31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The 2011 Diocesan Annual Appeal is well under way. If you have not yet returned your pledge card and/or payments, please do so as soon as possible. The appeal has been very successful in the past, and I hope it will continue to be so this and the years to come. It has made us aware of the needs of the Church locally, as a diocese, and universally. The money that is given over our target amount comes back to the parish. In the past, that money has supported the annual parish budget which is much needed.

Please give generously to the appeal again this year. Every contribution is very much needed and appreciated. It is necessary to give back 10% to God for the blessings he has given us. The work of the Church is to promote the Gospel and prepare her faithful for the coming of the kingdom of God. Our financial support continues with the great tradition of the Church.

Tuesday is a holy day of obligation for the Solemnity of All Saints. Please check the bulletin for Mass times.

The intercession this week is to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. May all Catholics of the diocese know important it is to support the work of the Church.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This month is designated as the Month of the Rosary. It is a very beautiful and important form of prayer in the Church. It gives the person who prays the time to reflect on the great mysteries of our faith while praying set-prayers. Reflecting on these mysteries brings us closer to God and the truth he has left us to follow him in this life with our desire to have eternal life in him in the next. I used to pray the rosary with my mother before I went to the seminary. My family would pray it after supper before milking cows during Lent. Unfortunately, I didn’t pray it for several decades. It wasn’t that I was adverse to it; I just didn’t pray it.

Several years ago, I longed and began to pray it again, and I have been doing so every day since then. I walk almost every day and I devote the first 20 minutes to it.

If you are not praying the rosary, I encourage you to do so. It is a very beautiful way to pray reflecting the mysteries of our faith. If you have forgotten the days to reflect on the mysteries they are: the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, Sorrowful on Tuesdays and Fridays, Glorious on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the Luminous on Thursdays.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is to pray for all members of the Church so they make time in their lives to pray daily and reflect upon the great mysteries of our faith.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The fourth Sunday in October is designated as World Mission Sunday. It is important for us to know the work of our Catholic missionaries throughout the world, and support them with our prayers and financial giving. Our diocese has had the great distinction as being the most generous diocese per capita in the United States to the missions. The person who was instrumental to gain that recognition is the late Msgr. Wagener. He was most zealous to support them and wanted us to do the same. As Catholics, we are to share in the missionary activity of the Church. However, it is almost impossible for us to do so. That is why we can support those of the faith who are serving as Catholic missionaries throughout the world.

Please be generous again this year. To those who receive their envelopes via the mail, please use the one designated for the appeal. To those who don’t, you will find envelopes in the pews. Please return to the parish as soon as possible.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is to pray for the work and safety of the Catholic missionaries who are serving God’s Church by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

At my previous assignment, I would write an article every year that parishioners looked forward to read. It became not only the most anticipated article for parishioners but even non-parishioners as well. I wish it was something spiritual or relating to the parish that they should know. It is rather the prediction on the weather for the next year from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Somehow people thought I was given the ability to predict the weather. I instructed them very carefully that I was not given the gift when ordained. People in both communities believed it was my prediction; it wasn’t. So, if you are interested in knowing what we will be facing from November 1st – October 31st, here it is: Winter will be colder than normal, especially in February. Other cold periods will occur in mid and late December and mid and late January. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal in the east (our area) and above normal in the west (the Dakotas). The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-December, early to mid-February, and mid-March. April and May will be much cooler and a bit drier than normal. Summer will be cooler and drier than normal. The hottest periods will occur in mid-July and early August. September and October will be cooler and drier than normal in most of the region. Last frost in spring: May 13. First frost in fall: September 24. There you have it. The Almanac claims 60% accuracy but it is more like 80%.

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is pray for those who suffer the most from the harsh winter especially the homeless and those who cannot afford the proper winter apparel.

Cathedral Men’s Club to Hold Breakfasts Sunday Oct. 9

The Cathedral Men’s Club on Sunday, Oct. 9, will put on the first of its four Pancake/Omelet Breakfasts for the coming year. The public is invited to the breakfasts, which raise money for parish projects. The other breakfasts will be Nov. 6, Feb. 19 and March 18. The Men’s Club also will hold a steak fry May 5, in conjunction with the celebration of the parish’s 150th anniversary. Each breakfast typically draws about 100 people, club President Geoff Wilhelmy said. And each usually requires 10 club members, who cook and serve food and clean up afterward. The club meets monthly, from September through May, the first Wednesday of the month. Club meetings are at 7 pm. and usually last an hour. Club members do much more than put on meals at the Cathedral. For example, shortly before Christmas, members with help from Aquinas High School students go get about seven Christmas trees and put them up in the Cathedral. And they take them down after the holidays.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two priests and I will be on vacation from Tuesday, Oct. 4th – Thursday, Oct. 13th. I usually don’t like to make it public when I go but I have learned that people will want to know so they don’t have to wonder why I haven’t return phone calls or emails. The three of us will be taking the train to western Montana. From there, we will be driving to Yellowstone National Park. I had no desire to go there until I saw the park, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole on one of the PBS episodes entitled, “National Parks”. I said to myself that I had to see them with my own eyes. We will go back to western Montana for several days before heading back. Please pray for a safe trip and no snow. There will be plenty of opportunity to see snow with winter just around the corner!

Thank you and God bless you.
Fr. Stoetzel

The intercession this week is to pray that all people will be faithful stewards of God’s creation. He has given humanity the world to take care of it. We want all people to respect creation especially human life.

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