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New November 2015 | Vol. 36 | No. 10


The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo

Living Reflections of God’s Love:

Diocesan conference a time to celebrate, strengthen and witness


From Bishop Folda: Living Reflections of God’s Love

Two from Napoleon called to serve

Year of Marriage and Family: Our part in the communion of saints NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015





November 2015 Vol. 36 | No. 10

ON THE COVER 14 Living Reflections of God’s Love: Diocesan conference a time to celebrate, strengthen and witness As the Year of Marriage and Family draws to a close, the diocese celebrated the gifts of marriage and family at the Living Reflections of God’s Love conference at the Civic Center in Fargo October 24. Approximately 1,500 faithful of the diocese attended the event.



Living Reflections of God’s Love



Pope Francis’ November prayer intentions


Ask a priest: What does it mean to have eternal life?



Real Presence radio signal spreads to Rapid City, S.D.


Preparing for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: a time of deep, personal conversion


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11 Tattered Pages: A review of Catholic books and literature

The best novel you’ve never heard of: A review of Josephine Tey’s ‘Daughter of Time’


12 Our current seminarians, deaconate candidates and religious women


18 Two from Napoleon called to serve


21 Stories of Faith

The faith story this month shows how asking the right questions can open our hearts to God’s voice.

22 Catholic Action


Christopher Dodson discusses how attachment to our political ideals can lead us astray.


23 The Catholic Difference

Guest columnist, Father Tad Pacholczyk takes a look at the mystery of male and female complementarity.

24 Stewardship

In this month’s column, Steve Schons shares how the apple season is an example of the scripture verse, “in giving we receive.”

25 Seminarian Life

Deacon Steven Wirth reflects on how he grew in maturity through his time at seminary.

ON THE COVER: (Top) Bishop Folda smiles during the closing Mass for the Living Reflections of God’s Love conference. (Left) A couple dances together during the evening dance of the conference. (Right) A mother and son enjoy a breath of fresh air outside the Civic Center during the conference. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photograpy)



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26 Events Calendar 26 A glimpse of the past 27 Milestone announcements 28 Memoriam

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


34 Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life YMF 2015 35 Our part in the communion of saints

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Living Reflections of God’s Love


or the past ten months, the Diocese of Fargo has been celebrating a Year of Marriage and the Family. This has coincided with the Synod of Bishops on the family, which concluded in Rome on October 25. In the face of challenges to marriage and family life, the Church has given renewed attention to these two foundational institutions of our culture and society. And here, in the Diocese of Fargo, we held a special celebration of marriage and family called “Living Reflections of God’s Love.” It was a marvelous occasion

Christian vision of marriage and family. Each is a life lived for others, a reflection of God’s own inner life of love. Jeff and Emily Cavins also spoke on the reflection of God’s love in marriage and in the family. Jeff, who is a renowned biblical scholar and author with ties to the Diocese of Fargo, spoke on the Christian understanding of suffering as an expression of love. He told the gathered crowd that marriage and family life elicit from us a willingness to give up everything, to sacrifice everything for the sake of those we love, especially our spouse and children. In this sense, these two great vocations draw us into close communion with Jesus, who showed us how to love most powerfully from the cross. Emily, a scholar and author in her own right, reminded us that love is shared not only in great things but also in the small gestures of everyday life. Pope Francis has made very similar comments in his recent addresses on family life, noting the importance of simple expressions like “please,” “thank you,” and “may I.” Little courtesies can create an atmosphere of respect and mutual reverence between spouses and family members. They teach us not to take one another for granted, but to always treat

“Unlike any other creature, the human person is made in the image and likeness of God, so we were each created to learn to love. We are made to love. The call to marriage is thus an intense way of being trained in the inner life of God, a life of love.” -Bishop John Folda, Diocese of Fargo for nearly 1,500 people from throughout our diocese to gather together to pray and to celebrate marriage and family life, two of the greatest gifts God has given his people. A few themes from the conference seemed to capture the message of this entire year. We were blessed to hear Msgr. James Shea of the University of Mary speak on our response to God’s call to love. He reminded us that all vocations are rooted in God, who is love itself. He also observed that we are all called to be “great lovers.” Unlike any other creature, the human person is made in the image and likeness of God, so we were each created to learn to love. We are made to love. The call to marriage is thus an intense way of being trained in the inner life of God, a life of love. God is a Trinity of persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - united in a perfect bond of love. The call to marriage and family life reflects in a beautiful way this same divine love lived in a human fashion. Msgr. Shea also pointed out that this way of love is possible, and the saints prove it. St. Maximilian Kolbe was a humble Polish priest who gave his life in exchange for another prisoner’s in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. He was truly a martyr for love. And we all know about the profound love of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who spent her life caring for the poorest of the poor. She was known for her simple but potent wisdom, and she once said that “a life not lived for others is not a life at all.” This then is the key to understanding the 4


one another with kindness. Pope Francis has also remarked on the place of forgiveness in families, urging us to let go of past hurts so we might always live together in peace. Emily further told us that the family is where we pass along faith, truth and love. In the family, we form our children and prepare them to become the family we hope they will be. Once again, this echoes the mind of Pope Francis, who frequently highlights the role of the family as a school of faith and love. It is most often within the family that the faith is first received and lived, and by their very vocation parents have an indispensable role in passing along the faith to their children. As if to underline this point, Pope Francis just canonized as saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the French couple who were the parents of St. Thèrése of the Child Jesus, the “Little Flower.” This is the first time that a married couple has been canonized together, and it expresses the fact that spouses have a special responsibility to help each other grow in holiness. In fact, they must help one another to become saints! Louis and Zélie were ordinary, faithful spouses and parents, but they lived their faith in an extraordinary way, passing along that faith to their children, who offered themselves to Christ by entering religious life. These two humble saints now demonstrate to us that holiness is attainable to all, especially to those who live the married vocation faithfully.

As we approach the conclusion of this Year of Marriage and Family in December, I am hopeful that its fruits will endure. Let us continue to pray for all those who are married and have families. Let us encourage parents to be models of virtue and to pass on the faith to their children. Let us support with our compassion those families who struggle. And, as those who are created in God’s image and likeness, let us strive always to be living reflections of his love to one another.

Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis November Universal intention: Dialogue. That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own. Reflection: What have I found helpful in talking with people who strongly disagree with me? Scripture: John 4: 1-42. Jesus’ encounter and dialogue with a Samaritan woman. Evangelization intention: Pastors. That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope. Reflection: In what ways have the bishops and priests that I know been good shepherds? Scripture: Luke 12: 1-7. “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.” Provided by Apostleship of Prayer,

Bishop Folda’s Calendar Nov. 14-18 USCCB Meeting, Baltimore, Md.

Nov. 19-20 Day of Recollection Conference, Mt. St. Mary Seminary, Md.

Nov. 26-29 Thanksgiving, Pastoral Center Closed

Dec. 5 | 6 p.m. Noel Night Fundraiser, St. John’s School, Wahpeton

Dec. 8 | 12:10 p.m. Mass for the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo Pastoral Center Closed

Dec. 13 | 10 a.m. Mass for Opening of the Holy Door for Year of Mercy, Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo

Dec. 15 | 2 p.m.

Diocese of Fargo Official Appointments/ Announcements November 2015

Priests Pension Board, Pastoral Center

3 p.m. Diocesan Finance Council, Pastoral Center

Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop of Fargo, has made the following appointments, announcements and/or decrees. Reverend John “Jack” Davis has been incardinated into the

Diocese of Chimbote in Peru as of August 21, 2015 per his request.

Reverend Andrew Jasinski has been reappointed as an

At-Large Member of the Priest Council. This appointment is effective September 15, 2015 for a three-year term. NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015



What does it mean to have eternal life?


f we were to ask What might that mean for us now? First of all, it is helpful the average person for us to keep before our eyes the great gift of eternal life that on the street if they Jesus holds out to us and to guide our choices accordingly. wanted to be happy, Secondly, we should incorporate into our practice of prayer an Ask a Priest the overwhelming ever-deeper exposure to sacred scripture so that we grow now majority of responses in our knowledge and love of the Trinity through the incarnate Monsignor Gregory would be “yes!” Our word of God. Finally, we should become ever more aware of Schlesselmann desire for happiness being pilgrims on our way to an amazing home – happiness is deeply ingrained without end in the communion of Trinitarian love. Let us be on in our hearts and it is our way! at the root of all our Monsignor Gregory Schlesselmann serves as the director of the permanent program for the diocese. He can be reached at gregory. “Our deepest desire is this profound union diaconate

with God forever, sharing in his glory and unending goodness. Having eternal life then is identical to possessing all that God wants to give us, especially himself.” -Monsignor Gregory Schlesselmann

choices in life. We choose based upon what we think will bring us happiness. It is clear, however, to any observant person that in fact not all choices bring real happiness – we can be deceived and disillusioned by counterfeits of happiness. That is where our faith becomes so important, for it is Jesus who reveals to us what is true happiness – having eternal life. But what does having eternal life really mean? We might be inclined to answer the question by simply imagining living forever in a sort of continuation of life here on earth. At the same time, the deeper longing in our hearts is for a life of definitive and complete happiness. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1024) describes eternal life as the “state of supreme definitive happiness” and the “ultimate end and fulfillment of deepest human longings.” But we can still ask the question: what do we desire most deeply? Jesus reveals the answer when he prays to his Father at the Last Supper: “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3). Thus we can say that the deepest desire of the human heart is to know the one true God as he really is in his infinite goodness and love, and this is supreme happiness. Knowing him in an intimate personal way (and not just knowing truths about him) also means entering into a deep personal communion of love with him, for God is love. Our deepest desire is this profound union with God forever, sharing in his glory and unending goodness. Having eternal life then is identical to possessing all that God wants to give us, especially himself. St. Cyril of Jerusalem summarizes it this way: “True and subsistent life consists in this: the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit, pouring out his heavenly gifts on all things without exception. Thanks to his mercy, we too, men that we are, have received the inalienable promise of eternal life” (Catech. Illum. 18, 29). 6


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Real Presence radio signal spreads to Rapid City, S.D. By Ann Bailey


ince its beginnings in 2000, the Grand Forks-based Catholic radio station has grown from renting air time on local stations and broadcasting for a few hours each day in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and into Montana and Canada. “The main theme of all of our growth is allowing the Lord to lead us,” said Steve Splonskowski, Real Presence Radio executive director. He and the radio station’s five-member board of directors listen to the Lord for signals on where he wants them to expand, Splonskowski said. “Being open to an opportunity and being prayerful about it is what we’re doing,” said Steve Loegering, Real Presence Radio president and one of the station’s founders. The first Real Presence studio was in the library closet of the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the UND campus. In 2007, at the invitation of St. Mary’s Church, Real Presence Radio moved its studio and office space to its location just south of downtown Grand Forks. Two years later, Real Presence Radio began broadcasting in the Fargo-Moorhead area on AM 1280, its second station. With the recent addition of signals in Rapid City, S.D., and Bemidji, Minn., the number of Real Presence Radio stations has grown to 12. The number of Real Presence Radio staff also has grown over the years. “When I started in 2007, I was the only staff member. Today we have five full-time staff and two part-time staff,” Splonskowski said. “We are blessed with a very talented and committed team.” Real Presence Radio, a lay apostolate which works with the Diocese of Fargo, Crookston, Bismarck and Rapid City is dedicated to answering the call of Saint Pope John Paul II for a New Evangelization. The station’s distinctively Catholic programing provides its listeners with a mix of devotionals, prayers, call-in programs, the daily Mass and both local and national programs concerning the Catholic faith. Real Presence Radio Board Chairman Ed Schmitz is convinced that the station is doing important mission work. People have told him that listening to the radio station was the reason they decided to join the Catholic Church or that it has brought them back to the church, Schmitz said. Hearing those conversion stories gives him renewed strength on days he’s feeling exhausted.

