From the National Catholic Register:
 

As I read reports of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and their opponents, it brought back memories of my own battle-scarred past. As an angry young man in my native England, I had joined a white supremacist party and was involved in many bruising battles on the streets. I had rejoiced when a counterdemonstrator was killed at one of our meetings and mourned when a friend of mine, a neo-Nazi colleague, had died after being hit on the head at another riotous demonstration.

In those days, I relished the violence, hoping for a full-blown race war. As the editor of a white supremacist magazine, I sought to incite racial hatred and was sentenced to prison twice, spending my 21st and 25th birthdays in prison. It was, therefore, with an unsettling sense of déjà vu that I watched the events in Charlottesville unfold. I had seen it all before, not merely as a passive spectator watching it happen on television, but as an active participant, feeling the rage and the anger and experiencing the violence firsthand.

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens

The recent violent attacks in Charlottesville and Barcelona, as well as the bombing at a Bloomington Mosque earlier this month, have forced all of us to confront the existence of evil in this world. We join men and women of good will around our Archdiocese and around the globe who condemn all senseless violence and expressions of hatred. While we cannot know or judge what is in the heart of another, we know that we need to confront any evidence that racism and hateful prejudice reside in our hearts. The temptation to hopelessness is all too real, but we know that we have in Christ the answer to despair.

Pope Francis reminds us: “The Christian’s real force is the force of truth and of love, which involves renouncing all forms of violence. Faith and violence are incompatible! Instead, faith and strength go together. Christians are not violent; they are strong. And with what kind of strength? That of meekness, the strength of meekness, the strength of love.”

We must be people of encounter who look for opportunities to engage others in ways that acknowledge the dignity of each human person. Living in such a diverse community, the possibilities are real and endless. We need to be witnesses of peace, hope, kindness and charity, which should begin in our homes, neighborhoods and parishes.

Let us acknowledge and promote the power of prayer. We ask the faithful of this Archdiocese and our neighbors of good will to join us in praying for those who have been killed and injured, as well as for all who have experienced the scourge of racism and discrimination. The Mass for Reconciliation (#16 in the Roman Missal) and the Mass in Time of War or Civil Disturbance (#31) would both be appropriate for parishes to celebrate in the days to come. Let us pray for peace, patience and solidarity in our community and among all peoples. 

 

On Monday Aug. 14th, Deacon Winninger was interviewed on the Wendy Weise Radio Program on Relevant Radio. Here is a link to the interview and more about their conversation, including a preview of Deacon's newest book, "Your True DNA. Discover God's Gift Within You!" 

In the book "Your True DNA. Discover God's Gift Within You!" Dn. Winninger helps the reader on the path to life purpose, fulfillment, joy and meaning in life and work. It shares 10 passages (chapters) each leading one through Christ to a new level of self-realization by discovering your true DNA (Divine Natural Attribute) God given Gift. This book inspires the reader to a new level of energy and commitment, living in a way that makes your world and everything in it a better place. Look for a book signing to be held at Lourdes this fall.

Registration is now open for our Children's Faith Formation program! Here's what you need to know to register your children for this year's classes:

  • Classes will meet once per month between the Sunday morning Masses - 9:40 till 10:50 am, beginning September 10th. Classes will run through May of 2018.
  • Families will also receive a weekly email, with links to engaging, age-appropriate materials - things to do and talk about at home!
  • We will use the Loyola Press Finding God, series materials.
  • We anticipate there will be three classes - lower elementary grades, middle grades and one middle school grade class. Grades will be combined to have classes with 5 to 10 students.
  • New this year will be four inter-generational parish events focusing on Faith Topics including the Lives of the Saints, the Liturgical seasons; Advent and Lent, and a Devotion to the Blessed Mother. These events will be held on Saturday afternoons, prior to the 5:00 pm Mass. Faith development and fun!
All of this is in keeping with our overall parish Faith Formation theme for the coming year - "Culture of Encounter."  Through this program, our children will be encountering God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, The Saints, Mary, the Mother of God and each other and Our Lady of Lourdes community!
Here is a link to the registration for Faith Formation.  To register for Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation go to this link. Just print out and complete the form and mail or drop off at the parish office.
Questions? Contact the parish office at 612 379 2259.

Construction will begin the week of August 14th on the new courtyard at Our Lady of Lourdes. The concrete between the church and the parish house will be removed and landscaping work will begin in earnest. This work will include the church property that was made available, by way of a temporary easement agreement, to the developers of the Montage project next door.

Access will be limited to both the church and parish house for approximately six weeks.

Click here for a diagram of the access options to the church during the construction period and thanks for your patience.  Stay tuned for more information about the Blessing of the Courtyard in October when we celebrate the completion of this beautiful enhancement to our parish campus.

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Why Religious Freedom Matters

 

Four years ago, the bishops of the United States inaugurated the “Fortnight for Freedom” as a time for Catholics throughout the county to unite in prayer and become better educated about the importance of religious liberty. The word fortnight may seem an antiquated term and I only recognized it as a tennis fan as a descriptor of Wimbledon. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place over two weeks – from June 21st, the Vigil of the Feast of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, to July 4th, our Independence Day. I don’t think it is possible to overstate the importance of religious freedom to the health of our nation. Below, I present Church teaching regarding religious liberty and explain why our vigilance regarding this freedom is critical from both a Catholic and American perspective.

In the document Dignitatis Humanae (from Vatican II) the Catholic Church affirmedthat the human person possesses a right to religious freedom and a corresponding right to freedom of conscience. Both of these rights are natural rights in that they are attendant to our human nature and thus have God as their source. The rights of religious liberty and freedom of conscience flow from the dignity of the human person and are essential to a life of integral development and moral goodness. Religious freedom is critical for the pursuit of truth, a duty of the human person, and also allows religious communities the necessary freedom to carry out their respective missions. In all of these ways, religious freedom serves the common good by increasing and strengthening the societal conditions which bring about human flourishing.

Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI taught consistently and persuasively about the critical need to safeguard and promote religious freedom for the well-being of society. Both of these men saw the devastation and carnage that resulted from the totalitarian regimes that ruled in their youth. When the state grasps all power, suppresses freedom, and inhibits the role of religion in society, God’s sovereignty and truth are obscured and the surpassing dignity of the human person devalued. History attests to the resulting horrors of not vigilantly protecting liberty, especially religious freedom. These wise popes referred to religious freedom as a first freedom because it goes to the constitutive dimension of the human person: our origin; our raison d’etre; and our goal. By faith, we know that God is the source of all life and meaning and thus, it is imperative that civil society respects the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of religious freedom to the well-being and future of the nation. In many ways, the value and pursuit of religious freedom were the impetus for the birth of our nation. Like Catholic teaching, the Founders knew that religious freedom was a natural right (i.e. inalienable) given by God and attendant to our created nature. There was a strong understanding among them that religious freedom is not given by the state to be limited at will. Rather, religious freedom is temporally (in time) prior to the state and in some notable ways can provide a check on the power of the state as well as a wise guide for the laws, policy, and actions within the nation. In addition, the Founding Fathers encouraged a vital role for religion in society because they understood that religion helps teach and promote virtue among the citizenry. It is also noteworthy that both religion clauses of the First Amendment were aimed not at promoting a strict separation of church and state, but at protecting religious liberty. From a Catholic and American perspective, religious liberty and the freedom of conscience are critical to the just ordering of society and the promotion of the common good. If this is the case, as I and others believe, why is there such apathy among Christians and other people of faith regarding religious freedom? John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, suggests that apathy regarding the diminution of religious freedom corresponds to the rise of secularism and decline of religious practice among Americans. Garvey uses the example of St. Thomas More as a man whose lively faith provided him the foundation to follow his conscience and give his life. While this type of religious faith is rare and while Americans disagree about the proper role of religion in society, hopefully a consensus will emerge among people of good will that a healthy American pluralism includes the right to believe and live according to one’s conscience.  

It would seem clear that as our Catholic parishes form missionary disciples who love Christ, greater vigilance regarding religious liberty will follow. Perhaps we are apathetic regarding religious freedom because we have not yet suffered the effects of its privation. The day may soon be coming when we will more fully grasp its importance. Whether it is the consequences of the redefinition of marriage or other threats to religious freedom, we must remain vigilant.  Notwithstanding these potential threats, there are signs of hope for those cherish religious freedom in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case and most recently in its Trinity Lutheran Church case. In season and out of season, Catholics are called to joyfully live the Gospel by promoting the truth about religious freedom, by uniting in prayer, and by vigilant defense of the God-given right to believe and live according to our conscience. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, pray for us.


Father Daniel Griffith  

Why Religious Freedom Matters

 

Four years ago, the bishops of the United States inaugurated the “Fortnight for Freedom” as a time for Catholics throughout the county to unite in prayer and become better educated about the importance of religious liberty. The word fortnight may seem an antiquated term and I only recognized it as a tennis fan as a descriptor of Wimbledon. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place over two weeks – from June 21st, the Vigil of the Feast of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, to July 4th, our Independence Day. I don’t think it is possible to overstate the importance of religious freedom to the health of our nation. Below, I present Church teaching regarding religious liberty and explain why our vigilance regarding this freedom is critical from both a Catholic and American perspective.

 

In the document Dignitatis Humanae (from Vatican II) the Catholic Church affirmedthat the human person possesses a right to religious freedom and a corresponding right to freedom of conscience. Both of these rights are natural rights in that they are attendant to our human nature and thus have God as their source. The rights of religious liberty and freedom of conscience flow from the dignity of the human person and are essential to a life of integral development and moral goodness. Religious freedom is critical for the pursuit of truth, a duty of the human person, and also allows religious communities the necessary freedom to carry out their respective missions. In all of these ways, religious freedom serves the common good by increasing and strengthening the societal conditions which bring about human flourishing.

 

Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI taught consistently and persuasively about the critical need to safeguard and promote religious freedom for the well-being of society. Both of these men saw the devastation and carnage that resulted from the totalitarian regimes that ruled in their youth. When the state grasps all power, suppresses freedom, and inhibits the role of religion in society, God’s sovereignty and truth are obscured and the surpassing dignity of the human person devalued. History attests to the resulting horrors of not vigilantly protecting liberty, especially religious freedom. These wise popes referred to religious freedom as a first freedom because it goes to the constitutive dimension of the human person: our origin; our raison d’etre; and our goal. By faith, we know that God is the source of all life and meaning and thus, it is imperative that civil society respects the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

 

Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of religious freedom to the well-being and future of the nation. In many ways, the value and pursuit of religious freedom were the impetus for the birth of our nation. Like Catholic teaching, the Founders knew that religious freedom was a natural right (i.e. inalienable) given by God and attendant to our created nature. There was a strong understanding among them that religious freedom is not given by the state to be limited at will. Rather, religious freedom is temporally (in time) prior to the state and in some notable ways can provide a check on the power of the state as well as a wise guide for the laws, policy, and actions within the nation. In addition, the Founding Fathers encouraged a vital role for religion in society because they understood that religion helps teach and promote virtue among the citizenry. It is also noteworthy that both religion clauses of the First Amendment were aimed not at promoting a strict separation of church and state, but at protecting religious liberty. From a Catholic and American perspective, religious liberty and the freedom of conscience are critical to the just ordering of society and the promotion of the common good. If this is the case, as I and others believe, why is there such apathy among Christians and other people of faith regarding religious freedom? John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, suggests that apathy regarding the diminution of religious freedom corresponds to the rise of secularism and decline of religious practice among Americans. Garvey uses the example of St. Thomas More as a man whose lively faith provided him the foundation to follow his conscience and give his life. While this type of religious faith is rare and while Americans disagree about the proper role of religion in society, hopefully a consensus will emerge among people of good will that a healthy American pluralism includes the right to believe and live according to one’s conscience.  

 

It would seem clear that as our Catholic parishes form missionary disciples who love Christ, greater vigilance regarding religious liberty will follow. Perhaps we are apathetic regarding religious freedom because we have not yet suffered the effects of its privation. The day may soon be coming when we will more fully grasp its importance. Whether it is the consequences of the redefinition of marriage or other threats to religious freedom, we must remain vigilant.  Notwithstanding these potential threats, there are signs of hope for those cherish religious freedom in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case and most recently in its Trinity Lutheran Church case. In season and out of season, Catholics are called to joyfully live the Gospel by promoting the truth about religious freedom, by uniting in prayer, and by vigilant defense of the God-given right to believe and live according to our conscience. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, pray for us.


Father Daniel Griffith  

 

We're building for the future!  Learn more about the Jubilee Fund here.

 

Please note: More Iinformation regarding the upcoming events, including ticket information for the Gala, will be posted in the coming weeks.  Thank you! 

 

Anniversary Year Kickoff Party

January 8th

We’ll tailgate in the Great Hall and watch the wildcard football playoff game while we “kickoff” the anniversary year events!

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Celebration

February 12th

Bishop Cozzens will join us for our annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Mass celebration  The Fleur de Lis Awards will highlight the weekend’s festivities and a presentation on the church and the parish’s rich history will be made between the morning masses.

140th Anniversary Gala

April 29th

The A-Mill Artist’s Lofts will be the site for our gala fundraising event. Join us for dinner, a silent auction and dancing to celebrate a special evening in another historic and iconic Northeast setting.

Anniversary Mass for the City of Minneapolis

June 11th

Near the site where Father Hennepin blessed the falls, Archbishop Hebda will join us for a Mass for the City of Minneapolis at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.  Brunch and a program will follow at the pavilion for parishioners, friends, invited  guests and city officials.

Blessing of the Courtyard

October 8th

Enjoy our Lourdes Anniversary Brew and a pig roast dinner as we celebrate the completion of our courtyard space. Father Griffith will bless the new courtyard and share prayers of thanksgiving for the protection of our historic structures.