Jubilee Year of Mercy
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Care for Creation Declared a New Work of Mercy By ELISE HARRIS
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the places that were important to John Paul II was so special. Those who have travelled to Europe know that Europeans don't tear anything down. They might use an old building for a new purpose, but the building is still standing. Praying in churches where Fr. Karol Wojtyla prayed himself is Fr. Jonathan Fasnacht and Fr. Andrew Beerman walk amid a throng of pilgrims in Krakow. an experience I never thought I would have. get to the vigil site, then having to sit in the hot sun for hours, But after all the sight seeing, we have come to why we are praising God for every gust of wind and cloud that rolls through; here: World Youth Day. This pilgrimage has included waking up sleeping under the stars with probably over a million people early just to wait an hour for our bus to arrive; walking 5 miles to (make that 2 million), shivering, only to be fried by the hot sun get to our Catechesis site; using port-a-potties more than once a again in the morning; questioning whether you are going to be day; lack of air conditioning; missing my little girl's 4th birthday; the next one to pass out from the heat, and whether you'd be trying to catch a train so as not to miss the bus back to the hotel able to make the 8-mile hike back to the bus pick-up site if you with 800,000 other pilgrims; waking up nauseous multiple days did. Those are all the hard things that come with pilgrimage. in a row due to dehydration and lack of sleep; walking 8 miles to But this pilgrimage has also included being entertained by a
VATICAN CITY, Sept. 1, 2016 (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care of creation to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. “We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness,” the Pope said in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, published Sept. 1. However, when we look at the works of mercy as a whole, “we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces.” Since human life itself naturally includes caring for creation, Francis proposed “a complement” to the two traditional sets of seven corporal and spiritual works of mercy. “May the works of mercy also include care for our common home,” he said, explaining that as a spiritual work of mercy, care for creation “calls for a grateful contemplation of God’s world which allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us.” As a corporal work of mercy, he said, it “requires simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation
Pilgrimage, cont'd on pg. 8
Creation, cont'd on pg. 2
The World Youth Day pilgrimage to Kraków, Poland, is now over. I feel blessed to have experienced this with my husband, and to have been inspired by the seven priests and Bishop Quinn who traveled with us. The following is a blog post I wrote after the final Mass and pilgrimage walk of World Youth Day.
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No Place Like Home
Camp Summit: Glow in the Dark page 7
Counseling Helps Heal Marriages
Pope Francis Watch
Articles of Interest
Creation, 2 cont'd from pg. 1
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environmental encyclical. “This is really the final step of ecological conversion, a true internalization of an ecological sensibility,” he said, echoing Pope Francis’ own words that caring for creation is truly a “complement and selfishness and makes itself felt in (to) both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.” every action that seeks to build a better The Pope, he said, “is asking us to live Laudato world.” Si. Are we ready to respond to the Holy Father’s Instituted by Pope Francis in invitation – and challenge?” 2015 shortly after the release of his Terence Ward, author of The Guardian of Mercy, environmental encyclical Laudato Si, a book on Caravaggio’s painting, “The Seven Works the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Mercy,” said at the Sept. 1 news conference that of Creation takes place each year on the new work of mercy is meant to be a concrete Sept. 1. action that “helps you change your way of thinking.” Francis’ decision to implement “It's not about changing the world tomorrow, the event is in keeping with themes it's about changing ourselves and how we look at the expressed in the encyclical, and is world,” he said, explaining that for Pope Francis, care also seen as a sign of unity with the for creation is “an overarching work of mercy from Orthodox Church, which established which all others follow.” September 1 as a day to celebrate To give tainted water or food to the hungry and creation in 1989. thirsty “doesn't make sense,” nor does sheltering The seven traditional corporal someone in a house about to fall apart, he said, works of mercy include concrete acts noting that the Pope is inviting us to reflect on the of charity such as feeding the hungry, new work and how it can be put to action in our giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the daily lives. naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting In his six-part message titled "Show Mercy the imprisoned, visiting the sick, and to our Common Home," Pope Francis noted the burying the dead. frequent remarks of Patriarch Bartholomew I of The spiritual works, on the other Constantinople on the need to care for our common hand, entail actions such as instructing the ignorant, home, drawing attention “to the moral and spiritual counseling the doubtful, admonishing the sinner, crisis at the root of environmental problems.” bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving offenses willingly, Quoting Laudato Si, Francis cautioned that “God comforting the sorrowful, and praying for the living gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it and the dead. into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation and Caring for creation, then, marks a new filth.” opportunity not only to get a green thumb, but to “We must not be indifferent or resigned to practice mercy while doing so. the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of At a Sept. 1 news conference announcing Pope ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and Francis’ message for the 2016 event, Cardinal Peter selfish behavior,” he said, adding that “2015 was Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be Justice and Peace and president-elect for the newly warmer still.” established dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Mankind is called to “till and keep” the earth in Development, said a new work of mercy dedicated to “a balanced and respectful way,” he said, noting that creation reflects Pope Francis’ intentions in writing “to till too much, to keep too little, is to sin.” Laudato Si. He encouraged Christians to make an After evaluating and amending our own lives in examination of conscience, evaluating the ways in terms of how we personally care for creation, “Pope which they have contributed to “the disfigurement Francis is calling us toward a new work of mercy.” and destruction of creation,” given that “we all “Nothing unites us to God more than an act of generate small ecological damage.” mercy, for it is by mercy that the Lord forgives our After a sincere examination of conscience, “we sins and gives us the grace to practice acts of mercy can confess our sins against the Creator, against in his name,” the cardinal said, quoting the Pope’s creation, and against our brothers and sisters,” he said, explaining that we confess sins against the Child Abuse Policy Information environment because “we are penitent and desire to change.” Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy Information The grace received from The Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate confession must then be put response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employinto action with concrete ways of ees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report thinking and acting that are more of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator respectful of creation, he said, at 507-454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her suggesting the reduction of water name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their use, recycling, carpooling, turning reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona is committed to off unused lights and limiting the protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web amount of food cooked to only site at www.dow.org under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any what will be consumed. questions about the Diocese of Winona’s implementation of the Charter for Care of creation should also the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Mary Hamann at 507-858-1244, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creation, cont'd on pg. 9
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Experience Our Lady of Fatima___________page 4 ...Farewell to "St. Janice" and "Papa Pete"_page 5 The Hands and Feet of Jesus____________page 6 No Place Like Home____________________page 7 Camp Summit: Glow in the Dark_________page 8 Jubilee Insert____________________after page 8 Meet Our New Seminarians____________ page 9 The Priest Is for You____________________page 10 Counseling Helps Heal Marriages________page 11 Getting Voting Right___________________page 12 Diocesan Headlines___________________page 13 Diocesan Calendar____________________page 16 Officials The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following: Appointments Rev. Msgr. Thomas Hargesheimer: reappointed Rector of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Winona and Pastor of St. John Nepomucene Parish in Winona, effective August 29, 2016. Very Rev. Mark McNea: currently Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester; transferred to Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona and Pastor of St. Casimir Parish in Winona, effective September 1, 2016, in addition to his assignment as Vicar for Clergy. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook: currently Pastor of St. Felix Parish in Wabasha and St. Agnes Parish in Kellogg; transferred to Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester, effective September 1, 2016, in addition to his assignments as Moderator of the Curia and Director of the Office of the Diaconate. Rev. Thomas Jennings: reappointed Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Luverne and St. Mary Parish in Ellsworth, effective August 29, 2016. Rev. James Callahan: reappointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Worthington, effective August 29, 2016, for a six-year term.
in New Richland, St. Aidan Parish in Ellendale, and St. Mary Parish in Geneva; appointed Parochial Administrator of Holy Trinity Parish in Rollingstone, St. Mary Parish in Minneiska, and St. Paul Parish in Minnesota City, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Luis Vargas: currently Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish in Worthington; appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Jose Morales Rojas: currently Parochial Vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rochester; appointed Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna and Holy Trinity Parish in Litomysl, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Ubaldo Roque Huerta: currently Parochial Vicar of Queen of Angels Parish in Austin; appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish in Worthington, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Msgr. Richard Colletti: resigned as Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona and Pastor of St. Casimir Parish in Winona, effective August 31, 2016; granted a sabbatical for the months of September and October 2016, effective September 1, 2016.
Rev. Kurt Farrell: reappointed Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Charles, St. Aloysius Parish in Elba, and Holy Redeemer Parish in Eyota, effective August 29, 2016, for a sixyear term.
Rev. Jonathan Fasnacht: appointed Director of the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Winona State University, effective August 1, 2016, in addition to his assignment as Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona.
Rev. Gregory Parrott: currently Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Slayton, St. Columba Parish in Iona, and St. Mary Parish in Lake Wilson; transferred to Pastor of St. Felix Parish in Wabasha and St. Agnes Parish in Kellogg, effective September 1, 2016.
Deacon Preston Doyle: relieved of ministry at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Mankato; appointed to diaconal ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Waseca, effective September 1, 2016.
Very Rev. Peter Klein: appointed Parochial Administrator of St. John Vianney Parish in Fairmont and Holy Family Parish in East Chain, effective September 1, 2016, in addition to his current assignment as Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Blue Earth and St. Mary Parish in Winnebago, and Dean of the Mankato Deanery. Rev. Adam McMillan: currently Parochial Vicar of Queen of Angels Parish in Austin, Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Brownsdale, All Saints Parish
Sr. Sylvia Borgmeier, SSND: appointed to the Diocese of Winona Social Concerns Committee for a three-year term, effective August 1, 2016. Ms. Bridget Becker: appointed to the Diocese of Winona Social Concerns Committee for a three-year term, effective August 1, 2016. Ms. Monica Bogucki: appointed to the DIocese of Winona Social Concerns Committee for a threeyear term, effective August 1, 2016.
Peace to You this School Year �ear Friends in Christ, May the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
In 2008, Bishop Harrington consecrated the Diocese of Winona to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every year, I am privileged to renew this consecration, as we once again entrust ourselves and our entire diocese to the loving care and protection of our Blessed Mother. In doing so, we imitate Jesus in how, from the time of His conception, He entrusted Himself to Mary's motherly care. By this act of consecration, we allow Mary to actualize her mediation, enriching our diocese with grace, so we can grow into a greater
Rejoice in Hope
A New School Year Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for many families to take vacations or spend extra time with loved ones. I hope that summer was also an opportunity to slow down and spend quality time with the Lord. Only then can we be renewed with God’s peace and joy. For children, young adults, and teachers, it is now time to focus on the new school year. I am privileged to teach at St. Mary’s University in Winona, and I am thankful for all our Catholic schools in the diocese that seek to not only challenge our students academically, but to instill in them a love and knowledge of the Catholic faith. I extend my blessing to all students, teachers, and staff who head back to classrooms. I pray that God may grant you joy and peace as you embark on another school year.
Bishop John M. Quinn
One of the many blessings we have here in the Diocese of Winona is the presence of the Fellowship
September 1, Thursday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU September 1, Thursday – September 4, Sunday Saint Vincent de Paul Society Annual Meeting – Columbus, Ohio September 6, Tuesday 7 am – Teach at SMU 2:30 pm – Clergy Personnel Board Meeting – Winona September 8, Thursday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 10:45 am – Mass of the Holy Spirit – SMU 5 pm – Mass for the Renewal of Diocesan Consecration to Mary – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona September 9, Friday 10:30 am – Back to School Mass – Loyola Catholic Schools, Mankato September 10, Saturday 5:15 pm – Confirmation – St. Theodore Church, Albert Lea, with St. James Church, Twin Lakes
of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at both Winona State University and Mankato State University. FOCUS missionaries invite college students into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through Bible studies and other events, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered discipleship and evangelization. Grace Smith and Dan Lohff are both recent graduates of Winona State who were deeply affected by FOCUS. Grace started college somewhat disengaged from her Catholic faith, but after connecting with the FOCUS missionaries, she found a renewed commitment and joy in her faith. She is now sharing that faith with others, both personally and professionally, while working at the Dynamic Catholic Institute. Grace shares that, “You can live a wonderful and beautiful life while living out your life in Christ. …The way I have been welcomed is through fellowship and camaraderie.” Dan spent most of his life as a Lutheran and was a dedicated church attendee and believer in Jesus Christ. However, it was when he discovered through FOCUS missionaries that Jesus was truly present in the Eucharist that he really discovered his faith. As a college athlete, Dan came to appreciate the support and guidance of FOCUS, and by his junior year, he was invited and was received into the Catholic Faith. Dan is now a FOCUS missionary himself at Eastern Michigan University. He says, “My desire for the young people in the Catholic Church, and all young people, is that they meet Jesus Christ personally. We need more leaders who can share the faith.”
September 11, Sunday 8:30 am – Mass – 145th Anniversary Celebration – Corpus Christi Parish, Deerfield 2 pm – Blue Mass – Police, Fire and First Responders – St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester September 13, Tuesday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 2 pm – Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service Meeting September 15, Thursday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 1 pm – Holy Hour 2 pm – Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting September 16, Friday 6:30 am – Lauds and Mass - IHM Seminary, Winona September 16, Friday – September 19, Monday Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem Investiture Weekend - Omaha, NE September 20, Tuesday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 11:45 am – Pastor/Principal Day – St. Theodore Parish, Albert Lea
Faithful Citizenship As we approach local and national elections in November, it is important to remember that both Pope Francis and the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, known as “Catholic social teaching,” have stated that politics should uphold human dignity and serve the common good. Due to this pursuit of the common good Catholics have a responsibility to participate in the democratic process, as the outcome of this year’s political races will shape policy decisions for years to come. In order to promote human dignity at every stage of life, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops address policy matters pertaining to religious liberty, immigration, education, human life, economic justice, marriage and health care, among others. You can find guidance through the USCCB’s website (www.usccb.org) or their page on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and through MCC (www.mncatholic.org), which highlights issues pertaining to our state in particular. I encourage all Catholics to evaluate their political candidates through the lens of Catholic teaching and to vote for candidates based upon a wellformed conscience. Please take some time to visit the sites listed here, and may we continue to pray for our nation and its leaders.
people and the love between Christ and His Church. God Himself created the institution of marriage, and it is important to recognize and support those who are living this vocation. On Sunday, September 25, I will be privileged to celebrate the annual Marriage Anniversary Mass, to be held this year at St. Felix Church in Wabasha. This is a wonderful opportunity for couples to celebrate the gift of marriage and to renew their marriage vows. All married couples are welcome, whether married five months, five decades or more. Thank you to those who faithfully and joyfully live out their marriage vows.
From the Bishop
Renewal of Diocesan Consecration to Mary
likeness of Jesus Christ. This year's consecration will take place on Thursday, September 8, during a special 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. This day is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - her earthly birthday. I invite all priests, deacons, religious, and all in the diocese to join me and the IHM seminarians and faculty for this special celebration. The weekend following the consecration, I encourage all pastors in the diocese to renew their parish consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Thank you for all your prayers for me and the Diocese of Winona. Please continue to pray for me and our priests, deacons, religious, and seminarians, and be assured of my prayers for each and every one of you. May the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. Sincerely in Christ,
Marriage Anniversary Mass The love between a man and a woman in the Sacrament of Marriage is a reflection of both the love God has for his
September 21, Wednesday 9 am – MCC Board Meeting – St. Paul September 22, Thursday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 10 am – All Day Seminarian Interviews – IHM Seminary, Winona September 23, Friday 10 am – All Day Seminarian Interviews – IHM Seminary, Winona September 24, Saturday 5:15 pm - Installation Mass for Fr. Mark McNea, Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart - Winona September 25, Sunday 10 am – Confirmation – St. Bernard Church, Stewartville, with St. Bridget Church, Simpson 2 pm – Marriage Anniversary Mass – St. Felix Church, Wabasha September 27, Tuesday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 11 am – Presbyteral Council Meeting – Albert Lea 5:30 pm – Closing Liturgy – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, West Concord
Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona
September 28, Wednesday 9:30 am – Holy Hour 10:30 am – College of Consultors Board Meeting – Winona 4:45 pm – Vespers and Mass – IHM Seminary, Winona September 29, Thursday 7:45 am – Teach at SMU 1 pm – Holy Hour 2 pm – Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting September 30, Friday 1 pm – Grandparents Mass – St. John Vianney Catholic School, Fairmont October 1, Saturday 4pm – Mass and Consecration of New Altar and Tabernacle – St. Patrick Church, LeRoy October 2, Sunday 9 am – Confirmation – St. Mary Church, Worthington 2 pm – Confirmation – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie, with St. Gabriel Church, Fulda, and St. Anthony Church, Westbrook October 3, Monday – October 5, Wednesday Presbyteral Days - Okoboji, IA September, 2016 w The Courier
Experience Our Lady of Fatima! �n celebration of the upcoming 100th
On October 13, 1947, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Liera-Fatima to be the pilgrim, the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady traveler. Sent out to bring the message of Fatima to at Fatima, the Diocese of Winona wel- the world, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue has comes the world-famous International traveled the world many times, visiting more than Pilgrim Virgin Statue, which has been 100 countries. The purpose of the tours is to bring traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years. the graces of Fatima and Our Lady’s message of The statue, currently on its US Tour hope, peace and salvation to those many millions of for Peace, which runs from March of people who may never have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima itself. 2016 to December Pope Pius XII, in his radio of 2017, will stop in message to the pilgrims at Winona, Rochester Fatima, May 13, 1951, reflected and Worthington on on Mary as Queen of the World October 24, 25 and 26, and remarked that “through the respectively. Pilgrim Virgin, she set forth as The International though to claim her dominion, Pilgrim Virgin Statue of and the favors she performs Fatima was sculpted in along the way are such that we 1947 according to the can hardly believe what we are precise instructions seeing with our eyes.” of Sister Lucia, one An official documentarian of of the three children Fatima said: “Never in the history to whom Our Lady of the Church have charismas appeared each month from May to descended in such abundance October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. on the people of God as through Sister Lucia’s desire was that the the Pilgrim Virgin.” pilgrim image represent Our Lady’s On October 24, 1952, Pope position when she revealed herself Pius XII blessed the statue and The International Pilgrim as the Immaculate Heart to them Virgin Statue of Fatima imparted a special blessing in 1917. on the work of the Fatima
The Holy Father's Intentions for September 2016 Universal: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center. Evangelization: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
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Fatima Centennial US Tour for Peace
Winona, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart October 24, 2016 Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi Church October 25, 2016 Worthington, St. Mary's Church October 26, 2016 Check the "Events" page of our website (www. dow.org) or contact the above parishes for further schedule details as they develop.
Pilgrim Tours. Many miracles and signal graces are reported wherever the statue travels. On more than 30 occasions, the statue is reported to have shed human tears. Everyone is welcome!
A Fond Farewell to "St. Janice" and "Papa Pete" Todd Graff Director email@example.com
The eyes of faith behold a wonderful scene: that of a countless number of lay people, both women and men, busy at work in their daily life and activity, oftentimes far from view and quite unacclaimed by the world, unknown to the world's great personages but nonetheless looked upon in love by the Father, untiring laborers who work in the Lord's vineyard. Confident and steadfast through the power of God's grace, these are the humble yet great builders of the Kingdom of God in history. --St. Pope John Paul II, Christifidelis Laici, #17
�’ve written before that one of the great blessings and
privileges of working for our diocese is the wonderful, faith-filled people who have been and are now my coworkers. This month, two of these dear friends and beloved colleagues have moved on from their service here at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. I would like to reflect briefly on the great gifts that both brought to my life and work, and to the life and ministry of our diocesan Church. Janice Market came to work for the Diocese of Winona in February of 1988. She and one other parttime staff member provided all of the secretarial support to the curia members not working in the Tribunal or Finance Office. It was a lot to do – and Jan proved up to the task, both then and over the next 28 years. Shortly after joining the staff, she was asked to serve as the secretary for then Bishop John Vlazny (now Archbishop Emeritus of Portland), who had arrived as our bishop in 1987. While being the bishop’s secretary is certainly an honor, it is also a challenging and often stressful job. As I knew Jan during these years, I was amazed at her calm disposition amidst the busy-ness and demands of serving in this office. She always had a smile, and was always warm and welcoming to everyone who came to her desk. And, that’s when and why I started to call her, “Saint Janice.”
prayer – a true disciple of Christ who loves him deeply, is devoted to His Mother, and lives out her Catholic Faith with heartfelt commitment and care. This light of faith always illumined her work and her interactions here at the Pastoral Center, and we are all the richer for her presence with us. Thank you, Jan, and may God bless you richly in all that lies ahead! Peter Martin arrived in the diocese about five years ago, and served as the Director of the Office of Life, Marriage, and Family. Another major part of his job has been to lead and administer our diocesan “safe environment” efforts – a very demanding, time-consuming, and not always appreciated task. Pete is a husband and father to the very core. He gives his life and love unreservedly to his wife, Theresa, and to their six beautiful sons (ages 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1!). And it is this great love and deep respect for the sacrament of marriage, and for the Church’s teachings on family and married life, that Pete has brought to the people of our diocese. He has done this work – so challenging in today’s culture and society – with passion, grace, resolve, gentleness, and a sense of humor. (More than once I have gone to Pete looking for a good joke to use at an event.) Pete is a true “man of God,” and we have been very blessed to have him, and Theresa and their family, with us during these years. May God bless Pete in his new home and work at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota! God calls us, as lay people, to holiness in the midst of our day to day lives as spouses/parents, workers, neighbors, and citizens. Jan and Pete both offer a powerful witness to this teaching. It’s hard to see these two dear friends and colleagues move on from their work here in the diocese, but we are ever grateful for the gifts of dedicated service and faithfilled witness they have shared with us. Deo Gratias!
On August 5, Bishop Quinn presented the Bishop's Medal to Janice Market for 28 years of service to the diocese. Her husband, Gary, pinned it to her sweater.
Jan remained Bishop Vlazny’s secretary until his departure for Portland in 1998. She then moved up to the second floor of the Pastoral Center and resumed her work in support of various curia members. When I began my work as Director of Ministry Formation for the diocese in 1999, Jan became my primary secretary and remained so until August 5th – a total of almost 17 years of working together. During those many years, Janice was critical in the planning and execution of countless ministry initiatives and projects in the diocese. Her primary tasks for my office each year were supporting our diocesan Institute of Lay Ministry/Formation and our annual Ministry Days gatherings. She also did truly outstanding work in support of several major diocesan events: our Jubilee Celebration [T]he forms and tasks of life are many, but there is in 2000; the Evangelization Event in 2012; our 125th one holiness, which is cultivated by all who are led anniversary celebration in 2014; and most by God's Spirit ... All, however, according to their own recently our Jubilee of Mercy Days held this gifts and duties must steadfastly advance along the past June. Jan brought these and many other way of a living faith, which arouses hope and works events “to life” with her graphic design skills through love. as she masterfully combined color, design, --Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, #41 and images to create a visual theme and look for each of them. She also supported other diocesan offices over the years – carefully preparing the worship aids for diocesan liturgies, ordinations, etc., and deftly handling the incredible volume of paper work and administration for youth-related events (e.g., World Youth Day, Camp Summit, the March for Life, Steubenville North, etc.). That says much about all that she did, and did very well, for our diocese over the years. But perhaps more important is the presence and witness she brought to all of these tasks, projects, activities, etc. Peter Martin and family, circa 2010. Jan is a person of deep faith and September, 2016 w The Courier
The Hands and Feet of Jesus By DEACON PAT FAGAN
ot all mission trips occur in some far-off exotic land or Third World atmosphere. Some of the most rewarding trips happen less than two hours away from Owatonna. The first week of June (and last week of school for St. Mary’s in Owatonna), found the 8th-grade class on a mission trip to Victoria, MN, a few miles west of Chanhassen (home of the late Prince compound). Our students joined with high school students, almost 200 in all, from around the midwest, to serve those in need in the Twin Cities area under the banner of Catholic Heart Work Camp. CHWC heads up as many as seven camp locations around the country each week in June and July, with leadership teams of young adults (21 and older) filled with energy, excitement, and love of service in the name of Christ. The teams also include a priest so that Mass, so integral to our Catholic faith, is offered daily. I can think of no better way for the kids to see themselves as the hands, feet, and love of Christ to others than to start each workday by receiving Jesus in Word and Body. Most of our kids (believe me when I say they won’t be “kids” much longer) were mixed in with kids from the other regions/schools to form workgroups and had many opportunities to form new friendships. Some, such as my group, were made up of kids from the same school, who nonetheless showed a great bond in their work and friendship. These kinds of friendships will hopefully follow them into high school and adulthood, and supply the strength needed to grow in maturity and succeed in life.
If the morning program with Mass was to get these kids fired up and energized in Jesus, the evening programs were designed to bring together all the kids, their work for the day, the energy, enthusiasm and love, and to let the whole group explode in joy and thanksgiving for the opportunity to be Jesus the Servant to others, a true diakonia. The scenes at the evening programs may have looked to an outsider to be sheer pandemonium, but the music and dancing and singing was contagious throughout the crowd, even to the point of moving chaperones (yes, even this chaperone) to get down and be a bit silly, as we all moved as one, as the Body of Christ. In all the work and play there was also time for some meaningful and heart-searching presentations by camp staff to help kids understand more deeply what it means to be Jesus to another, and how the world around them can suck the goodness and their faith right out of them, making them feel useless and abandoned by God. The skits were deeply felt by many of the campers, and many a tear shed.
