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Four police officers. Brave men well-equipped to deal with hardened criminals. But when they remove their badges, they face a more daunting challenge---fatherhood. As their children drift away from them, can these stalwarts find a way to defend and protect those nearest and dearest to them---and draw closer to God?
WHO:Youth age 5th grade and older; children up to 4th grade are welcome with a parent or guardian. WHAT:Movie, followed by brief discussion facilitated by VIRTUS-trained chaperones WHERE: St. Thomas room, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Egyptian princes Moses and Ramses grew up as the best of friends, and developed a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. That all changed when one of them learns that he is Hebrew and it is his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people, while the other becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth. Animated. Voice actors include Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Steven Martin and Martin Short.
Adonai, Lord and Master, Many are the journeys your people have taken: Abraham’s journey led from fear to understanding; Moses’ journey led from bondage to liberty; the disciples’ journey led from death to new life. Even today, your people journey— immigrants and refugees, pilgrims and nomads, searching for hope, searching for opportunity, searching for peace, searching for you. Lord, I know that I too am called to journey. Yet too many times, I have heard your call, and my feet have remained unmoved. Continue to call me beyond my comfort and into encounter. And when I meet a companion on the road, may we find you in each other’s embrace. Let us share the journey. Amen
It is a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is therefore entitled to dignity and respect. The Catholic Church views assisting those in need as a fundamental Christian duty that is derived directly from the life and mercy of Christ, who himself was a refugee. As Christians, we are called to welcome our new neighbors with the same love and compassion we would want ourselves to be shown in a time of persecution. We must remember that refugees from all over the world are sent to our communities and are fleeing danger, exploitation and persecution. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States that assists refugees and advocates for the refugee community. Through a cooperative agreement and grants with the federal government, USCCB/MRS works in coordination with Catholic Charities and other partner agencies around the United States to welcome and ensure that the basic needs of each arriving refugee are adequately met.
The Church’s position on migration is rooted in the Gospel and in the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. A recent example of this teaching is in Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, a joint pastoral letter concerning migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States. The pastoral letter promotes five principles that should be used to help formulate migration related policy:
Persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland.
All persons have the right to find in their own countries the economic, political and social opportunities to live in dignity and achieve a full life through the use of their God-given gifts. In this context, work that provides a just, living wage is a basic human need.
Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families.
The Church recognizes that all the goods of the Earth belong to all people. When persons cannot find employment in their country of origin to support themselves and their families, they have a right to find work elsewhere in order to survive. Sovereign nations should provide ways to accommodate this right.
Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders.
The Church recognizes the right of sovereign nations to control their territories and their borders. However, wealthier nations, which have the ability to better protect and feed their residents, have a strong obligation to accommodate migration flows.
Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection.
Those who flee wars and persecution should be protected by the global community. This requires, at a minimum, that migrants have a right to claim refugee status without incarceration and to have their claims fully considered by a competent authority.
The human dignity and human rights of undocumented migrants should be respected.
Regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity that should be respected. Often they are subject to punitive laws and harsh treatment by enforcement officers from both receiving and transit countries. The Church recognizes the right of every sovereign state to control its borders in order to promote the common good. It also recognizes the right of every human being to migrate in order to enjoy his or her God-given rights. These teachings complement each other. Government policies that respect the basic human rights of the undocumented are necessary.
Come celebrate Sunday, Nov. 5, starting at 3pm in Holy Family Hall. We'll have easy family dances, crafts, and games. If you want, bring a carved pumpkin for the pumpkin carving contest, and dress like a saint for the "guess the saint" game. Please bring a dish or two to share for the potluck dinner which starts around 4:30. We conclude with Benediction in the Church around 5:30.
On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched a global campaign to support immigrants and refugees around the world called “Share the Journey.” Our brothers and sisters often make perilous journeys, leaving their homelands because they are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict, poverty, persecution and violence. There are more refugees and internally displaced people now—over 65 million—than at any other time in recorded history. Our faith calls us to “love our neighbor,” to see Christ in those who are in greatest need, and to welcome newcomers seeking the security, peace, and opportunity they cannot find in their home countries. We can join Pope Francis and the Church around the world, and share the journey with fellow children of God by: Learning about their journeys. Read stories, watch videos, and pay attention to news that can help sensitize us to their reality. Then, share what you learn with others by:
Joining the #sharejourney campaign on social media!
Meeting immigrants and refugees. Contact your local Catholic Charities agency to learn how you can join or support their programs that serve immigrants and refugees.
Saying a daily prayer for all people, and especially children, who have fled their homes in search of peace and safety.
Supporting the work of local and international Catholic agencies, like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, who help to care for the needs of immigrants and refugees in the United States and around the world.
Learn more about and get involved in the “Share the Journey” global migration campaign at sharejourney.org.
The next two Virtus Trainings will be held: When: Tuesday, October 17 Where: St. Mary Church Time: 6 pm – 8 pm When: Tuesday, November 28 Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church Holy Family Hall (Church basement) Time: 9 am – 11 am
“Mark your calendar for our October Theology Uncorked at 7:00pm, Thursday, October 26th. Our very own bishop of the Diocese of Winona, Bishop John M. Quinn, will be with us for his presentation, “Finding Our Way Home.” Bishop Quinn will be bringing us through the period and particulars of the Reformation and Counter Reformation, presented from a specifically Catholic perspective. It’ll be our last event until the new year, and it’s sure to be a good night!
Located at The Oaks Wine Bar, 75 W 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987”
The 5th Anniversary of our monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty will be celebrated on Saturday, October 7th, with Fr. Mark McNea presiding. The Holy Hour is at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, preceded by the Mass for the Sanctity of Life & Marriage, (8:00 am – 8:30 am). We hope to overflow the Adoration Chapel so we can celebrate in the main sanctuary. Invite your family and friends!
“In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration…It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” - Pope Benedict XVI