The Courier - May 2017

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Ascension of the Lord May 28

May 2017

Freedom in Christ

Official Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, MN

Resurrection Parish Hosts Graduates Receive Blessing and Wisdom at Baccalaureate Mass Chrism Mass ROCHESTER - Resurrection Parish hosted the Diocese of Winona's Chrism Mass on April 10, 2017, at 7 p.m. During the Mass, which takes place annually in the Diocese of Winona on the Monday of Holy Week, Bishop John M. Quinn blessed the holy oils, and consecrated the Sacred Chrism, to be used in anointings, baptisms, confirmations, and ordinations

AUSTIN--Queen of Angels Church hosted the Diocese of Winona's 2017 Baccalaureate Mass on April 26, 2017, celebrated by Bishop John M. Quinn. At the Mass, Bishop Quinn, along with priests from the students' school communities (Fr. James Berning, Msgr.

Thomas Hargesheimer, Msgr. Thomas Cook, Fr. Timothy Reker, and Fr. Raul Silva), honored seniors graduating from the diocese's four Catholic high schools: Cotter High School in Winona, Lourdes High School in Rochester, Loyola High Baccalaureate Mass, cont'd on pg. 4

Chrism Mass, cont'd on pg. 12

INSIDE this issue

Pope to Canonize Fatima Visionaries page 2

Man of God 2017 page 8

Making Sure Our Water Works page 14

Pope Francis Watch

Articles of Interest

Yes, We Have a Media Center!__________5


Go, and Make Disciples________________6

The Courier Insider

Man of God 2017____________________8 "The Church Needs to Hear Your Voice"_9 Catholic Schools Updates____________10 "But I Did Nothing Wrong!"___________11 Your Gifts at Work__________________13 Making Sure Our Water Works________14 Diocesan Headlines_________________15

Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Diocesan Calendar__________________16

Pope to Canonize Fatima Visionaries The Holy Father's Intention for


VATICAN CITY, Apr. 20, 2017 (CNA/ EWTN News) -- During his trip to Portugal for the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions in May, Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints. The children will be canonized during Pope Francis' May 13 Mass in Fatima. The decision for the date was made during a April 20 consistory of cardinals, which also voted on the dates of four other canonizations, in addition to that of Francisco and Jacinta, that will take place this year. Some martyrs who will soon be saints are diocesan priests Andrea de Soveral and Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, and layman Matteo Moreira, killed in hatred of the faith in Brazil in 1645; and three teenagers – Cristóbal, Antonio, and Juan – killed in hatred of the faith in Mexico in 1529, who will be canonized October 15. Bl. Angelo da Acri, a Capuchin priest who died in October 1739, and Faustino Míguez, a Piarist priest who founded the Calasanziano Institute of the Daughters of the Divine Shepherd, will also be canonized October 15. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, is the man who was largely responsible for advancing the visionaries’ cause, paving the way for them to become the first canonized children who were not martyred. Previously, the Portuguese cardinal told CNA, children were not beatified, due to the belief “that children didn’t yet have the ability to practice Christian heroic virtue like adults.” But that all changed when the cause for Francisco and Jacinta Marto arrived on his desk. Francisco, 11, and Jacinta, 10, became the youngest non-martyr children in the history of the Church to be beatified when on May 13, 2000, the 83rd anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Pope John Paul II proclaimed them "Blessed," officially showing that young children can become saints. The brother and sister, who tended to their family’s sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the May, 2017 w The Courier

apparitions of Mary now commonly known as Our Lady of Fatima. During the first apparition, which took place May 13, 1917, Our Lady asked the three children to pray the rosary and make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. The children did this and were known to pray often, giving their lunch to beggars and going without food themselves. They offered up their sacrifices and even refrained from drinking water on hot days. When Francisco and Jacinta became seriously ill with the Spanish flu in October 1918, Mary appeared to them and said she would take them to heaven soon. Bed-ridden, Francisco requested and received his first Communion. The following day, Francisco died, April 4, 1919. Jacinta suffered a long illness and was eventually transferred to a Lisbon hospital, where she underwent an operation for an abscess in her chest. However, her health did not improve, and she died Feb. 20, 1920. Francisco and Jacinta “practiced Christian virtue in a heroic way,” Cardinal Martins said, explaining that, among other things, one of the most obvious moments in which this virtue was apparent for him was when the three shepherd children were arrested and intimidated by their mayor on August 13, 1917. Government stability in Portugal was rocky following the revolution and coup d’état that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and subsequent establishment of the First Portuguese Republic in 1910. A new liberal constitution separating Church and state was drafted under the influence of Freemasonry, which sought to omit the faith – which for many was the backbone of Portuguese culture and society – from public life. It was in this context that, after catching wind of the Virgin Mary’s appearance to Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, district Mayor Artur de Oliveira Santos had the children arrested on the day Mary was to appear to them, and threatened to boil them in hot oil unless they would confess to inventing the apparitions. At one point in the conversation at the jailhouse, Jacinta was taken out of the room, Visionaries, cont'd on pg. 12

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Christians in Africa: That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace. Officials The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following: Appointments Rev. Edward McGrath: appointed Pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Canton and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Harmony; in addition to his appointments as Pastor of the parishes in Chatfield, Lanesboro, and Preston; effective March 20, 2017. Rev. Gregory Havel: appointed Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Brownsville, in addition to his appointment as Pastor of the parishes in La Crescent and Dakota, effective March 20, 2017.

Rev. Matthew Fasnacht: appointed Pastor of St. Olaf Parish in Mabel, in addition to his appointment as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Caledonia, effective March 20, 2017. Rev. Timothy Reker: appointed Canonical Administrator of Loyola Catholic Schools, effective March 15, 2017. Mr. David Pederson: appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2017. Mrs. Marcia Vettel: appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2017.

Child Abuse Policy Information Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy Information The Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507-454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona is committed to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona’s implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Mary Hamann at 507-858-1244, or

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Congratulations, Graduates! �ear Friends in Christ, Graduation

100th Anniversary of Fatima On May 13, 1917, our Blessed Mother appeared to three

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

May 2, Tuesday 11 a.m. - Holy Hour 12 p.m. - Dean's Meeting - Albert Lea 2:30 p.m. - Clergy Personnel Board Meeting Albert Lea May 3, Wednesday 7 p.m. - Confirmation at St. Mary Church, Caledonia, with St. Patrick Church, Brownsville May 4, Thursday 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop's Cabinet Meeting 5:30 p.m. - Evening Prayer and Dinner with DOW Senior Seminarians May 5, Friday 7:45 a.m. - Teach at SMU May 6, Saturday 11 a.m. - Confirmation at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Blue Earth, with St. Mary Church, Winnebago; St. John Vianney Church, Fairmont; and Holy Family Church, East Chain 3:30 p.m. - SMU Final Exams 4:30 p.m. - Holy Hour 5:30 p.m. - Vespers 6 p.m. - Dinner and End of Semester Skits - IHM Seminary, Winona May 7, Sunday 10 a.m. - Confirmation at Sacred Heart Church, Waseca 2:30 p.m. - SMU Final Exams

earthly life, she told Our Lady that she wanted to convert sinners, and in response she was told that she would suffer a great deal. After her death, her body was found to be incorrupt. St. John Paul II beatified both Francisco and Jacinta in 2000, and Pope Francis will canonize them during his celebration of Mass in Fatima on May 13. They are the youngest non-martyrs to be both beatified and canonized in the history of the Church, and they provide a wonderful example of holiness and how we are all called to put God above all things. Lucia Santo lived until 2005 and spent the majority of her life as a Carmelite nun. Although she was commonly known as Sr. Lucia, her full religious name was Sr. Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady had told her that Jesus wished for her to establish devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart during her time left on earth. In one of her messages to the children, the Blessed Virgin said, "To save [poor sinners], God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart." The message of Our Lady of Fatima is a call to prayer, particularly the rosary, doing penance, and offering up prayers and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Our Lady instructed the children to pray the rosary every day, telling them, "Through the rosary, you can stop wars." During this 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, I encourage you to find ways to live our Our Lady's message in your own lives. We too, like Sr. Lucia and soonto-be Ss. Francisco and Jacinta, can pray the rosary and offer up our trials and sacrifices, no matter