The Four Corners program offered opportunities for those wondering about their faith (or lack of it), those looking for a real encounter with Jesus, or those who felt lost, to sit and talk quietly with selected adults and open their hearts and minds to soul-penetrating questions. At this particular program, I saw the difference between those who don’t see faith as relevant in their lives and those who see the allures of the secular world as a curtain preventing them from seeing Jesus. Both of these types need faithfilled friends to shed light on their own personal call from Jesus and help them see through the illusions of happiness that society offers, so they can see the true happiness in living a life dedicated to other rather than self. As St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “No man should seek his own interest, but rather that of his neighbor. The fact is that whatever you eat or drink–whatever you do–you should do all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:24, 31). In a week where so much love and good shone forth, there was also frustration and hurt from old wounds festering in the silence of the heart. As the kids started to open their hearts to Jesus, room had to be made in those hearts to accept Him more fully. The hurt they were feeling poured out through deep emotions. But, in tears, we can find growth, reflection, reconciliation, and even redemption. All in all, I would say that the kids and chaperones alike gained much and were left wanting for very little, other than a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. Jesus did not fail to raise us up when we felt down. Truly, He was present, and I think all would attest to that statement. I personally look forward to serving with our kids from SMS on future mission trips, no matter where they may go to serve. A note to young adults and parents: think about joining us next year for a week of joyfully carrying your cross, and being the hands and feet of Jesus. Deacon Pat Fagan serves St. Joseph Parish in Owatonna.
Pacelli Schools: Classical Catholic Education By LAURA MARREEL Classic Learning Initiatives exists as a small component of a much larger contemporary endeavor to repair the rupture between intellectual pursuit and virtue. How someone learns to think, what they read, and how they live, are all intricately connected. Mainstream education in America is failing because the pursuit of virtue, as classically understood, has been lost. -The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
�Pre-Kacellithrough Catholic Schools in Austin is home to about 340 12th-grade students. Our unique approach
to individualize education, desire to equip students for success after high school, and strong Catholic identity, have been difficult to package and define for our community. One year ago, a diverse group of 30 professionals and stakeholders met to design a vision for the future. They determined a Classical Catholic Education was the direction for Pacelli. While we are years away from complete implementation, our initial efforts have improved satisfaction of parents and students, encouraged critical thinking, and set Pacelli apart in our community as a safe educational environment rooted in truth and virtue that is not often found in the secular world. The Benefits of Latin In September, 2015, Pacelli reintroduced Latin I to a select group of 7-12th-grade students. Our research shows that Latin deepens understanding of the meaning of words, provides the discipline and structure that literacy curriculum desperately needs, and is the most efficient way to learn English grammar and every other subject in school.
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According to Cheryl Lowe, founder of Memoria Press, "Latin ... has more educational value than any other subject you can teach your children." Pacelli will introduce Latin to grades 1-5 for the 201617 school year, while progressing to Latin II and III with middle and high school students. Course Diversity and Curriculum Development Another step toward a Classical Catholic Education was to provide more opportunities to develop the trivium of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. We have introduced courses such as Logic, Shakespeare, Classic vs. Contemporary Literature, Psychology, Faith and Understanding, and college-level Humanities, as well as selected Singapore Math and Super Kids literacy materials to better prepare children at the elementary level for the higher level thinking skills they will need as they progress through our system. Thanks largely to the Diocese of Winona and Notre Dame, Pacelli also participates in developing a diocese-wide curriculum with standards that foster deeper understanding for students. This rigorous curriculum for Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Arts and Religion pushes students to higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning, from remembering and understanding to analyzing, evaluating and creating. Pacelli teachers are invested in collaboration with each school in our diocese in the four-year process of curriculum writing for each content area. Leadership and Idea Application For the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting. -Plutarch, On Listening to Lectures, 23
Pacelli is proud of a culture promoting the growth and sharing of each individual's gifts. We work to provide opportunities for students to apply their ideas and lead others in virtue and truth. During our daily Convocation, in which 6-12th-grade students and faculty gather for 20-25 minutes, we grow as a faith community through prayer, teach lessons of virtue through lives of saints, and foster leadership by encouraging students to share ideas to improve their world. One senior from the class of 2016 developed an entirely student-led program called "I Choose," in which students choose virtuous behaviors to focus on each week, showing the impact one student can have on an entire student body. Another student is developing plans for a film club that he wants to use to collaborate with peers and create modern relevant dramatic films that witness God's mercy in the lives of humans. By supporting the development of these programs, not only are we working to grow the gifts of individual students, but our students are developing the confidence, executive planning skills, and entrepreneurial spirit that will lead to great success after graduation. Pacelli's class of 2016 had a 100% graduation rate, with 100% moving on to higher learning at colleges and universities. The average amount of college scholarships earned by this class is about $30,000 yearly, a huge return on the investment of an education at Pacelli Catholic Schools. Pacelli's Classical Catholic Education will be a more precise method that justifies the incredible academic successes that graduate from our program each year. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Laura Marreel is the principal of Pacelli Middle School and Pacelli High School in Austin.
No Place Like Home By KATHY SEGNA
We are proud to say the temporary walls and doors at Pillsbury were taken down and used by Habitat for Humanity.
�Schoolyearinago,Owatonna in early August of 2015, we at St. Mary's found ourselves making plans to relocate our K-8 population due to an imbalance of floors and ceilings in the classrooms that had been discovered in late July. Following the discovery, Catholic Mutual was called, and we learned our school was built using the Sheffield tile system, as were many other buildings in the Midwest during the 1950s and 1960s. Catholic Mutual advised us to bring in a structural engineer to evaluate the situation. The result of his evaluation gave us worry. We also learned the same system, Sheffield tile, was blamed for the collapse of a floor in a Lanesboro school in the 1980s. With that knowledge, school leaders decided the necessary repairs would have to be made before the students and staff could resume classes.
Rel. Ed. assistant Mrs. McCabe, Dean of Students (5-8) Mrs. Ginskey, Assistant Principal Mr. Smith, and Principal Mrs. Segna enter the newly renovated St. Mary's School.
have to remain at Pillsbury for the entire year. The study of the fix would continue through Thanksgiving, and the fix itself would not begin until after Christmas. Teachers, staff, parents and high school students helped us pack and move. The move was done via donated use of a semi, trucks, cars and vans in the fall and again before Christmas. Movers were hired to pack us out of Pillsbury in June and back into St. Mary’s School on the three hottest days of August (1-3). We did end school one day earlier in the spring than originally planned, giving teachers and staff an extra day to pack their materials and furniture into four semitrailers for the summer.
Leasing Pillsbury Hall meant we would be sharing the building with two other schools, Choice Academy Charter School and the Pillsbury Campus online school. The city and fire department stated K and 1 had to be on the first floor while grades 2-8 could be housed on the second floor. Luckily, four first-floor classrooms were available Sharing Space for our kindergarten and first grade students. However, work had to be done on the 2nd floor before grades 2-8 Teachers escorted the students daily to and from the could move in. The upstairs was a wide open space with Pillsbury Campus dining hall, where St. Mary's Food no walls. The city and fire department issued permits Service was housed. allowing only for temporary walls with no ceilings for We shared the kitchen of the dining hall with classrooms. (Needless to say, at times, it was very noisy.) another business that made takeout meals two days a Fresh air exchange systems and air conditioning units week and also shared the kitchen daily with the Pillsbury also needed to be installed. residents who lived on campus. Luckily for St. Mary’s, there was a building contractor The gymnasium building was located at the far end onsite at the Pillsbury campus. This company was willing of the campus, a good to work with us and 5-10 minute walk away. ordered materials and Our Year at Pillsbury The teachers escorted built the needed walls in Rewards Challenges the students from one approximately five days. building to the other. In mid-August the K-8 students were togeth- Noise carried without ceilThe gymnasium was teachers and staff came er on one campus. ings. divided in half, with a together to brainstorm We had more green It was sometimes difficult local gymnastics group routines and procedures space at recess. sharing facilities. permanently housing that would be needed for Teachers did not have all their equipment there the new location. There We had an elevator. were approximately 15 We had air conditioning. materials at their fingerfor after school use. The committees. Teachers We were closer to St. tips. gymnasium was also and staff signed up for Joseph's Church than Some classrooms were used periodically by smaller than others. committees they were before. Choice Academy and the passionate about, and Pillsbury residents. The walk between buildsome signed up for Moving between buildings ings, though healthy, took Fortunately, the as many as three. The gave students a college- time and could be difficult preschool and school like experience. teachers and staff of St. office could remain open in winter. Mary’s are phenomenal! Our volunteers were wonat the regular site of St. We missed Sacred Heart Teachers and support derful! Mary's, and we were Church! staff were asked to label still able to use our gym and box up materials they for the sports program, would need through MEA concerts, school auction and school play. Also, our for their classrooms at Pillsbury, not knowing that they cafeteria could be used daily by the kidergarten readiness would be asked to box up the rest of their teaching class, preschool morning care program, KC breakfasts, materials before Christmas when we learned we would school auction and graduation.
Where to go? Following the decision of no occupancy until the “fix” was done, we began the hunt for another building to house our K-8 population. With the help of our Lord extending mercy to us before the Year of Mercy officially began, and with recommendations from the city of Owatonna and fire department, we found a temporary home in Pillsbury Hall on the campus of Pillsbury College Prep and Camp (formerly Pillsbury Baptist Bible College), about six blocks from St. Mary’s current site.
There was no one fix. Approximately 28 classrooms needed repair, and each called for something different. Asbestos abatement was required in some areas before construction could begin, and the project was only kept on track due to the unexpected early delivery of steel in January. To make the “fix” happen we are undergoing fundraising efforts of a $2.25 million capital campaign called Investing in Our Children Campaign. The expenses include: classroom repairs ($1,238,375); asbestos abatement ($200,000); additional sprinkler system ($20,000); contingency ($159,225); professional fees ($150,000); buildout of Pillsbury temporary classrooms ($150,000); and rent at Pillsbury for the 2015-16 school year ($332,400). Open House We held an Open House on Sunday, August 14th for school families and stakeholders, as well as the broader Owatonna community, to showcase the work that had been done in the building. The Open House was also the kick-off to the second phase of fundraising for the $2.25 million capital campaign. As of August 15, $1,126,818.26 has been raised for the campaign. Letter writing will also happen in the second phase. Humbled We are grateful to so many people who have children and Catholic education centered in their hearts. We are sincerely thankful to the pastors, city and fire department, Pillsbury, the project manager, engineers, architects, construction companies, heating and cooling company, electrical company, trucking and movers, cleaners, students and families, teachers and staff, volunteers, parishioners and donors. No names are mentioned, because it took the entire Owatonna community to make this project happen. St. Mary’s School offers its sincere blessings to each and every one that helped, donated and prayed for us. Thank you. We are excited and blest to be home this fall at St. Mary’s School. Kathy Segna is the principal of St. Marys School in Mrs. Chatelaine's temporary 3rd Owatonna. grade classroom in Pillsbury Hall
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f you have ever been to a concert, I’m sure you have seen those small glow sticks that people wave around. There is something cool about glow sticks; they attract the eye, especially when it is dark. Glowing brings light into darkness and attracts people. This summer’s Camp Summit theme was “Glow in the Dark,” which focused on scriptural themes of light and darkness. More than 250 youth and chaperones arrived at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro for a week of fun and, more importantly, an invitation to draw close to God and glow with the splendor of the Father’s love. For those unfamiliar with Camp Summit, it was established four years ago as a means of engaging middle school youth while also equipping high school students to grow in leadership and witness. There are three tiers for camp: middle school campers, the 9th grade prayer team, and the high school FIAT team (a group focused on mentoring and discipleship). The camp offers many fun activities, which include high ropes courses, climbing walls, archery, hiking and much more. We even had time for our own Olympic events, which were incredibly entertaining. However, Summit is more than just a fun camp. The camp is
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group of priests who enjoy their vocation; visiting such a beautiful place, with a difficult history, that has welcomed so many people with open hearts; having the opportunity to see, on almost every block, a different Catholic church that is not only beautiful (almost heavenly) on the inside but actually being used by the people; going to Mass daily (with our Bishop) and having the opportunity for adoration; seeing [musician] Matt Maher, [musician] Audrey Assad, and [author] Bishop Robert Barron lead an incredible Night of Mercy with adoration and singing with 20,000 young people; running into [author and syndicated columnist] Chris Stefanick at the Divine Mercy Shrine; being surrounded by thousands of young people from around the world who are excited to be Catholic; receiving the Pope's blessing and catching a glimpse of him in the Pope Mobile; discovering what graces God has planned for you; and sharing all of the above with the love of your life. A pilgrimage is a journey. It is not meant to be easy. September, 2016 w The Courier
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very intentional at trying to build community and enter into relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and experience. The speakers for this year’s camp focused on the glowing in the dark theme. Talks were centered on prayer, sacraments, vocational discernment, and what it means to be a man or woman of God. The presenters themselves shared about their own journeys and how they have been striving to live in the light of Jesus Christ. Bishop Quinn also stopped by camp to encourage the campers and offer Mass. During his homily he reflected on the theme of light and darkness. He invited the campers to think about the moon, and how it is illuminated by the sun. He told the young people that they were meant to be illuminated by God’s son, and that they could be a light to the whole world.
Another great addition to this year’s camp was the presence of holy witnesses. Two Nashville Dominicans spent the week building relationships with the campers and sharing their stories. Most of our diocese seminarians were present for camp and even made time to lead the campers in a dance party. And many priests sacrificed time to come to camp and offer Mass, hear confessions and give talks. It is a huge blessing to have people who have given their whole lives to the Church to be present with the young generation of Catholics. Camp was incredibly blessed, but just because it is over does not mean we sit back idle. Faith is not a onetime experience, but a lifelong journey. With this in mind, we encouraged our campers to keep glowing in the dark back in their parishes. Specifically, we invited all at camp into what we call the “Frassatti challenge,” which is to offer one holy hour per month. The diocesan youth office is currently working with groups throughout the diocese to provide these moments of prayer and to build community through discipleship. Please continue to pray for all our campers, teens and youth ministers as we keep our eyes on Jesus, shining his light and becoming living witnesses who glow in the dark.
It is not supposed to be a relaxing vacation. There will be suffering. For me, this week has been so exhausting that my body had to tell me to stay back for a day. There have been many trying moments, especially with the heat, lack of sleep, not feeling well, and all the walking. One of the things I have learned about myself is that I complain a lot about the little things. Mostly about the things that I think I need (air conditioning, a real bathroom, a bed) when they are not readily available. But when I think about the prisoners of Auschwitz and all the suffering they had to endure for no reason, the things I find to complain about are minute. And compared to what Jesus had to endure Bishop Quinn and Msgr. Hargesheimer sit with other Christian on his road to Calvary, this pilgrimage and leaders at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. the suffering I feel I endured does not even turned his suffering into prayer, and that is what we all compare. We seem to think we need such things as cool air and need to do. Our phrase these last couple of weeks has flushable toilets to survive our daily lives. But in all reality, been "Jesus, I trust in you," and what an awesome prayer we just need Jesus. We need His love and His mercy to to have on a pilgrimage. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen. make it through every day. God sent us His only Son so that we might live, and that we may learn to love the way Suzanne Rawson is a member of Pax Christi Parish in Jesus taught us to love. St. John Paul the Great lived this Rochester. She is a nurse, and her husband, Zach, is a out so well, and he endured much suffering in his life. He youth and young adult minister for Pax Christi.
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"Our Direct Route to Heaven" Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage on August 4 to the Italian town of Assisi and spoke about the importance of forgiveness, saying only the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world. He lamented that “too many people are caught up in resentment and harbor hatred because they are incapable of forgiving ... These people ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them.” The Pope’s words came during an address [excerpted below] delivered inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi after earlier going to pray in silence inside the small Porziuncola chapel where Saint Francis founded the Franciscan order in the 13th century. The purpose of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Assisi was to mark the 800th anniversary of the “Pardon of Assisi” during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
in the communion of saints. We are never alone in living the faith; we do so in the company of all the saints and holy ones, including our loved ones who practiced the faith with joyful simplicity and bore witness to it by their lives. There is a bond, unseen but not for that reason any less real, which makes us, by baptism, “one body” moved by “one Spirit” (cf. Eph 4:4)... Forgiveness–pardon–is surely our direct route to that place in heaven. How hard it is Pope Francis speaks at the Porziuncola on August 4. Photo Credit: CNA to pardon! How much effort it takes for us to forgive others! Let us think about the prayer that Jesus taught us, others, we expect mercy; but this. Here at the Porziuncola the Our Father, in which we say: when others are indebted to everything speaks to us of par- “Forgive us our debts, as we us, we demand justice! All of don! What a great gift the Lord also have forgiven our debtors” us do this. It is not a reaction has given us in teaching us to (Mt 6:12). The debts are our worthy of Christ’s disciples, sins in the sight of God, and our nor is it the sign of a Christian oday, dear brothers and sis- forgive–or at least to try to fordebtors are those whom we, for style of life. ters, I would like before all else give–and in this way to touch our part, must forgive… Jesus teaches us to forgive to recall the words that, accord- the Father’s mercy!... Have you ever reflected on and to do so limitlessly: “I do Why should we forgive ing to an ancient tradition, Saint God’s patience? He is full of not say to you seven times, Francis spoke in this very place, someone who has offended us? patience. We are well aware of but seventy times seven” (v. in the presence of all the towns- Because we were forgiven first, our many faults and the fact 22). What he offers us is the folk and bishops: “I want to and of infinitely more. There is that we often fall back into the Father’s love, not our own send you all to heaven!” What no one here who has not been same sins. Yet God never tires of claims to justice. To trust in finer thing could the Poor Man forgiven. Let each of us reflect offering us his forgiveness each the latter alone would not be of Assisi ask for, if not the gift on this… Let us reflect in silence time we ask for it. His is a parthe sign that we are Christ’s of salvation, eternal life and on the wrong we have done and don that is full and complete, disciples, who have obtained unending joy, that Jesus won how the Lord has forgiven us... [J]ust as God has forgiven one that assures us that, even if mercy at the foot of the cross for us by his death and resurus, so we too should forgive we fall back into the same sins, solely by virtue of the love of rection? he is merciful and never ceases the Son of God… Besides, what is heaven if those who do us harm. This to love us… Dear brothers and sisters, not the mystery of love that is the caress of forgiveness. A God feels compassion, a the pardon of which Saint Francis eternally unites us to God, to forgiving heart caresses. It is far mixture of pity and love; that made himself a “channel” here contemplate him forever? The removed from the attitude of: is how the Gospel describes at the Porziuncola continues to Church has always professed “You’ll pay for this!” Forgiveness God’s mercy towards us. Our “bring forth heaven” even after this by expressing her belief is something other. So it is with Father is moved to compassion eight centuries. In this Holy Year whenever we repent, and he of Mercy, it becomes ever clearsends us home with hearts calm er that the path of forgiveness and at peace. He tells us that all can truly renew the Church and is remitted and forgiven. God’s the world. forgiveness knows no limits; it To offer today’s world the is greater than anything we can witness of mercy is a task from imagine and it comes to all who which none of us know in their hearts that they can feel exempthave done wrong and desire to ed. I repeat: to return to him. God looks at the offer today’s heart that seeks forgiveness. world the witThe problem, unfortunately, ness of mercy is a comes whenever we have to task from which deal with a brother or sister none of us can who has even slightly offended feel exempted. us… Here we encounter all the The world needs "St. Francis Receiving the Pardon of Assisi." Fresco by Friedrich drama of our human relation- forgiveness; too Overbeck (1829) over Porziuncola entrance. Credit: Georges Jansoone ships. When we are indebted to many people are
Opening Our Hearts to Works of Mercy
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Events for the Year of Mercy
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caught up in resentment and harbor hatred, because they are incapable of forgiving. They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace. Let us ask Saint Francis to intercede for us, so that we may always be humble signs of forgiveness and channels of mercy.
The text of this article comes from the Vatican's Jubilee web site: www.im.va
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Jubilee Year of Mercy
O p e n i n g O u r H e a rt s to t h e W o r k s o f M e rc y Visit the Prisoners ~ Bear Wrongs Patiently
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, #15
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults). They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.
Visit the Prisoners People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ. • See if your parish, or a nearby parish, has a prison ministry and, if so, get involved.
Moments of Mercy
• Volunteer to help out or donate to charities that give Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history. Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs" (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults).
Bear Wrongs Patiently Do not be bitter about wrongs done against you. Place your hope in God so that you can endure the troubles of this world and face them with a compassionate spirit. • Frustrated with someone? Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience. This content is reprinted with permission from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Return to the Basics
Living the Year of Mercy
Each month, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes, “Moments of Mercy,” offering a brief reflection on mercy and concrete suggestions of how we can live out the mercy that God offers us all. These are perfect for busy days since they help us to slow down for just a few minutes and think about the gifts God has blessed us with and how In his Bull of Indiction announcing the Year of Mercy, we can share them. Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis offers a series of practical suggestions for how Catholics should celebrate Mercy is more than just forgiving people; it is about the Jubilee Year. In this and the coming issues, we will considering the needs of others and responding to them offer one of these practical suggestions drawing from an in a loving and compassionate manner. It is a call to look article by Emily Stimpson, a contributing editor for Our beyond ourselves to the way in which we interact with Sunday Visitor. the world as Christians. Pope Francis encourages us to “return to the basics Obtain Indulgences and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with When most people hear the word “indulgences,” they think of Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation hope” (Misericordiae Vultus, #10). We have hope in our salvation by our faith in Christ. and the few bad apples who, in the late Middle Ages, However, not everyone shares in this hope, so we need to promised people a quick escape from purgatory in spread this hope by becoming "merciful like the Father" exchange for generous charitable donations. But indulgences are so much more than their (MV, #13).
Practical suggestions to help you walk more virtuously through the Jubilee Year
- Sometimes, having hope can be challenging when we are faced with difficulties in life. This month, pray for someone who is going through a difficult time, that they might find hope and peace in God.
- Back to school time! Though it is nice to have new clothes and new supplies each year, consider reusing what you already have. Instead of buying new things for yourself, use that money to buy school supplies for those who are in need. See if your local community already has a drive for school supplies to donate to, and if not, consider starting one. September, 2016 w The Courier
checkered medieval history suggests. They are an ongoing manifestation of God’s mercy in the world, freeing us “from every residue left by the consequences of sin,” and enabling us to “act with charity” and “grow in love” (Misericordiae Vultus, #22). As the Church understands it, through the centuries, by God’s grace, holy men and women have done good works. They’ve prayed, suffered, sacrificed and served. And the more they’ve done that — the more they’ve responded to God’s grace with faithful, loving obedience — the more grace God has poured out upon them. Through this loving, fruitful exchange of grace
and good works, something like an excess of merit and grace builds up. We call this excess “The Treasury of the Saints.” It is, in a sense, like a bank account of graced merit, which the rest of us can draw upon in order to escape temporal punishment for our sins. Or, as Pope Francis put it, “[The saints’] holiness comes to the aid of our weakness in a way that enables the Church, with her maternal prayers and her way of life, to fortify the weakness of some with the strength of others” (Misericordiae Vultus, #22). That aid can be plenary (meaning full remission from temporal punishment for sin), or just partial, and we can obtain it for both departed loved ones and for ourselves. As for how we go about obtaining it, there are many ways: walking through the Holy Doors, going on pilgrimages, even praying the Rosary and reading Sacred Scripture. In every case, however, the conditions for obtaining an indulgence remain the same: complete detachment from sin, reception of the Eucharist, making a good confession that day or on a proximate day, praying for the intentions of the pope and being in a state of grace by the time the work for the indulgence is complete. See page 4 of this Jubilee insert for a listing of Holy Door / Pilgrimage Sites in the Diocese of Winona. Also, a diocesan “Holy Door and Pilgrimage Information” booklet is available to view online at the diocesan Jubilee web page: www.dow.org/mercy.
Year of Mercy In September & October...
