Plans outlined for bishop’s installation

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully With Bishop Donald Kettler’s installation less than two weeks away, plans are underway to officially welcome him with two special liturgies. The first is solemn vespers at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The second is the installation Mass at 2 p.m. Nov….

In Avon, St. Benedict is feeding families food and faith

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. the line starts to form and people head downstairs to the dining area at St. Benedict Parish in Avon. The smells of home cooking greet all who enter. All are welcome to eat and if you’re able to pay, there is a free…

At your Thanksgiving dinner, how will you be ‘Saying Grace’

Oct. 25, 2013, edition How will you offer a blessing on Thanksgiving? While many offer a standard prayer, others will pray using their own words. We’ll publish a sampling of readers’ original blessings in our Nov. 22 issue. Send the words of your Thanksgiving grace (in 100 words or less) “Saying Grace” by Nov. 8…

St. John’s moving forward with $160M capital drive

Oct. 25, 2013, edition St. John’s Abbey and University recently announced a capital campaign, “Forward Ever Forward,” with a $160 million goal. The campaign will run through 2016, with $108 million already committed in gifts and pledges. “This campaign is all about furthering the pioneering spirit of St. John’s,” Benedictine Abbot John Klassen said. “St….

Thank a catechist

First Parish Religious Education Week set for Nov. 3-9 Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Brenda Kresky It is 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night and mom and dad are getting little Johnny ready for religious education class at the local parish. This is a common scene across the Diocese of St. Cloud because, in many…

Balloons, prayers rise up for Kyle Becker, peace and more in Eden Valley

Oct. 25, 2013, edition Members of Assumption Parish in Eden Valley release a helium-balloon rosary after praying the rosary before the monthly youth Mass Oct. 9. The main prayer intention was for Kyle Becker, a young adult who was active in youth ministry at Assumption Parish and had been tragically killed in a truck accident…

World Mission Sunday: If I Were

If I Were If I were quite small, The size of a gentle gesture, The height of a look of love, Perhaps I might find the hidden doorway to your heart. If I were quite spacious, probing the limits of thought, Imagining infinity’s end, Perhaps I might grip the spaciousness of your heart. If I…

World Mission Sunday: Maracay partnership to form new delegation

Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor In the early 1960s, the St. Cloud Diocese began sending priests and religious to a young diocese, the Diocese of Maracay, Venezuela, a relationship that spans five decades. Since 2000, when the partnership became an intentional and reciprocal relationship, four delegations totaling 36 delegates have…