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CLASSES FOR JANUARY:
January 30th – 8th and 9th graders: The 8th and 9th Grade Classes from SAS will be attending a presentation by Fr. Leo Patalinghug at the Sauk Centre Auditorium in Sauk Centre, MN on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
The bus will be leaving from St. Anthony Center Parking Lot at 5:45 pm on January 30th. We will return to St. Anthony’s at approximately 9:30 pm.
For permission forms for the 8th graders click here: parent permission form for fr. leo p
9th graders check your website for a double first page for this one and the Field Trip on Feb. 6th.
Click here for Calendar in PDF: SAS Class Calendar 2018-19
WHITE COAT MASS: FR TOM’S WONDERFUL HOMILY
Current and retired health care professionals from around the diocese gathered Nov. 4 in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph for a special “White Coat” Mass in recognition of their dedicated work. The Mass, which takes its name from the white coat most commonly worn by those in the medical field, was held to acknowledge the caring outreach practiced by health care professionals. The event was sponsored by the Diocese of St. Cloud, Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Cloud Hospital and St. Benedict’s Senior Community in partnership with the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
The following is the homily given by Father Tom Knoblach at the Mass.
20 years ago, I was living in Houston, Texas and going to grad school in philosophy. The study of Schopenhauer and Kant does indeed stimulate thoughts and questions … for instance: What on earth am I doing this for? Where is my life heading when the sun is shining and the birds are singing and I am reading about Dasein – being there – which ironically simply makes me think of lots of other places I would rather be?
I needed some diversion from Plato and Hegel, and so I answered a postcard on the philosophy department bulletin board, looking for a volunteer to take an older couple on local errands once a month. And that is how I met Dr. Marian Krzyzaniak in Houston. If you are a diligent student of business economics, you may have heard of him – a Polish native, a published economist, a retired professor from Rice University after some 30 years, by then largely forgotten, struggling towards the end of his life with Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Most striking, though, he had survived 4½ years in the concentration camp of Auschwitz during World War II. You could still read clearly his prisoner number tattooed in blue on his forearm. One day, as we got to know one another better, he told me the story of his arrest. He was a young officer in the Polish Army, leading a squad of his men through the woods, when they were captured. Though he spoke fluent German, he pretended not to know a word of it. So a young German soldier who knew Polish was brought in as an interpreter. Dr. K was amazed to hear this young man lying to spare him … no, he was NOT an officer, it was a borrowed uniform, this man knows nothing important. For some reason, the interrogators believed him; and after they had left, Dr. K. asked this young German soldier, “Why did you do that? Why did you lie to save me?” The young man said simply, “Because I believe in God.” There, in the face of fear and torture and the threat of death, in the midst of such a dark time in human history, the light of God’s love shone through, and Dr. K found, against all odds, one who loved him in a way that literally saved his life that day. And, while he had many other terrible experiences at Auschwitz, because it began this way, with hope and faith and a demonstration that divine love could reach even into that misery, he managed to survive where so many others did not.
This is the Love that is at the heart of all ministry – love for God that flows over into love of neighbor, and love for those around us that leads us back to God, our common origin and end. Whether we praise God or serve one another, we are called to live immersed in this mystery of divine love, made visible, tangible, salvific … just as your patients and families and all those you serve encounter through your service, and just as Dr. K experienced it from a man he never saw before or after, and never even knew his name.
“No one dared to ask him any more questions,” Mark tells us; and indeed, questions are an occupational hazard of being human and being a disciple. We may wonder many things that seem hard to reconcile with our faith, and you deal each day with questions that admit no easy answers. Factual questions are sometimes easy enough … the lab results, the clinic hours, the room number. But there are other questions not so simple … what do I do now with this cancer diagnosis? How can I get over this addiction? Why did this happen to my child? Those are questions answered best, not with professional knowledge and the possibilities of technology and pharmaceuticals, but with compassion, human concern, a listening heart … with love.
We bring our skills and our answers to serve those who are sick, troubled, uncertain, fearful, angry, sad … but even more, we bring our questions and theirs to the mystery of the Cross, where death becomes life, loss becomes victory, and human pain becomes the occasion to reveal God’s redeeming love. Thank you for that witness … the Gospel lifted off the page, brought to life, and sharing in the healing mercy of God. Love, received and given, assures us that we are not far from the Kingdom of God
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: Carol Schroden and Lacie Novak, Facilitators. 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:
ADULT MENTORS are needed for Youth Group sessions, which occur once a month from 6:30 to 8:30 at the St. Anthony’s School Building. Mentors engage youth in conversation and play.
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.
ASSISTANT FOR 9TH GRADE CLASS – The 9th graders come once a month for two hours and it is helpful to have an assistant to put out snacks and run the behind the scenes activities. There is also need once a year for an assistant to help with the 9th grade retreat. Finally, there is need for chaperones for the once a year 9th grade field trip. You can volunteer for any one or all of these events.
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.
CONFIRMATION ASSISTANT–There are also one time opportunities for volunteers helping to serve refreshments after the Confirmation mass, and helping to host the Confirmation pot luck. We also have need for a door monitor at St. John Cantius during classtimes.
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.