Jubilee for Prisoners
In the Diocese…
Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4
Diocesan Holy Hour -3pm, Sacred Heart of Mercy Healthcare Center, Jackson
Sunday, September 4
Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta - St. Peter's Square "The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace." -Blessed Mother Teresa
Saturday, September 10
Special Jubilee Audience of Pope Francis - St. Peter's Square
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25 Jubilee for Catechists - St. Peter's Square
(or another Friday) Diocesan Holy Hour - 3 pm -Sacred Heart Church, Owatonna
In Rome and the Universal Church… Jubilee for Workers of Mercy & Volunteers - St. Peter's Square
Closing Mass - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona
Friday, September 2
Sunday, September 18
Closing of the Holy Doors - Sacred Heart Sites Across the Diocese
Catechetical Sunday - "Prayer: The Faith Prayed" "Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith." -US Conference of Catholic Bishops
October 7 (or another Friday)
Diocesan Holy Hour - 3 pm, Sacred Heart Church, Adams
Diocesan Women’s Conference - Lourdes High School, Rochester
3 Jubilee Year of Mercy
Calendar of Events
White Mass (Jubilee for all Catholic Medical Personnel) 5:30pm - St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester
Diocesan Jubilee for Hispanic Catholic Community Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato
Mercy Here, There, and Everywhere By LEISA ANSLINGER
saying - to do “small things with great love.” What “small thing” can you do today to make the life of another better, to help Christ’s mercy to be known? How will mercy be your “identity card” now and into the future?
as it sunk in yet? Do we really grasp that we are surrounded by God’s mercy? As we continue to mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy, is it becoming more apparent to us that mercy is God’s “identity card” as Pope Francis has noted, and that as Christian people, it is to be ours as well? Mother Teresa of Kolkata is to be canonized this month. Perhaps more than any individual in recent memory, Mother Teresa embodied the face of the merciful Christ for the world. Her selfless service on the streets of Kolkata inspired people of all ages and many faith traditions. Her care for the poor and dying was and is challenging to those of us who have never encountered such poverty in our own city streets, towns, and neighborhoods. It seems appropriate that Mother Teresa’s canonization is taking place during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Her life witness helps us to look at the circumstances of people where This mosaic hangs in the first European House of the Missionaries of Charity, founded we live and to meet their need by Mother Teresa in 1968, in Rome. Photo in the ways we are able—as Credit: CNA Mother Teresa is quoted as
As people who are committed to live as disciples and to grow as good stewards, we recognize that being in communion with Christ calls us to communion with one another. We learn that each of us has been given particular gifts and talents, and that it takes all of us, doing what we are able, to bring God’s mercy and love to the world. We each have responsibility for doing what we can, and for partnering with others as members of Christ’s body, in order to steward the love, compassion, forgiveness and care of Christ in the world. St. John Paul II describes this growth with Christ and others as a “spirituality of communion.” In his pastoral letter at the turn of the century (Novo Millennio
Ineunte), he said that when we grow in this spirituality of communion, we come to look on our brothers and sisters as “those who are a part of me.” Such a spirituality leads us to readily share God’s mercy — when we see ourselves as people who need and rely upon God’s mercy, we also learn to see others as worthy of our sharing of mercy. At times, stewardship begins with the recognition of our deep blessings; at other times, it starts by recognizing the needs of another. In either moment, our sharing of mercy and love is a reflection of the love of God for us in Jesus Christ, through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. *
A spirituality of communion also means an ability to think of our brothers and sisters in faith within the profound unity of the Mystical Body, and therefore as ‘those who are a part of me.’ This makes us able to share their joys and sufferings, to sense their desires and attend to their needs, to offer them deep and genuine friendship. -Pope Saint John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, #43 ***
Leisa Anslinger is the co-director of the Catholic Life and Faith group. This article is reprinted with permission from Mercy Now, a Catholic Life and Faith publication and free resource for parish and diocesan leaders. September, 2016 w The Courier
Pilgrimage Parish Profile
Sacred Heart Parish, Wa s e c a �n the late 1850s, the first Catholic church in Waseca
County was Saint Mary. Although this church served Catholics for miles around, the extension of the railroad to Waseca in 1867 and its incorporation as a village in 1869 led four far-sighted men–Thomas White, Jerome Madden, John Collins, and Gottlieb Buchler–to meet on October 24, 1869, for the purpose of organizing a new parish. The first parishioners celebrated Mass in private homes and at the Madden store and were served by traveling priests from Faribault, Owatonna, and Saint Mary Parish, Waseca. The first Catholic church was erected on the present site in 1874 under Father Arthur Hurley. The first resident pastor, Father Alexander Christie, was appointed in 1878 and remained until 1890. During his tenure the old rectory was built, and it served for about 70 years. Father Christie invited the Sisters of the Holy Child to come from Philadelphia in 1886-1887. They constructed a convent and academy on the present site of Sacred Heart School. These sisters conducted the academy until 1904 when the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, assumed leadership. A new era began in 1890 when Father J.J. Treanor, a native of Ireland and pastor at Saint Mary Parish, came and assumed the pastorate of Sacred Heart Parish. Father Treanor’s tenure extended until his death in 1942 – 52 years - and witnessed the construction of the present church in 1899, a new school, and the present TreanorCampion building in 1923. Monsignor John Gregoire arrived as pastor in 1942. In 1943, the mission of Saint Jarlath Church, Iosco Township, was attached to Sacred Heart. Corpus Christi Church in Deerfield was also a mission for a time. During the pastorate of Monsignor John McShane, a new rectory was built in 1950, a four-room addition to the school in 1955, and a school cafeteria in 1956. The burst of building culminated in the construction of a new high school (the present elementary school) in 1957-58. In 1971, the parish council suspended operation of the high school and reduced the grade school to grades one through four. A generous bequest from Dan Campion made possible the renovation of the older school building, in 1979, during the pastorate of Father Francis Kunz. The building was renamed the Treanor-Campion Center and provides meeting rooms for the parish, faith formation classrooms, and a gym for the grade school. Monsignor Joseph McGinnis served as pastor from 1979-87. In 1986, the Sacred Heart Endowment Fund was established. Interest generated from this fund has helped fund the school and parish faith formation programs to the present time. From 1987-95, Monsignor Joseph Mountain served as pastor. Under his leadership, an alternate access was built on the northeast side of the church with an elevator and restrooms. The Children’s House Montessori program was opened in 1992. Father John Kunz was pastor from 1995-2008. The parish’s prison ministry began in 1995. In 1997, two sections of kindergarten were added to the school. A major renovation of the worship space in the church was completed in 1999, and the church steeples were refurbished a short time later. Father Martin Schaefer served as pastor from 2008-13. During his tenure, the parish started SHARP (Sacred Heart After School Resource Program) in 2009 as well as a daycare option to the Montessori program in 2010. The parish also began 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration, Monday-Friday. Father Gregory Leif became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in July of 2013. New video equipment was installed in November, 2013, which allows the Sunday Mass to be recorded and broadcast to homebound parishioners and those living in nursing homes. Many priests and sisters who have taken leadership roles in the diocese over these years came from Sacred Heart Parish. The parish community is pleased and proud of the part it has played in diocesan history.
This article is reprinted from page 318 of the text, The Diocese of Winona: The History, published in 2014.
Jubilee Web Page and Contacts
The diocesan web page for the Jubilee includes information about the meaning of the Jubilee Year and about our diocesan celebration of the year. The address for the diocesan Jubilee web page is: www.dow.org/about/jubilee-year-of-mercy.html. If you have any questions about our diocesan plans for the Jubilee, please contact Fr. John Sauer in the Office of Divine Worship (firstname.lastname@example.org / 507-451-1588), Sister Paul Mary Rittgers, RSM in the Office of Faith Formation (email@example.com / 507-858-1273), or Todd Graff in the Office of Lay Formation (firstname.lastname@example.org / 507858-1270). September, 2016 w The Courier
Holy Doors and Pilgrimage Sites in the Diocese of Winona "With these sentiments of gratitude for everything the Church has received, and with a sense of responsibility for the task that lies ahead, we shall cross the threshold of the Holy Door fully confident that the strength of the Risen Lord, who constantly supports us on our pilgrim way, will sustain us. May the Holy Spirit, who guides the steps of believers in cooperating with the work of salvation wrought by Christ, lead the way and support the People of God so that they may contemplate the face of mercy." -Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus #4
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Winona 360 Main St.--Winona, MN 55987 507-452-4770 email@example.com www.cascwinona.org
Sacred Heart Church – Adams
412 W Main St./P.O. Box 352--Adams, MN 55909 507-582-3120 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacredheartcluster.org
Sacred Heart Church – Brewster
(served by St. Francis Xavier Parish, Windom) 516 10th St./P.O. Box 187--Brewster, MN 56119 507-842-5584 email@example.com www.sfxwindom.org
Sacred Heart Church – Hayfield
(served by St. Columbanus Parish, Blooming Prairie) 150 NE 2nd St./P.O. Box 27--Hayfield, MN 55940 507-477-2256 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stcolumbanuschurch.com
Sacred Heart Church – Heron Lake
(served by St. Francis Xavier Parish, Windom) 321 9th St./P.O. Box 377--Heron Lake, MN 56137 507-793-2357 email@example.com www.sacredheartheronlake.org
Sacred Heart Church – Owatonna
810 S Cedar Ave--Owatonna, MN 55060 507-451-1588 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacredheartowatonna.org
Sacred Heart Church – Waseca
111 4th St. NW--Waseca, MN 56093 507-835-1222 email@example.com www.sacredheartwaseca.org
Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel (Assisi Heights) – Rochester 1001 14th Street NW, Ste 100--Rochester, MN 55901 507-282-7441 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rochersterfranciscan.org
Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center Chapel – Jackson 803 4th St.--Jackson, MN 56143 507-847-3571 email@example.com
Generally, information on Mass times and contact information for each of the parishes is available online at the diocesan web site (www. dow.org) and at the individual parish websites. A group planning a pilgrimage to one of these sites is asked to first contact the pilgrimage parish/institution regarding its plans and the arrangements needed.
Meet Our New Seminarians �
mmaculate Heart of Mary Seminary is blessed with four new seminarians this year, and it is my pleasure to present them to our readers. Please pray for these men! We will feature two seminarian profiles this month and another two in October.
Robert Scanlon grew up in Plainview. Early in life, he cultivated an interest in the outdoors during family camping trips out west or to northern Minnesota. Today he continues to love outdoor activities, particularly hiking, biking, canoeing and Frisbee. He experienced his best hiking by far this past summer on the Camino de Santiago from Lourdes, France, to Santiago de Campostela, Spain. In cold weather, he enjoys skiing or making pottery. He is a fan of football at any level and looks forward to the Vikings' upcoming season. How did you first hear your call to priesthood? "I didn’t have one particular moment where I thought God was calling me to the priesthood. It was more of a gradual process. I first started considering the call to priesthood while studying at UW-La Crosse. Though I was baptized and raised Catholic, I didn’t start pursuing Christ until a conversion of heart happened at La Crosse. I started attending Mass on a regular basis and saw, for the first time, the beauty of the Mass. My life slowly started to become more and more directed by Jesus instead of what I wanted to do. I also got to know the priest at the Newman Center well and saw how joyfully he lived out his priesthood. I was very attracted to that joy and started to recognize the various desires of my heart that may be leading to the vocation of priesthood." Who has had the strongest influence on your faith journey? "Though I have been blessed with numerous friends and mentors who have led me to Christ, the number one influence has been my dad. My dad has always been the leader of my family, and that includes the faith. He always made it the priority in our house. He made sure
Creation, cont'd from pg. 2
contribute “to shaping the culture and society in which we live,” Pope Francis said, adding that economics, politics, society and culture “cannot be dominated by thinking only of the short-term and immediate financial or electoral gains.” “Instead, they urgently need to be redirected to the common good, which includes sustainability and
How does it feel to be entering the seminary?
"I am excited to enter the Seminary! It is such a grace to be able to take designated time in one’s life to listen to God’s call. I am looking forward to better understanding where the Lord is calling me. I will admit I am slightly nervous because I know the Lord will change my heart, which is at times scary, but it is always good. "...All of my family and friends have been very supportive. A lot of them are incredibly proud and excited for me. The only major change has been how much time I spend praying, but that is because I want to; not because I am obligated to. "...The greatest joy has been to know and love Jesus better. I have been able to meet some of the people of the Winona Diocese, which has been great, and I look forward to meeting more people in the future. I am sure there will be difficulties with the possibility of giving up wife and children for the Kingdom, but I am confident that the Lord will guide me during those times." What advice do you have for others who are discerning their vocations? "Pray and learn to love Jesus more. I would also encourage everyone to be courageous. I know I experienced fears about entering seminary, but many of them have no standing. Once I finally said 'Yes' to seminary and entered, things got better, and I noticed many of the fears and anxieties were just the devil trying to discourage me. If you feel you may be called to religious life or the priesthood, confront the fears and anxieties with a spiritual or vocations director. They will help you through the discernment of your vocation and encourage you along the next step." *
Jordan Danielson grew up in Dover, where he was active in Academic Triatholon, Math Wizards, Robotics, Math League, Knowledge Bowl and Ski Club. Today, he enjoys downhill skiing, playing baritone saxophone and contra-alto clarinet, and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.
with all of the people necessary so that I could become a seminarian."
Who has had the strongest influence on your faith journey? "The person who has had the strongest influence on my faith journey has probably been my parish's faith formation director, Nichole Paladie." How does it feel to be entering the seminary? "I feel very excited to be entering the seminary, but, at the same time, I am a little nervous just because it will also be my freshmen year of college and my first extended time away from home."
Rev. Will Thompson
we went to every Sunday Mass and encouraged me and my sister to join him for Eucharistic Adoration. I feel incredibly blessed to have a dad who is such a great example of faithfulness."
How have your interests, habits, relationships or perspectives changed since answering the call to priesthood? "Not a whole lot has really changed except that I can't date anyone, but other than that, I pray longer and more often. My relationships with friends have remained the same because they were all very supportive of my choice. "...I anticipate that I will go through a very large adjustment phase while I learn how to be a seminarian. I also think that I will experience great joy in the fraternity of seminary life." What advice do you have for others who are discerning their vocations? "Anyone discerning a vocation, especially to the priesthood, should keep on praying and looking to Jesus for guidance. He will always give you an answer; it just may take time."
How did you first hear your call to priesthood? "I heard my first call to the priesthood in a dream that I had in tenth grade. Of course, right away I didn't really want to listen to it because I was in shock, but also I just could not see myself as a priest. I spent some time in prayer asking God if I was really called to be a priest. God answered my prayers, and, through his grace, I was able to get in contact
care for creation.” Francis concluded his message by stressing that despite our faults and the daunting challenges posed by caring for the environment, “we never lose heart.” The Creator, he said, “does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us…for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward.” September, 2016 w The Courier
The Priest Is for You Monica Herman Executive Director Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. Harrington Seminarian Burse Annual Appeal is conducted by the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota. Funds raised support men studying to become priests for the Diocese of Winona, at the undergraduate and graduate levels of seminarian education. The appeal is not conducted by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. To the right is a letter from Bishop Quinn regarding this important appeal.
Row 1: Brian Mulligan, Thé Hoang, Bishop John M. Quinn, David Kruse, Matt Wagner, Fr. Will Thompson. Row 2: Ezra Lippert, Ben Peters, Isaac Landsteiner, Michael Churchill, Matt Nordquist, Brian Klein, Robert Scanlon. Row 3: Mitchell Logeais, Bennett Kraemer, Vianney Nguyen, Adam Worm, Jordan Danielson.
The priest is not for himself... He is for YOU.
--St. John Vianney
�tionoday,of Iourask future that you join me in the formapriests. We are blessed
with sixteen seminarians discerning and studying for the Diocese of Winona. God willing, in the Spring of 2017, I will ordain Brian Mulligan and Thé Hoang to the diaconate. Two other men are studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Eleven men are studying at the college level at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, and one man is in his Spiritual Year at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. These young men have heard Jesus calling them in the inner walls of their hearts and are responding to a call of love to serve God’s people tirelessly and selflessly. I request your prayers and support for our seminarians in their discernment of the priesthood. As our Diocese goes through changes this year, we are reminded just how important our Seminarians are for the life and future of our Church. The Church thrives where there are faithful priests. With the rising cost of tuition, the Seminarian Burse is vital in helping the Diocese meet the increasing expenses related to forming young priests. Annually, the diocese contributes $12,500 per seminarian for the room and board of undergraduates at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and nearly $45,000 per seminarian for the major seminary tuition, room and board. I ask you to make a financial gift to the Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. Harrington Seminarian Burse.
The Burse, which was initiated by our beloved Bishop Emeritus Bernard Harrington ten years ago, is a tremendous blessing and the major source of funds that ensure the best Priestly Formation possible for the future priests of our diocese. A gift, as a sign of gratitude for the priests in your life, is always welcomed. Additional or first-time gifts may be sent to commemorate or show gratitude for the following occasions and more: • A wedding or wedding anniversary • The memory of a loved one at the time of death • Confirmation • Christmas or other feasts and holidays. • A special priest. • The birth of a child or grandchild • Baptism • First Holy Communion • Thanksgiving for prayers answered I know you will consider my invitation with an open heart and join me in the task of forming future priests. Please continue to pray for our seminarians and for the faithful across the Diocese of Winona. Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona
Your gifts to the
Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. Harrington
help provide the resources necessary
to educate our men
who are studying for the Priesthood. Please give generously!
Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. Harrington Seminarian Burse Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota PO Box 30098 Winona, MN 55987
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Counseling Helps Heal Marriages By JOHN T. MCGUIRE
ne of the things our Catholic faith is most known for is its emphasis on the importance of marriage. The Church has been a leader in developing programs to support couples at all stages of married life, including programs for engaged couples, family life education programs, couples’ retreats, and Masses that celebrate marriage. Marriage Enrichment and Retrouvaille weekends, which are now used by couples of all faiths, had their origin in the Catholic community. Marriage counseling offered through Catholic Charities is another way that the Catholic community supports couples in the joys and struggles of married life. While marriage is important, it is certainly not easy. Pope Francis has said that men and women “courageous enough” to face the struggles of married life “in the ‘earthen vessels’ of our humanity…are an essential resource for the Church as well as the whole world.” Perhaps the difficulties of marriage are rooted in the reality that marriage involves two human people trying to accomplish a divine end. All couples will experience problems. One difficulty many couples have is discerning when they are experiencing the normal ebbs and flows of married life, and when more serious problems are developing. One study found that the average couple that enters marriage counseling has experienced unhappiness in their marriage for six years before they began counseling. Deciding to start marriage counseling is not a sign of failure in marriage, but a sign of commitment. Taking this step before hurt and resentment have become entrenched will make healing easier. So what happens when a couple comes in to Catholic Charities for marriage counseling? The process itself is not complicated, at least in general terms. The counselor helps the couple assess the problems they are facing, and together they identify the goals they have to improve their marriage. The counseling process focuses on helping them accomplish those
both are also called to love their spouse for who they are rather than who they want them to be. John Gottman’s research on successful marriages has found that all couples have what he calls “unsolvable problems,” often based on personality differences. The task for these enduring problems is to maintain “dialogue,” recognizing that in most all instances the tension grows out of the difference between the two people rather than being caused by fault in one of them. As Pope Francis has written, “We encounter problems whenever we think relationships or people ought to be perfect, or when we put ourselves at the center and expect things to turn our way.” Sadly, when we talk about marriage counseling, we need to acknowledge that many people experience divorce. Over the course of almost 34 years of counseling, I have worked with many loving, committed and capable people who wanted nothing more than a happy, lifelong marriage but nonetheless have experienced divorce. Catholic Charities counseling services are also available to help people move through the pain of a divorce toward healing and wholeness. Catholic Charities counseling services are offered throughout the diocese: in Winona, Rochester, Owatonna, Austin, Albert Lea, Mankato, and Worthington. Anyone interested in more information about marriage counseling, fees, and insurance questions can call any of our offices. Catholic Charities also offers a sliding fee scale for people without insurance. You can also visit the Catholic Charities web site (www. ccwinona.org) for more information. Pope Francis described the richness of marriage and of family life when he wrote, “In the family we learn solidarity, how to share, to discern, to walk ahead with each others problems, to fight and to make up, to argue and to embrace and to kiss.” We cannot promise a consultation with Pope Francis to anyone who makes an appointment at Catholic Charities, but our counseling staff is an experienced and compassionate group. We will do all we can to help any couple that comes to us reclaim the bond they felt with each other when they looked into each others eyes in front of God and everyone and said, “I do.”
goals. The counselor will help the couple discern how many sessions they will attend and how often they will come, but this decision is up to the couple. Sometimes a couple needs only one session to help them discuss an issue on which they have been stuck, or only a few to develop a plan to get back on track. When problems are complicated and have become entrenched, more sessions may be needed. It should always be said when discussing marriage counseling that if there are problems of physical or emotional abuse, these issues must be addressed. Safety must be assured before couples counseling can take place. What helps marriage counseling be successful? One key asset is when both members of the couple deeply want solutions to their problems that feel right for both of them. Judith Wallerstein has written that a key task of marriage is “to expand the sense of self to include the other.” This does not mean the other's wants and needs are more important - many would consider that codependent - but it does mean that the other's needs are equally valued with one’s own. Another key factor is a balance of change and acceptance. Both spouses have to be willing to change what they can to make the marriage more satisfying for the other;
John T. McGuire, MSW, LICSW, is Director of Family and Individual Counseling for Catholic Charities' Rochester Office.
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Getting Voting Right
Faith in the Public Arena
Church says it is “morally obligatory” (2240). Jonathan Liedl Why such strong Communications Manager language? The Minnesota Catholic Conference Church teaches that we, as laypeople, are compelled by an evangelical mandate he level of distaste for both major parof charity to work for the wellties’ presidential candidates is at an historic being of our brothers and sisters. high. In the midst of this discontent, the One form of this work includes traces of two distorted approaches to votadvocating for policies that foster ing have become clear. human dignity and the common One approach is to avoid voting altogood, and electing representatives gether because of a dissatisfaction with who will prioritize these values. the presidential candidates and an underVoting, though an imperfect standable (but incorrect) perception that system, is an important tool we can all politicians are crooks, along with an use to help shape the contours of attitude that voting doesn’t make much of our political landscape. Politics will a difference anyway. not, nor does it aim to (properly The other extreme overstates the understood), bring about the importance of voting, turning a weighty responsibility Kingdom, and voting will never put into a pseudo-sacrament, as though the establishment perfect candidates in office (because who is perfect?). of the kingdom of God depended on picking the right But if done in an informed and principled manner, your candidate. Those with this mindset can easily fall into vote can be used to protect human life and promote the the trap of “putting their trust in princes,” leading to conditions for all to flourish—or at least mitigate the unrealistic expectations of a candidate’s capacity to do political damage that can be done. good and self-imposed blindness to his or her flaws.
The proper approach to voting is somewhere in between these extremes. It treats voting with the same measured perspective with which we are to consider other forms of political participation in a pluralistic, liberal democracy: as a prudent, practical engagement with an imperfect system for the sake of the common good. To borrow a phrase from theologian Gilbert Meilaender, this approach sees the importance of voting as “chastened, but not denuded.” A Duty of Charity In their 2016 update of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. bishops remind Catholics that “responsible citizenship is a virtue.” While political participation can and should take many forms, exercising the right to vote in a representative democracy is a privileged duty. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic
An Imperfect System
dards. Even when one cannot in good conscience justify a vote in a particular race we should remember that the ballot is full of important elections. Disgust with the presidential election by itself is not a good reason to stay home on November 8. We are called to be faithful citizens within an imperfect system, prudently using our vote to bring about a limited good as best we can. As an unknown Church father wrote regarding the civic responsibilities of Christians, “So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.”
The obligation to exercise one’s right to vote does not mean we are required to vote in every race or for only those candidates likely to win. Faithful Citizenship This column is the first of three Faith in the Public Arena informs us that one “can take the extraordinary step of columns focusing on November's elections. Faith in not voting for any candidate” if all candidates promote intrinsic evils. Sometimes the candidates are so flawed the Public Arena is a regular column by the Minnesota that it can be near impossible to reasonably discern who Catholic Conference. is the least-worst option. But such a decision should not be undertaken lightly, and should only come after serious discernment and study. We Start Preparing for Election Day should not be so naïve as to always expect Resources for Faithful Citizenship perfect candidates with the right position on every issue or without any personal Voting is a special right and an important responsibility. It’s flaws, and then avoid voting generally an opportunity to participate in our community as faithful because no one meets our exacting stancitizens by shaping the political landscape for the common good.
Because of its importance, we should seriously and prayerfully prepare to cast our vote in November. MCC has produced several election-year resources to help you as you form your conscience for faithful citizenship. These resources include: A candidate questionnaire to help you find out where your local candidates stand on important issues A voting discernment guide to help you evaluate candidates in light of a consistent ethic of life Inspiring and informational social media images featuring passages from the USCCB's Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship These resources are all available at MNCatholic.org/election, and more will be added soon. If you can't get online, you can request to receive a copy by calling MCC's offices at 651-227-8777.
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Kasson Family to Host Fatima Celebration
A grotto will be built amid these trees.
The Price Family and Fr. Thein Nguyen
intercession." Free will donations will be accepted, but Price said God has been providing for this event throughout the planning process. "Why worry?" he said. "The humanness worries. It's like trying to control the beat of your heart. God is orchestrating this. Just open your heart to be the human vessel, and Mother Mary will take care of it." He lists the following among the miracles already at work in the preparation of the event: three separate people have donated pigs for the dinner, and a company in the area has offered to print free signage. "Miracles, especially conversions of heart, are natural for God," said Fr. Nguyen. "Miracles should be happening all the time. Ours is a living God. We must be open. That's why we celebrate." "The Holy Spirit won't take a crowbar to your heart if you won't say yes," added Price. "You have to open your heart to the possibility of miracles." The Andy and Natalie Price Farm is located at 23274 670th Street in Kasson. For more information, call 507-259-7675 or visit www.giftoffatima2017.com.