“If I get tired, I get another testimonial that says ‘keep on,’” Schmitz said. Local listeners in the areas where stations are added have paid for the addition of the stations to their areas, Splonskowski said. Real Presence Radio has been able to raise all of the money up front for some stations, and for others, loans were taken out until money was raised locally. One of the biggest challenges Splonskowski and the board members face is finding a signal, at an affordable price that covers the area to which they feel they are being called. “In all cases, we have just had to wait for the Lord to direct us to the right sellers. Sometimes that takes years, other times, he has done it within days or months,” Splonskowski said. “God has a different door for us to walk through,” Loegering said. “He may close this door, but open another. If a door doesn’t open, God’s order is to wait.” He and the Real Presence Radio board of directors have felt called, and been invited, to expand further into Minnesota, so they are preparing and searching for opportunities there, said Splonskowski. And, as always, they are waiting for more signals from heaven above to determine where they should add another Real Presence signal on the earth below. “We are also regularly discerning opportunities that come our way as the Lord presents them,” Splonskowski said.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5 NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015



Preparing for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: a time of deep, personal conversion By Father Matthew Kraemer

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n less than a month we will embark upon a new year of grace! Pope Francis announced last Lent that the Universal Church would be celebrating an ‘Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy’ from December 8, 2015 until November 20, 2016. In his announcement he said, “I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy… we want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). What exactly is an ‘Extraordinary Jubilee?’ In biblical times, every fiftieth year was called a ‘jubilee year.’ During the jubilee prisoners were released, debts forgiven and the mercies of God were particularly manifested (Leviticus 25). As Christians, we know that the greatest bondage and debt we have is sin. And we also know that we are freed from sin by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18-19). For followers of Christ the jubilee year takes on new meaning. It is a time to invoke God’s mercy, to rejoice in it and to tell others about it. An Extraordinary Jubilee is one that doesn’t follow the usual cycle. The Catholic tradition of the jubilee year began in the year 1300 and is celebrated every 25 years. The last ordinary jubilee year was the Great Jubilee of 2000, which many still remember. But an Extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of particular importance. Pope Francis has announced the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy because he feels it is urgent that we slow down and contemplate God’s mercy right now. Here are some things to look forward to this year: Holy Doors: On December 13, 2015, Pope Francis will open a special door that is only opened in jubilee years at the Cathedral in Rome. On the same day, our own bishop will open a door at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo that will serve as our own Holy Door. The Holy Door is a symbol of Jesus Christ; he is the door 8


through which we have access to God. There will also be Holy Doors established in different churches throughout the diocese.

Pilgrimage: During the Jubilee of Mercy, all of the faithful of the Diocese are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral or to the nearest church that has a Holy Door. Visiting the Holy Door isn’t magic. It is a sign of wanting to experience the mercy of God and to be merciful to others.

Works of Mercy: Jesus makes it very clear in the Gospel that since we have received the mercy of the Father, we are to be merciful to others in return. Pope Francis asks us to really dedicate ourselves this year to performing spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Throughout the year New Earth will highlight how various parishes in the diocese are putting this call into action.

Jubilee Indulgence: The Holy Father wants all of the faithful to experience the mercy of God by receiving a special indulgence. It can be obtained by visiting the Holy Door at the Cathedral or at one of the other churches in the diocese that has one, or by performing corporal and spiritual works of mercy. There will be more details to come about this indulgence and exactly what one must do to receive it.

24 Hours for the Lord: The Jubilee of Mercy will be a time to experience God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 24 Hours for the Lord is an initiative that Pope Francis started two years ago in which various churches throughout the world are open for 24 continuous hours with priests available to hear confession. This Lent he asks us to join him in our own celebration of 24 Hours for the Lord on March 5 and 6, 2016. We will, of course need to adapt it so it will work in our diocese. All faithful in the Diocese of Fargo are encouraged to participate fully in the Jubilee of Mercy. It promises to be a time of deep personal conversion and renewed zeal in sharing God’s mercy with others.

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The best novel you’ve never heard of

A review of Josephine Tey’s ‘The Daughter of Time’ By Thomas L. McDonald

singled it out: I found myself describing ‘The Daughter of Time’ as ‘one of the most important books ever written.’ The words came unbidden to my tongue, but I don’t retreat from them. Josephine Tey’s clarity of mind, and her loathing of fakes and of propaganda, are like pure, cold spring water in a weary land. Her story-telling ability is effortless. But what she loves above all is to show that things are very often not what they seem to be, that we are too easily fooled, that ready acceptance of conventional wisdom is not just dangerous, but a result of laziness, A review of Catholic books and literature incuriosity and of a resistance to reason. “…what she loves above all is to show that Yes, exactly. Tey offers one piece of “fact” after another, and things are very often not what they seem to then explodes it with a reference to a primary resource that directly disproves it. We learn how rumor and propaganda utterly be, that we are too easily fooled, that ready replaced hard fact, and how even subsequent historians merely acceptance of conventional wisdom is not just folded these facts into the old narrative without bothering to dangerous, but a result of laziness, incuriosity see how they make that narrative impossible. and of a resistance to reason.” –Peter Hitchens Catholics will recognize this immediately because it’s the dominant narrative of mainstream Church history today. The t’s a mystery where the mystery is 500 years old, and everyone church certainly has her share of dark and shameful moments, already knows the solution. Or at least they think they do. but the exaggerated quality of this narrative–the millions tortured The detective is stuck in a hospital bed for the entire novel. and killed, the oppression, the damage done to civilization–is There is no action whatsoever. We never leave the a pure lie concocted largely by Protestant Reformers, political hospital room. enemies, atheists and the sensationalist press. As someone who teaches Church history, I read the schoolbooks, just like Only three characters have any kind of substantial roles, and Grant does in the novel, and I find the same lazy errors and only a handful of other characters appear at all. outright lies. In ‘The Daughter of Time,’ Tey’s series detective, Alan Grant, is stuck in bed with a broken leg, being driven batty by boredom. If Richard III is what contemporary records show he was–a His friend Marta brings an envelope full of engravings to help good king unseated by a wicked rival with no claim to the throne him pass that time. Grant likes to read faces. He claims he can who actually murdered the princes–then how did the story get tell whether a person is a judge or a defendant by just looking turned around? at his face. Among the pictures is a print of King Richard III, And if that piece of history is completely false, what else is? and this one begins to work on him. When you’re done, you won’t take anything at face value, Grant starts to read about Richard, first in schoolbooks, and nor should you, even your faith. Probe deeper, ask questions, then with the help of a researcher at the British Museum, he be a detective. Test everything and hold on to what is true. drills down through layers of legend and pseudo-fact. It’s an interesting process, beginning with the kind of common knowledge everything assumes to be true, then peeling away layers like an onion. He doesn’t start with the goal of proving Richard About the Book: innocent of the murders, but as “facts” are revealed to be mere propaganda and lies, the real story slowly emerges. “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey. And it is absolutely gripping. Grant gets new material, ponders and discusses it, and two tales are told. Published by Scribner The first is a tale of research. Anyone who knows the real thrill of discovery when you’re deep in researching a topic Paperback 206 pages. will understand how engrossing this can be. It’s true detection: Available via Barnes and finding data, interpreting it and slotting it into the larger puzzle. Noble, and The second is the tale of Richard III, the rise of the utterly other book resellers. vile Tudors in the form of Henry VII, and the disappearance of the princes in the tower. If you think you know this story, you don’t. But its most important quality is the way it cuts through received wisdom to get to truth. This is the reason Peter Hitchens







Deacon Robert Keller

Hometown: Harvey School: St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, Colo. Year: Theology IV

James (JT) Kennelly Hometown: Fargo School: St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, Colo. Year: Theology III

Robert Foertsch Hometown: Wyndmere School: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Mich. Year: Pre-Theology II

Corey Baumgartner


Deacon Paul Kuhn Hometown: Harvey School: Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Year: Theology IV

Deacon Patrick Parks

Hometown: Coon Rapids, Minn. School: Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Year: Theology IV

Jayson Miller

Zachary Howick

Hometown: Lawton School: St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Year: Theology III

Hometown: Grand Forks School: St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, Colo. Year: Theology II

Riley Durkin Hometown: Inkster School: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Mich. Year: College IV

Jered Grossman Hometown: Harvey School: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Mich. Year: College IV

Deacon Steven Wirth

Hometown: Munich School: St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Year: Theology IV

Chris Savageau Hometown: Fargo School: Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Year: Theology I

Ethan Kaste Hometown: Grafton School: St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward, Neb. Year: College III

God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons and consecrated persons. Hometown: Napoleon Hometown: Jamestown Send your Holy Spirit to help School: Sacred Heart Major others to respond generously and School: St. Gregory the Great courageously to your call. May Seminary, Detroit, Mich. Seminary, Seward, Neb. our community of faith support Year: College II Year: College I vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen


Scott Karnik

Hometown: Grafton School: Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Year: Theology III

Eric Seitz Hometown: Fargo School: St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. Year: Theology I

Kevin Lorsung Hometown: Isanti, Minn. School: St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward, Neb. Year: College III

Quinn Krebs


Religious Women

Sr. Mary Ruth Huhn, OSF

Sr. Mary Ruth Jones, CK

Hometown: Darwin, Minn. Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen, Hankinson 1st Professed

Hometown: Fargo Sisters of Christ the King, Lincoln, Neb. 1st Professed

Sr. Mary Seraphin Beck, OSF Hometown: Rugby Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher, Davenport, Iowa 1st Professed

Pat Breen

Hometown: Langdon Poor Clare Sisters, Belleville, Ill. Novice

St. John’s parish, New Rockford

Hometown: Fargo Visitation Monastery, Brooklyn, N.Y. Novice

Hometown: Fargo Apostolic Sisters-Community of St. John, Belleville, Ill. Novice

Terry Fischer

St. Patrick’s parish, Hurdsfield

Hometown: Napoleon Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, New Ulm, Minn. Postulant

Curtis Kaufman

St. Michael’s parish, Grand Forks

Francis Schatz

Hometown: Fargo Sisters of Life, Bronx, N.Y. 1st Professed

Kayla Gross, ACJ

Diaconate Candidates

Sts. Peter & Paul parish, Karlsruhe

Bart Salazar

Sr. Mary Pieta Breen, SV

Sr. Mary Beauclair, CSJ

Sr. Miryam Vandal, PCC

Jonathan Brewer

Sts. Anne & Joachim parish, Fargo

Sr. Mary Louise Bushy, VHM

Kirk Ripplinger

St. Rose of Lima parish, Hillsboro

Ben Seitz

Basilica of St. James, Jamestown

Jeff Vaagen

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Volunteers assist at the registration table at the Year of Marriage and Family Conference on Oct. 24. Approximately 1,500 faithful participated in the diocese-wide event. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography)

Living Reflections of God’s Love: Diocesan conference a time to celebrate, strengthen and witness

By Kristina Lahr

Year of Marriage and Family a providential time to support sanctity of marriage


Jeff Cavins was one speaker invited to share his wisdom on uplifting the family. Speakers throughout the day also included Emily Cavins, Msgr. Jame Shea and Doug Tooke. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography)



ence the family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride” (Pope St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio 17, November 22, 1981). With these words, Pope St. John Paul II reminds families of their most basic identity and mission: to receive and manifest the love with which God embraces each and every human being. It was from this quote that the title of the Year of Marriage and Family Conference received its name: Living Reflections of God’s Love. On Saturday, October 24 approximately 1,500 faithful gathered at the Civic Center and Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo. Amidst a time where the family seems to be under attack at every turn, the conference was specifically designed to celebrate the gifts of marriage and family which God has given us. As a response to Pope Francis’ two year synod process on the family and frequent preaching on marriage and family, Bishop Folda saw it was an opportune time for the Diocese of Fargo to join in that spirit of prayer and support especially for married couples and those approaching marriage. “The institution of marriage has been challenged in a very powerful way,” said Bishop Folda. “And I’d say even in a tragic way through the undermining that’s been taking place legally and culturally in the very notion of what marriage is all about. By highlighting the place of marriage and family in our society, we can offer spiritual support to families who are married and reiterate what our belief is as a church and the nature of what marriage is all about.”

Bishop Folda gathers with the youth for a group photo and to share a few words. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography)

Families assemble in the Civic Center for Mass with Bishop Folda (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography) .

Notable speakers of the conference were Jeff and Emily Cavins, Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, Doug Tooke, youth minister and speaker from the diocese of Helena, Mont. and Cat Chat, a family of seven that evangelizes children. Activities for children, teens and adults provided a full family experience focusing on how to reflect God’s love within the family and be thankful for our families. Notable aspects of marriage and family also accompanied this year. Saints Louis and Zélie Martin were the first married couple canonized together. The Diocese of Fargo hired Marriage and Family Life coordinator, Bray Gray. And, Pope Francis celebrated the World Meeting of Families in our nation. One of the key elements throughout the year to strengthen local families was the Holy Family Traveling Icon Kit. Many families took advantage of the resources this kit provided by adding additional prayer to their family life. Pastors were also encouraged to focus on marriage and family in their homilies throughout the year. “It was really providential that we were already teaching about marriage in a deliberate way,” said Bishop Folda, “because it allowed us to build on what’s already been taught to help people see that the definition and nature of marriage doesn’t change despite what judicial authorities decide. I’m hopeful that this year long observance has helped people to have a greater sense of what the church believes about marriage and what we still believe despite the culture.” “Family life isn’t easy,” he continued. “Married life isn’t easy and yet, there’s a great beauty and joy about it. It’s not something that’s out of date, it’s still very much the fabric of our lives and building block of our society and culture, and we need to support our married people as they try to live this vocation.”

