FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
We have resumed, with the diocesan declaration, to distribute Holy Communion at the normal time within Mass. Praise God! Also, we had our high schoolers for faith formation this past Wednesday, which was wonderful. It was great to see everyone together, to pray, and to consider prayer through the lessons from St. Theresa of Avila. I would also make a correction that for October, there was an error on the faith formation (i.e. religious ed) calendar. Because of MEA break, we will be meeting on October 21st and NOT the 14th. Also, some of you may have received a phony text from my number this week. It seems someone scammed with my number. Thanks for your patience and don’t trust a text from me which has a 507 area code! I’m a 218-er for sure.
I want to share something with you that a friend sent me for your reflection. It was from Mike Rowe's webpage. Rowe comments, “The writer is C.S. Lewis, and below is his response to the question, How Are We to Live in an Atomic Age? The question was posed in 1948 by millions of panicked Americans, who firmly believed they were about to be blown to bits by an atom bomb. Imagine if C.S. Lewis was alive today, and been asked instead, How are we to live with a novel coronavirus? As you read his 300-word answer, simply replace the words atomic bomb, with coronavirus.”
C.S. Lewis “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)
“How are you to live in an atomic age? Why, just as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies, but they need not dominate our minds.” God bless you and your families this week!
Fr. Anthony recently blessed the Shrine to the Relic of the True Cross of Jesus at St. Joseph in Chisholm. See the photo gallery.
Jesus Christ is our Life! Therefore, Mass and Confession schedules will remain the same. As of July 25th the Governor of Minnesota has mandated wearing masks at indoor gatherings. Please abide by this when it applies to you. There are some medical exceptions and other considerations. The exceptions can be found on the MN Health Department website HERE. God bless you!
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NOTE FROM JACOB
There are so many ways in which I could write this letter. But the one constant theme that I keep returning to is gratitude. I can say with confidence that this summer assignment has been one of the most unexpected blessings that I have ever received. These 10/11 weeks have changed my priesthood, and simply given me hope. Often in seminary there is this sense that all the things that will be expected of us as priests will be overwhelming and bear little fruit for the amount of work that we do. The truth is it will. There is nothing that I can do that will be enough. But the reality is that if we go about our ministry without relying upon God’s grace we are doomed to fail before we even begin. We do not presume that God will always help us in whatever we set out to do. No, we rely on God to bring about that which will aid us on our pilgrimage. This summer has restored my hope in the providence in which our Lord provides.
I have been blessed to witness the work of two of your shepherds this summer, first with Fr. Eli, and now with Fr. Anthony. Fr. Eli taught me the essential character of the priest is the call to personal holiness that should be the very being of the priest. He loved you all with supernatural charity. It was tough for me to watch you lose him. Although you lost your holy shepherd, you gained a Father who loves you. I have come to understand that one of the most difficult initial challenges for a newly moved priest is getting to the point where your parish knows that you love them. I have observed this Fatherly love in your new shepherd Fr. Anthony. Simply he loves you as Christ does the Church. I eagerly await with great hope the fruits that Fr. Anthony will reap and sow with the help of God.
There are two fruits that make me giddy with anticipation namely; vocations, and the new church. Simply, God has created you for a purpose that only you can fulfil. This parish is ripe with vocations and you have a Father who desires to help you find where your great love meets the world’s great need. Likewise, the new church is an exterior sign of the movement of the Holy Spirit in the parishes. It expresses the hope that you have in the future of your parish family. The openness to life coupled with the intention of passing down the faith that you all hold so dear to the next generation of Catholics should be protected at all costs. For many of you the most important people in your lives are not even born yet, and so building a place where they can encounter God is the one of the most profound ways that God is calling you to love.
Please know of my profound gratitude as I return for my 3rd year of theological studies at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Please pray for me that I too would be a good holy shepherd who serves the people of God with the same love that Christ has for you and I. May God bless you for your kindness and witness to the hope that is ours through Jesus Christ.
In Christ our hope,
Monday - See bulletin
Tuesday - Noon
Thursday - 6 PM
Friday - 8 AM*
Sunday - 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM (Outdoor)
*First Friday Mass is at 9AM
Our Lady of Fatima:
Wednesday - 9 AM
Saturday - 4:00 PM
Confessions are offered at St. Joseph in the confessional, and at Our Lady of Fatima in the confessional. The following times are available for Confession, or by appointment.
Tuesday - 11:30-11:50 PM
Thursday - 5:30-5:50 PM
Friday - 7:30-7:50 AM
Saturday - 9-10 AM
Sunday - 8-8:20 AM & 10-10:20 AM
Our Lady of Fatima:
Wed. 8:30-8:50 AM
Sat. 3:30-3:50 PM
Magnificat Youth Choir - For children in 3rd through 8th grade. We practice each Wednesday from 5-6pm in the Crosby church choir loft. If you have a child interested in joining this year, please complete this Interest Form by Sept. 1, 2020, or contact Sarah Steinke: [email protected] or 763-742-6238.
Schola Cantorum - An all girls choir open to grades 7 & up. We practice each Wed. at 3-4 pm in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Kristin 218-831-7067.
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Diocese News from the Northern Cross
09/15/20 5:05 pm
Of all the priests in our diocese there is one in particular who you might call our “living history book.” I have had many occasions to listen to Father Dick Partika talk about everything and anything you wanted to know about the history of the Diocese of Duluth. I have always been amazed by all the facts he has contained in his memory, so if he is reading this column he might very well find reason to confirm or correct what I am about to say.
Father Richard KunstRead More
09/14/20 2:24 pm
“It goes by really fast.” I could not count how many times older parents shared this advice during my oldest son’s first year. I heeded their warnings and took their message to heart. I always believed the days raising my children would fly by while leaving me with the sentiment of “where did all the time go.”
Betsy KneepkensRead More
09/14/20 1:40 pm
Q&A with Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, first published in the Central Minnesota Catholic as part of “The Big Question” series.
What does the church say about Catholics’ involvement in political life and voting? Shouldn’t the church stay out of politics? Is there any scriptural basis for its involvement?Read More