May 8, Monday 2 p.m. - SMU Final Exams 7 p.m. - Confirmation at Crucifixion Church, La Crescent, with Holy Cross Church, Dakota May 9, Tuesday 1 p.m. - Clergy Personnel Committee Meeting May 10, Wednesday 7 p.m. - Confirmation at St. Joachim Church, Plainview, with Immaculate Conception Church, Kellogg May 11, Thursday 11 a.m. - Mass - Hermits of St. mary of Carmel Hermitage, Houston 6 p.m. - End-of-Year Faculty & Staff Dinner SMU, Winona May 12, Friday 11:30 a.m. - SMU Science Learning Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting, Winona 6 p.m. - Confirmation at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Mankato, with Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mankato, and Holy Family Church, Lake Crystal May 13, Saturday 8:30 a.m. - SMU Baccalaureate Mass - St. Thomas More Chapel, Winona Campus 11 a.m. - SMU Commencement Ceremony Toner Center Gymnasium

how small, for peace and the conversion of sinners. We are all called to sanctity, so let us follow the way Our Lady pointed out to us in her messages at Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us; Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Trinity Dome of the National Basilica The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is the largest Catholic church in the United States. With more than 80 chapels and oratories, the National Shrine is a testament to the countless American Catholics of all ethnicities who have contributed to the building up of the Catholic Church in this country. The Trinity Dome is the central and largest dome of the National Shrine. In honor of the approaching 100th anniversary of the building of the Basilica, plans are underway to adorn the Trinity Dome with a mosaic featuring the Most Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Nicene Creed, and a procession of saints who are associated with the United States. To fund this mosaic, the US Bishops have asked that a special collection be taken up in all dioceses; in the Diocese of Winona, this collection will be taken on Trinity Sunday, June 11. I ask you all to please be generous and join me in supporting the funding of the mosaic for the Trinity Dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More information on the Basilica and Trinity Dome, including artistic renderings of the mosaic, can be found online at


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Over the past year, the Diocese of Winona has been considering the possibility of changing the format and content of The Courier in order to better engage Catholics in the diocese. The Courier newspaper started in 1909, and we want to make sure that, as the Church heads further into the 21st century, we seek to effectively evangelize and engage readers with our publication. In addition to utilizing tools such as surveys and focus groups, it would be helpful for us to hear from you, the readers of The Courier. What are your favorite parts of The Courier? How could it better engage a broad readership of various ages and backgrounds? Is there certain content that you would like to see included? I invite you to give your comments to Nick Reller, Associate Editor of The Courier. You can contact him at nreller@ or 507-858-1257. Hearing from you, our readers, will help us to know how we can better fulfill the task of spreading the Gospel throughout southern Minnesota. I thank you in advance for your feedback!

From the Bishop

As we near the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our seniors who are graduating from high school or college this spring. I extend my gratitude to all the parents and teachers who have helped in forming and educating our graduates, especially in passing on the faith. May the Lord be with our young people as they prepare to embark on this exciting new stage of their lives! We will continue to hold you in our prayers.

shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady continued to visit the children on the 13th of the month through October of that year, instructing them in living lives of prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners. She instructed them to pray the rosary often and identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary. In 1930, the Church declared that these apparitions at Fatima were of a supernatural character, and a shrine was built in that location. This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's visits to these young shepherds, Lucia Santo and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto. This month, Pope Francis will travel to Fatima on May 12-13 to mark the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. Here in the Diocese of Winona, there are opportunities to celebrate and learn more about Our Lady's appearances in Fatima. Her messages of prayer and penance for peace and conversion of sinners are still very much needed in our world today. During the second apparition, on June 13, 1917, Our Lady shared that while Lucia would continue to live a while longer to spread devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart, Francisco and Jacinta would not have long to live. In fact, both of these siblings would die less than three years after the apparitions. However, even in this short time, they experienced a profound conversion, and their greatest desire was to offer up prayers and sacrifices for sinners. Francisco was only nine at the time of the first apparition, but he quickly came to desire to spend time in prayer, penance, and contemplation. When Jacinta was very sick near the end of her

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona

May 14, Sunday 10 a.m. - Mass - Immaculate Heart Convent SMU Campus, Winona

May 23, Tuesday 11 a.m. - Mass - DOW Priest Retreat - Alverna Center, Winona

May 16, Tuesday 5:30 p.m. - Premier Bank Golf Day Dinner Owatonna Country Club, Owatonna

May 24, Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - Holy Hour 12 p.m. - DOW Finance Council Meeting, Winona

May 17, Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - Mass - IHM Seminary Formation Workshop Week - Winona 3 p.m. - Holy Hour for Vocations 5 p.m. - Operation Andrew Dinner, St. Charles May 18, Thursday 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop's Cabinet Meeting May 19, Friday 11 a.m. - Mass for Consecrated Life and Luncheon - Assisi Heights, Rochester May 20, Saturday 3:30 p.m. - Blessing of Gravesites of Ursuline Sisters - St. Mary Cemetery, Lake City May 21, Sunday 2 p.m. - Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, with St. Casimir Church, Winona; Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona; St. John Nepomucene, Winona; St. Mary Church, Winona; Holy Trinity Church, Rollingstone; St. Paul Church, Minnesota City; and St. Mary Church, Minneiska

May 25, Thursday 9:30 a.m. - Holy Hour 10 a.m. - Pension Plan for Priests Board Meeting June 1, Thursday 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop's Cabinet Meeting June 2, Friday 3 p.m. - Hispanic Ministry Meeting, Rochester 7:30 p.m. - Lourdes High School Commencement Ceremony - Lourdes High School Gymnasium, Rochester June 3, Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Derek Weichmann Ordination to Priesthood - St. Mary Cathedral, St. Cloud 7 p.m. - Pentecost Vigil with Commissioning of Lay Formation Group - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona June 4, Sunday 11:15 a.m. - 2nd Annual DOW Pentecost Mass St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester May, 2017 w The Courier

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School in Mankato, and Pacelli High School in Austin. In his homily, Bishop Quinn recounted a personal story of recently polishing his late father's old silver tankard to uncover his father's initials, which had been hidden by tarnish. He likened the intials to the love of Christ, impressed on the heart of each one of the graduates. "Each of us has an engraving in our heart," Bishop Quinn told the students. "...God has impressed in your heart what it says in the Gospel today: that Jesus Christ has come into the world not to condemn the world but to give it life. Jesus Christ loves you so much. Most of you have gone through baptism; that engraving of God's initials of eternal life--of Jesus--is implanted deep in your heart. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, no matter how tarnished you may get, you can never lose those initials. You can never lose God's love. You can never lose God's desire to save you and bring you home to heaven." Bishop Quinn also warned the students that they would soon be faced with a level of freedom they had never experienced, and advised them that not all forms of freedom are equal. "You have to find out where your freedom is rooted," he said. "Is it rooted in your relationship with the Lord? Is it rooted in responsibility and living a virtuous life? Or is it a freedom of 'what I want to do?' And usually when it's what I want to do, I'm going to get in trouble." After communion, Bishop Quinn blessed two baskets of olive wood crucifixes from Jerusalem, and, with his brother priests, distributed the crucifixes to the students. "I hope that you will always treasure the cross you have received," he told the students. "It comes from Jerusalem, where Christ did his magnificent work for the salvation of the world. I hope you will treasure it and see it as a source of comfort in difficult days, a sign of hope raised up over the world through days when you feel very challenged and when the earth itself and its people seem so troubled, that Christ raised on the cross will be a sign of victory and mercy and forgiveness and, always, a reminder that God's love is imprinted deep in your heart; his love is engraved in you." After the students' families, teachers and school administrators were thanked with rounds of applause, all those in attendance raised their hands in blessing over the graduates. "Lord God ... Send down your Holy Spirit upon these graduates," prayed Bishop Quinn. "Fill them with your wisdom and life. Guide their steps with your mighty and firm arm. And, with the power of your grace, strengthen them in spirit and in body. Grant that, as they progress to the next stage of life, they may devote themselves to the service of others, that they may share your love in the world with those especially most in need."

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Sr. Mara Lester, R.S.M.

Interim Director of Faith Formation

pread the word: the Diocese of Winona has a media center, and it is an excellent resource for our parishioners. To help introduce readers to this hidden gem, allow me to answer a few of the questions I am frequently asked about our media center.

What kinds of groups would benefit from using the media center?

What categories are included in the media center?

The items contained in the media center can be rented to assist in faith formation programs, school classrooms, parish study groups, or individual and family use. Many resources come with study guides and a leader's guide.

Catechesis, Catholicism, cinema, evangelization, Jesus, miscellaneous, parenting, prayer, scripture, sacraments, saints, Theology of the Body, virtues, and vocations.

What age ranges are served by the media center?

Could I see the collection in person?

There are resources for preschoolers to adults. How do I browse the media center collection? Please visit our web page for a complete list of items and to use our media center search engine: offices/media-center/index.html

What is a media center?

