50th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate with Us!

Please mark Sunday, September 10, 2017 on your calendar! Read below to RSVP, order raffle tickets and much more!

RSVP Forms

“Former Clergy RSVP” Online Form
(to be used by clergy only)
“Founding Members RSVP” Online Form
(for Mass & Reception on 9/9/17)
“50th Anniversary Reservation Form”
(for 50th Anniversary Mass & Reception on 9/10/17)

Celebration Mass

10:00am Mass (indoor): Our 50th celebration will begin with Mass at 10:00am. Archbishop Hebda will return to our parish to preside at this Mass. What a blessing!
Note: There will be no Mass at 8:30am or 10:30am on September 10th.

Founding Members

5:00pm Mass (indoor): Mass will be celebrated at 5:00pm on Saturday, September 9th. We plan to honor our founding members at the 5:00pm Mass. RSVP Form


Our 50th Anniversary Task Force has been hard at work for months now. Their efforts are being combined with the Feast Committee with the goal to offer a celebration for everyone! All are welcome to our planning meetings. Next Up: July 11 at 7:00pm

Festival Choir

A festival choir is being formed for our 50th Anniversary Mass on Sunday, September 10th (10:00am Mass). All voices are welcome. If you are interested in this short term commitment, please send an email to music@stedwardschurch.org.
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Feast of St. Edward & Feast Raffle!

Our annual Feast of St. Edward will be held on September 10, 2017. Stay after the 10:00am Anniversary Mass for a reception and festival activities!

Feast Raffle

Our second annual Feast Raffle will feature exciting cash prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize! Drawings will be held on Sunday, September 10th. All registered households are asked to buy or sell at least ten raffle tickets, thereby raising $50 each for our 50th celebration. All proceeds above and beyond the costs associated with the 50th celebration will go to Social Justice Outreach.

Raffle Ticket Order Form

Every registered household will receive ten raffle tickets in early July. For those who would like to purchase additional tickets, please call the parish office, buy them after Masses in July and August or at our 50th celebration on 9/10/17, or order them now:
Raffle Ticket Order Form
Raffle Ticket Online Payment

Early Bird Feast Drawing!

To make things even more exciting, there will be an Early Bird Drawing for raffle tickets submitted to the parish office by noon on August 3rd. The Early Bird Prize is one night at the Radisson Blu, located next to the Mall of America and one of the newest and nicest hotels in our area! The Early Bird Drawing will be held on August 5th with winners announced at Mass.

Apostolic Blessing

The Vatican and Pope Francis sent an apostolic blessing for our 50th celebration! (see photo, top right)

From Father Brian

“I pray that we all will take time during these months leading up to our 50th to reflect upon the founding spirit of our church, as well as to recommit ourselves to continue the good work begun by our founding members. May God bless us in our efforts to build the kingdom here at the Church of St. Edward.”

Anniversary Prayer

An anniversary prayer is now available. We are grateful to our pastor, Fr. Brian, and liturgist, Mychael Jones, for writing such a meaningful prayer.

O Lord, unify our parish in Your truth and love during our fiftieth anniversary. Help us to show Your love to one another both within and outside our parish community. That with Your favor, each individual and every family may all be blessed and come into Your presence for everlasting happiness. May we continue to grow in Your wisdom with the help of St. Edward and our Blessed Mother. Through Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life and who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Pictorial Directory

A brand new pictorial directory is being prepared just in time for our 50th Anniversary Celebration! Books will be distributed to all who were photographed. Look for more information about distribution in August.

Mary’s Alcove

A new prayer alcove honoring our Blessed Virgin Mary will soon be constructed in the chapel. The alcove will take the place of the south confessional and will offer the opportunity for personal prayer without disturbing those in the chapel. In addition, our votive light stand will be moved into the new alcove. In keeping with our parish tradition of honoring previous pastors (the foyer was dedicated to Bishop Paul Dudley and the social hall was dedicated to Fr. Martin Shallbetter), “Mary’s Alcove” will be dedicated to our beloved Fr. Mike Tegeder. Construction should begin this spring/summer. The formal dedication will be done by Archbishop Hebda at our “50th Feast of St. Edward” on September 10, 2017.

Throw Back Thursday Photos

We are posting some of the archived photos we’ve digitized—they are fantastic! Look for them on Throw Back Thursdays via our Facebook page. Feel free to charitably comment about the photos as we continue to share memories leading up to our September 10th celebration of 50 years!

Our History

As we gather historical information about our parish, we have shared interesting facts leading up to our grand celebration. Read below and/or follow us on Facebook (where “Throw Back Thursdays” will feature historical information about our parish).

Stephen Ministers

In 1981 Sister Mary Obawa started the Stephen Ministry program at our parish. In the beginning, 52 parishioners provided this one-on-one listening ministry in a confidential setting for parishioners going through a difficult time. Stephen Ministers experience intensive training. Continuing education speakers are brought in regularly, too. Today Deacon Jim DeShane leads this ministry and we have twenty-five Stephen Ministers, with two new commissionings scheduled in June (2017). This ministry is still thriving and providing care to those in need.

Our Second Rectory

In 1967 twenty acres of debt-free land at 94th and Nesbitt were donated to our parish. On May 16, 1968, construction of a new rectory was started on land adjacent to the site of our present church building and by October Father Dudley had moved in to the brand new rectory!

Sara Guild and the Gold Vestment

From Joan Black: “When Fr. Marty was here, the Sara Guild asked the Liturgical Director, Lonne Murphy, what was needed. She said the parish needed a gold vestment. After much deliberation, Sara Guild ordered one from Germany for $1,100. Fr. Marty wore it, Fr. Mike wore it and now Fr. Brian has worn it, too. It is beautiful!”

Our First Rectory

Our first rectory was located on Normandale Blvd in Bloomington. Realtor Bill Kinney brought Fr. Dudley to the house, whose first reaction was, “Oh Bill, not that house, I don’t care for the look of it.” But Bill reminded Father about the scarcity of homes in the area and persuaded him to at least give it a chance. Reluctantly, Fr. Dudley went inside. “When I opened the door and stepped inside, it all fell into place. The house had everything I needed and then when I met the owners they had been parishioners at Annunciation.” The house was purchased for $27,000 plus $3,000 for furnishings. At noon on September 12, 1967, the parish officially came into existence and a few hours later, Fr. Dudley celebrated the first Mass in the basement of the just-purchased rectory. Over time, Mass was celebrated in the garage. Although this house was our first rectory it later became the nun’s house, when Fr. Dudley moved into the house at 9501 Nesbitt Ave South, located next to our current church building.

Our Library

In 1968, Father Dudley asked parishioner Joan Black to start a library. He had purchased film strips on the sacraments and books and other materials for the staff and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teachers to use. Because all materials needed individual cards for the library catalog, parish volunteers helped with this project. The library is now well-stocked with books, periodicals and movies to give a spiritual lift to parishioners. With its comfortable furniture and good lighting, it is a welcoming room for meetings of all kinds, including the book discussions that currently take place, which welcomes parishioners who have read the book of the month to take part in a lively book conversation.

The Good Sisters: Saintly Women—Habit or Not

“A Catholic parish without nuns is spring without flowers” was a truism when our parish began; so in December, 1967, Fr. Dudley contacted the Sisters of St. Joseph and the following spring Sister Carol Dorff came from North Dakota to become our first nun. She lived at the Academy of Holy Angels. A total of five nuns from Holy Angels became her community and served on a voluntary basis. When Sister Carol left our parish in June, 1969, Fr. Dudley invited Sister Maureen Dudley, his second cousin, to become a full time staff member. Late in 1969 Sister Joanne Tromczak also accepted an invitation. The primary responsibility of our parish’s nuns was education. They conducted 14 children’s classes a week and were responsible for adult training programs, too. Once each month they held an instructive session for parents who were teaching CCD classes. Sister Julie DeLange became a member of the staff in August of 1975 and worked in adult education. Over the years, a number of dedicated sisters contributed so much to the development of our parish and we are grateful!


The Church of St. Edward has a long history of rich and varied music. Spanning 50 years, a variety of musical groups have been an integral part of our heritage, including our adult choir—which at one time boasted the voices of over 70 singers who sang from the middle of the church, under the location of today’s organ pipes. Other notable groups include our children’s choir and schola—choirs that still sing regularly at Masses today. Our bell choirs have at times rang out three octaves of hand bells and hand chimes. Many will remember the 5:00pm Masses featuring the “Grateful Ed” group, a predecessor to today’s “Praise Team” which is currently bringing us upbeat contemporary music Masses several times a year. We have been blessed with very fine musical instruments, too. Our original pipe organ was installed in 1980 at a time when many modern suburban parishes chose not to install organs at all. By 2010, the organ was enlarged to its current size—including our horizontal trumpets affectionately named “Cor de Jubilee” by Lonne Murphy, a name many know well and who served as liturgist at our parish for many years. A Kawai piano was donated in memory of former music director, Larry Gully, and served the church space for many years. This piano was moved to the Shallbetter Hall (our social hall) after we were blessed to acquire a new Mason & Hamlin BB grand piano in 2015. Our Music ministry has truly been a priority at our parish throughout our history and will remain so well into the future. We are grateful to all who have and do participate by offering their talents and love for music to our parish!

A Note from Fr. Brian

Consider a portion of the foreword from “It Was Almost Techla” chronicling our first ten years: “…no ordinary parish. Ask any of the parishioners why, and they…let you know that Saint Edward’s is different; different from any other parish they have ever known…maybe the reason is to be found in the heart and soul of the man who breathed life into the parish, Father Paul Dudley. The people believe that his profound love for God and humanity is the cornerstone on which he built the parish. Father Dudley lived a life of concern for the people and never thought of the parish of Saint Edward’s as the bricks and mortar that blended into a handsome edifice. The building was only a convenience to serve as a meeting place for the people to worship their God and openly express their love and concern for one another. From the day of its beginning, Saint Edward’s has been a parish where people come to be joyful and friendly as they celebrate the liturgy. It is a parish where families gather as a group to sing and pray and where they are happy together in the presence of the Lord.” Having served as a co-pastor with Bishop Paul Dudley back in 1995/1996 at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield, I can personally attest to his love for the Church and for humanity. His spirit inspired countless people to embrace the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ. Yes, we were blessed to have such a wonderful founding pastor.