Bertha hits 100

June 20, 2014, edition By Dee George For The Visitor About 130 people celebrated the centennial of St. Joseph Parish in Bertha. Joining Bishop Donald Kettler at the anniversary Mass are, from left, Crosier Father John Fleischhacker, Father Tom Knoblach, Father Aaron Kuhn, Father Peter VanderWeyst, Father Bernard Kahlhamer, Father Gerald Mischke, Father Ralph Zimmerman…

‘White Palace of Prayer’ — chapel at St. Ben’s — turns 100

“After due deliberation, it has been decided that the dome should not be omitted.” — Sister Priscilla, 1912 June 20, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Benedictine Sister Priscilla Schmidtbauer was writing in response to George Stauduhar, the architect for Sacred Heart Chapel for the Benedictine sisters inSt. Joseph. The estimates for the Sacred Heart Chapel were…

Gabriel Walz ordained a deacon

Another step toward becoming a priest for the Diocese of St. Cloud June 20, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Gabriel Walz, 28, was ordained a transitional deacon June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. His ordination moves him a step closer to the priesthood, which he anticipates in June 2015. During…

Hatfuls of fun

June 20, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Betty Brezinka of Holy Trinity Parish in Royalton shares a light moment during the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual Fun, Food and Fund Day at St. Michael Church in Buckman.   At the June 12 event, Elvira Stumpf got in the spirit of…

Churches and groups work together to distribute food

June 20, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully By 4 p.m. June 9 the parking lot of Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph was already full, and cars began to line nearby streets. Inside volunteers from several churches and the community guided Fare For All customers, collected money and filled and maneuvered carts. Customers purchased packages…

Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

June 20, 2014, edition By Jason Adkins From June 21-July 4, 2014, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” which is dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. This year’s theme is “Freedom to Serve” and…

Franciscan camp inspires faith, friendship, creativity

June 20, 2014, edition Photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Eighteen girls in grades seven through nine participated in the “Faith and Fun with the Franciscans” camp from June 10-12, beginning with a blessing of tents. Following the theme “Dance the Circle of Sacredness,” the girls designed T-shirts and painted pots using Native American symbols, tried drumming and…

Difficult end of an era

Closing of Waite Park campus of All Saints Academy blends sadness with hopes for a stronger school system June 6, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala When faculty, staff and 75 children in the St. Joseph, Waite Park, campus of All Saints Academy gathered May 30 for their end-of-year prayer service, the private closing ceremony and blessing ended…

Four answer call to diocesan priesthood

On June 21 the St. Cloud Diocese will welcome four new priests. The priestly ordination Mass for Transitional Deacons Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis will be 10:30 a.m. June 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The future priests are all in their 20s and 30s, hail from the diocese…