define your mission context--that is, know who you are looking at and looking for.

11. Lean in to the challenge. An evangelizing community is willing to reach the suffering flesh in others. To lean in to evangelizing is to be more authentically the people of God, the Church.

Finally, closing in extended prayer together to the Holy Spirit, we remembered there is no us and them. There is only us, brothers and sisters in Christ, and opportunities to renew those relationships, and welcome new friends to the family. It was a powerful day and we are grateful to the Millennial Church Conference for sharing their laughter and passion with us. Susan Windley-Daoust is the director of missionary discipleship for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.

No Quick Fixes


Our Church's Renewal Calls for Lives of Sacrificial Love Vocations

Rev. Jason Kern Director of Vocations

�ith gratitude to God, the Diocese of Winona-

Rochester celebrated the ordination of Father Matthew Wagner on June 28, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We rejoice abundantly as a diocesan church in the gift of his life and call to holy orders. Please keep him in your daily prayers, that he will serve the church with fidelity and humility as a faithful witness to Jesus Christ. The vocations office rejoices to see the good work of preparing him for orders come to fruition! As we truly rejoice in the gift of an ordination to the priesthood in our diocese, people often bring up questions about how many ordinations we will have the next year or the years to come. It is natural to wonder, and, while men continue to discern priesthood and apply to the seminary, the reality is that all of us in the church in southern Minnesota need to be ready to sacrifice for the faith we love. As of my last counting, we have six pastors serving our diocese beyond the age of 68 and four others who will join them in the next couple of years. We are also blessed with at least six pastors from outside our diocese who currently serve here for different periods of time. Also, two clusters of parishes are without pastors currently and others at intermittent periods have experienced the hardship of being without a permanent pastor for extended lengths of time. The above might sound like I am focusing on negative realities when I should just be thanking God for the gift of our new priest; however, it is unrealis-

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Rokitka told CNA. “It certainly has changed the way teachers and students interact.” Rokitka said that games and entertainment are always a potential distraction with the iPads in the classroom. While he has his room set up in a way that allows him to monitor his students’ iPad use closely, such monitoring “takes up a lot of my energy.” There have been some positive impacts, Rokitka noted - the school has saved a lot of paper using digital homework and tests, and performance trends can be more quickly and easily recognized and addressed. However, he added that without intentionality behind its use, technology negatively changes the way students relate to one another and the world. “On a very fundamental level, technology changes how people interact with each other. If technology is accepted wholesale without an intention, it will do more harm than good. When digital communication and social media replace face-to-face interaction, the students lose their ability to communicate,” he said. “This problem is way larger than just schools, but ultimately teachers and schools can have a dramatic input

At the time of printing, Deacon Matthew Wagner (2nd from L) is to be ordained a priest on June 28, 2019. He is pictured here at the presbyteral ordination of Fr. Brian Mulligan (L) and Fr. Thế Hoàng (R) in June of 2018. His own ordination will be reported in the August issue of the Courier.

tic for Father Wagner or any future priest to be the solution to our situation. The solution is not a quick fix. It is not changing dogma or doctrine. It is not in getting with the times or adjusting what the Church teaches. The answer to our concerns will consistently come from the following: living faithfully to all that Jesus Christ revealed and taught; authentic worship and reverence steeped in beauty and transcendence to draw us to the love and mystery of God; a willingness to walk with young people in love that forms and challenges them to live as authentic followers of Jesus against the culture of today. What I have just said might sound contradictory to common sense, but, over and over again, this is proving true. There will not be an increase of vocations by making the path easy. The path of sanctity must demand a radical and complete gift of life, and we

on how children learn how to use technology.” Twenge said that she recommends schools ban the use of cellphones not only in the classroom, but during lunch as well, in order to give students a chance to interact with each other without a screen. In interviews with students for her research, Twenge discovered students who would feel depressed and left out while their fellow students ignored them at lunch, favoring their phones instead, she wrote in the New York Daily News. “A no-phones-at-school rule would also help teens develop invaluable social skills. More and more managers tell me that young job applicants don't look them in the eye and seem to be uncomfortable talking to people face-to-face. If our students are going to succeed in the workplace, they need more practice interacting with people in person,” she wrote. “They can get that right there at school - if they aren't constantly on their phones.” Edghill said that his biggest guiding principle in the use of technology in school has been intentionality - which is exactly why the school banned cell phone use in school during the school day. “It was an intentional decision based on the fact that there was little to no educational benefit and a whole slew of potential and real problems,” he said.

