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July 20, 2015

Kathryn and Daniel

Dear Church of
St. Edward:

I would like to thank St. Edward’s parish for praying for my mother, Kathryn Weis, since 2003. A lot of you don’t know the circumstances and probably wondered why she was on the prayer list for years; probably broke a record! She raised me as a single parent for many years. The roles reversed when she became ill; I was helping her along with other friends. I have cerebral palsy, and she made sure I became as independent as possible. I graduated from the U of M with a double major; communications and journalism. I work at the Bloomington Target and AMC Southdale with 5 years at Target Corporate Office after college. She made sure I overcame obstacles in life. She had tongue cancer in the early 1980s, and it came back in 2003. She has had twice the lifetime of radiation, 8+ reconstruction surgeries, tube feedings, lost the ability to speak (was able to communicate via iPad afterwards), etc. Her parents Maurice and Lorraine Weis were members of the parish for many years before moving outstate. My mother continued to attend the parish for many years until she became too ill. I would take her to church as her illness/fatigue permitted. My mother served as a teacher for the First Eucharist preparation classes at St. Edward. She passed on 6/25/15. We were blessed that her parents were able to return from Arizona to be with her in her final moments; in fact, she waited until all immediate family members were able to see her. Again, thank you for all your prayers and support. Father Brian and Father Mike had an excellent service on 7/1 to remember my mother.

— Dan Fischer

If you or a family member are ill or in the hospital and want a visit or need the Sacrament of Anointing, please call Fr. Brian, Pastor, Dc. Jim DeShane, Director of Pastoral Care or Mary Kay Hird, Pastoral Care Adm. Asst. at the parish office to schedule a visit, 952-835-7101. St. Edward’s also has trained Stephen Ministers who would be happy to visit you at the hospital.

May 27, 2015
You don’t have to go through difficult times alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with confidential, one-to-one, Christian care and support to help you get through a tough time. So don’t keep it all inside and struggle alone. Our Stephen Ministers are “ there to care.”
All discussions with a Stephen Minister are held in strictest confidence. Contact Dc. Jim DeShane at the parish office, 952-835-7101 x220 for more information.

April 20, 2015

Do You Have A Blended Family Concern?

  • Do you find yourself challenged by the dynamics of your newly created family?
  • Do you struggle with different parenting and/or communication styles?When two people come together in a committed relationship, life holds exciting and rich times ahead. When one or both people bring children in the relationship creating a family, another layer of excitement and challenge are introduced. Consider a Stephen Minister. In this caring and confidential ministry, we can provide you with a listening presence, creating a supportive environment to share your concerns.

    For questions or to request a Stephen Minister, contact Dc. Jim DeShane at 952.835.7101 x220.

March 11, 2015

A Stephen Minister is a trained lay minister who will walk with you in strict confidence and will help you move toward new life and resurrection.

dockforwebDoes life seems confusing, bleak, heavy, or meaningless, you do not have to go through this alone.

Are you hurting, facing failure, or feeling broken in some way, there is someone who will listen and not be judgmental.

Are you in need someone to talk to and don’t know where to turn, a Stephen Minister may be just the person you need.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister, contact Dc. Jim DeShane at the parish office, (952) 835-7101 x220.