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New December 2015 | Vol. 36 | No. 11


The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo

Gentle Revolution:

Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world


From Bishop Folda: A Jubilee Year of Mercy

Bishop Folda ordains five permanent deacons

Year of Marriage and Family: The domestic church






December 2015 Vol. 36 | No. 11

ON THE COVER 14 Gentle Revolution: Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world

When Pope Francis planned the Year of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door, he did not mean to give the starting signal for a frenzied wave of pilgrims to Rome. More than call to sign up for an Eternal City package tour, the pope is inviting people to strike out on a yearlong spiritual journey to recognize a loving God who’s already knocking on their door.



A Jubilee Year of Mercy



Ask a priest: Are all sins the same?


Changes to the annulment process


Pope Francis’ December prayer intentions



Bishop Folda ordains five permanent deacons


Additional Memoriam names

Please remember in prayer the faithful departed from our parishes, our diocese and throughout the world.

10 Religious gather for Year of Consecrated Life Mass 10 Father Leonard Loegering, 68, a shepherd for all


11 Tattered Pages: A review of Catholic books and literature

Leading the domestic church: A review of Katie Warner’s ‘Head and Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family’

12 Art teachers reflect on the beauty of art in the classroom


18 Internationally renowned Catholic evangelizer, Bishop Robert Barron, coming to Bismarck







21 Stories of Faith

The faith story this month shows how one act of disobedience can create a domino effect within families.

22 Catholic Action

Christopher Dodson discusses the Catholic connection to cooperatives.

23 The Catholic Difference

Guest columnist, Father Tad Pacholczyk takes a look at parents’ role in teaching their children sex education.

24 Stewardship

In this month’s column, Steve Schons shares five tips for end of the year giving.

25 Seminarian Life

Seminarian Corey Baumgartner reflects on his discovery that the Lord cannot be outdone in generosity.




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ON THE COVER: Pope Francis hears confessions during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During the service the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015 until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani)



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26 Events Calendar 26 Milestone announcements 27 A glimpse of the past 27 Events sponsored by the Diocese 28 Catholic Development Foundation reports 34 New Earth deadlines for articles and ads in 2016 YMF 2015 35 The domestic church: An intimate community of life and love

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A Jubilee Year of Mercy J

esus Christ,” says Pope Francis, “is the face of the Father’s mercy.” And mercy, he tells us, “reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.” With this in mind, our Holy Father has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for the universal Church. This jubilee year, which began on December 8, 2015, will be a special time of grace for the entire Church, a time to contemplate and receive more fervently the mercy of God, and a time to share that mercy with others. “Mercy,” Pope Francis tells us, “is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.” We are all sinners, and we cannot save ourselves from sin or death. But God can do these things, and he does. He has no need to forgive us, or save us, or heal us, and we don’t in any way deserve these blessings. But God sees our plight, and he does something about it. He sends us his Son to free us from the chains of sin and death that bind us. This is his mercy. In fact, as we begin the season of Advent, we could say that the coming of Christ among us is God’s mercy incarnate. In the Incarnation of our Lord, God not only looks with mercy on us, but he enters into our world and walks with us, even to the cross. Jesus’ death on the cross is the supreme proof of the mercy and love that God has for each one of us. During this Jubilee year, it is important to remember this gift of mercy and to respond to it. Pope Francis gives special emphasis to the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and he repeatedly calls all members of the Church to go often to confession. In this sacrament of God’s forgiveness, we experience the mercy of God in a powerful and personal way. Through the simple and sincere confession of our sins, we have immediate access to the forgiveness of God, and we also have an assurance of his help in our struggle against sin. Of course, this implies repentance, a firm determination to amend our lives. Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go, and sin no more.” I invite everyone to take advantage of this extraordinary grace. If it has been awhile since your last confession, let this be the time for you to return. The priests of the diocese, and any priest for that matter, will be eager to share with you the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus. As Pope Francis says, “Mercy will always



be greater than any sin.” The Pope also invites us to go on pilgrimage during this holy year. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey, one that opens our hearts to the grace of God. For this reason, the Holy Father has called for the establishment of a Holy Door, a “door of mercy” in the Cathedral and in several other churches of the diocese. On the Third Sunday of Advent, these Holy Doors were opened to show that the Church opens her doors to all, inviting them to enter and join the wedding feast of the Lamb and to experience the mercy of God. I invite everyone to make at least one pilgrimage to a Holy Door during this Jubilee Year. If possible, I hope we can make many pilgrimages to the Holy Doors. When we cross the threshold of the Door of Mercy, we enter into the embrace of God. We experience the love of God “who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” Pope Francis also calls each of us to give the gift of mercy as well, to be authentic signs and missionaries of God’s mercy in a world that is often merciless. “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” The corporal works of mercy include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, healing the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, and pray for the living and the dead. I would dare to say that every single day offers an opportunity for works of mercy: perhaps a visit to an ill or elderly neighbor, a contribution to the needy or homeless, a prayer for someone who is in spiritual distress. Maybe now is the time to assist in teaching the faith to young people or adults in your parish, and every one of us could whisper a daily prayer for the souls of the departed. And who among us could not work on a greater spirit of forbearance and forgiveness toward those who offend us? The works of mercy are a challenge to return the mercy that we have received so generously from God. It is always tempting to look past the misery of our neighbor, but Pope Francis calls us to put aside indifference or self-involvement, and to look toward the needs of others. I hope this Jubilee of Mercy will rekindle in each of us a heart for mercy, so we may truly live the motto of this holy year: “Merciful like the Father.” This Jubilee Year is a great gift to the Church, and I pray that each member of the Fargo Diocese will enter into this time of grace with a heart open to God’s mercy. As Pope Francis says, “The Jubilee Year of Mercy reminds us that God is waiting for us with open arms, just like the father of the prodigal son.” With this promise of his mercy, let us too run to the Father.

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“The works of mercy are a challenge to return the mercy that we have received so generously from God. It is always tempting to look past the misery of our neighbor, but Pope Francis calls us to put aside indifference or self-involvement, and to look toward the needs of others.” – Bishop John Folda, Diocese of Fargo

Bishop Folda’s Calendar Dec. 15


2 p.m.

Priests Pension Board, Pastoral Center

3 p.m.

Diocese of Fargo Official Appointments/ Announcements December 2015 Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop of Fargo, has made the following appointments, announcements and/or decrees. Deacon John Wallace Bredemeier has been appointed to serve as a deacon at St. Michael’s Parish in Grand Forks, North Dakota, effective October 31, 2015, and continuing ad nutum episcopi.

Diocesan Finance Council, Pastoral Center

Dec. 24-Jan. 4 Pastoral Center Closed

Dec. 25


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Midnight Mass, Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo

Jan. 2


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Mass at St. John Nepomucene, Pisek

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Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul, Bechyne

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Deacon Bruce Lane Dahl has been appointed to serve as a

Mass at St. Joseph, Lankin

Deacon Richard Allan Lagasse has been appointed to serve

Region VIII Bishops’ Retreat, Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, Calif.

deacon at Nativity Parish in Fargo, North Dakota, effective October 31, 2015, and continuing ad nutum episcopi. as a deacon at St. Therese the Little Flower’s Parish in Rugby, and St. Mary’s Parish in Knox, North Dakota, effective October 31, 2015, and continuing ad nutum episcopi.

Jan. 9-15

Deacon Paul Gerard Schneider has been appointed to serve as a deacon at Holy Spirit Parish in Fargo, North Dakota, effective October 31, 2015, and continuing ad nutum episcopi. Deacon Kenneth Duane Severinson has been appointed to serve as a deacon at St. Joseph’s Parish in Devils Lake, North Dakota, effective October 31, 2015, and continuing ad nutum episcopi.




Are all sins the same?


n my early years Out of this Scriptural background and theological reflection, of priesthood I the Church teaches there are two kinds of actual sin: mortal and was giving a talk venial. The word mortal comes from the Latin mortis meaning on the moral life and “deadly.” Mortal sin cuts us off completely from God. If one someone commented dies unrepentant of mortal sin(s), one has chosen hell as their Ask a Priest that “a sin is a sin” and eternal destiny. Father James Ermer that Catholic Church For a sin to be mortal three conditions must together be just made up all these met: (1) grave matter, (2) sufficient reflection and (3) complete distinctions about consent. A sin is called venial when either the matter of the act different kinds of is less serious, or in matters of a grave nature one’s knowledge sins. I must admit is not sufficient or one’s consent is not complete. The call to holiness and the responsible exercise of human freedom give rise to the world of moral theology and its study “ of what constitutes holiness, grave or light matter, sufficient reflection and complete consent. Human acts within our worlds of medical procedures, governmental laws, sexual practices and economic policies are all the grist of moral discourse. Sinful acts cannot just be lumped into one category as if “a sin is sin.” The “deadly sin” of 1 John and the Gospel admonitions about “sin against the Holy Spirit” instruct us that some acts - Father James Ermer done in full exercise of human freedom (reflection and consent) are especially egregious and cut us off from God. This is the the statement caught me flat-footed without a good response, classic definition of mortal sin, whereas other sinful acts strike but it seemed to me that logic would say – stealing a candy bar less severely at the heart of holy living. cannot be the same thing as killing someone. Beyond that, my early days in Catholic schooling taught me there was either Although moral discussion often becomes fixated upon sin, we must never forget the heart of the moral life is to be so led mortal or venial sins. by the Holy Spirit that like St. Paul we can say, “It is not I who Later I read in the first letter of John, “There is such a thing lives, but Christ who lives in me”(Galatians 2:20). as deadly sin; I do not say that one should pray about that. True, all wrongdoing is sin, but not all sin is deadly” (1 John 5: Father James Ermer serves as pastor at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in 16-17). In the Gospels, Jesus speaks about the “sin against the Casselton. He can be reached at Holy Spirit” and there will be no forgiveness for that sin in this age or the age to come (Matthew 12:32; Mark 8:29; Luke 12:10). Editor’s Note: If you have a question about the Catholic faith Obviously Scripture makes distinctions and gradations about sins. and would like to submit a question for consideration in a future In its most fundamental sense sinning involves a human act column, please send to with “Ask a Priest” done in freedom that violates the moral universe as established in the subject line or mail to New Earth, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S, by God. For Christians, Christ is the final and definitive revelation Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104, Attn: Ask a Priest. of God’s loving concern for the human family and the redemption of the human race. At the Last Supper he promised to send the Holy Spirit who will “instruct us in everything and remind us of all that Christ told us” (John 14:26). At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came in the fullest of ways to live in human history and take up residence in the lives of believers. God’s revelation in Christ and his abiding presence in history and our lives is what constitutes our call to holiness. Sin is the failure to live fully this For Baptisms, First Holy Eucharist, call to holiness, i.e., life in Christ. Confirmation, weddings and Sin is often described as a “disregard to the summons of love; special occasion gifts and books. refusal to come into the light; resistance to the history of salvation which God wishes to verify in each life; failure in genuine love Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. of God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain (701) 241-7842 toll free (888) 682-8033 To Know God... goods; a revolt against God through the will to become ‘like 1336 25th Ave. S., Fargo 58103 (south of K-Mart) To Love God... gods;’ love of oneself even to the contempt of God; refusal to To Serve God... share in divine nature; adultery against God;” etc.

God’s revelation in Christ and his abiding presence in history and our lives is what constitutes our call to holiness. Sin is the failure to live fully this call to holiness i.e., life in Christ.”




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Changes to the annulment process

By Father James Goodwin


ave you heard this on the news? “You can now get an annulment guaranteed in just 45 days.” This is not the case. It is important to remember that many in the media do not understand the Catholic faith much less canon law on annulments. That said, t h e re h a v e b e e n s o m e Father James Goodwin is the important changes in the recent Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of papal document Mitis Iudex Fargo. (New Earth) Dominus Iesus. First, Pope Francis makes it clear that there is no change in the Catholic teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. All marriages are considered valid until proven otherwise. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is for life. However, there are reasons that, if proven, can show that a marriage

was not valid from the beginning even if the spouses may have believed it was at the time. That is what the tribunal investigates when one or both spouses request their marriage be reviewed. So what did the pope change? One major change is that decisions are no longer automatically appealed to the metropolitan tribunal in St. Paul, Minn. This drastically reduces the amount of time to receive a decision. Another major change is the shorter process to hear certain cases. However, this process is not possible for all cases or, in fact, most cases. Almost all cases will still be heard in the ordinary process but will be resolved more quickly. The tribunal would like to encourage those who find themselves in an irregular marriage situation to contact their pastor to discuss what can be done. In addition they can contact the tribunal to discuss their situation. We want to assist all Catholics to be able to participate fully in the life of the Church. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (701) 356-7940.

Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

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Reflection: How have I experienced the mercy of God? What part did conversion play in my experience? Scripture: Micah 7: 18-20. “You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins.” Evangelization intention: Families. That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope. Reflection: How has the mystery we celebrate at Christmas given me hope? Scripture: Philippians 2: 1-11. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus. Provided by Apostleship of Prayer,

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From left, Paul Schneider, Holy Spirit parish, Fargo; Kenneth Severinson, St. Joseph’s parish, Devils Lake; John Bredemeier, St. Michael’s parish, Grand Forks; Richard Lagasse, St. Therese the Little Flower parish, Rugby; and Bruce Dahl, Nativity parish, Fargo were ordained to the permanent diaconate at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo on Oct. 31. (Kristina Lahr/New Earth)


Calling the church to serve Bishop Folda ordains five permanent deacons |

he Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo overflowed with family, friends, clergy and faithful to celebrate the sacred ordination of five men on Oct. 31. Those men are Kenneth Severinson, Devils Lake; John Bredemeier, Grand Forks; Richard Lagasse, Rugby; Paul Schneider, Fargo and Bruce Dahl, also of Fargo. “Now, dear sons, you are to be raised to the Order of the Diaconate,” said Bishop Folda during his homily. “The Lord has given you an example that just as he himself has done, you also should do. As deacons, you must open your hearts to God so you might serve his people with love and with joy.” “The deacons’ role of servant is of outmost importance to the church,” said Father Kevin Boucher, pastor of Nativity parish in Fargo. “They bring that witness, reminding us of our call to reach out, especially to those in need. The deacon is an important witness to serve the homebound, those in hospitals, the poor and the less fortunate.” Men preparing for the diaconate spend years in spiritual, academic, liturgical and pastoral formation. Wives are especially active in the role as they learn and grow alongside their husbands in their time of preparation. In addition, family, parish and community come together in prayer and support to answer the call. The formation of a deacon doesn’t happen in isolation. “Deacon Bruce and his family exemplify the best of what Nativity parish is about,” said Father Boucher. “They love the Lord. They love their faith and they love their church. His vocation was very much nurtured here. For him to be called to this order is from the community itself.” “Deacon John has already been living the diaconate life before he was ordained,” said Father Gregory Haman, parochial vicar at St. Michael’s parish in Grand Forks. “He was heavily involved in jail ministry and the men’s program That Man is You, and he’s very involved in liturgy. He was already a ‘go to’ guy in the parish, and that really is what a deacon is in the 8


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parish at his best. It was a confirmation that he’s the right man to be a deacon, because he was already living that life.” At St. Therese the Little Flower parish in Rugby and St. Mary’s parish in Knox, Deacon Lagasse is the second deacon for both parishes. “Having two deacons is awesome,” said Father Paulraj Thondappa, parochial vicar at St. Therese the Little Flower parish. “It’s a great blessing to the parish. [Deacon Lagasse] brings together a great disposition to our faith and teaching. The Holy Spirit has really come upon him.” Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion, preach the homily and read the Gospel at Mass. They are also obligated to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. “A deacon in one aspect is very much dependent on the pastor of the parish,” Father Haman said. “There can be real diversity of his services. The diaconate itself, even the ordination, is not like that of a priestly sacrifice, but service. They are ordained to serve the community. In the scriptures the deacons were ordained to serve the needs of the poor so that the apostles could do the preaching.” “In your service to the poor,” said Bishop Folda in his homily, “whether in body or in spirit, you show yourself to be like Christ, a servant to all. Remember well that he told us, whatever we do for those in need, we do for him. When we recognize the face of Jesus in our brothers and sisters, especially those in need, we abide more fully in him.” According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a deacon is ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.” The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

We Remember

A call to pray for those who have gone before us July 15, 2015; Craig Brummond-Aug. 6, 2015; Marcella German-Aug. 16, 2015; Raymond Boutain-Aug. 24, 2015; George L. Lingen-Sep. 19, 2015. HILLSBORO - St. Rose of Lima’s Catholic Church: Lynn Leach-Mar. 5, 2015; John McNamee-Mar. 27, 2015; David Wika-Mar. 31, 2015. KENSAL - St. John’s Catholic Church: Virginia LaQua-Mar. 5, 2015. MANTADOR - Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church: Paul Krump-Jan. 11, 2015; Ralph Reisdorfer-June 21, 2015; Florence Bohn-Oct. 7, 2015; Mary Goerger-Oct. 11, 2015. MOORETON - St. Anthony’s Catholic Church: Elsie Griffith-Nov. 24, 2014; Regina Haberman-Aug. 25, 2015; Harold Althoff-Sep. 23, 2015.

Calvary Cemetery, Hankinson (Aliceyn Magelky/New Earth)

NEW ROCKFORD - St. John the Evangelist’s Catholic Church: Duane Howard-Oct. 1, 2015; Robert E. Steinbach-Oct. 15, 2015.

The following names of deceased parishioners were missed in the Memoriam section in the November New Earth. Please include all of the faithful departed and their family members in your prayers during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

PEMBINA - Assumption Catholic Church: Joel T. Burke-Sep. 13, 2015.

CAYUGA - Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church: Virgil Woytassek-Apr. 17, 2015.

TOWNER - St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church: Martha Rom-Oct. 6, 2015.

FAIRMOUNT - St. Anthony’s Catholic Church: Anthony Bernard-Jan. 1, 2015; Brent Tracy-Apr. 26, 2015; Ross Matejcek-June 7, 2015; Gertie O’Meara-Aug. 3, 2015. GENESEO - St. Martin of Tours’ Catholic Church: Sheryl Neiber-Jan. 10, 2015. GRAND FORKS - Holy Family Catholic Church: Rita Spicer-Apr. 20, 2015; Alice “Joan” Showalter-Oct. 12, 2015. HANKINSON - St. Philip’s Catholic Church: Vernonica Kysilka-Nov. 7, 2015; Arlene Krump-Dec. 6, 2015; Winnie Wallock-Apr. 4, 2015; Ryan Ginsbach-May 31, 2015; Albert “Shorty” Krump-July 4, 2015; Ramona V. Duran-

RUGBY - St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church: Rose Rohrer-Oct. 12, 2015.

VALLEY CITY - St. Catherine’s Catholic Church: Mary Stevenson-Sep. 3, 2015. Corrections: GENESEO - St. Martin of Tours’ Catholic Church: Janice M. Nogowski-Sep. 16, 2015. EDGELEY - Transfiguration Catholic Church: Jerome A. Aberle-Nov. 27, 2014. LIDGERWOOD - St. Boniface’s Catholic Church: Marjorie Jorgenson-Sep. 30, 2015.

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Religious gather for Year of Consecrated Life Mass

TA On Nov. 7, Bishop Folda celebrated Mass in honor of our consecrated brothers and sisters at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo. All religious from the seven religious orders serving in our diocese were invited to attend: Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fargo; Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, Valley City; Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen, Hankinson; Cloistered Carmelite Nuns, Wahpeton; Third Order Franciscans of Mary Immaculate, Warsaw; Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Belcourt and Dunseith; and Dominicans of the Central Province, Fort Totten. May God continue to bless our religious, especially during this Year of Consecrated Life! (Lizzie DeCock)

Father Leonard Loegering, 68, a shepherd for all


ather Leonard Joseph Loegering, age 68, died Nov. 18, 2015 in Fargo. He was supported in his death journey by his family, fellow priests, parishioners and friends. Father Loegering left home at an early age to pursue a calling to the priesthood. In his Deacon paper (1973) he wrote, “I see priesthood as a gift that is given to me by God for my own good as well as that of the entire body of Christ.” He also wrote, “Jesus is Life. He has set us free to be human. We need to learn to love to be what we are.” Whether golfing, fishing, traveling or sharing happy or sad times, many who knew Father Len say that they were in the presence of Jesus himself. Father Len gave life to others because of his love. Father Loegering served twelve communities in the Fargo Diocese during his forty-two years as priest, Holy Spirit in Fargo, Grafton, Langdon, Wales, Mt. Carmel, Pisek, Conway, Lankin, Holy Family in Grand Forks, Wyndmere, Kindred and Milnor. Father Len served all who came to him. He did not see himself as a “high priest” to be served with awe. Rather, all who know him view him as a friend, confidant and as family. He could take any ordinary occurrence, something from nature, or even a kidney transplant, and turn it into something meaningful with a spiritual or special message. Father Len loved and appreciated his family. While in college he wrote the following to his mother, “Home is a Heart pumping forth Life! So, Rich or Poor, I don’t care, but only that



you have cared!” Father Len lived by those words, not caring if someone was rich or poor. He saw himself as a shepherd called to serve. He lived the life of a shepherd, caring more for his flock than himself. He was a listener. He heard things that were not spoken. He was fair and a problem solver. He offered prayers, support and advice (if asked). He gave everyone a chance–unless he was playing pinochle! Father Loegering was born March 2, 1947 in Britton, S.D. to Herman and Mary Loegering. He graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School, Fargo and earned his high school, college and post graduate degrees from Collegeville, Minn. Father Len was ordained to the priesthood June 10, 1973 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo. Father Loegering is survived by his brothers and sisters: Jerome, Theresa (Richard) Lothspeich, Rosella Jangula, Florence (Gary) Wegan, Sylvan (Marge), George (Marilyn), Dennis (Carol), Annette Bruns, Angela Olson, Julia Tschider, Paul (Barb), his sister-in-law Anna Loegering and brother-in-law Al Mikesh. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews survive him as well. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald, his sister Agnes Mikesh and brothers in-law Jerry Bruns and Gordon Tschider. The visitation and prayer service was held Sunday Nov. 22 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo, and the funeral Mass was Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary‘s Cathedral. He is buried in Wyndmere.



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A review of Katie Warner’s ‘Head and Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family’ By Robert Jared Staudt you to better disciple and better lead those in your care, so as to stem the tide of youth drifting away from the faith—especially your own children. Refocusing on your spiritual leadership not only impacts you, but it profoundly influences your children and their own spiritual lives and future (118). Fundamentally, what does it mean to be a spiritual leader in family life? The books chapters provide Warner’s answers on how parents can work together to lead their family: 1) husband and wife fulfill unique, complementary roles, 2) they have a A review of Catholic books and literature clear mission, 3) they have strong marriages, 4) they prioritize prayer, 5) they form virtue and culture, 6) they take up their “Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of cross, and 7) they cultivate peace. family leadership, with direct guidance Many studies have found that the number one factor in from parents, sharing their insights on determining whether or not children will continue practicing the faith into adulthood is the role of parents. Warner’s book what they have found that works well for provides a call to action, helping us to realize that leading our them.” –Robert Jared Staudt families requires intentionality. We have to think through, pray about and discuss the needs of our family in order to formulate he future of humanity passes by way of the family.” Pope a plan for responding effectively to those needs. Children will St. John Paul II concluded his exhortation on the family, not practice the faith if parents do not model a life of prayer Familiaris Consortio, with these words. Parents have a great and virtue for them, taking an active role in their education responsibility in raising their children to face the challenges of the and formation. future, especially in living out the faith in the midst of the world. The raising of children constitutes a great spiritual responsibility Though the responsibilities of family life can appear daunting, and cannot be done alone. To be effective parents requires a life God provides special graces to parents to grow in holiness and of prayer—individually, as a couple and as a family. Ultimately, lead their children spiritually. St. John Paul also emphasized this Warner argues, it is God’s grace that enables us to lead, as we point, teaching that “the Christian family constitutes a specific entrust our lives and families to his guidance. revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this Just as we devote enormous amounts of energy in preparation reason too it can and should be called ‘the domestic Church.’” and planning for our careers, so we should commit ourselves If the family constitutes the domestic Church, how then should to taking up the call and duty to lead our children in the most parents approach their role as spiritual leaders of the church important aspect of life – our relationship with God, which will in miniature? In order to lead a parish, priests receive years of last beyond everything else that eventually passes away in this seminary formation. Parents, however, receive no direct training life. God has entrusted the domestic Church to parents, and it in how to lead their children in prayer and to instruct them in is leadership in the home that will determine our future. the faith. Wouldn’t we all like to hear from others what has worked for them? Frustrated by lack of guidance and support, Katie Warner began to look for answers, seeking out experienced About the Book: parents in a quest to discover the key ingredients of successful Catholic parenting. “Head and Heart: The fruit of the search emerged in Warner’s book, Head and Becoming Spiritual Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family. Each chapter Leaders for Your Family” focuses on a key aspect of family leadership, with direct guidance by Katie Warner. from parents, sharing their insights on what they have found Published by Emmaus that works well for them. The book provides helpful guidance in pinpointing the key themes of family leadership and providing Road Publishing. practical advice in living them out. Warner describes her goals Paperback 170 pages. in writing the work: This book was written in hopes of opening the floodgates to Available via Barnes and an abundance of blessings in your personal life—more focus Noble, and intentionality, greater mission and peace, more joy and and other book resellers. thanksgiving, a stronger marriage and deeper relationship with the Lord. But I also hope that this book will encourage





Stephanie Kautzman and Jean Eppler stand in Nativity Catholic School, Fargo where the halls are decorated with artwork from the students. Kautzman and Eppler are co-teachers of art for Nativity, Holy Spirit and Trinity elementary schools in the Fargo area. (Kristina Lahr/New Earth)


Two bodies, one brain Art teachers reflect on the beauty of art in the classroom By Kristina Lahr


ean Eppler and Stephanie Kautzman of Fargo always thought that God wanted them to be first grade teachers together some day. They both had a background as traditional elementary teachers and shared a bond of friendship reinforced through similar teaching styles and approaches. Their time together did not come swiftly however. Kautzman went on a maternity leave for five years when her youngest daughter was born, but during that time, she stayed connected with Eppler, wondering if an opportunity for their dream would come. And come it did. Only God’s plan wasn’t what either of them had in mind. “This art position opened up, and I was ready to go part time,” said Eppler. “So I called Stephanie and asked if she’d ever want to come back and do art part time.” “The full time position is three days at Nativity, two days at Holy Spirit,” said Kautzman, “and Jean only wanted to do three days. My response was ‘wow, where are they ever going to find someone to teach two days a week?’ I’ll do it!” Thus a partnership, with a slight spin, was born. This school year is their second year together. “God brought us together to teach in an area we never dreamed of five years ago,” Eppler said.

Faith and art

Eppler and Kautzman believe there are many spiritual 12


connections Together they include the faith in art every By Roxane Salonen opportunity they can. “It doesn’t even have to be a big deal,” said Kautzman. “We made these awesome owls in the third grade and hung them up in the hallways with a piece of scripture about wisdom because you think of wisdom when you think of owls. Even that tiny blip as you’re passing by helps you read scripture. I think those little subliminal things are huge. An owl can make you think of scripture.” “If you know your faith, it just comes naturally to you,” said Eppler. One lesson they teach is to not give up and make something beautiful with your mistakes. “I make sure to tell them it’s okay if they don’t like all of their art,” said Eppler. “I show them my art and tell them, ‘I love this one. I don’t like this one.’ But I keep them because they remind me I kept going and didn’t give up. [The students have] seen art pieces to the end, and I’ve heard them say they love how they turned out. When they wanted to quit because of a little line they didn’t like, they still saw it to the end and made something they liked.” “Sometimes we give up too early,” said Kautzman. “How often do we run away from the struggles we’re having in our faith? We push things away we don’t want. And students may not connect that dot now, but it’s a life lesson to take with them down the line.”


