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.
As Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, Cindy Wooden accompanies the pope on such adventures as flights aboard the papal airplane, and she is part of the Vatican reporters’ pool rotation for visits of heads of state.
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.
The annual chrism Mass will be celebrated this year at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.
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.
To join in the anniversary celebration, The Visitor asked local Catholics to offer a word or phrase that best describes the Holy Father and/or his pontificate.
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.
The Visitor has compiled current and historical data to help paint a picture of the changes the diocese has experienced over the last few decades.
Each year as Lent begins, Bishop Donald Kettler gathers to celebrate the Rite of Election with catechumens, those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil.