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New December 2016 | Vol. 37 | No. 11


The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo

For unto us a child is born

Children’s Christmas pageants proclaim the Good News


From Bishop Folda: The mercy of Christmas: The Word became flesh

Sister Mary Ruth, Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, professes final vows

Pope extends Year of Mercy provisions on confession






December 2016 Vol. 37 | No. 11

ON THE COVER 16 Telling the Christmas story Churches and schools have told the Christmas story

through plays and musicals for generations, and in the process learn the true meaning of Christmas. These presentations have become great traditions throughout the years. Here we highlight some of those traditions and how they teach the true meaning of Christmas.



The mercy of Christmas: The Word became flesh



Holidays can be difficult after loss of spouse


Pope Francis’ December prayer intentions


Ask a priest: What kind of pride is sinful?


This Advent, Jesus is waiting at St. Anne’s


Gazing on the Lord’s glory



10 Sister Mary Louise Jundt honored with legacy fund 10 Catholic Charities, JPII Schools host lights display 11 Stained-glass window from Cardinal Muench Seminary finds a new home in Grafton 12 Sister Mary Ruth, Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, professes final vows

13 St. Mary’s Church, Munich, celebrates 100 years of faith

13 Pre-schoolers at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks give back to the needy 14 Sister M. Genevieve Merrick, OSF, “Sister Gem,” passes away Nov. 6 15 Trinity school children honor favorite saints


21 Tattered Pages

A review of “Evolutionaries” by Carter Phipps




23 Stories of Faith

This month shares how a boy learned about social justice from his parents.

24 Catholic Action

Christopher Dodson explains what the election results mean for North Dakota.

25 Seminarian Life

Deacon Jayson Miller expounds on God’s call to trust in him.

26 Stewardship

Steve Schons offers a quiz to test your knowledge on wills.

27 Little Sisters of the Poor



Guest columnist, Sister Constance Veit LSP, asks us to visit the elderly this Christmas season.

ON THE COVER: Three Wee Kings: - actors portray the three wise men at a past St. Anne and Joachim, Fargo, Christmas program.



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28 Events across the diocese 28 A glimpse of the past 29 Life’s milestones 30 Memoriam

US/World News

32 Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession 33 Catholic Home Missions awards over $9 million to U.S. diocese and eparchies SPECIAL SECTION 34 Catholic Development Foundation reports 38 New Earth deadlines for articles and ads in 2017

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The mercy of Christmas: The Word became flesh


few weeks ago, the Church concluded the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This year of grace was a wonderful invitation to all of us to experience more deeply the mercy of God and to live that mercy in our relationships with others. The Holy Doors of Mercy were closed, but Pope Francis reminds us that “the true door of mercy remains wide open for us.” And that door of mercy is Christ himself. Very soon we will celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh. One of the Gospel readings for Christmas is from St. John, and proclaims the mystery of the Incarnation: “The Word was made flesh and dwelled among us.” With these words, John expresses the profound mercy of God in the Incarnation and Birth of Jesus. From his dwelling in heaven, God literally reaches down to us and assumes our human nature, dwelling among us as one of us. He comes not to rebuke and to punish but to forgive and to save. Jesus comes as a merciful Savior, the Son of God made man. The true mystery and beauty of Christmas seems at times to be obscured by the superficiality of our culture. In many ways, Christmas has been reduced to a commercial holiday with more than the usual festivity. Our modern way of observing Christmas has become more about presents, decorations, and food than it is about Jesus. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas! Just ask my family and friends and former seminary students in Nebraska! No one enjoys the tree, the food, the music, and the gatherings more than I do. But Christmas is only what it’s meant to be if it’s focused on Jesus, who is “the reason for the season.” That phrase might sound trite, but it’s true. Jesus took on our human nature and was born for us so we might share in his divinity and dwell forever with him in heaven. You could also say that he was born as a child to lift us out of ourselves, to raise our sights above our own agendas and desires, and to point us toward God. A little child has amazing power.

We instinctively want to love and care for a child, and we are willing to put aside our own wants and needs to do so. The child Jesus elicits that same kind of response. We are drawn to him and we want to embrace him. But in embracing Jesus, we aren’t just embracing another child. We are embracing the God-man, the Word made flesh, the one who comes to change us forever, who summons us to renewed faith and fidelity to God. God makes himself helpless to draw from us a response of love. It is sometimes said that Christmas is a holiday for children, but I beg to differ. Certainly the excitement of this season has a special appeal to youngsters, and we can all enjoy the fun. But I would propose that Christmas is a very adult holiday. Christmas is serious business, because it calls forth from us a deeper understanding of who we are and what our eternal destiny will be. To gaze on the Christ child is to be transformed, to be saved from the bonds of sin, to be healed of the sickness of soul that afflicts our world. To truly celebrate Christmas is to realize that God made us for holiness, for love, and for eternity. Yes, we are called to be childlike in our faith in God, but we must also have a mature understanding of what Christmas is all about. If Christmas is all about God’s mercy, then we should avail ourselves of that mercy offered to us in the Sacraments, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. One of the best gifts we can give to our Lord is our repentance from sin, and he in turn will give us the gift of forgiveness. What greater gift could we desire? I hope each of us will make the time to go to confession during this Christmas season, and begin a regular practice of confession in the months that follow. And the celebration of the Eucharist should also be an essential part of our Christmas joy. The name Bethlehem means “house of bread,” and in coming to the manger of Bethlehem we approach the one who is the Bread of Life. In his mercy, Jesus gives himself as heavenly bread to nourish and strengthen our souls. Let us often come to this House of Bread and receive the one who is the Word made flesh. The festivity of Christmas can sometimes end up in a fair amount of self-indulgence. We eat, drink, make merry, and exchange gifts. But I would suggest that in all the merrymaking, we should try to do something for others who can’t do much for themselves. In other words, we should practice mercy. Perhaps we could help out at a holiday party or dinner for those in need, or visit an elderly neighbor who has no relatives close by. Illness is especially hard around Christmas time, so a visit to the hospital or a nursing home might give a little cheer to someone

“The name Bethlehem means “house of bread,” and in coming to the manger of Bethlehem we approach the one who is the Bread of Life. In his mercy, Jesus gives himself as heavenly bread to feed and strengthen our souls.” – Bishop John Folda, Diocese of Fargo 4


who can’t be at home. There are many families who struggle to provide a joyful Christmas to their children, so it might be nice to provide a few gifts to those who can’t afford them. This is nothing more than living out the call to mercy that we’ve heard about for the past year. The Son of God in his mercy comes to us as a Savior, and he sends us to others as his

emissaries of mercy. Everyone should be able to enjoy Christmas, but the real joy of Christmas isn’t in the tinsel and the lights. The real joy and beauty of Christmas is only found in gazing on the face of Jesus, the King of Mercy and Prince of Peace. This is the joy that endures and lasts into eternity.

Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop of Fargo, has made the following appointments, Diocese of Fargo Official Appointments/Announcements announcements and/or decrees. Reverend James Cheney has requested permission for absence from the Diocese of Fargo having been called to full-time military duty by the US Air Force. Permission has been granted for him to be absent from October 24, 2016 until his full-time deployment has been fulfilled. Upon completion of his deployment he will resume his position as pastor of St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fargo, North Dakota.

Reverend Monsignor Gregory J. Schlesselmann, has been appointed temporary administrator of

St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, North Dakota, in accord with the pertinent norms of Canon Law and policies of the Diocese of Fargo. This appointment is effective on October 23, 2016 and will cease upon Rev. James Cheney’s return to the Diocese of Fargo after his completion of active full-time duty with the United States Air Force.

Bishop Folda’s Calendar

Dec. 18 | 9 a.m.

Mass at St. Andrew, Westhope

11 a.m.

Dec. 8 | 12:10 p.m.

Mass at St. Mark, Bottineau

Immaculate Conception Mass at Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo | Pastoral Center Closed

Choir Concert, Sts. Anne and Joachim, Fargo

Dec. 10 | 5 p.m.

Dec. 24 – Jan. 2

Mass at St. Jerome, Crow Hill

7 p.m.

Mass at Christ the King, Tokio

Dec. 11 | 11 a.m.

Mass at Seven Dolors, Fort Totten

5 p.m.

Vespers at Sts. Anne and Joachim, Fargo

Dec. 13 | 2 p.m.

Priests Pension Board, Pastoral Center

3 p.m.

Diocesan Financial Council, Pastoral Center

Dec. 14 | 10 a.m.

North Dakota Catholic Conference, Jamestown

Dec. 17 | 5:30 p.m.

Mass at St. Mark, Bottineau

7 p.m.

Pastoral Center Closed

Dec. 25 | 12 a.m.

Midnight Mass, Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo

Jan. 3-6

SEEK 2017 for FOCUS, San Antonio, Texas

Jan. 7-13

Region VIII Bishops Retreat, Venice, Fla.

Jan. 14 | 5 p.m.

Mass at St. Cecilia, Harvey

Jan. 15 | 8:30 a.m.

Mass at St. Anthony, Selz

10:30 a.m.

Mass at St. Cecilia, Harvey

Jan. 16 | 11 a.m.

Priest Council, Pastoral Center




Holidays can be a difficult after loss of spouse By Kristina Lahr


he Christmas season brings a great gift and joy to our homes. It’s a time to delight in the beauty of Christ’s incarnation and celebrate that momentous occasion with family and friends. Christmas traditions as universal as the Christmas tree to each family’s unique customs, make these celebrations both special and timeless. But for some, this Christmas season will be the first one after the death, divorce or separation of a spouse. Each situation brings its own feelings of grief, and the holiday season can be an especially difficult time for someone grieving a loss. Joan (last name withheld by request), a volunteer for Beginning Experience, a ministry for those grieving the loss of a loved one through death, divorce or separation, encourages family and friends to take extra care to visit those in grief over the holidays. “Don’t isolate the person who just lost their spouse,” Joan said. “A lot of people didn’t treat me the same way after my divorce. Include them, don’t let them isolate themselves. Encourage them and guide them toward engaging with family and friends. Feeling isolated makes people grieve at a more intense level.” For those facing their first Christmas without their spouse, Joan encourages them to be patient with themselves. “Grief manifests itself in many ways throughout its stages. You might feel relieved one moment, devastated the next, happy and then angry. You might feel like you’re losing your mind. This is true of people divorced or widowed. We’ve still lost our spouse, even though the experience is different. To suddenly not have your spouse feels like a death.” Joan suggested bringing your sorrows to Christ. “Prayer is huge. We spend a lot of time in prayer at Beginning Experience. Whether weekend or weekly session, there is prayer involved. We are all broken from time to time, and Christ carries us through those times. “A lot of people who come to Beginning Experience are broken. They’re suffering and are in grief. This ministry is about reaching out. Everyone in the room is going through the same thing. People come into it talking and sharing. It’s very supportive in that way.” The Beginning Experience was started by the Catholic Church, but reaches out to individuals of all faiths. This ministry is for those who are ready to come to terms with their loss and begin to move forward with their lives. Joan is part of a team of volunteers who have suffered such losses, and shares her experience in order to help others heal. “It’s something people can find helpful during a difficult time,” Joan said. “Many find lifelong friends through Beginning Experience because of similar experiences.” The weekend experience is the core program and the foundation of Beginning Experience’s ministry. Team members lead participants through a program of presentations, personal 6


“For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39 private reflection and small group sharing. “It’s a path to healthy healing,” Joan said. “There’s always a priest and ministers from other faiths for spiritual direction. It’s very private. It’s a safe place to talk about your experience. We have all ages in Beginning Experience, from those in their 80s and 90s to some who are widowed or divorced as young as 21 or 22.” Beginning Experience will be starting the program “Coping with Life Alone” Jan. 9, 2017 at Liberty Lutheran, 1702 32nd Ave S Fargo. The sessions for “Rebuilding” will start Jan. 5, 2017 and will be held at First Baptist Church, 1501 17th Ave S Fargo. Newcomvers are welcome the first five weeks. Beginning Experience also has chapters in Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Jamestown and Bismarck. If interested in Beginning Experience, call (701) 277-8784.

Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis Universal intention: End to Child Soldiers. That the

scandal of child soldiers may be eliminated throughout the world over.

Reflection: In what ways is the phenomenon of child soldiers a pro-life issue?

Scripture: Mark 10: 13-16. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

Evangelization intention: Europe: That the

peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

Reflection: What elements of Jesus’ teaching that

we find in the Gospels are the foundation of the humanistic spirit and lofty ideals that our world needs?

Scripture: Acts 17: 22-31. Paul said, “God is not far from any one of us.”



What kind of pride is sinful?

ow can we be ‘proud’ of our achievements if we are supposed to confess the sin of pride?” First let’s look at some common uses of the word in everyday language, where we might see a positive kind of pride. As citizens of our country, we may say “I’m proud to be an American!” Or parents of school children may say, “That’s an excellent report card. We are so proud of you!” In these cases we may be rightfully proud of our identity and achievements. On the other hand, we also say, “Pride goeth before the fall.” And our Catholic Catechism, in its teaching about sin, names pride as the first of the seven capital sins in the traditional list formulated by Pope St. Gregory the Great (CCC 1866). So how do we discern the difference between healthy pride and sinful pride? Let me share some thoughts on this. St. Thomas Aquinas helps us understand “capital sin” as a fundamental disposition which can lead us to commit other sins. Our Catholic Catechism also helps us with its consideration of “passions,” or feelings. We do not assign a moral value of right or wrong to these passions/feelings/emotions until we see whether they dispose us toward virtue or vice (CCC 1752-1774). In the case of “feeling proud” of our children’s excellent achievements, we are led to affirm and encourage our children. In essence, we can see the virtue of humility at the root of our positive dispositions of this kind. We willingly acknowledge God as the giver of the gifts and talents we are privileged to enjoy and to exercise. Sinful pride, on the other hand, would lead us to boast of our children and “exalt ourselves” over other parents and their children. Distinguishing between virtuous humility and sinful pride, we can basically say, “By your fruits you shall know them.” Sinfully proud persons build themselves up, to the detriment of their relationship with the God who entrusted them with their good gifts and talents. We can readily see the difference between the proud and the humble on display in the variety of post-game interviews among our sports personalities! Our Blessed Mother exemplifies a properly humble attitude in her response to the query from cousin Elizabeth, “Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” In the face of what could be a moment for boastful pride, she humbly gives glory to the God who has singled her out for this exceptional privilege of bearing the Son of God into the world: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden... for he who is mighty has done great things for me... he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree” (Lk 1:47-52). So then, we can say our “virtuously humble” feelings of pride are fundamentally other-centered and God-centered. Graced with humility, we are disposed to lift others up, as in the example of affirming family and friends and co-workers when we say, “I’m proud of you.” When we take pride in our own work well done, we can do so in a way that is genuinely God-centered, recognizing our

Creator as the ultimate source of the good we enjoy. Sinfully proud dispositions, on the Ask a Priest other hand, lead us Father Dale Kinzler to build ourselves up at the expense of others. We may put them down with boastful words or fiercely competitive deeds. We may put so much emphasis on being “number one” that we find no solace in a second or third place finish even though we did our best. The pride we need to confess stems from that capital sin or fundamental vice that presupposes our sovereignty over others. “Capital” sin is not necessarily “mortal.” But it sits at the root of any number of sinful things we may think or say or do. Grisez writes, translating our teaching on pride into contemporary terms: “One’s life is a quest for status. Given this sinful aim in life, one tries to get through school in order to gain a respected position. In one’s work, one tries to always move up the ladder. One’s identity depends upon the relationships one has with other people. One wants to be respected and liked, not to be looked down on, considered odd, or regarded as a nuisance” (Grisez, “What are the Seven Capital Sins?” in The Way of the Lord Jesus, Vol. 1, “Christian Moral Principles” pp. 440-41). Pride was at the root of the original sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Tempted by the Evil One, they went against God’s command with the prideful thought, “God knows that when you eat of the fruit your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). To overcome this fundamental sinful disposition of pride, we must rely on the grace of God given through the New Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, who “though he was in the form of God, did not count his equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name” (Phil 2:6-9). Father Kinzler serves as the pastor of St. George’s Catholic Church in Cooperstown as well as pastor of Sacred Heart, Aneta; St. Olaf’s parish, Finley; and St. Lawrence’s parish, Jessie. He can be reached at Editor’s Note: If you have a question about the Catholic faith and would like to submit a question for consideration in a future column, please send to with “Ask a Priest” in the subject line or mail to New Earth, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S, Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104, Attn: Ask a Priest. NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016



This Advent, Jesus is waiting at St. Anne’s By Sr. Christina M. Neumann | St. Anne’s Guest Home

An adorer prays in the adoration chapel at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks. (submitted photo)


or sixteen years, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Adoration) has been taking place regularly at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks. This devotion, under the leadership of Sister Annella Miller, first was held three days a week, beginning October 19, in the Jubilee Year 2000. However, within two years’ time, it was extended to seven days a week, around the clock. In more recent times, due to limited numbers of participants, hours had to be reduced. However, the Blessed Sacrament is still exposed, with the faithful coming to spend an hour with Jesus, Monday through Friday, with the first adorers coming at 7 a.m. and the last leaving at midnight. Parishioners come from the four Catholic Churches in Grand Forks and Sacred Heart Church in East Grand Forks, but the program also involves individuals from outlying areas such as Reynolds and Thompson. Ages range from the very young to the elderly. Whole families, individuals, and young dating couples frequent the pews at St. Anne’s to spend a quiet moment, or hour, in adoration and prayer. Many of those who pioneered this wonderful undertaking are now advanced in age and face health challenges. Others are needed to take their place. In today’s world, rough with conflict, violence and unrest, within hearts, homes, and countries, places of prayer, such as the chapel at St. Anne’s, are sorely needed. Countless individuals have found their “hour” to be a time of immense grace: One adorer shared the following thoughts: “The silence soothes my spirit. I feel a peace at Adoration that is nowhere else. He speaks right to my heart.” This grace, however, does not remain with the worshiper alone. Another person shared: “Adoration is my favorite hour of the week. I can rest in him and receive his love before returning to my family and their needs.”



Time spent before the Blessed Sacrament exposed has also proven fruitful in vocational discernment. It is noted that parishes hosting Eucharistic Adoration are more fruitful in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Whether you are young or old, married, or still searching for your place in life, why not think about spending some special time with Jesus each week? Advent is the time when we begin a new liturgical year; it might be a time for you to think about starting to come and spend a special hour with Him. The great St. Alphonsus Liguori would motivate us with these words: “True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’ but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.” In the garden of Gethsemane, the night before He died, Our Lord asked His closest friends: “Could you not spend one hour with me?” You might prayerfully consider this question as posed to you as a friend of His living today. For more information or to sign up for an adoration hour at St. Anne’s, please call Gale (701) 610-0102, Evelyn (701) 775-8684 or visit

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Gazing on the Lord’s glory

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Minto celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Divine Mercy adoration chapel this summer. The Exposition of the Eucharist occurs from noon to midnight, seven days a week in Minto. (Eleri Kerian)


want others to know that Eucharistic adoration will help them more easily experience a personal relationship with Jesus,” said Father Brian Moen, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Minto. “He is truly present in the Eucharist. Eucharistic adoration is an extension of the Real Presence of our Lord in the Mass.” The adoration chapel at Sacred Heart celebrated its 10th anniversary this summer. Many churches in the diocese offer Eucharistic adoration at some time during the week. But what does it mean to be with Jesus in adoration? Adoration is when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a special holder, a monstrance, and placed on the altar. A consecrated host is brought from the tabernacle and placed it in the round, glass

window so it is visible. “It’s very important for people to spend time to sit in his presence,” said Father Moen. “It gives us the opportunity for us to look at him and for him to look at us. Our soul knows he’s there and that experience extends into the Mass. Because of Eucharistic adoration, I’m more drawn to be with him at Mass and receive him in Holy Communion.” For Father Moen, it was after discovering adoration during his college years that he came to know Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. “Once I discovered that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, it put everything together, the beauty of the Mass and the personal relationship I wanted with God. It started to make sense that he was relating to me through the Eucharist. Once I discovered that, it changed my life and relationship with God. As a result, I grew in my relationship with Jesus, and I discovered that I was being called to the priesthood.” Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist is one of the great mysteries of our faith. There is something profound about meeting Christ in his physical presence and simply resting in the silence of his gaze. As our living bread, Jesus wants us to encounter him so that we may experience his love to the fullest. “Exposition of Jesus outside of Mass allows us the opportunity to sit at his feet and rest in his loving presence,” said Father Moen. “This is important for us to experience because it helps our love for Jesus to become more intimate.” While sitting quietly in front of the Real Presence of Christ, you can read spiritual books, meditate on a mystery of the faith, pray the rosary or ponder God’s will for you. What is important is opening ourselves to his presence even if just for a few moments. If you’ve never been to adoration or haven’t been there in a while, check your parish bulletin and see when it is scheduled.