The fruits of art

“Oh heavenly Father, fill the world with your beauty. Open our eyes to see your gracious hand in all your works.” Art prayer written by Stephanie Kautzman

Last year during Lent students made a school-wide stations of the cross where each class made a different station. They then hung them up in the halls at Nativity and Holy Spirit schools. On a Wednesday night before classes, when the faith formation students were there, one of the teachers heard collective voices in the hall. Without a teacher to guide them, the students were walking down the hall, praying the Stations of the Cross together. “Kids outside our school were walking the way of the cross,” said Eppler. “They came together to pray through art.” “St. John Paul II said ‘the purpose of art is nothing less than the upliftment of the human spirit,’ said Eppler. “Beauty is truth. There is truth in beauty. And God is truth. So everything we look at that is beautiful should point to God. And you can see that happening in the students. They recognize beauty and it’s an upliftment for us to see that in them.” “Your art can be a prayer,” said Kautzman. “You can pray anytime anywhere.”


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Pope Francis visits the Cathedral of Prato in Tuscany on Nov. 10 during his first papal visit to Florence and Prato, which are both located in Italy’s northern Tuscan region. (CNS)

Gentle Revolution:

Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service


hen Pope Francis planned the Year of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door, he did not mean to give the starting signal for a frenzied wave of pilgrims



to Rome. More than call to sign up for an Eternal City package tour, the pope is inviting people to strike out on a yearlong spiritual journey to recognize a loving God who’s already knocking on their door. He says he wants the Year of Mercy to usher in a “revolution of tenderness.” Once people realize “I’m wretched, but God loves me the way I am,” then “I, too, have to love others the same way,” the pope said in an interview published just a few days before the Dec. 8 start of the jubilee year. Discovering God’s generous love kick-starts a virtuous circle, which “leads us to acting in a way that’s more tolerant, patient, tender” and just, he said. “The world needs to discover that God is father, that there is mercy, that cruelty is not the path, that condemnation is not the path,” he said. “Because the church herself sometimes follows a hard line, she falls into the temptation of underlining only moral norms, but so many people remain on the outside,” he said. The pope said the thought of all those people - sinners, the doubtful, the wounded and disenfranchised - conjured up that iconic image of seeing the church “as a field hospital after the battle.” “The wounded are to be treated, helped to heal, not subjected to cholesterol tests,” he said, meaning a too narrow scrutiny of minutiae delays staving off the broader disease of

conflict and indifference. He once illustrated the same concept by painting a visual image of pastors who prefer to coif and comb the wool of the tiny flock in the pews rather than seek the sheep that are outside in danger or lost. “I believe this is the time for mercy. We are all sinners, we all carry burdens within us. I felt Jesus wants to open the door of his heart,” he said. The opening of the holy doors in Rome and around the world will be a symbol of how Jesus is opening the door of his heart. From the very start of his pontificate, Pope Francis has been showing what the way of mercy means. The pope’s very first Angelus address and homily in 2013 centered on mercy, as he explained God always waits for that day of awakening and conversion, then forgives everything. The real problem is people - not God - who give up on forgiveness, he said. But mercy changes everything, he said; it “makes the world a little less cold and more just.” The pope’s own religious vocation is rooted in that concrete experience of mercy, when he - as a 17-year-old student - walked out of a confessional “different, changed.” It was the feast of St. Matthew, and like St. Matthew, he was overcome, feeling “God looked at me with mercy” and said, “Follow me.” He said that one Friday of every month during the Year of Mercy “I will make a different gesture” that shows God’s mercy. He had asked the world’s young people to rediscover the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, like feeding the hungry and counsel the doubtful and choose one to practice each month as they prepare for World Youth Day in July.

Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door in early April prior to first vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The pope says he wants the Year of Mercy to usher in a “revolution of tenderness.” (CNS photo/Andrea Solaro)

How can we authentically live the message of mercy?


eople turned to Jesus for mercy. Blind men, lepers—all came pleading for mercy. Why were they drawn to him? Because he had a reputation for being merciful. Jesus responded with compassion—whether it be the crowds who were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36), individuals with terminal diseases (Mark 1:40-44), or a widow accompanying the body of her only son to the cemetery (Luke 7:13). How can we show others the mercy of God? The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs.” They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. The seven Corporal Works of Mercy and Spiritual Works of Mercy give us a framework of how to imitate the mercy of Jesus. After each work of mercy there are also suggestions and words of advice for living them out in our daily lives.

1. Feed the hungry

There are many people in this world who go without food. When so much of our food goes to waste, consider how good stewardship practices of your own food habits can benefit others who do not have those same resources. • Having delicious food at Christmas dinner? Donate to a

By United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christmas food drive so everyone can have something to eat. • Research, identify and contribute financially to organizations that serve the hungry. • Try not to purchase more food than you are able to eat. If you notice that you end up throwing groceries away each week, purchasing less groceries would eliminate waste and allow you to donate the savings to those in need.

2. Give Drink to the thirsty

Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity. We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource.   • We take it for granted that we have access to clean water. Donate to help build wells for water for those in need. • Make an effort not to waste water. Remembering to turn off the water faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes can help, especially in regions suffering from drought.

3. Shelter the homeless

There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home. Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face. NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2015



A boy puts out chicken and rice soup for hungry kids at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center in Rochester, N.Y. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi)

• See if your parish is involved with a local homeless shelter and volunteer some time. • Many homeless shelters need warm blankets for their beds. If you can knit or sew that would be an extra loving gift. • There are millions of children and families who are on the move, fleeing from war, illness, hunger and impossible living conditions and searching for peace and safety. Engage parish groups of children, youth, young adults and families in doing some research on the causes and challenges that these families face to survive. Seek ways to provide shelter for the homeless locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

4. Visit the sick

Those who are sick are often forgotten or avoided. In spite of their illness, these individuals still have much to offer to those who take the time to visit and comfort them. • Give blood • Spend time volunteering at a nursing home – Get creative and make use of your talents (e.g. sing, read, paint, call Bingo, etc.). • Offer to assist caregivers of chronically sick family members on a one-time or periodic basis. Give caregivers time off from their care-giving responsibilities so they can rest, complete personal chores or enjoy a relaxing break. • Next time you make a meal that can be easily frozen, make a double batch and give it to a family in your parish who has a sick loved one.

5. Visit the prisoners

People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ. • See if your parish, or a nearby parish, has a prison ministry and if so, get involved. 16


• Volunteer to help out or donate to charities that give Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison.

6. Bury the dead

Funerals give us the opportunity to grieve and show others support during difficult times. Through our prayers and actions during these times we show our respect for life, which is always a gift from God, and comfort to those who mourn. • Send a card to someone who has recently lost a loved one. • Visit the cemetery and pray for those you have lost. • Spend time planning your own funeral mass, read through the Order of Christian Funerals and find our hope in the Resurrection.

7. Give alms to the poor

Donate money to organizations that have the ability to provide support and services for those in need. Do research and find organizations that put people in need first, rather than profit.  • Skip the morning latte and put that money in the collection basket at church. • Find a charity that is meaningful to you and volunteer your time or donate.  • This Lent, give up eating out at restaurants. Pack your meals and donate the extra money to charities.

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and goes through Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization)

COVER STORY Sister Marica of the Missionaries of Charity assists a resident at a home for the elderly in the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The nuns have been caring for the dying and the elderly sick at the destitute center since 1978, when Mother Teresa initiated the service at the Nepal’s holiest Hindu temple. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara)

3. Admonishing the sinner

The Spiritual Works of Mercy


By United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

he Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history. Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to “help our neighbor in their spiritual needs.” The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are listed here. After each work of mercy there are also suggestions and words of advice for living them out in our daily lives.

1. Counseling the doubtful

Everyone has moments of doubt in their faith journey. Nevertheless, we should always remember that Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life and turn to him along our way. • “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20). • The Cross of Christ “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Cor 1:25). • Has someone asked you for advice? Orient your response to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. • Accompany a friend who is struggling with believing to join a parish group for service or faith formation, share a book you found useful in dealing with your friend’s faith concern and worship at Sunday Mass.

2. Instructing the ignorant

Learn about our faith and be open to talking with others about our beliefs. There is always something more to discover about our faith. • Go on a service trip or short term mission trip. No time? Donate to support someone on their service trip. • Volunteer to help with religious education programs at your parish. • Invite someone to go to mass with you this weekend.

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes. Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ. In humility we must strive to create a culture that does not accept sin, while realizing that we all fall at times. • Don’t judge, but guide others towards the path of salvation (see Mt 7:1-2). • When you correct someone, don’t be arrogant. We are all in need of God’s loving correction. • “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye” (Mt 7:5).

4. Comforting the sorrowful

Be open to listening and comforting those who are dealing with grief. Even if we aren’t sure of the right words to say, our presence can make a big difference. • Lend a listening ear to those going through a tough time. • Make a home cooked meal for a friend who is facing a difficult time. • Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering. • A few moments of your day may make a lifetime of difference to someone who is going through a difficult time.

5. Forgiving injuries

Forgiving others is difficult at times because we do not have God’s limitless mercy and compassion. But Jesus teaches us that we should forgive as God forgives, relying on him to help us show others the mercy of God. • Let go of grudges. • Participate in the Sacrament of Penance. • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

6. Bearing wrongs patiently

Do not be bitter about wrongs done against you. Place your hope in God so that you can endure the troubles of this world and face them with a compassionate spirit. • Frustrated with someone? Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience.

7. Praying for the living and the dead

Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can support others. Joining together in prayer for the living and the dead entrusts us all into God’s care. • Request a mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time or for a friend or family member who has passed away. • Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers. • Ask a friend or family member if there is anything you can pray for them about. NEW EARTH DECEMBER 2015



Internationally renowned Catholic evangelizer, Bishop Robert Barron, coming to Bismarck By University of Mary

One of Pope Francis’ newly appointed bishops, Bishop Robert Baron, seeks to inspire North Dakota Catholics at a March 30 visit to the University of Mary, Bismarck. (Word on Fire Ministries)


ome have characterized him as part Cardinal George, part Fulton Sheen. He’s the newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, Robert Barron — a unique, modern-day combination of two late, but popular icons of Catholicism in America. Widely known throughout the world for his “Sheen-esque” Word on Fire Ministries, or “e-preaching,” Barron is regarded as a social media star. He resonates with people of all ages through all mediums with his very popular online YouTube videos, articles and commentaries on Scripture and popular culture, as well as his “Catholicism” TV series on PBS. As Barron described in a 2009 interview with the Catholic Herald of England, his mission is to spread “the rich artistic and intellectual tradition” of the Catholic faith, thus “evangelizing the culture.” “Bishop Robert Barron is one of the great communicators of the faith today,” stated Dr. Peter Huff, director of the Center for University Ministry and professor of Theology at the University of Mary. “Visionary educator, imaginative theologian, faithful churchman with an artist’s instincts — and his career is really just beginning. We in North Dakota have read his books, watched his



videos, and followed his commentary on world affairs. Anyone who thinks Christianity is a worn-out creed, irrelevant in the age of atheism and terrorism, needs an hour — or just a few minutes — in the presence of Robert Barron.” While studying for the priesthood at the Catholic University of America, Bishop Barron was a recipient of the prized Theodore Basselin Scholarship, which offers special training in preaching and philosophy. A more recent “Basselin Scholar” was Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. Through this connection and at Monsignor Shea’s invitation, the tech-savvy Bishop Barron is sharing his dynamic message of evangelization with the people of North Dakota on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., in the McDowell Activity Center (MAC) on the campus of the University of Mary. Also, at that time, the University of Mary will bestow upon Barron the prestigious Lumen Vitae Medal, (Latin for “light of life”) which is given to those who are champions of Catholic education and who bring others closer to Christ and his Church. This event, which is free and open to the public, is preceded by an all-university Mass in the MAC beginning at 4:30 p.m. Shea believes one of Christianity’s great devotional works, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis, best characterizes his fellow Irishman’s work and mission: “‘He who would follow me should not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. These are the words of Christ which we are being admonished that we would imitate His life and ethics, if we would be truly illuminated and from all hardness of heart would be liberated.’ There are few voices who bring the lumen vitae to so many millions of souls around the world in such a profound and powerful way as Robert Barron. I can’t wait for our students and the people of North Dakota to hear him in person as he sheds light upon our own lives of faith. We look forward to welcoming him to our campus.” Pope Francis recently appointed Barron, along with three other priests, to the 5-million-member Archdiocese of Los Angeles in southern California — the largest in the United States. With Cardinal George as his mentor, Sheen his idol, and his already iconic image as a youthful servant of God, Los Angeles is an idyllic venue for evangelizing “politics, law, the arts, higher education, and entertainment,” stated Barron in a article. While his enormous popularity with the younger generation comes from his ingenious use of the camera and microphone, some of Barron’s greatest work isn’t necessarily seen on computer screens, but behind the scenes of many parishes across the country. As former rector of the prestigious Mundelein Seminary in Chicago —the largest in the United States — he’s the man behind many of today’s young, inspirational and newly ordained priests.

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Making a “perfect” Reconciliation this Advent

n November, I was teaching second-graders and their parents about Reconciliation. I tell them this story. Parents have rules about what can and cannot happen in the house… like no throwing sports balls! Well, Paul (age 8) and Mark (age 6) knew that rule and followed it. But, one day when they came home from school early and were talking in the dining room, Paul lobbed the football over the table to Mark; Mark caught it and lobbed it back. Soon, they were throwing the ball the length of the dining room, then the length of the family room and then beyond to include the formal living room. The competition was on! Paul threw the ball high and long and Mark jumped to get it before it hit the living room window. But, as he came down off balance, Mark hit the TV set and it fell backward off the stand. Paul and Mark were stunned. Something had happened. They struggled together to lift the TV back onto the stand and made sure everything was plugged in. Then, they went to their rooms to lay low and study. Mom was the next one to arrive home, early from work, to help her oldest daughter bake cookies for classes the next day. They were working in the kitchen when Dad got home (early) to watch the football game on television. The daughter had gone to the lower level for some cooking supplies when Dad came into the kitchen demanding from his wife what had happened to his TV. The TV did not work. She said the TV worked the last night when she was watching it. She did not know what was wrong with it now. Dad stormed off to find his sons. They were in their rooms studying – odd place for them on a Thursday afternoon! Dad asked each son individually if he knew what was wrong with the TV. Each said they did not know. Then, Dad took both sons down to the kitchen and, in front of their mother, asked the question again. Paul, the more dutiful of the two sons, could not lie again.

He admitted he had been playing football with his brother and they had knocked the TV off its stand. And they knew it did not work. Dad grounded Paul and Mark and sent them back to their rooms. Dad went to find a radio to listen to the game. The phone rang. It was grandma. Mom answered sharply, listened a bit to grandma and then angrily hung up. Grandma thought: “I wonder what is going on there?” A simple sin of disobeying the rules had spread to agitation throughout the house and beyond. It had happened so simply and quickly. This may be a good story to think about as you reflect on your sins to make a “perfect” Reconciliation during Advent! Father Bert Miller serves as pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo. 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




Pope Francis and cooperatives By North Dakota Catholic Conference


uestion: W h a t do Pope F r a n c is and Catholic North Dakotans Action have in common? Answer: Afondness Christoper Dodson for cooperatives. North Dakotans are familiar with cooperatives. The Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University estimates that there exist over 500 cooperatives in the state. We have cooperatives involving agriculture, telecommunications, financing, insurance, electricity and more. The state has often been called the nation’s leader in the cooperative movement.

Pope Francis, however, is not unique when it comes to expressing the Catholic preference for cooperative models of ownership and production. Catholic monasteries have operated as cooperatives for centuries. Cooperatives got a significant boost in popularity after Pope Leo XIII issued Rerum Novarum in 1891. It was the first “social encyclical” and rejected by unbridled capitalism and state socialism. Cooperatives provided an alternative. As Pope Francis puts it: cooperatives “are the concrete expression of the solidarity and subsidiarity that the social doctrine of the Church has always promoted between the person and the state.” Nearly every pope since Pope Leo XIII, especially the last five, has promoted cooperatives as an alternative to systems where all the economic power is held by those who own the capital, rather than the workers, producers or consumers. Catholics have been putting the cooperative alternative into practice. The first credit union in the United States was founded by New Hampshire French-speaking Catholics in 1908.

“As Pope Francis puts it: cooperatives ‘are the concrete expression of the solidarity and subsidiarity that the social doctrine of the Church has always promoted between the person and the state.’” – Christopher Dodson Like many legal and economic developments, cooperatives often sprung from necessity. Farmers, for example, sometimes had to join forces to reduce purchasing costs. At other times, producers needed to work together to have sufficient bargaining power when dealing with monopolies like the railroads. Cooperatives have also allowed members to access needed resources for investment. Cooperatives offer local control, direct ownership and equitable distribution of the fruits of labor. Interestingly, support for these principles, and cooperatives themselves, are found in Catholic teaching. Although often mislabeled as a document on climate change, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si is really an exploration of what the Christian faith means for the economy. It is worth noting that cooperatives are praised twice in the document, once in relation to agricultural cooperatives and again concerning energy cooperatives — two segments of the cooperative model with which North Dakotans are familiar. Pope Francis has repeatedly hailed cooperatives. Speaking to an audience in Rome, the pope said: “Cooperatives should continue to be the motor that raises and develops the weakest part of our communities and civil society.” In Bolivia he spoke of how he has seen how cooperatives “were able to create work where there were only crumbs of an idolatrous economy.” He has often spoke about how he developed an enthusiasm for cooperatives when, as a teenager, he heard his father talk about “Christian cooperativism.” Indeed, Paul Hazen of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, has dubbed Francis, the “co-op pope.” 22


