Rosalie Grams from Catholic Order of Foresters Life Insurance Society brought us a Christmas gift this week and presented Mary Alessio, Director of Advancement, with a check to assist our efforts. Heartfelt thanks for this life-changing blessing Catholic Order of Foresters!
Needing to feel some inspiration while finishing your shopping this season…..enjoy the billboard at Apache Mall that reminds us where our true priorities should be focused this Christmas! With a grateful heart for the greatest gift that first Christmas—we are reminded to bring the light of Christ into our Christmas Season. Joy to the World!!
December 12, 2018
As many of you know, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester filed for bankruptcy in federal court in November 2018. In his letter to parishioners dated November 18, 2018, Bishop John Quinn explained that his primary reason for taking this action is “to create a path forward that provides just and equitable compensation for the victims” of clergy sexual abuse. …
I want you to know that Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is not directly impacted by the Diocese’s bankruptcy filing. We are a nonprofit corporation of the State of Minnesota; a legal entity separate from the Diocese. In that regard, we are similar to the vast majority of parishes in the Diocese.
To be clear, our Catholic Charities is not filing for bankruptcy. We intend to persevere in carrying out our mission to serve the poor and marginalized, advocate for social justice, and call all people to the ministry of Christ, throughout southern Minnesota….
I am sitting at my laptop with a banana and oyster crackers staring at me from the counter. Providence dictates that God’s light permeates especially in times of challenge. And it has been an incredibly challenging weekend for me. If you have ever had a severe case of “food poisoning” you will relate to that hope you might experience “light” at the end of the tunnel.
“Gravely ill” is a good way to describe my condition last evening. There were moments I actually felt like I was going to die. Curled up in the darkness, I felt scared and alone. With my cell nearby in the event I needed to call 911, I started to pray…
The Minnesota Catholic Conference is sponsoring Catholics at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 19 at the River Centre and the Capitol. This event was held for the first time in 2017, with 1000 Catholics from all of the Dioceses of Minnesota in attendance. The last event was an opportunity for Catholics to be trained in advocacy and to put those skills into practice by meeting with their local state legislatures.
This time we are hoping to send nearly 2000 Catholics to the Capitol from throughout Minnesota. We are aiming for great representation from our own Diocese for this event. It is important for Catholics to make their voices heard on issues that are important to our faith.
Join Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Winona/Rochester for this great event. We will provide free busing in regional areas of the Diocese depending where the greatest numbers of registrations come in. Join other faithful Catholics for this event, and invite your friends. The cost of registration is $40, which includes lunch.
Deadline for signup is February 3, but registrations are limited. Sign up today.
Read the new article by adoptive parents Brian and Jessie published in The Courier:
The Greatest Blessing
It was surprising and devastating to learn I would not be able to get pregnant. Through reflection with my husband we came to the question – “Do I want to be pregnant? Or, do I want to be a mother?” The easy answer for both of us was that we wanted to be parents, and adoption was the answer. … Our adoption experience was and is everything wonderful you can imagine! Our son is healthy and full of so much happiness. We did fall in love with him from the moment we met him. I think the most surprising part of our adoption story for both my husband and I is our feelings toward our son’s birth mother. We can admit that in the beginning we did not want an open adoption. We felt threatened…