Secular Franciscan welcome
On May 25, the Spiritus Sanctus Emerging Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans welcomed Wanda Huber and Carol Hartneck. The rite of admission was celebrated following nine months of orientation and inquiry formation. Candidates Huber and Hartneck will continue initial formation ending in profession as a Secular Franciscan in late 2018. The Spiritus Sanctus Emerging Fraternity meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at St. Francis Church, 404 Ninth St. N., Brainerd. Secular Franciscans follow the charism of St. Francis and St. Clare. For information on the Secular Franciscans contact the formation director at (218) 820-9220.
Upcoming events for the Centenary of Fatima 2017 are as follows:
• Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary: a led rosary at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. school Mass.
• St. James Church, 721 N. 57th Ave. W.: a holy hour beginning with a led rosary from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Oct. 13: To be determined.
• Oct. 13: The closing of the centenary of Fatima apparitions will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church in McGrath on Highway 65 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., beginning with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying, and meditating the Eucharistic Adoration Rosary, followed by solemn Benediction and Mass. Father Kuriakose Nediakala, MCBS, will be available for confessions before and during the adoration. Faithful who participate will be able to obtain the plenary indulgence offered by the church.
• Oct. 12: In commemoration of Our Lady’s appearances and message at Fatima there will be a public rosary procession between St. Francis and St. Andrew’s Churches in Brainerd. The procession will begin Thursday,
• Oct. 12, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Church with adoration planned through the night at St. Andrew’s Church. Together we can answer our Lady’s requests to pray the rosary, to pray for sinners, and to pray for peace.
St. John’s Bible comes to St. Scholastica
To acknowledge the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 54th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and to emphasize the unity we have in Scripture, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth and St. Scholastica Monastery are sponsoring a three-day St. John’s Bible celebratory event. Central to the event held Sept. 19-21, will be the St. John’s Bible and a variety of other documents, including the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church. Major guest presenters will be Susan Sink, author of “The Art of The Saint John’s Bible: A Complete Guide”; Dirk Lange, professor of worship and Frederik A. Schiotz Chair of Christian Missions, Luther Seminary, St. Paul; Dr. Diane Jacobson, professor emerita of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul; and Father Bill Fider, pastor emeritus, St. Lawrence Church, Duluth. The event is free and open to the public. Held at the St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. For further information visit www.retreatduluth.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (218) 724-5266. For a more detailed schedule, see the calendar in this month’s issue.
Magnificat marks 25 years
A quarter of a century ago, two women felt called by God to create a Catholic ministry to women which would be both Marian and Charismatic.
Rosemary Ellis, a mother of four and gift shop owner, and Betty Garoutte, owner of a beauty shop and mother of two, both believed that the Holy Spirit was urging them to do more to spread the Gospel. Along with Father Jerry Lapatka, liaison to the charismatic renewal, they decided to attend the Catholic Charismatic Leaders’ Conference in Pittsburgh in 1992.
During the first night of leaders’ meetings, they broke into small groups to pray. Ellis and Garoutte asked for prayers for the approval of a women’s group in the Duluth Diocese. A lady they had never seen or spoken to before spoke as they were praying. “You are going to begin a Magnificat, and your bishop will approve. Move quickly.” During the conference, Ellis and Garoutte met Marilyn Quirk, the founder of Magnificat, and asked if they could speak with her. In a nearby hospital cafeteria, Father Lapatka, Ellis, and Garoutte met with Quirk and took the first step in establishing Magnificat in Walker. When they returned home, they received full approval from their pastor and bishop. Magnificat was established.
Since its founding, Our Lady of the Lakes chapter has hosted several Magnificat meals each year in which women are asked to share their personal testimonies. The meals are held in a relaxed environment with time for prayer, praise and worship, and faith sharing among attendees. In addition to the Magnificat meals, Life in the Spirit seminars are also provided to lead women to a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit.
In the past 25 years, hundreds of women’s lives have been affected by the ministry. On Sept. 22-23, a special celebration will be held in Walker at Northern Lights Hotel and Conference Center commemorating 25 years of ministry to the women of Northern Minnesota. Two very special speakers, Maria Vadia and Sister Linda Koontz will share their personal testimonies and minister in prayer, teaching and worship. See the calendar for details.
Totus Tuus in Hibbing
Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing was one of the sites in the diocese where Totus Tuus teams conducted their week-long youth program. In Hibbing, more than 70 children from pre-K to high school participated in the program. The children also enjoyed games, singing, and a huge water fight on the last day. The parish was invited to join the children in a potluck dinner midway through the week. Above, Father Drew Braun, parochial vicar, joins the line for the potluck lunch.
Sir Knights visit vets
Sir Knights from the Fourth Degree McGolrick Assembly in Duluth were at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay on Saturday, Aug. 12, to help with bingo and to grill hamburgers and brats, which the assembly paid for, for the residents. This is the third year that the assembly has done this service project. Sir Knights that provided the entertainment were: Ed Hynes; Bob Spehar; Matthias Hill; Byron Hill; George Beattie, PFN; Mike Peplinski, PFN; Ron Lorentz; and Lyle Johnson.
The first Swahili Convention, with the theme “One Faith, One Hope, One Love,” was held at St. Alphonsus Church in Brooklyn Center. Participants traveled from Kenya, Ohio, Washington, Missouri, Michigan, and Iowa to join the Midwest Kenyan, Swahili-speaking Catholics, in a spirit-filled weekend. The event was the natural progression of the Minneapolis- St. Paul St. Charles Lwanga Prayer Group’s desire to celebrate the faith in the context of the member’s native language and customs. In the first years the Mass was celebrated in Swahili biannually. Due to Father Donald Willard, C.Ss.C., pastor of St. Alphonsus Church, learning the language, Mass is now celebrated in Swahili monthly. The parish has seen more than 20 baptisms in the Midwest group. The convention featured Mass, Adoration, Benediction, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, rosary, the sacraments of baptism and confession, and talks on marriage, reconciliation, and the Eucharist. Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing, spoke at the session on the Eucharist. There are now St. Charles Lwanga chapters in Washington, Texas, and on the East Coast. The weekend was filled with beauty, peace, and joy as participants sang, danced, and worshiped in the splendor of their Catholic and cultural heritage.
Widows of Prayer
A summer tea for women, hosted by Widows of Prayer, was held at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing. The event was in celebration of four women joining the apostolate, one parishioner finishing the second year of discernment, and a member from Coon Rapids completing the third and final year. The commissioning was performed by Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor. The profession of promises consists of carrying out the mission of Widows of Prayer: to pray for priests and those in church leadership, including seminarians, to be devoted to Christ in the Eucharist and to promote adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.