Parish profile – Holy Cross Parish, Butler

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Holy Cross Parish was founded in 1910.
There are 181 members.

butlerQ: What is the most interesting facet of your church building?

A: That would be our stained glass windows. The one pictured on this page, of the Good Shepherd, is more than 100 years old and was moved from a Methodist church in Montevideo, Minn.

Q: What is the most popular program at your parish?


Holy Cross Parish, Butler, MN

A: We are a small church and on Valentine’s Day weekend we have an Honoring Marriage Day for all married couples — they are blessed during Mass and receive Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses when leaving church. Before Mass, the youth group put on a spaghetti supper with a free will offering. On the second Sunday of September we hold our fall bazaar, with a raffle, dinner and games. It takes the whole parish to get all the work done for that day.

Q: What is an interesting historical fact or anecdote about your parish?

A: In 1910, the first Crosier priests arrived in Butler with the Dutch immigrants; because there was no railway system, the Crosiers built in Onamia. The current church was built in 2000 after the old church was struck by lightning and burned. We are paired with St. Henry Parish in Perham.


Meet the pastor
Father Matthew Kuhn


Father Matthew Kuhn

Father Matthew Kuhn grew up in many communities in Minnesota, from Alexandria (where he was born) to Cambridge and places in between. He was ordained June 19, 2010, and served as priest (as parochial vicar) at the parishes of St. Michael in St. Cloud and St. Joseph in Waite Park with Fathers Bernie Gruenes and Vince Lieser. He has served the parishes of Holy Cross in Butler and St. Henry in Perham for three years.

Q: What inspired you to become a priest?

A: I had been thinking about the priesthood for many years, but I had my own plans for my life as a teacher and musician. Over time, God helped me to see that the priesthood was the way in which he was calling me to use those gifts.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your daily life as a priest?

A: It’s a tie between hearing confession and celebrating Mass, especially with school kids [at St. Henry’s Area School in Perham]. At Mass on Wednesdays at Holy Cross in Butler, the kids in religious education do the readings — it’s a beautiful tradition. It’s also great to have 20 people at daily Mass in a town of 100.

Q: What was the theme of a favorite homily that you preached?

A: What I love about preaching is that, regardless of the words that come out of my mouth, the Holy Spirit puts the words in the parishioners’ ears that they need to hear.