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Sister Mary Louise Jundt honored with legacy fund By Paul Braun


t. Gerard’s Community of Care Center in Hankinson received a financial shot-in-the-arm in 2016. The newly-established Sister Mary Louise Jundt, OSF Legacy Fund was started to benefit various works at the care center, including child care, pre-school and the needs of the elderly. At a ceremony in May, Sister Mary Louise was honored for her work in support of life, especially with the pro-life movement and care of the elderly. The fund was the brain-child of her nephew, Wayne Jundt, and his wife, Valerie, of Bismarck. Teaming up with the Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), the goal was to raise at least $20,000 for the fund, which would then receive a $10,000 match donation from the DMF if that benchmark was reached. The $20,000 goal was reached the first week of November, and now the fund has $30,000 to help support the needs of the care center. Sister Mary Louise will oversee the fund and make the day-today decisions on how the money is used and when distributions will be made. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may send donations payable to the Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Avenue South, Fargo ND, 58104. (Information for this article taken with permission from the St. Gerard’s Community of Care Summer 2016 newsletter)

Sister Mary Louise Jundt, Asst. Administrator of St. Gerard’s Community of Care Center in Hankinson (center) receives a check for $20,000 from Pat Traynor, Executive Director of the Dakota Medical Foundation, and family member, Valerie Jundt. (submitted photo)

Catholic Charities, JPII Schools host lights displays

Catholic Charities North Dakota and John Paul II Catholic Schools of Fargo have displays set up at the Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park in Fargo to help spread Christmas cheer for those less fortunate. If your travels take you to Fargo from now through New Year’s Eve, drive through and enjoy the many great displays each night from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $6 per vehicle (or $5 with a canned food item) and proceeds go to charity. (Paul Braun | New Earth)



AROUND THE DIOCESE Sowing the Seeds – The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds, on display at the parish Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church in Grafton. (submitted photo)

“Sowing the seeds” of diocesan history


Stained-glass window from Cardinal Muench Seminary finds a new home in Grafton By Paul Braun

alk into the parish hall at St. John the Evangelist Church in Grafton, and the south wall immediately grabs your attention. A huge stained-glass window has been installed, preserving a bit of history of the Fargo Diocese. The window, which depicts the parable of the sower and the seeds, came from the chapel at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, which was built in the early sixties, and was later closed. A private citizen bought the window, as well as two others, and donated it to St. John’s at the request of Father Timothy Schroeder, St. John’s pastor. “We wanted a stained glass window to beautify our space,” said Father Schroeder. “Someone said they wanted to remember her loved one in that form, and gave seed money (for the project). After the windows from Cardinal Muench Seminary chapel became available, we really wanted (a window) to preserve the history of the Diocese.” The total cost of installing the window is around $167,000. The project is part of an overall effort to renovate and update the parish hall facilities. Father Schroeder hopes the windows will be a spiritual inspiration for visitors. “I hope that everyone who comes to the Parish Center, all the people who eat after funerals, every one of us, will ask ourselves, ‘What kind of soil am I?’ or ‘Am I producing fruit?’ And if not, ‘What needs to change for me to produce fruit?’”

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Sister Mary Ruth Huhn, OSF (right), smiles as she is welcomed by Sister Ann Marie, OSF. Sister Mary Ruth professed her Perpetual (final) vows as a Franciscan Sister of Dillingen Nov. 13 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Hankinson. (Kristina Lahr | New Earth)

Sister Mary Ruth, Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, professes final vows By Kristina Lahr


ister Mary Ruth, Franciscan Sister of Dillingen, professed her final vows Nov. 13 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Hankinson. Faithful from around the diocese and Sister’s hometown of Darwin, Minn. gathered for this momentous celebration. “Today we come to celebrate with Sister Mary Ruth, that God has called her, and that she has chosen to respond with a big yes,” said Father Thomas Graner, pastor of St. Therese the Little Flower Church in Rugby, during the homily. “We celebrate a final profession, a perpetual profession. We acknowledge that God has called her for this mission in life and what joy there must be in knowing that mission.” Throughout the homily, Father Graner alluded to Sister Mary Ruth’s unique smile that catches the attention of so many around her. “It’s that expectation of meeting her Savior, of being present for the Lord,” said Father Graner. “She doesn’t say it out loud, but it’s written all over her face. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of what is to come and what we come to celebrate today and at every Mass.” Sister Mary Ruth serves Little Flower Elementary School in Rugby where she teaches computer, religion and children with special needs. She also works in the parish office. “We call her the flying nun,” said Father Graner. “She sprints from place to place, back and forth on the playground with our kindergarteners and sixth graders and the joy of life God has called her to. God does wonderful things in the midst of community, school, family and those who aspire to hear God’s call.” During the ceremony, Sister Ann Marie, prioress of the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen, called Sister Mary Ruth forward to religious profession. After the congregation sang the Litany of the Saints, Sister Mary Ruth professed her vows before Father Andrew Jasinski, Chancellor for the Diocese of Fargo, and the congregation. 12


Sister Mary Ruth then knelt before Sister Ann Marie and vowed: “I, Sister Mary Ruth Huhn, vow to God the Almighty, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin and Mother of God, our Holy Father, St. Francis, and all the angels and saints, before you, Sister Ann Marie, as the representative of our Community, to live for the duration of my life in consecrated chastity, in a celibate life for the sake of the Kingdom of God, in poverty and obedience, according to The Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, and the Constitutions of our Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen. To accomplish this may God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Gospel help me. Amen.” The Franciscan community then accepted her as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen. “It’s wonderful to see that young people are willing to commit themselves,” said Sister Ann Marie. “For us, it’s almost like we’re grandparents. They can be few and far between, but we are happy for each and every one. It really shows that God’s providence guides us still.” This profession of vows comes at a special time for the Franciscan Sisters, as this year marks the 775th anniversary of the community, which began in Dillingen, Germany, just 15 years after the death of St. Francis. Throughout the years the Sisters of Dillingen persevered despite incredible hardships. After invading armies in 1632 and the plague just years after, there was a time when only one sister remained. Their numbers grew, but in 1828, governmental laws forbade them from accepting new members, leaving them with five sisters. Today there are about 800 sisters worldwide serving as Christ’s hands and feet in Germany, Brazil, Spain, India and the United States. “Sister Mary Ruth is making a commitment to that long history,” said Sister Ann Marie. “She is a part of that.”


St. Mary’s Church celebrates 100 years of faith

The community of St. Mary’s Church in Munich gathered Oct. 16 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their parish, beginning with Mass and followed by a meal and celebration. Bishop John Folda was in attendance for the occasion, along with Father Mathew Pamplaniyil, current pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Father Steven Wirth, a native of Munich currently serving as parochial vicar of St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon, and Father Matthew Kraemer, secretary to Bishop Folda. (submitted photo)

Pre-schoolers at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks give back to the needy

Ms. Ashley’s ECC and Preschool’s PreK class at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks adopted a needy local family and bought the family’s Thanksgiving dinner. The idea came from a book the class read called “Bear Says Thanks.” The kids were so impressed with the story that they decided that they wanted to give back to a family in need, using their own allowance money to buy the food. The children had enough money left over that they decided to adopt an elderly person from a nursing home that has a request under the St. Mary’s parish Jesse Tree. (submitted photo) NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016



Sister M. Genevieve Merrick, OSF, “Sister Gem,” passes away Nov. 6


ister M. Genevieve Merrick, OSF gratefully gave her soul over to her eternal Bridegroom at St. Gerard’s Community of Care Nov. 6. Two days before her death, Sister Ann Marie renewed her vows, and the Sisters often helped her to offer her suffering to God, uniting it to the Lord’s, in prayer. Monsignor Joseph Huebsch and Father Scott Sautner, pastor of St. Philip’s Parish in Hankinson, kindly came to pray with her each day. Just minutes before she passed, Monsignor Huebsch gave her the priestly blessing once again and spoke the words to her, “Go forth Christian soul.” Sister Genevieve Merrick and her twin sister, Mercedes, were born at Kent, Minn. on Oct. 20, 1924. Sister credited her parents, Joseph and Mary (Nordick) Merrick, with giving their children a rich spiritual heritage. It was in grade school that Sister Genevieve first felt drawn to religious life. She had two sisters who also entered religious life – Sister Mary James, also at Hankinson, and Sister Therese at another Franciscan Order in Milwaukee, Wis. Sister made her first profession of vows July 24, 1944, and her perpetual profession Aug. 4, 1947. Sister Genevieve taught nearly 60 years in North Dakota schools at St. Francis Academy in Hankinson, Selz Public School, Holy Family in Grand Forks, St. John’s in Wahpeton, and a total of 32 years at Little Flower School in Rugby. After retirement, she remained in Rugby from 2006-12 serving as Directress of Novices for the Hankinson Province. During her years in the community she gave of herself as local superior, as a member of the advisory formation team, community representative on the Province Renewal

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Committee, on the Diocesan Council for Women Religious, and served on the Diocesan Seminary Board and the Diocesan Council for Education. Always ready to meet needs, she taught religion classes at the Wahpeton Indian School; junior high CCD classes; vocation school; adult classes on Scripture and acted as a facilitator for the Lay Ministry Program. Sister Genevieve was very active in the Cursillo movement, where she was the assistant spiritual director for women’s Cursillo at Harvey, Belcourt, and Turtle Mountain Crossroads. Those who knew her affectionately called her “Sister Gem.” Sister Genevieve always found time to spread the Good News of God’s love by sharing at prayer meetings, singing in the choir; organizing a contemporary music group in Wahpeton and working with teens in the Quest program in Rugby. For 20 years she was a leader in the Life in the Spirit Seminars in Rugby. Her hobbies included listening to “good music,” strumming on her guitar, embroidering and biking. She said all of these activities provided opportunities to further God’s Kingdom and personally grow in his love. Sister said one of the greatest blessings throughout her long life was the gift of Christ’s Eucharistic Presence in every convent in which she lived. Sister Genevieve is survived by the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen, local nephews Michael (Mary) Jacklitch, Bruce (Pam) Jacklitch, and niece Mary Jo (Tom) Locket, and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Joseph, Raymond and Paul Merrick, Mercedes Jacklitch, Sister Mary James Merrick and Sister Therese Merrick. The funeral Mass of Christian Burial took place Nov. 15 and the burial was at St. Francis Convent Cemetery.

