NO IN-HOUSE FAITH FORMATION CLASSES/CONFIRMATION SESSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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A LETTER FROM FR. TOM
The Lord is our refuge, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
Dear Friends in Christ:
In these extraordinary times of disruption caused by the efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, God is our shelter and our strength. I want you to know that you are in my prayers, thoughts, and concern, and those of our cluster parish and school staffs.
This is not the Lenten penance we chose, but it is what God has chosen for us. Like Jesus, we take up our cross and follow in His footsteps. We are separated in body but have the opportunity to be more deeply united in the Spirit. This too shall pass and we are in God’s good care.
The purpose of this letter is to reach out with that message of hope and reassurance, as well as to inform you of some aspects of how our parish life will adapt in the time when the public celebration of Mass and Lenten devotions is suspended.
It is hard to reach everyone reliably. Please check your parish’s website and the Holy Spirit FaceBook page (https://www.FaceBook.com/HolySpiritStCloud) for the weekly bulletin and other information. I strongly encourage you to sign up for the myParish app hosted by the Diocese of St. Cloud on your smartphone; go to the App Store (iPhones) or Google Play (Androids) for this free app to get the latest news and multiple spiritual resources.
All public Masses and Holy Week liturgies (those with a congregation) are suspended through April 13, 2020. Scheduled Mass intentions will be honored at private Masses.
The televised Mass for the Diocese is available at http://worship.stcdio.org/tv-mass; you will also find the schedule of channels and times the Mass is aired.
We will live-stream liturgies in our cluster as follows:
Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. (March 22, March 29, April 5) Holy Thursday (April 9) at 5:00 p.m. Good Friday (April 10) at noon Easter Sunday (April 12) at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Weekday Masses (Monday through Friday) at 10:00 a.m.
Blessed palms will be available after Palm Sunday during the prayer times listed below.
Access these liturgies at https://www.holyspiritstcloud.net.
All Catholics are dispensed from the Sunday obligation until further notice. Private and family prayer, reflection on the Sunday Scriptures, and the televised Mass are urged. The TV Mass, readings for each day, and many suggested prayer resources are posted at http://www.stcdio.org.
Confessions will be available on Saturdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s and Holy Spirit. There will be no communal Penance Services but confessions will be heard during the scheduled times for those services:
• Monday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s in the Parish Center (former school – follow the signs)
• Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at St. John Cantius
• Sunday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit
We ask that you observe social distancing of at least six feet while waiting for confession.
Regarding Prayers and Devotions:
While the public Stations of the Cross and Holy Hours are cancelled, the churches will be open for individual prayer as follows. We ask you to observe social distancing of at least six feet from others in prayer, and to observe silence to respect others’ prayers.
M-F, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Note: Confessions at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s) Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Blessed Sacrament will be moved from Adoration Chapel into the main church; scheduled Adorers only after 7:00 p.m.
St. John Cantius
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (use side entrance) We direct you to St. Anthony’s as above during the week.
M-F, noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday: we direct you to St. Anthony’s as above. Note: Confessions at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit. Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
You are also encouraged to pray at home; God hears us whenever we call upon Him.
Having to abstain from the Eucharist for a time is a great sorrow; it can help us appreciate the many Catholics in our world who live with this situation daily due to persecution, lack of clergy, times of war, imprisonment, and other causes. While the Sacraments are of inestimable value as the ordinary channels of grace, the Catechism reminds us that “God is not Himself bound by His sacraments” to bestow these graces (see n. 1257) when their reception is not possible. For now, you can make a Spiritual Communion:
Make an Act of Faith: O my God, I firmly believe tht you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.
Make an Act of Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
The financial impacts of COVID-19 are unknown but sure to be substantial. I understand the uncertainty and the added burdens on many household budgets. I offer a gentle reminder that your parish still needs your support. The best way to offer this right now is to drop your contribution in the mail. Thank you for whatever you are able to do.
During this time, balance the need to remain informed with calm vigilance. Don’t overdose on stress and become obsessed with newsfeeds. If you now have unexpected time due to cancellations, use it to spiritual advantage: read the Bible, pray the Rosary, sit in silence with God. Take time to write long-delayed letters, call a friend, play a game or cards with your family, just talk with one another.
Go into that list of “some day when I have some time I will …” and select a meaningful work of mercy. Check on neighbors and friends, especially the elderly.
Offer particular prayers for those on the front lines in health care, public health, law enforcement, government, and other vital services that we often take for granted.
Perhaps it can still be a Lent of Gratitude when our plans change and God grants us the gift of Time.
My daily prayers, and the work of salvation by God, continue. Fr. Tom
THE SHADOW STATIONS WORDSEARCH EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT OUT AS WE GET IT!!
CASTAWAY 2020 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE. WE WILL POST UPDATES AS WE GET THEM!!
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Latest letter from the Bishop:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, By Bishop Donald Kettler
After much prayer and consultation with members of my staff, and in light of the latest recommendations from state and federal health authorities for slowing the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protecting the people of our communities, I have made the difficult decision to suspend all public weekday and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Saint Cloud, effective immediately through Easter Monday, April 13. All Catholics in the diocese remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time. Further: I will celebrate the Chrism Mass privately with the deans. They will distribute the holy oils to the parishes in their deaneries at a later time. We hope to livestream the Mass on our diocesan Facebook page.
Baptisms should be rescheduled. If a wedding needs to take place, a dispensation needs to be granted by the bishop. Funeral Masses during this time are prohibited; only graveside services are allowed. A memorial Mass should be scheduled for a later date after April 13.
Confirmations during this time period remain cancelled. My office will contact parishes to reschedule.
All public Holy Week liturgies, including Good Friday services, are cancelled. For specific details regarding liturgies, pastors should consult the “Liturgical Guidelines During the Time of Suspension of Masses” provided by the diocesan Office of Worship.
Our churches will remain open for prayer and the sacrament of reconciliation on a schedule determined by the pastor. Social distancing should be encouraged — at least 6 feet between people in prayer and/or waiting to receive the sacrament.
All parish events of 50 people or more should be cancelled, per the guidelines of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes parish breakfasts and fish fries; drive-through and pick-up options only are acceptable. People who are at a higher risk for contracting the illness — the elderly and those with underlying health conditions — should avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
If any changes to this approach are warranted in the next few weeks, I will notify pastors.
While the threat in your community may not be readily visible, it is very real. I believe these steps are necessary during this national emergency to protect human life and uphold the common good — two foundational principles of Catholic social teaching. While it may seem counterintuitive, we stay in solidarity with one another at this time by staying apart.
This outbreak has caused much fear and anxiety, and I share those same feelings. I haven’t experienced anything like this in my 50 years of priesthood. But we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus never leaves our side. He offers us the grace we need to make our way through this present challenge. “Take courage,” he reminds us. “It is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).
The measures we are taking don’t mean that we will stop providing pastoral care. My staff and I are committed to helping our parishes and the people of our diocese navigate through this crisis. It will require everyone — diocesan staff, pastors, lay staff and volunteers, parishioners of all ages — to be creative in how we might offer alternative prayer and faith enrichment opportunities, particularly during Holy Week. We must work to make Christ present in other ways in our homes and through our charitable efforts.
I encourage you — individually or as a family — to read and pray over the Sunday Scripture readings and watch our diocesan TV Mass. It is available online at http://worship.stcdio.org/tv-mass, where you will also find a list of channels on which it airs. My staff is working on additional prayer and faith formation opportunities that could be offered online during this holy season. These will be publicized in various ways, including on the diocesan website: http://www.stcdio.org.
I ask that you also take time to check in — by phone, email or social media — with family members, friends and neighbors, particularly those who are most vulnerable, to ensure they are well and have what they need. Please also continue to support your parish financially during this time. Parishes rely on your generosity to support their staff and ministries, and they need this support now more than ever.
Finally, please join me in praying for all those affected by this pandemic — those who are ill, their caregivers, health care workers, and public officials. We will get through this by patiently making sacrifices, loving our neighbor, and staying close to Christ in prayer. May this time without the celebration of the Eucharist instill in us an even greater appreciation for those times when we will again be gathered, nourished and sent.
