Dear Fellow Parishioners,
This weekend we celebrate our annual Mission Appeal. Listen to the words of Deacon Mickey Friesen, the Archdiocesan Director of our Center for Mission: “I am happy to announce the 2016 Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This year we will welcome 60 mission groups (representing diocese, religious congregations and lay mission organizations from five continents) to our parishes in the Archdiocese. Each year the MCP gives us an opportunity to express our catholicity and stand in solidarity with the global mission of the Church by hearing and responding to one particular mission story. The Center for Mission serves as Archbishop Hebda’s agent in implementing the MCP in our Archdiocese. In his name, I ask you to be generous in your hospitality of and support for the group that is assigned to your parish to share their mission story and appeal at all of the Masses for financial support for their efforts….thank you for participating in the MCP for 2016.”
This year the Church of St. Edward welcomes Fr. Claudio Corti, PIME (the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions). Fr. Claudio was born in Lecco, Italy. He joined PIME as a seminarian in 1981 and was ordained a priest in Milan in June of 1992. He worked as Vocations Director at the PIME U.S. Headquarters and Mission Center in Detroit, Michigan from 1992 to 1998. He worked as a missionary priest in Thailand from 1994 to 2014. He is currently PIME’s General Secretary in Rome, Italy.
What is PIME? Here is their mission statement: “The PIME Mission Center’s main priority is to support all those associated with PIME in mission lands so that they can help local communities in all aspects of their lives; with education, instruction on agriculture, nutrition, health care, child development, vocational skills, and assistance with their spiritual needs. Working with communities in 17 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, PIME is dedicated to building up authentic citizens with full respect for their cultures and traditions and their innate dignity; concentrating their efforts on the weakest, neediest, marginalized and victims of any kind of discrimination. Through printed publications, digital social media, radio messages, and various outreach programs, the PIME Mission Center presents a global window on the world, highlighting countries that are seldom ‘newsworthy,’ and helps build solidarity between the generous American people and the needy who are ‘out of sight’ and mostly voiceless.” Check out their website at pimeusa.org.
Welcome Fr. Corti! I encourage everyone to be generous in their support of this Mission Appeal.
P.S. Lest I forget, we do remember our fathers on this Father’s Day Weekend. Take time to remember these important men in your life, whether they are birth fathers, fathers-in-law, step fathers, foster fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, etc. Whether they are alive or deceased, saints or sinners, we wouldn’t be here without them. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! to all our fathers.