Youth are totally engaged with speaker Doug Tooke’s presentation at the family event. Three sets of programs, one for adults, youth and children, were designed so that the whole family could be included in the conference. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography)




Icon of holy family seen anew through diocesan-led celebration on marriage, family By Roxane B. Salonen


he icon used to promote the recent, diocesan-led marriage It’s God’s intention that each of us becomes a terrific and family celebration, “Living Reflections of God’s lover, he concluded, calling the family, “a laboratory for the Love,” had me in a state of serene expectation going in. conversion of hearts.” Joseph and Mary lovingly embrace each other while baby Now holding my own halo firmly in my lap, I watched the Jesus, wrapped in their unbroken circle of love, looks on second speaker, Jeff Cavins, emerge. Perhaps he would restore contentedly, their three golden halos glowing. that untarnished image I’d expected to find. I entered the Fargo Civic Center on Oct. 24 thinking I’d Instead, he launched into a missive on redemptive sufferexperience more of this calm, holy image but quickly realized ing; the sort he experienced when plagued with a serious, my picture of perfect peace was about to be shattered. debilitating neck injury a while back. The morning’s first speaker, Monsignor James Shea, put it “When your ideal life hits your real life, things can start bluntly, saying our whole purpose on earth is to learn to love, going really funny,” Cavins said. but that the training would not be easy. In fact, it might very Our modern world seeks happiness through the avoidance well break us. of suffering or inconvenience. But eventually, suffering will And yet, Shea said, if we don’t try, we can miss the whole come, he said, and in this, our greatest hope lies, for suffering point of our lives. “Am I entering the adventure I was called allows us to “see life from a supernatural dimension.” to, or sleeping through it?” he asked. Cavins said that in the Catholic view, Christ and his body Shea said that in our culture, we are blasted with images are so connected that they cannot be separated, and so we of what brings happiness, but if the vision for our life is not necessarily enter into Jesus’ suffering and dying. founded on the image of God, we’ll fall into despair. Through this, we have an opportunity to offer our suffering As he talked, I could feel my own, work-in-progress halo for others, as he did for us. “If we can’t attach meaning to teetering toward the side of my head. suffering we can go into despair,” Cavins said. But if we can, Shea proposed a radical help – prayer – saying our errant “we can endure anything.” images “will be purified when we allow the Lord to speak Cavins said that the routine dying to self we experience in deep within us.” family life can become our greatest blessing. “Most people are Real love, he said, is not gushy, nor accompanied by afraid of dying because they haven’t practiced for it,” Cavins the soothing sounds of “Canon in D,” but “a crucifixion; a said, quoting Archbishop Fulton Sheen. “They have never living sacrifice.” learned to deal with their less than ideal.” Yikes. There’s that cross again, and my ever-slipping halo. But in the midst of our weakness, “the springs of divine He continued, saying that it is gazing upon God, whose power gush forth.” “Suffering brings you materially closer to image and likeness we reflect, where we find our intended Christ than anything else,” Cavins said. “So lean into the identity and purpose. cross; pick it up.” “When John said, ‘God is love,’” Shea noted, “he By now, it was becoming clear to me that was not just giving future poster makers a good line the golden icon was meant to draw me, and all of to attach to a pretty sunset.’” us, further into the strange but beautiful mystery of love. Each person of the Trinity is involved in an eternal dance of selflessness, Shea said, emptying them The final speaker, Emily Cavins, focused selves out on behalf of the other. This is the model on mercy, “an attribute of love that is to follow in our own families. essential within family life.” “(God) created us for self-emptying love, and “In marriage you have a lot of it’s the most natural thing for us in the world,” chances to show mercy,” she said, Shea said, “…to empty ourselves so we can be noting that anyone with teenagers filled with the other.” has their work of mercy-modeling cut out for them.

Families enjoyed the beautiful fall afternoon between events outside the Civic Center. (Tyson Kuznia/ Legacy Photography)



Without this mercy, we lose the chance to teach. “If you cut a person off because they’ve offended you,” Emily warned, “you’ve cut off the possibility for them to learn” as well. St. John Paul II reminded us that the family is “the school of love,” Emily said, and that it is in our families where we learn what is important and who we are. “Sometimes in communicating love, we blow it,” she said. I sighed, nodding. “But one of the greatest things our children

can learn is humility through apology.” Emily advised that in going about family life, parents should aim to “be the family you would like your children to have someday.” Now there’s an image on which to hang our halos. I came away fed and full, not by the distorted version of love and family life that doesn’t live up to reality, but the version that brings us straight to the cross, and beyond it.

Children play a game of catch during vacation bible school focused on the Jesse Tree at the family event. (Tyson Kuznia/Legacy Photography)

Mentoring Marriage: By Doreen Kennelly By Doreen Kennelly


Because every marriage matters

hat can parishes do to support and enhance marriage and strengthen the family in a culture in which the meaning of marriage is misunderstood? Does the local Church have a responsibility to serve the needs of the family by strengthening marriages in our modern age? These are the questions that led to the development of a program at Holy Spirit parish, Fargo that is designed to strengthen and support marriage. After studying a number of different marriage enrichment programs such as Beloved, Teams of Our Lady, and materials from the Couple-to-Couple League, Father Neil Pfeifer, the associate pastor at Holy Spirit, developed what is titled Mentoring Marriage. Mentoring Marriage offers married couples of all ages an opportunity to strengthen their already healthy marriages. Couples are organized into four-couple teams.As members arrive and get settled, they are asked to discuss how the past month, within each marriage, has been lived out in light of its vocational meaning. Couples are then invited to gather in the church where Father leads Evening Prayer. The group also views a video pertaining to a particular aspect of living the vocation of marriage, and Father Pfeifer or Father Moen expounds on that teaching. Husbands and wives are given the opportunity to discuss how they can apply the theme to their particular relationship as they separate from their team to personally discuss the topic. Approximately sixty couples, ranging from newlyweds to couples married over 52 years are currently registered. Although, at this printing, Mentoring Marriage has met only once, fruits are already being harvested. For example, one gentleman who

has been married to a Catholic for over twenty years realized for the first time the importance of husband and wife being united in faith, has joined RCIA and is on the path to entering into full communion with the Church this spring. Another couple has made it a new priority to attend Mass at least once a week outside of Sunday Mass. An individual shared their return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation after 32 years. Another couple said that after just one meeting they have become tangibly aware of Jesus as the third person in their marriage. A nearly immediate benefit to others was the practice of praying together and its positive effect on their relationships. When asked what was most beneficial during the evening session, a husband said that he was able to visit one-on-one with his wife about specific aspects of their marriage for which they otherwise would not have arranged the time. One wife recognizes the challenges of married life and related that she appreciated learning that God has a plan for their marriage. Mentoring Marriage is a program designed to support marriage at every stage. It is not a program designed to fix broken marriages. The hope is that this program will serve to prevent fractured marriages and build strong, faith-filled families so that the foundation of society will be built on solid ground. Every marriage matters! If you and your husband or wife are interested in being a participant, call Holy Spirit parish at (701) 232-5900 or email neil.pfeifer@ Upcoming dates are November 22, December 20, January 31, February 21, March 20 and April 17.



Two from Napoleon called to serve By Jessica Wald | Reprinted with permission from The Napoleon Homestead

Kayla Gross (middle right), along with sisters from the Holy Trinity Convent in New Ulm Minn., who came to visit her in Napoleon. Gross joined the order of sisters August 31 as a postulant.

She said the process to prepare for entering the convent has “I feel so many joys; a sense of freedom in my heart. There been a “very natural” process. “I started following God and my is nothing weighing me down,” said Kayla Gross of Napoleon, desires started to change naturally.” as she was accepted to join the Holy Trinity Convent in New “It has been such a beautiful and eye-opening journey that I have shared with amazing people,” Gross said of her preparation Ulm, Minn. process and finding the right convent. “It’s a process, but I’m Gross said her journey began about two years ago when taking it to God for the change.” she spent more time in silence and prayer. “When I started to Gross said others have asked the question of how she feels invest more time in my relationship with Jesus Christ, it was a of never becoming a wife or mother. “I found being a mother relationship I had never had before. I realized I could give my By Roxane B. Salonen and wife could be filled in a different way. These desires will life to him completely.” be filled in other spiritual ways,” she added. “I had a growing desire in my heart to be a religious sister. I became open to the idea and began looking at different Gross mentioned there are currently 12 sisters at the Holy communities,” she noted. In October 2014 Gross went to a Come Trinity Convent, but four others, including her, joined the same and See retreat at the convent, to learn more about it. “After time she did. Ages of the ladies at the convent are 22 to 35. She the retreat I was so happy and had a special feeling,” she said. said Mother Mary Clare is the founder of the order, so it is a As Gross was enrolled at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, newer, younger convent. Minn., she continued with her senior year, earning a degree in “I’m very excited to bring joy to others and reach out to speech/language/hearing science. During the year she attended them; I want to love the world in such a radical way. This is a FOCUS conference, where 10,000 students gathered and after not a career choice, but rather a relationship; I will be a bride the conference she began thinking of working as a counselor of Christ,” she said. for the organization. She applied and was accepted, but as the A new adventure to seminary choice didn’t feel quite right, she declined the offer. “I then took Three years ago, after praying and finding friendship with active steps in figuring out which convent community I was the Lord, one Napoleon man felt called to different adventures, going to be called to,” she said. with the most recent being to enter the seminary and eventually After conversations with mothers at a few convents, Gross become a priest. felt she wasn’t called to live at these convents and her heart Corey Baumgartner began college at Dakota State University wasn’t attracted to these places. in S.D. for computer graphic design and later transferred to a Spring break of her senior year came and Gross decided to few different colleges and began pursuing other majors. spend a week with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, or the But this fall Baumgartner jumped on a train, rode to Detroit, sisters at the Holy Trinity Convent once again. “After that week Mich. and began his new mission at the Sacred Heart Major it was like finding my significant other; I just knew,” she said Seminary. “After he took me on many different adventures, as with a smile. I like to call them, the Lord told me my true vocation won’t Gross joined the Handmaids at the Holy Trinity Convent on begin until I enter the seminary,” said Baumgartner. August 31. In 2013 during a summer break from college, Baumgartner

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NEXT GEN traveled the state as a Young Disciple counselor, helping at different Bible camps. “I grew so much; the knowledge of my faith grew, along with who I was,” he noted. When he returned to college at the University of Mary that fall, Baumgartner dove into many Catholic programs. “I had a growing thirst for Christ,” he said. After these adventures came to a close, Baumgartner felt the urge to attend an Operation Andrew’s Supper in Napoleon, where Bishop Folda teaches those interested in furthering their knowledge on the seminary. “This is the first time I felt that seminary is something I wanted to do; I was so excited after the event, I wanted to go right away,” he mentioned. Baumgartner began filling out an application to enter the seminary, but had a feeling to wait. “There was just a reason I felt I shouldn’t finish filling it out,” he said. After also having a calling to not return to the University of Mary, he realized he was led to join NET Ministries. The National Evangelization Teams, which is a non-profit organization, challenges young adults to love Christ and embrace the life of the church by leaving behind their jobs, school, family and friends to devote nine months to travel and share the gospel with young people and their families. “I fell in love with it,” said Baumgartner. During his time with NET, Baumgartner, helped out with campus ministries, Bible studies and more, at a private Catholic high school in Plymouth, Minn. NET missionaries travel

Men in NET ministries gather for a photo. Baumgartner is in the front right. He is now a seminarian for the Diocese of Fargo and attends Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich.

around every two weeks and stay with host families during their mission. “It was a really intense experience, which took me and matured me, slowed me down and I became more excited and less anxious about myself and my decisions.” In March Baumgartner finished filling out the application and after being accepted, Bishop Folda chose for Baumgartner to become a seminarian in Detroit. “The ultimate goal is to speak and be closer to Christ; to do his goal for me as best I can and love one another. I want to grow in the ways I will be called.”

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Attachment to political “possessions” By North Dakota Catholic Conference


he Gospel story of the rich young man can teach Catholic us how to deal Action with our political possessions. Christoper Dodson T h e g o s p e l s tell us that the man asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus restates the commandments. The man replies that he has observed the commandments since his youth. Mark’s account says that Jesus looked at the man, “loved him,” and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” The man went away sad, for he had many possessions. Most reflections on the story focus on how merely following the commandments was considered insufficient — at least for the young man — and on Jesus’ warning, immediately after the departure of the young man, that it is “easier for a camel to pass through eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” There is, however, more to the story. It would be a mistake to think that Jesus was instructing everyone to give all their possessions to the poor. He said that possessions would make it difficult, but not impossible, to receive eternal life. Jesus instructed this particular young man to sell all that he had. Why? I think the answer is found in Mark’s explanation that Jesus looked at the man and loved him. It was a very personal message by the only one who can see straight into a person’s heart. Jesus saw that with this man, adherence to the commandments would not be enough. The

a hard time letting go of the presumption that individualism and the free market, not government, can solve all problems, even though the church warns about potential dangers of both. Some politically liberal Catholics have difficulty accepting that religious freedom includes the right of institutions to exercise their religious beliefs in the public sphere. Some Republican Catholics refuse to accept the Catholic doctrine that all workers have a right to unionize. Some Democratic Catholics adhere to the idea that all state funded education must be in public schools, despite that fact that Catholic doctrine clearly teaches that the state has a duty to financially support a child’s education at the place of the parent’s choosing. The examples are endless. No political party or ideology is truly Catholic. When we adhere to any at the expense of embracing the fullness of the Catholic faith, including her social doctrines, we become like the young rich man holding on to his, not His, possessions. There is another aspect of the story that is often missed. The gospels say that the young rich man went away sad. That is so unusual, at least in today’s context, that the fact that it is overlooked should be surprising. Most people who disagree with the church’s social teachings — in other words, “possess” a contrary view — get dismissive or angry. They don’t get sad. We hear and read rejoinders like “I’m Catholic, but . . ,” “Well, the Pope is not an economist,” “The Church should stick to making people feel good and stay out of politics,” “Times have changed,” and “The Pope did not really write that.” Then there is the standard fallback position, “It is a matter of prudential judgment.” These are not statements of sadness. They are expressions of rejection. The rich young man might have walked away, but he did so with sadness that can only come from humility and a realization that he had heard the Truth. Otherwise, why would he be sad?

“The rich young man might have walked away, but he did so with a sadness that can only come from humility and a realization that he had heard the Truth. Otherwise, why would he be sad?” – Christopher Dodson man’s attachment to possessions would always be a barrier to I often wonder what happened to the young rich man. We giving his life fully to God. don’t know if he eventually disposed of his possessions and For that reason, we should consider the story to be about more followed Jesus. Sadness can lead to repentance and conversion. than material wealth. We all have attachments and possessions Anger and willful ignorance cannot. In that respect, the young to which we hold on, even as we follow the commandments man is one step better than we who stubbornly cling to our and precepts of the church. political “possessions.” Political and ideological beliefs can become such possessions. Christopher Dodson is executive director of the North Dakota Catholic People can buy-in to certain philosophies and partisan positions Conference. The NDCC acts on behalf of the Catholic bishops of North to the point that they cling to them like the young man and his Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic wealth. Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic Some politically conservative Catholics, for example, have social doctrine. The conference website is





The mystery of male-female complementarity

ames Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.” This striking insight helps bring into focus the authentic and remarkable mystery we encounter in the joining of husband and wife in marriage. That abiding mystery touches on their one flesh union and reveals an inner fruitfulness, enabling them to contribute together something greater than either can do alone, namely, the engendering of new life in the marital embrace. Ultimately, that life-giving mystery flows from their radical male–female complementarity. Pope John Paul II commented on this “mystery of complementarity” when he noted how “uniting with each other [in the conjugal act] so closely as to become ‘one flesh,’ man and woman, rediscover, so to speak, every time and in a special way, the mystery of creation.” The personal and bodily complementarity of man and woman, along with the “duality of a mysterious mutual attraction,” reminds us, again in the words of the Pope, how “femininity finds itself, in a sense, in the presence of masculinity, while masculinity is confirmed through femininity.” In recent times, nevertheless, the importance of the bodily and spiritual complementarity of man and woman has come to be diminished and even negated in the minds of many, largely due to the diffusion of contraception. This way of intentionally impeding our own procreativity has effectively diminished and even undermined our ability to perceive the inner order and interpersonal meaning of our own sexuality. Pope John Paul II once described the root truth about human sexuality as that “characteristic of man — male and female — which permits them, when they become ‘one flesh,’ to submit at the same time their whole humanity to the blessing of fertility.” The routine promotion of contraceptive sexual relations across all strata of society has effectively collapsed the mystery of sexuality into the trivial pursuit of mutually-agreed-upon pleasurable sensations. It has managed to reconfigure that sexuality into, basically, sterile acts of mutual autoeroticism. Men and women, neutered and neutralized by various surgeries, pharmaceuticals, or other devices, no longer really need each other in their complementary sexual roles, with homosexual genital activity claiming the status of just another

variant of the same game. This depleted vision of our sexuality strips Making Sense out the beautiful of Bioethics mystery at its core and diminishes our Father Tad Pacholczyk human dignity. Human sexuality clearly touches deep human chords, including the reality of our solitude. In the depths of the human heart is found a desire for completion through the total spousal gift of oneself to another, a gift that profoundly contributes to alleviating our primordial sense of human solitude. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have noted how the deeper mystery of communion that we seek through intimacy is connected to this desire to overcome solitude. We are ultimately intended for communion, so our experiences of human solitude draw us into relationship, and beckon us to an encounter with the other. Yet the union of friendship that arises between two men, for example, or between two women, while clearly important in helping to overcome solitude, can be predicated only on non-genital forms of sharing if their friendship is to be authentic, fruitful and spiritually life-giving. Genital sexual activity between members of the same sex fails to communicate objectively either the gift of life or the gift of self. Such activity countermands authentic intimacy by collapsing into a form of consensual bodily exploitation, contradicting the very design and meaning of the body in its nature as masculine or feminine. It represents, in fact, the lifeless antithesis of nuptial fruitfulness and faithfulness. The beauty and meaning of every sexual encounter in marriage, then, is rooted not only in faithful and exclusive love, but also in the radical complementarity of spouses manifested in the abiding mystery of their mutual procreativity. Pope Francis, speaking at the 2015 Synod of Bishops and addressing the theme of The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World, reiterated this divine design over human sexuality when he stressed: “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.” 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

“This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.” – Pope Francis at the 2015 Synod of Bishops NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015



Stewardship as a way of life… with apples


a p p y autumn greetings! This is absolutely my favorite time Stewardship of year. Over the Steve Schons past several years, I’ve been helping my mom retrieve the apples from her Haralson apple tree. Typically, it’s supposed to provide a generous crop of apples every other year, but for some reason, her tree doesn’t get that memo. Every year has been a bumper crop. This year was no exception. I’ll admit, I’m an amateur apple picker. But, I approached the apple gathering job with a few simple principles:

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Each Catholic parish in the Diocese of Fargo has an established endowment. In fact, there are endowments set up for a variety of programs such as Catholic schools, cemeteries, religious education and seminarian education to name a few. To view a full list of all endowments available, please visit 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.

• Appreciate the generosity the apple tree provided. Wow! Look at all them beautiful apples! • I need to be gentle with the apples and treat them well. Handle them carefully so they don’t bruise or damage. • Take what I need and share the excess. And share the best apples from the tree.

We filled 18 boxes when it was all said and done. Mom kept a few boxes for herself. I took a few apples for my family, but the majority of the apples went to co-workers, friends and some family. I was quickly reminded that when giving a gift, even if it’s just apples, can sure make a person’s day. The saying in the gospel of Luke, “in giving we receive,” came to reality. For weeks after gifting apples to people, I received two plates of apple bars, one apple pie and applesauce in return. After playing squirrel in a tree, I came up with two relatively profound thoughts. First, climbing a tree and contorting the body around branches was much easier when I was 15 years old. Second, picking and sharing apples provides a great example of stewardship in action. A Christian Steward is defined as one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with all, and returns them with increase to the Lord. I can’t help but think that this whole apple picking adventure this fall was a lesson in stewardship in its simplest form. I firmly believe God has provided us with many different “apple trees” to practice stewardship as a way of life. As the end of the year approaches, a reminder of the ND Tax Credit. If you are a North Dakota resident and make a gift to a ND qualified endowment of $5,000 or more, you are eligible for a 40% tax credit on your ND taxes. Tax credits are much different than a tax deduction because they reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar. The maximum tax credit is $20,000 for individuals or $40,000 for married filing jointly. However, credits can be 24


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Growing up in seminary Maturity comes through relationship with God

n the fall of 2007 I was an 18 year old high school graduate. provided regular I was about to enter Cardinal Muench Seminary as a college access to the Sacrafreshman and pursue a path that would lead me to the ment of Reconciliapriesthood. Although legally an adult, looking back I realize tion (because we all Seminarian that I was still just a kid. For me the journey to adulthood took need it from time to Life place within seminary. In a sense I grew up in the seminary. time). This schedule As a teenager I used my free time for my own enjoyment, and not only helped me Deacon Steven Wirth I resented anyone who attempted to take that time from me. to build the good But I learned in seminary that part of being an adult is to give habits of prayer that of myself to others. A husband or wife must give themselves a priest will need aftheir spouse, a parent to their children, a religious brother or ter seminary, but it sister entirely to God, and a priest to the Church. One way in also provided me with space for building my relationship with which I had to grow in this way was when I had to give up some God. We need such a relationship with God because it doesn’t of the time I thought I had to myself in order to be generous matter how mature we get, we will always be a child of God to others, whether that was helping another seminarian with and will always need his help and his love. a task or going to some event in a local parish. So too in the The other great aid to my maturity in seminary was my priesthood I must be willing to spend time in the confessional, brother seminarians. Psalm 133 says, “How good and how

“…it doesn’t matter how mature we get, we will always be a child of God and will always need his help and his love.” – Deacon Steven Wirth, Fargo Diocese seminarian

be available to listen to people in their need or get out of bed in the middle of the night when someone in the hospital needs a priest. It was at seminary where I learned to give up some of my childhood selfishness and grow into a generous adult. Much of my path to adulthood in the seminary was similar to that of any college student. I moved all my stuff into my dorm room at Cardinal Muench Seminary, I met all the sorts of new people who I would be living and spending significant time with, and I watched as my parents drove away leaving me to live on my own in my new home. But there are many things that are different about “growing up” in a seminary. The most obvious was the number of people in the seminary whose job it was to aid me in this very task. The priest staff at the seminary not only helped me in discerning a potential call to the priesthood, but they also helped me develop the skills required of a priest. There were also the seminary professors who in my experience were not simply academics but men and women who were truly dedicated to forming future priests. Of course there was the lay staff of the seminary who was always very supportive. And I also had the wonderful experience of bishops (namely Archbishop Aquila and Bishop Folda) who have taken an active interest in my formation for the priesthood. I also benefited from the daily schedule of prayer and sacraments in seminary. Each day in the seminary included Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Cardinal Muench Seminary also required a daily holy hour in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Both Cardinal Muench Seminary and St. Paul Seminary

pleasant it is, when brothers live in unity!” And how true that is! It is truly a blessing to live among men who are all seeking to grow in holiness and to live the will of God. Having other men around me who were sharing in my journey was a source of strength and energy. We could share our struggles with one another and also rejoice when we could witness in each other our continued growth in holiness. Even as I look back on how I have benefited from “growing up” in seminary, I have recently taken note of a certain fact. If, God willing, I am ordained to the priesthood this coming June, I will become the youngest priest in the Diocese of Fargo, and I am likely to hold that title for a few years. This just shows me that I still have much more maturing to do. And it reminds me that no matter how old or how “grown up” we become, we are still called to strive every day to become more and more that mature man or woman that God is calling us to be.

Deacon Steven Wirth is a Theology IV student studying at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Originally from Munich, Wirth enjoys a good game of Ultimate Frisbee and fiction books. He believes the best part about being a priest is helping people grow closer in their relationship with God, especially through preaching and the sacraments. 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. NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015



Events Across The Diocese A Glimpse of the Past Mark your calendar for events around the diocese Serra Dinner. Blessed

Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo. Thursday, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 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) 356-7946.

Called and Gifted Workshop.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devils Lake. Friday, Nov. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 14. The Called and Gifted Workshop is a two-day live presentation which will include Church teaching on the laity and lay apostleships, the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation and how to undertake the process of discernment. Contact Devils Lake parish at (701) 662-5071.

12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Concert features musicians including choir, orchestra and handbells. A free will offering benefits Holy Cross’ music ministry. Contact the parish at (701) 282-7217.

Collar Classic. Shanley

High School Gym, Fargo. Monday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to the annual priests versus seminarians basketball game. Free admission. Contact Vocations Office at (701) 356-7948. 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 news@ The deadline for the December New Earth is Nov. 26. The earliest that issue will reach homes is Dec. 14.

Breath of Heaven Concert. Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo. Saturday, Dec.

50 Years Ago....1965

St. Michael’s parish in Grand Forks has organized what is believed to be the first Parish Advisory Council in the diocese, according to Msgr. William McNamee, Pastor. Purpose of the organization is to assist, advise and recommend to the priests of the parish. “Lack of coordination of parish activities has always been a problem for us,” Msgr. McNamee said. “We found our first council meeting helpful and stimulating.” -October 1965 Catholic Action News

20 Years Ago....1995

Holy Spirit Church, Fargo, launched a $1.2 million fund raising campaign with the theme, “Counting on the Spirit.” The campaign is the result of a two-year study that seeks to build on the parish’s 45 year history and enhance its ministry to the people on the north-side of Fargo. Plans are for enlarging the entry to the church with an enhanced gathering space, constructing parish and school offices to house a staff of 12 and major maintenance to all the parish’s major facilities. -October 1995 New Earth

10 Years ago....2005

St. Arnold’s Christmas Party. Milnor. Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The evening will include Christmas cookies, krumkake, rosettes, candies and other baked goodies for sale, hot cider, fresh lefse, homemade stew and soup. Contact the parish at (701) 427-9288.

