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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March 18, 2018 – FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23; PS 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6; EPH 2:4-10; JN 3:14-21


Easter Triduum Schedule! The three days leading up to and including Easter are the three holiest days of the Christian year.  Below is the schedule for Holy week, both here and at Guardian Angels in Chaska. Please take the time to celebrate these most meaningful liturgies of the year as we unite ourselves more closely with Christ and his suffering, death and resurrection.  Lent is quickly coming to an end. May these last days of lent be a great blessing for you all!


Holy Thursday, March 29

7 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, bilingual, Chaska

7 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, English, Carver


Good Friday, March 30                     

Noon Stations of the Cross English, Chaska

3 PM Service of the Cross English, with veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion, Carver

5 PM Stations of the Cross, Spanish, in the outdoor prayer garden, Carver

6 PM Service of the Cross, Spanish, with veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion, Carver

7 PM Service of the Cross, English with veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion, Chaska


Holy Saturday, March 31

8 PM Easter Vigil, English, Chaska

8 PM Easter Vigil, Spanish, Carver


Easter Sunday, April 1

8 AM   Mass English, Carver & Chaska

10 AM Mass English, Carver & Chaska

Noon Mass, Spanish, Carver & Chaska


Rectory refreshing coming soon! At the February 27th meeting of the property and finance board, the members voted unanimously to recommend hiring a contractor for the painting, carpeting, and other new flooring for the rectory.  The members believe that hiring a contractor will speed up the work rather than relying solely on volunteers so that the rectory can be used for one of our priests to live in sooner rather than later.  We are in the process now of receiving bids and deciding colors, flooring material, carpeting, etc.  It’s been over 20 years since we updated the rectory so it’s time for these things to be done.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the expenses, please see Jodee in the parish office.  I thank all of those who have been working hard to clean the space and move out items so that this work can continue to move forward.  We have a great parish spirit and it shows!


In Christ,

Fr. Deziel


Tanzania Collection this weekend!  As part of our Lenten almsgiving, we will take up a 2nd collection to support the great work of a priest friend of Fr. Deziel’s from Tanzania in Africa.  Fr. Augustine started a kindergarten to help the many AIDS orphans in his village of Mtamba.  It is estimated that there are around 3,000 AIDS orphans in the area who have lost one or both parents to that terrible disease.  From humble beginnings, Father Augustine not only started a school, but it now goes up to 8th grade and is considered one of the best schools in the whole country of Tanzania.  The funds collected will go to feed the students, provide them with uniforms, and to pay for the staff that is needed 24/7 to both educate and look after the children.  Thank you for whatever you are able to offer.  May God bless you for your Lenten almsgiving!


Thanks for supporting Global Solidarity Sunday! Last weekend we collected $215 for the Global Solidarity Sunday 2nd Collection.  Our struggling brothers and sisters in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and all those who receive much needed aid through Catholic Relief Services thank you for your support and generosity!


Catholic Services Appeal Update! We’re now at 96% of our parish goal in five weeks of the campaign!  We are getting very close reaching our goal of $7,702.  Eighty-eight families have responded so far.  If you haven’t taken care of this yet, please prayerfully consider what you are able to offer for these important ministries that no one parish can support on their own.  Remember, our parish receives a 25% rebate of whatever is collected if we reach our goal.  Also, you can help us and the foundation if you let us know your intentions as soon as possible so we will not need to follow up with you.  We need a response from every family.  Thank you to those who have already made a commitment to the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal! 


Priest schedule for Palm Sunday, March 24th & 25th!

St. Nicholas                            Guardian Angels

4:00 PM   Fr. Deziel               5:00 PM   Fr. Galarza

7:00 PM   Fr. Deziel                                                                                                                                  

8:00 AM   Fr. Galarza            8:00 AM   Fr. Deziel

10:00 AM Fr. Deziel              10:00 AM Fr. Galarza


Spanish Mass:

11:45 AM: Fr. Manthey        Noon: Fr. Galarza


Confession Opportunities 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 these area Confession opportunities: St. Mark, Shakopee - Confesstival, Friday, March 23 from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.  St Joseph, Waconia, Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 pm.  St. Nicholas, Carver, Tuesday, March 27 6-8 pm.  Fr. Deziel and Fr. Galarza will both be here for confessions


Mass Intentions! We now have Mass intention spots available.  Remember your deceased loved ones by offering Mass for them.  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.


West Union Pancake Breakfast! West Union is hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 25th from 8 am to noon.  Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk.  West Union is located at 15820 Market Ave., Cologne, MN  55322. Proceeds support the summer youth group mission trip to Chicago


Lenten Fish Fry Dinners at St. Joseph in Waconia! The Knights of Columbus will be hosting “All You Can Eat” Fish Fry’s on all of the Fridays during Lent (except Good Friday), Serving from 4 - 7:30 pm in the Education Center. Tickets:

Adult $11, Child $5 (ages 5-12), Under 5 free.

Take out service available. Take a coupon from the back of church to save $1 off each Adult Fish Fry ticket purchased.


The Living Stations: Were You There? St. Ambrose of Woodbury Drama Ministry invites you to attend any of the dramatic renditions of our Lord’s Passion & Crucifixion depicting very powerful and personal monologues. The Stations of the Cross will come alive like never before!  The 1-hour long services will be held at St Ambrose Catholic Church, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 25th (Palm Sunday) at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, March 30th (Good Friday) at 7 p.m.  No charge.


Solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil Outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul!  On March 30, from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm, join with thousands in prayer at Minnesota’s highest volume abortuary.  Fifteen area pastors, including Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Dr. John Piper, will lead in scripture and prayer, one each half hour throughout the day.  Bring your family and come for as long as you can – an hour or two, half the day or all day.  Park at the UST Anderson Parking Facility on the corner of Grand and Cretin; shuttle buses will be running back and forth to the vigil site all day. For more information, go to or call 651-771-1500.


Women’s Scripture Study: Jesus Approaches!  Join local author and speaker Elizabeth M. Kelly in an 8-week bible study based on her new book, “Jesus Approaches, What Today's Woman Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testament” at St. Hubert, Chanhassen (Childcare provided).  Thursdays, April 5 – May 24, 9:30 – 11 am.  Cost: $60 per person.  For more details and to register, visit Questions?  Contact Susanna Parent at or 651.291.4411.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Char Turek. Her funeral Mass will be here at 11 am on Monday, March 19.  Visitation will be 4-7 pm at the Bertas Funeral Home in Chaska on Sunday, March 18.


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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.