A Letter from Father Daniel Griffith
As you know, Albert Hofstede, parishioner of Lourdes and former mayor of Minneapolis, died this past September. Along with numerous leadership and service roles in our community and local Church, Al served as parish trustee of Lourdes for more than forty years. In fact, Al was still serving as parish trustee at the time of his death. Parishioner, Ralph Strangis also served as parish trustee for a number of years. Al and Ralph worked very well together - their gifts complimented each other’s perfectly and they could by rightly described as a dynamic duo.
I remember the first time I met Al and Ralph shortly after I was appointed pastor of Lourdes in 2012. I came away from our breakfast meeting very impressed by their wisdom and a bit intimated by their experience and gravitas. I quickly came to rely on their wise counsel and support as the parish transitioned from a quaint and smaller urban parish to a growing and the growing bustling community of faith it is today. Both Al and Ralph are recipients of the Fleur de Lis award for their extraordinary commitment to Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Thursday, December 8th. Masses for this Holy Day of Obligation are at 12:05 pm and 6:30 pm.
God's Quiet Peace
On this First Sunday in Advent, I invite each one of us to intentionally enter into this important season. Enter into the stillness amd darkness of the season and enter into God's quiet peace as you prepare your hearts to celebrate His arrival. There are many ways to do this: spiritual reading; Scriptural meditation; meaningful confession; a retreat; intentional solitude; increased prayer; adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and more focused participation in the Eucharist. I promise you that an intentional and prayerful Advent will lead to a profound and joy-filled celebration of Christmas. Give it a try this year!
For what am I thankful this Thanksgiving? God's abiding grace and the friendship of Jesus.
I am thankful for my priesthood and the opportunity to serve God's people on your journey of faith. I am thankful for my family and for my father who is generous with his prayers for me and his love and support. I am thankful for my friends, both lay and clergy, who are such a source of support, love, good counsel, and good humor. I continue to be thankful for Pope Francis and for his compassionate and strong leadership and for his fearless and needed reform of the Catholic Church.
Our family’s journey with Lourdes began in 2012 when my brother, Mark, and sister-in-law, Janet, were married here. Our connection deepened in 2014 when my twin nephews, Andy and Ben, were baptized here. Being Andy and Ben’s godmother gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own faith and how I could bring the Catholic faith to them. I wanted them to love being Catholic. I also wanted to be involved in their parish.
Andy and Ben are involved at Lourdes and love it as much as we do. This past weekend they helped their dad and grandpa with Dinner for the Hungry. They enjoy playdates with the Lourdes Young Families group. We’ve started faith traditions like bringing them to Mass on their birthday and celebrating their namesake feast days - St. Andrew and St. Benjamin.
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