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Liturgies during Lent and through Easter
Local Merchant Highlight
The GIFT/Scrip team would like to highlight one of our local merchants who gives generous support to the scrip program. Did you know that we have a talented, artistic parishioner who donates 15% to the scrip youth ministry program? Keri Cruser of Saint Ludmilla’s Joy creates beautiful jewelry and gifts that express her faith and love for our Lord. One of her creations would be a wonderful gift idea for First Communion or Confirmation. There is a photo book to view at the GIFT/scrip table featuring some of her items. You can also visit her website at www.sljcreations.etsy.com to view her products or contact her with questions. The GIFT/scrip table offers gift cards for her shop in $10 and $25 denominations. What a wonderful way to support a local merchant and Saint Henry’s Youth!
Great River Family Promise (GRFP)
Great River Family Promise (GRFP) is hosting a free “Club 180” Fundraising and Awareness Breakfast on Sat., May 3, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Monticello Middle School Arena Entrance. GRFP helps families with children in our community who are experiencing homelessness. Please join us to understand our mission and how you too might help these families. Please RSVP by Mon., April 21st, to 763.441.9093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You for Responding to the Catholic Services Appeal
Many thanks to those who have already responded to the Annual Catholic Services Appeal. Our parish goal is $55,946.00 and so far we have achieved pledges of $39,523 and collected $23,498.00 from 292 households. We are very grateful for your responses — thank you! for those who have not yet returned their pledge, there is still time to do that. Please complete your pledge card and place it in the mail or collection basket this week. Every gift helps!
Financial Peace University
We have just ended the 9 week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Classes. Thank You to the many volunteers who helped with this 9 weeks. Special thanks to the facilitators, table leaders, child care volunteers and the many people and families who attended. It’s great to see the energy that is created each week along with the strength and support to each other. May you continue to discover and follow God’s instructions and guidance in your financial walk. Watch the bulletin for upcoming information and class times this fall. Dave Ramsey’s motto and vision is “to live like no one else so later you can live and GIVE like no one else.”
God Bless Colleen & Lon Austin
Final Report by the Task Force
Dear Friends in Christ,
After nearly six months of intensive and very thorough work, the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force has submitted its Report and Recommendations to the archdiocese.
Please see the full Report and Recommendations of the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force which was posted on our website a few minutes ago and the link is being sent to media now.
Please also see the attached statement from the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force, the statement from the archdiocese’s Vicar for Ministerial Standards, Fr. Reginald Whitt, O.P., and the news release from archdiocese.
Archbishop John Nienstedt, the auxiliary bishops and I, along with all archdiocesan leadership, offer our gratitude to the Task Force for their important work aimed at protecting children from clergy sexual abuse.
Please read the Report and Recommendations when you are able. It speaks very clearly for itself about areas needing improvement in order to establish and maintain safe environments in ministry in this local Church. I will send out additional information in response to specific inquiries about the report, as needed.
As we begin a week like no other, we know all too well that the Cross of Good Friday has cast its shadow across all our lives. Through the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, a greater love has defeated the power of all sin and every form of death, every grief and all sorrow. As disciples, united by the Holy Spirit in faith and prayer, let us enter the Sacred Triduum most deeply and with profound need for God’s grace.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Charles V. Lachowitzer
We are in need of an adorer for Tuesdays at 2:00AM. If you have been thinking of stepping up to make a weekly appointment with our Lord, please consider this hour. Call Grace at 763.360.5334. Thank you.
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Statement from the Archdiocese regarding the Archbishop’s Deposition
Dear Friends in Christ,
Please see the attached statement sent late this afternoon to media and posted on archspm.org regarding today’s deposition of Archbishop Nienstedt where he repeatedly stated that the safety of children is the archdiocese’s highest priority.
The archdiocese continues to urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse in Church ministry to come forward to law enforcement so that their voice may be heard. Let us keep all victims and their family and friends in our prayers during this Lenten season and always.
On behalf of Archbishop Nienstedt, I thank you for all the prayers that have been offered on his behalf during these challenging times. Let us continue to pray for one another as we prepare for the great feast of Easter.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Charles V. Lachowitzer
Many of you may have heard recent reports in the media regarding Harry Walsh. The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has released a statement regarding these reports. Click here to view the statement. I know that this is a painful time for those of you who have worked with and knew Harry. Please be assured of my continued prayers for him and this community. Also, I ask you to join me in praying for our archdiocese as we continue to work toward the goals that the archbishop has outlined of creating safe environments for all, caring for victims, and restoring trust.
Father Tony VanderLoop
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