Shrine profile – National Shrine of St. Odilia

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015, and ends 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…

Every good and perfect gift

Delegates to Kenya prepare to bring gifts for global brothers and sisters By Kristi Anderson The Visitor One of the things delegates think about when preparing for a trip is how to be a hospitable guest. One way they do that is by bringing gifts. Some groups will bring liturgical items — linens, refurbished chalices,…

Mentor program helps delegation prepare for encounter in Africa

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Feb. 15, 16 delegates, including Bishop Donald Kettler, Franciscan Sister Bea Eichten, four priests and 10 lay people from around the diocese will travel to the Diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya, in Africa, where they will spend two weeks with host families in several parishes there. “It is always…

New approach to appeal seeks to increase participation

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Each year the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud asks local Catholics to prayerfully and financially support the work of the church across the diocese through an appeal. “The appeal is an important tool that the bishop needs to be able to do his work here, to be able…

Diocese-wide Festival of Forgiveness set for March 4

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Back in March 2014, Pope Francis proclaimed a “special moment of penance” called “24 Hours for the Lord” that was held at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and many churches around the world. He called it a “festival of forgiveness” in which the churches were open for people to receive…

Bishop Kettler writes pastoral letter on mercy

He encourages faithful to reflect on how they experience God’s mercy and extend it to others The Visitor In his first pastoral letter to Catholics of the St. Cloud Diocese, Bishop Donald Kettler calls on individuals, parishes and schools “to identify at least one thing you can do this year to extend and make present…

Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful

A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Donald J. Kettler On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. His goal for the year is that Catholics across the world would “gaze even more attentively on mercy…

† Lenten Penitential Regulations †

“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite…

Events focus on 43rd year since Roe v. Wade

The Visitor Several local events are planned to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.  In an effort to end abortion, all are invited to observe this anniversary by participating in these events, including the Jan. 22 March for Life at the Minnesota State…