Parish profile: Holy Family, Belle Prairie

The first Mass was celebrated in the Belle Prairie area in 1838. In 1852 local Catholics started to lay the foundation of the parish. In 1855 a log chapel was constructed, and in 1877 Holy Family Church was built. It was registered as a corporation in 1898. The parish has 440 families and 1,057 parishioners….

Thousands find healing after loss through Beginning Experience

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Mari Walker, a member of St. Michael Parish in St. Cloud, remembers the sting of pain she felt walking into church — alone — for the first time after her divorce. “I felt like I had this big ‘D’ on my forehead and that everyone knew I was there alone….

Foley school sees ‘fruits’ of its labor with new grant

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Second-grader Henry Genereau loves to eat fresh kohlrabi. His family grows it in their own garden, along with beets, corn, potatoes and other produce. Now he is able to enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables at school, too, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with matching…

Latino couple gleans hope from pre-conference meeting

The Visitor For Mario and Alejandra Mancilla, Pelican Rapids is mission territory. The couple, members of St. Leonard Parish, are not missionaries in the traditional sense of those who bring the Good News to a foreign land. Their work is focused at home, offering continuing education and formation in a parish and diocese with a…

Local pilgrims see pope, listen to spontaneous talk on families

For Mary Jo Ruhland of Assumption Parish in Eden Valley, the four-hour wait on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia to catch a fleeting glimpse of the popemobile as it went by Sept. 26, was definitely worth it. “It is the steadfastness that people have in their hearts to wait for that moment when he…

Are we open receivers or on the defensive?

A local look at tackling sportsmanship By Kristi Anderson The Visitor At a Texas high school, two teenage football players were accused of blindsiding an official during a recent game. In the video footage, one player appears to tackle the referee to the ground and a second dives on top of him. Days before, in…

Parish Profile – St. Hubert Parish, Blue Grass

The parish of St. Hubert was founded in 1908. It currently has 110 households with 278 members. The following questions were answered by Vera Malone. Q: What is the most interesting facet of your church building? A: Our church has a beautiful wood altar. The Gothic style altar has detailed wood carving similar to that…

Students organize prayers for International Day of Peace

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor A group of students at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud organized an outdoor candlelight prayer service for the International Day of Peace Sept. 21. The group, all seniors taking a campus ministry class, wanted to do something that involved prayer and the greater community, said Deb Schnettler, who teaches…

Young adult ministry taking new shape

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor The Diocese of St. Cloud will offer a daylong event for young adults next month in conjunction with the annual youth rally. The event, planned for Oct. 24 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, is a collaboration between diocesan campus ministry leaders, Central Minnesota TEC, parish ministry…