St. Nicholas Catholic Church         412 W. 4th Street               Carver, MN   55315           952-448-2345

  "A community committed to welcoming, stewardship and evangelizing since 1868."


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Fr. Thomas Joseph

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Lv 19:1-2, 17-18; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48


Question of the Elderly: Why do I have family?  Our elderly are very grateful for a visit from their children, grandchildren or anyone who shows them love.  Just as any of us have joyful or painful moments, so too, irrespective of the best care, our elderly have joyful and painful moments, too.  In the depth of their heart, they ask the question, 'Why do I have family if my life is stuck between the four walls of my room?'  They ask such questions not because they feel unloved by family and friends, but because they know the attention of loved ones is limited since they are no longer under the same roof.  Our elders are very generous, acknowledging that their children and grandchildren are busy with their own children and different activities. Even when they say, 'I understand how busy you are,' it is not an excuse for us to run around and not find time to meet with them.  I bet, even when our elderly say, 'That is ok, I know you are busy,' it does not take away the grief in the depth of their hearts.  Let us, the family and friends who are blessed to be mobile and have the joy of living with our families, be thoughtful of what our dear elderly miss out on.  Always bear in mind that our older relatives often ask the question quietly, 'If I have my family, why is my life limited to the four walls of a small room?'


Bags of Love!  People of God, we are happy to announce to you that we have secured all the food we need for this noble project.  Thank you for your generosity and support.  The school and students appreciate our efforts!


Ash Wednesday, Lent Schedule!  On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, we will have Mass at 7 am, 6 pm and 7:30pm in Spanish.  Every Friday during Lent: Stations 5:30pm, Mass 6 pm and Adoration to follow.  Stations in Spanish start at 7:30 pm.


Happy 58th Wedding Anniversary!  We are very happy for Chuck and Darlene, a very fine couple and a backbone of our parish, as they recently celebrated 58 years of their married life.  May the Good Lord use you both as His messengers. God knows well how you hold your family and your St. Nicholas parish family together.  Chuck and Darlene, by the way you live your lives, you show to the whole world that 'Marriage is falling in love with the same person, again and again.'


Happy Feast of St. Polycarp (Bishop and Martyr d. 156)!  Every year on February 23rd we celebrate the Feast of St. Polycarp.  Just like our dear patron St. Nicholas, St. Polycarp too was from modern day Turkey.  At the age 86, he was led into the stadium to be burned alive because he was a Christian.  The flame did not kill him and they had to kill him by a dagger at the end.  May the words he wrote almost 1,850 years ago, give us the strength to stay firm in times of trials: "Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, 'firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth,' helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man." (Polycarp, Letter to the Philippians)


From the City of Carver!  The recipient of the 2016 Carver Heritage Preservation Award was St. Nicholas Catholic Church located at 412 Fourth Street West in downtown Carver. The award is given annually for the year’s best preservation work in the Carver Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  St. Nicholas was originally constructed in 1868 under the direction of Father Magnus Mayr in a rural European Gothic Revival style with a trace of Greek Revival elements. It features gothic arched windows and a three-story shingled bell tower.  Inside, the altar area occupies a half-octagonal extension to the east, and stained glass windows surround the church.

During November and December, nominations were solicited from Carver citizens.  At the December meeting of the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission, nominations were reviewed and the Commission selected the year’s best preservation work or contribution to the Carver Historic District.  

The award was then presented by the Mayor and City Council at the January 3, 2017, regular City Council Meeting.  Tony Lotzer (Trustee) and Jodee Korkowski (Business Administrator) accepted the award on behalf of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

St. Nicholas’ restoration projects included: replacing the aging roof with architectural shingles, cleaning the exterior brick, and tuck pointing the brickwork with appropriate and color correct mortar. Interior work was also completed that involved: replacing failing roof trusses, plastering, repainting, woodworking, and reframing the ornate stained glass windows. A large landscaped prayer garden was also added northeast of the church. The St. Nicholas Church Board and parishioners moved forward at great cost and effort to complete these projects that have added to the beauty of the church and the Carver Historic District.

We are grateful to the City of Carver and the Carver Heritage Preservation Commission for this honor and recognition of the work that we did to restore and maintain our facilities.  The award is on display in the front of the church along with our Honor Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  The sign near the driveway will be with us until the end of 2017 and will then travel to next year's winner of the Preservation Award.


Sunday Reflection!  Dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew 5 in which Jesus says, "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?  Do not the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that?  Do not the pagans do the same?  So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."  Brothers and sisters, Jesus may ask of us to pray for our enemies, to greet our enemies.  One might ask, 'is it not odd?'  When we have, difficulty getting along with the people we live with and love, how is it possible to greet the enemy and pray for them?  It is not that people do not want to pray for their enemies, but they genuinely struggle in doing so.  Even if you find it extremely hard to pray for the person who hurt you, just do it.  Your praying for your enemy is a statement from you, 'I will no longer carry somebody else's garbage.'  Are you convinced, then, that when you pray for your enemy you are not a looser but a winner?  Do you know by praying for your enemy, you gain a lot and loose nothing?

In Christ Jesus,

Fr. Thomas Joseph


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The Archdiocesan permanent deacon formation program will begin the discernment and application process this fall for admission to Aspirancy (novitiate) in fall 2011.  Men married or single and at least 30 years old can begin now by:  1) applying to the prerequisite Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute that begins on Monday evening, September 13 (go to the St. Paul Seminary webpage at for an application or call 651-962-6890), and 2) attending our “Diaconate Inquiry Course” on Tuesday evenings Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Saturday morning Nov. 20 at the St. Paul Seminary.  This course will introduce men (and their wives) to the vocation, spirituality, and role of the permanent deacon in the Archdiocese and will explain the discernment, application, and formation process.  Those who cannot attend this fall may attend one of the courses offered next winter or spring.  For more information on the Diaconate Inquiry Course, contact Deacon Russ Shupe at (651) 291-4428 or email:   Even if you cannot apply for diaconate formation now, you may still attend the Diaconate Inquiry Course to learn more about this unique vocation in the Church.