Bishop Kettler, 600+ parishioners celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 20, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Sounds of maracas and bells echoed through St. John’s Abbey Church as traditional Matachines dancers, wearing feathered headpieces and images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, marched down the aisle at the beginning of the Dec. 15 Mass. Facing the assembly of more than 600 Hispanics and Anglos from…

Giving the gift of time

Thousands of volunteers bring Christmas cheer Dec. 20, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully For Mary Kuhn of Sacred Heart Parish in Glenwood, Christmas is about giving. “That’s what Christmas is,” she said. “The whole gift-giving [concept for Christmas] came from the birth of Christ. He was our greatest gift.” Giving, for her, is not just…

Getting ready for the pageant

Dec. 20, 2013, edition Photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Children around the St. Cloud Diocese are participating in Christmas pageants in their parishes. Pictured here, children from Sacred Heart Parish in Glenwood and St. Bartholomew Parish in Villard participated in a dress rehearsal Dec. 12. The Christmas pageant will be performed at 4 p.m. Dec. 22…

St. John’s Abbey releases Gregorian Chant Schola CD

The Gregorian Chant Schola of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, has released a compact disk recording, “Singing with Mary and the Saints,” through Milan Records. Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff is director of the Gregorian Schola, which has 15 members — monks, and male and female undergraduate and graduate students. This group, including the Abbey vocations director…

Do It Yourself Advent – Week 3

Dec. 6, 2013, edition Week 3 — Dec. 15 The following Advent wreath prayer for the third week of Advent is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the…

Do It Yourself Advent – Week 2

Week 2 — Dec. 8 The following Advent wreath prayer for the second week of Advent is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the task of proclaiming the…

A modern heir to St. Nicholas

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Jerry Costello For The Christophers Father Joseph Marquis knows all about Christmas. But — and this is the part that might surprise you a little bit — he knows all about Santa Claus. At a time when many in the church downplay the role of Santa and the gifting tradition…

NCYC — faith on fire

Faith forms bedrock of who Catholic youths say they are Dec. 6, 2013, edition By John Shaughnessy and Natalie Hoefer Catholic News Service At the National Catholic Youth Conference, held Nov. 21-23 in Indianapolis, the St. Cloud Diocese was represented by 169 people — Bishop Donald Kettler, 45 other adults and 123 youth, including a 3-month-old…

Annual collection helps religious communities with retirement shortfall

Collection slated for parishes Dec. 7–8 The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 7–8 in Catholic parishes across the nation. Now in its 26th year, the collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office and benefits over 34,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The U.S. bishops initiated…

College of St. Benedict celebrates its 100-year history

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully It began with a religious habit. Or several of them. Problems with them, actually. A 1904 decree declared that wearing a religious habit in a state-sponsored school was prohibited. Sisters from the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph attended the University of Minnesota to receive teaching certificates….