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9 Days for Life – Focused Prayer and Action Jan 16-24

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USCCB 9 Days for Life

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites you to join and share 9 Days for Life – a period of focused prayer and action from Saturday, January 16, 2016–Sunday, January 24, 2016.

There are 4 ways that you can participate in the Novena:

  1. Download a free app (iTunes or GooglePlay)
  2. Daily Text Message
  3. Daily e-mail
  4. Online – follow each day or download a printable version of the whole novena

Each day focuses on a different aspect of respecting each other’s God-given dignity—from the beginning of life to the end of life.

To participate, visit

Advent Reflections and Your Advent Journey

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Even though the snow storm cancelled our first session, our Advent and Christmas Reflections group is still scheduled to meet Monday evenings during Advent (December 7, 14 and 21). We will meet at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Villages of Lonsdale. Meetings should last about 45 minutes. You will receive an Advent Reflections Book (that will keep you thinking, praying, and reflecting all week long) and a prayer candle to light when you read; a small donation will gladly be accepted. Please come join us!

Additionally, below are a couple resources if you prefer to travel on your Advent Journey through email:

Bishop Robert Barron offers daily Advent Reflections. These are brief words to inspire and help you prepare for the most pivotal event in history. Sign up here:

Join Matthew Kelly on a journey through the “Best Advent Ever.” Imagine how different the world would be if everyone discovered God’s incredible mercy! To learn more and sign up, click here:

Advent & Christmas Reflections Group

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AdventChristmasReflectionsJoin us during Advent to keep the focus on Christ amidst this busy Christmas Season!

When: Monday evenings during Advent (November 30, December 7, 14, 21)

Time: 45 Minute Sessions beginning at 7:00pm

Where: The Multi-Purpose Room in the Villages of Lonsdale at 1000 Birch St NE

Suggested Donation: $10 (Includes Book & Candle)

RSVP & Questions to: Betty Smisek @ 507-744-5195 or Parish Office @ 507-744-2829

LAFS Christmas Gift Program

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This year we will be participating in the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf Christmas Gift Program by sponsoring 3 families. This provides us the opportunity to provide Christmas joy to several families most in need within our community.

✢ “Wish List bulbs/tags” will be hung on a tree in the back of Church during the weekends of November 14-15 and November 21-22.

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

✢ Please take a tag (or 2), & go shopping!

✢ 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 & bulb(s) by November 29

Questions? Please contact the Pastoral Council

AYD 2015

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We had a blast at Archdiocesan Youth Day! Our day was filled with song and worship, reconciliation, adoration, Mass, and fellowship!

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Family Prayer and Pope Francis’s Visit to the USA

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2015 is the Year for Families! Pope Francis has asked all families to enrich and energize family life by praying the “World Meeting of Families Prayer” each day for their own family’s personal intentions. These prayer cards were handed out after each Mass this weekend; extras are available in Church.

In recognition of the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United States, the USCCB has created several ways that we can stay connected to these events.

A PDF file of Pope Francis’s schedule can be found here: Pope Francis Visit Schedule

Live Stream

All events will be live streamed from the USCCB website here:

Video on Demand

All events will be available shortly after their conclusion at:

App for Mobile Devices

You can watch all live-streaming and video on demand as well as up to the minute news and photos from the USA Catholic Church app available for iOS and Android. You can download the app for free by visiting www.USACatholic.Church on your smartphone or tablet.

Special guests will be providing commentary and explanations of several events as they happen in Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Some events include:

  • The canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra
  • The Holy Father’s visit to Catholic Charities in Washington
  • Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
  • Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia
  • Blessing and remarks on Independence Mall
  • The Festival of Families
  • The Holy Father’s visit to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • The Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

Parish Town Hall Meeting

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On May 18, we had our 1st Parish Town Hall Meeting! It went very well, and we thank those who were able to attend. For those unable to attend, the presentation is available below.

At the meeting, we spoke about our Parish Mission, the Financial Status of the Parish, and our Holy Cross Catholic School. We spent a lot time going through the survey results and our ministries, their purpose, what they’ve done and what’s next. We’ve restructured the Pastoral Council to respond best to our Parish needs and our ministries include:

Evangelization – being led by Ashlee Rickert. It includes being a part of a Welcoming team, helping to coordinate events, speakers and outreach, or assisting with a mentor program before marriage.

Service and Discipleship – being led by Betty Smisek. This ministry includes works of mercy and faith formation, including Adult Bible Study, visiting the shut-ins, and community outreach programs.

Youth and Family ministry. This was a big topic on the survey mentioned as an area vital to our Church! A team has been formed and we welcome you to be a part of fundraising and coordinating events for our youth and families.

Communication and Technology – being led by Heather Malecha. It includes communicating using both print and electronic methods, plus building awareness of our Church. We will seek to inform of events, capturing pictures, writing newsletters, website, and social media.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of these ministries or in the Mass, please contact the Parish Office at 507-744-2829 or

Parish Town Hall Presentation