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December 28-30 – Archbishop’s Discernment Retreat
Archbishop’s Discernment Retreat Saturday, December 28– Monday, December 30 at Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, MN The Director of Vocations offers this annual retreat with talks by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. In addition to the talks given by the Archbishop, there will be times of prayer, an opportunity for the Rite of Reconciliation, times of recreation, and plenty of great food. This is for men discerning priesthood who are seniors in high school to age 50. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to gain clarity in your discernment process and to meet other men who de-sire to follow Christ and to know his will for their lives. Register online at 10000vocations.org.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes begin soon
Classes teach couples the Church approved methods on how to achieve or postpone pregnancy while embracing the beauty of God’s gift of sexuality.
The Creighton Ovulation Method is taught by the Twin Cities FertilityCare Center on:
January 4 at Our Lady of Grace, Edina
January 14 at Epiphany, Coon Rapids
January 18 at Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury
Register online at www.tcnfp.org.
The Sympto-Thermal Method will be taught by the Couple to Couple League on:
January 10 at St. Paul, Ham Lake
January 12 at St. Michael, Stillwater
January 16 (live and online)
January 26 (live and online)
Register at www.ccli.org.
For a complete list of classes offered throughout the Archdiocese, visit www.archspm.org/family or call 651-291-4489.
Catholic Services Appeal Update
Dear Parishioners, We are still short of our CSA Goal. If you have not yet given to this year’s Appeal, I encourage you to prayerfully consider a donation. Our parish will benefit from your donation: if we reach our goal we will receive back 25% of all donations. If you have any questions please contact me or the parish office. Thank you to all who have already given and for your prayerful consideration! May God continue to bless our parishes and our Archdiocese!
In Christ through Mary, Fr. Kasel
Living Rosary Apostolate: Decade Rosaries Available
Living Rosary Apostolate has provided our churches with single decade rosaries that work perfectly for the “Living Rosary” daily decade devotion! All are welcome to take a free decade rosary at the church entrances. In case you missed the opportunity to sign up for the “Living Rosary,” you can still do so by contacting the apostolate by phone, email or P.O. Box, and they will be happy to send you your 20 month schedule along with all the information about this beautiful simple devotion. For those of you who have already signed up and are praying your daily decade, we thank you, and encourage you to continue to strengthen the family of the “Living Rosary” by your heartfelt prayers. Thank you one and all. God Love you!!! Frank & Trudy Bonack, P.O. Box 785, Three Lakes, WI, 54562. (715) 477-2255- Home / Cell, (715) 891- 2382- Cell, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ualroz8_g
St. Michael Medals for the Military
Do you have a family member or friend serving in the military? Our parish’s St. Padre Pio Knights of Columbus Council will be participating in the St. Michael Medals program offered through the State Chaplain. The State Chaplain will send the medal and a prayer book directly to the serviceman/ woman.
*There is no cost to you or the military service person.
*The military person does not need to be a KOC or Catholic.
All that is needed is the name of the person in the military and their rank, their branch of service, and their mailing address. Our council will be obtaining a list of the military from the Pine Island and Zumbrota VFW. If you would like to confirm your family member or friend is on the list, please contact Dan Kingsley (507-251-1532) or John Palof (507- 273-7381). Prayers are very important to our military men and women. Continue to pray for them and their safety.
Why Latin Holy Mass parts during HolyMass in English?
The short answer is because the Catholic Church teaches that it is not only good to do, but that every Catholic should know parts of the HolyMass in Latin. Where does this teaching come from?
Vatican Council II!
Here is what the Second Vatican Council
has to say (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 1963):
Article 36. 1. Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.
Article 54. Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.
We also read from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 2003 (used by the priest offering Holy Mass,): “Since the faithful from different countries come together ever more
frequently, it is desirable that they know how to sing together at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin…”
Rochester Birthright Needs
Birthright is currently in need of new layette items: wipes in boxed tubs, baby bottles, bottles of baby wash, shampoo, lotion, powder, diaper rash ointment, new outfits in sizes 6mo-12mo, outlet covers, bibs, baby washcloths/towels, blankets, baby toys, books for baby, gifts for mom, etc. Birthright is at 830 S Broadway, Rochester. (507)288-9374 “We are accepting new and gently used clothes to distribute free to clients in need.
Although we accept all sizes of kids clothes from newborn 4T and maternity clothes, we are low on the following: Sleepers/Pajamas - sizes 9mo. up to 4T, Premie clothes, Girls clothes - sizes 12mo. up to 4T, Boy clothes - sizes 3-4T, Socks Blankets Maternity clothes - sizes Small, Large, XL and plus size”
Have a Prayer Chain Request
If anyone has a prayer chain request for prayers for individuals or for special intentions, please contact Fr. Kasel at 732-5324 or email at email@example.com