Prayer team offers help with inner healing

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor About three years ago, Father Greg Paffel went on sabbatical, visiting an Ignatian retreat center in Florida. On this 30–day silent retreat, he felt there was something that just wasn’t “clicking” in his life. While there, he stumbled across the book “Unbound” by Neal Lozano, an international speaker and the…

Shrine profile – Divine Mercy Shrine of Sauk Centre

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending 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 pilgrimage…

Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as “missionaries of mercy” in local parishes. “Look upon your servants, Lord, that we are sending as messengers of mercy, salvation and peace. Guide their steps” and…

Open God’s heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis told thousands of members of Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world. Prayer is not a business negotiation with God, either, the pope told more than 60,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s…

Council discusses Year of Mercy, bishop’s new pastoral letter

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor At the Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting Jan. 23, Bishop Donald Kettler asked members to talk to their liaisons about his new pastoral letter, “Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful” (see pull-out section, pages 1B-12B). “I hope that every parish will take this letter and use the 14 questions…

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…

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…