Ministries that support our lives: The Visitor newspaper

Each month, The Visitor will invite guest writers to spotlight one of the ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This is the first in a series. By Denise Kociemba When I was a young girl, there was a large, stone Madonna over the television set. The criteria for watching a television show was how…

The story of becoming Catholic

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Narratives, or stories, are one of the best ways of articulating any human experience. Whether baptized as an infant or coming to the waters of baptism for the first time as an adult, each story has a unique and special part in the journey of faith. “The process of becoming…

Students learn how to be ‘good digital citizens’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor As part of its efforts during Catholic Schools Week, Cathedral High School in St. Cloud welcomed speaker Dave Eisenmann, the director of instructional technology and media services at Minnetonka Public Schools, to engage students in his presentation, “Being a Good Digital Citizen.” Eisenmann talked with students Feb. 2 about cyberbullying…

Prayer team offers help with inner healing

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor About three years ago, Father Greg Paffel went on sabbatical, visiting an Ignatian retreat center in Florida. On this 30–day silent retreat, he felt there was something that just wasn’t “clicking” in his life. While there, he stumbled across the book “Unbound” by Neal Lozano, an international speaker and the…

Shrine profile – Divine Mercy Shrine of Sauk Centre

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

St. Cloud Hospital hosts Mass for World Day of the Sick

The Visitor St. Cloud Hospital will observe the World Day of the Sick with a 10:30 a.m. Mass on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the St. Cloud Hospital Chapel. The sacrament of the sick, also known as the anointing of the sick, will be provided. The World Day of the Sick Mass is part of a…

CRS Rice Bowl touches lives near and far

By Father Bill Vos For The Visitor Local goes global Anyone involved in fundraising for global causes has gotten this response: “But what about those who are hungry here? Shouldn’t we take care of our own first?” The best reply from a Christian perspective is simply to say, “How about both?!” Our Catholic view of…

CRS Rice Bowl recipe #1: Colombia — with video

CRS Rice Bowl changes lives around the world Catholic Relief Services This Lent millions of Catholics around the United States will place a colorful cardboard box and calendar in their homes to begin a spiritual journey that changes lives around the world. They will be participating in the 41st year of CRS Rice Bowl, a…

Lent – Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – A journey toward change

By Daniel S. Mulhall Catholic News Service There are three days within the church’s liturgical year that are guaranteed to bring people to a church service. The first two are Christmas and Easter. They are the two most important feasts in Christianity, marking, as they do, the birth and resurrection of Jesus. The third day…

Council discusses Year of Mercy, bishop’s new pastoral letter

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor At the Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting Jan. 23, Bishop Donald Kettler asked members to talk to their liaisons about his new pastoral letter, “Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful” (see pull-out section, pages 1B-12B). “I hope that every parish will take this letter and use the 14 questions…