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“And this shall be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)

Telling the Christmas story Children’s Christmas pageants proclaim the Good News By Paul Braun 16



St. Joseph’s School, Devils Lake (Submitted photo)


hat’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” With those words, the character Linus finishes his explanation of the true meaning of Christmas to his friend, Charlie Brown, in the 1965 Charles Schulz’s Peanuts holiday classic “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown.” Linus had just finished reciting the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, which was accepted on national television in the 60s, but maybe not so much today (although network rebroadcasts of the special have yet to delete the scene). The premise of the Peanut’s special is a group of kids working together to put on a Christmas play, and in the process learn

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St. Ann’s Mission Church and School, Belcourt (Submitted photo)

the true meaning of Christmas. That is something churches and schools have been doing for generations, and the practice continues today. “No matter how times change,” according to Andrea Curry, a teacher and librarian at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Devils Lake, “no matter how society develops throughout the decades, the Christmas pageant and concert continues to express in a timeless manner our entire meaning of Christmas: The birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.” St. Joseph’s is one of several schools and churches across the diocese that put on a Christmas program each year. St. Joseph’s

Holy Cross-St. Mary’s School, Grand Forks (Submitted photo)



COVER STORY We continue to do these programs so that those who come to watch us are taken away from their busyness and stress and reminded of the truth of the Christmas Season.” But are these pageants doing enough to teach our kids what Advent and Christmas are all about? A survey taken last spring of 5th graders all across the diocese showed that many of them didn’t seem to know which season prepares us for Christmas. Only 45% of the students in the parish religious education programs chose Advent while only 68% of the students in our Catholic schools chose the correct answer. According to Mary Hanbury, Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Fargo, there may be several reasons for the answers 5th graders gave in the survey. “One of those reasons is that the secular culture is telling us to jump into the Christmas spirit the day after Halloween,” says Hanbury. “There really doesn’t seem to be this transition into Christmas anymore.  The other reason might be we forget to remind the students each year what the season of Advent is all about; a time of anticipation for the coming of Christ.  Not (Submitted photo) just remembering the birth of Christ at Christmas, but also anticipating his second coming.” Hanbury says parents and family traditions could help youngsters has been putting on a children’s pageant since the school’s develop a deeper understanding. “One beautiful tradition that inception in 1957. The programs have always centered around can help keep our focus on the reason for the season is the Advent wreath,” says Hanbury. “Not just in our parish, but families can the birth of Jesus. Over the past 29 years, under the direction of Mrs. Sherry also have an Advent wreath in their homes. The lighting of the Kurtz, the St. Joseph’s programs have alternated between candle each week with a prayer can help children understand Christmas pageants with Christmas plays and Christmas con- that we are in a special season of waiting. Another idea for the certs. The Christmas plays have centered around the Christmas home is to set up the Nativity creche but to not put baby Jesus story. The Christmas music concerts have always ended with a in his crib until Christmas.”       crowd-pleasing finale involving all of the children Kindergarten But kids are kids, and Santa is always on their minds this time of year. How do parents and religious education teachers through 6th grade. reconcile the legend of Santa Claus with scripture and keeping As Curry explains, “In a world full of change, it is important Christ in Christmas? Many theologians say it’s OK to include to establish traditions that are immutable. Our faith is a rock, both at Christmas, and there are ways to do it. and our traditions remind us of the permanence and solidity of our faith and our God. Also, it is important for the children to learn to publicly express their faith, and also to work, practice and rehearse exclusively for the purpose of glorifying God.” Just to the north of Devils Lake, children at St. Ann’s Mission Church and School present a Christmas musical for the community. Past musicals have included “Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior,” The Reluctant Innkeeper” Miracle at the Christmas Cafe” The Loaned Manger,” and this year’s performance of “The Power of the King.” Along with the musical, each grade or group presents additional vocal selections or guitar ensembles. St. Ann’s school has gained notoriety around the area for presenting outstanding Christmas musicals and programs each year. Little Flower Church and School in Rugby presents a pageant format each year that many churches and schools follow. “It has been a long tradition for our program to be a musical play,” says Little Flower School music teacher Glenda Mack. “The 6th grade students carry the speaking parts and everyone else is part of the choir. The one thing that has not changed in the 75 years of our school is that our Christmas play always tells the (Submitted photo) story of Jesus’ birth and how he continues to live in us today.

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Little Flower Church and School, Rugby



COVER STORY Some families teach their children at a young age about the historical figure of St. Nicholas, who the legend of Santa Claus is loosely based, and is a symbol of Christians charity and humility. St. Nicholas’s feast day is Dec. 6. As I was growing up, my parents would lay out a plate of goodies, candy and an orange for each of us the morning of December 6th. It was a way for us kids to learn about St. Nicholas while giving us a pre-Christmas treat. Santa is fun, and Christmas is fun, especially for kids. It is up to parents to help children enjoy the fun of the season, while emphasizing the reason for the season. But it’s important not to allow your children to think their “Christmas wish list” is a demand list. Try to focus on the fact it is better to give than to receive. Maybe help your children with acquiring gifts for a Giving Tree (many parishes have one). Explain to them the tradition of giving at Christmas dates back to the Magi as they brought our Savior gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and their gift will go to help a child less fortunate than they to help them experience the same joy your child experiences this (Submitted photo) time of year. Better still, allow them to spend their own money on the gift to emphasize that giving comes from ourselves. So by all means, take part in your parish and school’s programs. Support them by attending, whether you have a he came to our world as an innocent child, that we might love child or grandchild in the program or not. As Michael Wilde, his innocence and take joy in the gift that his new life means Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony of Padua in to each of us.” Fargo explains; “The effort to include children in telling the And suddenly, there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the Christmas story helps them and parishioners (all across the angles praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on Diocese of Fargo) to draw closer to Christ, and to celebrate that earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2: 13-14)

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Evolution and Evangelization A review of “Evolutionaries” by Carter Phipps By Father Michael Hickin What Phipps does, that more Catholics would do well to consider, is unlock the spiritual and cultural potencies embedded in the scientific idea of evolution. We, spiritual human beings, are the top agents of change and evolution’s trajectory. People may fear in ‘evolution’ some form of what Cardinal Ratzinger famously called the “dictatorship of relativism.” There is a vast difference between ‘change’ with and without a rudder. Catholics believe in change with a rudder, or else Benedict XVI would not have beatified Newman, who said, “To grow A review of Catholic books and literature is to change and to become perfect is to have changed much.” hipps pulls from a wide array of disciplines to assemble a Without a healthy understanding of change, the Church’s mission who’s who of movers and shakers in a burgeoning world is dead in the water. view. From nerdy eggheads to charismatic gurus, this Both Matthew Kelly and Father James Mallon, two outstanding corps of witnesses harmonizes around one simple, profound examples of the new evangelization in North America, understand connection: we, along with everything else, are moving. He this. It jumps off their pages. calls these folks evolutionaries. Mallon writes, “We have witnessed in the last 50 years the Catholics can feel at home with a world seen not as fixed most accelerated social change in human history, yet in the and static, but as changing and dynamic. Our bishops carry world of our churches, we insist on pastoral methods that on the authority of the Son of God, and thus bring a necessary presume bygone ideal cultures of the past” (Divine Renovation, order to Christian living. But even a leisurely look at history 53). We read in Kelly, “The essence of Catholicism is dynamic shows that the Catholic Thing is not a football we hand off from transformation….  God constantly calls us to new life. He one generation to the next. The Catholic Religion—this living continually invites us to higher and deeper places” (Rediscover matrix of relationships we call the Body of Christ—is the fruit of Catholicism, 47). a development, and shall continue to be. Phipps is not Catholic, If, as a Catholic, ‘evolution’ still disturbs the way you think so give him leeway and make room for disagreements. about the world and creation, take a deep breath. This train is As a child, I recall a frequent question; Do you believe in already out of the station. Not to worry. It will not pass you evolution? It’s not just a science question. It’s not just about where by. You can get on at any time. It’s moving, but at a slower than we’re from and how we got here. It’s about where we’re going snail’s pace. and the part we each play in getting us there. If evolution excites you and resonates with your experience Phipps hopes to grind into relative clarity a new lens through of the world, Phipps’ introductions will open fresh avenues which to see the interconnectedness of consciousness, culture, of possibility. Perhaps more importantly, you can bring to his and cosmos. “The idea has gone viral and escaped the walls of summoned community of evolutionaries your own share in the biology, moonlighting in numerous fields, transforming far more Wisdom of God, who ‘while remaining herself renews all things, than the way we think about fruit flies and fossils. Evolution and deploys her strength from end to end, gently shaping the is a promiscuous meta-concept that breaks down intellectual Universe’ (Wisdom 7:27; 8:1). silos and integrates across disciplines” (368). Where’s the Church in this event? Whether it’s Blessed John Henry Newman’s Development of Christian Doctrine or Monsignor Georges Lemaître’s now reigning Big Bang theory, Catholic About the Book: thought has been friendly to what Phipps is promoting. No “Evolutionaries” by Carter Phipps. surprise there. The Catechism enshrines “gradualism” as divine pedagogy; Published by HarperCollins. God has always preferred to teach by stages (CCC 53). This Paperback 416 pages. truth is echoed throughout the Catechism. Evolution is a fine Available via Barnes and Noble, case in point. From the foundation of the Pontifical Academy of Amazon and other book resellers. Sciences through the pontificates of Pius XII, JPII, Benedict and Francis, we’re witnessing a gradual dialog taking place between the idea of evolution and our age-old doctrine of Creation.





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A boy’s Sunday lessons on social justice By Father Bert Miller


eople in need are a particular concern of mine. This justice work of mine was instilled in me by my parents when I was about five years old; I am now 61! On Sunday mornings, we got up early for 8 a.m. liturgy. We walked the block to church, prayed and listened to “Father.” Dad would go to work to count the money, balance the books, pay the bills, look at the catalogues for more items (men’s clothing) to buy for the store. Mom would be at home making the Sunday pot roast. I was playing or asking Mom more questions; that is what five years olds do! At noon when the fire whistle blew, Dad would walk in and Mom would be setting the pot roast on the table. We’d sit down to eat at the round table and pray. After the Sign of the Cross, Mom would say, “Sure hope no one bothers us today!” And just at that moment, someone would knock at the door. Mom and Dad would each point at me and motion for me to check the door. So, I would jump down off my chair, walk through the porch to the half-glass, half-screen door. There I would stand on my tip-toes trying to see out of the screen. I’d shout, “Hello, anybody there?” A man usually bounded up the steps, a cigarette hanging from his mouth, dressed in overalls and muddy shoes. I’d say, “What do you need?” He’d say, “I want to visit with Bert.” I’d stretch out my arms, smile and shout, “I’m Bert, how can I help you!” The man would say, “I think the Bert I want to visit with is taller.” I’d say, “Do you mean Dad?” He’d say, “Yes!” Like a good, little five-year-old butler, I’d say, “I will tell him you’re here, but he can’t come to see you till dinner is over.” When the meal was over, Dad would go visit with the man. Dad would come back to tell Mom he and the man were going to the store. Mom would remind Dad that it was Sunday and no sales were to be made. Later, when Dad returned, Mom would ask him what the man needed. Dad would say, “It seems the man’s wife promised the old couple on the next farm that they would come over for the old couple’s 50th anniversary this afternoon. The man had a white shirt and black pants but no good dress shoes. So now, he has shoes to wear to the party.” Mom would ask if Dad got paid. Dad would laugh and say, “Now, Mom you know we don’t get paid till harvest!” The next time the knock came at the door shortly after noon on a Sunday, I’d jump off my chair and take off for the half-glass, half-screen door. I’d say, “Hello, anybody there?”