The world’s largest network of worker-owned cooperatives was started by a Catholic priest in Spain. Dorothy Day, one of the four “great Americans” mentioned by Pope Francis in his address to Congress, promoted and founded cooperatives in the United States as an alternative to communism and a form of uncaring, detached capitalism. Even today, Catholic bishops, aid organizations and lay groups promote and create cooperatives around the world. Several themes run throughout Scripture and the church’s social doctrine that make cooperative models and worker ownership appealing. As already noted, they can be an alternative between collectivism and individualism run amuck. They also represent ways to respect both solidarity and subsidiarity, stewardship of the land, the dignity of labor and workers, respect for private property and the universal destination of goods and the ecological integrity Pope Francis discusses in Laudato Si. Cooperatives may not work in every situation. Pope Francis warns that cooperatives, like other types of ownership can succumb to the temptation to put profit before people and thus become “false cooperatives.” Nevertheless, our experience with cooperatives might place North Dakotans in a better position to help create what Pope Francis calls a “healing economy,” an “economy of of honesty.” 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


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hile some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually. Instilling a healthy attitude about sexuality in young people involves a variety of considerations, including conveying a proper sense of constraints and boundaries. These boundaries arise organically through the virtue of chastity, by which a person acquires the ability to renounce self, to make sacrifices and to wait generously in consideration of loving fidelity toward a future spouse, out of self-respect, and out of fidelity to God. This critical process of developing sexual self-mastery is an area where parents are particularly well suited to help their children. At the end of the day, the parental duty to influence in a positive way a child’s upbringing around sexuality cannot be abdicated or delegated. Parents know their children in a personal and individual way and are able to determine their readiness for, and receptivity to, sexual information. Moreover, the reality of parental love towards their children enables a parent to say certain “hard things” in love that may need to be said, in a manner that only a parent may effectively be able to say it. I recall the story that a middle-aged woman once shared with me about something that happened when she was 12. She was at home watching TV with her mother, who was the strong authority figure in the family. At a certain moment, a scene came across the screen where a woman was removing her clothing and dancing in front of a group of men. Her mother glanced over at her and without skipping a beat said: “I’ll kill you if you ever do that.” Her daughter understood, of course, that she didn’t mean it literally, but appreciated that her mother cared enough about her to be very direct: “What my Mom said on that and many other occasions stayed with me for years afterwards, and helped me to reflect carefully on the right use of my sexuality.” Parents influence their children in thousands of different ways, sometimes not even realizing how particular comments or observations they make can become highly significant to their child’s thinking. Helping children to think correctly about human sexuality remains a delicate and challenging task in the midst of a sexsaturated society like our own. Indeed, our thinking about human sexuality can easily go off the rails, and sexual activity itself can quickly degrade into a selfish and self-referential kind of activity, even within marriage, if we aren’t careful to attend to

Parents and “Sex Ed” deeper realities. Spouses who have made a lifelong marital commitment to Making Sense each other in the of Bioethics presence of God are uniquely em- Father Tad Pacholczyk powered to live in a way that exceeds merely viewing each other as objects or as a means to satisfying their appetites; they become called to, and capable of, a higher kind of love that involves friendship, sacrifice and self-giving. Otherwise, a dominance of things over persons can take over, leading to forms of selfishness in which persons are used in the same way as objects are used. In the context of this kind of selfishness, a woman, for example, can become a mere “object” for a man, and children can be reduced to mere “hindrances” on the part of their parents. The human sexual love that is nurtured within a healthy marriage, meanwhile, generates communion between persons, as each comes to consider the good of the other as his or her own good. Marital sexuality is thus meant to go beyond merely existing with someone else and using them for selfish gain, and instead calls a person to existing for someone else through total self-gift. As husband and wife seek to live out these truths of their human sexuality, they impart valuable and important lessons to their children about generosity, unselfish living and chastity, where that chastity is seen as the spiritual energy capable of defending love from the perils of selfishness and aggressiveness. Parents are in the unique position of being able to model for their children a healthy example of sexual integration, generosity and self-mastery within marriage. Under these circumstances, parents also convey to their children the beautiful message that human sexuality reaches far beyond the biological and touches on the most intimate core of the human person, particularly as experienced in his or her capacity for personal and radical self-gift to another in marriage, faithful even unto death. Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and did post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, MA, and serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. See

“…the parental duty to influence in a positive way a child’s upbringing around sexuality cannot be abdicated or delegated. Parents know their children in a personal and individual way and are able to determine their readiness for, and receptivity to, sexual information.” – Father Tad Pacholczyk




Five tips help sort through year-end giving considerations


ost people like to do their major giving towards the end Stewardship of the year. This Steve Schons probably occurs for several reasons. The closing of the tax season encourages itemizers to obtain income tax deductions, a barrage of earnest appeals by nonprofits increases awareness of financial need and many are simply pre-disposed to end the year by making a charitable gift. Here are five tips to help you make the most of your yearend giving:

should have your accountant, attorney or other advisor help you understand the impact of your gift on your income tax return and estate. For more information about the year-end giving opportunities, please call me at (701) 356-7926 or email Steve Schons is director of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Fargo and president of the Catholic Development Foundation. He can be reached at or (701) 356-7926.

1. Calculate your income. Try to get a handle on your tax

liability for the year. Did your unearned income increase? Did you sell any appreciated assets? Will you owe more taxes? This alone may motivate you to increase your giving before December 31. In fact, you may even want to move some of your giving forward from next year to create a larger income tax deduction for yourself this year. Non-itemizers may especially find this “grouping of gifts” useful in order to take advantage of an itemized tax return every other year. In any case, by the time you fill out your income tax return, it will be too late to make charitable gifts for the previous year. Take the time to do some planning while you still have the opportunity to make a year-end gift.

2. Review your stocks. Look at the stocks you have held for

more than a year. Which ones have appreciated the most? It may be prudent for you to make your year-end gift using one or more of these stocks. Here’s why: If you sold the stock, you would incur capital gains tax on the appreciation. However, if you give the stock to your church or diocese, no one pays tax. And you get a charitable deduction for the full amount of the stock, just as you would if your gift was made with cash. And what’s more, if you can’t use all of the income tax charitable deduction resulting from the gift, you can carry it forward for up to an additional five years.

3. Consider a life-income gift. Through the Catholic Development Foundation, you can make a gift now, obtain tax benefits and receive income for the rest of your life. Sound too good to be true? A few minutes of your time may convince you otherwise. We can provide personalized illustrations and printed material to assist you and your advisor(s). 4. Do your giving before the end of the year. This is

especially true if you want to make a gift of non-cash assets, such as stock, real estate, etc. It also applies to life-income gifts like gift annuities and trust arrangements. The sooner you can get your gift activity going, the better it will be for everyone concerned.

5. Talk to your advisor. Before making any significant gift to your church or to any other nonprofit for that matter, you 24


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Seminarian discovers freedom that comes with serving the Lord

here has been a lot of change in my life in the past three years and I give the credit all to the Lord. A lot of my growth started at the University of Mary. When I had arrived at UMary I had just gotten out of a three year relationship that ended abruptly. I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew that the Lord wanted me at UMary. While living there the first semester I met some great people who helped me figure out who I really am. We had a lot of great times together just having a good time around campus and when we would go out to eat. We just enjoyed each other’s company. They really built me up and allowed me to be me. Also being at UMary I had a lot of great time to grow in love with our Lord. There were times for me to adore him every day as well as being able to go to Mass. I was also introduced to praise and worship. While going to the services I encountered the Lord’s love in a new way. First, I had not experienced praising the Lord in that way before and I thought it was really awesome. And second, I met people who were on fire for the Lord who were my age. I had no idea what this was, but I wanted it. So I continued to go. It became one of my favorite nights of the week. This is actually where I first felt the call to hand over more of myself to the Lord. The pastor preached on the Gospel passage: Becoming a Fisher of Man. During the praise after the sermon I felt the need to do something for the Lord, to really live my life for him. So I tried. I asked the Lord what he wanted me to do, and in the next three days I was given an application for Young Disciples. While giving my summer to Young Disciples I fell in love with the Lord even more. I learned a lot about our faith. I learned a lot more about myself as well. It was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I grew a lot and it helped me move forward a lot faster in my spiritual life. After the summer I came back to UMary and during this next year I walked onto the track team. I ran track in high school and was excited to get back into it. Little did I know that taking three years off with not a whole lot of physical activity would have a huge impact on how I did during the year. I had to work a lot harder than most in order for me to keep up, and I paid a lot of attention to what I was doing off of the track. This made me focus

“The more time I spent in prayer, I found, the more the Lord showed up in what I was doing. I continued to give him my time even when I had very little. He always surprised me and did a lot for me, a lot more than I will ever know.” – Corey Baumgartner, Fargo Diocese seminarian

on making sure I was getting enough sleep, e a t i n g c o r re c t l y, getting homework Seminarian done, hanging out Life with friends and, most importantly, Corey Baumgartner prayer. I knew that if I did not focus on prayer I would have a hard time with everything else. So prayer took the top of my list. The more time I spent in prayer, I found, the more the Lord showed up in what I was doing. I continued to give him my time even when I had very little. He always surprised me and did a lot for me, a lot more than I will ever know. When the Lord says in Mark 10: 29-30, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” He truly means it. There is much that I am thankful for and giving my life for Christ is one of the greatest things I have ever done. Praised by Jesus Christ.