Cyclist to Take Benefit Ride Through Diocese
Catholic Daughters Install New Officers
WINONA--The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Winona #191, installed their new officers on June 22, 2016. Father Jim Berning, of St. Mary's Parish in Winona, celebrated the Mass of Installation, and Minnesota Catholic Daughter State Regent Margee Keller assisted Father Berning in installing the new officers. Pictured left to right, front row: Banner Bearer Nancy Neumann, Honor Guards Cheryl Hartert and Sue Kamrowski, Celebrant Father Jim Berning. Second row: Secretary Mary Jo Neumann, Court Chaplain Sister
In the Diocese
KASSON--On October 13, 2016, the Price family of Kasson will open their farm to all who wish to celebrate the miraculous apparitions of Mary that occurred in 1917 in Fatima. The October celebration aims to promote openness to miracles in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, which will be celebrated with a second gathering on the Price farm in May of 2017. The October event will feature Adoration and Confession at 4:30 and Mass at 5:30, followed by a blessing of the harvest, a dinner, a bonfire, an illuminated prayer walk, a Marian grotto, and music. Guests will include Fr. Jim Russell, Fr. Thein Nguyen, and Fr. Will Thompson, Director of Vocations for the diocese, who will give a special talk to the youth in attendance. "Mother Mary helps us onto that highway to heaven," said Andy Price. "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." "Many times when Mary appears, she is crying," said Fr. Thein Nguyen, who is helping to organize the event. "Sin is taken for granted as a way of life. To celebrate the appearance of Mary is to recognize our need of salvation through her
Clare Korte. Third row: Co-Treasurer Esther Waas, Regent Irene Mulyck, Vice-Regent Colleen Peplinski, Flag Bearer Anne Galewski. Fourth Row: State 2nd Vice-Regent Marlys Knuth, Co-Treasurer Lorraine Erpelding, Financial Secretary Connie Roche. Fifth Row: State 1st Vice-Regent Evonne Seivert, District Deputy Sandy Larson, State Treasurer Jackie Svenby. Back row: State Secretary Mary Pufall and State Regent Margee Keller. It was an honor to have all five state officers present for the Mass of Installation.
WABASHA--Kevin Schwendinger, a says the best part of his journey retired teacher and member of St. is the chance to witness to othRaphael's Parish in Dubuque, IA, ers in a positive way, as well as will stop in Wabasha and Winona, the enjoyment of cycling along the on September 27th and 28th, Mississippi Valley and the driftless respectively, during a bicycle ride region. from Bemidji to St. Catherine, IA. His Sept. 27 stop will include His "scenic route" of approximately a free 7 p.m. presentation at 580 miles takes seven biking days. the Wabasha public library: However, with presentations at "Cycling for El Salvador: History libraries, schools and clubs, the trip & Understanding of One Mission usually takes 12 days to accomplish. During This Year of Mercy." He also Schwendinger has made this presents on the topics of bike safetrek for the past six years to raise ty, serving others, and the driftless funds for two parishes in El Salvador: region. St. James the Apostle in Tenancingo Kevin's morning in Winona and Our Lady of Guadalupe in remains unbooked. To schedule a Soyapongo. Donations raised by presentation for a Winona organi"Cycling for Salvador" have provid- zation on the morning of Sept. 28, ed seed money to establish a self- call 563-582-4765. sustaining bakery, ongoing youth programming, counseling sessions, and a simple health clinic. "I realize that my journey is challenging," Schwendinger said, "but it pales in comparison to the hardships our Salvadoran friends face every day." While financial contributions typically come from his home base in Iowa, Schwendinger Kevin Schwendinger at home in Iowa. September, 2016 w The Courier
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Obituaries Sister M. Eva Manney, 93, a School Sister of Notre Dame who professed in 1942, died August 4, 2016, at Good Counsel, Mankato. A native of St. Paul, she was a convent homemaker, nursing assistant and parish visitor. In the Diocese of Winona, Sister Eva ministered at the Good Counsel motherhouse in Mankato from 1949-76. During this time, she provided community service, worked with the high school aspirants, and served as a nursing assistant in Good Counsel Health Care. She also worked in a variety of capacities at the New Ulm Diocesan Center for Spiritual Development in Bird Island. Her last 10 years of active ministry (1990-2000) were at St. Mary Parish, Worthington, where she was a parish visitor. Her 1997 contract listed the following job description: “Hospital Visitor; Ministry to homebound—visitations and worship services; Taped radio messages; Ministry to the Nursing Homes through worship services; Ministry to the bereaved; Prayer Services at apartment
buildings for the elderly. Sister is given a lot of freedom. Her value is first as presence and community.” * On August 15, Father Donald Leary joined the angels to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in his everlasting home. Born on November 29, 1926, Father Leary was the third of four boys born to Ethel and George Leary of Caledonia. Like his brothers, he participated in the great boxing tradition of Caledonia. He attended Loretto High School and went on to receive his BA at Loras Catholic College in Dubuque, IA. He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD, and was ordained a priest on May 19, 1951. Father Leary dutifully answered the call of the Bishop of the Winona Diocese by serving the parishes of St. Mary’s in Winona, Sacred Heart in Hayfield, Our Lady of Loretto in Brownsdale, Sacred Heart in Waseca, St. Patrick in LeRoy, St. Bernard in Stewartville, St. Mary in Lake City (twice), St. Casimir in Wells, St. Mary in Chatfield, St. Anthony in Altura and St. Aloysius in Elba. Father Leary was especially honored to serve as Principal at Lourdes High School in Rochester. He retired in Rochester where he greatly enjoyed the friendship
and camaraderie of his brother Priests, along with the constant love and care from his niece Katie and her husband Steve and their sons Jake and John. The shamrock on his door and the twinkle in his eye proudly revealed his Irish heritage. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill, Harold and Bob; sisters-in-law, Faith and Rita, nephew Tom, and his dear friend Sister Olga. Survived by sister-in-law, Susan Leary; nieces; nephews; and his loyal friend since childhood Sister Mary Esch of Assisi Heights. Mass of Christian burial was held August 19 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester, with the Bishop Bernard J. Harrington celebrating and the Rev. Harry P. Jewison and Rev. James Russell concelebrating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Catholic Daughters Help Fund 15th Home
WINONA--The Catholic Daughters of the Americas from across Minnesota gathered in Winona for the dedication of the 15th Habitat home they helped build. At the dedication, Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore was presented with a check for $10,000.00, which was raised by Catholic Daughters throughout Minnesota who distributed Gummi Bear candies for a monetary donation. The next Catholic Daughter home, their 16th, will be built in Edgerton (in Pipestone County), another city within the Diocese of Winona.
WDCCW to Host "Women of Mercy" FAIRMONT - St. John Vianney Catholic Church is the location of the WDCCW workshop "Women of Mercy" on Saturday, October 8. The morning promises to be filled with excitement as the day starts with 3 speakers at 10 am. Pat Reymann from the Archdiocese of St. PaulMinneapolis is the NCCW parliamentarian. In her workshop, "Ask the Parliamentarian," she will use NCCW publications for reference to help officers and council women gain confidence in conducting a parish affiliate meeting, drafting a parish by-laws, or making meetings into events of prayer and learning instead of just discussion over "whose cake pan is this?" We are well-known for our service projects, but the other two-thirds of CCW is spirituality and leadership. Learn how we can improve our affiliates. Scott Fischbach has been the Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life since 2001. MCCL is the largest and oldest pro-life group in Minnesota, with chapters in every county of the state. Scott will provide the latest statistics on abortion and news of what we are doing to bring those numbers to zero. His talk will also cover our fight against assisted suicide and what the future holds for life issues in general. We will hear from a representative of Sacred Heart Haiti Mission in Rochester, which gathers and ships goods to the people of Haiti. The list of items needed is long, including clothes for all ages. On the day of the workshop, there will be two trucks at St. John Vianney for items going to the missions: one from Sacred Heart Haiti Mission, and one from the Rochester Medical Mission. Drop off and loading will begin at 8 a.m. Bring a carload September, 2016 w The Courier
of mission items along with your carload of ladies. Following Mass and lunch we have our first two afternoon speakers at 1:00 pm. Ann Full’s topic is “Finding Hope: Trusting God’s Plan for Our Family in Suffering.” Ann shares her journey of learning to trust God after saying goodbye to 9 infants in miscarriage and many very dear foster children. Ann is a stay-at-home wife, mother and foster parent who works part-time for the Diocese of Winona coordinating Pathways TEC Retreats. She blogs at annfull.blogspot.com. Denise Haaland will present on the layers of and circles of leadership in the National Council as well as what your membership dues pay for. Starting as St. Patrick, Shieldsville, secretary and President, Denise went on to hold most offices in the deanery before moving on to the Archdiocese CCW and working her way to President. Since then, she has served on the NCCW Nominating Committee and as Province Director, and she just finished her year of planning the Province Conference. Fr. Paul Breza will speak at 2 p.m. about the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum in Winona, which includes the history of the Winona Diocese on the upper floor. Some parish relics may be housed in the museum after closings or transitions to oratory status. Join Fr. Breza to hear the history and stories that go along with the museum. It will be an informative day for all ages. The St. John Vianney ladies and the Blue Earth Area CCWs are looking forward to your coming and visiting their church as they work hard for this day to come. See our ad [left] for more information on how to register for the day.
KCs Present Grant for Ultrasound Machines Four OLMC Parishioners MANKATO - With gratitude and hope for the want men and women to be fully informed. We Receive Bishop's Medal future, Options for Women, Mankato, accepted have already had the opportunity to use the new ultrasound machine and it has had a profound impact.” The North Mankato KC Council assisted OFW with local fundraising to meet the matching funds that were applied for in 2015. Council #5551 Grand Knight Bob Oshel, of Holy Rosary Parish, presented the check. Since its launch in January of 2009, the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative has placed about 690 machines in the U.S. Twentyfive of those machines were placed in Minnesota at a cost of over $20 million. New machines are being added to pregnancy resource centers each month across the nation with the Initiative's help. Options for Women, Mankato, opened its doors in April of 2015. In addition to medical services, OFW offers clients an Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program. EWYL gives clients an opportunity to learn about pregnancy, fetal development, child nutrition and safety, all while earning credits to be spent at the center’s baby store, where they can get baby clothes, baby items, diapers and much more. The center is located near Minnesota State University at 1331 Warren Street and serves clients from Mankato and the surrounding areas.
Time Remains to Visit Replica Holy Doors MANKATO--St. John the Baptist Parish's "Doors of Mercy" will remain on display in the main entry of their church for the rest of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends on November 20. Though St. John's is not a designated pilgrimage site in the diocese for the Holy Year, they have been celebrating the occasion for months with a functional replica of the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, complete with basilica roof cut-outs. The display was created by parishioner and artist Lisa Bierer, who has created many pieces of liturgical art for parishes in the Diocese of Winona and beyond. The doors were first unveiled on Wednesday, December 2, with a community catechesis event, during which parishioners gathered for supper, prayer, singing, and to identify sin in their lives that had caused them to close the doors to their hearts. The event ended with the ritualized closing of the Doors of Mercy. The following Tuesday, December 8, the doors were reopened for parishioners to process through before celebrating Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. St. John the Baptist Church is located at 632 South Broad Street in Mankato. Don't miss your chance to experience these remarkable doors in person!
Hand painting on a panel of the replica door: "Peter's Denial"
EASTON--On June 25, 2016, Most Reverend Bishop John M. Quinn celebrated Mass at Our Lady of Mount Caramel (OLMC) Parish in recognition of the 150th Parish Anniversary and the 100th Anniversary of the consecrated church building. [See August’s Courier for coverage of this event.] During Mass, Bishop Quinn presented the Bishop’s Medal to four members of the OLMC parish who have demonstrated outstanding service to their parish. Deacon Gene Paul was ordained a deacon on August 8, 2005. A deacon’s role can take many forms, but the simple definition would be that of assistant to the parish priest, a title meaning you can expect numerous calls any time of the day or night. Yet, Deacon Paul was recognized not only for his years of service since his ordination in 2005 but for his lifetime of humble service and leadership to Our Lady of Mount Caramel and its parishioners. Jane (Mrs. Gene) Paul was presented the Bishop’s Medal for her years as sacristan and her motherly leadership to the parish. Jane Paul unofficially has many roles in the parish, but the most overlooked is that of the continuous care for the sacred vessels and vestments used during Mass. Jane Paul’s touch is visible everywhere in the church as her amazing artistic talents were put to use during the parish’s multi-year restoration project. Jane Paul is the go-to person who guides the parish through many day-to-day issues with her years of experience and supervision. Susan Cory, Parish Administrator for 25 years, earned her medal by keeping the parish office running while continuing to accept more and more duties as changes in finance rules and bookkeeping software were required in the parish and Diocese. Susan Cory is an invaluable asset who is always there to handle the unending paperwork and correspondence. She also ensures a smooth transition as priests
move to or from the parish. The amazing part is that Susan has a full-time job at the Faribault County Courthouse, so her service to the church is completed on her vacation days, evenings and weekends. Over 70 years of music have been provided by Marjorie (Midge) Schultz, who also received the Bishop’s Medal. Midge Schultz began playing for church services when she was 10. Her service grew from there to include not only regular Masses, but Holy Day services, Lenten services, Funerals and Weddings. She also used her gift of music to direct the parish choir for many years when Pat Braunshausen was the organist. Few realize the hours of planning, practicing, studying and playing that go into providing a lifetime of music, but we can be sure that Midge has inspired countless parishioners and guests over the years. Her dedication and joy of music continues to inspire today’s parishioners. Over 300 people were in attendance at the anniversary Mass on June 25 to observe the presentation of Bishop’s Medals, and a full standing ovation was given to each of the recipients as they were called to the front of the church to be recognized. OLMC Parish has some exceptional leaders in their congregation who set the standards high while quietly serving and staying behind the scenes to avoid any form of accolades for their service. Some of them will humbly tell you they are just following the example of their relatives who built and served this parish so many years ago.
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a matching grant check for $15,378 presented by North Mankato Council #5551 of the Knights of Columbus on behalf of the KC Supreme Council in New Haven, CT. The grant is part of the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative to help pregnancy centers purchase new ultrasound machines to aid in serving women faced with unexpected or challenging pregnancies. Ultrasound machines are of particular value to pregnancy centers because “the mother’s heart connects with her baby when she sees the remarkable images and hears the baby’s heart beating,” said John Bowlin, KC Culture of Life Activities Director of the MN State Council. “Saving lives and touching hearts is what it is all about.” Executive Director of OFW, Mankato, Lori Letourneau said, “Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to life-affirming efforts through the Ultrasound Initiative. When faced with difficult decisions, we
(Left to Right) Dn. Gene Paul, Jane Paul, Midge Schultz, Bishop John M. Quinn, Fr. Andrew Vogel, Susan Cory September, 2016 w The Courier
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St. Pius X Church, Rochester September 17-18, Saturday & Sunday Fall Festival now a 2-day event. Saturday includes 5k run/walk, rummage sale, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, concessions & a night of beer, brats & karaoke. Sunday includes silent auction, raffles, bingo, "Taste of St. Pius X," & kids games. Info: www.piusx.org.
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Events St. Ann's Church, Janesville September 9-11, Friday-Sunday Fall Festival. Golf tournament Friday, 5p.m. at Prairie Ridge. Contact Jim (507-340-7613). Saturday: StateSanctioned Kids Pedal Tractor Pull (3:15p.m. registration), 5p.m. Mass, Chili & Soup Cook-off after Mass. All you can eat $5. Hot dogs also for sale. Bingo after cook-off. Silent auction & bucket & cash raffles through the night. Sunday: 9:30a.m. Mass, baskets, raffles & turkey dinner 11a.m.-12:30p.m. Adults $10 ($12 on dinner day). Kids 5-12 $5. 4 & under free. Auctions, kid games, bounce house 1p.m. Raffle and silent auction ends at 1:30. Youth will sell refreshments Saturday & Sunday. Beer Garden open all weekend. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie September 11, Sunday Annual Fall Dinner served 11a.m.-1p.m. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, salad & pie. Crafts & country store. Info: 507-763-3626.
Traditional Latin Mass Chatfield, St. Mary's, 1st & 3rd Sun. 1 pm Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, 1st Sat. 9 am Wabasha, St. Felix, every Sat. 8 am
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St. Anthony Church, Lismore September 11, Sunday Fall Bazaar & Auction. Roast beef dinner & all trimmings served 11a.m.1p.m. Live auction featuring crafts, wood products, processed meat, etc. starts 1:30 p.m. Big Ticket, baked items, country store & games. Hot dogs & coney dogs available after auction. St. John's Church, Johnsburg September 11, Sunday Fall Dinner served 12-3p.m. Grilled pork chop, dressing, potatoes & Johnsburg gravy, pie & more. $10 adults & takeout. $5 kids 5-12. Free 4 & under. St. Leo's Church, Pipestone September 11, Sunday Fall Festival 11a.m-1p.m. Fire-grilled roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, dinner roll & homemade desserts. Take-outs available. Adults $9, Kids 5-8 $4.50, 4 & under free. Garden Goods Country Store, bouncy inflatables & horse rides. Info: 507215-1105. St. Mary's Church, Houston September 11, Sunday Annual Fall Chicken Dinner served 11a.m.-1p.m. Chicken, potato salad, beans, bun, pie, coffee, milk. 1/2 chicken $9. 1/4 chicken $8. Carry-outs available. Raffle for cash prizes & handcrafted wooden bowl. Tickets sold now or at the dinner. Need not be present to win. Located at 202 S. Sheridan.
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.
Hispanic Priests / Sacerdotes Hispanos Padre José Morales Vicario Parroquial de Sacred Heart, Owatonna. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 507-451-1588
Padre Miguel Eduardo Proaños Vicario Parroquial de St. James, St James. email@example.com Tel. 507-375-3542
Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas Vicario Parroquial de St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 507-288-7313
Padre Ubaldo Roque Vicario Parroquial de St. Mary’s, Worthington. email@example.com Tel. 507-440-9735
Padre Mariano Varela IVE Párroco de “SS. Peter and Paul”, Mankato. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 507-388-2995 ext. 103
Padre Raul Silva Vicario de la Pastoral Hispana en la diócesis de Winona Y Párroco de Queen of Angels, Austin y New Richland cluster. PadreRaulSilva@gmail.com Tel. 507-433-1888
Spanish Mass Schedule Albert Lea, St. Theodore 11 a.m. Sunday
Owatonna, Sacred Heart 1 p.m. Sunday
St. James, St. James 12 p.m. Sunday
Austin, Queen of Angels 11 a.m & 5 p.m. Sunday; 5:15 Friday
Pipestone, St. Leo 2:30 p.m. Sunday (bilingual)
Waseca, Sacred Heart 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi 12 p.m. Sunday & 7 p.m. Thursday
Windom, St. Francis Xavier 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Lake City, St. Mary 6:30 p.m. every 3rd Saturday Madelia, St. Mary 10 a.m. Sunday Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul 1 p.m. Sunday
Worthington, St. Mary St. Charles, St. Charles 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Borromeo & Friday 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Holy Redeemer Church, Eyota September 18, Sunday Fall Festival. 10a.m. Mass followed by BBQ chicken dinner. Big ticket raffle, arms length raffle, farmer's market, bake sale & children's activities. Information: 507-932-3294. St. Adrian Church, Adrian September 18, Sunday Fall Dinner in the church parlors 4-7p.m. Roast beef, REAL mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, coleslaw, buns, pies & desserts & beverages. Adults $9, Kids 6-12 $4, Kids 2-5 $2. Elevators on north side of church. Big ticket drawings (need not be present to win), fish pond for kids, country store, raffle tickets for many items! Info: 507-360-1570 St. Felix Church, Wabasha September 18, Sunday Annual Fall Festival 9a.m.-5p.m. in the St. Felix Auditorium and School Grounds. Fresh homemade doughnuts, grilled chicken dinners, the farm store, general and specialty auctions, bingo, inflatable slide, hoop shoot, kids' games, tootsie roll booth, raffles, prizes & so much more. Join us for food, fun & friendship. All proceeds go to St. Felix School. Information: 651-565-4446. St. Francis de Sales Church, Claremont September 18, Sunday Fall Bazaar & turkey dinner featuring a cake walk, bake sale, fresh produce, silent auction & games. Dinner served family-style 11a.m.-1p.m. Turkey with all trimmings, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, buns, pie & beverage. 11 & older $10. 4-10 $5. Under 4 free. Takeouts available. St. Francis (est. 1869) is the oldest Catholic church in Dodge County! Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mazeppa September 18, Sunday Fall Bazaar featuring ham and turkey dinner served 11a.m.-1:30p.m. Adults $12, Kids 5-10 $5, 4 & under $1. Bingo, raffle, country store & children's games. St. Mary's Church & Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona Adult Faith Formation Study Series. Register by 9/19 at cascwinona.org or find forms in St. Mary's Commons/ Cathedral's Gathering Space. - Series 1: "Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John" What does your relationship with Christ look like? Do you see Jesus as a man of great wisdom? Or as more? St. Mary's Tues. PM 6:30-8:30 or Cathedral Wed. AM 9:30-11:30. 8 wks: 9/27-11/16. $21. Contact: Jean: 608687-9546. - Series 2: "The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation" Learn the major events in the Old and New Testaments, 12 historic periods, world history, how they fit together and how they relate to Jesus Christ. Cathedral Mon. PM 6:30-8:30 or Tue. AM 9:30-11:30. 24 wks: 9/26-4/18. $35. Contact: Donna: 507-454-1296. St. Joachim Church, Plainview September 23-25, Friday-Sunday Annual Fall Festival. Taste of the Fall wine & beer pairing event, mother/ son birdhouse build, father/daughter harvest ball, Mass, chicken dinner, kids games, beer tent & auction. For info: www.saintjoachimchurch.org
Sacred Heart Church, Owatonna September 24, Saturday 150th anniversary of parish life. All welcome, especially former parishioners, staff, religious and ordained. 4p.m. Polka Mass with Litomyslaneous Group. 5:30p.m. grilled food for purchase, artifacts on display, kids' games. 6-8p.m. Coda saxophone/ keyboard duet. Special Mass seating reserved for former priests & staff of Sacred Heart; please tell Wendy if you're coming: 507-451-1588/ email@example.com. St. Aloysius Church, Elba September 25, Sunday Fall Festival. 10a.m. Mass followed by roast beef dinner served until 1p.m. Cash Raffle with $1,000 grand prize. Only 500 tickets sold! For info or to buy a raffle ticket, call: 507-932-3294. St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Dodge Center September 25, Sunday 23rd Annual Fall Turkey Dinner. 10a.m. Mass. Dinner served 11a.m.-1p.m. Raffle, silent auction, bake sale. Adults $10. Kids 6-10 $5. Preschool free. Tickets at door. Handicap accessible facility - 20 2nd St. NE in Dodge Center. St. Mary's Church, Worthington September 25, Sunday Annual Fall Dinner & Festival. Turkey dinner served 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Adults $10, kids 9 & under $5, 2 & under free. Activities, booths & games. St. Columbanus Church, Blooming Prairie October 1, Saturday 25th Annual Fall Dance & Raffle at the Servicemen's Club in Blooming Prairie. Tickets $6 at door. Kids free with paying adult. Dinner served 5p.m.-7p.m. at cost of $6.50 (adults) & $4.50 (kids). The Dan Stursa Band will play from 7-10p.m. Raffle Tickets $1. Kids' raffles and games also available. Info: 507583-2784 Immaculate Conception Church, Kellogg October 2, Sunday Annual family-style chicken & ham dinner 11a.m.-2p.m. Big ticket, grocery cart & basket raffles, bake sale & garden produce.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Rochester October 2, Sunday Annual Fall Festival featuring turkey dinner (donated by the Canadian Honker), cinnamon rolls & coffee, egg rolls, tamales & other Mexican food, big ticket raffle, silent auction, kids' games, wine ring toss, other entertainment & more. Church located at 1114 3rd St. SE in Rochester. Information: 507-2887313 or www.stfrancis-church.org St. Peter's Church, Hokah October 8, Saturday Roast Beef Dinner 4-8p.m. Adults $10, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & under free. Buffet style dining or carry-outs (adult price). St. Columban Church, Preston October 9, Sunday Pork Dinner 11a.m.-1:30p.m. Adults $12. Kids $6. Carry-outs available. St. Mary's Church, Minneiska October 9, Sunday Texas-Style French Toast Breakfast served from 9:30am-Noon. French toast, sausage, apple sauce & coffee, milk or juice. Adults $7, Children 6 & under $3.50. There's also a bake sale. Event follows 8:30 morning Mass. Information: 651-564-0476. St. Mary's Church, Winona October 9, Sunday River City Festival 11a.m-4p.m. (following 10:30 Mass). Chicken-Q meal, Silent Basket Auction, Big Ticket Raffle, Ping Pong Pull, Jewelry Table, Craft/Bake Sales & Kids' Carnival. St. Mary's School, Caledonia October 30, Sunday St. Mary's Parish's 50th Holiday Bazaar to be held at the school (308 E South St.) 11a.m.-5p.m. Roast beef family dinner includes roast beef, dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, coleslaw, roll, desserts & beverages - served 11a.m.-1p.m. Lunch of sloppy joes, hot dogs & walking tacos also available 11a.m. until gone. Auction at 3p.m. Event also includes gift shop, stage raffle, pulltabs, tip boards, gun raffles, bake shop, chance booth, kids booth, sweet shop, cake walk, fish pond, ring-a-drink, bag toss, plinko, bingo, luck-of-the-draw. $20 Big Ticket - 1st prize $4,000; 2nd $2,000; 3rd $1,000; 4th-10th $500; 11th-20th $100. Need not be present to win Big Ticket. Hourly drawings for $50 Quillan's gift card sponsored by Bank of the West. Must be present to win hourly drawings.