I share with you the prayer that Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, recently shared, seeking the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Donald J. Kettler
Bishop of Saint Cloud
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SPIRITS & SAINTS FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM
DIRECTOR: Ginny Duschner 252.0535 ext 101, firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Scott Frieler 252-0535 ext 102 email@example.com
The SAS Faith Formation Program coordinates the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Youth Activities, Youth Group, as well as the K-9 Faith Formation program, 2nd grade Sacrament preparation, 9th Grade Online Program, 10th grade Confirmation program, and Adult Education Word Search events. Each year nearly 500 children, youth, and adults take part in SAS sponsored events and there are many opportunities for involvement and volunteering. It is only through the help and support of volunteers that all these programs can be offered.
SAS PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD: This is a program for Kindergarten—6th grade children. No registration is required and it is held during the Sunday morning Mass approximately 12 times per year, September–April. The children are escorted out of church prior to the scripture readings and attend their own children’s liturgy in a classroom, which is facilitated by an adult. The children then return to their families at the Preparation of the Gifts. Father simply invites the children to attend at the appropriate time and they can participate at will. Adults or teens are needed to assist the facilitator, and with additional help this program could be offered more often .
K-9 FAITH FORMATION This a cluster-wide Faith Formation Program serving public school children from the parishes of Holy Spirit, St. Anthony, and St. John Cantius. Classes for K-9 students are held Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 -7:30 pm in the St. Anthony Parish Center. 9th graders are on a home study/web assist program schedule. They come to classes for two hours a month and attend other meetings as scheduled throughout the year. The rest of their assignments and instructions for their home study are given to them online.
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION The Confirmation program is for public school, Catholic school, and homeschooled students and meets Wednesdays at St. John Cantius at 7:45 p.m. Students and parents are given information and materials in the Spring of their 9th grade year to prepare for Confirmation in Spring of their 10th grade year.
YOUTH GROUP Youth group provides youth in 7th – 12th grade opportunities to explore their Catholic faith through experiences of prayer and Catechesis. Youth group provides the “Young Church” opportunities to develop faith skills that will help them minister to our parish community now and in the future. Youth group also helps youth to build relationships with adult mentors who model their faith in their everyday lives. The Youth Group is always looking for adults willing to share their gifts with the youth ministry program.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SAS To successfully run these essential programs for the youth of our parish, volunteers are critical. There are many levels of involvement. Please consider helping in whatever way you can.
YOUTH MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES:
YOUTH VOLUNTEERS– assist the Youth Coordinator in activities, preparing snacks, and other tasks that come with working with young people. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Adults are especially needed for the following events: Castaway, Youth Rally, service projects, and recreational activities.
FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES:
OFFICE HELP FOR FAITH FORMATION– Would you be able to do general office work, call parents when children are absent, or help correct papers?
1-8th GRADE CATECHIST –Be a volunteer Catechist! You will be assigned a group of ten or fewer students and will be provided with a teacher’s manual, lesson plan, supplies, support and training as you help our youth build a foundation of faith. Classes are held twice a month on average.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER– Would you like to help out, but are unable to commit for the entire school year? If you can be flexible, we are always in need of teachers to fill in when a catechist is unable to teach.
CLASSROOM AIDE–Help the Catechist in the classroom and make a difference by adding your personal touch. As an assistant to the teacher you can give one on one attention to the students that need it.
HALL MONITOR–Bring your walking shoes and walk the hallways to be accessible to the classroom teachers should they need you to escort students or to run small errands. Or, bring a magazine and sit by an exit to ensure that no one exits or enters the building during class time without prior approval.
CONFIRMATION SMALL GROUP LEADER–Volunteer to be a mentor to a small group of students as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Lesson plans, guidance and training are all readily available. You will work together as a team with the staff to build relationships and foster youth involvement in the mission of the Catholic Church.
SAS ADULT EDUCATION
WORDSEARCH EVENTS The WordSearch events are offered each year for all the members of the three parish cluster and, indeed, all who would like to attend. We attempt to address a wide variety of subjects in hopes of having something of interest for adults and older youth. These WordSearch events were designed with you, the faithful, in mind. Please join us as we explore the many facets of human experience through the eyes of faith. All events will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish Center at 7:00 p.m. on the dates indicated in the bulletin or on the SAS website at http://www.spiritandsaints.wordpress.com. On our website you will be able to find all the events scheduled for any given year. All events are free of charge, and everyone is welcome.