Corey Baumgartner is a College II student studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich. Originally from Napoleon, Baumgartner enjoys all sports, especially running and Ultimate Frisbee. Meeting the seminarians of the diocese helped him to understand that to be in seminary does not mean you are perfect but that you desire the Lord and his will for your life. Editor’s Note: Seminarian Life is a monthly column written by current Diocese of Fargo seminarians. It gives New Earth readers a glimpse of what these discerning young men are experiencing. Let us know if there is something you would like to know about the life of a seminarian. Perhaps, it will inspire an article from one of them. And, please continue to pray for them.

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Events Across The Diocese Mark your calendar for events around the diocese Collar Classic. Shanley High

School Gym, Fargo. Monday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to the annual priests vs. seminarians basketball game. Free admission. Contact Vocations Office at (701) 356-7948.

Serra Dinner. Blessed

Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo. Thursday, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Serra Dinners are a time to encourage vocations in your parish and family and hear vocations stories from around the diocese. Free will offering. Contact Vocations Office at (701) 356-7948.

Retrouvaille. Bismarck.

Friday, Jan. 15 to Sunday, Jan. 17. A Christian peer ministry program for couples in hurting marriages. Goals of the weekend are to promote personal and couple healing, provide an environment for spiritual growth, create an empowering environment, teach the technique of dialogue, affirm couples and build confidence. Contact Tara at (701) 204-7209.

Soupapalooza. St. William’s

Church, Argusville. Sunday, Jan 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of soups and breads will be offered. Free will offering. Proceeds benefit the youth group July 2016 mission trips. Contact parish office at (701) 484-5211.

Vianney Discernment Weekend. Marvale, Valley

City. Friday, Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. For men ages 16 and older to learn about the priesthood and listen to God’s call. Weekend includes Mass, Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours and Confession. There will also be time for rest, recreation and questions Registration deadline is Jan. 29. Contact Karen Neff at (701) 356-7948.

Decora: Discover your

feminine genius. Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo. Saturday, Feb. 6. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Decora (Latin for beautiful) is a day for young women ages 13-21. Inspirational speakers, fun activities and topics include fertility care, skin care, diet, exercise, guy panel and more. Cost is $10 (includes meals/materials). Register at decora. Contact Renee at (701) 361-3270. To submit events for New Earth and the diocesan website, send information to: New Earth, 5201 Bishops Blvd. S., Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104-7605 or email The deadline for the January New Earth is Dec. 23. The earliest that issue will reach homes is Jan. 11.


In the November 2015 issue, Matthew Kensok was not included as a seminarian on page 12. We apologize for the confusion this error may have caused. Hometown: Wheatland Matthew Kensok


School: St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward, Neb. Year: College II


Life’s Milestones Joe and Marie Bosch celebrate 67 years of marriage

Joe and Marie Bosch of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crary by Father Cement Menglehoch. The lived on a farm east of Webster and were blessed with nine children, 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild due in December and many step-children and step-grandchildren.

Art and Marilyn Gapp celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Art and Marilyn G​app celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 19. They were married at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon and are now members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla. They have eight children and 25 grandchildren.

Novaks celebrate 60th anniversary

Cyril and Delores Novak were married Nov. 23 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River. They have seven children, 19 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. They now live in Grafton and have been members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for 60 years.

Joe and Diantha Scherr celebrate 60th anniversary

Joe and Diantha Scherr of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 1. They have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eva Heilman celebrates 95th birthday

Eva Heilman turned 95 on Nov. 20. She is the mother of 11 children (nine living), 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Eva was blessed with 60 years of marriage with her late husband Pete who passed away in 2000. She now lives in Rugby.


Sponsored by the Diocese A Glimpse of the Past

These news items, compiled by Dorothy Duchschere, were found in issues of the Diocese of Fargo newspaper, New Earth, and its predecessor, Catholic Action News.

50 Years Ago....1965

At the request of the American bishops, the Holy See has recently authorized the use of an additional amount of English in the Mass. The Holy See also announced the translations to be used. The additional passages in English will eliminate to a great extent, the switching back and forth from one language to another, so evident and so troublesome in the first concession of the vernacular one year ago. -Catholic Action News - Dec. 1965

20 Years Ago....1995

Father Leo Stelten, a classical languages professor at Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, who has composed a first-of-its kind Latin dictionary, has Fargo roots. Father Stelten, ordained for the Diocese of Fargo in 1950, taught at Shanley High School, Cardinal Muench Seminary and North Dakota State University, all in Fargo. He has taught Latin and Greek at the Josephinum for 17 years. The recently published dictionary contains the common meanings of about 17,000 Latin terms found in church writings, including Scripture, Canon Law, the liturgy, Vatican II, early church fathers and theological terms. -New Earth - Nov. 1995

10 Years ago....2005

With Father Paul Duchschere as director, the seminarians of Cardinal Muench Seminary, Fargo, clothed in winter hats, scarves and gloves, opened their Dec. 2 production of “First Friday Follies” in perfect (or nearly perfect) harmony. The seminarians performed the “Follies” complete with music, poetry, skits and a puppet show, to a standing-room-only audience, who frequently awarded their efforts with laughter and clapping. Children crowded the stage in anticipation of the evening’s finale - the world premier showing of “The Christmas Story” performed by the Cardinal Muench Seminary Memorial Puppet Theatre Players. -New Earth - Dec. 2005

Experience the power of the Holy Spirit

Are you looking for a closer relationship with God? Come and be blessed! A Life in the Spirit Seminar will be held on Jan. 8-10 at St. Therese the Little Flower’s Catholic 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 seminar includes praise and worship, talks and testimonies, discussion groups, healing of memories, prayer and more. For more information or for housing please call Nancy Houim at (701) 776-2822 or Judy Haman at (701) 537-5454. Meals provided. Free will offering. Come and experience the Presence of the Lord!

Search for Christian maturity

Search is a peer-to-peer retreat ministry for those who are single and age 16 or older. The appeal of the Search retreat is that it is a Christian community where teens and young adults come together to share their faith experience. The weekend includes time for prayer, Mass, silence and time for meeting new people. There are also sharings given by selected youth and young adults that give witness to the Christian experience in today’s world. The fee for the first time “Searcher” is $60. Most parishes will pay half of the first time fee, or even the full cost. Contact your parish priest for details. If those arrangements cannot be made, speak with Tom or Colleen Musgrave. No one will be turned away because they can’t afford the weekend. Search weekends for 2016 are: Jan. 8–10, Feb. 19–21 and Apr. 1–3. All weekends are held at Maryvale Convent, Valley City. The retreat weekend begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Colleen at (701) 840-9362, Tom at (701) 845-5358 or email tomncolleen@ For more news and events, visit the “News and Events” section of the diocesan website:

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Thank you for your generous spirit and support for our mission

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This past year we celebrated 125 years as a diocese. Looking back over this time, we can be proud of the sacrifices made by so many to build up the Church here in Eastern North Dakota. As your bishop, it is my privilege to proclaim the Gospel and the teachings of the Church, to defend the dignity of life, to assist with the needs of the universal Church and the poor, and to pass on the Catholic faith to future generations. I am humbled by your generous spirit and your support for this mission. What follows is the annual accountability report, which covers the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The Diocesan Finance Council, represented by 10 lay persons from throughout the diocese and five diocesan representatives, assists me in the arduous task of overseeing diocesan finances. We are thankful for your generous and consistent financial support. May God bless you and reward you for your financial assistance, prayers and acts of service in responding to his call. The condensed summary of our reports, found in this issue, is intended to give you a birds-eye view of the normal operations of the diocese and its ministries as well as the contributions which our diocese makes to the international and national work of the Church. This report summarizes over 60 pages of audit reports on our three diocesan entities, the Diocese of Fargo, the Catholic Church Deposit & Loan Fund, and the Catholic Development Foundation. Complete audited financial reports are available 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 the Diocesan Finance Office.



The numbers cannot begin to explain the many good works that are being accomplished through your generosity. As our diocese continues to adapt and change, Catholics in Eastern North Dakota are invited to answer God’s call and respond to the needs of the Church. As we move forward, our faith must of course be rooted in prayer and strengthened by the Eucharist. We must also be committed to stewardship as a way of life, so that the blessings God bestows upon us can multiply as we dedicate a portion toward helping others grow in their knowledge of the Catholic faith. The incredible response to the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world shows how well you understand that God lives among and suffers with those less fortunate. We often hear Pope Francis speak of living humbly and caring for the poor. I am convinced that you have taken this exhortation to heart, and I ask you to continue to live the Gospel of mercy during this Year of Mercy. God is always faithful. He promises to walk with us and to provide what we need. I am thankful for all who trust in that promise and listen to God’s call to use their gifts and talents to build up his kingdom here in Eastern North Dakota. In return, I pledge to do my utmost in providing good leadership and ensuring effective use of the resources that you entrust to the Church. You are in my constant prayers. Please pray for me. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. John T. Folda Bishop of Fargo



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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,

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 you see your blessings multiplied through your generosity to the CDF. For more information about Catholic Development Foundation, visit or call (701) 356-7926.

