Page 1

T h is M o nt h at Tra n sf i g u rat io n Lord, how good it is for us to be here!. . . Matthew 17:4

April 2015

t h e m o n t h l y n e w s l e t t e r f o r Tr a n s f i g u r a t i o n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h a n d S c h o o l

From Father Baer

Easter “Plus One”:

This Spring and Summer Is a Great Time to Grow in Your Catholic Faith

One of our “Walking with Purpose” small groups. Spring is a season for growing. And at Transfiguration Church, we have a way for YOU to grow in your Faith right now. Are you a dad? Watch for our “Catholic Man Night” events, and our Father-Son Masses. Are you a working woman? Consider joining our “Walking with Purpose” seminar this summer. Are you a young adult in your 20s? Our monthly dinners after Mass on Sunday evenings are a terrific time to meet with other Catholics your age. (And don’t forget our young adults softball team!) Take a moment to hunt through this Easter Newsletter for a hidden opportunity that’s waiting for you to discover. Today’s Catholics need Sunday Mass “Plus One”: That extra boost for growing stronger in the dynamic life that Jesus Christ invites us to experience. Give your soul some fresh air. Get up, get out, and get growing in Faith!

Christ Jesus Ou r Lord, Sh ine in Us!

C h r is t J esus O u r L o rd , S h i n e th ro u g h U s !

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 2

Transfiguration Catholic Church 6133 15th St. North—Oakdale, MN 55128

Parish Office Hours

• Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon • Saturday 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. • Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon Parish Office phone: 651-738-2646 After hours emergency phone: Rebecca Minogue - 908-507-2970

Church Staff Pastor: Rev. Bill Baer.....................651-738-2646 Parish Administrator: Erin Ethier........................................651-501-2209 Director of Parish Life: Gretchen Sonnen............................651-501-2224 Administrative Assistant: Martha Praska.................................651-738-2646 Special Events/Communication Coordinator: Rebecca Minogue...........................651-501-2207 Parish Bookkeeping: Kim Connolly...................................651-501-2208 Director of Music: Mary Demko....................................651-501-2203 Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry: Justin Kortuem..................................651-501-2202 Family Formation Coordinator: Sue Hilo............................................651-501-2204 Maintenance Supervisor: Jerry Klaas........................................651-501-2245

Transfiguration Catholic School Grades Preschool–8

6135 15th St. N., Oakdale, MN 55128 651-501-2220

Principal: Tina Monosmith...............651-501-2216

This Month at Transfiguration

is an official publication of Transfiguration Catholic Parish. Submissions should be sent to Jean Yost, editor: Although the goal is to publish articles in their entirety, all are subject to editing. This monthly Newsletter and the weekly Bulletin are both available on the Parish Website.

by Mike & Sharon Brennan Here we are, approaching the Easter Vigil when our Catechumen, Craig Bear, and our three Candidates, Becky Colestock, Keith Kruse and Amy Meyer, will receive the Sacraments completing their full initiation into the Catholic Church. We are so honored to give witness to their commitment and readiness to live this life of Christ. Please pray for these wonderful people and join in their joy at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

by Erin Ethier Does your life feel out of control? Do you feel that you are doing so many things that you are doing none of them well? Summer is a great time to join together with other women and explore ways to live our busy lives with an inner calm. Please join us this summer in reading and discussing Lisa Brenninkmeyer’s book, Walking with Purpose: Seven Priorities that Make Life Work. We will hold six sessions beginning in June with day and evening sessions. Cost is $15 to cover the book, refreshments and childcare, if needed. Please look for forms at the table in the Gathering Space or on our Parish Website. About the author: Lisa Brenninkmeyer understands how it feels when life is stuck on the spin cycle. As a mother of seven, she knows we don’t just need to be told what kind of women we should be. We need some help getting there. Drawing from her own experience of balancing marriage, motherhood, and work inside and outside the home, Lisa helps you uncover the key to living a busy life with inner calm. What’s the secret? Identifying key priorities, and doing first what matters most.

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 3

Irish Eyes Were Smiling . . .

2 n d A nn u a l St . Pa t ' s Nig h t by Greg Mencke, St. Pat's Night Chairman

Irish eyes were smiling in the Gathering Space at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Saturday, March 14, after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. This FUN raiser was designed to be just that, FUN! It was also an outreach. A show of hands verified that we accomplished our objective in that regard; about half the crowd of nearly 180 were not Transfiguration Parishioners! Those that came had a wonderful time! The night started with a bagpiper playing outside the Church entrance welcoming guests, great Celtic music inside from our highly qualified musicians and soloists, and some rowdy Knights of Columbus singing pub songs. Oh, did I mention the impromptu young Irish dancers? All this was included, plus a superb buffet featuring melt-in-your-mouth corned beef and cabbage and bone-in ham with all the fixings and dessert! A cash bar also served wine, soda and Finnegan’s beer, a nonprofit that gives all its profits to food shelves. Everyone enjoyed singing favorite Irish songs and “the wearing of the green.” Look for more surprises next year, plus a special family rate, in addition to our individual rate of $20 per adult. It is truly an affordable evening of fellowship and laughter! Make plans to join us next year on March 12, 2016, for the 3rd Annual St. Pat’s Night. Don’t miss it!

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 4

by Diane Mencke, Vice President

Here are some of the great activities we have planned for the coming months: The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women has invited us to their 83rd Annual Convention: “Be the Voice of Catholic Women” on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at St. Dominic Parish, 114 North Linden Street, Northfield, MN 55057. Father Bill Baer is one of the featured speakers! For more information, check out the website: Saturday, April 25, the TCCW will sponsor the Women’s Morning of Reflection from 8:0010:30 a.m. The morning includes Mass, free continental breakfast and visiting speaker, Sister Clara Maria of The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Sister Clara is a young woman religious, a native of Minnesota and graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, who will speak about the Year for Consecrated Life. Our next meeting and Spring Potluck Supper will be held on Monday, April 27; our first annual scholarship will be awarded to a very deserving high school girl graduate at that time! Come join us and be part of this wonderful group of Catholic women. Bring your appetite! Our annual Gertens Spring Plant Sale pick-up dates are Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, following Masses at the Transfiguration Church Parking Garage. The deadline for plant orders was March 30. This year we have added plant gift cards which are still available ($25 and $50) and a great idea for Mother’s Day! Call Diane Mencke @ 651-7392714 with questions. The second annual TCCW Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Be sure to mark your calendars! Cleaning out your closets? (I am!) We would appreciate it if you would donate the “good stuff” to us because all proceeds from the sale will go to benefit TCCW events and activities. The Garage Sale chairwoman is Vickie Armstrong. I hope to see YOU at one or all of the above events!

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 5

Parish Landscaping Is His "Plus One" by Jerry Klaas

If you have noticed the Parish and School grounds looking refreshed and cleaner then they have in the past, there is one man to thank for this: George Amo. George is a retired parishioner who, in between rounds of golf, comes to Transfiguration and really goes to town. He has done a remarkable job in the flower beds, parking lot islands and all around the building, sprucing things up.               George has a tremendous knowledge of horticulture and is using his God-given talents to make our parish look even more beautiful than I could have imagined. During the summer, you'll see him around the grounds cleaning up brush and leaves, planting, thinning out perennials and trimming bushes and trees on the entire campus. He has a vision of what needs to be done and goes about his work in a tireless fashion.   Last summer, George asked if he could volunteer to take over the landscaping here and we were overjoyed at having someone who can spend the amount of time he does and having the experience he has, making our Church and School campus beautiful. George is another one of those people who is behind the scenes, donating his time at something for which he has a great passion. He also is a member of our Facilities Committee.   Our maintenance crew, and all the volunteers who helped us during our Spring Clean-Up day, worked very hard and made a noticeable difference on that day, but afterwards it was left up to our crew to

George Amo, fellow parishioner and landscaper maintain the grounds, along with everything else they needed to do to keep the Church clean and get the School ready for the new School year. We could not spend enough time outdoors to keep up, so when George came to us, it was like God sending him to us. I am very thankful for all George has done for us; he has improved the looks of this beautiful Parish in his short time here — and he isn’t done yet! He has plans to landscape around our new electronic sign on Century and 14th Street this Spring, but he does need a little help there. If anyone has any clean fill to donate, it would help George a lot, so he can get started on that project. If you see George around the building working or see him at Mass, please thank him for his wonderful work at making our Parish even more beautiful!

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 6

by Justin Kortuem

June 14 - 19

When/who: Children age 4 to Kindergarten (by 9/1/15) meet Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Completed Grade 1-6 meet Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Completed Grade 7-12 meet Sunday-Thursday 7:30p.m.-9:30 p.m. Cost: Before May 31, the cost is $30/child or $85/family. On June 1, the rate increases to $45/child or $105/family. This includes one t-shirt per child. The Focus: 1. The Eucharist 2. Marian Devotion 3. Catechetical Instruction 4. Vocational Discernment 5. Fun

Five Marks of Totus Tuus: 1. Proclamation of the arouse faith. 2. Explanation...examination of the reasons for our beliefs. 3. Christian experience of Christian living. 4. Celebration of the Sacraments...especially Holy Eucharist and Confession. 5. Active witness of the Missionary Nature of the Catholic Church.

Contact Justin Kortuem at or 651-501-2202 for more information.

