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Nine Days for Our State and Nation

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As we approach Election Day, we ask for God’s guidance. By prayerfully turning to our Father, we are reminded that our state and nation are dependent upon His continued blessing, and acknowledge His sovereignty over all things, our political action included. After all, our vote isn’t to be frivolously cast; rather, it is to be used to build up a more just society where all can flourish.

Please pray the Novena, which starts on Sunday, October 30 and was written by the Minnesota Catholic Conference. The Novena, including videos and other resources can be found at

Daily Novena Prayer (Begin each day with this prayer)

Virgin Mary, patroness of America, Please prepare our hearts as we take part in this year’s elections. Help us to humbly receive the wisdom of the Church, and to accept the importance of Her teachings in our lives and voting decisions. Guide us as we choose leaders who will best uphold the common good and the dignity of all. In your Son’s name, Amen.

October 30, 2016 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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October 30, 2016

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Priesthood Sunday


“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”


Ministry Appreciation Month

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

– Colossians 3:23


October is Ministry Appreciation Month. This is a special time to express our appreciation for the ministries God has placed in our churches to bless us. It will surely please our Lord, though, when we remember His faithful servants all year long. Let’s open our ears to hear His voice as we look for ways to bless those who serve us on God’s behalf.

Churches come in all sizes; however, all churches have one thing in common. In each there are hardworking people who are dedicated to keeping the wheels on the wagon. These servants of the Lord teach Religious Education, serve on committees, lead small groups, keep and maintain the building, serve at the Mass, work with the youth, lead worship, tally weekly collections, and so much more. Some of these amazing individuals cover several functions at the same time.

If asked, most church workers would say they do what they do to ensure that the message of Christ goes forward and the needs of the parishioners are met. But even though their work is “unto the Lord,” they richly deserve our gratitude and appreciation.

Thanking those who bring so much to our church experience can be simple and heartfelt…

…Use your words. You might be surprised how powerful a simple “thank you for all you do” can be. “A word spoken at the right time is like fruit of gold set in silver.” -Proverbs 25:11 There are individuals in our church body who assemble the bulletin each week, dust the pews, deliver the Word, sing in the choir, and take up the offering. Use your words to let them know how much you appreciate their work. A thank you might be just the encouragement they need!

…Be there in prayer. Praying for someone, asking God to bless and keep them and meet their needs is the most valuable gift you can give to those who labor for the Lord in your congregation. Prayer adds a supernatural element to your words and actions. It invokes God’s richest provision, protection, and blessings. Praying for our church leaders also makes us more sensitive when they are experiencing discouragement or difficult times.

On Priesthood Sunday, please pray for our priests, praising God for their courage and their generosity. Make your appreciation for your parish priest known. A simple note, a smile or a call to assure him of your care and gratitude for his presence in the life of your church will go a long way to serve the greater good of our wonderful and growing Catholic Church.

Encourage each other and build each other up.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Tour of Cursillo through a German Dinner

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Are you missing JOY in your life?
Looking for a way to reconnect with God?
Are you wondering if you are living the life God has called you to live?
Come learn on a …Tour of Cursillo Through a German Dinner!

ashleerickertcursilloFeaturing Guest Speaker Ashlee Rickert

Join us at St. Michael’s Archangel Hall
Sunday, November 13th

4:00pm – Social and appetizers
4:45pm – Dinner

Cursillo is open to anyone ages 18 and over.

St. Michael’s Catholic Church is located at 16311 Duluth Avenue SE in Prior Lake

RSVP to Bev Ostertag at 952-440-9152 by November 9th if you wish to attend.

Parish Bazaar 2016 – Thank You!

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Wow, another great year with our Parish Bazaar! Thank you to everyone for all their time, talent and treasure to help our Parish. And thank you to our visitors and guests for joining us. It was a beautiful day!

We were featured in the Lonsdale News Review. Please read the article at IC Church hosts annual summer celebration

Church Bazaar August 7, 2016

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Bazaar Poster 2016 SmallOur annual Church Bazaar will be held Sunday, August 7. Everyone is welcome!

10:00am Polka Mass
featuring the IC Church Choir

Many fun things to do:

  • Games for kids – many NEW games this year!!
  • Bean Bag tournament by Knights of Columbus
  • Try your luck at the Raffle Wheel, Chance Booth or Split the Pot!
  • Book of Prizes – drawing at 5:00pm
  • Bingo
  • Homemade Czech baking goods
  • Country Market and Crafts
  • Used-a-Bit stand
  • and more!!

Live Entertainment featuring the Jolly P’s

Many food choices (food stands open at 10:30am):

  • Pork and Dumplings *NEW*
  • French Fries and Corn on the Cob *NEW*
  • Pie and Ice Cream *NEW*
  • Brats and Hot Beef Sandwiches *NEW*
  • Snack bar
  • Ice cream stand

Please join us!

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