Communion volunteers offer profound connection to patients

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Kathleen Henning knows a lot about service. For years, she worked alongside her husband, Val, and their seven children, serving up their famous burgers, fries and milkshakes at Val’s Rapid Serv, an iconic fast food drive-in in East St. Cloud. Once their kids were old enough to help their father…

Conservators uncover beauty, surprises in St. Stephen church

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Jim Schumer has admired the paintings that grace the walls and ceiling of St. Stephen Church in St. Stephen his whole life. A native of the small town just northwest of Sartell, he attended church there as a child and, as an adult, made his home on a dairy farm…

Parish profile – St. Francis de Sales, Belgrade

St. Francis de Sales Parish was founded in 1890, with 11 families attending Mass. Bishop Otto Zardetti, the first bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, blessed the new church in September; it was the first he dedicated in the newly established diocese. He chose the name of St. Francis de Sales as the patron,…

Stained glass windows shed colorful light on chapel visitors

Bishop Donald Kettler blessed and dedicated new stained glass windows in the chapel at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud Oct. 9. The Chapel Window Project was completed in August and includes 50 pieces of stained glass art made by TerHaar Stained Glass Studio of Cold Spring. The octagon-shaped chapel has five stained glass…

Local mission groups strive to meet needs near and far

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Parish mission groups are making a difference around the world — whether it’s helping families in need in their own communities, or sending supplies around the state to places like the Red Lake and White Earth reservations, or reaching across borders into countries like Nicaragua, Haiti, Kenya and Uganda. More…

New book promotion seeks to help people ‘rediscover Jesus’

Parishes can purchase books at special rate The Visitor According to bestselling author Matthew Kelly, research suggests that until people have a personal relationship with Jesus, many other efforts to engage them are useless. “The thing is, most people don’t have this deep relationship — they know they don’t have it and they don’t know…

Fair trade coffee, other goods offer living wage to producers

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor When visitors walk through the front door of the St. Cloud Mission Office, they are greeted not only by the friendly face of its office manager, Lora Knafla, but also with the sights and smells of fair trade goods like coffee, chocolate and handcrafted items, often made from unique materials…

Airport travel offers insights into mission, communion

Our world: composed of 29 percent land mass and 71 percent water; populated with 7.3 billion people, living in 196 countries spread throughout seven continents, practicing 4,200 different religions, celebrating 270 different nationalities and speaking 300 different languages. For those of us who have the opportunity to travel, airports provide one of the most wonderful…

Father Haupt: ‘a good shepherd priest who loved his flock’

The Visitor Father Lloyd George Haupt, 89, died Sept. 25 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 1, with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding, at St. Paul Church in St. Cloud. Inurnment was at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. Mimi Bitzan, who worked with him as director of…

Becoming a marriage-building parish: 8 strategies for success

Local marriage and family life director offers practical ideas at world meeting By Joe Towalski The Visitor Strengthening marriage and family life in today’s secular culture is no easy task, says Chris Codden, director of the Office of Marriage and Family in the Diocese of St. Cloud. But parishes that are willing to consider multiple…