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.

For more news and events, visit the “News and Events” section of the diocesan website: news-events.

Governor John Hoven announced November 17 that the Shanley High School Concert Chorale and the Lisbon High School Band have been selected the 2005-06 Governor’s Official State Chorus and Band. Shanley’s Concert Chorale, under the direction of Rebecca Raber is composed of 66 students from grades 9-12. The choir performs at several events in the Fargo-Moorhead area and has toured in major cities across the country, including Chicago, San Francisco and New York. -December 2005 New Earth

Diocesan policy: Reporting child abuse The Diocese of Fargo is committed to the protection of youth. Please report any incidents or suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to civil authorities. If the situation involves a member of the clergy or a religious order, a seminarian or an employee of a Catholic school, parish, the diocesan offices or other Catholic entity within the diocese, we ask that you also report the incident or suspected incident to Monsignor Joseph P. Goering at (701) 356-7945 or Larry Bernhardt at (701) 356-7965 or For additional information about victim assistance, visit



Life’s Milestones Borhos celebrate 60th anniversary

Robert and Viola Borho were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich on Oct. 25, 1955. They have six children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They live in Devils Lake and belong to St. Joseph’s parish.

Arne and Jean Domben celebrate golden anniversary

Arne and Jean Domben of Sacred Heart church Rolette celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday Oct. 18 in the Year of Marriage and Family.

Joe and Helen Haman celebrate 65 years of marriage

Joe and Helen Haman were married Nov. 13, 1950 at St. Therese the Little Flower parish in Rugby. They have been members of the St. Cecilia parish in Towner for 65 years. They continue to be involved with their farming operation. They have eight children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jean Kram celebrates 90 years

Jean Kram, parishioner of St. Michael parish in Wales, celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 10. Jean was blessed with 55 years of marriage with her late husband, Tony. They farmed in the Wales area and have six children, 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Jean now lives in Langdon.

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

Schalls celebrate 70 years of marriage

Joe and Beatrice Schall of Fargo, formerly of Rugby, celebrated 70 years of marriage on Oct. 15. A social was held on Oct. 3 at Riverview Place in Fargo where they have resided since 2003. Joe and Beatrice have seven children, 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. They are members of St. Anne and Joachim parish in Fargo.

Century marks for Esmond matriarchs

Two of the ninety-six members of St. Boniface Catholic Church of Esmond reached 100 years of age this year, Amelia Bachmeier on Jan. 22 and Katherine (Katie) Wolfe on May 9. Both young women married farmers from the Esmond area in the midst of the Great Depression. Amelia married Albert Bachmeier on Oct. 7, 1936 and Katie married John Wolfe Jr. on July 3, 1934. Bachmeier farmed south of Esmond and Wolfe farmed west of Esmond. Amelia and Katie were friends and raised their families within St. Boniface parish. They were both active in Christian Mothers and Ladies Aid activities. Amelia came from a family of 12 children and has 4 sons, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Katie came from a family of 10 children, has 10 children, 26 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and many step-descendents as well. St. Boniface parish is so proud of these two strong, inspiring women who have been great models of faith and family commitment to the local community.

Ann Zins celebrates 94th birthday

Ann Zins (pictured with her great-grandson, Elliott) turned 94 in July. She is the mother of 18 children (16 still living), 48 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. She was married for 34 years to her late husband Leander who passed away in 1973. She now lives in Bismarck.

Correction In the October 2015 issue, Bernard and Genevieve Zimprich were incorrectly identified in the headline of their anniversary announcement on page 30. We apologize for the confusion this error may have caused.



We Remember A call to pray for those who have gone before us

Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton Aliceyn Magelky/New Earth

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


Priests: Father Thomas J. Krupich-June 27, 2015. Religious: Sister Helen Backes, SMP-Oct. 27, 2014; Sister Jane Walker, PBVM- Nov. 7, 2014; Sister Mary Sand, OSFDec. 27, 2014; Sister M. Eugenia Tessier, PBVM-May 16, 2015; Sister Frances O’Neill, PBVM-Aug. 25, 2015. ALCIDE - St. Anthony’s Catholic Church: Willard “Willis” E. Gooden-Nov. 7, 2014; Rhonda M. Morin-Nov. 10, 2014; Jerome A. Aberle-Nov. 27, 2014. ANAMOOSE - St. Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church: Fern Schmaltz Reinowski-Oct. 9, 2014. ANETA - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Elizabeth Berthold-Aug. 16, 2015. BELCOURT - St. Ann’s Catholic Church: Evelyn M. Charette-Oct. 12, 2014; Esther Klier-Oct. 22, 2014; Sylvia M. Bercier-Oct. 28, 2014; Charles R. Graybill-Oct. 29, 2014; Timothy J. Demery-Nov. 1, 2014; Everly F. LaFountaine -Nov. 1, 2014; Lawrence S. Lavallie-Nov. 4, 2014; Clark L. Marion Jr.-Nov. 26, 2014; Lucy M. Iverson-Nov. 29, 2014; Alice R. Laverduer-Henry-Nov. 30, 2014; Eileen A. Champagne -Dec. 7, 2014; Oscar J. Wilkie-Dec. 12, 2014; Brenda A. Malaterre-Dec. 23, 2014; Monica M. Marcellais-Feb. 16, 2015; Leonard F. Eller Sr.-Feb. 18, 2015; Russell J. Swain-Feb. 27, 2015; Archie Grant-Mar. 2, 2015; Ruby L. Parisien-Mar. 4, 2015; Curtiss L. Thomas Jr.-Mar. 6, 2015. BOTTINEAU - St. Mark’s Catholic Church: Mary L. Boehnke-Oct. 20, 2014; Thomas “Bill” GibsonNov. 14, 2014; Margaret L. Pfau-Nov. 29, 2014; Lloyd Jelleberg -May 8, 2015; William J. Nero-June 9, 2015; Viola Beyer-July 6, 2015.



CANDO - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: John H. Elsperger-Jan. 17, 2015; Hilda DeArton-Jan. 22, 2015; Sandra D. Rader-Apr. 8, 2015; Violet Casey-Apr. 22, 2015; Matthew “Matt” Heisler-Apr. 23, 2015; Genevieve R. Metzger-Sep. 13, 2015. CARRINGTON - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Lloyd F. Becker-Oct. 10, 2014; Carol J. Brown-Oct. 29, 2014; Luverne E. Gussiaas-Nov. 10, 2014; Fabian E. Noack-Dec. 12, 2014; Beulah B. Rathe-Jan. 18, 2015; Joseph A. RidgeMar. 1, 2015; Emma Pulver-Apr. 4, 2015; Ralph L. Harmon -Apr. 14, 2015; Veronica “Ronnie” Jaeger-May 18, 2015; Marie Brennan-May 26, 2015; Amelia M. Waliser-June 7, 2015; James “Jim” Straley-June 24, 2015; Winifred “Winnie” Petsinger-July 9, 2015; Harry Mehring-July 29, 2015; Maurice J. Zink-July 30, 2015; Kenneth “Ken” Brady-Sep. 3, 2015. CASSELTON - St. Leo’s Catholic Church: Kathryn Holm-Oct. 7, 2014; Frances Nesemeier-Dec. 6, 2014; Jane M. Guy-Jan. 6, 2015; Charles A. Radermacher-Mar. 31, 2015; Aloysius “Mannie” J. Lux-May 18, 2015; Kenneth Corcoran-June 27, 2015; Marian E. Schmidt-July 18, 2015; James R. Hohnadel-July 23, 2015. CAVALIER - St. Brigid of Ireland’s Catholic Church: Robert Monette-Jan. 20, 2015; Peggy M. Johnson-Feb. 6, 2015; Madonna Letzring-May 10, 2015; Arni D. JohnsonJuly 26, 2015; Raymond Hebert-Aug. 15, 2015; Carl W. Winkler-Oct. 6, 2015. CAYUGA - Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church: George “Pete” Kiefer-Dec. 7, 2014; Clara Maczkowicz-Feb. 10, 2015; Lee Haring-June 6, 2015. COOPERSTOWN - St. George’s Catholic Church: Lawrence Geiger-Dec. 13, 2014; Mary Pfeifer-June 15, 2015; Glen Plaisted-Aug. 30, 2015. CRYSTAL - St. Patrick’s Catholic Church: Rita E. Heigaard-Jan. 3, 2015.

ELLENDALE - St. Helena’s Catholic Church: Dale F. Davis-Jan. 17, 2015; Genevieve Rempfer-Apr. 4, 2015; Alvin C. Sand-Apr. 15, 2015; Catherine “Cathy” L. GeissMay 1, 2015; Inez M. Falk-May 3, 2015. ESMOND - St. Boniface’s Catholic Church: Louis D. Arnold-Dec. 6, 2014; Magdalena Erck-Jan. 14, 2015; Kenneth Wolf-Apr. 22, 2015; Kenneth Axtman-July 8, 2015; Jerome Keller-Aug. 14, 2015.

Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton (Aliceyn Magelky/New Earth)

DEVILS LAKE - St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: Floyd J. Austin-Oct. 8, 2014; Edward “Eddy” G. Senger-Oct. 11, 2014; Theophile D. Martin-Oct. 14, 2014; Theresa “MaryTess” M. Haman-Oct. 15, 2014; Jared A. Eisenzimmer -Oct. 30, 2014; Philip J Schiele-Oct. 31, 2014; Dale J. Jaeger -Nov. 3, 2014; Charles “Chuck” F. Reese-Nov. 12, 2014; Patiricia “Pat” A. McKay-Nov. 13, 2014; Peter Kraft-Nov. 27, 2014; Clarence A. Miller-Dec. 18, 2014; Alice Laturnus-Dec. 19, 2014; Zella A. Kueneman-Dec. 22, 2014; Roger L. Wilhelmi-Jan. 11, 2015; Dorene J. Schwan-Jan. 11, 2015; John W. Burckhard-Jan. 19, 2015; Kathy D. Eisenzimmer-Jan. 24, 2015; Charles D. Cox-Jan. 30, 2015; Leon A. Timboe-Feb. 9, 2015; Loidah F. Bosch-Feb. 11, 2015; June M. Strand-Feb. 20, 2015; Eustean E. Tollefson-Feb. 20, 2015; Duane E. JacquesFeb. 21, 2015; Kynlee J. Delorme-Feb. 25, 2015; Joseph M. Bachmeier-Mar. 10, 2015; Margaret M. Lang-Apr. 5, 2015; Walter P. Martin-Apr. 5, 2015; Henry F. Bartholme, Jr.-Apr. 7, 2015; Steven R. Eback-Apr. 10, 2015; John J. Gangl-May 4, 2015; Aurelie E. Jerome-May 8, 2015; Geraldine M. Schall-May 9, 2015; John P. Eberle-June 11, 2015; Mary L. Lange-June 25, 2015; Mary B. Kostecki-July 9, 2015; Tasha N. Rodlin-July 13, 2015; JoAnn M. Lee-July 18, 2015; Joanne M. Monette-July 19, 2015; Mary “Connie” Smith-Aug. 5, 2015; Michael “Mike” F. Haman-Aug. 20, 2015; Daniel “Dan” R. Heisler-Aug. 30, 2015; Brian L. Holtz-Sep. 6, 2015; Bonnie J. Lang-Oct. 2, 2015; Bonnie J. Poitra-Lang-Oct. 2, 2015; Bradley V. Johansen-Oct. 8, 2015; Carol A. Kurtz-Oct. 9, 2015. DRAKE - St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church: Theresa Kuntz Martin-Oct. 2, 2014; Shelby R. Bruner-Oct. 28, 2014; Pete Lemer-Nov. 16, 2014. DRAYTON - St. Edward’s Catholic Church: Peter Byzewski-Feb. 23, 2015; Earlene Lasch-Apr. 6, 2015; Dominick “Dick” R. Blawat-Apr. 11, 2015; Helen Byzewski-July 1, 2015; Lillian Dvorak-Aug. 10, 2015. DUNSEITH - St. Michael the Archangel’s Catholic Church: Thomas J. Thiefault-Oct. 6, 2014; Charles Demery-Oct. 7, 2014; Clovis E. Miller-Nov. 8, 2014; Rose A. Peltier-Nov. 17, 2014. EDGELEY - Transfiguration Catholic Church: Grace E. Scallon-Dec. 11, 2014; Ida Weigel-Jan. 30, 2015; Frances Senger-Feb. 15, 2015; Marvin T. Wegenast-Mar. 27, 2015; Bernadetta Brandenburg-Apr. 12, 2015; Peter SchmidtMay 4, 2015; Quin Scallon-July 17, 2015.

FARGO - Sts. Anne and Joachim’s Catholic Church: Eva Hogan-Oct. 24, 2014; Jane C. Gillund-Nov. 22, 2014; Edgard H. Peterson-Dec. 8, 2014; Elizabeth Reski-Dec. 25, 2014; Benadine “Bernie” Paulson-Dec. 28, 2014; Mary C. Devine-Mar. 14, 2015; Terry Wilm-Mar. 22, 2015; Warren J. Seykora-Apr. 28, 2015; Arlene E. Ayers-May 31, 2015; Sharon Connell-Rick-May 31, 2015; James Rader-June 30, 2015; Matthew Kuhlmann-July 18, 2015; Rodney MaesseJuly 18, 2015; Marjorie Gaffney-Sep. 24, 2015. FARGO - St. Anthony of Padua’s Catholic Church: Thomas Stickel-Oct. 3, 2014; Wallace Mitchell-Oct. 26, 2014; Mary Donaldson-Oct. 29, 2014; Clement “Woody” Sauvageau-Nov. 5, 2014; Beverly Bergstrom-Nov. 15, 2014; Victoria Differding-Nov. 22, 2014; Arlene Mann-Nov. 27, 2014; Dorothy Ell-Nov. 29, 2014; Lendall Matuska-Nov. 29, 2014; August M. Bosch-Dec. 5, 2014; Kevin Savageau-Dec. 19, 2014; Mary Lothspeich-Dec. 23, 2014; Julie Erickson-Dec. 30, 2014; Sheila Pfaff-Jan. 30, 2015; Randall Rustad-Jan. 31, 2015; Carol L. Sinner-Feb. 26, 2015; James Moreau-Feb. 28, 2015; Geraldine Foerster-Mar. 7, 2015; Lawrence Meyer-Mar. 16, 2015; Kathleen Onsum-Mar. 17, 2015; Harold Weis-Apr. 5, 2015; Donald Johnson-May 4, 2015; Beverly Carr-May 10, 2015; Edward Jundt-May 11, 2015; Michael Cameron-May 19, 2015; Raeann Germain-Broste-May 19, 2015; JoAnn Hansen-May 23, 2015; Elaine Vogel-May 28, 2015; William Westerholm-June 2, 2015; Mary E. Schneider-June 26, 2015; John Johnson-June 28, 2015; Tim Sweeney-July 22, 2015; Donald Borgen-July 31, 2015; Janis Dawley-Aug. 2, 2015; Kathleen McCroskey-Aug. 5, 2015; Harry Schafer-Aug. 5, 2015; Ione Brodigan-Aug. 8, 2015; Peter J. Miles-Aug. 24, 2015; Neil Krumm-Sep. 1, 2015; John Noah-Sep. 3, 2015; Jim Anderson-Sep. 9, 2015; Leonard Ganje-Sep. 18, 2015; Carol Koesterman-Sep. 29, 2015. FARGO - Holy Spirit Catholic Church: Lee R. McMaines-Oct. 10, 2014; Phyllis Simon-Oct. 21, 2014; Edward W. Price-Nov. 8, 2014; Mike Dirk, Sr.-Nov. 15, 2014; Myrtle L. Anderson-Bernier-Dec. 13, 2014; Tom Chapman-Dec. 18, 2014; Jean E. Selbo-Dec. 26, 2014; Raymond Volk-Jan. 20, 2015; Colleen Witt-Mar. 23, 2015; Steven Cassidy-Mar. 30, 2015; Theresa E. Kowalski-Apr. 2, 2015; Irene Bellmore-Apr. 11, 2015; Connie E. Lahren-Apr. 28, 2015; Dolores “Dee” Biske-May 6, 2015; Joanne L. Blanchard-May 6, 2015; Tom Garske-June 6, 2015; Chanis Klontz-June 13, 2015; James Henderson-June 20, 2015; Aileen Buck-July 21, 2015; Margaret “Faith” Lewis-Aug. 3, 2015; John “Jack” Lewis-Aug. 13, 2015; Jeffrey “J.J.” Bruns-Aug. 23, 2015; Eva Banasik-Sep. 6, 2015; Patricia Longhenry-Sep. 23, 2015; John F. Fornes-Oct. 5, 2015. FARGO - Cathedral of St. Mary: Adrian D. Cihak-Oct. 1, 2014; Helen Mitzel-Jan. 13, 2015; NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015


Wilfred J. Baumgartner-Jan. 21, 2015; Nancy Beeson-Feb. 1, 2015; Clara Fertig-Apr. 27, 2015; Janette Borho-May 15, 2015; Joseph Weigel-May 16, 2015; Edward M. Sauvageau-Aug. 8, 2015; Frances E. Jacobson-Aug. 24, 2015; Douglas W. ToliverSep. 6, 2015; Genevieve Cossette Olson-Sep. 21, 2015. FARGO - Nativity Catholic Church: Kathleen Fjelde-Oct. 3, 2014; John P. Ringuette-Oct. 29, 2014; Carrol Woxland-Nov. 21, 2014; Dolores Hollenhorst-Dec. 8, 2014; Thomas LeQuire-Dec. 9, 2014; George Lavelle-Dec. 11, 2014; Ryan Harrington-Dec. 16, 2014; Orel Cossette-Dec. 22, 2014; Patricia Kiewel-Schramm-Jan. 22, 2015; Jerry Zadow-Jan. 23, 2015; Monica Schloesser-Feb. 17, 2015; Gerry Evans-Feb. 19, 2015; Steve McGrath-Mar. 2, 2015; Hayden Nelson-May 12, 2015; Patricia Hieb-May 28, 2015; Janice Bruns-May 28, 2015; Alice Doyle-June 4, 2015; Clarence Olson-June 27, 2015; Carol Preston-July 7, 2015; Glenn Schlicht-July 7, 2015; Maurice Mahli-July 31, 2015; Eleanor Haider-July 31, 2015; Blanche Molony-Aug. 4, 2015; Agnes Brunelle-Aug. 6, 2015; Lillian M. Moch-Sep. 21, 2015; Mable Hoedl-Oct. 3, 2015; Lawrence Leclerc-Oct. 4, 2015; Alice Zwack-Oct. 8, 2015; Donna Cossett-Oct. 11, 2015. FESSENDEN - St. Augustine’s Catholic Church: Kelly E. Lamm-July 18, 2015. FORMAN - St. Mary’s Catholic Church: Robert A. Albro-Nov. 8, 2014; John Sundlie-Nov. 17, 2014; Doran A. Mallberg-July 1, 2015; Margaret “Maggie” Hayen-July 10, 2015; Jessica Mabus-Aug. 31, 2015. GENESEO - St. Martin of Tours’ Catholic Church: Ralph R. Lawrence-Feb. 25, 2015; Peter Slabik-Apr. 25, 2015; Janice M. Nagowski-Sep. 16, 2015. GRAND FORKS - Holy Family Catholic Church: Mary A. Brumleve-Oct. 11, 2014; Richard E. Narlock-Oct. 18, 2014; Martin “Marty” L. Miner-Dec. 25, 2014; Clair Kraft-Dec. 28, 2014; Frances C. Hall-Feb. 20, 2015; Betty Egstad-Mar. 19, 2015; Dean O. Mohr-Mar. 22, 2015; Roger Kieffer-Apr. 11, 2015; Constance Kielty-May 14, 2015; Teckla Jacobson-May 28, 2015; Susan “Sue” Bina-June 12, 2015; Joan K. Cowger-June 12, 2015; Robert T. Capes-Aug. 31, 2015. GRAND FORKS - St. Michael’s Catholic Church: Berniece Endres-Oct. 10, 2014; Ervin W. Knaus-Oct. 18, 2014; Leona P. Anderson-Nov. 10, 2014; Len D. Boucher -Dec. 3, 2014; Domenick Palmiscno-Dec. 13, 2014; Dale M. Hoffmann-Dec. 14, 2014; Wayne F. Terrian-Jan. 1, 2015; Art F. Huot-Jan. 2, 2015; Gaynelle Eley-Jan. 9, 2015; Wayne A. Carl-Feb. 1, 2015; Truman P. Reed, Jr.-Feb. 10, 2015; Andrew “Andy” Salwei-Feb. 17, 2015; Josephine “Dode” Peterson-Mar. 4, 2015; Corbin J. Britton-Mar. 6, 2015; Karen L. Rolczynski-Mar. 7, 2015; Glen U. Goulet-Mar. 17, 2015; Rita Deleski-Mar. 23, 2015; Rose M. Meister-Mar. 26, 2015; Norval “Skip” La Hugh Gillies-Mar. 27, 2015; Dorothy R. Miller-Apr. 10, 2015; Rylie N. McNelis-Apr. 14, 2015; Glenn C. Gulberg-Apr. 16, 2015; Dr. Daniel Schmelka-Apr. 26, 2015; Betty A. Fiebiger-Apr. 27, 2015; Donald Lunski-May 1, 2015; R. Keith Barry-May 2, 2015; Mavis L. Rolczynski-May 14, 2015; Beatrice “Bea” Houdek-May 14, 2015; Frances Grinde-May 20, 2015; Donald Wasylow-May 25, 2015; Gregory L. Weiland-May 26, 2015; James L. Coulter-May 28, 2015; Linda Vondal-May 31, 2015; Robert O’Leary-June 30


Calvary Cemetery, Hankinson (Aliceyn Magelky/New Earth)

5, 2015; Therese “Terry” Prochaska-June 18, 2015; Byron Kuenzel-June 22, 2015; Leo A. Cariveau-June 27, 2015; Elsie M. Reinhart-July 9, 2015; Edward J. Gerszewski-July 25, 2015; G. “Bill” William Eccles-July 31, 2015; Warren “Bud” J. Hursman-Aug. 1, 2015; Mary Bohlman Mannes-Aug. 15, 2015; Lorraine M. Garceau-Aug. 15, 2015; N. Robert “Bob” Kuehnel, Jr.-Aug. 17, 2015; Paulette Stenseth-Aug. 28, 2015; Mary E. Williams-Sep. 3, 2015; Marlana Reckmo-Sep. 4, 2015; Gerald “Jerry” R. Fortin-Sep. 4, 2015; David A. Osowski -Sep. 7, 2015. GRAND FORKS - St. Mary’s Catholic Church: Diane “Toodie” L. Baril-Oct. 7, 2014; Donald W. Collette-Nov. 24, 2014; John P. Rolczynski-Nov. 28, 2014; Elizabeth “Betty” Widman-Dec. 19, 2014; Irene C. Fontaine-Jan. 14, 2015; Barbara L. Gylleborg-Feb. 19, 2015; Arlene B. Adams-Feb. 21, 2015; Carmen P. DelValle-Mar. 11, 2015; John L. Hanson -Mar. 18, 2015; Alice M. Derosier-Apr. 2, 2015; Bernice M. Czapiewski-Apr. 14, 2015; Julia M. Breidenbach-Apr. 15, 2015; Marie Ann Babinski-July 27, 2015; Gerald “Jerry” A. Hansen-Aug. 3, 2015; Ethel E. Boehmer-Sep. 13, 2015; James S. Roufs-Sep. 17, 2015; Alois “Alex” Jaeger-Oct. 7, 2015. GRAFTON - St. John the Evangelist’s Catholic Church: Dorothy A. Wentz-Oct. 9, 2014; John Moen-Nov. 19, 2014; Marcella Sevigny-Dec. 15, 2014; Debra Ladouceur-Dec. 22, 2014; Raymond Keeley-Jan. 4, 2015; Dorothy A. Wilson-Jan. 4, 2015; Gordon Oihus-Jan. 5, 2015; Richard Schuster-Jan. 22, 2015; Lola Mae Houdek-Feb. 18, 2015; Stanley LangowskiMar. 14, 2015; Blanche Cernik-Mar. 23, 2015; Stephanie Youngbear -Mar. 31, 2015; Verna Gerszewski-May 25, 2015; Lorraine Kliniske-May 30, 2015; Helen Grzadzieleski-May 31, 2015; Carolina Mendoza-June 6, 2015; Virginia Fabela-June 10, 2015; Sharon Burns-June 11, 2015; Dale Narveson-June 27,

2015; Charles Tweten-June 27, 2015; Leona Nelson-Aug. 24, 2015; Tina Latraille-Sep. 4, 2015; Norman Colsen-Sep. 23, 2015.

LANKIN - St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: Florence A. Hagen-Nov. 5, 2014; Marie A. Pich-July 9, 2015; Mary J Capp-Aug. 28, 2015.

HANKINSON - St. Philip’s Catholic Church: Allen Schiltz-Oct. 12, 2014; Bernice Hoefs-Oct. 29, 2014.

