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  • June 20,2021 from Fr. Steve

        Sunday’s reading from Job 38 is part of a much longer story, of a person trying to understand what is going on in his life. His friends were not of much help to him. When God finally addresses Job, He says in Job 38:4, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding?”. Reading Job chapters 38-40 is humbling and gives us a perspective of reverence toward God. God goes on to describe all the wonders of creation and how the world is held together and operates under his guidance and wisdom. While no one would want to go through what Job did, and we have great compassion on those who suffer, it also gives us a broader picture of what our attitude toward God should be. 

        God is a loving Father and does not find pleasure in his children’s suffering. He is compassionate and wants only our good, yet we live in a fallen world and do not understand why God permits certain things to happen. But we do know He loves us deeply. We can look at God’s questions to Job in a general way of realizing the awe we should have for our God, respecting him in all things and seeking His will always. After listening to God, Job declared: “See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth” (Job 40:4). Job realized the greatness of God and his own smallness in the presence of someone who had created everything. Am I appreciative of God’s greatness, with a deep sense of awe and gratitude toward Him in all things, especially in what He has done for me in Jesus Christ? 

  • June, 2021 from the Bishops of Minnesota

    Returning to Mass: July 1 Marks End of Dispensation in Minnesota The COVID-19 pandemic has been a painful time of separation that necessitated, for a short while, suspension of public Masses and the dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Nonetheless, since May 2020, Minnesota’s bishops have made available the public celebration of Mass to those who wished to attend. Parishes have done an amazing job creating safe spaces for worship and the sacraments during the past year. Now, as the pandemic subsides, and public gathering restrictions and safety protocols are lifted, it is time to gather as the Body of Christ once again. Therefore, the bishops and diocesan administrators of the Minnesota Catholic Conference have decided to reinstate the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning the weekend of July 3-4, 2021. Why is attending Mass in-person so important? St. John Chrysostom reminds us, “You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of the priests” (CCC 2179). Attending the in-person celebration of Sunday Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist are vital to our lives as Catholic Christians. We were created for Communion. Whether you are returning to your home parish, or seeking a local parish on vacation, your participation in the Mass unites you with the Church — the Body of Christ. This communion transforms us as persons and enables us to make manifest the Kingdom of God in our world. The celebration of the Eucharist truly is the source and summit of our faith. Pope Francis, in his homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2018, said, “Jesus prepares a place for us here below, because the Eucharist is the beating heart of the Church. It gives her birth and rebirth; it gathers her together and gives her strength. But the Eucharist also prepares for us a place on high, in eternity, for it is the Bread of heaven.” Does this mean there will no longer be any dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligations? Although the general dispensation will no longer be available, the Church has always recognized that certain circumstances can excuse a person from the requirement to observe the obligation. Persons are excused from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days under the following circumstances: RE: Returning to Mass: July 1 Marks End of Dispensation in Minnesota Page 2 of 2 1. You have reason to believe your health would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a highrisk category). 2. You exhibit flu-like symptoms. 3. You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious illness such as COVID or influenza). 4. You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed. 5. You are pregnant or you are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation for high-risk individuals). 6. You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered; you are infirm; or, while wanting to go, you are prevented for some reason you cannot control, such as your ride did not show up). 7. You have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass. If situations 1 through 3 apply to you, prudent concern for your neighbor should lead you to stay home. If you fall within situations 4-7, please exercise good judgment, consider the common good, and know you would not be held to the obligation of attending Mass. For further questions about the application of any of these situations, please contact your pastor. These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed. Those within the categories enumerated above must still observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection; an excellent way to do this is by praying the Liturgy of the Hours and participating in a broadcast/livestream of the Sunday Mass. More information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a portal to each diocese’s protocols can be found at the website backtomassmn.org. The return of our faith family to Mass is a joyous occasion. With that in mind, we also encourage the faithful to post on social media about their return-to-Mass worship experiences using the hashtag #backtomassmn. Wherever you may be, welcome home! Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud Most Rev. Daniel J. Felton, Bishop of Duluth Most Rev. Richard E. Pates, Apostolic Administrator of Crookston Very Rev. Douglas L. Grams, Diocesan Administrator of New Ulm

  • Welcome to our new Bishop Daniel Felton!!

  • Our Church and Office are open again

    YEAH! WE ARE OPEN AGAIN!! … The church is open once again. You are free to enter the church at anytime as we no longer have the restrictions in place. You are welcome to stop in to light a candle, pray or just have some quiet time. Thank you to those who took turns cleaning/disinfecting the pews after Masses. Your service and commitment are greatly appreciated. The Parish Office is back open to the public also. Bridget is in the office Monday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

  • NEEDING HELP?

    If you are in need of help with groceries or anything else, please contact the office at 218-387-1409. If you simply want to talk or need prayer, please call Fr. Steve. If no answer, please leave a message and phone number.

  • St. Johns/ Holy Rosary is the name of our Facebook page

    www.facebook.com St. Johns/ Holy Rosary
    You should see the 2 pictures of our churches below, to tell you that you have OUR church page. Contact church office if you need help finding. It will have Mass times and other info updated periodically.

     

  • New Resources for You

    Exciting News

    We now have a parish subscription to FORMED, https://formed.org.signup
    If you are not familiar with it, it is a Catholic website, app that you can access on
    your phone, tablet, smart tv, etc. It has many movies about Saints, teaching,
    study materials and many ways to learn about and enhance your faith.
    It is for everyone. You can watch at home and there are many adult videos and books,
    as well as children's material. Simple go to formed.org and follow the sign-in
    instructions.  Click on sign-up as a parishioner. The easiest way is to just type in 55604
    and St. John's should pop up, click on that and then enter your email address.
    Once you register, you can stay logged in.

  • Free Items

    We have a small raft (dingy) for getting to a sailboat, free to whoever wants it. We have a spare truck tire on a rim, also free (P235/75R15). Call office Monday or Thursday