OCTOBER 14th, 2018
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Clergy Appreciation Sunday
“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
Introduction of our Teaching Parish Seminarian
I am very happy to announce that we have been assigned a seminarian, Mitchel McLaughlin, from the St. Paul Seminary to participate in and learn from our parish over the next four years as he prepares to be ordained a priest. He will be joining us for weekend Masses once a month, and will be down at the parish one day each week to be involved in many different aspects of parish life, such as faith formation, Holy Cross School, parish meetings, etc. I am very happy to welcome Mitchel to our parish, and I hope you will get to know him over the next four years.
(The following is an introduction by Mitchel)
Hello Immaculate Conception Parishioners! My name is Mitchell McLaughlin. I am a seminarian studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I am in my first year of Theology studies at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Part of the program of education at the seminary includes practical pastoral experience at a parish within the Archdiocese. I have been blessed to be assigned to Immaculate Conception.
A little about myself. I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa (one of the Quad-Cities) with my parents and two brothers. My father works at the John Deere corporate headquarters, my mother is a dental hygienist, my older brother is army doctor in residency for psychiatry at Walter Reed Hospital, and my younger brother studies Microbiology at Iowa State University.
I attended Catholic grade school till 8th grade then transferred to the public high school. I chose to attend the University of South Dakota after high school. It was there that my faith came alive and I started to take my life seriously through the Catholic Church’s presence on campus. Among the subjects I studied before I entered seminary were Medical Laboratory Science, Secondary Education, and English; however, in all of these areas of study I was not at peace and knew that God was calling me to something more. After studying at the university for 3 years I chose to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Sioux Falls and entered the St. John Vianney Seminary. I attended the St. John Vianney Seminary for another 3 years (that’s 6 years total of undergraduate), there I grew much in prayer, in relationship with God, and as a man.
I love talking about how God is present in our everyday lives. A few of my hobbies are reading, hiking, being with friends, and eating good food. Know that all of you are in my prayers and I look forward to getting to know you all over the course of the 4 years of my seminary studies. Please pray for me as I continue to follow God’s will.
On a separate note, I will be gone this week as I am traveling to Washington DC with our Holy Cross 7th and 8th graders. Please keep us in your prayers for a great trip and safe travels.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke