We have reached the end of the Easter season, our “week of Sundays” of reﬂection on the mysteries of Christ’s resurrection and our Baptism. How appropriate that we conclude with a celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to our Church and to the world. May our prayer today be one of gratitude for each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A special thanks to Fr Jerry Mischke (re”red priest) who will be taking all the Masses next weekend. We will be having a baptism during our 9am Mass. With me being transferred to the rural parishes in Brooten, Belgrade and Elrosa (BBE) eﬀective June 28 the is most diﬃcult. I was here for such a short amount of “me. In my humble opinion, the priesthood shortage is a factor why priests keep moving so much. It is not just here in our parishes, but for instance in BBE, the current priest has been there only two years (Fr Kirchner) and prior to him, Fr Mark Ostendorf (former pastor of St Michael’s) was there for less than one year until cancer overcame him and he passed away just before he was to begin Mass. Prior to him, another priest (Fr Stang) was there for just two years prior to being named Chaplain of St Cloud Hospital. You may have noticed in this past week’s edition of the St Cloud Visitor that for most of changes, the pastor was there for only a short period of time.
Praise GOD as our parishes currently have David Trout studying for the priesthood as well as Sr Anne Therese Wilder to become fully professed (July 25th) as a Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Order in Nashville. (Speaking of Fr. Mark Stang, did you know that his sister (Sr Perpetua) is also a nun at the same convent as Sr Anne Therese. As you know this past year, Deborah Berg entered the Poor Clares Monastery in Sauk Rapids. Also, Kevin Soenneker will be entering seminary this fall in St Paul studying for the priesthood. Pre&y awesome, huh? Let us continue to pray that even more young men and women from our parishes would consider God’s call to the priesthood or religious life. A#er all, that pay is out of this world!
Praise GOD as Fr Derek Weichmann from St Rosa Parish (near Melrose) was ordained to the priesthood this past Saturday. As a priest, there is no greater joy than taking part in ordination liturgies. I have go&en to know Fr Derek as his teaching parish assignment was in Holdingford. Unfortunately, next year we will not be having anyone from our diocese ge*ng ordained to the priesthood. Also, Lucio David Hernandez from St Joseph’s will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate next Sat, June 10 th at 10:30am in St Mary’s Cathedral. He will be getting ordained along with Mike Benda and Dan Dullinger.
Deacon David will be the Deacon for the Mass here at St Joseph’s at the 10:30am Mass next Sunday. This will be an exciting “me for our community as he will be the ﬁrst His- panic ordained for our diocese! He and his wife Adela will be a wonderful gi# to our parishes. The following Sunday, June 18th at our 9am Mass, he will be the Deacon of the Mass! Please stay for a few moments following Mass to thank/bless him as we will have refreshments in the parish center.
This past week, I was blessed to take part in the Mass for the 6th graders from ASA who graduated. You truly have a great school as they are provided with an excellent Catholic foundation. Remember that our new Principal Paula Lei- der will be speaking at our 9am Mass June 18th . Please make an eﬀort to join us as you can meet Paula following the Mass also in our parish center.
All invited to join us Sat, June 24th 9am – 3pm taking place here at our St Joseph’s School (please note the change in date as it was previously scheduled for June 17th ). If you want to grow in your faith, this is for you! This gathering which is called V Encuentro aﬃrms the strength of faith in the Hispanic community and the way that they support their church. I think part of their identity as individuals, as families and as immigrants is the unity they feel with the Catholic Church and within our parishes and several other parishes where other immigrants worship. Even if you can stay only for a few hours, please join us!