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Fr. John's Column - September 25, 2016

This Saturday evening we welcome all who are joining us for our Parish Fall Celebration that includes the dedication of our new altar and blessing of the new lectern.  Hopefully many also will take (or took advantage of) our dinner, games, music, and other entertainment during the evening.  For me, I am enjoying the weekend because I have the opportunity to spend some time with my sister, brother, and sister-in-law.

While we have much to celebrate, our work as a parish is far from complete.  It is important that as we celebrate we also renew our commitment to pray for our parish . A few weeks ago I extended an invitation to our school families, staff, and friends of our school to join with me each Friday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 AM in the school chapel to pray for our school.  Of course you are all invited to join us as friends of our school, located at 403 St. Croix St.  I would also like to extend to you another invitation: join me on Sunday mornings from 7:15 to 8:00 AM (slight time change) to pray for our parish.  Much of this time will be silent prayer (you can bring spiritual reading or look over the Sunday Scripture readings), we may pray Morning Prayer (I will provide books), pray the Rosary, or a chaplet. But what a great way to start our Sunday: in prayer and to pray for our parish.

While I recently celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry in our Church, we also need to celebrate two people just beginning their lives of ministry.  While both have already been serving the Church in many ways, they have of late taken a significant step and made a more permanent commitment to a life of service in the Church.

Deacon Samuel Schneider was ordained as a transitional deacon this past June.  He served at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Richmond for the summer.  He is now back at Saint Paul Seminary for his final year of seminary training.  He will be with us one weekend per month through the school and usually for part of one day each week.  On the weekends that he is with us, he will preach at the Masses.  I have heard him preach and am greatly impressed with his homilies and look forward to him serving us in this way.  Deacon Samuel will be ordained a priest for our diocese in June.

Two years ago Ashley Beutler served as a youth minister and helped direct our Confirmation Program for a year.  Ashley recently transitioned from postulancy to the novitiate with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, a community of Sisters based in New Ulm, Minnesota.  With this transition she received her religious habit and the name Sister Marie Benedicta of the Holy Name of Jesus.  Let us continue to pray for Deacon Samuel and Sister Marie Benedicata, but let us also pray frequently for all our young people, that many will prayerfully consider a vocation to the priesthood and religious life. 


Fr. John Gerritts



Friday, September 23
5:30 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM School Mass

~ Saturday, September 24
8:00 AM Dustbusters

10:00 AM Confessions
2:00 PM Baptism
5:00 PM Parish Fall Celebration Mass
Altar Blessing
6:00 PM RCIA Inquiry

~ Sunday, September 25
Masses at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
RCIA Inquiry after Masses
9:45 AM Bible Explorers
10:30 AM Children's Choir

~ Monday, September 26
8:00 AM Mass

9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
2:00 PM Funeral for Kathleen Carey
6:00 PM Boy Scouts
8:00 PM That Man is You

~Tuesday, September 27
8:00 AM Mass
6:00 PM Family Rosary

7:00 PM Parish Pastoral Council

~ Wednesday, September 28
8:00 AM Mass

10:00 AM Mass at CCH
6:00 PM Faith Formation Classes

~Thursday, September 29
6:45 AM Toastmasters

8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Mass at Old Comforts of Home
1:00 PM Quilters
7:00 PM Praise Company
~ Friday, September 30
5:30 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM School Mass
5:30 PM Wedding Rehearsal

~ Saturday, October 1
8:00 AM Dustbusters

10:00 AM Confessions
2:30 PM Wedding Logan Ackerson & Stephanie Rylicki
5:00 PM Parish Fall Celebration Mass
Altar Blessing
6:00 PM RCIA Rite of Acceptance
6:00 PM Oasis

~ Sunday, October 2
Masses at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
RCIA Inquiry after Masses
10:30 AM Bible Explorers
10:30 AM Children's Liturgy of the Word
11:30 AM Baptism
6:00 PM Divine Mercy

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