Spouses’ love depends first on God’s love

The following is the fourth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Sister Candace Fier For The Visitor The last time you saw a child receiving a gift, do you remember the joy and excitement on their face…

Worldwide Marriage Encounter helps couple’s marriage to thrive

By Sam Patet For The Visitor Ten years into her marriage, Sandy Tuszynski was discouraged. The year was 1978, and the 33-year-old mother of two didn’t know what to do. Unlike her husband, who had steadily been advancing in his career at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, she had been at home, caring for…

Small town triple crown – Baseball, family, tradition

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Immaculately trimmed patches of green stretch wide across a pristine field. Crisply uniformed men align the first and third baselines. All hats are in hand as local talent croons the familiar anthem. Smells converge — burgers and hot dogs, freshly oiled gloves, newly cut grass. As the players take to…

Dedication June 13 for tribute to Minnesota’s military families

“Well, I’ve got some bad news you might not want to know. I’ve been shot.” By Bob Zyskowski For The Visitor A soldier from Washington County wrote the sentences above in a letter back home in 1968. They’re just a snippet of his letter, similar to 86 other snippets from military personnel to their families,…

Newest Maryknoll priest has Glenwood roots

By Kateri Mancini For The Visitor “Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim church on earth.” These words from the Eucharistic Prayer ask blessings on a church, a people, always on a journey. Journey was a prevalent undertone recently in Ossining, N.Y., as Maryknoll celebrated the ordination of its newest priest, Father Shaun Crumb. Father…

Catholic Charities announces $400,000 challenge gift for capital campaign

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Nine donors are challenging Central Minnesotans to make an impact on the community for generations to come by matching their $400,000 contribution to Catholic Charities’ “Saving Children, Saving Families” capital campaign. The campaign, which has already raised more than $3 million, first helped to finance the new Intensive Treatment Cottage…

The Visitor Summer Festivals Calendar

Sunday, June 14 Belle Prairie • Holy Family Parish hosts Holy Family Heritage Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Polka Mass at 10:30 under tent with music by Stan’s Country Dutchmen followed by Henry Stocker with dancing (on dance floor) all afternoon. Chicken and sausage meal follows Mass. Activities include cash bingo, silent auction,…

What does the church teach about divorce and annulments?

What does the church teach about divorce and annulments? By Kristi Anderson The Visitor As Catholics await Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families in September, much preparation is under way, including here in central Minnesota. In February, three focus groups were held around the diocese asking people to answer questions…

Transitions

New rector for St. Mary’s Cathedral among new priest appointments The Visitor Father Scott Pogatchnik has been appointed as the new rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, effective July 1, according to a list of official appointments released by the chancery May 28. Father Pogatchnik also will serve as pastor of St. Augustine…

Parish profile – St. Joseph Parish, Pierz

German settlers arrived in the Pierz area in the fall of 1865. Though there are no records of St. Joseph’s inception date, it began with one family of nine children. As of 2014, parish membership includes approximately 1,718 baptized members and 750 families. 150th anniversary celebration St. Joseph Parish will celebrate its 150th anniversary with…