This time a little stub of an unshaven guy bounded up the steps. He was dirty and did not look healthy. I asked him how I could help him. He said, “I was told to find Bert.” Throwing my arms out and lifting up my head and smiling, I’d say cheerfully, “I am Bert. What can I do to help you?” He scrunched up his face and squinted his eyes and said, “I think the Bert I am looking for is older!” I said, “You probably want Dad.” Then, I asked the man when he had last eaten. He said, “A couple of days ago.” I said, “I will let Dad know you are here and I will try to get you some food. Sit down there on the step.” In the kitchen I just stood by the table. Mom and Dad looked at me and asked who was at the door. I thought for a while. I said, “You know when Uncle Fritz comes to talk to Mom, he says there are guys who ride in the box cars on the train. Uncle Fritz calls them hobos. I think the man at the door is a hobo.” They each said, “Oh.” And then they asked what the man wanted. I said, “To see Dad.” I told the man you will come out when dinner is finished.” When I was told I could sit up to the table again, I said: “No, the hobo is hungry. Can’t we give him something to eat? I can give him my pie if you give me another fork… and Mom, you could make him a sandwich, couldn’t you? If we have pot roast for leftovers, we will be eating it for two more meals. Let’s give some of it away.” Mom gave me that look mothers give males, she got up and made a sandwich and Dad reached in the drawer and got another fork and soon with two plates and two forks in my hands I was on my way to the door to give the man a meal. He opened the door, I handed the food to him with a smile and asked him to sit on the step and enjoy. Soon, Mom was handing me a glass of water for him too! The man wanted a job and a place to stay for the night. On a Sunday, Dad would take him to the farm to work and pick him up later. The pay was enough for a bed and meal at the local hotel across the street from the train station. And that is the story of my childhood formation for social justice ministries at my parents’ home in Harvey. Father Bert Miller serves as pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Veseleyville. Editor’s Note: Stories of Faith is a recurring feature in New Earth. If you have a faith story to tell, contact Father Bert Miller at NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016



What the election results mean for North Dakota


he election results are in. What will it mean for the North Catholic Dakota legislature Action in 2017? For one thing, Christoper Dodson everyone should take notice of the big theme of 2016, which is the populist revolt. While observers discuss the phenomenon nationwide, North Dakotans should remember that populist uprisings are part of our prairie heritage, from Williams Jennings Bryan, through the Non-Partisan League, to today. Whenever the powers that be get too comfortable with outside powers and what are considered the elite, the people on the prairie react. It is why, despite being a “red” state, North Dakota has never really fit into traditional right and left politics. The populist revolt started in North Dakota before the November election with the success of Doug Burgum in the Republican primary and the repeal of the corporate farming law in June. The trend continued with the November ballot measures. The voters opted for laws on victim’s rights and medical marijuana, despite concerns about costs by legislators and the strong opposition of the legal and medical communities. Legislators, lawyers, and doctors are seen by many as part of the “elite.” Democrats took a big hit in the election. At the time of writing this column, at least one race is still undecided but it looks like sixteen sitting Democrats could have lost their seats, including all of its leaders. This means that there are only nine Democrats of forty-eight in the Senate and just thirteen of ninety-four in the House. What happens when one party so dominates the legislative body? It probably makes little difference in the legislative process. Some people like to think that having two strong parties makes for better legislation, but that belief is based on several faulty assumptions. One of those assumptions is that the majority party does not allow diverse voices. Anyone who has witnessed the North Dakota legislature knows that is not true in this state. Another false assumption is that the political parties differ enough to make a difference. That might be true, but it is not always true. Finally, if having two strong parties produced better legislation, states with equally divided legislatures would be better off than states where a single party dominates, which is also not true. Discipline within parties is greater when the numbers are closer. When a party gets as large as the Republicans have in



North Dakota, the leaders have less concern about reigning in every member. They can afford stray votes here and there. Likewise, when the numbers are as low as they with the Democrats, discipline does not matter as much. Even with every vote in line, they will not make much of a difference. The truth is that in North Dakota there are few “party positions” where members are expected to hold the line. A bill in 2015 that would have given some assistance to low-income families to exercise school choice might have been an exception. Reports drifted in the halls that the Senate Democrats were told that they were expected, without exception, to oppose the bill. No one wavered. After this last election, few of those legislators will return. Perhaps school choice, one of the greatest anti-poverty efforts a state can embrace, will have a better chance in 2017, but don’t count on it just yet. For one thing, much of the Republican Party has been resistant to school choice, even though governor-elect Doug Burgum has made some statements in support of the idea. Also, school choice programs cost money, at least initially, and the state is not likely to invest in new programs during these tight financial times. The decline of the Democratic Party in North Dakota, tracks the national party’s greater embrace of abortion rights. Two decades ago, many, if not most, of the state’s elected Democrats were pro-life. That number began to drop and then so did the number of elected Democrats. There are lessons there, if the party is willing to listen. This does not mean that every defeated Democrat favored abortion rights. At least a few pro-life Democrats lost their seats this election. We cannot rule out, though, that Planned Parenthood’s dominance in the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s espousal of the most pro-abortion rights position in U.S. history hurt the remaining pro-life Democrats in socially conservative districts. Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass the state’s alternatives to abortion program several years ago. This program reimburses pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and adoption centers for the work they do, but is now severely underfunded. The program uses only federal dollars. However, there has been fear that a Clinton administration would prevent use of federal money for pro-life work. The election may open up opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to work together again to expand this important program. Christopher Dodson is executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference. The NDCC acts on behalf of the Catholic bishops of North Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic social doctrine. The conference website is



Jesus, I Trust in You: A call from God

or me, the invitation to deeper trust in Jesus was one of in my heart that he the great graces of the recent Jubilee Year of Mercy. In “would be with me.” particular, this call to trust has special meaning for me in The next year I began my journey to the priesthood. the seminary journey. Seminarian Having just finished my freshman year of college, I attended Fast forward to Life a summer Bible study covering Jeff Cavins’ study at my home the Jubilee Year of parish, St. Joseph’s in Devils Lake. We were covering the story Mercy. I had the Deacon of Moses and the Exodus and the event of the burning bush in great privilege this Jayson Miller Exodus 3. God called Moses to put aside his fears and go back to summer as a tranEgypt to lead the chosen people to freedom. God asked Moses sitional deacon to to put his trust in him: “…I will be with you” (Exodus. 3:12). attend World Youth Day in Krakow “Jesus told Faustina that ‘the graces of My Poland, where Divine Mercy became the message for our times. mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, Through a humble and seemingly insignificant Polish nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Jesus showed the world that he and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, desires above all else that we place our whole trust in his mercy. the more it will receive’ (Diary, 1578).” Jesus told Faustina that “the graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul –Deacon Jayson Miller, Fargo Diocese seminarian trusts, the more it will receive” (Diary, 1578). This made me reflect on how much, or little, I trusted in God. As I prepare for ordination to the priesthood in June, the Like many young people at that age, I was trying to arrange my Year of Mercy and trip to Krakow have been an invitation to life in a way that I thought would make me happy. I enjoyed renew and deepen this trust in Jesus’ mercy and beg for it more playing college baseball and was looking forward to a career in ardently. Through parish pastoral assignments, reading the sports medicine. But deep down I knew that I wanted something news, and knowing the trials of our spiritual lives, I am keenly more: I wanted a relationship with God, who would be with aware of the challenges facing the Church, her bishops, priests me wherever I went. I wanted a happiness that depended less and deacons, and her faithful people. on how successful I was in sports, school or work, and more But Jesus has given us the answer: Jesus, I trust in You. When on who God created me to be. marriages struggle, when our friends and family lose faith, I saw that I was stressed out and worried about many things, when our nation seems to be going down the wrong path, the and God’s plan was not a huge priority. These reflections answer for us as disciples is always: Jesus, I trust in You. May ultimately made me open to asking God what he wanted with Mary, the Mother of Mercy, help our trust in her Divine Son to grow daily, so that we always have confidence that God will my life. As I prayed about what God wanted for me, I began to hear be with us. him ask, “Do you trust me?” I felt that he wanted me to make a change. Through prayer, I decided to transfer to NDSU in Fargo and get involved at the Newman Center. There I began to experience the love God has for me as his beloved son. I realized that this love was not based on how I performed, but was even bigger than that: I experienced that God loved me and cared for me, even without my need to have success in sports and school. This experience made me desire God even more, and I began a Bible study, daily prayed the Rosary and participated in the Mass, and went to Confession regularly. Because I trusted God and took a step out “into deep waters” (Luke. 5:4), God showed me who He really is and what I am made for. As I continued to grow in God’s love, I kept asking what else he might want for me. Many priests began to suggest that I attend the Live-In Weekend at Cardinal Muench Seminary in order to pray about a life as a priest. As I had already surrendered to God many of the things that I clung to, thinking they would fulfill me, the step into seminary was less daunting. God had placed

Editor’s Note: Seminarian Life is a column written by Diocese of Fargo seminarians. Please continue to pray for them.

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he following true/false quiz will help you measure how much you know (or don’t know) about having a will. To see how you did, check out the answers on page 39.

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Are your grandparents lonely? Sharing God’s mercy this Christmas

n the past few weeks I’ve been asked to speak about loneliness in the elderly on numerous occasions. I was even quoted in a recent article by Catholic journalist Mary Rezac, entitled Our Elders Are Lonely – Do We Care? As we look forward to Christmas, let’s hope we can all say, “Of course we do!” The issue of loneliness in the elderly may not be as clear-cut as it seems. While one recent study reported that nearly half of people over 60 said they feel lonely on “a regular basis,” another asserted that only 6 percent of American seniors said they “often” feel this way. Contradictory statistics aside, in our country roughly one third of those over 65 and half of those over 85 live alone.

“Inspired by mercy, let us offer a word of consolation and begin restoring joy and dignity to those who feel left out.” -Sister Constance Veit LSP

see who is standing on the periphery, who is at risk of being excluded from the Little Sisters joys of this season. of the Poor Inspired by mercy, let us offer a word Sister Constance of consolation and Veit LSP begin restoring joy and dignity to those who feel left out. God’s mercy, Pope Francis suggested, finds expression in the closeness, affection and support that we offer our brothers and sisters, and in the strength of family. “The drying of tears is one way to break the vicious circle of solitude in which we often find ourselves trapped,” he wrote. Mercy leads us to see each person as unique. “We have to remember each of us carries the richness and the burdens of our personal history,” Pope Francis wrote. “This is what makes us different from everyone else. Our life, with its joys and sorrows, is something unique and unrepeatable that takes place under the merciful gaze of God.” If you are young, you can share God’s mercy this Christmas by patiently listening to your grandparents’ stories, or offering them a hand in a way that says, “You are important to me.” If you are a grandparent, look to see which one of your children or grandchildren is waiting for your affirmation or your words of wisdom. Even if you are infirm or in need and feel that you have nothing to give, you can still offer your smile, your thanks or a word of kindness to those who help you. Our Holy Father reminds us that God never tires of welcoming and accompanying us, despite our sins and frailties. Let our loving presence be the gift we give others this Christmas!

