News 2017-03-20T14:45:54+00:00

Charter House Donates to “Locks of Compassion”

Sending our heartfelt thanks to the residents of Charter House –Mayo Clinic Retirement Living for uplifting the “Locks of Compassion” initiative and creating life-changing assistance for the refugee children and families served through Catholic Charities.  We are grateful for assisting  us with proceeds from your Annual Sidewalk Sale. You define compassion to all of us!

(Mary Alessio-Director of Advancement  accepts donation on behalf of Charter House residents)

August 3rd, 2017|Categories: News & Announcements|

Diocesan Social Concerns Retreat

Join us for “Compañeros de Viaje (Companions on a Journey)” Diocesan Social Concerns Retreat Day and Mass at the beautiful, lakeside Barn at Corabelle to prayerfully consider the issues of immigration, solidarity and our Catholic responsibility. The day will include information, reflection, and shared stories, as well as time for prayer.  All are welcome.

Date/Time:  August 12, 2017 at 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Place:  The Barn at Corabelle, 1314 16th Street, Iona, MN 

Cost:  Registration fee for the day is $10.00 per person (includes lunch), payable to Catholic Charities.

Email registration can be sent to Nicole Henrichs – 

Please send registration information (including name(s), contact information – email and or address, and home parish) and indicate whether you plan to bring your payment along on the day or send it to the address below. If you are mailing a group registration, please see the registration form.

You may also register by sending your registration information and payment to Catholic Charities:

c/o Nicole Henrichs
108 West Crawford
Luverne, MN 56156

Please register before August 1st, 2017.

July 24th, 2017|Categories: News & Announcements|

Living Well with Chronic Conditions – Free Austin, Waseca, and Caledonia Workshops


Free workshop can help!


Now I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m calmer and more confident about my health.”       

                                                            -Workshop Participant

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease are among the most common of all health problems in the U.S.  Having a chronic condition can make life a challenge but you can learn to live well. The Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops will help you discover practical ways to live better and healthier.Do you have an ongoing health condition?  Would you like to feel better?  Be in control?  Do the things you want to do?

Join Living Well with Chronic Conditions to:

  • find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue
  • discover better nutrition and exercise choices
  • understand new treatment options
  • learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.
  • get the support you need
If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, Living Well with Chronic Conditions can help you take charge of your life. The workshop is conducted over six sessions by trained leaders with health conditions themselves, meeting weekly for two hours per session. The overall goal is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume an active role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.

Austin Workshop – begins August 23, 2017

Note: An informational meeting will be held 1:30 pm, Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at the Mower County Senior Center.

Meets on Wednesdays, beginning August 23rd
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:  Mower County Senior Center, Austin
Register below, or call Michael at 507.450.1518

Waseca Workshop – begins September 11, 2017

Note: An informational meeting will be held 11:00 am,  Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at the Waseca Area Senior Center.

Meets on Mondays, beginning September 11th
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Waseca Area Senior Center, Waseca
Register below, or call Loretta at 507.461-5709

Caledonia Workshop – begins September 12, 2017

Meets on Tuesdays, September 12th – October 17th
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location:  Lifestyle Fitness, Caledonia
Register below, or call Diane at 507-458-6317
July 21st, 2017|Categories: News & Announcements|

African Hunger Crisis

There is a drought in East Africa affecting, in particular, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda. They are in the early stages of famine.

In Somalia there are 6.2 million people in need which is 50% of the population. The last famine in Somalia in 2010-12 led to 260,000 deaths.  Overall, 23 million people presently across the horn of Africa are without enough to eat.

Catholic Relief Services(CRS) has feet on the ground. Here is what they are doing:

  1. Working on access to water by rehabilitating wells and bore holes, and finding underground resources that are undeveloped.
  2. Improving livestock health.
  3. Facilitating disease control.
  4. CRS is providing food in exchange for labor to help build community infrastructure.

CRS is already on the ground coordinating with UN to airlift supplies.  CRS aid workers are going directly to those in need hiking in with supplies to places where access is limited.

How can you Support CRS’ Work in East Africa?

  1. Advocacy: Contact politicians through Catholics Confront Global Poverty.
  2. Donate to the work of CRS.

Go to the link provided to learn more:

June 20th, 2017|Categories: News & Announcements|

Mail day: students, older adults pen pals meet

June 15th, 2017|Categories: News & Announcements|