Is there a cost? The only cost entails shipping fees to and from the desired location. There would be no cost if you live in the Winona area and would like to pick up the item(s) directly from the Pastoral Center.

Why was this formed? We know how difficult it can be to find approved Catholic resources, especially at a cost that is affordable, not to mention accessibility.

What if I have questions?

What does the media center offer?

New Confession and Holy Communion Learning Centers!

his is the time of year when our children are to enter more deeply into the sacramental life of the Church. Do you remember preparing for your first confession and reception of our Lord’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion? Was it a day filled with anxiety, anticipation, readiness, faith, hope, love, or joy? Reflecting on that time can stir many memories. What did the church look like? What did you wear? Do you remember your friends or classmates who participated in this time of special preparation with you? Do you remember much about your preparation at all? No matter when we come to know the impact of the sacramental life of the Church, such memories can bring about abundant thanksgiving to God, not only for the graces received in these sacraments, bestowing Mercy and Love, but also immeasurable gratitude to God for His incredibly intimate presence to each of us as we press onward in our faith journey. How important good preparation is! If you are a parent, grandparent, or Godparent you have a unique role of instilling the knowledge and love of the sacraments to your loved ones. Of course, this can be done through more formal teaching, but each person, ultimately, does this by his or her own love for the sacraments and witnessing to a truly Christian life transformed by grace.

What if I don't see a resource available? You can email Camille ( or call 507858-1271 to see if your request is available. We ask that you specify the date the resource is needed, the shipping address, and estimated duration of use. You can also check out items by visiting our web page: offices/media-center/index.html.

The Winona Diocese Media Center is a resource that supports faith development by providing a print and nonprint media collection to the faithful of the Diocese of Winona in order to enhance teaching and learning. Our goal is to inspire all Catholics in living their lives of faith; there are even DVDs that can be watched for entertainment or inspiration.

There are more than 350 DVDs and VHS tapes for rental along with several books. Our resources are from wellknown companies, such as the Augustine Institute, Word on Fire, Ascension Press, and more.

Of course! Please set up an appointment to visit the media center by contacting Camille Withrow. You could even receive items that day!

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Yes, We Have a Media Center!

Camille Withrow manages the diocesan media center.

The Office of Faith Formation in the Winona Diocese has taken steps in recent months to update the Learning Centers for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. There are now seven to eight distinct display boards with varying topics and interactive activities that youth and parents or mentors can engage in together for a greater understanding of each sacrament. They are quite colorful and fun! The display boards for the Sacrament of Confession explain the distinctions of mortal and venial sin, educate on the Examination of Conscience, the Ten Commandments, and the Act of Contrition. They also define the varying titles for the sacrament, answer general questions about confession, and provide inspiring saint quotes to reflect upon regarding the immensity of this sacrament. The display boards for the Sacrament of Holy Communion focus on how one prepares for Mass, the order of the Mass, objects used in the Mass, the consecration of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, transubstantiation, how to reverently receive our Lord in Holy Communion, general questions about the Mass, and inspiring saint quotes to reflect on about this Most Holy Sacrament. Each parish, through their director of faith formation or religious education, can request and reserve these learning centers to visit their parish. It is a most joyous occasion to interact with

If you have questions regarding our media center, please contact Camille at She will be happy to help you!

your loved one as they prepare for this most intimate moment of knowing our Lord in His healing and loving presence in both the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. Taking the time to prepare well informs the rest of their lives in practicing the Catholic faith. May we each look on such opportunities to deepen our own sense of preparation and help bestow upon a new generation of Catholics knowledge of the reality we enter with Christ in the sacraments of His Church!

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Lay Formation


Go, and Make Disciples Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20


ope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("the Joy of the Gospel") touches on a theme which is clearly close to his heart. He calls the Church and her members to bring Jesus Christ and the Gospel out into the world, and not allow ourselves to be shut in and secure behind church walls. He writes: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.... If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life (#49). If you share our Holy Father's vision and feel "disturbed" or "troubled" at the growing secularization of our society, then do we have three events for you! Our diocese will be sponsoring and hosting three gatherings to celebrate and call the Catholics of southern Minnesota to a renewed living out of their Catholic faith. Here's what's upcoming: Pentecost Vigil Mass & Institute of Lay Formation Commissioning A Vigil Mass for Pentecost will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m., with Bishop Quinn presiding. Everyone

is invited, and a special invitation is extended to those involved in the various lay movements and apostolates, retreat ministries, charismatic prayer groups, etc., present in the diocese (e.g., Communion and Liberation, the Neocatechumenal Way, Teams of Our Lady, TEC, Cursillo, etc.) The Commissioning of our current class of the diocesan Institute of Lay Formation will also take place at this special liturgy. After successfully completing their formation process, students are formally commissioned by the bishop for lay leadership in service to the people of God in the parishes and institutions of the Diocese of Winona. This commissioning is a recognition of the students' work in the Institute and an affirmation of the knowledge and skills for discipleship and ministry they have received through their participation in this lay formation process. For more information about the Mass, please contact Fr. Jonathan Fasnacht at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (507-452-4770 ext. 18 or frjonathan@ For more information about the diocesan Institute of Lay Formation, please contact me in the diocesan Office of Lay Formation (507-858-1270 or

Todd Graff

Director of Lay Formation

Adam Janke, the program director for St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE), "a grassroots, nonprofit Catholic evangelization organization." Adam also travels across the country offering workshops and talks on how to put the New Evangelization into practice in our everyday lives, bringing with him the experiences and stories of the thousands of evangelists that work with SPSE. Adam will speak on "Effective Tools for Parish and Diocesan Evangelization." More information about Ministry Days can be found at or by contacting me, Todd Graff (see contact information above).


ear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Ministry Days 2017 Our diocesan Ministry Days 2017 is scheduled for June 8 and 9 (Thursday and Friday) at Saint Mary's University in Winona. The theme is Go, and Make Disciples: Forming Missionary Disciples for Gospel Witness. This year's keynote presenters are: Leisa Anslinger, the director of Catholic Life and Faith, "a pastoral resource center supporting parish and diocesan evangelization and stewardship leaders." Leisa is the author of several books for pastoral leaders and numerous e-resources on catechesis and stewardship, and is a frequent presenter on evangelization, stewardship, and catechesis at national and diocesan gatherings. Leisa will speak on our theme, Forming Missionary Disciples for Gospel Witness.

Greetings of Peace! In 2014, the theme for the celebration of the 125th anniversary of our diocese was, Where Does Jesus Send Us? This question, drawn from a World Youth Day homily of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, continues to be most relevant for our mission and ministry in this local Church. This year's Ministry Days gathering, Go, and Make Disciples: Forming Missionary Disciples for Gospel Witness, calls us back to this question and to what lies at the heart of our identity and witness as Jesus' followers. I would suggest four clear tasks to focus and guide our service in the world as the community of His disciples: Encounter - invite others to experience the person of Jesus Christ, and His saving love Accompany - walk in love and care with others on their spiritual journey Community - worship and witness together as Christ's Body Mission - always move outward in healing and hope to the broken people and places of our world Ministry Days 2017 invites us anew to reflect on where our Lord sends us, and to heed His command to "go, and make disciples." We seek the grace, as His clergy and lay leaders, to be formed as missionary disciples and to help build a Church where all experience this call to give active witness to the joy of the Gospel. I warmly invite you to join me at Ministry Days 2017. Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona

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Basic Evangelization Training As Catholics, we are all called to evangelize, to proclaim and give witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, who instructed his followers, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15). Every Sunday at the close of Mass, the priest echoes Jesus' call as he invites us, "Go and announce the Gospel A Street Evangelist's Story

and invite people to come and talk to us. We do this through kindness, listening, and giving away free sacramentals and material. Every time I have gone out, I have had an amazing experience. Not everyone stops to talk to us, but we give a powerful witness to our faith through our joyful presence and our willingness to listen and pray with others. Since my first experience at evangelizing in Detroit, I have spoken to thousands of people, sometimes through my everyday life, and sometimes through evangelization events. Imagine how our world could change if we were all able to do this. The good news is that St. Paul Street Evangelization teaches Catholics how to evangelize in a very practical, hands-on approach and helps them form local teams. The even better news is that there will be a training in our diocese at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Rochester on Saturday, June 10. You might think, "I could never do this," but you would be wrong. Every one of us is called to share the Good News with the world. Pope Francis tells us, "We must go out through the doors of our churches to seek and meet the people." This is the mission of the Church. This is your mission! I invite you to sign up for the training and come and learn about the new evangelization and your role in sharing Jesus with the world. Deb McManimon is a regional missionary for St. Paul Street Evangelization and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Owatonna. You can reach her at 507-271-1737 or

roots apostolate whose mission is to share the Good News about Jesus and the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church that Jesus founded. SPSE also trains Catholics to share the Faith with family members and with people they meet every day. Check out SPSE at The training will be held at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Rochester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the option (not requirement) to go out and evangelize "on the street" immediately following the training. The registration fee is $25 (free for clergy), which covers training, materials, and lunch. Scholarships are available upon request. To learn more and to register, visit dow. org/event-details/282. You may also contact me, Todd Graff (contact info above) or SPSE Regional Missionary Deb McManimon (507271-1737 or In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis teaches that "each of us should find ways to communicate Jesus wherever we are" (#24). In early June, our diocese is offering you three opportunities to sharpen your skills and strengthen your resolve to do exactly that. Pick one, or two, or all three of them, and see where the Spirit leads you. Deo Gratias!