LARIMORE - St. Stephen’s Catholic Church: Rosemond A. Pietron-Oct. 10, 2014; Joyce Matheson-Oct. 17, 2014; Gerald Pietron-Mar. 3, 2015; Peter J. Stumpf-Apr. 7, 2015; David Karas-July 24, 2015; Warren Snyder-Aug. 4, 2015.

HARVEY - St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church: Helen Burgard-Nov. 10, 2014; Katheryn Schneider-Feb. 28, 2015; John F. Keller-Mar. 17, 2015; Don Keller-Apr. 9, 2015; Duane D. Frey-June 6, 2015; Gerald “Jerry” Young-July 23, 2015; Eva M. Wentz-Sept. 13, 2015. HILLSBORO - St. Rose of Lima’s Catholic Church: SuzAnn Breen-Nov. 3, 2014; Margaret Kozojed-Dec. 8, 2014; Mark Eblen-Jan. 24, 2015; Lee Nitzkorski-Mar. 16, 2015; Lilas Mueller-Apr. 1, 2015; Kathy Schill-May 17, 2015; Leonard Thompson-June 16, 2015. JAMESTOWN - St. James Basilica: Naomi M. Wanzek-Oct. 11, 2014; Richard G. Heinert-Oct. 15, 2014; Marian E. Klose-Oct. 28, 2014; Jane M. Pecka-Nov. 10, 2014; Gene Klose-Nov. 19, 2014; Mary E. Bergman-Dec. 11, 2014; Harley J. Stoltenburg-Jan. 4, 2015; Anna Marie Stachlowski-Jan. 4, 2015; Ruby M. Paczkowski-Jan. 19, 2015; Elaine M. LeFevre-Feb. 13, 2015; Douglas Michel-Feb. 17, 2015; Magdalene D. Jawaski-Feb. 22, 2015; Greg Falk-Mar. 15, 2015; Ruth A. Willey-Mar. 21, 2015; Mary Rabideau-Mar. 24, 2015; Mark S. LeFevre-Apr. 1, 2015; Phyllis Schaller-Apr. 9, 2015; Michael A. Tryba-Apr. 16, 2015; Blanche L. Readel-Apr. 27, 2015; Eunice Ostenson-Apr. 28, 2015; Darrell L. Moran -May 24, 2015; Daniel R. Peterson-May 26, 2015; Lanny E. Bell-May 27, 2015; Eleanore Tranmer-June 6, 2015; Leo P. Lacher-June 10, 2015; Arlane A. Kennison-June 19, 2015; Gary N. Dick-July 6, 2015; Lucille A. Steckler-July 21, 2015; Raymond J. Greenwood-Sep. 6, 2015; Jean R. Wanzek-Sep. 15, 2015; Lewis Peterson-Sep. 15, 2015; Lawrence “Larry” H. Palmer-Sep. 22, 2015; Steven D. Stroh-Sep. 29, 2015; Temple Ruscheinsky-Oct. 5, 2015.

LEEDS - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church: Barbara Piatz-Jan. 2, 2015. LIDGERWOOD - St. Boniface’s Catholic Church: Georgina Novotny-Nov. 1, 2014; Rory Knaust-Dec. 25, 2014; Louis Siemieniewski-Jan 5, 2015; Patrick Hively-Mar. 15, 2015; Marjorie K. Jorgenson-Sep. 9, 2015. LISBON - St. Aloysius’ Catholic Church: Joseph Haecherl-Feb. 9, 2015; Geraldine M. McMahon-June 8, 2015; Isabell “Issy” Dallman-July 9, 2015; Diane M. Case-July 31, 2015; Laurence “Lorny” I. Devitt-Aug. 12, 2015; Gerald Berube-Aug. 22, 2015; E. Elaine Hardebeck -Sep. 6, 2015. MADDOCK - St. William’s Catholic Church: John D. Scott-Jan. 11, 2015; Arthur Duren-Aug. 19, 2015. MANVEL - St. Timothy’s Catholic Church: William Bushaw-Oct. 29, 2014; Verna M. Lindsay-Nov. 24, 2014; Kathryn Birkholz-Dec. 13, 2014; Mary Lou Vanderlin -Jan. 28, 2015; Michael Bushaw-Mar. 10, 2015; Garrie Etherton -Mar. 11, 2015; Amelia Gerszewski-Apr. 23, 2015; Joseph Bushaw-July 2, 2015; Bonita Bushaw-Aug. 24, 2015. MAYVILLE - Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church: James Miller-July 1, 2015; Jodie Leiss-Aug. 22, 2015.

KINDRED - St. Maurice’s Catholic Church: Irene M. Kub-July 30, 2015. KNOX - St. Mary’s Catholic Church: Anton “Tony” R. Keller-Jan. 22, 2015; Joseph J. Black-Aug. 4, 2015. LAKOTA - St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church: Georgia M. Elgin-Oct. 16, 2014; George Bina-Oct. 28, 2014; Mable M. Fahey-July 17, 2015. LAMOURE - Holy Rosary Catholic Church: Veronica Zahn-Oct. 17, 2014; LaVern Nogosek-Dec. 27, 2014; Oscar Aberle-Jan. 7, 2015; Vincent Busche-Feb. 2, 2015; Marjorie Shockman-Feb. 3, 2015; Marie Cuypers-Feb. 27, 2015; Sylvester Zahn-Apr. 11, 2015; Donna Carik-Apr. 28, 2015; William Potts-June 20, 2015. LANGDON - St. Alphonsus’ Catholic Church: Alice Power-Oct. 25, 2014; Marie Fetsch-Nov. 21, 2014; Louise Stevens-Dec. 25, 2014; Vincent Schaan-Mar. 6, 2015; Chelda M. Slama-Mar. 19, 2015; Michael “Jack” Schell-Mar. 31, 2015; Leona Schneider-Apr. 13, 2015; Raymond FetschMay 15, 2015; Francis Riedhammer-May 25, 2015; Joseph Denault-July 9, 2015; Rose Moos-Sep. 13, 2015.

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ORISKA - St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s Catholic Church: Jeffery “Jeff” L. Nawman-Nov. 5, 2014. PARK RIVER - St. Mary’s Catholic Church: Bernice E. Houser-Nov. 30, 2014; Emma M. Dvorak-Dec. 16, 2014; Leonard “Bart” R. Hankey-Dec. 28, 2014; Frank W. Kostohris-Feb. 5, 2015; Penny R. Kram-Feb. 14, 2015; Brian M. Kennelly-Mar. 19, 2015; Stuart A. Swartz-Apr. 2, 2015; Fred W. Hodny-May 2, 2015; Mary C. Trosen-May 9, 2015; Alice Hankey-May 11, 2015; Veronica I. Johansen-June 10, 2015; Agnes M. Falter-Aug. 9, 2015; Dorothy V. Phelps-Aug. 13, 2015; Laddie Zabradka-Sep. 7, 2015; David J. Praska-Oct. 9, 2015; Thomas D. Orstad-Oct. 13, 2015; Geraldine M. Suda-Oct. 14, 2015. PISEK - St. John Nepomucene’s Catholic Church: Mabel M. Harazim-Jan. 29, 2015; Mary Ann Sommer-Mar. 9, 2015; William F. Novak-May 6, 2015; Audrey SeversonJune 8, 2015; Virgil R. Novak-June 30, 2015. Calvary Cemetery, Hankinson (Aliceyn Magelky/New Earth)

MICHIGAN - St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Catholic Church: Rose Mary Steffen-Dec. 26, 2014; Betty “Dolly” M. DevlinMar. 26, 2015. MILNOR - St. Arnold’s Catholic Church: David J. Stahlecker, Jr.-Nov. 22, 2014; James R. PranteJan. 31, 2015; Irving M. Olson-Apr. 5, 2015. MINTO - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Eleanor S. Grzadzielewski-Dec. 20, 2014; Gerald Phelan -Dec. 30, 2014; Catherine Langowski-Jan. 31, 2015; Thomas Moga-Mar. 21, 2015; Genevieve Barta-Mar. 26, 2015; Alexander Nice-Aug. 6, 2015; Dennis Glanner-Oct. 7, 2015. MUNICH - St. Mary’s Catholic Church: Alvin Klein-Oct. 19, 2014; Thomas R. Schuler-Dec. 20, 2014; Vincent E. Dawley-Aug. 26, 2015. NAPOLEON - St. Philip Neri’s Catholic Church: Jeffrey Dewald-Feb. 18, 2015; Helen Becker-Aug. 12, 2015. NEW ROCKFORD - St. John the Evangelist’s Catholic Church: Frank Hilbert-Oct. 3, 2014; Donna Mae M O’Connor-Oct. 4, 2014; Eric J. Schafer-Jan. 12, 2015; Adam Allmaras-July 3, 2015; John T. Steinbach-Aug. 27, 2015; Duane Howard-Oct. 1, 2015; Robert E. Steinbach-Oct. 15, 2015. NORTONVILLE - Holy Spirit Catholic Church: Patricia A. Solinger-July 14, 2015. OAKES - St. Charles Borromeo’s Catholic Church: Esther Huber-Dec. 29, 2014; Lucille Kelly-Feb. 22, 2015; James “Jim” Retzlaff-Mar. 20, 2015; Jean Zetocha -Mar. 28, 2015; James “Jim” Roney-May 30, 2015; Loretta M. Swointek-July 3, 2015; E. Leona Belinskey-July 4, 2015; Virginia Schmaltz-Aug. 9, 2015; Duane “Red” Peterson-Sep. 19, 2015. OAKWOOD - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Edgar A. LaFreniere-Oct. 8, 2014; Ada Nelson-Jan. 14, 2015; Ronald Demers-Apr. 25, 2015; LuJune Bjornson-Aug. 4, 2015; Ann Marie Capp-Sep. 24, 2015.



REYNOLDS - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church: Cecelia Adams-Feb. 3, 2015; James A. Adams-May 25, 2015; Antoinette M. Larson-Aug. 22, 2015. ROCK LAKE - Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Catholic Church: Angie Gori-Oct. 9, 2014; Jamie Bradley-Feb. 28, 2015. ROLETTE - Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Jane A. Jung-Oct. 29, 2014; Patricia G. Myrum-Nov. 25, 2014; Romeo D. Boucher-Dec. 15, 2014; Francis Boucher-Mar. 13, 2015; Dwight J. Lemieux-Apr. 13, 2015. ROLLA - St. Joachim’s Catholic Church: Ethel Neameyer-Apr. 17, 2015; James Gailfus-July 7, 2015; Eva James-Aug. 23, 2015. RUGBY - St. Therese the Little Flower’s Catholic Church: Matilda “Tillie” Schmaltz-Oct. 3, 2014; Rose M. Keller-Oct. 3, 2014; Anne Duchscher-Oct. 13, 2014; Christine Zacher -Nov. 3, 2014; Casimer Hoffert-Nov. 13, 2014; Brenda L. Humble-Dec. 1, 2014; Victoria “Vicky” Harmel-Dec. 9, 2014; Marion Walters-Dec. 13, 2014; Helen Volk-Jan. 15, 2015; Josephine Mattern-Jan. 16, 2015; Andrew Axtman-Jan. 20, 2015; Rita Bercier-Feb. 9, 2015; Clara C. Ebach-Feb. 11, 2015; Norma E. Schiff-Mar. 26, 2015; Roy E. Kirchofner-Apr. 18, 2015; Diane E. Tandeski-May 6, 2015; Cole E. Hoffert-May 24, 2015; Margaret T. Bischoff-July 26, 2015; Florence Vetsch-Aug. 8, 2015; Gary Degenstein-Aug. 15, 2015; Carolyn Voeller-Aug. 29, 2015; Roy Pfeifer-Oct. 14, 2015. SELZ - St. Anthony’s Catholic Church: Bergitta Axtman-Dec. 29, 2014; Andrew Axtman-Mar. 19, 2015; Edward Roerick-Apr. 1, 2015; Lyla Roerick-Apr. 7, 2015. STARKWEATHER - Assumption of the B.V.M. Catholic Church: Helen Regan-Nov. 14, 2014. SAINT JOHN - St. John’s Catholic Church: George J. Poitra-Oct. 27, 2014; Lloyd J. Indvik-Nov. 13, 2014. SAINT MICHAEL - St. Michael’s Indian Catholic Mission: Jerome J. Littlewind-Oct. 1, 2014; Lawrence R. Greene-Dec. 6, 2014; Charlene A. Cavanaugh-Dec. 12, 2014; Gordon J. Fournier -Dec. 16, 2014; Amelia J. LeNoir-Dec. 22, 2014; Leonard E. Richotte-Jan. 14, 2015; Joseph M. LaCroix-Jan. 23, 2015; James “Jimmy” LaCroix-Feb. 27, 2015; Vevol D. Greywater

-Mar. 22, 2015; Vincent F. Greyhorn, Sr.-Mar. 28, 2015. SYKESTON - St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church: Anne M. Speldrich-Jan. 17, 2015; David Speldrich-Apr. 28, 2015; Louise C. Garman-June 19, 2015. THOMPSON - St. Jude’s Catholic Church: Stephanie L. O’Toole-Apr. 25, 2015; Lois Hoselton-June 27, 2015; Joshua “Josh” L. Zimmerman-July 4, 2015. TOLNA - St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: Emma Miller-Oct. 19, 2014; Clarice E. Stein-Mar. 23, 2015. TOWNER - St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church: Dusty Sebastian-Oct. 17, 2014.

