Priests, deacons and parishioners from all over the diocese attended the annual Chrism Mass held Thursday, March 22 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud.
The priests of the Diocese of St. Cloud support having another diocesan-wide Festival of Forgiveness next year, although they may consider making changes to the format, according to members of the Presbyteral Council who met March 20 in St. Cloud.
The event was planned to honor the lives of the 17 people killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and raise awareness about the need to end gun violence.
Franciscan Sister Carol Schmit was elected as the 21st community minister and president of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls during the Delegate Assembly held in Little Falls Feb. 27 to March 2.
Through a “Why Catholic” study group in their parish, St. Joseph in Pierz, Michelle and Jamie Litke have seen their faith increase as well as their commitment to their family and their community.
Members of Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker and Big Lake hopped on board the theme of “Make Lent Great!” by giving gifts of time, talent and treasure at an all-parish Lent event.
Bishop Donald Kettler met Feb. 28 in Albany with pastors and parish representatives from all 131 parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud to inform them of the diocese’s plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, although no filing date has been set. He said the decision followed much prayer and discussion over the last 21 months, including ongoing consultation with attorneys for the diocese and for victims/survivors.
Healing sessions and a prayer service have been planned in 2 parishes to “to share and process” after the Feb. 13 arrest of Father Anthony Oelrich, 51, a priest of the diocese.
The “Day on the Hill,” the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s annual policy briefing and lobby day, is from 8:15 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in St. Paul.