Sociologists see this trend as a sign of social progress. Improved health care, increased wealth and the emergence of retirement as a relatively long stage of life, they say, have created more choices for seniors and enabled them to live independent of their adult children. This situation, often referred to as “intimacy at a distance,” respects the life choices and autonomy of both older persons and their adult children, fostering more positive and supportive emotional bonds for all. In his book, Being Mortal, surgeon and author Atul Gawande wrote, “The lines of power between the generations have been renegotiated… The aged did not lose status and control so much as share it. Modernization did not demote the elderly. It demoted the family. It gave people – the young and the old – a way of life with more liberty and control, including the liberty to be less beholden to other generations. The veneration of elders may be gone, but not because it has been replaced by the veneration of youth. It’s been replaced by veneration of the Sister Constance Veit is director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor. independent self.” The problem is that our exultation of personal autonomy over family and community fails to acknowledge that sooner or later, each of us will need the help of others to survive and enjoy a meaningful life. This brings us to Christmas. What is Christmas Pilgrimages for Catholics and people of all faiths without family and community? And yet this season can also Prices starting at $2,499 ~ with Airfare Included in this price be a time of stress for those who are estranged from their loved from anywhere in the USA ones, those who cannot afford to fulfill their children’s wishes, Several trips to different destinations: the Holy Land; Italy; France, Portugal, those whose holiday joys are but a distant memory, and those Spain; Poland; Medjugorje, Lourdes, Fatima; Ireland, Scotland; England; Austria, Germany, Switzerland; Greece, Turkey; Viking Cruises; Caribbean who find themselves alone in this world. Cruises; Budapest; Prague; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Colombia; Brazil; Christmas is the perfect time to begin promoting (rather than Argentina; Domestic Destinations; etc… demoting) family and practicing what our Holy Father asked in We also specialize in custom trips for Bishops, Priests, and Deacons his apostolic letter for the closing of the Year of Mercy, Misericordia (Hablamos Español) et Miseria. As we gather in our families, social circles and faith Call us 24/7 508-340-9370 communities – even at our office parties – may we look around to 855-842-8001 NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016



Events across the diocese

Christmas Cookie Walk and Bake Sale Ignatian Retreat in Valley City Feb. 3-5 An Ignatian Retreat is scheduled for Feb. 3-5, 2017 at the assists parishioners in need

The Social Concerns Ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Forks is having a Christmas Cookie Walk and Bake Sale on Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Funds raised will supplement budgeted funds to assist parishioners in need. Please come and have hot cider and coffee with us while you shop for your Christmas goodies. Contact Mary at (701) 772-6947.

Collar Classic game set for Dec. 28

The annual priests vs seminarians basketball game will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Shanley High School, Fargo. Listen to the commentary by Real Presence Radio, on the Smartphone App or Contact Vocations Office at (701) 356-7948 for more information.

Life in the Spirit retreat set for Jan. 13-15

Little Flower Parish Prayer Group invites you to join us for our annual Life in the Spirit weekend Jan. 13-15, 2017. The event will be held at Little Flower Church in Rugby. The seminar serves as an introduction or renewal to a life in the power of the Holy Spirit, leading to a new and deeper relationship with the Lord. The weekend includes praise and worship, talks and testimony, discussion, healing of memories, prayer and more. For more information or for housing call Nancy Houim at (701) 776-2822 or Judy Haman at (701) 537-5454. Meals provided. Free will offering. Come and be blessed!

Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession to be held Jan. 21 and 22

Join the Diocese of Fargo Respect Life Office as we observe the 44th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Three parishes in our diocese will be offering an afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession as a time for all the faithful to gather on behalf of our nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love. The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us either directly or indirectly. Whether it be one’s neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself, as a community we have all been touched. The prayer service will include intercessory prayers, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. This event will take place at St. John’s Church, Wahpeton on Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. – noon; St. Stanislaus Church, Warsaw on Jan. 22, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.; and Holy Spirit Church, Fargo on Jan. 22, 2017, from 2-4 p.m.

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Maryvale Retreat Center in Valley City. This retreat is steeped in the Gospels and is based in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This is a silent retreat where one is able to meet Jesus in the experiences of his life. Conferences and individual direction are a part of the retreat. Registration deadline is Jan. 27 with a suggested donation of $85. Contact Sr. Dorothy at (701) 845-2864. Sponsored by St. John’s Church, Holy Spirit Church, St. Stanislaus Church and the Diocese of Fargo Respect Life Office. Contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910 or rachelle.sauvageau@

A Glimpse of the Past - December

These news items, compiled by Dorothy Duchschere, were found in New Earth and its predecessor, Catholic Action News.

50 Years Ago....1966

In dropping the mandatory ban on eating meat on Fridays “we tried to intensify the spirit of penance,” Bishop Leo F. Dworschak said in commenting on a pastoral statement of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on Penitential observance for the Liturgical Year. “We have left it up to the individual to decide when to do penance.” The statement removed the 1,100-year-old rule decreeing that abstinence from flesh meat should be observed on Friday (A decree of Pope Nicholas I (858-867). Provisions of the ruling went into effect November 27, the first Sunday in Advent. Friday itself remains a special day of penitential observance throughout the year, a time when those who seek perfection will be mindful of their personal sins and sins of mankind which they are called upon to help expiate in union with Christ Crucified.

20 Years Ago....1996

The University of Mary, Bismarck, opened a center in Fargo offering adults a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership or a master’s degree in management. Classes will begin at the center in January. Sr. Thomas Welder, the university’s President, said students must be able to develop spiritually as well as academically and culturally.

10 Years ago....2006

Instead of going out to a party and ringing in the New Year with a refreshing libation, the parishioners at Holy Cross, West Fargo, will have a Holy Hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. December 31, to ring in the New Year with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, said Fr. Charles LaCroix, associate pastor at Holy Cross. “I’d rather be with Jesus when the new year starts than hoisting another diet root beer,” Fr. LaCroix cheerfully stated.

Life’s milestones Leonard and Anna Marie Buresh will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 27. They moved to Fargo in 2010 and have seven children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Wayne and Marguerite Freund will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29. They are members of Sacred Heart Church in Cando and operate the Lazy W Angus Ranch there. They have nine children and 18 grandchildren. Cyrilla and Lawrence Kartes celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary Nov. 9. They moved to St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon in 1990. They have two sons and three grandsons. Marilyn (Lorenz) and Lowell Kartes celebrated 67 years of marriage Nov. 10. They were married in St. Alphonsus Church in 1949 in Langdon. They have one daughter, three grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Norman and Shirley Schommer celebrated 60 years of marriage Oct. 23. They have one son and one daughter, four grandsons and five great-grandchildren. They are parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Munich. James and Florence Engelhart of Venturia will celebrate their 60th anniversary Jan. 28, 2017. They were married in St. Andrew’s Church in Zeeland and continue to be parishioners there. They have seven children, 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Regina Hoffmann celebrated her 95th birthday Nov 26. Regina is a life-long member of St. Mary’s Church in Munich and lives at Eventide Assisted Living in Devils Lake. Regina’s great pride is her family of seven children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Agnes Lessard will celebrate her 95th birthday Dec. 18. She lives in Grand Forks and has five children.

Nick Schall Jr. celebrated his 92nd birthday Oct. 13. He was married to Ann Axtman for 65 years before she passed away in 2012. They have three children, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Nick was a parishioner at St. Anselm’s Church in Fulda for 54 years and is now a parishioner at St. Therese the Little Flower Church in Rugby.


In the Nov. New Earth, it was incorrectly stated that Ray and Jennette live in Wyndmere. They live in Minto. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. The correct information is as follows: Ray and Jennette (Uggerud) Feltman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 22. They currently reside in Minto and have two children, Father Tom Feltman, pastor of Sacred Heart in Wyndmere and St. Arnold in Milnor, and Becky Knudson of West Fargo. They have two grandchildren.

Share Life’s Milestones As a way to celebrate life and love, we encourage parishioners in the Diocese of Fargo to send photos of golden anniversaries and those 60 or more years, or birthdays of 80 or more years to: New Earth, Diocese of Fargo, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S., Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104-7605 or NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016


In Memoriam – We remember

FARGO - St. Anthony of Padua’s Catholic Church: Rodger Nienas-Nov. 2, 2015; Charlotte M. SperlingNov. 2, 2015; Kathleen M. Dyre-Nov. 30, 2015; Florian “Smoky” Schultz-Dec. 11, 2015; Luverne J. Holweg Jan. 21, 2016; Brenda F. Beham-Feb. 25, 2016; LaVerne P. Wasylow-Mar. 3, 2016; JoAnn M. Driscoll-Apr. 11, 2016; Chester “Chet” Filipski-May 4, 2016; Donald J. CoulterMay 9, 2016; Grant Hanson-Sep. 10, 2016. GRAFTON – St. John the Evangelist: James E. Greenwood-Oct. 9, 2016; Gary Fisher-Oct. 12, 2016. HANKINSON – St. Philip’s Catholic Church: Susanna Herding-Nov. 22, 2015; Dorothy German-Jan. 10, 2016; Agnes King-Feb. 15, 2016; Ray Schiltz-Mar. 15, 2016; Beth H. LaQua-Apr. 3, 2016; Evelyn Berg-May 8, 2016; Jennifer Pankow-May 28, 2016; Susan Wieser-June 17, 2016. JAMESTOWN – St. James Basilica: Melton “John” O’Meara-Oct. 7, 2016. LISBON - St. Aloysius Catholic Church: Donna M. Gores-Mar. 31, 2016; Mary A. CavanaughAug. 3, 2016; Robert P. Meier-June 25, 2016.

St. Phillip’s, Hankinson (Kristina Lahr/New Earth)

The following names of deceased parishioners were missing in the Memoriam section of the November New Earth listing those who passed away between Oct. 15, 2015 and Oct. 15, 2016. Please include all of the faithful departed and their family members in your prayers during this Advent and Christmas seasons. ANAMOOSE – St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church: Helen Sieg-Jan. 28, 2016; Stanley Martin-May 1, 2016; J ohanna Rademacher-Sep. 14, 2016; Dennis “Pinky” Zimmerman-Oct. 3, 2016.

NAPOLEON - St. Philip Neri’s Catholic Church: Betty Fettig-Jan. 31, 2016; Joseph A. Fettig-Sep. 29, 2016. SAINT JOHN - St. John’s Catholic Church: Francis G. Thomas-Mar. 8, 2016; Francis L. Thomas, Jr.Mar. 10, 2016. Wyndmere - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church: Rose Ann Blazec-Aug. 10, 2016; Roger Stallman-Sep. 29, 2016.Vivian Nayes-Nov. 25, 2015; Duane Hodges-Dec. 10, 2015; Betty A. Butler-Dec. 13, 2015; Margaret BurgessJan. 11, 2016; Justin Reynolds-Jan. 16, 2016; Karl HelfterFeb. 1, 2016.