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 $5,638,362. Sincerely, On these pages, you will see a list of endowments currently established for various Catholic ministries and parishes. I Steve Schons encourage you to review this list to see which ones are created Director of Stewardship

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Other financial funds and related information rate paid for deposits is 2.25%, and the rate charged on loans is The Custodial Fund is used for monies that are from national 3%. These rates are based on the Prime Rate and are adjusted collections taken up in the parishes and the Diocesan Insurance quarterly. The deposit rate is Prime minus 2%, and the loan rate Program. When national collections (i.e. Black & Indian Mission, is Prime minus 1% as of the adjustment date. However, with Peter’s Pence/Holy Father, Good Friday/Holy Land, Religious the historically low rates in place the last few years, the current Retirement) are taken, the monies from each parish are sent to rates higher than the Prime minus percentages and have been the Diocese. Once all the monies from all parishes are received, set as a floor rate until market rates begin to increase. a single check is sent on behalf of the people of the diocese to There are 11 loans outstanding for $9,353,311, and over 335 deposit notes of $35,651,146. the intended national office or agency. During this past year, the following collections were forwarded CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION to national offices: The Catholic Development Foundation was established in 1985 World Mission/Propagation of the Faith $51,492 as a separate entity that exists as an umbrella Foundation for Catholic Relief Services for Middle East $55,629 Catholic churches and institutions. The Foundation serves as a vehicle for Catholic entities to accumulate endowments, perpetual Catholic Relief Services for Nepal Earthquake $50,593 care funds, and the like through bequests and deferred gift Good Friday/Holy Land $50,117 planning. Gift planning tools such as charitable gift annuities, Religious Retirement $44,881 charitable remainder uni-trusts, charitable lead annuity trusts Peter’s Pence/Holy Father $36,177 and other deferred gift plans utilize the Foundation as a means Black & Indian Missions $22,496 of providing for the Church after our earthly existence. Catholic Home Missions Appeal $21,957 At June 30, 2015 there were: Catholic Relief for Operation Rice Bowl $18,580 Endowments for Seminarians/Clergy Education $18,749,233 Others (e.g., Aid to Eastern Europe, Haiti) $2,216 Endowments for parishes and agencies $12,040,224


The Diocese of Fargo received $65,000 from the Black & Indian Mission Office this year for direct aid to Native American communities in the diocese and $45,000 from the Catholic Home Mission Office for Diocesan programming and economic assistance to three parishes. All parishes participate in the diocesan insurance program through Catholic Mutual. Catholic Mutual sends bills to the parishes based on a $1,000 deductible. The parishes make payments to the Diocese for these insurance premiums. Catholic Mutual bills the Diocese based on a $25,000 deductible, and the Diocese makes payments to Catholic Mutual. The premium difference or spread between the $1,000 and $25,000 deductibles is retained in the Insurance Reserve and is used to pay insurance claims between the $1,000 and $25,000 level.


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, 2015, the 30


Endowments for Catholic schools Donor Advised Fund Annuities/Uni-trusts Perpetual Care Cemetery Funds

$ 9,318,595 $ 4,862,609 $ 1,641,750 $ 1,630,355

The Catholic Development Foundation provides a permanent way for donors to make a positive impact for years to come on the well-being of the Catholic Church and people served through its many ministries. As an umbrella foundation for the Catholic entities in the Fargo diocese, the Catholic Development Foundation seeks to support financially the spiritual, educational and social wellbeing of our Catholic faith community and to help donors achieve their charitable and financial goals through a legacy gift.

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.


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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: _____________

Mail this form to:

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 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 Cemetery Care St. Joseph 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 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 Church St. Benedict’s Church St. Thomas Church Sacred Heart Church

Argusville Belcourt* Belcourt Buffalo Cando



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. John the Evangelist Church Holy Cross Church St. Benedict Church St. John the Baptist 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 Wahpeton* West Fargo Wild Rice Wyndmere

Other Named Endowments

Church/Location/ Serving

Archbishop Aquila Scholarship

Seminarian Education

Rev. Darin Didier Memorial Fund

Seminarian Scholarships

Deacon David Gates Scholarship St. Joseph School

St. JPII Catholic Schools

Diocese of Fargo

Diane Brooks Memorial Scholarship Real Presence Radio

Fr. George Bolte Memorial St. Michael’s School

Diaconate Education Devils Lake* Fargo* Fargo*

Diocese of Fargo Youth Programs

Fargo/Grand Forks

Holy Trinity - Fingal Grand Forks


St. James Catholic High School Fund

Benefits three Grand Forks parishes for education

Catholic Charities North Dakota


Lidgerwood K of C – Dexter Cemetery Little Flower Elementary School

Fr. John Bacevicius Memorial Fund

Thomas Gustafson Religious Education Marriage Tribunal Endowment

Young Disciples

Lidgerwood Rugby*

St. Boniface Cemetery - Kintyre

Donor Advised Funds


Our Daily Bread

Various Catholic Charitable works

The Hoffart Family

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

St. Charles Borromeo - Oakes

Supports people seeking annulments Fargo

Seminarian Clergy Endowments

Diocese of Fargo*

St. John’s School

St. JPII Catholic Schools


During Fiscal Year 2015. the Catholic Development Foundation paid out $171,448 in annuity payments to faith-filled individuals who have funded annuities with the Foundation.

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New Earth deadlines for articles and ads in 2016


he diocesan monthly publication, New Earth, aims to provide informational, educational and inspirational stories and photos about the people and places of the Diocese of Fargo. You are invited to submit articles, photographs and story ideas for consideration and inclusion in an upcoming issue. The following are the 2016 printing deadlines for New Earth. Please share this schedule with anyone who may want to publicize events or share a great story through New Earth and/ or on the News and Events section of the diocesan website.

All submitted articles must meet approval before being published. Additionally, because of limited space in New Earth, no item is guaranteed with the exception of paid advertising. However, we do publish all stories and events within the News and Events section of the diocesan website that have met a p p ro v a l . T h a t s e c t i o n c a n b e f o u n d b y v i s i t i n g

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Please submit your items no later than 5 p.m. on the “Copy/ photo Deadline” date that corresponds with the issue you wish to see your item appear via: Email: Mail: Phone: New Earth, Diocese of Fargo, 5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 356-7900

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espite the passage of with some force. We discover some fourteen years, it’s how impatient and self-centered still vivid in my memory. we still are, and at the same My two young daughters (four time, we recognize that we are and two years old) and I are part surrounded by people that are, of a small contingent gathered in likewise, heirs of a fallen nature. a tiny little chapel to encounter Still, Pope St. John Paul II insisted Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrifice that the family is “established of the Mass. “What a privilege it as an intimate community of is,” I think to myself, “to be able life and love” patterned after to share this intimate experience the very life of self-gift within of the closeness of Christ with the Trinity. The fact that our my daughters.” experiences and perhaps even They seem to sense it as well, our priorities don’t always reflect as the Liturgy of the Word moves this doesn’t change the reality effortlessly into the Liturgy of the that the human family is the most Eucharist. Finally, the climactic foundational way in which God moment arrives, the moment is imaged in the world. Through when heaven touches earth in participation in the sacramental such a way that mere bread life, God fills all of the natural crosses over and becomes God goods of marriage and family Himself. “Take this, all of you, Brad and Lisa Gray with their children: Mary Therese, Faustina, Joseph, life with his own supernatural and eat it, for this is my Body Antoinette, Elijah, and Noelle. dynamism, making that kind of which will be given up for you. selfless love possible, not easy, Do this in remembrance of me.” The host is elevated, and in but possible. the silence I can almost envision the angels singing. The spiritual treasury of our faith does not act as some sort Suddenly, the silence is ruptured as my four year old cries of divine welfare system wherein we simply sit back and relax out in a full voice that reverberates throughout the chapel, while God does all the heavy lifting. Instead, it empowers us “Daddy, the pee-pee’s coming!” In an instant the sublime has with his grace and strength to be able to engage in the battle that been replaced by the most mundane and ecstasy replaced by is in front of us, a battle against sin, selfishness and isolation. humiliation as I quickly package up my girls in an attempt to It is true that often our homes may look or feel like warzones, avert disaster. By the grace of God, (and perhaps a little help because to be a church means to be engaged in conflict against from the aforementioned angels) we are able to reach the bath- all that would seek to vanquish love. After all, Jesus said that room before anything terrible happens, but needless to say, the the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church, implying moment is lost. that it was engaged in a full-out assault on the demonic. Such deflated moments are not far from the consciousness However, the beauty of it all is that, even more than a place of any parent who has attempted to navigate the often baffling of battle, a church is a place of encounter. In the family, with challenge of incorporating spirituality into their family life. I its relationships, its joys, its sorrows, its struggles, its victories sometimes quip that the family rosary seems more like the near and its defeats, Jesus Christ touches us personally. Yes, there occasion of sin than a movement toward sanctity. Additionally, are plenty of frustrations in trying to integrate spirituality into as children grow, new challenges to family spirituality emerge the dynamics of our families, but they are frustrations born out that make the whole endeavor seem far beyond reach. of the reality that we are not yet what we were made to be. Perhaps this is why when we hear that the Christian family is By God’s grace, we must become more and more a community the domestic church, it can seem like words without meaning. My of life and love. This is the joy and the worship of the domestic home often looks more like a domestic warzone than a church, church, to become what it yearns to be. May the Year of Marriage and it is not always because of the children. Often enough, we and Family help us to live as the domestic church. as spouses and parents can butt up against our own limitations





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New Earth December 2015  

Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND

New Earth December 2015  

Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND