A letter to my granddaughter as she makes her first Communion

April 11, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Dear Ellie, Grandma and I of course responded yes to your mom’s Facebook invite to your first Communion — we wouldn’t miss it for the world. We are so happy to be able to share that special day with you. I remember my own first Communion day —…

3 things Pope Francis wants you to know about Holy Communion

 April 11, 2014, edition 1. The Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people and by sharing their desires and problems. So, too, the Eucharist brings us together with others — young and old, poor and affluent, neighbors and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to…

Father Richard McGuire modeled empathy, grace, love

April 11, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala “In our Emmaus support group,” Father Tony Kroll said, “Father [Richard] McGuire shared his feelings and dreams about how to evangelize the new church. Even before Pope Francis wrote ‘The Joy of the Gospel,’ Father McGuire was living its meaning.” Father Kroll, a retired priest of theSt. Cloud…

Richmond robot heads to California for world competition

April 11, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Zeus can pick up balls, set them in goals, flip rings and dangle from a hanging bar. Zeus is not a person or a pet. Rather, he started as many pieces assembled and then programmed by fifth grade students at SS. Peter and Paul School in Richmond. “He’s…

Big Lake teacher pens children’s book

 April 11, 2014, edition With the publishing of “Just Like Him,” Linda O’Donnell of Big Lake explains the idea of fasting in a colorful 42-page book. The veteran teacher addresses issues such as cheating, bullying, sealing and sin through a story aimed at children. The tale points out the importance of choosing role models to…

Holy Week and Easter services with religious communities

Palm Sunday, April 13 Collegeville • All are invited to join St. John’s monastic community for the blessing of palms and celebration of the Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. at the Abbey Church. Little Falls • All are invited to join the Franciscan Sisters for the blessing of palms and Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel,…

Bishop Kettler’s Holy Week Schedule

April 13 • Palm Sunday Liturgy 9:45 a.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud • Penance Service 2 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Church, Belgrade April 15 • Penance Service 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud April 17 • Holy Thursday Liturgy 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud April 18 • Good Friday Service 12:05 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral,…

Holy Week Services at St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Augustine Church

Palm Sunday, April 13 • Mass and blessing of palms 9:45 a.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop Kettler 8 and 10 a.m., St. Augustine Church April 15 • Penance Service 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop Kettler Holy Thursday, April 17 • Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop Kettler 7 p.m.,…

‘Journey with Jesus to Calvary’

April 11, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi in St. Francis will again present the unique play, “Journey With Jesus to Calvary.” With each year of production, this play is gaining popularity. In its sixth year, the play was initially written by a parishioner for presentation to the religious education students to…

The Resurrection of Jesus — God’s sign and seal

An Easter message April 11, 2014, edition by Bishop Donald Kettler Someone once designed an unusual Easter card, which looked like a Christmas card. The upper half of the card had a picture of a Nativity scene with the shepherds worshiping the newborn baby Jesus. The lower half of the card pictured those same shepherds,…