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February 25, 2018 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18; PS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19; ROM 8:31B-34; MK 9:2-10
RCIA journey to Easter! Please pray for those from our parish who are preparing for the Easter Sacraments. Last Sunday, 25 members of our Latino community boarded a bus from St. Nicholas to the Basilica in downtown Minneapolis for the Rite of Election. It was exciting to gather there with so many others from the Archdiocese. Those preparing for baptism were greeted by Bishop Cozzens, and those preparing for Confirmation were recognized as well. I thank Federico Conde for organizing our RCIA and keeping it on track. Please continue to hold all those who are preparing to be baptized, confirmed, or receiving first Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil. We are very blessed to have so many catechumens and candidates.
Lent, a time of great opportunity! The three pillars of our Lenten observance are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I encourage each of us to try to do something in each of these disciplines as part of your Lenten spiritual journey. Below are some local opportunities that I invite you to consider as part of your lent this year.
Daily Mass (English)
Tuesday 7 AM (Rosary 6:45 AM),
5:30 PM Mass at Guardian Angels (Rosary 5:15 PM)
Wednesday 8 AM Mass at Guardian Angels with
Adoration and benediction until 9:30 AM
Thursday 7 AM (Rosary 6:45 AM)
Friday 5:30 PM Stations of the Cross
6:00 PM Mass, Adoration follows
Mass until 7:30 PM
7:30 PM Spanish Stations of the Cross with Confessions with Fr. Galarza
Priest, Prophet and King series beginning in Chaska this Sunday! Join us in the St. Francis Hall at Guardian Angels in Chaska for the ‘Priest, Prophet and King’ video and discussion series by Bishop Robert Baron at 4 PM on Sundays during lent. Through this experience, you will better understand who Jesus really is and how he is the fulfillment of these biblical archetypes. If you have never listened to Bishop Baron, you’re in for a real treat. He brings his wide academic background down to earth in ways that both inform and inspire the average listener. We have a group of about 25 so far for this series and we’d love to have more. Call Steve or Mary Kingsbury at 952-448-7115 to learn more or to sign up.
Catholic Services Appeal Update! Thank you to those who have already made a commitment to our Catholic Services Appeal. We’re now at 55% of our parish goal in just two weeks! We are off to a great start, but we really need everyone to respond so we can reach our goal of $7,702. Sixty-four families have responded so far. If you haven’t yet responded, 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!
Confessions Available! Please take advantage of the opportunity to go to confession. Fr. Deziel or Fr. Galarza will be in the confessional 15 minutes prior to each weekend Mass. Also, be sure to check out the area Confession opportunities posted near the confessional. GA in Chaska has one coming up on Sunday, March 4 at 6:30 pm.
Mass Intentions! We now have Mass intention spots available. Please contact the parish office to schedule the date and time of your choice. The suggested offering for a Mass is still $7 per Mass.
Don’t give up Chocolate for Lent this Year! Lent is supposed to be a time when we invite God to help us live out our faith on a deeper level. But for many of us, Lent isn’t a transformative experience. It’s just a time when we give up chocolate or something else we enjoy, then go back to it at Easter. This Lent, do something different. Take an incredible journey to become the-best-version-of-yourself with Matthew Kelley's free email program BEST LENT EVER. You’ll be amazed at the impact this program can have on your life. Check it out at https://dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever/.
Did you know we’re social now? We've recently activated social media accounts for St. Nicholas Church on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please like/follow us for timely announcements, updates, events and information.
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, and 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.
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 your tickets 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.
2018 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference! Please note the NEW TIME AND LOCATION: Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. The keynote speaker will be Monsignor Thomas Richter. The conference also includes Mass, break-out sessions with dynamic speakers, and the opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the on-site food trucks! Find more details and register at TheCatholicWatchmen.com. Cost: $25. Questions? Contact Enzo Randazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-291-4483.
Global Solidarity Sunday is the weekend of March 10 and 11! For this year’s theme we celebrate “The Light came into the world” (John 3:19). It is a unique opportunity to share the light of the Lord in solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas. We are invited to offer gifts of support by contributing to the four global initiatives designated by U.S. Catholic Bishops: The Church in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and humanitarian activities of Catholic Relief Services. Please help our brothers and sisters who are sharing the light of the Lord overseas during Global Solidarity Sunday 2nd collection.
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: email@example.com. 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.