Pay it Forward project back for a 6th year

February 28, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala In The Visitor’s sixth annual Pay it Forward initiative, three schools and two groups of adults will share their earnings with local and worldwide charities. To further boost Pay it Forward, three generous donors offered their funds, paying it forward when the announcement was first published in January….

Becoming Catholic

Adam Valeski has a hunger for the faith that others notice. Billie Kneip can’t wait to receive Communion for the first time with her husand and son. Matthew Pilgrim grew so much from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults that, once he’s baptized, he said he’d be happy to be an RCIA sponsor for…

In Little Falls, a blessing by the bishop

February 28, 2014, edition Bishop Donald Kettler blessed the Little Falls Care Center and Bridgeway Estates Feb. 16 in Little Falls. The care center is a 55-bed skilled nursing facility. Bridgeway Estates is a 42-unit senior apartment and assisted living facility. St. Francis Health Services of Morris, which is under the auspices of the St….

Women invited to delve in to faith at DCCW retreat

February 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The spring air will bring a special challenge for women across the diocese to “know your faith and live it.” That’s the theme of the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s spring retreat March 29 at St. Joseph Church in St. Joseph. The retreat that will focus…

New Evangelization efforts spark excitement and growth

February 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Is your church half-empty or half-full? While some might think of a Mass in a church at 50-percent occupancy as a sad effect of today’s society and reminisce on days gone by when “everyone went to church,” Tim Drake sees empty pews as opportunities. “It’s exciting,” said Drake,…

For men, day of fellowship and discipleship planned

February 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Being a disciple can be tough. But figuring out how to be one can also prove to be difficult. To help out, Msgr. C. Eugene Morris will explain Catholic discipleship at the Catholic Men’s Conference March 15 in Collegeville. In his first keynote, “Confidence in Christ Alone: The…

Crises in the church

Deacon from St. Paul-Minneapolis: God gives us what we need to get through difficult times February 28, 2014, edition By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit We shouldn’t be surprised when God allows us to experience trials. Instead, we should turn to him humbly and continue living our faith as well or better than we…

Finding God’s wisdom while dog sledding . . .

My winter eco-spirituality retreat with other St. Ben’s alumnae was one of wine, wisdom and foot warmers February 28, 2014, edition By Ellen Capeechi I was raised to believe that since the glory of God is man fully alive, then the more we stretch toward our potential the more we glorify our Creator. So, my…

Ablaze! — Newly initiated night aims to fire up teens in their faith

February 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The screen read “Ablaze! Waking the New Generation” as some 55 teens gathered, then lyrics flashed up on it as a praise and worship band sang “Blessed be your name.” The young people chatted with each other and listened to the music until they…

Catholic Men’s Conference to be held March 15 at SJU

February 14, 2014, edition  The 15th annual Catholic Men’s Conference, “Men of Integrity in the New Evangelization,” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 at St. John’s University, Collegeville, features Monsignor C. Eugene Morris delivering two morning keynote speeches titled “Confidence in Christ Alone: The Nature of Catholic Discipleship” and “Evangelical Catholicism: The Only…