For weeks the secular world has been advising us that we should "get ready for Christmas." We have caught the spirit of anticipation and anxiety about whether or not we will be prepared. Today the Church joins in but the message is not the same. We might easily wonder why, when we are preparing for the birth of the Baby, we are directed toward Christ's final coming. The truth is that many of us have been distracted by a secular view of Christmas.Advent is a setting for the proclamation of Christ's coming in history, mystery, and majesty. We have forgotten that we are to prepare for Christ's coming in majesty. We can become so occupied with shopping, Christmas trees, and presents that we will be unprepared for the Lord's coming. "…at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
The Knights of Columbus were founded by Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday of the month in the basement at St. Casimir’s Church at 7pm. The 4th Degree Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the basement of St. Casimir’s Church. .
If you are a Catholic layman and have reached your 18th birthday and are interested in being initiated in the Knights of Columbus, please contact John Wagenaar, Grand Knight at 507-450-8458.
The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, is having their Fall Festival November 23rd-24th!
The festivities are as follows:
4PM Mass featuring Pianist, Kraig Windschitl
5PM to Close- Lunch available, Raffle, Booths,
Children's Games, Polish Coffee Cakes for Sale
Booths include: Candy, Theme Baskets, Books,
Baked Goods, Crafts, Quilts
10AM Mass featuring Pianist, Kraig Windschitl
11AM to 1PM- Roast Pork Dinner with Sauerkraut & Sausages
(Cost $9.00, tickets available at the door)
11AM to 6PM Raffle, Booths, Children's Games
Lunch available after 1:30PM
5:30PM Big Ticket Drawing (over $6400 in prizes)
Wesley United Methodist Church
114 West Broadway
announces the following: Rev. Adam J. McMillan to
become Parochial Vicar of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart,
St. Casimir, and St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, in
Winona, effective November 1 , 2013. Fr. McMillan was
ordained to the ministerial priesthood on October 18, 2013.
Today we celebrate that the Lord has been at work in your life.
"He’s initiated and invited you to hear that call and say “Yes!” and
the Church has said yes” so that you may be sacramentally configured,
sacramentally Jesus Christ and His priesthood will now be your
conformation. You will be conformed to that mystery of who Christ is
in His high priesthood, but reigning from the cross. (from Bishop Quinn’s
homily at the Ordination)
Luke 19: 1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." What a sight it must have been — that rotund, little figure scampering up the tree. The astonished onlookers must have guffawed and whistled at the chief tax collector tossing his dignity to the winds as he huffed and puffed getting up that sycamore. Zacchaeus was nothing if not persistent. He was used to overcoming obstacles as he fleeced the tax payers of Jericho. But now his worldly skills were directed in a far different way: He wanted to see Jesus! If only we showed half as much persistence in pursuing our spiritual goals as we do our secular ones. When we really, really want something, we can push, pull and tug to make sure that we get over, around or under the obstacle that impedes our desires. But when it’s a question of our prayer life, something as simple as a change in schedule can seem insurmountable. Let’s yearn to see Christ! If we truly long for his love, we will even climb trees to get it!