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  • July 18, 2021 from Fr. Steve

    Jesus came to bring the Gospel, the Good News, to all who were open to his message and chose Apostles to aid him in this important task. Yet, they were only human beings who got hungry, tired and needed to be refreshed. How were they and Jesus himself refreshed and renewed so as to bring new vigor and enthusiasm to their task? Part of it was simply quiet time and actual physical rest, which we all need as human beings, no matter how much we love God and others. But an indispensable part of this rest was prayer, time alone with God, the source of our strength. In Thursday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30). 

          In Sunday’s Gospel, the disciples were so overwhelmed with those coming to listen to them and Jesus that they did not have time to even eat. People were so hungry for the word of God, the message of salvation that Jesus and the disciples were becoming exhausted. That was wonderful that people’s hearts were open to the Word of God, yet God’s servants needed nourishment and rest too. Jesus told them: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile” (MT 6:32). We also, are called as disciples of Jesus to spread his message and to act in loving service to others. Very importantly, we also need to take the time for rest, personal prayer and worshiping God at Mass. We need to both be open to where God is asking us to spread the Good News and to remain close to God, the source of our strength. Our challenge is to have willing, open, servants' hearts, along with the balance of resting in Jesus who has promised to give us rest from our labors!   

  • 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. Call office Monday or Thursday