must help men see that the path of following Jesus is worth it because of the joy and love that God pours into our hearts. All of mankind comes to know themselves when they make a sincere gift of themselves (Gaudium et Spes, 22). By inviting young people to have the courage to lay down their lives, we invite to something meaningful and great. This is our call: to encourage vocations that mean something. Become a priest because you are ready to give your life to Christ. Do not become a priest because of some ideology or agenda nor for a life of comfort or ease. God is calling for a renewal of His Church, and it will come from laity, religious, and clergy alike who are ready to sacrifice for the Church and to live a life of generous and sacrificial love. May the Holy Spirit enflame the hearts of young people today to choose the great and noble path of following Christ! [Further coverage of Fr. Wagner's ordination will appear in our August 2019 issue.]

“The unplanned side effect is that the students actually talk to one another before school in the mornings now instead of just staring at their individual screens.” A father to four children between 14 and 3, Edghill noted that he and his wife try to implement the same intentionality with technology use at home, by enforcing limits and being consistent with them, though he admitted there has been a learning curve. “I do think that the more time that they watch screens, the less creative and the less curious they are. But it is a constant battle. It may be one of the most counter-cultural things that we can do for our kids,” he said. “And that is saying something as a Catholic.” It’s also important to note that technology is simply a tool, and “not an evil,” he said. “The pope is active on social media. My bishop is active on Twitter. But it is for the greater good of reaching out to people in order to create the opportunity for an authentic encounter with Christ,” he said. “If the technology is replacing humanity as opposed to being used as a tool to advance humanity, that is the problem...If we miss the human element of the teacher, of person-to-person dialogue and debate, of human experience, then we can't fully do our part to cooperate in the formation of the human person.” This article was originally published on CNA Jan. 31, 2018.

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Catholic Charities


Moving Students

Onward and Upward �nward and Upward started as a

assess individual learning and communiSarah Vetter, LSW cation styles. For other students, we credream to help single parents obtain Director of ate self-care plans and discuss parenting or a college education, find employPregnancy, Parenting & Adoption family situations. We celebrate with these ment in the healthcare field, and Catholic Charities of students when their grades increase, when earn a living wage Southern Minnesota they overcome personal barrifor the first time in The Onward and Upward ers, and when they walk across their lives. The moti- program has been a great the stage at graduation! Every tional hours at work if money gets too tight. vation behind start- help, and I am so glad family enrolled in Onward and Due to the generous donations from many ing this program was there are organizations Upward receives financial literin our community, emergency assistance out there to help someto break the cycle of one like me reach my acy education, a monthly scholfunds have enabled students to stay in school generational pover- goals for myself and my arship, and a personal mentor through the hard times. With these funds ty and improve the children. I know I am not who walks with them through we have replaced a furnace during January’s lives of the children doing this alone. Although their college education and polar vortex, repaired vehicles that stopped in each family. We I don’t have family in the beyond. running when students needed to get to knew that by helping Rochester area, I have In addition to receiving class, and paid utility bills that climbed too single mothers obtain a degree received a lot of help and a monthly scholarship and high during a cold winter. Students have comsupport from many people in healthcare, we would be suplike [my social worker] and mentoring, each Onward and municated that this emergency assistance porting them in stepping out the Onward and Upward Upward participant can apply fund provides peace of mind to know that of poverty and becoming finan- program. for emergency financial assisthey won’t have to pick up additional hours at cially stable and self sufficient. – Christina tance when a problem arises. work when they are already short on time. It Catholic Charities of We have become a safety net for allows their focus to be on their children and Southern Minnesota launched the unexpected expenses that their education. the Onward and Upward program in the fall could otherwise cause students to get off Onward and Upward has grown to supof 2016 as a pilot program with Rochester track in their education. Without this emerport single parent students at RCTC in a variCommunity and Technical College (RCTC) gency assistance, students often have to make ety of health care fields. We accept students nursing program. We started with a small the difficult choice to studying to become cardiovascular invasive group of single mothers who were pursuing drop out of school specialists, clinical neurophysiology technolnursing degrees. These strong, independent and pick up addiogists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, women were going to school, working, and histology technicians, nurses, raising children on their own. My experience with Onward practical nursing, and emerAs one of the social workers meetand Upward has been such a gency medicine paramedics. ing regularly with the students, I blessing. College is hard; nurs- Applications are accepted was immediately “blown away” by ing school is even harder. It’s each semester, and we work their perseverance and adaptabilimportant to have as much sup- with students after graduation ity. Our program offers regular port as one can have – that’s and into their first job in the mentoring, and we meet what I felt here! I thank all who have donated to this scholar- healthcare field as well. We students where they are ship program. ... I have and will have seen families grow stronat. For some students, our continue to recommend this ger, enter the work force, and visits include problemscholarship program to others. reach goals that their families solving and finding com– Abra had only dreamed about previmunity resources. With ously. These families truly are other mothers, we teach moving onward and upward! time management and

