SPECIAL NOTE - DAILY MASS
Starting the week of Dec 5 there will be no daily mass offered in our cluster on Mondays and Fridays. The rest of the weekday schedule (Tue - Thur) will continue as scheduled. Masses on Mondays and Fridays will only be suspended for a time.
FROM THE PARISH ADMINISTRATOR'S DESK
Moving Forward into the New Year
On December 8, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the Church closed the year dedicated to St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin. This was a special year of grace for the Church and in particular for our parish. Grace is that gift from God that helps to bring us closer to Him. As a parish, we have gone through many trials and blessings over this past year dedicated to St. Joseph. Grace has been poured out for us in times of these trials and in times of these blessings. Though the year in honor of St. Joseph has ended, his love, fatherhood, and care for us continues. He is still our help and our patron.
As we await the return of our pastor, many questions and discussions have taken place in public and private conversations. One of them involves the capital campaign and our plans to build a new church in honor of the Saint we know as The Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, The Worker, The Foster Father of the Lord, and The Head of the Holy Family. I would like to write to you this month about this topic. The bottom line is: We are moving forward.
In the Capital Campaign Launch Document which we shared earlier this fall, we proposed a “quiet phase” to begin this campaign. In this phase, we are engaging in personal conversation with those parishioners who may have a higher financial capacity to offer their support to help “jump-start” the campaign. We are inviting them to prayerfully consider a commitment to help us raise as much as 40% of the total we would need to begin our construction project. The invitations for financial support have already begun with a small number of parishioners, and we are currently receiving initial financial commitments as a result of those invitations and their generosity.
This quiet phase has always been a part of the Capital Campaign plan. While we did need to pause for a time to reevaluate our current situation and process, the Capital Campaign Cabinet made the unanimous decision to proceed with the plan in a slightly modified form. This decision was made after we engaged in very deliberate, prayerful, and conscientious discussions.
It is important for you to know that the decision to proceed with the quiet phase of the campaign was made in consultation with Bishop Daniel Felton, and with his full support. Bishop Felton, in turn, consulted with our Pastor, Father Anthony. He too gave his support and blessing for us to continue on this path in his absence. Father Anthony’s approval was something that the Bishop, the Cabinet and I wanted to have before we considered moving forward. Let me be very clear: Our Pastor, Father Anthony, is aware and supportive of what we are doing.
In the sacristy before each Mass that he celebrates, Father Anthony leads the assisting deacon(s) and the altar servers in a prayer that we may serve the Lord and His people well in our work. He ends each prayer with the following (commonly used in these circumstances) direction, “Let us Proceed.” Our response is, “In the name of Christ. Amen.” And so, as your Parish Administrator, I wish to conclude this message to you in the same words. Regarding our Capital Campaign and every other part of our life as a parish and as individuals: Let us proceed in the name of Christ. Amen.
Deacon Dan Goshey
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Tuesday - Noon
Thursday - 8 AM
Sunday - 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Fatima
Wednesday - 9 AM
Saturday - 4:00 PM
Confessions are in the church confessionals. The following times are available, or by appointment.
Tuesday - 11:30-11:50 PM
Thursday - 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
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m Friday. The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school building in Crosby. Enter through the side door.
Prayer Line Ministry
If you would like part of the Parish Prayer Line ministry or make a prayer request, send an email to: [email protected]
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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