Worship

Apostolic Blessing

Pope Francis sent a blessing for our 50 years as a parish! This blessing document will be professionally framed soon, to be displayed in the foyer. Text: The Holy Father Francis cordially imparts the requested Apostolic Blessing to The Church of St. Edward Bloomington, Minnesota on the occasion of 50th Anniversary Founding of Parish Church…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Our church building and parish office will be closed on Monday, May 29th, for the Memorial Day holiday. The chapel will be open from about 8:30am to about 9:00pm. Please note that the rosary will NOT be led at 6:30pm in our chapel on Memorial Day. Memorial Day Masses—May 29th Resurrection Cemetery (2101…

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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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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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“Mary’s Alcove”

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Recently parish leaders have entered into a discussion of “Mary’s Alcove,” our upcoming chapel renovation. I encourage everyone to go back to my December 11, 2016 bulletin column to better understand the parameters of this project. Here are a few highlights from my past article: Why? Here are some of the reasons…

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Dudley Emergency Fund & Holy Thursday

Special Collection on Holy Thursday A special collection will be taken on Holy Thursday (April 13) for the Dudley Emergency Fund. Parish families in need are often helped via this special parish fund. Donations of any amount are appreciated by those experiencing hardship. If you know of anyone in our parish struggling to make ends…

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Holy Land Collection

The Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land takes place in parishes on Good Friday, April 14th. Pope Francis has asked parishes to support this collection to help Christians in the Holy Land. This year, in response to the U.S. Bishops’ call to solidarity with suffering refugees and persecuted peoples, including Christians, in the…

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If Only We Could Sing Some New Songs

If Only We Could Sing Some New Songs…as long as it’s something we know! Your liturgy team often hears from parishioners that they wish we’d sing new songs, more contemporary songs. Yet we also hear from parishioners who wish we’d sing more of the good old songs. You probably have noticed that new songs are…

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