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Three parish mergers are finalized July 1 The Catholic Spirit Three groups of parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis merged as of July 1. They are: ! In northeast Minneapolis, Holy Cross, St. Hedwig, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Clement. ! In St. Paul, St. John of St. Paul and St. Pascal Baylon. ! In Goodhue County, Holy Trinity in Goodhue, St. Mary in Bellechester and St. Columbkill in Belle Creek.

Northeast Minneapolis In northeast Minneapolis, the merged parish is named Holy Cross and Father Glen Jenson, who was previously pastor of three of the four parishes, serves as pastor. Father Earl Simonson, who was pastor of St. Clement, is retiring and will be the merged parish’s pastor emeritus. The parish offers Masses on three campuses — the Holy Cross, St. Hedwig and St. Clement church buildings — and a new Mass schedule will take effect the weekend of Aug. 17 and 18. Ministry in the Polish language will continue, including Mass in Polish at the Holy Cross campus. Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis has acquired the St. Anthony of Padua church building, where Eldercare residents will continue to have access to Mass. Effective July 1, the building will serve as the Catholic Eldercare Chapel. It will remain as a site for Mass and serve “as the cornerstone of Catholic Eldercare’s pastoral care program for residents and families,” according to the facility.

Minneapolis parish welcomes Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter The Catholic Spirit All Saints parish in Minneapolis will be served by two priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter beginning July 3. Father Peter Bauknecht will serve as pastor and will be assisted by Father Simon Harkins, Archbishop John Nienstedt announced in a letter to parishioners last month. The parish has been without a pastor for more than a year. The fraternity is a Catholic clerical society of apostolic life established by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1988 and dedicated to providing Catholics access to the extraordinary form of the liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962. It is currently active in 34 dioceses in

the United States and six in Canada, according to its website at WWW.FSSP.ORG. It does not serve in any other parish in the archdiocese. The two priests will offer the traditional Latin Mass while another priest will be scheduled to continue to offer Mass in the current form. A Mass schedule will be established in consultation with All Saints’ parish leadership. In his letter, Archbishop Nienstedt noted that the decision to accept the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s offer to serve was made in consultation with All Saints’ parish trustees, the parish pastoral council and the archdiocesan presbyteral council, a representative body of priests from across the archdiocese.

Other mergers In St. Paul, Father Michael Byron, pastor of St. Pascal Baylon, will be the pastor of the merged parish, which will be called St. Pascal Baylon. He has served as pastor of St. Pascal’s since last June. Father George Welzbacher, pastor of St. John of St. Paul since 2006, is retiring. The three Goodhue County parishes have been clustered for more than a decade. Holy Trinity is the name of the merged parish, although all three sites will be used for worship. Father Paul Kubista is serving as pastor. The previous pastor, Father Bruce Peterson, retired July 1 and is now serving as pastor emeritus.

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Church / Ministry Jobs Principal: Location: St. Peter's Catholic School; Forest Lake, MN The Principal is the educational and spiritual leader for the parish school, Pre-K through grade 6.They are responsible for developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum, budgets, and to promote a strong Catholic Identity.They are expected to lead by example, and are charged with fostering the spiritual, academic, emotional, social and physical development of our students.The Principal is also responsible for staff and faculty formation and development, human resource management, marketing, fundraising and advancement initiatives, and fiscal responsibility through the creation and maintenance of the annual budget. Qualifications include a Master's Degree in Education, School Administration, or equivalent field;Teaching Licensure issued by the State of Minnesota; Administrative License issued by the State of Minnesota (or actively enrolled in an education program). Visiting Coordinator of Good Shepherd Program: Location: Pax Christi Catholic Church; Eden Prairie, MN The new “Visiting Coordinator of Good Shepherd Programs” will provide focused attention for training and development for this important formation asset during the next 2-3 years.The goal is to revitalize the ranks of trained catechists and build strong, lasting momentum in order for it to grow and serve the needs of parish members for years to come. This is a part time, temporary position (10-20 hours/week) and is intended to last at least two but no more than three years.The hours will be variable and change with the seasons of the parish year. Some evenings and weekends will be required. Qualifications: 5+ years experience in coordinating parish Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs and be certified to lead atriums at all three levels.This person must also be able to provide training for new and current catechists to become certified to lead atriums at all three levels. Middle School Language Arts/Religion Teacher: Location: Highland Catholic School; St. Paul, MN This position will have full-time 8th grade homeroom and middle school teaching responsibilities in language arts (core curriculum) and religion. Responsible for communication with parents/guardians, colleagues, parish staff and broader community. Integration of technology in lesson preparation, instruction, online grading system and My Big Campus. Able to recognize learning differences and differentiate lessons to meet student needs. Must be able to coordinate services with enrichment teacher, literacy lab instructor and SPPS special education team. Qualifications include a MN teaching license; applicant must be Catholic. We are looking for a candidate that is hard-working, flexible, professional, in-tune with child development, able to construct interactive lessons, with a good sense of humor and a team player.

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The Catholic Spirit - July 3, 2013  

Crossroads Walk, Immigration Reform, History Day Winners, Supreme Court Marriage Rulings,Vince Flynn

The Catholic Spirit - July 3, 2013  

Crossroads Walk, Immigration Reform, History Day Winners, Supreme Court Marriage Rulings,Vince Flynn