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News & Events from our Parish.

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: www.usccb.org/live

Video on Demand

All events will be available shortly after their conclusion at: www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/papal-visit-2015-video-on-demand.cfm

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 icparish@lonstel.com.

Parish Town Hall Presentation