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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

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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