Lent – Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – A journey toward change

By Daniel S. Mulhall There are three days within the church’s liturgical year that are guaranteed to bring people to a church service. The first two are Christmas and Easter. They are the two most important feasts in Christianity, marking, as they do, the birth and resurrection of Jesus. The third day is Ash Wednesday. […]

Shrine profile – National Shrine of St. Odilia

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015, and ends Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A […]

Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful

A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Donald J. Kettler On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. His goal for the year is that Catholics across the world would “gaze even more attentively on mercy […]

Conference offers men faith, fellowship and a challenge to deepen their spiritual lives

For years, men have been gathering together for the annual Men’s Conference sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family and the Office of Multicultural Ministries to deepen their spiritual life, share camaraderie and learn how to better become men of faith. The day includes prayer, speakers, workshops, an opportunity for confession, a shared […]