Welcome for the elect

The Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates with Bishop Donald Kettler was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud Feb. 22. Each year at the beginning of Lent, the bishop gathers with catechumens who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and Eucharist —…

Documentary explores Minnesota’s sacred music

The Visitor Sacred music songwriter and musician Benedictine Sister Delores Dufner, a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, is one of the composers interviewed in the documentary “On Eagle’s Wings: Minnesota’s Sacred Music.” The one-hour program, produced by KSMQ, the public television station in Austin, Minn., aired on Ash Wednesday and can be…

SCSU pro-life group to award scholarships to young parents

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor A pro-life student group St. Cloud State University has created a new scholarship for students who are parents. Members of SCSU for Life announced the initiative in conjunction with the group’s Valentine’s Day cupcake giveaway Feb. 13. They handed out the sweet treats with the group’s contact information to students…

Hunger knows no borders: Here’s how you can help

By Kateri Mancini For The Visitor Milk, bread, fruit, cereal — things you can never seem to keep enough of in the house when you have kids. But for Rachel it’s an extra challenge. Dealing with medical issues means an already-tight budget and hungry mouths become even more so for this single Minnesota mom. Eggs,…

Projects will aid those in need overseas and in diocese

Projects will aid those in need overseas and in diocese By Nikki Rajala The Visitor Using blankets, bracelets and a baby shower, three groups — two schools and a pair of parishes — will grow their 2015 “Pay it Forward for Lent” seed grants. Their increased funds will assist people in need in Venezuela and…

Why do we do that? A primer on the season

By Brenda Kresky For The Visitor 1. What is Lent? Lent is the season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday — Feb. 18 this year — marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). As Catholics, we renew our baptismal promises…

Father James Cashman ‘had such a great love of life’

The Visitor Crosier Father James Cashman, 93, died Jan. 28 at the Mille Lacs Health System Long Term Care. The Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 2 at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia, with a private burial at a later date in the priory cemetery. Gloria MacMillan Cessna, a longtime trustee for St. Louis…