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The Seal of Confession Withstands Even Extreme Circumstances Jenna Cooper

Tribunal Coordinator & Judge

Dear Jenna, Someone told me about an Irish film in which the antagonist tells a priest in confession that he will kill the priest within the week, and the priest can't ask anybody for help because it would violate the seal of confession. Is this a plausible scenario under canon law?


he short answer to this question is actually yes! It’s not likely, but it is plausible. As we all know, movies often portray dramatic but unlikely scenarios for the sake of telling a good story. And so it’s good to point out first of all that this is hardly a common experience for most priests! But it is at least theoretically possible that a priest might find himself in this situation or a similar one. One pertinent canon here is canon 983 §1: “The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.”

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the rector of a seminary needs to make This is some of the strongest language used in serious decisions about the seminarians canon law. “Absolutely forbidden” means that there in his charge, such as whether or not he are no circumstances whatsoever when a priest can should give a positive recommendation reveal a sin that was confessed to him in the context of that they be ordained. Aside from situaa sacramental confession. If a priest-confessor does do tions where a seminarian is in immediate this, he incurs the punishment of an automatic excomdanger of death, a seminary rector cannot munication which is “reserved to the Apostolic See,” hear a seminarian’s confession, because i.e. a penalty that can only be lifted by the Pope’s own this might either affect the rector’s judgeauthority (canon 1388). The Church expects priests to ment in making the decisions, or at least go to jail before breaking the seal, and a priest cannot give the appearance of such a conflict of repeat a confession even to save his own life. interest (canons 984 §2, 985). I believe in the movie in question, part of the Bringing this back to our movie examdrama was that the identity of the would-be murder/ ple, if the priest in question only knows penitent was unknown. This is always a possibility, about the penitent’s intent to murder him since penitents have the right to confess from behind because of what he heard in the cona fixed screen, thereby remaining anonymous. fessional, the priest couldn’t (See canon 964 §2.) Do even come up with some story or preBut let’s presume for the sake of you que text for somehow getting the authorargument that the murder-penh cano s t i o n ave a ities involved otherwise. E.g., the itent’s identity was known. The n la abo you priest couldn’t suggest to the priest would not be able to go to u w t that to s w o u l d police that they keep tabs on the the police saying: “John Smith e penitent for some other madeshared his plans to murder me!” h e r e answ l i k e up reason, since this would be because this would be a direct j c o o e ? E m ered per@ to the penitent’s detriment. violation of the seal of the cona i l with dow So, is there anything the fessional. r. q u e " C o u r i org priest could do here (other than The need for total confidensti er pray, of course)? tiality in the confessional also the o n " i n subj It could be argued that, given extends to non-verbal actions e the specific wording of the relthat would identify the l i n e ct . evant canons, this priest could use penitent. So, for instance, the knowledge he gained in the conFather couldn’t make a point fessional to avoid being murdered, on the of only being in the same strict condition that it not reveal the penitent room as the penitent when in any way or cause the penitent any sort of harm. So he had his bullet-proof vest on, or it is possible that Father could tell people: “You know never eating in the presence of that vacation to a remote tropical island that I’ve been the penitent unless there was a meaning to take for many years? Well, I finally decided designated food taster present to take some time off!” and thus “coincidentally” leave in case of poisoning. Such town before the murder-penitent could carry out what actions would still be a viohe planned. lation of the seal of the But more significantly, Father could start by withconfessional, since they holding absolution in the confessional. A priest can might suggest to onlookonly absolve the sins of a penitent if the penitent ers who the penitent is expresses some sorrow and regret for having sinned or what sort of things he (canon 987). Therefore, it’s impossible for future sins confessed. to be forgiven through the sacrament of penance, as Similarly, canon you can’t repent of a sin that you still actively intend 984 §1 further states to carry out! that: “A confessor is proGranted, if someone is planning to commit murder, hibited completely from they are already seriously disregarding the law of God, using knowledge acquired so it’s debatable how much withholding absolution from confession to the detwould really influence them practically. But on the riment of the penitent, even other hand, perhaps the fact that they even set foot when any danger of revelation in the confessional in the first place is a sign that they is excluded.” That is, even if a are open to changing their heart and doing the right priest-confessor doesn’t verbally thing. There might be some hope that not being able to share who confessed what, he can’t receive absolution would be enough of a “wake-up call” use his knowledge of what he heard for them to reconsider their sinful, murderous plot. in the confessional to do anything that would in any way negatively affect the penitent. Note: I think the movie being referenced here is Calvary Incidentally, this why there is a general (2014). But the 1953 movie I Confess (which is worth rule against certain kinds of priest-superiors watching!) deals with a similar theme. In I Confess, a in the Church hearing the confessions of those priest is put on trial for a murder he didn’t commit, while who officially answer to them. For instance, the whole time the priest knows the identity of the real murderer after having heard the murder’s confession. -J.C. July, 2019 w The Courier w

In the Diocese

Bags Packed 14 and Ready to Go! By JEANETTE FORTIER

�he National Convention of the Council

of Catholic Women will be held August 21-24 in Atlanta, GA. The theme for this gathering is Caring for God’s Creation. Presentations will focus on how we can respond to our Holy Father’s challenge to care for Mother Earth in our families, our community, our parish and world. Please keep the attendees from our diocese in your prayers. If you want to

learn more about this event, go to Save the date of Saturday, September 28! That is our CCW Diocesan Convention. Our theme is Together We Rise! Details will be coming to parishes the end of this month. Kathy Bonner of NCCW will be one of our keynote speakers. She’s dynamic and has a message for women of all ages. Plan to be a part of this special day. Are you signed up for our e-news? Sent quarterly, this newsletter connects women, provides great information on a variety of topics, and it's free! Contact Barb Hussong at sbhussong@gmail. com Wherever you travel this summer (be it near or far), may the road be smooth, the sights inspiring, and the journey filled with joy. I hope to see you along the way! Jeanette Fortier is the president of the WinonaRochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Seven Sisters Hold First Morning of Reflection for Diocese