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My name is Deb McManimon, and I am a regional missionary for St. Paul Street Evangelization. That sounds odd to most people - Catholics who evangelize. This isn't something we are used to! Interestingly enough, Catholics have been evangelizing since the time of Jesus, when he commanded us to go out to spread the Good News to all nations. The problem today is that we haven't really grown up with the knowledge of how to share our faith with others or with a culture which supports this. And, to be honest, it sounds more than a bit scary. I heard about St. Paul Street Evangelization on Catholic radio and thought, "Wow. What a cool idea, but I could never do that." God had other ideas, as he often does. I attended St. Paul Street Evangelization leadership training at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. And, before you knew it, I was out on the streets of downtown Detroit, sharing my faith with people who passed by! It was totally scary to start with, but an absolutely amazing experience. I'll bet I talked with over 30 people in just a short time. The goal of St. Paul Street Evangelization is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church with a culture that is wounded and starving for truth. Our approach is friendly and non-confrontational. There is no getting up on a soapbox and telling people they are going to hell. We simply go out

of the Lord." Have you ever considered this calling? What is keeping you from sharing the Good News with others? Are you nervous, scared, shy, not sure how to start? St. Paul Street Evangelization is ready to help you! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10th, when the diocese will host a "Basic Evangelization Training" led by St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE), a grass-

The Church which "goes forth" is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice.... Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father's infinite mercy. Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved. -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #24

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Life, Marriage & Family


Man of God 2017 Big Change with Small Groups

�he Diocese of Winona's second annual Man of God

men’s conference was held on April 8 at Lourdes High School in Rochester. More than 300 men - including priests, laymen, and seminarians - gathered for a day of prayer, encouragement, and fraternity. In its second year, the Man of God conference strives to rally men and build up grassroots initiatives around the diocese. Many of these initiatives come in the forms of men’s groups, several of which were on display at the event, including the Knights of Columbus, parish sponsored groups, and small group discipleships. The idea has been to connect men with outlets back home so that the energy and life of the conference will continue in our local communities. Bishop John Quinn told the men in attendance that “iron sharpens iron” as he urged the men to stay connected in fraternal brotherhood. During his homily at Mass, the bishop reflected on the strength of friendship with good men. He told a story from his childhood

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about the time he and his friends marked their initials in freshly poured concrete. “I often wonder if the initials are still there,” he said, reflecting on the permanence of fraternal friendship. His remarks reinforced the event organizers' encouragement of participants to get connected with other holy men. Curtis Martin, a national speaker and founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), was the keynote presenter for the day. He challenged his audience to strive for holiness and enter into the mission of discipleship. “You have to flip on the breaker,” he said in reference to the story of a man who built a new home but did not have electricity because the breaker was off. He said this reflects the reality of many men in our Church today. The basic structures of the faith are often present, but the infusion of energy and light does not always translate. Martin spoke of an urgent need for holy men to live as authentic witnesses in a world that is struggling with faith issues. Martin has seen firsthand the challenges in our Church, especially in his work with college students. Significant percentages of young adults are leaving the faith, and at the same time there is a rise of the “none” phenomenon where individuals claim no religious conviction. While the challenges in our Church are daunting, Martin offered a powerful vision for hope, inviting the men to begin by looking for small opportunities. “If you are not in a small group, find one,” he said.

“If you are in a small group, don’t get too comfortable.” Martin founded FOCUS in 1998 on one campus with two missionaries. Today FOCUS is present on 125 campuses nationwide, with more than 20,000 alumni. Last year, the SEEK conference hosted by FOCUS drew more than 13,000 students. FOCUS recently expanded with parish-based teams and continues to grow. How has such success been achieved? “Win, build, send,” said Martin during a brief overview of the fellowship's discipleship-driven model, which reflects that of the early Church. On college campuses, “win” is achieved through building relationships with students and providing opportunities of encounter with the Lord. The “build” stage is the accompaniment of individuals through bible studies, mentoring and spiritual growth. Finally, the “send” stage consists of equipping individuals to duplicate the process. While Martin reflected on the success of FOCUS on college campuses, he proposed that small men’s groups would be an ideal place to grow discipleship. Following his talk, participants were able to connect with representatives from a variety of men's groups. The conclusion of Man of God 2017 was all about mission. Participants were challenged to grow in holiness and engage the world around them, equipped with information on Into the Breach, an exhortation on manhood by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix ( In his closing comments Bishop Quinn encouraged the men to be good fathers, husbands, uncles, and sons. He thanked them for their witness and assured them of his prayers. It is our hope that the conclusion of this year’s conference is not an end, but rather a beginning. Whether you attended this year’s gathering, or are reading about it for the first time, we continue to encourage men to live as authentic witnesses and to connect in small groups. If you are interested in finding more information about a men’s group near you, please visit or call Ben Frost at 507-858-1258.

Representatives discuss their men's groups at Man of God 2017. They are (L to R): Luke Rennie of the Knights of Columbus, Dan Schaefer of Wabasha's That Man is You group, Teagan McDermit of Rochester's Frasatti men's group, Teddy Bauer of the Pine Island Men's Group, and M.C. Eric Klein.

"The Church Needs to Hear Your Voice" By ELISE HARRIS

age of 20. It’s terrible. And it’s terrible to see young people who spend their lives on their couch.” What is needed instead are young people who walk, who go out on the street and “move forward beside others, but looking toward the future.” He pointed to the Gospel reading read during the encounter, which recounted how Mary “went in haste” to her cousin Elizabeth after learning that she was pregnant in her old age. Like Mary, “the world today needs young people that go with haste, who don’t get tired of going with haste. Of young people who have that vocation of feeling that for them, life offers a mission,” he said. As he frequently has in the past, the Pope emphasized the importance of experiencing life as a journey, saying that the world and the Church need youth who participate in this journey and who are engaged in the process. “But what drama there is in the world today,” he said, noting that unfortunately, today “young people are often discarded; they don’t have work, they aren’t given an ideal for their lives, they don’t have education, they lack integration. Many are forced to flee and live as refugees in other lands.” “It’s hard to say this, but often times young people are treated as garbage,” he said, explaining that the goal of the synod is to show the world that “young people are here. We are going to Panama to say that we are here, on a journey, we don’t want to be garbage, we have value to give."

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ROME, Apr. 8, 2017 (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil in anticipation of World Youth Day and the 2018 Synod of Bishops, telling youth that they are the voice of the future, and as such, have something to say to the entire Church, including to himself and the bishops. In his April 8 speech, the Pope noted how the prayer vigil marked the “double-beginning” of the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Faith, Young People and the Discernment of Vocation, as well as the upcoming 2019 global World Youth Day encounter in Panama. The journey of WYD is being taken from “Krakow to Panama, and in the middle the synod,” he said, explaining that the synod is an event “from which no young person should feel excluded.” “We are holding this synod for Catholic youth, but also youth who come from Catholic associations, so then it’s stronger? No. This synod is a synod for all youth!” “Young people are the protagonists,” he said, explaining that this includes agnostics, those who are far from the Church or struggle with their faith, and even those who consider themselves to be atheists. The synod, he stressed, “is a synod for youth, and we all want to hear you. Every young person has something to say to others, has something to say to adults, to priests, to sisters, to bishops and to the Pope! We all need to listen to you.” Coming on the heels of the 2014-2015 Synod on the Family, the next Synod of Bishops will be held in 2018 and is dedicated primarily to themes surrounding the youth and the struggles they face in contemporary society. Held at the Roman basilica of Saint Mary Major, the Pope’s prayer vigil takes place ahead of tomorrow’s World Youth Day, titled The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name, and which is the first step in preparing for the global 2019 encounter in Panama. Hosted by the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops and the Vatican office for Laity, Family and Life, the vigil included songs and scripture readings, as well as the testimonies of some youth from the Rome and Lazio regions. After hearing the testimonies of Alcantarine Franciscan nun Sr. Marialisa, 30, who shared the story of finding her vocation, and of 23-year-old Pompeo Barbieri, who was paralyzed at the age of 8 after surviving an earthquake in Puglia in 2002, the Pope stressed the need for youth to be active players in the process. Recalling what he told youth during the 2016 International WYD in Krakow, Francis said that “it’s terrible to see a young person ready to go into retirement at the

