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Holy Week Confessions

There will be several opportunities to make a good confession before Easter Sunday beginning with Confessions Palm Sunday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Cathedral when three confessors will be available.  Please check the bulletin and our website for a listing of all the Confession times this week.

Thank You, Fr. Juniper, For an Inspiring Mission

We were blessed to have Fr. Juniper Adams with us last week to preach our Lenten Mission.  His talks were inspiring and we are grateful to him and his religious community, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, for helping us grow in our faith.  I am hoping to be able to continue to have members of Fr. Juniper’s community preach Lenten Mission at the Cathedral in the future.  Fr. Juniper, many thanks and God bless you in your ministry!

Lenten Mission

We will  have a Lenten Mission this year.  I am grateful that Fr. Juniper Adams from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be with us April 7-10 and the theme of the Mission will be: “The First Words of Jesu in the 4 Gospels”.   Mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Fr. Juniper’s talks will be at the Cathedral at 7:00 PM each evening.

March is Food Shelf Month

As in the past there will be a state-wide drive to supply Food Shelves in Minnesota.  The drive offers matching funds for what is donated.  Please make this part of your almsgiving during Lent.  A reminder:  giving a financial donation is the most cost effective way to help a food shelf since they have more buying power than individuals do (in fact they can leverage every dollar to buy $7 worth of food).

Stations of the Cross and Soup Suppers

We begin Stations of the Cross & Soup Suppers this Wednesday.  At the Cathedral Stations are at 5:30 with Soup Supper to follow in the social hall.  At St. Mary Star of the Sea Stations are at 6:00 with Soup Supper and Program (this year’s theme is prayer) to follow.  Please plan to join us!

The Holy Season of Lent Begins This Week

The Holy Season of Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days culminating with the Triduum of Holy Week.  I encourage you to enter deeply into this time of grace by taking advantage of the Lenten opportunities we offer in our two parishes:  Stations of the Cross, Soup Suppers, Presentations, Holy Hours, and our Lenten Mission just before Holy Week.  Let’s be intentional about how we will spend these days and ask the Lord to bless us with a desire to let him take into a deeper relationship with him.

Adoration/Holy Hour March 5th 6:30 PM

These Holy Hours, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, are open to anyone and I invite you to attend as you are able.  This  time of prayer at the Cathedral is the fruit of an extended discussion with a group of parish leaders who are continuing to pray and discern God’s will for us as a community of faith.  I invite you to join them in asking God’s direction for both our parishes.  The Tuesday, March 5th Holy Hour will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Pope Francis to Meet with Heads of World's Bishop Conferences

Please join me in praying for our Holy Father Pope Francis as he meets with the heads of the Bishops’ Conferences from around the world in Rome February 21-24th to address the Clergy Abuse Crisis.  May the Holy Spirit be strong in the Holy Father and the bishops that they may exercise inspired leadership that will result in effective reforms to rid the Church of this scourge.

Adoration/Holy Hour Tuesday 6:30 PM

These Holy Hours are open to anyone and I invite you to attend as you are able.  This  time of prayer at the Cathedral is the fruit of an extended discussion with a group of parish leaders who are continuing to pray and discern God’s will for us as a community of faith.  I invite you to join them in asking God’s direction for both our parishes.  The  Tuesday Holy Hour will take place is this week from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Catholic Schools Week:  Celebrate the Gift of Catholic Education

We are blessed to have a strong Catholic School in our community.  Stella Maris Academy is dedicated to the transforming encounter that takes place when we meet Jesus Christ---especially when children and families open their lives to Him.  This week we will celebrate the great gift of Catholic School education, asking the Lord to bless our students and families.  Please join me in thanking our teachers, administrators, and staff for their dedication and our benefactors for their generous support.

K of C Breakfast Buffet to Kick Off Catholic Schools Week

Our Knights of Columbus are putting on a Breakfast Buffet Sunday (January 27th) to kick off Catholic Schools Week.  Please plan to join us from 9:00 to Noon for; Pancakes, Breakfast Potatoes, French Toast Sticks, Eggs, Sausage, Fresh Fruit, Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls, Juice and Starbuck’s Coffee and help celebrate and support the great gift of Catholic education.  The cost is a very reasonable $8/person and a max of $25/family.  See you in the Holy Rosary Campus gym after Mass on Sunday!

Cold & Flu Season

Now that we’re into the Cold & Flu season I ask you to use good judgement about exchanging the Sign of Peace and receiving from the Cup at Mass.  If you’re not feeling well, please refrain from these and help keep your fellow parishioners well this winter.

Adoration/Holy Hour Starts This Week

We will begin having Holy Hours with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer in this week at the Cathedral.  These Holy Hours are open to anyone and I invite you to attend as you are able.  This new time of prayer at the Cathedral is the fruit of an extended discussion with a group of parish leaders who are continuing to pray and discern God’s will for us as a community of faith.  I invite you to join them in asking God’s direction for both our parishes.  The first Tuesday Holy Hour will take place is this week from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Michael the Archangel Prayer at the End of Mass

With the New Year we will begin praying the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer at the end of each Mass after the blessing and before the closing hymn.   With everything going in our troubled world and with scandals in the Church I think it a good idea to invoke the intercession of St. Michael as we battle against many forms of evil.  “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil”.