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February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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February 12, 2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Marriage Day


“But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”


Marriage Prayer

Lord, help us to remember when we first met

and the strong love that grew between us.

To work that love into practical things

so nothing can divide us.

We ask for words both kind and loving,

and for hearts always ready to ask forgiveness

as well as to forgive.

Dear Lord, we put our marriage into Your hands. Amen.

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A message from Archbishop Bernard Hebda

2017 Catholic Services Appeal

The 2017 Catholic Services Appeal begins in February and as the shepherd of this local Church, I am asking you for your support. The CSA is the way in which the collective ministries in the Archdiocese are funded. Your gift to the Catholic Service Appeal is restricted for the benefit of its collective ministries. The designated ministries cannot be funded on their own or by any one single parish but rather need our collective help. I wholeheartedly support the Appeal and I will make my personal pledge to it. I am calling on you to join me in doing our part so that these important ministries of this Archdiocese can be fully funded. Please be assured of my gratitude for your participation in the Catholic Services Appeal as well as a remembrance in my daily prayers.


Catholics at the Capitol 2017

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Catholics at the Capitol 2017: Protect Life and Human Dignity

Thursday, March 9
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saint Paul RiverCentre / State Capitol, St. Paul

Minnesota faces real challenges to life and human dignity. Catholics are called to respond.

Join Minnesota’s bishops, dynamic Church speakers, and over 1,000 Catholics from across the state for Catholics at the Capitol, a day of inspiration and advocacy in St. Paul. We’ll be informed about the issues, inspired to bring our faith into the public square, and equipped to have meaningful conversations with our legislators.

  • Kids and students 22-and-under are free.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided.
  • A great opportunity to see the newly renovated Capitol!

View the flier Catholics at the Capitol Flier

To learn more and register, please visit

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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February 5, 2017

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day for Consecrated Life


 “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”




Sunday, February 5


Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.


Prayer for Consecrated Persons


God our Father,

we thank you for calling men and women

to serve in your Son’s Kingdom

as sisters, brothers, religious priests,

consecrated virgins, and hermits,

as well as members of Secular Institutes.

Renew their knowledge and love of you,

and send your Holy Spirit

to help them respond generously

and courageously to your will.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.











January 29, 2017 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Catholic Schools’ Week

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 January 29, 2017

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholic Schools’ Week

 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”



Catholic Schools Week Prayer

Almighty Father,

You sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people.

As Teacher, he has given us the prime exampleof the importance of education.

As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.

Thank you for the many sisters, brothers, priests,

and laypeople who have dedicated their livesin service to our Catholic schools.

Thank you for the teachers and administrators who sustain our schools today.

Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness

to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives.

Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.

Bless Holy Cross Catholic School and the many people who advance our mission.

May our building be a home for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service of others.

May our community always support one another.

Fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom.

Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others.

May we show them your unceasing love through our actions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

St. John Neumann, pray for us.

Mary, our Immaculate Conception, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 January 22, 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 



Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

(NOTE: Because January 22 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the designated observance for 2017 is Monday, January 23.)


The “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.

We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may a fervent plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group, from every family, and from the heart of every believer.”    -Pope Saint John Paul II


Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,

And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,

Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.

Today I commit myself Never to be silent,

Never to be passive, Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,

And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,

And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice

Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord.


9 Days for Life 2017

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The U.S. bishops annual novena 9 Days for Life takes place Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 29. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at!

January 15, 2017 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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January 15, 2017

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”



The Annual

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

begins this Wednesday, January 18,

and concludes next Wednesday, January 25.

Let us join with other Christian churches

as we remember the 2017 theme,

~ The Love of Christ Compels Us ~

(2 Corinthians 5:14-20)



 Prayer for Christian Unity

Eternal Father,

we praise you for sending your Son to be one of us and to save us.

Look upon your people with mercy, for we are divided in so many ways,

and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love.

We ask this gift, loving Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.





Catholic Faith Study January 30 – April 3

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Symbolon is a 10-part series that explains the teachings of the Church in easy-to-understand short lectures by dynamic Catholic speakers. See how Scripture is so closely connected to the Catholic faith and how to better understand Scripture in light of Catholic doctrine.

We will study….

  1. The Journey of Faith
  2. Divine Revelation
  3. The Bible
  4. The Story of Salvation
  5. Who Is Jesus?
  6. The Paschal Mystery
  7. The Holy Spirit and the Life of Grace
  8. Why do I Need a Church?
  9. Mary & the Saints
  10. The Last Things

Mondays 7pm – 8:30pm
January 30 – April 3

Meeting Room, Civic Center

$22 (Includes participant guide)


To sign up or if you have questions, please contact: 

Ashlee Rickert via text at 952-292-6231 or email

Call the Parish Office at 507-744-2829 OR email

Sign-up dues can be mailed to the office or put in the collection basket

Sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Family Bingo – January 15, 2017

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Please join us for Parish Family Bingo on Sunday, January 15th! Bring the whole family for a Sunday afternoon of fun, food and prizes. Invite your family and neighbors – everyone is welcome!

Bingo will be held in the Crusader Civic Center.

11:00am – lunch is available for purchase

Bingo games start at 12:00pm. Play bingo all afternoon for a cover charge of $3.00. Extra cards are available for $0.50 each.

Sponsored by the IC-CCW.

All parish families are asked to donate two NEW $2.00 prizes for Bingo Sunday. There is a box in the back of church for your donations.

2016 Giving Tree

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lafs-christmas-gifts-2016-smallOnce again, we will be participating in the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf Christmas Gift Program by sponsoring 4 families. This provides us the opportunity to provide Christmas joy to several families most in need within our community!

✢Wish list gift “bulbs” will be hung on a tree in the back of Church.

✢Each “bulb” lists an item to buy, along with age, male/female, suggested price range, and clothing size (if appropriate).

✢Please take a bulb (or several)!

✢No time to shop? Take a bulb and donate the money instead. Or donate to the general program to offset costs for families that aren’t adopted

✢Return unwrapped gifts & gift bulb(s) by December 4

Questions? Please contact Parish Life Ministry