However, participating in the journey involves risks and the possibility of making mistakes, he said, but cautioned that if a young person doesn’t take risks, “they have grown old. We must take risks.” Pointing to how Sr. Marialisa in her testimony said that she had quit going to church after receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, Pope Francis noted that in Italy the sacrament is frequently called the sacrament of “Arrivederci,” meaning “goodbye,” since youth typically stop attending church after. Part of the reason for this, Francis said, is because many youth don’t know what to do after Confirmation. However, he noted that in her testimony, Sr. Marialisa, during the journey to discovering her vocation, never stopped, even when she went astray, and wasn’t afraid to take risks in trying new things. “You must prepare the future, the future is in your hands,” he told the youth, explaining that not only those who are organizing the synod, but “the entire Church wants to hear from youth what they think, what they want, what they feel, what they criticize and what they are most drawn to. Everything.” “The Church still needs a spring, and spring is the season of youth,” he said, and invited the youth to begin the journey without fear or shame, but with courage. Francis noted that many times in life we spend a lot of time asking the question “who am I?” and in the end, we can “spend a lifetime” contemplating the answer. However, the real question we have to ask ourselves, he said, is “for whom am I?” Just as Mary was able to ask that question, discern that in that moment she was asked to go to her cousin and went, youth today must also ask this question, the Pope said, explaining that this is a task that will give them work for their entire lives. It’s a task “that makes you think, makes you feel, makes you work,” he said, and stressed the importance of knowing how to speak the “three languages: the language of the head, of the heart and of the hands. And to go forward.” The synod, he said, is not just a “parlor” to hang out at, and it’s not “just a circus or party for people to come together to speak,” but is rather a place to find “concreteness,” because “in this liquid society, concreteness is needed. And concreteness is your vocation.” Pope Francis closed his speech by emphasizing to youth, as he often has, the importance of speaking with the grandparents, saying this “bridge of dialogue” between elderly and youth is needed today “more than ever,” because even the elderly still have dreams. He closed saying that while he doesn’t know if he will be the Pope to meet them in Panama in 2019, “there will be a Pope there and he will ask you if you took time to speak to the elderly, to listen to their dreams, so you can concretely act as prophets in the world today!” May, 2017 w The Courier

We Are Truly Grateful Marsha Stenzel

Catholic Schools



�e at St. Mary's School in Worthington are truly feel-

ing blessed as we begin our final quarter of the 2016/17 school year. Our school year started in September with four new staff members, all of whom have become members of our family. We continue to work on writing and implementing new curriculum through the ACE

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Collaborative Coalition. This summer, all of our teachers will begin the process of writing Language Arts curriculum. The St. Mary's Parent Group has been working very hard this year. They started the year with an outdoor movie night in the park. There was pop, popcorn, and, of course, s'mores. A family pizza bingo night brought

A House in San Lucas

Principal Wanted

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Jackie Probst is the principal of St. Mary's School in Worthington.

Enrolling more than 400 students in preschool-grade 8, St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School, part of the Rochester Catholic Schools system, seeks a vibrant, mission-driven principal for the 2017-18 school year. The successful candidate will lead a community whose mission is to foster mutual respect, provide a challenging academic curriculum for all, and prepare students for a life of learning and Christ-like service to others.


ontinuing our tradition of Global Outreach during the season of Lent, students and staff at Loyola Catholic School in Mankato committed to “building a house” in San Lucas, Guatemala, this year through the Friends of San Lucas Charity with Dignity Program. The cost of a house through this program is $1,000 for new lumber and a roof. An additional $150 provides a cement floor. We posted a model of the house on a wall in our school, adding a piece of lumber for every $50 in donations. The door and roof were priced at $100 each, and the cement floor at $150. Week by week, students watched as the model took shape, reflecting donations. We added "the family who will live in the San Lucas house" to our general intercessions at Mass during Lent and encouraged students to "tithe" their allowance, gift money, or earnings during Lent, to skip a treat each week and donate the price, to do errands and extra jobs at home to earn donations, and to skip the purchase of something they don't really need to provide donations. Staff members also contributed. "We have a roof!" the students cheered as the model house developed, or "We have a door!" until the house was complete. In total, we raised $1,516.75. We were surprised to learn that the houses are built so they can be dismantled in case the family needs to relocate, and that the cement floor is considered "optional." One of our first graders looked at our total donations and said, "We should send that family a carpet. Cement floors are cold!" San Lucas has long been on Loyola's radar though our connections with the Diocese of New Ulm, through the School Sisters of Notre Dame who served in San Lucas and other areas of Guatemala for

our families together once again for more fun and fellowship. The Catholic Schools Week Talent Show was orchestrated by the Parent Group, which provided a fun evening of entertainment. Finally, yet importantly, the Parent Group has completed grant applications that have brought extra funding to our school for extra things like a trip to visit the residents of the Luverne Veterans Home and a trip to the Minnesota State Capitol this spring. We are truly grateful for the St. Mary's School Parent Group. Our fundraising goals for both our marathon and the Catholic United Financial School Raffle were surpassed, and we added a successful World Famous Chocolate Fundraiser this year as well. For that, we have all of you to thank. Thank you for your continued support; whether it is in prayer, your time, or financially, you are a blessing to us.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding educational vision, professionalism, and excellence in the areas of spiritual, instructional, and operational leadership, evidenced by: Promoting the Catholic identity in various dimensions of school life Establishing high expectations and fostering a culture of continuous improvement Applying data- and mission-driven decision-making to establish strategic goals and objectives Demonstrating strong organizational, financial, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills

Loyola third graders Ben Harris and Kasyn Zuehlke add a roof to the model of the San Lucas house.

decades, through the parish mission trips our staff and students often participate in, and through past outreach efforts such as Running Waters, a movement to supply wells to remote areas of Central America. At an all school Mass on Ash Wednesday, Choral Music Director Bridget Hermer; two seniors, Kayla Gross and Hailey Meyer-James; and eighth grader Sadie Blace shared the experiences they had gained on a parish mission trip in late February to inform and inspire the rest of the school as we began to "build" the San Lucas house. Angie Winch is a marketing and communications associate for Loyola Catholic School in Mankato.

Requirements Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church Master's degree in Education or Educational Leadership from an accredited institution 3 years teaching experience (Catholic school experience preferred) 3 years successful administrative leadership experience preferred Current possession of, or eligibility for, a State of Minnesota administrator's license To Apply Applicant review will begin immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and personal statement addressing vision and philosophy of Catholic education to: Mr. Michael Brennan, RCS Director of Schools, 2800 19th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901 or Careers@ For more information about Rochester Catholic Schools, visit our website at

"But I Did Nothing Wrong!" 11 Why Everyone Working with Children Attends VIRTUS Training Safe Environment Program Manager

�have n VIRTUS training sessions, I and other facilitators encountered some common misconceptions

among participants. In this column, I would like to share some comments and questions that people frequently have, and clarify the purpose and benefits of requiring those working with children and vulnerable adults to attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults training session. I have experienced people who attend my classes begrudgingly. They sit with their arms crossed, obviously angry at having to be there. Every time I have had this situation that person has always come to me after class and told me that they were glad they attended. They also say they will encourage others to attend. One facilitator told me that she always has someone say at the training that everyone should be trained in VIRTUS. Here are some of the frequently asked questions that participants of the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults program have shared with me: “Why should we be punished for the sin of the priests?” Actually, the percentage of abusers among clergy is no higher than that of the general population. Thus, it is important for everyone to be trained in recognizing signs of abuse. “But I’m 80 years old; what could I possibly do to abuse children?” As an older adult, you may have grandchildren or be around children during Mass or other activities. These situations are great opportunities to see the warning signs of child sexual abuse. In addition, these same warning signs carry over to vulnerable adults.

or “Haven't there been bishops in the past who treated child sexual abuse as a mere administrative bump?” Those bishops are no longer in ministry. Those who are left have a genuine concern for pastoring their flocks and keeping them safe from abusers. This is just one step out of the many necessary that we are taking to do everything possible to prevent abuse. “Don't you trust me?” or “I haven't done anything wrong, why do I have to take it?” We are not accusing people of being the problem but instead asking them to be part of the solution! “I have already completed child abuse awareness at my job; why do I have to do this one?” In order for the Diocese of Winona to be compliant with the Safe Environment Audit performed by the USCCB, we must be consistent in the training that we provide throughout the diocese. Therefore, we ask everyone to go through VIRTUS, even if they have already completed a different child abuse prevention training elsewhere.

true stories of how child sexual abuse has affected lives. I have facilitated more than 20 classes for more than 300 attendees in my volunteer capacity in my church, and every time I watch the DVDs I learn something new. You will walk away from this training knowing the five warning signs of child sexual abuse. You can take this knowledge to your church, job, or community; anywhere you go where there are children. My husband and I have raised three wonderful girls during our 30 years of marriage. Our oldest has blessed us with three beautiful granddaughters. I want to know that wherever they go they will be safe. I would like to see all the people in the diocese trained in VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults. How wonderful would that be? Just think about all the people who could be armed with the five warning signs of child sexual abuse and be prepared to prevent and stop child sexual abuse in their communities. I ask that everyone please join me in attending one of the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children for Adults at your parish and become part of the solution by creating an environment where all our children can be safe and flourish in the Church and our communities.

