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Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day – to honor those who died in the wars to keep our country free

Today we celebrated Mass at our Church, joined with the Lonsdale Honor Guard, Firing Squad and Auxiliary Honor Guard. Following Mass was a short program at Calvary Cemetery.

Remember – our fallen heros.
They are the reason that we are free!

Support the Food Shelf by playing golf!

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Proceeds will be split between the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and the Cookie Cart

The Lonsdale Area Food Shelf (LAFS) is run 100% by volunteers and supports the needs of our local community by distribution of food for those in need and gifts at holiday times. For more information, please visit

Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban Minneapolis nonprofit bakery. For more information, please visit

To register, go to or for more information visit

Work of Mercy: Donate your goods

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Saturday, May 7
Noon to 6pm
Crusader Civic Center

St Paul de Vincent flier snipWe will accept:

  • Clothing & shoes
  • Bedding & blankets
  • Household items
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Knick Knacks
  • Kitchenware
  • Small kitchen appliances

Sorry, we cannot accept electronics (computers, TV), large appliances (washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators), exercise equipment, entertainment centers or large furniture (sofa sleepers, couches, recliners).

Click on flier above for more details (or click HERE)

Live mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy!

Amen, I say to you,
you did for one of these
least brothers of mine,
you did for me.
~Matthew 25:40

Sponsored by the Lonsdale Knights of Columbus and Parish Pastoral Council.


Food for Kidz Packaging Event Thursday April 28

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We are once again hosting a packaging event for Food for Kidz.


Thursday, April 28, 2016


The Crusader Civic Center in Lonsdale

What Time?

Two shifts:
4 – 5:30pm    &    5:30 – 7pm

No sign up needed!
Come when you can; leave when you need to!

FoodForKidz2016SnipWe hope you are able to come! When you do, please bring your cash/check donation with you to cover the cost of food. If you are unable to come, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Food for Kidz
c/o Immaculate Conception Parish
PO Box 169
Lonsdale, MN  55046

Checks can be made payable to Food for Kidz

100% of the money raised is used to buy food!!

The mission of Food for Kidz is to package and distribute nutritious meals to hungry children and their families where crisis has struck and there is an immediate need. People like you, coming together with friends and family to package food, donate money and offer compassion MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Change has to start somewhere, and it’s often with the simplicity of a meal.

Please see the flyer for more details and pass on the word!

Sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council and our Food for Kidz Committee



Our new archbishop has been announced!

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Archbishop HebdaOn Holy Thursday, March 24, Pope Francis formally named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Archbishop-Designate Hebda has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese since June 15, 2015. During that time, he has also been serving the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, as Coadjutor Archbishop, and was scheduled to replace Archbishop John J. Myers when he is expected to retire in July.

The son of Bernard and the late Helen Clark Hebda, the Archbishop-Designate Hebda was born on September 3, 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1989 in St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. His Episcopal ordination took place on December 1, 2009.

In addition to serving the Archdioceses of Newark and Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he was Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan and has served at the Vatican and in parishes in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Archbishop-Designate Hebda’s Installation Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

To learn more about this exciting announcement, please visit and

Pack the Pews March 19-20

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As we think about the sacrifice that Christ made for us as we enter into Holy Week, we too can make an act of generosity and sacrifice for others.

LAFS LogoOn March 19-20, please bring bags of nonperishable food items to Pack our Pews! Simply drop off your non-perishable food items before Mass (or after) into one of the reserved pews, which are located in front of church on St. Joseph’s side.

All donations will be given to our Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.

If you prefer to donate money, please place your check (made payable to LAFS) in the collection basket.

Did you know that hunger is still a problem in Minnesota?

  • 1 in 10 Minnesota families experiences food insecurity.
  • The Lonsdale Area Food Shelf (LAFS) helps 48 families per month. On average, 4,000 pounds of food is distributed each month.
  • Last year, our Pack the Pews campaign raised 455 pounds of food, which was donated to the Lonsdale Food Shelf

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” ~Matthew 25:35


Women’s Lenten Morning of Reflection

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You are invited to a Women’s Lenten Morning of Reflection on Saturday, March 12. This retreat is from 7 – 11am at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Elko New Market. Agenda:


Mass, Confession and Rosary
Speaker: Ashlee Rickert (from our Parish!)

There is no cost to attend this event, however registration is appreciated. To register:


St Nicholas Womens Lenten Retreat 2016

Holy Door Pilgrimage & 1st Saturday Mini-Retreat

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MercyGraphAs we celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, please join us on Saturday, March 5 from 6:45am to 1pm for a Holy Door Pilgrimage and 1st Saturday Mini-Retreat. We will be taking a bus up to the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Event will include:

  • Walk through the Holy Door
  • Mass
  • Adoration
  • Rosary
  • Confession (24 Hours for the Lord initiated by Pope Francis)
  • Speaker Father John Klockeman will present 2 talks:
    • We Fear Being Loved Too Much By God
    • A Hope That Provides
  • Complimentary light refreshments after Mass

Cost: not to exceed $15
(this covers the bus ride to/from the Cathedral and will depend on the total number of participants)

Click the flyer below for more details:


Ways to sign-up:

  • Sign up at the back of Church
  • Call Betty Smisek at 507-744-5195
  • Email:

Reminder: sign-up before February 26!

Event sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council

Lent: CRS Rice Bowl

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Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl boy with riceEvery Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of   poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. A simple cardboard box—a CRS Rice Bowl—inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers hope to millions around the world.

CRS Rice Bowl boy with cornstalksPope Francis writes in Misericordiae Vultus—the papal bull that announced this Jubilee Year of Mercy— that he desires that Christian people everywhere more deeply reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The pope views this year as an opportunity to “reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.” He challenges us to “enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.”

Lent is a time to reflect more intentionally on Pope Francis’ invitation. During these 40 days, we examine our own lives in an ongoing effort to “be merciful, just as [the] Father is merciful.” And CRS Rice Bowl is our tool to do just this. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we encounter those living in conditions of poverty around the world, and we have the opportunity to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Visit the Catholic Relief Services website at for more information and stories of hope.

Rice bowls are available in the back of church; please pick one up today!CRS Rice Bowl

Catholic Schools Week

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CatholicSchoolsWeekCatholic Schools Week is January 24 – 30. Holy Cross Students will be celebrating with special activities, speakers, service projects, and dress-up days. The main goal of this annual celebration is to build community awareness about the strengths and distinctiveness of Catholic schools. Catholic education is an investment in a child’s spiritual and academic formation, and the students and staff of Holy Cross are grateful for your support!

CatholicSchoolsRaffleThe Catholic Schools Raffle kicked off Friday, January 22nd! Holy Cross Catholic School students are selling $5 Catholic Schools Raffle tickets through February 28th. The raffle is fully supported by Catholic United Financial and all proceeds go directly to the school. Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 by purchasing tickets from a student or calling the school at (952) 652-6100. Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize: 2016 Jeep Compass or $20,000 Cash
  • $5,000 Dream Vacation
  • Sports Game Day Tickets
  • Mall of America Family Getaways
  • Black Hills Weekender Package
  • Apple iPad Pros
  • Camping Gear Package
  • GoPro Camera Packages
  • Family Game Night Package
  • $100 Visa Gift Cards

For questions or additional details, please contact Holy Cross Catholic School at