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 7

by Justin Kortuem

Extreme Faith Camp 2015 June 27 - July 1 I would like to invite your sons and daughters to come with me to Extreme Faith Camp this summer from Saturday, June 27 to Wednesday, July 1. I had the privilege of taking Transfiguration Middle Schoolers last summer, and I am already looking forward to this June when we will again bring Transfiguration youth to join over 150 other middle school-aged youth for a week of fun, faith, and fellowship. Extreme Faith Camp is a Catholic summer camp for middle school aged-youth (current 6th-8th Graders) started by a group of youth ministers in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis 13 years ago. At its current size, there are 4 weeks of EFC for over 30 participating parishes! As youth ministers, we already are hard at work to prepare for camp; there is so much to be done! At EFC, there is daily Mass, with at least one priest always on site, Adoration, praise and worship, Confession, small group time, and themed large group talks. Our theme this summer is Christ, the Light of the World. Located at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor, MN, there is so much to do: swimming, water slide, archery, field games, Crazy Olympics, petting zoo, crafts, mountain bikes, hiking, sports, laser tag, and so much more! Youth are constantly moving and learning, making deep friendships that are founded on faith and active participation. The facilities are ideal for a safe environment for youth and adults with an on-site nurse, adult chaperones, youth ministers, and teen leaders. “It was the best week of my summer!” Adam B, who went to EFC the last two years.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 This is a great opportunity for those finishing Grades 6-8 to grow in their faith through service to those who need it, and get a good break from the summer. We will be starting with Mass in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and then heading out to work sites, like Feed My Starving Children, Life Care Center East and the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver. Then following lunch, in the afternoon we will head off to a fun activity like Grand Slam, Cascade Bay and Bunker Beach. We will end the day at 5:00 p.m. back at the Church. It will end with a trip to Valleyfair on July 29. Registration forms are available online and in the Gathering Space. Registration ends on June 17. There is still need for high school leaders and adult chaperones for all dates. Schedule for a typical day: 8:00 a.m. Mass with a youth-oriented homily 8:30 a.m. Snack and instructions for the day 9:00 a.m. Bus to service site (Life Care Center, etc.) 12:00 p.m. Lunch either at activity or Transfiguration 12:30 p.m. Fun activity (Bunker Beach, Twins Game) 4:30 p.m. Return to Transfiguration 5:00 p.m. Parent pick-up Total Cost $120 (includes lunches, snack, t-shirt, all activities)

Contact Justin Kortuem at or 651-501-2202 for more information.

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 8

Transfiguration Catholic School Is Enrolling Now! by Tina Monosmith, Principal

Our School offers: • traditional Catholic education • ​small class sizes • music and Spanish language classes for every child • high academic standards • reduced standardized testing • outstanding athletics programs • enrichment and fine arts for all Grade levels • affordable tuition: only $3,825!

Transfiguration Catholic School

Transfiguration Catholic School provides a strong educational foundation in every curriculum area, including music and languages. Through small class sizes, reduced standardized testing and a proven curriculum we are able to give each child the individual attention they deserve to achieve their future educational goals and grow both spiritually and intellectually at a price that is affordable for families. Call today our Principal, Mrs. Monosmith, at 651-501-2216 for a personal tour!

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Page 9

The Living Stations of the Cross by Barb Schmitz

A twenty-five year tradition, the Living Stations of the Cross, is presented to the community each Lent by the 5th Grade classes of Transfiguration Catholic School. Under the direction of teachers Betty Cockriel and Marie Fell, the process begins with auditions for the 40 plus parts involved. After parts are assigned, three-times-per-week rehearsals are begun approximately five weeks before the three performances, which this year were on March 6. A cantor and piano accompanist from the community are also involved. The students dress in full costumes, donated and created by parent Diane Wimmer in 2001. Betty Cockriel says, “The 5th Grade students understand that this is not a 'play,' but rather a reverent prayer service, a Lenten gift to the community, which helps each and every one of them become closer to God.” Tomb Guard Joseph K. says he learned more about Jesus’ life, and became closer to Him. Elise O’N., who played the part of Veronica, says, “It was special to me because we were walking with the people who wept for Jesus. At one rehearsal, I heard ‘Veronica, I’m with you.’” Gianni H., who played the part of the soldier who nails Jesus to the cross, says, “I felt closer to Jesus.” Ashley M., who played the part of Jesus’ Blessed Mother Mary, says, “I felt like Jesus was with us. I felt his hand on my shoulder.” The students agreed that it was a once in a lifetime experience, and also a lot of fun. “Before you enter the Church to rehearse, you’re just a 5th Grader, but when Mrs. C. says ‘places,’ you become that role.”

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration

Men’s Events

Page 10

Knight Vision

by Justin Kortuem

by Mike Braun, Grand Knight, Father Finley Council, #4374

The men at Transfiguration have been busy the last month. Forty men attended Catholic Man Night, a night when men and their sons come to the Church for Adoration, Confession and a manly dinner. That night, Ralph Pierre shared the many graces and amazing experience of the trip he took with others from Transfiguration to the Holy Land. Our next Catholic Man Night is Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. The topic for the night will be “Spiritual Combat”.

The Knights of Columbus took their pancake breakfast on the road to help the parish of St. Casimir celebrate the Feast of St. Casimir on Sunday, March 1. This was the 8th annual Knights of Columbus breakfast held at St. Casimir. The Feast of St. Casimir is actually on March 4, but was celebrated on this Sunday for a parish celebration. St. Casimir Parish really celebrated with a polka Mass in Polish. About 100 hungry Polish revelers were served at the breakfast following Mass.

Another forty men attended the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference along with 1,300 others from around the Archdiocese at the University of St. Thomas. The keynote speaker, Fr. Richard Simon of the Relevant Radio show, “Fr. Simon Says,” spoke to the men about conquering sin. He challenged the men with his humor and wit to not only take their faith seriously, but to hand it on to their sons. Jeff Cavins was also there to challenge the men to do four things at their parishes: read the Bible with their children, attend a Father/Son teaching Mass, attend a Catholic Man Night and form a Parish Men’s Council. When we returned from the conference, we enjoyed a lunch prepared by the TCCW and talked about those initiatives for Transfiguration and what we as men are going to do. Watch the Bulletin for weekly updates on these men’s evangelization initiatives.

Knights preparing breakfast at St. Casimir parish On March 14, the Knights of Columbus sponsored the St. Pat’s Night at Transfiguration. See the article and photos for this event on page 3. In April, watch for the Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll Drive; you'll see Knights in yellow aprons giving away Tootsie Rolls and collecting donations for the intellectually disabled. All the proceeds from this event go to organizations working with people with intellectual disabilities such as the Special Olympics. Watch for a yellow apron and your opportunity to pick up sweet treats and then donate some spare change to help out. I wish you and your families a happy and blessed Easter season.

Archdiocesan Men's Conference

Vivat Jesu! Michael Braun, Grand Knight

April 2015

This Month at Transfiguration




April 2015 Wednesday


Page 11



Friday 3


School Closed

Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 pm

Saturday Holy Saturday

Good Friday Service 3:00 pm

Easter Vigil Mass 7:00 pm

Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm 5 Easter Sunday Mass 8:30 + 10:30 am





School Closed Closed School








18 First Communion



24 School Declamations

New Parishioner Brunch 11:30 am

Catholic Man Night


11 First Communion

12 Divine Mercy 13 Sunday Church Architecture Seminar #4 Divine Mercy Prayer 12:00 Noon - 3 pm





25 Women's Morning of Reflection Sanders/Xinastle Wedding


Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Will Perform in Oakdale's Summerfest Parade! When: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Where: 15th Street, from Transfiguration’s parking lot to Hadley Avenue

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Transfiguration will be offering Dave Ramsey’s worldrenowned Financial Peace University study beginning on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and running each week through June 25. Anyone who would like to learn more about becoming financially stable is encouraged to attend. Please contact Tate or Bridget Wheeler at or 920-216-7061 for more information.

Non-profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID St. Paul, MN Permit No. 4243

Transfiguration Catholic Church and School 6133 15th Street North Oakdale, MN 55128 651-738-2646

I n s i de T h is Is s u e ... Easter "Plus One"...................................Front Cover

Extreme Faith Camp................................................7

Church/School Staff Information..............................2

Summer Stretch.......................................................7


School: Enrolling Now..............................................8

Ladies Summer Book Club......................................2

School: Living Stations of the Cross........................9

St. Pat's Night...........................................................3

Men's Events..........................................................10

TCCW News............................................................4

Knight Vision..........................................................10

Parish Landscaping is His "Plus One".....................5


Totus Tuus...............................................................6

Father-Son Trip to Grand Teton National Park by Justin Kortuem

Need some time away to build a relationship with God and your son? Traverse the nation's most photogenic range on the Teton Crest Trail with your son. This is a unique opportunity to spend quality time with your son and see some amazing sights at the same time. Last year we went to Colorado and had an amazing time, but there was a need to be out in the woods deeper with more disconnection from outlets and cell phone coverage. This year we will be doing that with a trip on the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park. This trip is good for beginner to intermediate backpackers with a moderate to high level of fitness—the more fit, the more you’ll enjoy the harder days. Backpacking experience is less critical because trails are obvious and well-marked, so anyone capable of reading a map won’t get lost. This trip is open to fathers and their sons, Grades 7 and up. Summers often deliver stable, frequently sunny weather. A willingness to work hard and communicate is a must. This is a great bonding experience with your son that will be remembered for a lifetime. Contact Justin Kortuem at or 651-501-2202 for more information.

Above: Last year's Father-Son trip in Colorado

April 2015  
April 2015  

Transfiguration Catholic Church's Monthly Newsletter - April 2015 edition