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Feast of the Ascension

The opening line of the Acts of the Apostles addresses the reader as “Theophilius” which means lover of God. Although Theophilius may have been an actual person it’s helpful for us to hear this account as a story addressed to each of us personally as lovers of God. The Feast of the Ascension is a…

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First Communion Sunday

Dear Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate First Communion Sunday. Yes, at both the Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 10:30am Masses we will have young parishioners coming to the Lord’s Table for the very first time to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. This day always invites each of us to…

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National Collection

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception The Bishops of the United States have approved a special one-time second collection to take place in parishes across the nation on Mother’s Day 2017 to support the mosaic ornamentation of the Trinity Dome, the crowning jewel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the…

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Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE)

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last weekend I was away from the parish participating in Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE). Yes, since 2008 I have volunteered two weekends each year to serve as the chaplain for this retreat which focuses on preparing engaged couples for Christian/Catholic marriage. While it is a hardship on our parish for me to…

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So Many Ways to Support VEAP!

VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) 1,700+ Pounds! Our parish’s giving history with VEAP from January 1st to March 31st (2017) is incredible! 1,432 pounds of food! 278 pounds of toys and gifts for youth and children! VEAP Thank You Thanks to all who donate using our VEAP collection boxes in the foyer and to…

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Unbound

On the weekend of May 6/7 a visiting priest will be at all Masses to tell us more about the work being accomplished by Unbound. Founded by lay Catholics, Unbound is an organization that has served more than 600,000 children, youth and elderly in 19 developing countries since 1981, empowering them to make more choices…

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What is a Deacon?

Dear Fellow Parishioners, When people find out that I’m a deacon often one of the first questions I’m asked is, “what is a deacon?” The short answer is that a deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. The response to that statement is usually “so what is the difference between you and a…

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New Psalm

This weekend (May 6/7) we are debuting at our parish a new arrangement of the 23rd Psalm. Paul Tate’s “The Lord is My Shepherd” is a beautiful setting of this beloved psalm that includes the liturgically correct verses. While you are probably familiar with Marty Haugen’s “Shepherd Me, O God” which is sung at many…

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Confirmation Update

Our annual Confirmation Retreat was April 22/23. Twenty-five 9th graders, along with a handful of their Acts 29 peer ministers and the youth ministry staff, retreated themselves up to YMCA Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto (MN). Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 7th…

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Catholic Home Missions Appeal

This weekend (April 29/30) we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Support of this appeal helps ease the struggle of these dioceses. Please prayerfully consider…

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