January 7, 2018 – The Epiphany of the Lord

January 7, 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord


“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”


Upcoming Opportunities

We have some exciting youth and all-parish opportunities coming up.

High school youth group

Our next high school youth group will be on Sunday, January 21st, from 5-8pm at St. Nicholas.  These nights are a lot of fun and include sports, food, prayer, and Q&A with the priests!  All high school teens are welcome to attend.

Middle school youth group

The next middle school youth group will be on Friday, January 19th, from 5-6:30pm at St. Nicholas.  These are even more crazy fun than high school youth group!  Come and get energized and enjoy time with other middle schoolers.

Pro-Life events

January 22nd is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.  For this reason, this day has become an important day of prayer and demonstration for the protection of life from conception until natural death.  I want to personally invite the entire parish to join me at two opportunities to support life:

Sunday, January 21st, we will have a Holy Hour at St. Nicholas from 4-5pm to pray for life.

Monday, January 22nd, is the rally at the St. Paul Cathedral and Minnesota State Capital.  It begins with a prayer service at the Cathedral at 10:30am, followed by a rally at the Capital at noon.

We are working to coordinate a bus to the events at the Cathedral and Capital, so stay tuned for more information.  But be sure to mark it on your calendars right away.

It is very important that we participate in pro-life events like this.  Thankfully we are starting to see that the attitude in our country toward abortion is slowly changing!  And we need to keep praying, and keep showing our support for life by attending events like these.

That fact is, especially in an online world like we live in today, what we believe and stand up for doesn’t matter so much by what we claim we believe, or what we post on Facebook, rather, we show what we believe with our feet: Am I willing to show up to pray for this or to demonstrate for this?  (Or even more: To suffer for this in the January cold?)  Anyone can post their view online in a few seconds, but we prove that we are serious about it when we actually show up.

I ask that you please make these pro-life events a priority, and join me as we pray and demonstrate for life.


You are in my daily prayers.


God bless you,

Fr. VanDenBroeke

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *