Our Adult Faith Formation series continues with a talk by Father Daniel Griffith titled, "Pope Francis and a Culture of Encounter" Sunday, September 24th from 9:45 - 10:45 am in Hofstede Hall.  See you there!

Our Mass for First Responders observes the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, firefighters and emergency workers, and is a thank you to the professionals who help keep us safe. This event will be held Sunday, September 24th at the 11:00 am Mass. Father Terrence Hayes, MPD Community Chaplain will preside and Father Daniel Griffith will preach at this liturgy. Everyone is welcome to join us for the reception that follows in Hofstede Hall.  More information is available here.

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens

We join the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, both in expressing frustration and disappointment with the Administration’s decision to bring an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and in pledging our prayerful support to our brothers and sisters who may be adversely affected by this action. At the same time, we call on those who represent us in Congress to act quickly to find a legislative solution that fixes our broken immigration system and allows these “Dreamers” to remain in the United States, the country that is their home.

The estimated 800,000 young people who have benefited from the DACA program came to this nation as children. They did not make the choice to cross the border without documents - others made it for them. They live in our neighborhoods, worship with us on Sundays, attend our schools, pay taxes, and defend our nation. Many are already generously exercising leadership in our parishes, chanceries and seminaries and are playing key roles as the Church in the United States ministers to people of many languages and cultures.  They help all of us to “dream.” Our Church and our society would be weakened without them.

We invite men and women of good will to join us in praying not only for the young people in our communities who are experiencing anxiety and fear as a result of the news of the discontinuation of this program, but also for our elected officials, that they might be blessed with the wisdom and prudence needed to address these important issues in a way that is both just and humane and that reflects who we are as Americans.

For full statement from the USCCB, click here.

Our adult faith formation programs for 2017 - 2018 are finalizing and the fall schedule is available here. Join us Sunday, September 17th between the morning Masses for the first program, Prof. Susan J. Stabile with an introduction to "A Culture of Encounter".

A memorial will be celebrated at the 11:00 am Mass this Sunday, August 27th for our friend and longtime parishioner Ray Marshall. May he rest in peace.

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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  

 

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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.