BELCOURT – St. Benedict Catholic Church: Michael W. Azure, Jr.-Dec. 29, 2015; Violet M. DelonaisMay 4, 2016; Philip A. Poitra-June 2016; Destiny D. HouleSep. 25, 2016; Laurie L. DeCoteau- Oct 1, 2016. CAVALIER - St. Brigid of Ireland’s Catholic Church: James McMillan-Jan. 12, 2016. DRAKE - St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church: Harold Bruner-Dec. 21, 2015; Norma Bitz-May 3, 2016; Tresa Usselman-July 28,2016; Adam Gange-Sep. 11, 2016. FARGO - Sts. Anne and Joachim’s Catholic Church: George A. Ugland- Jan. 3, 2016; Sylvia J. Calkins-Mar. 16, 2016; Elizabeth “Lizzy” A. Ostby-Apr. 26, 2016; James D. Kuchera-May 12, 2016; Matthew T. Traynor-June 4, 2016; Eileen Sologuk-Aug. 5, 2016; Ruby F. Schultz -Aug. 31, 2016; Mary Louise T. Magill- Aug. 23, 2016; Paul J. Gravel-Aug. 28, 2016; Clement Nissko-Sep. 14, 2016; Gisela S. NobelOct. 1, 2016.




In the November 2016 issue of New Earth on page 14, the pastor of Holy Cross Church in West Fargo was identified as Father Steven Meyer. The pastor of Holy Cross Church is Father James Meyer. We regret the error.




Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service

Pope Francis presents his apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (Mercy and Misery) to a woman in a wheelchair at the conclusion of the closing Mass of the jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 20th. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)


cknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he signed Nov. 20 at the end of the Year of Mercy. The Vatican released the text the next day. Pope Francis said he formally was giving all priests permanent permission to grant absolution to those who confess to having procured an abortion. While many bishops around the world, and almost all bishops in the United States, routinely grant that faculty to all their priests, Pope Francis had made it universal during the Holy Year. According to canon law, procuring an abortion brings automatic excommunication to those who know of the penalty, but procure the abortion anyway. Without formal permission, priests had been required to refer the case to their bishops before the excommunication could be lifted and sacramental absolution could be granted to a woman who had an abortion or those directly involved in the procedure. “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life,” the pope wrote. “In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.” Now that all priests have been given the faculty to lift the excommunication and grant absolution, the Code of Canon Law will have to be updated, said the archbishop, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the office that organized events for the Year of Mercy. The pope also formally extended the provision he made during the Year of Mercy of recognizing as valid the sacramental absolution received by “those faithful who, for various reasons,



attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X,” the traditionalist society founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Although the Vatican and the society continue talks aimed at formally restoring the society’s full communion with the church, Pope Francis said he was extending the pastoral provision “lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the church’s pardon. In celebrating and welcoming God’s love and mercy, he said, a special place in the church must be given to families, especially at a time when the very meaning of family is in crisis. In the letter, Pope Francis also asked dioceses that have not yet done so to consider joining the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative. Near the fourth Sunday of Lent, dioceses choose a church or churches to stay open for 24 hours to offer the sacrament of reconciliation and eucharistic adoration. The pope opens the Rome celebration with a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica. In another continuation of a Year of Mercy project, Pope Francis asked the more than 1,100 priests he commissioned as “missionaries of mercy” to continue leading retreats, missions, prayer services and offering confession in dioceses around the world. “Their pastoral activity sought to emphasize that God places no roadblocks in the way of those who seek him with a contrite heart, because he goes out to meet everyone like a father,” the pope said. While he said he did not have specifics about how the missionaries’ work should continue, Pope Francis said the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization “will supervise them and find the most suitable forms for the exercise of this valuable ministry.” Pope Francis’ document Misericordia et Misera can be found on the diocesan website at


Catholic Home Missions awards over $9 million to U.S. dioceses and eparchies


he U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions approved $9.2 million in grants to assist 84 dioceses and eparchies (or providences) across the country, including the Diocese of Fargo. “Grants from Catholic Home Missions are vital for many dioceses in the United States to provide spiritually for their flocks,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, chairman of the Subcommittee. “The support of this collection means that our neighbors can experience the love and mercy of God through the Church.” These grants assist dioceses and eparchies which would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations and limited resources. Catholic Home Missions funding supports various pastoral programs, including religious education and youth ministry, priestly and religious formation, prison ministries, and lay ministry training. The Subcommittee met in Baltimore, Md, on Nov. 15 to consider grant applications for the 2017 funding cycle, which includes the following projects: The Diocese of Fargo received $45,000 to assist with Aid to Mission Parishes, Clergy Continuing Education, Diaconate Training, Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry and Catholic Schools. The Diocese of Stockton, California, received a grant to support

its Latino Leadership Development Project. This project provides on-going development, training, and nurturing of Catholic Latino Leaders by means of an integral formation structured to serve the Church and society. The Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, received a grant that will help support Catholic campus ministries at Louisiana State University at Alexandria and Louisiana College. These ministries provide programs such as weekly noon meals and reflections, welcome back dinners, monthly bible studies, and an annual retreat for young adults. The Diocese of Tyler, Texas, has also received a grant to help fund priestly formation. Since 2013, the diocese has experienced unprecedented growth and now has a total of 15 seminarians.  The Subcommittee’s grants are funded by donations to an annual collection, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions oversees the Catholic Home Missions Appeal as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. The national date for the annual appeal is the fourth Sunday in April. The next collection will be taken on April 30, 2017. However, some dioceses take up the appeal at other times during the year.  More information on Catholic Home Missions can be found online at

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Thank you for your dedication to Christ and his Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

continues to adapt and change, Catholics in Eastern North Dakota must answer God’s call to respond to the needs of the Church. We have just completed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy As we move forward, our faith must be rooted in prayer and throughout the Church universal, and here in the Fargo diocese. strengthened by the Eucharist. We must also be committed to I am humbled by the many ways that God has shown us his stewardship as a way of life, so that the blessings God bestows mercy, and by the many works of mercy lived out by the people upon us can multiply as we dedicate a portion toward helping of our diocese. others grow in their knowledge of the Catholic faith. What follows is the annual accountability report, which covers I am constantly reminded that God is faithful. He promises the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The Diocesan Finance Counto walk with us and to provide what we need. I am thankful cil, represented by 10 lay persons from throughout the diocese for all who trust in that promise and listen to God’s call to use and five Diocesan representatives, assists me in the important their gifts and talents to build up his kingdom here in Eastern task of overseeing diocesan finances. We are thankful for your North Dakota. In return, I pledge to do my utmost in providing generous and consistent financial support. May God bless you good leadership and ensuring effective use of the resources you and reward you for your financial assistance, prayers and acts entrust to me and our staff. of service in responding to his call. Your incredible response to the needs of our brothers and sis The condensed summary of our reports, found in this issue, is ters throughout the world also shows how well you understand intended to give you a bird’s-eye view of the normal operations of that God lives among and suffers with those less fortunate. As the diocese and its ministries, as well as the contributions which I write this, you are receiving a special Year of Mercy mailing to our diocese makes to the international and national work of the assist one of our own apostolates, St. Ann’s School on the Turtle Church. This report summarizes over 60 pages of audit reports Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt. I am hopeful that you on our three diocesan entities, the Diocese of Fargo, the Catholic will continue the spirit of the Jubilee of Mercy by supporting Church Deposit & Loan Fund, and the Catholic Development this diocesan Year of Mercy project, and I thank you for your Foundation. Complete audited financial reports are available dedication to Christ and his Church. to the faithful of the diocese via links on our website under the Finance Office. A copy of each report may also be reviewed in You are in my constant prayers. Please pray for me. the Diocesan Finance Office. Sincerely yours in Christ, The numbers cannot begin to explain the many good works Most Rev. John T. Folda that are being accomplished by your generosity. As our diocese

Bishop of Fargo




Diocese of Fargo statement of operating income and expenses for year ending June 30, 2015


Expenditures: Faith Education




Sick and Elderly Priests


4% 8%

Development and Stewardship


God's Gift Appeal Income




$886,546 14%

Programming Donations/Contribution



Family Life

Endowment Fund Earnings



Self-funded Health Fund

Investment Income




$429,829 7%




Chancery Functions Cathedral Subsidy TOTAL EXPENSES











Complete audited financial statements are available for review on our website under the finance office link or by contacting the finance office (701) 356-7930 for an appointment.

A message from Catholic Development Foundation

Dear Friends,

We have all heard the saying, “We reap what we sow.” Since 1985, the Catholic Development Foundation (CDF) has been sowing the seeds of generous Catholics throughout the Diocese of Fargo. Because of this generosity, hundreds of Catholic programs and ministries within the framework of our diocese will continue to grow and strengthen our Catholic faith community for years to come.  CDF is a securely structured organization that was incorporated in 1985. As a publicly supported 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, CDF helps donors achieve their charitable and Serving the faithful of financial goals. The foundation ensures the security of all donated funds. The funds are used only for their intended purposes as designated by the donors. CDF has produced wonderful benefits for many parishes and diocesan programs over the last five years. Distributions from the CDF for parishes, diocesan programs and clergy/seminarian education have totaled $6,991,283. On these pages, you will see a list of endowments currently established for various Catholic ministries and parishes. I encourage you to review this list to see which ones are created in

your community or otherwise important to you. All Diocese of Fargo parishes have an endowment established in the CDF. If you do not see your parish listed, it’s simply because it hasn’t been funded by a donation yet.   God has planted within us a desire to give and to receive. The CDF’s ability to easily receive gifts and help donors offer gifts is rewarding both for donors and for those who are assisted. Donors know their gifts are long-term investments for current and future Catholics.   I encourage you to become a Catholic Development Foundation donor. Every the Diocese of Fargo contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference in the lives of Catholics in our diocese. Planning and making a gift now will allow you to witness your charity in action. Thank you and may your blessings be multiplied through your generosity to the CDF. For more information about Catholic Development Foundation, visit or call (701) 356-7926. Sincerely,

Steve Schons Director of Stewardship & Development NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2016



Other financial funds and related information 3%. These rates are based on the Prime Rate, and are adjusted quarterly. The deposit rate is Prime minus 2%, and the loan rate The Custodial Fund is used for monies that are from national is Prime minus 1% as of the adjustment date. However, with collections taken up in the parishes, and the Diocesan Insurance the historically low rates in place the last few years, the current Program. When national collections (i.e. Black & Indian Mission, rates higher than the Prime minus percentages and have been Peter’s Pence/Holy Father, Good Friday/Holy Land, Religious set as a floor rate until market rates begin to increase Retirement) are taken, the monies from each parish are sent to There are 10 loans outstanding for $13,482,469, and 270 the Diocese. Once all the monies from all parishes are received, parishes and institutions with deposit notes of $32,825,648. a single check is sent on behalf of the people of the diocese to the intended national office or agency. CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION During this past year, the following collections were forwarded The Catholic Development Foundation was established in 1985 to national offices: as a separate entity that exists as an “umbrella Foundation” for Black & Indian Missions $21,222 Catholic churches and institutions. The Foundation serves as a vehicle for Catholic entities to accumulate endowments, perpetual World Mission/Propagation of the Faith $45,475 care funds, and the like through bequests and deferred gift Peter’s Pence/Holy Father $26,921 planning. Gift planning tools such as charitable gift annuities, Good Friday/Holy Land $45,820 charitable remainder uni-trusts, charitable lead annuity trusts and other deferred gift plans utilize the Foundation as a means Religious Retirement $29,747 of providing for the Church after our earthly existence. Catholic Home Missions Appeal $27,794 At June 30, 2016 there were: Catholic Relief Services for Nepal Earthquake $11,625 Endowments for parishes and agencies $15,235,362 Others (e.g., Aid to Eastern Europe, Haiti) $4,109 Endowments for Seminarians/Clergy Education $17,706,304 The Diocese of Fargo received $196,500 from the Black & Perpetual Care Cemetery Funds $1,853,092 Indian Mission Office this year for direct aid to Native American $9,901,648 communities in the diocese, and $67,500 from the Catholic Endowments for Catholic schools Home Mission Office for Diocesan programming and economic Annuities/Uni-trusts $2,102,694 assistance to three parishes. Donor Advised Funds $4,671,881 All parishes participate in the diocesan insurance program through Catholic Mutual. Catholic Mutual sends bills to the par- The Catholic Development Foundation provides a permanent ishes based on a $1,000 deductible. The parishes make payments way for donors to make a positive impact for years to come to the Diocese for these insurance premiums. Catholic Mutual on the well-being of the Catholic Church and people served bills the Diocese based on a $25,000 deductible, and the Diocese through its many ministries. makes payments to Catholic Mutual. The premium difference or As an umbrella foundation for the Catholic entities in the Fargo spread between the $1,000 and $25,000 deductibles is retained diocese, the Catholic Development Foundation seeks to support in the Insurance Reserve, and is used to pay insurance claims financially the spiritual, educational, and social well-being of between the $1,000 and $25,000 level. our Catholic Faith community and to help donors achieve their charitable and financial goals through a legacy gift.



The Catholic Church Deposit & Loan Fund of Eastern North Dakota is a separate corporate entity that exists so that Catholic churches and institutions may make deposits to and borrow from it in an effort to reduce the cost of funds to “sister” organizations. The Deposit & Loan Fund was established during the Depression in 1937 by Cardinal Aloysius Muench after having numerous financial institutions shut their doors in his face when requesting loans for the building of churches within the Fargo diocese. As a cooperative group, the investors and debtors of the Deposit & Loan Fund have withstood many adversities. The money deposited with the Deposit & Loan Fund belongs to the individual churches and institutions that have deposited the money, and is available for their use. As of July 1, 2016, the rate paid for deposits is 2.25%, and the rate charged on loans is 36


What is an endowment fund? Endowment gifts are to a parish what retirement funds are to an individual – they represent set-aside resources for the future. Endowment dollars can make it possible to underwrite programs, projects, positions and even facilities that might be impossible to maintain otherwise. An endowment can allow the donor to honor or memorialize a loved one, parish or diocesan cause as a permanent philanthropic legacy. An endowment gift is perpetual, never-ending. It leaves a lasting impression of your personal values and beliefs for the charity and for family and friends.


Endowments Awarded July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016


$747,724 37%


$529,339 26%

Catholic Schools




$51,028 3%


$24,721 1%


$264,049 13% $2,020,590 100%

Dear Friends at the Catholic Development Foundation: ____ Please contact me (us). I would like to learn more about the Catholic Development Foundation. ____ Please contact me (us) about a personal visit. The best time to call me is: ______________________ Name: _________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________ City: ___________________________________________ State:______ Zip: __________ Phone: _____________

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Catholic Development Foundation Attention: Steve Schons 5201 Bishops Blvd, Suite A Fargo, ND 58104

North Dakota Tax Credit benefit the Church and you

A few years ago, N.D. legislators passed a bill that allowed a very generous tax credit to those who make a charitable gift to a N.D. qualified endowment. If you are a North Dakota resident and make a gift of $5,000 or more to a N.D. qualified endowment, you are eligible for a 40 percent tax credit on your N.D. taxes. Tax credits are much different than a tax deduction because they reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar. The maximum tax credit allowed is $20,000 for individuals or $40,000 for married couples filing jointly. However, credits may be carried forward up to three years. The following is an example of how tax credits may benefit you: GIFT AMOUNT




*Federal tax savings




ND state income tax credit -$2,000





Net “Cost” of Gift


*Based on individuals that fall in the 28 percent Federal tax bracket. Please consult your own financial or tax advisor for your unique situation.

Your guide to giving


atholic Development Foundation (CDF) offers many ways to give and leave a legacy. CDF accepts gifts of cash, appreciated securities and real estate. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. And, you choose the parish, school or organization which will benefit from your gift.

Gifts that start making a difference today

These are gifts that are easy to make and see immediate impact. • Existing Endowment Fund • Donor Advised Fund • New Endowment Fund

Gifts that give back – Life income gifts

These types of gifts provide income for the donor’s lifetime, any remainder goes to the donor’s charity of choice. • Charitable Gift Annuity • Charitable Remainder Trust • Charitable Unitrust

Gifts that bear fruits later – Deferred gifts

The benefits an organization receives from these gifts are deferred until a later time, typically after a donor passes away. • Charitable Bequest • Life Estate For more information, please contact Steve at (701) 356-7926 or visit




Catholic institutions and parishes with funded endowments in the CDF Cemetery Endowments


St. John the Baptist Cemetery St. Anthony’s Cemetery Sacred Heart Cemetery St. Leo’s Cemetery St. Helen’s Cemetery St. Mary’s Cemetery St. Patrick’s Cemetery St. Mary’s Cemetery Dickey Catholic Cemetery Assoc. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery St. Louis Cemetery St. Boniface Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery St. Martin’s Cemetery St. Cecilia’s Cemetery Perpetual Care St. Rose of Lima Cemetery Care Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery Care St. Mary’s Cemetery Care St. Joseph’s Cemetery Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery Care St. Mary’s Cemetery St. Arnold’s Cemetery Care Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery St. John’s Cemetery Care Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cemetery St. Bernard’s Cemetery Care St. Mary’s Cemetery Care Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery Little Flower Cemetery St. Anthony’s and St. Marie’s Cemetery St. Thomas Cemetery St. John’s - Ottofe Cemetery St. Catherine’s Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery St. Luke’s Cemetery St. Boniface Cemetery St. Pauline’s Cemetery St. John the Baptist’s Cemetery

Ardoch Bathgate Cando Casselton Concrete Courtenay Crystal Dazey Dickey Dunseith Dunseith Esmond Fargo Fried Geneseo Harvey Hillsboro Joliette Karlsruhe Knox Leroy McHenry Medina Milnor Mt. Carmel New Rockford Olga Oriska Park River Reynolds Rugby Selz St. Thomas Tolna Valley City Velva Veseleyville Walhalla Windsor Wyndmere

Other non-endowed cemetery funds are not listed here. These other funds are managed by parish cemetery committees through the Catholic Church Deposit & Loan Fund. For further information and to contribute to those funds, please contact your parish cemetery representative or pastor. You may also contact Steve Schons or Scott Hoselton at (701) 356-7930. Parish Endowments


St. William’s Church St. Ann’s Church St. Benedict’s Church St. Thomas Church Sacred Heart Church St. Leo’s Church

Argusville Belcourt* Belcourt Buffalo Cando Casselton



Sacred Heart Church St. Joseph’s Church St. Edward Church St. Michael the Archangel Church St. Helena’s Church Holy Spirit Church Nativity Church of Fargo St. Paul Newman Center St. Mary’s Cathedral Sts. Anne and Joachim Church Seven Dolors Church Holy Family Church St. Michael’s Church St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center St. Rose of Lima Church St. James Basilica St. Maurice Church St. Alphonsus Church St. Boniface Church St. Aloysius Church Our Lady of Peace Church St. Arnold Church St. Philip Neri Church Native Americans – Blue Cloud Abbey St. John’s Church St. Mary’s Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church St. Joachim’s Church St. Therese the Little Flower Church St. John’s Church St. Michael Church St. Thomas Church St. Jude’s Church St. John the Evangelist’s Church Holy Cross Church St. Benedict’s Church St. John the Baptist’s Church

Carrington Devils Lake Drayton Dunseith Ellendale* Fargo Fargo * Fargo Fargo Fargo Fort Totten Grand Forks Grand Forks* Grand Forks* Hillsboro Jamestown* Kindred Langdon Lidgerwood Lisbon Mayville Milnor Napoleon Native American Parishes New Rockford* Park Rapids Reynolds Rolla Rugby St. John St. Michael St. Thomas Thompson Wahpeton* West Fargo Wild Rice Wyndmere

Other Named Endowments

Church/Location/ Serving

Archbishop Aquila Scholarship

Deacon David Gates Scholarship

Rev. Darin Didier Memorial Fund

Seminarian Education Diaconate Education

Seminarian Scholarships

St. Joseph School

Devils Lake*

Diocese of Fargo


St. JPII Catholic Schools

Diane Brooks Memorial Scholarship Real Presence Radio

Fr. George Bolte Memorial St. Michael’s School


Diocese of Fargo Youth Programs

Fargo/Grand Forks

Holy Trinity - Fingal

Grand Forks


Grand Forks

St. James Catholic High School Fund

Benefits three Grand Forks parishes for education

Catholic Charities North Dakota


Fr. John Bacevicius Memorial Fund

St. Boniface Cemetery - Kintyre

Lidgerwood K of C – Dexter Cemetery Little Flower Elementary School

Thomas Gustafson Religious Education Marriage Tribunal Endowment

Young Disciples

Seminarian Clergy Endowments St. John’s School

REACH Endowment

Lidgerwood Rugby*

Donor Advised Funds


Our Daily Bread

Various Catholic Charitable works

The Hoffart Family

St. JPII Catholic Schools

*These locations have multiple named endowments. Visit or call (701) 356-7926 for more information.

St. Charles Borromeo - Oakes

During Fiscal Year 2015-16, the Catholic Development Foundation paid out $167,447 in annuity payments to faithfilled individuals who have funded annuities with the Foundation.

Supports people seeking annulments


Diocese of Fargo* Wahpeton

St. Catherine’s School - Valley City

From Page 26

All of the answers are false.

2. Each partner in the marriage should have his or her own will.

4. A will can be opened and read any time after death or earlier with appropriate permission.

1. No state requires that a will must be signed by an attorney and some states even recognize a hand-written will. 3. While it is true that the state, in the absence of a valid will, dictates the disposition of the estate, it certainly does not

automatically receive half the amount. However, if you die with no will, there may be a large increase in probate costs.

5. A “codicil” is an addendum added later to a previously prepared will.

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New Earth December 2016  

The magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND

New Earth December 2016  

The magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND