"A community committed to welcoming, stewardship and evangelizing since 1868."
Be sure to stop by the prayer garden often to see what is new. It's always open and meant to be viewed in any season. Be sure to check out the three crosses recently
added to the steeple on the Our Lady of Good Health alter.
Thanks to all who participated in the photo sessions for the new directory. If you were not able to get a spot, please contact the office so we can get
you on the update list. We can do another day of photography as soon as we have 20 families.
Fr. Thomas Joseph
Installation of the cross for Our lady of Good Health!
November 19, 2017 – THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Thanks Finance Board! We extend our profound gratitude to our Finance Board John Turek, Regis Damiba, Joan Shelley, Jerry Riesgraf, Sandi Poppler and Patrick Dempsey; our Trustees Jon Kellen and Tony Lotzer; and Jodee for being the mastermind in pulling everything together to provide an intelligent and easy to understand presentation on the well-being of St. Nicholas. As you witnessed, St. Nicholas is healthy and doing well so that we can reach out more and more to the poor and those in need. We celebrate the health and well-being of our parish, and should not hold tight to the castle we built, but to welcome the poor, vulnerable, rejected, Catholics and non-Catholics.
When St. Nicholas is healthy, we can lift people up in the name of Jesus. However, one area we can make further progress in is donating to the building fund. As I mentioned last weekend, what I tell my nieces is the same wisdom I would tell all of our children: help the poor, help the Church and save money for yourself in the bank. I hope you will remind your children, grandchildren, godchildren and even other adults that the only way to have a healthy, balanced life is to not only say 'I,' but to also say 'We.' Thanks again to the board for bearing the burden and blessings of our parish.
Not too late to pray for the dead! The Church provides the month of November as a special time to pray for the dead. You can pray for the dead by offering Mass, visiting the cemetery or whatever form of charitable work that is born out of your heart. The simple saying, 'What goes around, comes around,' is true in spiritual matters too: if you pray for the dead today, someone else will pray for you when you are no longer in this earth.
Thanksgiving Day Mass! Join us on Thursday, November 23rd at 7 AM. I hope you can join us before family gatherings and celebrations.
Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! On Friday, December 8th, we celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation at 7 AM and 6 PM. Mark your calendar and plan to join us.
Guadalupe Celebration! We will be holding the 4th Annual Guadalupe Celebration here at St. Nicholas. We will have multiple celebrations so that everyone will be able to make one or more depending on work schedules and other commitments. Join the celebration on Sunday, December 10 at 12 noon; Monday, December 11 at 6 PM and Tuesday, December 12, Mananitas at 4 AM and Solemn Mass at 6 PM.
Winter gaining its wings! Winter is steadily gaining its wings. Living in Minnesota, we feel alive and well with the progression of the seasons.
It is very obvious the cold is catching up to us more and more. Everything God created continues to move forward; everything is destined to be God-centered. Just as winter is gaining its wings, so too, nothing God created is lifeless or wasted; everything God created has life and this life moves towards Jesus and a fullness of life. This is why Jesus says,"...I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10: 10). As we reflected several times, nothing God created is meant to be stagnant, but to have a steady growth always geared towards God.
Jim Hammers' passion for German and other heritage! Jim Hammers, a resident of Carver and an active parishioner at Guardian Angels, is a very delightful man who loves life by finding joy in the simple things of everyday. Not long ago, he stopped at the parish office and had a nice conversation with us on the name Nicholas and the diverse versions of it. As we are ready to kick off the year long 150th celebration of St. Nicholas Church, he will teach a few German songs/rhymes to our Faith Formation children. At his invitation, St. Nicholas and other cultural representations will join the Carver Christmas lighting ceremony at Church by the River, on November 26 at 5PM.
Thank you, Jim, for your youthful spirit and deep desire to share German and other traditions with our parishioners, especially the younger ones.
Winter Use of the Prayer Garden! The St. Nicholas Prayer Garden is meant to be visited during all seasons. Even though we have less visitors during winter months, people continue to come. We will make our Prayer Garden user friendly year-round. Be sure to check out the three Crosses that were added to the steeple on the Our Lady of Good Health Altar this past week.
Happy Feast of the Dedication of the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul! Every year, on November 18th, we celebrate the dedication of these very important churches in our Catholic Faith: St. Peter Basilica, probably the most visited and most famous church in the entire world, and St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the second in size after St. Peter’s Basilica. We firmly believe both of these churches are built over the graves of these two saints, St. Peter and St. Paul. These beautifully constructed churches remind us that God is not anti-beauty but pro-beauty. They remind us that effort and treasure invested in a beautiful church is not something taken away from the poor, but a place for the poor to find a place of comfort and peace. On this Feast Day of the Dedication of the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul, let us continue to build our own church to be a place filled with beauty, where God's bounties shine forth.
Dear Padre! What should the laity do when the priest is praying? First of all, let us make a distinction between an audience and a congregation. An audience at a theater, stadium or sports arena are there to be entertained. Whether we are at the stadium or watch from home, we are the audience who wants to be entertained by the players and cheerleaders. A congregation refers to those who actively join and partake in the celebration. In other words, when the priest is praying during the Mass, people are not an audience to be entertained by the Priest, but become a priest themselves, actively praying with the Priest. When Mary, Our Mother, stood at the foot of the Cross-watching Jesus die, she was not standing passive, unmoved or untouched. She was fully involved in the suffering of her Son, Jesus. During Mass, we can place ourselves in the place of Mary. During Mass we can stand idle and distracted, or like Mary Our Mother, actively look at Jesus and become part of the Mass. [Idea partially taken from question #88 in the book, Do I have to Go? 101 Questions about the Mass, the Eucharist, and your Spiritual Life by Matthew Pinto and Chris Stefanick.]
Sunday Reflection! Dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew 25 in which Jesus tells His disciples the following story: A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one, he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, only one--each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately, the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money. After a long time, the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master's joy.' Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter, so out of fear, I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter. Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
Dear brothers and sisters, do you realize with the parable of the talents that God is telling us that He wants to see good results in return for all the Blessings He has given us? Do you realize God is curious how well we perform in our lives, how well we put to use the dollar bills he put in our hands?
In Christ Jesus,
Fr. Thomas Joseph
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.
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