By W.R. CHESTER Across

6. First U.S. Hispanic saint 7. Church basement 9. _____ Jesu

12. Disordered desire for pleasure or possessions 15. Saint of "good fortune"


�he First Annual Seven Sisters Apostolate Morning

of Reflection for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester was held on Saturday, June 1, at St. Joseph Church in Owatonna with more than 40 diocesan women attending. A Seven Sister is a woman who commits to praying one Holy Hour each week for her pastor or bishop on a specific day. Since the apostolate was formed in 2011, under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Joseph Johnson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in St. Louis Park, the Seven Sisters have grown to nearly 1,000 groups of seven women praying each week for one hour for a specific priest in an adoration chapel or in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Janette Howe, foundress of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, began the morning by relating how she started this apostolate with a core group of seven women in seven parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2012. Since then, the apostolate has spread across North America, and also to Rome, India, France, Scotland, Philippines, South America, Africa and Australia. New groups are added weekly. The apostolate is a hidden group that prays silently for one specific priest or bishop. It could be likened to the dinner that Jesus was invited to. With all the excitement of a dinner party, no one noticed the woman who knelt at the Lord’s feet until she opened the jar of nard; then the group noticed this woman who wanted to adore the Lord with her most precious commodity, the perfumed oil. As time is our most precious commodity, it is a holy aroma that Seven Sisters are sending to God for the holiness of our priests and bishops. Janette also mentioned the joy that she sees in so many of the Seven Sisters, knowing that they are part of God’s plan by praying for the holiness of priests.

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16. Evangelical Counsel

18. Lesser Apostolic See Seven Sisters Foundress Janette Howe meets with Bishop John Quinn

20. Truly, it is true.

22. Blessed born along the Mississippi 23. 14 lilies

24. Mother of Mary

L to R: Fr. John Sauer, Bishop John Quinn, Diocesan Coordinator Lola Baxter, and Fr. Jim Starasinich, gather near a cake celebrating Fr. Jim's 20 years of priesthood.

Fr. Jim Starasinich, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Owatonna and Christ the King Parish in Medford, spoke about Mary whose heart and hands are open to all, and who is the vessel of generosity we all want to model our lives after. Fr. Jim also mentioned some of the historical events in which Mary played a pivotal part in salvation history—e.g. Battle of Lepanto, where all the Holy League fighters were given and prayed the Rosary for victory. Father confirmed the efficacious result for his priesthood by the power of the “sisters'” Holy Hours.

Down 1. Made by Saul of Tarsus 2. ____________ concilium 3. Corporal container

4. Instrument of salvation 5. Byzantine canticle

8. Man of the beatitudes

10. Subordinate to a metropolitan

11. Found with the Spirit of the Lord 13. Posture of prayer

14. Jesus reclined at this 17. Anointed one

19. Tribe of Israel

21. Close to Nehemiah

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Bishop John Quinn addressed the group, and began by thanking the women for praying for our priests and bishops in the Diocese of WinonaRochester. Currently, there are 27 Seven Sister groups praying for priests in the Diocese, but the goal is to have all priests in the diocese (active, as well as, retired), covered by a Seven Sisters group that has one “sister” praying one holy hour one particular day of the week, for one priest. Bishop enjoyed lunch with the Seven Sisters and answered questions from them. Bridget Kluesner is a Seven Sister in Owatonna.

Obituaries Sister Michon Welsh, 87, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights May 23, 2019. Mary Ellen Welsh was born May 25, 1931, in St. Louis, MO, to Leo and Monica (Veranis) Welsh. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1949 from St. Juliana Parish in Chicago, IL. Sister Michon made first vows in 1952 and perpetual vows in 1955. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961 from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, and a master’s degree in elementary education administration from Winona State University in 1970. Sister Michon taught elementary education in Catholic schools in Owatonna, Winona, Easton and Rollingstone in Minnesota, and at St. Juliana School in Chicago, IL. She also served as principal at St. Francis School in Rochester. Following teaching, she served for two years as the director of schools for the Diocese of New Ulm and one year as an admissions counselor at the College of St. Teresa in Winona. From 1978 to 2006, Sister Michon served as a liturgist and pastoral minister at several parishes in the Twin Cities: St. Olaf in downtown Minneapolis; St, Therese, St. Leo and St. Gregory in St. Paul; St. John Neumann in Eagan; and Our Lady of Grace in Edina. Sister Michon is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for 69 years, and a brother, Thomas (Elizabeth) Welsh of Indian Harbor Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents. The Funeral Mass was Tuesday, June 4, in Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Sister Baptiste Fish, 91, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights May 30, 2019. Shirley Elaine Fish was born January 25, 1928, in Minneapolis to George and Flora (White) Fish. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1957 from St. Bridget Parish, Minneapolis. Sister Baptiste made first vows in 1959 and perpetual vows in 1962. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 1964. Sister Baptiste taught secondary education at Pacelli High School in Austin (1959-1962). The remainder of her years of ministry were in accounting. She served as assistant treasurer for the Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester (1964-1967), and at the College of St. Teresa, Winona, as the director of student work and loans and as vice president for financial affairs (19671974). She also served as an accountant or business manager at several places in Arizona: El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center in Tucson, Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, and Visiting Nurse Service and Samaritan Senior Services in Phoenix. For seven years, she cared for her father before his death. Sister Baptiste then moved to California, where she was the parish and school accountant at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish

in Santa Ana. In 1999, she moved to Assisi Heights where she served as volunteer bookkeeper until her retirement. Sister Baptiste is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for 62 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clyde Fish and Robert Fish; and a sister, Eileen Zukauska. The Funeral Mass was Monday, June 10, in Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Sister Marjorie (Mary Benjamin) Myers, SSND, 90, professed in 1951, died June 9, 2019, in Notre Dame Health Care, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato. A native of Lisle, IL, she graduated from St. Margaret’s Academy, Minneapolis, in 1947. She entered the SSND candidature in 1948 and professed first vows in 1951. She taught elementary and secondary grades in Minnesota and North Dakota until 1980, and often was responsible for church music and choirs. In the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, she taught at Sacred Heart, Heron Lake; St. Anthony, Lismore; and Good Counsel Academy, Mankato. Beginning in 1981, she filled a variety of roles for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, including college teacher, resource person, researcher, archivist, liturgist and organist, communications director and writer. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and their families; her friends, colleagues and former students; and her sisters in community, the School Sisters of Notre Dame and SSND Associates. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Agnes (Hoffman) Myers; her sisters, Audrey Humbert and Constance Ogden; and her brothers, Robert, Bejamin and Thomas. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated June 14 at Good Counsel, with Fr. Gene Stenzel as presider. Burial of her cremains will follow at a later date in the Good Counsel Cemetery.

Sister Jane Pellowski, MMS, a Medical Mission Sister born in Dodge, WI, and raised on a farm in Winona, died on June 11, 2019. She was 84 years old. Her Funeral Mass was at her community's North American headquarters in Philadelphia on June 17, 2019. Sister Jane entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 1953 before earning a certificate as a registered nurse from Misericordia Hospital in Philadelphia. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Louis University and was appointed to serve as director of nursing services and then personnel director at Holy Family Hospital during the time of the hospital's integration. She earned a master's degree in counseling from Georgia State University in 1973 and later served briefly as superintendent of the Georgia Reception for Women. Returning to her society's headquarters in Philadelphia, she co-directed a Contemplative Center in the city from 198286. In 1985, she helped establish Earthings, a project dedicated to education and events around ecology and the environment. Until 1998, she also directed the Lifewright Office, which promotes the renewal, continuing education and transition for MMS in North America, in addition to serving as liturgy and chapel coordinator. Sister Jane is fondly remembered by many MMS who were nurtured under her spiritual direction.

In 2012, Sister Jane began living in St. John Neumann Home. She was cherished by many in her community who admired her creativity, intuitive nature and universal kindness. She was a gifted singer and writer who recorded music with Sister Miriam Therese Winter. She wrote many "heart prayers," which her community compiled into a book. Even as her health declined and she lost her ability to talk, she still loved to sing. She will be deeply missed.

