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February 18, 2018 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Welcome Fr. Edison Galarza! This weekend, we welcome Fr. Edison Galarza to our parish of St. Nicholas and Guardian Angels. Please extend your warmest welcome to him! Fr. Galarza will be serving as our associate pastor at both parishes. Next weekend we will have a larger write up sharing more information about him. Welcome Fr. Galarza!
Lent is here! The great season of Lent began this past Wednesday as we received ashes upon our heads as a sign of our repentance. The three pillars of spiritual practice in lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It’s good for each of us to make a commitment at the start of lent to do something in each of these areas. Please don’t wait until the last week of lent to decide what your spiritual practice will be. For prayer, we have many opportunities right here at the parish to do some extra praying such as Daily Mass, Adoration, or the Stations of the Cross. Of course, we can also commit to doing some bible study or prayer at home including a daily rosary. We’re all probably most aware of the need to fast during lent. Denying ourselves something that is good is a way for opening our souls to an even greater good, which is the love of God. When deciding what to give up, pick something that you know will be a challenge, but not something that will be so difficult for you that you will not be able to realistically do it. Finally, almsgiving is a way to both deny ourselves and to help others who are in need. With almsgiving, we make extra sacrificial efforts to help the poor.
Catholic Services Appeal at 38% of goal! Thank you to all who made a commitment to our Catholic Services Appeal last weekend. We’re already at 38% of our parish goal in just the first week! That’s a great start and with continued effort, I’m confident that we can reach our goal of $7,702 in no time! 54 families have responded for our participation count. If you haven’t yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider what you are able to offer for these important ministries in the Archdiocese. Remember, our parish receives 25% back of whatever is pledged if we make our goal. Thank you for your support!
Feed my starving children! On Wednesday, February 7th , I was blessed to be able to join the St. Nicholas faith formation students, parents and volunteers as we packed meals at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. It was inspiring to see families gather with children of all ages to pack meals for people who are in desperate hunger throughout the world. The effort brings us together to do something good, and the impact that it has on people in other countries is amazing. Lives are literally being saved by this effort. Thank you to all who came!
May you have a blessed lent,
Priest schedule for February 24th & 25th!
St. Nicholas Guardian Angels
4:00 PM Fr. Deziel 5:00 PM Fr. Galarza
7:00 PM Fr. Galarza
8:00 AM Fr. Galarza 8:00 AM Fr. Deziel
10:00 AM Fr. Deziel 10:00 AM Fr. Galarza
11:45 AM: Fr. Galarza Noon: Fr. Manthey
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Winter Teaching Conference on Evangelization! “Boundless Enthusiasm for the Gospel” will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids. Have your grown children left the Church? How do you talk with people about the Catholic Church? Learn practical tools for evangelization. Pick from a variety of workshops like Holy Boldness, The Upper Room Experience, Life in the Holy Spirit. Some speakers will be Jessica Balzarini, Fr. Michael Becker, Fr. Joe Williams, Joe Masek, presenters from St. Paul Street Evangelization, Deb McManiman & Denise Hirl and more. Don’t miss a sending forth commissioning from Bishop Cozzens! Pre-Registration, which includes lunch, $35, or $45 at the door. Over 70, Students, Religious, just $20; Over 80, FREE (a $5 donation for lunch is suggested.) For more information, visit the website: www.ccro-msp.org or call 763-571-5314.
Guardian Angels School Open House! All are welcome on February 22 for a Preschool - 8th Grade Open House and Children's Author Visit. Please join us as we celebrate I Love to Read month with Author Kevin Lovegreen, author of the Children's series Lucky Luke's Hunting Adventures. 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Kevin will share his story of his inspiration for his hunting and fishing series and read excerpts from his series. School tours available! Child Care Available! Check out our generous tuition assistance available!
Immaculée | Thursday, March 8! St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan is honored to have Immaculée Ilibagiza, author of Left to Tell, visit them on March 8th to tell her amazing story of faith and forgiveness. Get yours by either calling 952-492-5827 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A free-will donation for the ticket is requested to help cover the cost of the St. John’s students attending Catholic HEART Workcamp (CHWC) in Grenada this summer.
Friendship with God, Friendship with Our Spouse, In the Holy Spirit! Throughout 2018, several parishes will be hosting Marriage in Christ seminars. The five-week seminar is for all married couples. Good habits and the power of the Holy Spirit transform all marriages! Find more details and the list of host parishes at www.archspm.org/marriageinchrist.
#MeToo: A Community Conversation and A Christian Response! Sunday, February 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Join in a community conversation about the current cultural movement identifying the prevalent sexual harassment and misconduct in our government, media, places of work, churches, and institutions. Panelists from Project Pathfinder, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse and restoring lives, will share their experience and possible solutions to this overarching problem in our society. For more information, visit archspm.org/events. Questions? Contact Paula Kaempffer at email@example.com or 612-317-3473.
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 http://www.stthomas.edu/spssod/ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.