-May 30, 2015; Alan “AK” Kosmatka-June 3, 2015; Walter Osowski-Oct. 15, 2015. WESTHOPE - St. Andrew’s Catholic Church: Esther Artz-July 5, 2015. WEST FARGO - Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church: Joseph Kirchoffner-Oct. 25, 2014; Jackilyn Tuchscherer-Nov. 12, 2014; Norbert Kosir-Nov. 17, 2014; Cedric A. Sloan-Jan. 25, 2015; Aggie Nygaard-Feb. 12, 2015; LaVerne MontplaisirMar. 9, 2015; Helen Joan J. Laber-Apr. 11, 2015; Bernard Wiederholt-May 6, 2015; Marvin Weinmann-June 3, 2015; Genevieve Shoman-June 8, 2015; Val G. Tareski-July 5, 2015.

VALLEY CITY - St. Catherine’s Catholic Church: Joseph J. O’Brien-Oct. 20, 2014; Rose Berg-Apr. 2, 2015; George Judd-May 9, 2015; Dorothy Brown-June 20, 2015; Patricia Gruman-June 21, 2015; Lucille Hannig-June 23, 2015; Ruth Monson-July 8, 2015; Marilyn Stanley-July 14, 2015; H. Lucille Garrahy-Aug. 28, 2015; Thomas Klinkhammer -Sep. 5, 2015; Mary M. Peterson-Sep. 17, 2015.

WEST FARGO - Holy Cross Catholic Church: Genevieve A. Syvertson-Oct. 22, 2014; Daniel Garman-Nov. 4, 2014; Randy Ulmer-Nov. 6, 2014; Donald Schrom-Dec. 23, 2014; Darlene Rheault-Jan. 12, 2015; Ronald A. Dittmer -Mar. 3, 2015; Loren Lothspeich-Apr. 19, 2015; Elaine Sellner-Dohman -May 14, 2015; James W. Clark-June 15, 2015; Brent M. Bartsch-July 12, 2015; Julia R. Schatz-Aug. 5, 2015; Michael W. Steidl-Oct. 12, 2015.

VELVA - St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church: Clarence Kriedeman-Nov. 18, 2014; Barbara A. Keller-Dec. 25, 2014; Mitsauko Thomas-Dec. 29, 2014; William “Billy” Leier, Jr.-May 8, 2015; John P. Selzler-June 13, 2015; Edward C. Krumwiede-July 10, 2015; Eugene J. Heisler-July 28, 2015.

WILD RICE - St. Benedict’s Catholic Church: Alice Germanson-Oct. 2, 2014; Jeanne Cossette-Oct. 29, 2014; Joyce Rheault-Nov. 18, 2014; Velma Sauvageau-Jan. 9, 2015; Barbara Borgheiinck Anderson-May 6, 2015; Kipp Schroeder -Aug. 24, 2015; Terrance Sauvageau-Sep. 17, 2015.

VERONA - St. Raphael’s Catholic Church: LaVonne Rauhouse-Jan. 22, 2015; Margaret “Margie” C. Pritchard-May 16, 2015.

WIMBLEDON - St. Boniface’s Catholic Church: Anna Stachlowski-Jan. 4, 2015.

VESELEYVILLE - St. Luke’s Catholic Church: Arnold F. Krile-Mar. 31, 2015; Patricia I. Sobolik-May 12, 2015; Geraldine M. Suda-Oct. 14, 2015. WAHPETON - St. John’s Catholic Church: Lois Randall-Dec. 22, 2014; Mary A. Peterson-Dec. 24, 2014; Melvin F. Eichhorn-Dec. 29, 2014; Rose Papke-Dec. 30, 2014; Edward W. Mauch-Jan. 2, 2015; A. Mary Nordick-Jan. 5, 2015; Donald J. Pausch-Jan. 14, 2015; Evan V. Schumacher -Feb. 8, 2015; Richard S. Kurowski-Feb. 25, 2015; Arthur Korth-Feb. 25, 2015; Curt Skoog-Mar. 20, 2015; Deborah A. Resler-Mar. 21, 2015; Jerome Mohr-Mar. 22, 2015; Rose Waytassek-Mar. 25, 2015; Jose S. Guerrero-Apr. 22, 2015; Leonard Haman-May 4, 2015; Scott Giwoyna-June 7, 2015; James Amundsen-July 5, 2015; Karen R. Bushee-July 7, 2015; Willard P. Seifert-July 17, 2015; Darlene Briks-July 30, 2015; Dee Anna Hallmark-Aug. 8, 2015; Margaret Deissler-Sep. 4, 2015; Margaret “Betty” Svingen-Sep. 9, 2015. WALES - St. Michael’s Catholic Church: Justin Kruk-Oct. 8, 2014; Margaret Schill-Feb. 13, 2015. WALHALLA - St. Boniface’s Catholic Church: Judy A. Ostlund-Nov. 12, 2014; Donald G. Dalzell-Nov. 29, 2014; Anthony Cook-Mar. 7, 2015; Andrew “Andy” C. Hiebert-Mar. 27, 2015; Joan M. Thacker-Mar. 29, 2015; Alma Mathison-May 3, 2015; Gordon Strand-May 25, 2015; Colleen C. Gregoire-July 17, 2015; Francis E. Radway-Aug. 28, 2015; Bernice “Bunny” Bodensteiner-Sep. 1, 2015; Viola Vondal-Sep. 4, 2015; Mary Scott-Oct. 1, 2015. WARSAW - St. Stanislaus’ Catholic Church: Robert F. Plutowski-Oct. 4, 2014; Leonarda Riske

ZEELAND - St. Andrew’s Catholic Church: Rosemary Schatz-Jan. 10, 2015; Thomas Scherr-Jan. 10, 2015.

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life By Elise Harris | CNA/EWTN News

tendency, must be respected in their dignity and welcomed with respect,” but clarified that “there is no foundation whatsoever to assimilate or establish analogies, even remotely, between homosexual unions and God’s design for marriage and the family.” The final document also backed Church teaching on life issues, such as abortion and contraception. In paragraph 33, it is reiterated that all human life “is sacred because, since its beginning, it involves the creative action of God.” Only God “is the Lord of life from its beginning to its end,” the document continued. “No one, under any circumstance, can claim for themselves the right to directly destroy an innocent human being.” Pope Francis presides at the closing Mass for the Vatican’s synod on the The beauty of marriage and the family was expressed family Oct. 25. (Daniel Ibáñez/CNA) throughout the document, with strong references to marriage ith a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 indissolubility from the beginning to the end. bishops gathered for the Vatican’s synod on the Quoting Pope Francis’ Oct. 4 homily for the opening of the family supported Church teaching on hot-button synod, paragraph one of the document emphasized that “God issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and didn’t create the human being to live in sadness or to be alone, remarried persons. but for happiness, to share his path with another person that The Vatican’s synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis is complimentary.” Oct. 4 and closed Oct. 25. This year’s event follows the theme It recalls how “God united the hearts of man and woman who “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the love each other and unites them in unity and indissolubility. This modern world,” and follows 2014’s extraordinary synod on the means that the goal of married life is not only to live together family, which focused on pastoral challenges involved in family life. forever, but to love each other forever!” This year’s discussion tended to be reduced in Western sec- Emphasis was placed up front on the indispensable role ular media to two issues: communion for divorced-and-civilly families play in the Church, with paragraph 2 of the document remarried, and Church teaching and pastoral care regarding recalling Pope Francis’ words to families Sept. 27 while at the homosexuality. However, actual topics brought up during meet- World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. ings were much broader, with synod fathers touching on themes “So much was God’s love that he began to walk with such as domestic violence, violence against women, incest and humanity, he began to walk with his people, until it came time abuse within families, marriage preparation and pornography. to mature and he gave the greatest sign of his love: his Son,” Despite the calls by some for the Church to change its doctrine the document read. by allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics without “And where did he send his Son? To a palace? To a city? To an annulment to receive communion, the synod’s final report make an impression? He sent him to a family. God entered the upheld current Church teaching and practice on the issue. world in a family.” Divorced and remarried individuals were encouraged to make an examination of conscience, asking themselves “how Christ the King Retreat Center they behaved toward their children when the marriage entered Buffalo, Minnesota into crisis; if they were tempted to reconcile; what the situation is for the abandoned partner; what consequences does the new relationship have on the rest of the family and the community of faithful; what example this offers to the youth who must prepare for marriage.” Pastoral discernment and accompaniment of such individuals must direct them “to the awareness of their situation before God.” Also affirmed in the document was the Church’s stance on homosexuality, which was one of the most contested issues of The readers of New Earth are cordially invited to a beautiful inexpensive lakeside retreat of wonderful last year’s synod, particularly in the final document. relaxation and spiritual rejuvenation. The theme for the retreat is “Sowing Seeds of Mercy.” For a free brochure It reiterated that “every person, independently of their sexual please call 763-682-1394, email, or visit us at





Our part in the communion of saints Living our calling as the church militant By Ashley Gunhovd

The Holy Souls in Purgatory


uring the month of November the Church pays particular attention to the communion of saints which includes the church militant on earth, the holy souls in purgatory and the church triumphant in heaven. The Catholic Church has a rich treasury of devotions that complement the teachings on the communion of saints. Here is a brief and practical ‘field guide for families’ on how to weave these devotions into the fabric of family life.

The Church gives us a greater opportunity to reflect on our own mortality as the seasons change from the vibrant colors and plentiful harvest of fall to the seemingly frozen lifelessness of winter. Traditionally, November is dedicated to praying for the souls in purgatory, those who died in friendship with God but are still being purified before their entrance into heaven. The Church celebrates the feast of All Souls on November 2. Ideas for families: • Pray for those who have passed away after supper time, before bed or as you drive past a cemetery. • Visit the grave(s) of family or friends who have passed away and pray for them. • Request to have a Mass said at your parish for a deceased loved one and attend the Mass as a family.

The Church Triumphant

One of the many beautiful things about being Catholic is that we are nearly always celebrating. Our calendar is riddled with feast days and solemnities which help us to grow in appreciation The Church Militant of our brothers and sisters, the saints in heaven. Asking the The church militant refers to those of us who are “pilgrims intercession of the saints is a way of having them walk alongon earth” (CCC 954). As implied in the name, the militant are side us in our suffering and joy in daily life by asking them to those who are still ‘fighting the good fight’ (1 Timothy 6:12) bring our needs to God. by striving to live lives of holiness. This includes our families, The multitude of saints is a beautiful reminder that each friends, coworkers and everyone that we might encounter. We person is called to holiness, but it is lived out a bit differently are called to pray, make sacrifices and serve one another. because each person is unique and unrepeatable. Overall, the Praying for other church militant might be the most familiar three aspects of the communion of saints remind us that we for your family. We do this when we pray for a loved one when never face life on our own. St. Josemaría Escrivá recognized they receive a discouraging diagnosis or when a mother offers this when he said, “Live a special communion of the saints, up her newborn sleep deprivation for the needs of her family. and at the moment of interior struggle, as well as during the Anytime someone asks, “Could you please pray for me?” we long hours of your work, each of you will feel the joy and the are interceding for the church militant. strength of not being alone.” To instill the importance of praying for one another into family life, a simple way to begin is for parents to ask their children, Ideas for families: “Is there anything in particular you would like me to pray for • At dinner read a brief biography of the saint of the day. It you? Do you have any tests coming up?” If it is awkward at can be as simple as, “Today is the feast of St. Cecilia (Nov. first, that is ok! You might even begin just by telling them that 22). She is the patron of musicians. St. Cecilia…” and the you pray for them, and then eventually ask if they have any family responds, “Pray for us.” particular requests. • Celebrate each family member ’s Confirmation saint There is a family in my parish that after the general mealtime feast day. prayer they also pray for seminarians, missionaries, the sick • Pray a novena in the nine days leading up to a feast day. and others. It is a simple yet powerful witness for the children • Read the Mass readings and/or pray the Liturgy of the of how we need to pray for others daily. Hours together. • Download free mobile app’s such as Laudate which have the daily Mass readings and saint of the day. NEW EARTH NOVEMBER 2015




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New Earth November 2015  

Magazine for the Diocese of Fargo, ND

New Earth November 2015  

Magazine for the Diocese of Fargo, ND