Sister Casilda Chavez, 97, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights June 17, 2019. Margaret Mary Chavez was born February 22, 1922, in San Pablo, CO, to Policarpio and Mary (Lucero) Chavez. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1942 from Most Precious Blood Parish in San Luis, CO. Sister Casilda made first vows in 1945 and perpetual vows in 1948. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1965 from the College of St. Teresa, Winona. From 1945 to 1983, Sister Casilda served as an elementary education teacher at various Catholic schools in Minnesota: Ss. Peter & Paul, Glencoe; St. Columba, Iona; St. Gabriel, Fulda; St. Peter, Rose Creek; Cathedral School, Winona; and St. Peter, North St. Paul. In Rochester, she taught at St. John School and St. Francis School. In 1983, she moved to Assisi Heights, where she served as office assistant and mail clerk for 12 years, and as librarian for four years. Sister Casilda retired from active ministry in 1999 and served the Franciscan Community, Church and world through prayer. Sister Casilda is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for 77 years, and a sister, Helen Snyder of Albuquerque, NM. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tom Chavez; and four sisters: Pat Lobato, Lola Romero, Ana Maria Romero and Agatha Oravez. The Funeral Mass was Friday, June 21, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes at Assisi Heights, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester.

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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 Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul July 13, Saturday St. Paul Street Evangelization workshop 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., followed by an optional live training lab. $25 per person, includes full-day workshop, all materials and a light lunch. Learn to evangelize in your everyday life in easy and fun ways. Includes presentations, small group discussion, practice, role playing and more. Info and registration: saintpaul St. John Church, Johnsburg July 14, Sunday Johnsburg Jamboree. 11 a.m. Polka Mass, followed by outdoor activities 12-6 p.m. Food, games for all ages, raffle, cake walk, bingo. Church is air conditioned. Holy Trinity Church, Litomysl July 28, Sunday 48th Annual Summer Festival begins with 10 a.m. Polka Mass, followed by festivities starting at 11 with food in the church basement and outside. Children's and adult

New Televised Mass Schedule Begins July 7 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. 7 pm Sat. 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 each 3rd Sat. 2:30 pm Sun. (bilingual) Worthington, St. Mary Madelia, St. Mary Rochester, St. Francis 7 pm Sat.; 11 am Sun.; 7 pm Sat. Noon Sun. & 7 pm Thurs. 6:30 pm Tues. & Fri.

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games with thousands of prizes to win. Used-a-bit items in the parish center and a silent auction. Garden products, baked goods (prune, poppyseed & apricot buchty), live music. Something for everyone! All are welcome! Litomysl is 8 miles south of Owatonna on Co. Rd 45, then 2 milles east on Co. Rd. 4 (SE 98th St) to 9946 24th Ave SE, Owatonna. More info: 507-4516616 or North Links Golf Course, Mankato August 2, Friday St. Thomas More Newman Center presents Putt with Padre 2019. 1 p.m. registration. 1:30 shotgun start. 5:30 social hour. 6:15 dinner, program, prizes. $125 per person ($500 for a foursome). Information and registration: 507-387-4154 or Servicemen's Club, Blooming Prairie August 11, Sunday St. Mary's Cemetery Board of Trustees fundraising event 6:308:30 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. Pax Christi Church, Rochester August 24, Saturday Run Alpha 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Alpha allows people outside the church to explore faith within the context of the local church. Gather with other churches and leaders from across the region for this interactive training to develop an understanding of Alpha and how to get the most of running an Alpha course in your context. For more information, contact Susan Windley-Daoust (507-8581277) or twincities@alphausa. org. To register, visit runalpharochestermn Pax Christi Church, Rochester September 15, Sunday Marriage Anniversary Mass 2 p.m. Peter Martin has information: 507454-4643 x273 or pmartin@dowr. org 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. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona September 28, Saturday Pre-Cana 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Pre-Cana is an opportunity for engaged couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. $125 per couple. Peter Martin has more information: 507-454-4643 x273 or Shalom Hill Farm, Windom October 4-6, Friday-Sunday 6th Annual Married Couples Retreat. Info: 507-454-4643 x273 or

St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato October 26, Saturday Pre-Cana 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pre-Cana is an opportunity for engaged couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony. $125 per couple. Info: 507-454-4643 x273 or St. Augustine Church, Austin November 2, Saturday Annual Women's Conference 9

a.m. - 6 p.m. Peter Martin has information: 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.