Safe Environment

Mary Hamann

“Isn’t the diocese just doing this to cover its back in terms of liability?”

During VIRTUS P r o t e c t i n g G o d ’s Children for Adults training, participants watch two DVDs featuring actual child abusers and actors relating

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Chrism Mass,


12 cont'd from pg. 1 throughout the diocese in the next year. The priests, who concelebrated with Bishop Quinn, also renewed their priestly commitments to the Church and her faithful, and celebrated the bond between priests and their bishop - all key purposes of the event. Also in attendance were our seminarians, deacons, Knights of Columbus, and hundreds of laypeople who had come to celebrate this tradition of renewal and

blessing. The three Holy Oils blessed at each Chrism Mass are the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens,

which are both olive oil, and the Sacred Chrism, which is olive oil scented with balsam. The Oil of the Sick and Oil of Catechumens are blessed, and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated by the bishop, who breathes on it to symbolize consecration by the Holy Spirit. Ben Frost, Director of Public Relations for the Diocese of Winona, said of the event, "For the faithful of dioceses throughout the world, the rich traditions of the Chrism Mass - exultant choir music, honoring of priests, and reunion with friends from throughout the diocese - create a unique and grace-filled experience. The Chrism Mass is a wonderful opportunity to enter Holy Week in the spirit of preparation for the passion and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ."

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leaving Francisco and Lucia alone. The two were told that Jacinta had been burned with hot oil, and that if they didn’t confess, the same would happen to them. However, instead of caving to the pressure, the children said: “you can do whatever you want, but we cannot tell a lie. Do whatever you want to us, burn us with oil, but we cannot tell a lie.” “This was the virtue of these children,” Cardinal Martins said, noting that to accept death rather than tell a lie is “more heroic than many adults.”

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“There’s a lot to say on the heroicness of children,” he said, adding that “because of this I brought their cause forward.” Cardinal Martins was also the one to bring Lucia’s cause to the Vatican following her death in 2005. The visionary had spent the remainder of her life after the apparitions as a Carmelite nun. Typically there must be a five-year waiting period after a person dies before her cause can be brought forward. However, after only three years, Martins asked that the remaining two be dismissed, and his request was granted. Although the diocesan phase of the cause has already been finished, Cardinal Martins – who knew the visionary personally – said Lucia’s process will take much longer than that of Francisco and Jacinta not only due to her long life, but also because of the vast number of letters and other material from her writings and correspondence that needs to be examined. The cardinal, who will be present in Fatima with the Pope during his May 12-13 visit for the centenary of the apparitions, said he views the occasion as the conclusion of a process that began with him changing a norm regarding the view of children "and their heroic virtue.” This process is important, he said, because it means there could be other children who practiced heroic virtue who can now be canonized, so “it’s certainly something important.” “It needs to be seen that (children) are truly capable of practicing heroic virtue,” not only in Fatima, but “in the Christian life,” he said. Although canonizations, apart from a few exceptions, are typically held in Rome, it was only recently that beatifications began to be held outside of Rome, in the local Church that promoted the new Blessed's cause. This change was made by Cardinal Martins in September, 2005, after receiving the approval of Benedict XVI. In the past, a beatification Mass in Rome would

be presided over by the Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints during the morning, with the Pope coming down to the basilica to pray to the new Blessed in the afternoon. Cardinal Martins said he decided to change this because the beatification and the canonization “are two different realities.” “While the canonizations had a more universal dimension of the Church, the beatifications have a more local dimension, where they (the Blessed) came from,” he said, noting that this is reflected even in the words spoken during the rites for each Mass. “Because of this, I made a distinction: the beatification in their (the Blessed’s) own church, in their diocese, and the canonizations in Rome.” The result was “a fantastic revolution,” he said, explaining that while maybe 2-3,000 people would participate in the beatification ceremonies in Rome, hundreds of thousands started to come for the local beatification Masses of new Blesseds in their home dioceses. The cardinal said that “it’s beautiful” to see people – many times including friends and family members of new Blesseds – join in honoring their countryman, asking for their intercession, and seeking to follow their example. He believes the custom will remain like this, adding that it is beautiful particularly from the standpoint of evangelization. “The new Blessed says to their brothers, many of whom they knew, ‘I am one of you, one like you, so you must follow my path and live the Gospel in depth’,” the cardinal said, explaining that this is “a formidable act of evangelization, and with everyone happy about the new Blessed, they’ll immediately do what they say!” Cardinal Martins said the decision was also prompted by the emphasis placed on local Churches during the Second Vatican Council. “I thought, one of the most effective ways to highlight the importance of local Churches is to conduct in the local diocese the beatification of one of their sons,” he said.

Your Gifts at Work


Monica Herman

ontributions to the annual $2 million Catholic Ministries Appeal are restricted to use in five key areas of ministry: education & youth, evangelization & mission advancement, community service, parish services & outreach, and clergy services. Each area includes distinct and essential services that form an important part of what the Church in southern Minnesota does to serve God. Gifts to the 2017 Appeal are used solely to support these ministries and shall be kept separate from other assets. The descriptions below detail all ministries funded in the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal and, as such, serve as documentation of the Appeal’s case for support. The stated amount of $2 million for the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal is the amount needed to conduct the Appeal and to partially fund the various ministries described below.

Pastoral Services • Tribunal Services and counseling Faith Formation & Youth Ministry

Vocations & Ministry • Continuing formation and education for all priests and deacons

• Ministry opportunities for young people across the diocese • Leadership to national youth conferences, diocesan youth conferences & rallies

• Seminarian housing, education and formation

• Vibrant college ministry at Catholic Newman Centers in Winona and Mankato, where more than 1,000 students worship weekly and participate in faith formation, outreach and service programs

• Hispanic Ministry - dedicated priests and deacons to minister as chaplains to more than 21,000 Hispanic residents

• Increased and dedicated support to parish faith formation programs enrolling more than 10,000 students in parish and home school programs

• Institute of Lay Formation, now with 42 students and over 250 alumni

Congratulations! Since our last printing, Immaculate Conception Parish, St. Clair Resurrection Parish, Rochester

Catholic Schools • Dedicated support and leadership for administrators, teachers, and board members of 26 Catholic elementary schools and four Catholic high schools, as well as for homeschooling parents. Office of Life, Marriage & Family • Programs and events advocating for the dignity of life

• Marriage preparation and enrichment programs

Catholic Foundation

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• Organized advocacy for social justice and defense of conscience rights • Training for more than 5,000 ministers and volunteers to protect our children Evangelization • Opportunities, events and resources for spreading the Word of God and responding to Jesus’ call to evangelize Communications • Monthly publication of The Courier, with a circulation of more than 37,000 homes • Interactive website & social media pages for current information & relevant news • TV Mass every Sunday for those unable to travel to a parish, across a majority of the diocese • Broadcast of informative and appealing messages throughout the year on television and radio, especially during the seasons of Lent and Advent Knowing the broad impact each gift has on God's Church across southern Minnesota, please prayerfully consider supporting the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal!

St. Finbarr Parish, Grand Meadow St. Patrick Parish, LeRoy and

St. Patrick Parish, West Albany

have met their goals for the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal!

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Faith in the Public Arena


Making Sure Our Water Works �n the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be easy

to take water for granted; it is literally all around us. But as the recent water crises in Flint, MI, and the state of California should remind us, the accessibility and quality of water can never be assumed, even in the United States in 2017. There may be no known instances of systemic lead contamination in Minnesota water, nor are there major droughts on the horizon, but we face our own share of water challenges, from widespread water pollution to an inadequate water supply in too many rural communities. As Benjamin Franklin once observed, “When the well is dry, we will know the value of water.” With a bit of foresight and ingenuity, though, we can take common-sense steps to protect our clean water supply now, so we need not discover its worth only when we no longer have it. Troubled Waters According to a 2015 report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, half of the lakes and rivers in southern Minnesota are often so polluted that they are unsafe for swimming and fishing. Much of this pollution can be traced to phosphorus and manure in runoff from farm lands, and also from other chemicals such as detergent and road salt. These toxins flow into our lakes and rivers and can seep their way into the water supply. To compound the problem, many communities in Greater Minnesota are already struggling to update their aging water treatment and supply systems, which can be prohibitively expensive to improve. As a result, communities are forced to purchase hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from outside sources, doing nothing to increase their own water independence

Shawn Peterson

Associate Director for Public Policy Minnesota Catholic Conference

all have access to clean, drinkable water, now and in the future. As Pope Benedict XVI stated in his address for World Water Day 2007, “…the sustainable management of water [is] a social, economic, environmental and ethical challenge that involves not only institutions but the whole of society.” Replenishing Our Supply

while depleting their ability to develop a long-term solution. This sort of financial burden places undue stress on the already-fragile economies of rural Minnesota. These seemingly local issues carry with them statewide consequences. If water treatment systems are breaking down or are overwhelmed during heavy rains, polluted water can flow downstream toward our urban centers. If rural Minnesota can’t keep up with basic infrastructure needs, residents could seek greener pastures in other states. And, of course, if Minnesota’s lakes can’t stay clean, our state’s tourism industry and quality of life will be adversely affected. Not Just Another Commodity Minnesotans might not be in any immediate danger of losing access to drinkable water. But given the essential role of water in so much of human life, as well as our obligations to future generations, any threat to our water supply must be taken seriously. There’s a reason scientists look for signs of water as a prerequisite for the possibility of life on a foreign planet; there can be none without it. From a human perspective, clean water plays an integral part in nearly every aspect of our lives: we use it to clean ourselves and our clothing, grow and prepare our food, and provide irreplaceable hydration to our bodies. And Minnesotans, in particular, look to water as a medium for recreation. The ubiquity of water in the most essential acts of human life makes it unlike any other substance. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms, “by its very nature, water cannot be treated as just another commodity among many.” Since water is needed for human flourishing, all human beings have an inalienable right to it, by virtue of our God-given dignity. Our public policies and individual actions should contribute to the conditions in which

Thankfully, there are several public policy measures currently being considered at the Capitol that will help us to address our water worries in ways that are consistent with the principles of both subsidiarity and solidarity. We can take steps to protect our waterways and limit the amount of pollution present in them through commonsense environmental protections such as strengthening buffer strip requirements on public waters. We can also use our surplus budget prudently by providing grants to rural communities to update their water supply system, helping them reach a status of self-sufficiency. Finally, we can affirm, as a state, our commitment to providing clean, drinkable water to all Minnesotans. These are solutions that come from all sides of the aisle, reflecting the reality that clean water isn’t a partisan issue, but is a policy goal towards which both political parties should work. Just as all ships rise with the tide, all Minnesotans will benefit with cleaner water and greater access to it.

Action Alert Ask lawmakers to support the Human Right to Water Act! Access to clean water is a basic human right. The availability of this precious resource cannot be left solely to market dynamics, but must be secured by all levels of society. Minnesota lawmakers can bring greater awareness to the universal right to water and renew their commitment to ensuring it is available to all citizens by passing the Human Right to Water Act (HF 1095/ SF 1968). Call your lawmakers today, and ask them to support this measure! To find contact info for your state senator and state representative, call 651296-8338 or visit districts/ May, 2017 w The Courier

Kasson Family to Host Fatima Celebration


Sister Patricia McCusker, SSND, 80, professed in 1956, died April 6, 2017, at Good Counsel in Mankato. A native of Red Wing, she was a teacher and principal in several Minnesota Catholic schools. In the Diocese of Winona, she taught at Fitzgerald Middle School in Mankato (1982-84). For the past four years, she coordinated the liturgical ministers at Good Counsel.

Sister Paul Therese Saiko, SSND, 83, professed in 1954, died April 17, 2017, at Good Counsel in Mankato. A native of St. Paul, she was a teacher and principal, a director of SSND novices, a member of the Mankato Province Leadership Council, and a faculty member at the St. Paul Seminary. In the Diocese of Winona, she taught at St. Joseph the Worker in Mankato (195961). She was the Mankato Province director of novices (1968-75) and served as a Provincial Council member (1975-83) In 1984, she was invited to become part of the faculty at St. John Vianney Seminary and the Saint Paul Major Seminary. Four years later, she became a fulltime faculty member at the major seminary, a position she held until her retirement in 2014. Sister Helen Chatterton, (Sister Gordon) 89, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Students Make First Reconciliation HAYFIELD--Second-grade students of the Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish Cluster (St.

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Helen Catherine Chatterton was born to Milton Charles and Marie (Lefto) Chatterton on July 27, 1927, in St. Paul. Helen entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in 1954 from St. Peter Parish in North St. Paul and professed vows in 1956. Sister Helen received a BS degree in business administration from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, in 1949 and an MS degree in guidance and counseling from St. Thomas University in St. Paul. She served four years as a secondary education teacher at Lourdes High School in Rochester before taking on a position for 13 years as director of Marian Hall at Saint Marys Hospital in 1960. In 1973 she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as an accountant for Movement for a Better World. Her office skills took her to Prince of Peace Church in Taylor, SC, where she served as secretary, bookkeeper, and office manager for eight years. From there she moved to Columbia, SC, where she held the position of pastoral assistant from 1986-2009. In 2009, Sister Helen moved back to Assisi Heights, where she served in the Administration Support Office. Sister Helen is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for 63 years, and her brother James (Dorothy) Chatterton of Vadnais Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gordon, and two sisters Suzanna Zeis and Beatrice Grassl. A Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Hieghts, Rochester. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Development at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901.

Columbanus, Blooming Prairie; St. John Baptist de la Salle, Dodge Center; and Sacred Heart, Hayfield) made their first reconciliation at Sacred Heart Church on April 1. They are pictured below with Father Tom Niehaus.

mately 125 sisters in more than seven states and Rome. She and some of the novices have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Mother Mary holds a S.T.L. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. In the early 1990s, she assisted with the initial formation of the Sisters of Life in New York. She will speak on "Mary and the Eucharist." Schedule:

15 The Price Family at home with Fr. Thien Nguyen in August of 2016

12:45 p.m. - Opening Remarks by Rev. Thien Nguyen 1 p.m. - Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook 2 p.m. - Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P. 3 p.m. - Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Adoration 4 p.m. - Procession and Holy Rosary 5 p.m. - Holy Mass 6 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Hope Harbor t o O p e n i n Winona WINONA--A Christian resource for at-risk girls will soon expand its operations to Winona and the surrounding area. Hope Harbor is a 501(c)(3) interdenominational Christian organization, licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, serving teen girls and their families whose hopes have been crushed by substance abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, pornography, eating disorders, self-harm, relational aggression, bullying, and much more. The organization states an objective of providing a Christ-centered, safe, and loving environment in a group residential setting for at-risk girls, ages 13 to 17. The voluntary placement provides a year-long program, a self-paced education component, individual and group counseling, and interaction with churches and other community organizations to develop life skills and tools that lead to a successful future. Parents are required to take part in the program by attending parenting classes and family counseling. A late summer opening is planned for Hope Harbor-Winona as an expansion of Hope Harbor-Marshall, MN, which has been in operation for nearly 12 years.

Confessions will be available throughout the day. Following Mass, guests are invited to stay for a meal (food will be available for purchase). For more information, call 507-259-7675 or visit www.

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KASSON--The 100th anniversary of the first Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal, will be celebrated Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Andy and Natalie Price's farm, 23274 640th Street in rural Kasson. The afternoon festivities will include confession, adoration, the rosary, procession, and Mass with Most Rev. Bernard Harrington, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Winona. All are invited to join in the celebration. A similar event, featured in the September 2016 issue of the Courier, was held in October as a preview of the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration. The anniversary event highlights the visits that Mother Mary made to three shepherd children in Fatima between

the months of May and October in 1917. Our Lady asked the children to pray the rosary daily, to fast, to offer up daily sacrifices, and to attend first Saturday Masses. Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the Fatima Anniversary Year. In addition, he will canonize two of the shepherd children, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco, on his trip to Portugal this month. "Mother Mary helps us onto that highway to heaven," said Andy Price, who is hosting the event. "If it was important enough for her to come down from heaven 100 years ago, it's important enough to remember. She came from heaven for a good reason. That's why we're opening up our house to people." The event will include Rev. Thien Nguyen, lead pastor for the celebration; Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook, and Most Rev. Bernard Harrington as homilist. The guest speaker will be Mother Mary Assumpta Long, Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, MI. Her community has grown from four to approxi-

Pictured left to right are the members of the Hope Harbor-Winona Advisory Board: Interim Co-Site Director Dorothy Ruppert, Steve Nett, Secretary/ Treasurer Cheri Looman, Founder Claudia Stenson, Chairwoman Jan Karjala, Nancy Denzer, Vice Chairman Steve Baumgart, Tammy Lozenski, Pastor Ben Sadler, Maryann Dennis, Interim Co-Site Director Joyce Rocco, and Sarah Huerta. Members not pictured are Shelli Skogebo and Victor Vieth. Hope Harbor will serve families within a three-hour radius of Winona, which includes most of the Diocese of Winona. The organization receives no government funding and operates solely on the generosity of grantors, individual parties, community volunteers, and tuition from participating families. For more information, contact Site Directors Dorothy Ruppert (507-4524443) or Joyce Rocco (507-452-4126) or email

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Action with Prayer St. Mary’s Church, Winona holds Mass for Life & Marriage the first Thursday each month at 8:30 a.m. Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty is held the first Saturday of each month 8:30-9:30 a.m. (after Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and a rosary offered. Gather in the Adoration Chapel. 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 62 E 3rd Street in Winona. Contact: Patti (507) 429-4636 Masses of Reparation for Sins in the Diocese are held daily in parishes throughout the diocese. For times & locations:

Traditional Latin Mass Chatfield, St. Mary's, 1st & 3rd Sun. 1 pm Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, 1st Sat. 9 am Wabasha, St. Felix, every Sat. 8 am

The Televised Mass

Other Events Lourdes High School, Rochester May 11-14, Thursday-Sunday The Fine Arts Department invites you to the Tony award winning spring musical, Kiss Me Kate. Please join the cast and pit orchestra for an evening of laughter and great music in the Fine Arts Auditorium (2800 19th Street in Rochester). May 11 - 7 p.m. May 12 - 7:30 p.m. - ASL interpreted May 13 - 7:30 p.m. May 14 - 1:30 p.m. Tickets $10 adults. $7 senior citizens & non-RCS students. Free admission with RCS student or staff ID. Advance tickets at www.lhsmn. or More info: 507-289-3991 ex. 1818. Calvary Cemetery, Rochester May 13, Saturday At 11 a.m. Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald Assembly 548 of the Knights of Columbus will pray a Living Rosary for the Unborn on the 100th anniversary of Our Blessed Mother appearing in Fatima. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. The cemetery is located at 500 11th Ave NE in Rochester. For more information, call Alan at 507-421-3205.

Offered as a service for the homebound and elderly every Sunday on the following stations: KTTC, Channel 10 (Rochester) at 9 a.m. KEYC, Channel 12 (Mankato) at 7:30 a.m & KEYC-DT2, Digital Channel 12.2 or Charter Channel 19 (Mankato) at 9:30 a.m. Donations for the continuation of this program may be sent to: TV Mass, PO Box 588, Winona MN 55987.

St. Augustine Church, Austin May 28, Sunday Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fr. Dale Tupper's ordination at a luncheon following 10:30 a.m. Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Tupper. Cards may be sent to St. Augustine Catholic Church, 405 4th St. NW, Austin, MN 55912. Following his ordination on May 27, 1967, Fr. Tupper was assigned to St. Casimir, Winona (1967-69); St. Stanislaus, Winona (1969-72); Loyola High School, Mankato (1972-75); Cotter High School, Winona (1975-77); Lourdes High School, Rochester (1977-83); Maryknoll Associate Missioners, South Korea (1983-88); St. Vincent, West Concord (1988-90); Holy Family, Kasson (1988-90); Holy Spirit, Rochester (1990-2003); and Queen of Angels, Austin (2003-15). Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona June 3, Saturday Pentecost Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. The commissioning of the Institute of Lay Formation Class of 2017 will take place at this liturgy. St. Mary's University, Winona June 8-9, Thursday & Friday Ministry Days 2017. This year's theme is Go, and Make Disciples: Forming Missionary Disciples for Gospel Witness. Keynote speakers are Leisa Anslinger, Director of Catholic Life and Faith; and Adam Janke, Program Director for St. Paul Street Evangelization. For more information, call Todd Graff at 507858-1270. St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester June 10, Saturday Sharing the Good News: Basic Evangelization Training led by St.

Paul Street Evangelization 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. "Participants will gain the courage they need to be enthusiastic and joyful evangelists as they overcome the fear many of us have to share our faith. Participants who complete the training will receive basic certification, membership on the SPSE online training site, and materials to engage their parishes and schools in the work of evangelization." For more information, call Todd Graff at 507858-1270 or Deb McManimon at 507-271-1737. St. Felix Church, Wabasha June 12, Monday The St. Felix Church ladies and St. Mary's Court #208 National Society of Foresters will co-host their annual Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. Felix auditorium. This year's theme is "God Bless America." Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 at the door. National Catholic Society of Foresters will match funds raised, up to $750. Holy Spirit Church, Rochester June 17, Saturday Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fr. Tom Loomis' ordination at a reception following Holy Spirit Parish's 4:30 p.m. Mass. Sacred Heart Church, Adams June 18, Sunday Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fr. Martin Schaefer's ordination at a reception following Sacred Heart Parish's 11 a.m. Mass. Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mazeppa June 18, Sunday A retirement celebration for Fr. Joe Fogal will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., following 10 a.m. Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Joe. The church is located at 222 1st Ave S in Mazeppa.

Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL June 22-24, Thursday-Saturday Annual meeting of the North Central Region of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This year's meeting is hosted by the Rockford Council, and follows the theme, Hearts and Hands in God's Service. $135 registration fee includes materials and 5 meals. Registration now open at Special accomodations rate of $115 + tax available until June 9. Call the resort directly at 630-584-6300 to reserve a room. Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Lake Elysian June 24-30, Sat. - Fri. Retreat: Wisdom of St. Francis for the 21st Century. Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF, presents. $425 (includes meals and lodging). Commuter discount rate: $275 (includes meals). For info and registration: 507-234-5712 or Pax Christi Church, Rochester June 25, Sunday Retirement celebration for Fr. Joe Fogal from 12-3 p.m. Fr. Joe will celebrate all Masses June 24-25 (6/24 at 5:15 p.m. and 6/25 at 7:30, 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.) Pax Christi is located at 4135 18th Ave. NW in Rochester. Mayo Civic Center, Rochester July 14-16, Friday-Sunday Steubenville Youth Conference, featuring 2017 ministry team: Brian Kissinger, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Katie Prejean, Matt Regitz, Paul J. Kim, and Sonar. Open to youth who have completed grades 8-12. More information at partnershipforyouth. o r g / s t e u b e n v i l l e - r o c h e s t e r. Registration forms at offices/youth-and-young-adults/ steubenville-north.html

Hispanic Priests / Sacerdotes Hispanos Padre José Morales Vicario Parroquial de Sacred Heart, Owatonna. Tel. 507-451-1588 Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas Vicario Parroquial de St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester Tel. 507-288-7313 Padre Mariano Varela IVE Párroco de “SS. Peter and Paul”, Mankato. Tel. 507-388-2995 ext. 103

Padre Miguel Eduardo Proaños Vicario Parroquial de St. James, St James. Tel. 507-375-3542 Padre Ubaldo Roque Vicario Parroquial de St. Mary’s, Worthington. Tel. 507-440-9735 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 Owatonna, Sacred Heart 11 a.m. Sunday 11:45 a.m. Sunday Austin, Queen of Angels 11 a.m. Sunday; 5:15 Pipestone, St. Leo 2:30 p.m. Sunday Friday (bilingual) Lake City, St. Mary 6:30 p.m. each 3rd Saturday Rochester, St. Francis Madelia, St. Mary of Assisi 10 a.m. Sunday 12 p.m. Sunday & 7 Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul p.m. Thursday 1 p.m. Sunday

St. Charles, St. Charles Borromeo 11:30 a.m. Sunday St. James, St. James 12 p.m. Sunday Windom,St.FrancisXavier 2:30 p.m. Sunday Worthington, St. Mary 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday & Friday

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