Youth speaker strives to be ‘faith horticulturist’

Mike Patin was the main presenter for the diocesan Senior High Youth Rally Oct. 30 at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Patin — a national speaker and retreat leader, author, youth ministry leader and adjunct faculty member at the Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans — recently spent several days in the St. Cloud Diocese to lead presentations for youth, young adults, parents, faith formation teachers, youth ministers and parish staff members.

Pet Blessing

Pets and their people gathered outside Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids Oct. 2 to celebrate the feast of St. Francis with a blessing. After a short prayer service, Father Ralph Zimmerman blessed each animal. The feast, which is Oct. 4, celebrates the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and […]