These announcements are for parishes to use in their weekly bulletins. To submit bulletin announcements for use of all diocesan parishes, please email them.
PRAY FOR PRIESTS – Serra Monthly Calendar is available here for download (PDF) for parish bulletin
2019 Diocesan Ministry Day
The following are bulletin announcements for the 2019 Diocesan Ministry Day. Please include one announcement in your bulletin each weekend August through September 22.
- Join Bishop Kettler and parish ministers from around the diocese at Diocesan Ministry Day Sept. 30 at St. John’s University. Keynoter and local author Laura Kelly Fanucci will share her message on “Our Baptismal Call to be Priest, Prophet and King.” The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with Mass and includes learning sessions and lunchtime conversations on a wide variety of ministry topics. Closing prayer and remarks are at 3:15. For more information and to register, visit stcdio.org/dmd2019.
- Message from Bishop Kettler: “Please join me and other Catholics from throughout the diocese at Diocesan Ministry Day Sept. 30 at St. John’s University. Keynoter and local author Laura Kelly Fanucci will share her message on ‘Our Baptismal Call to be Priest, Prophet and King.’ There will be learning sessions — and lunchtime conversations — on prayer, spirituality, family life, liturgy, parish planning, Catholic social teaching, youth ministry and much more. Don’t miss the optional retreat the night before — and join me afterward for “Beer, Brats and Bishop.” Come relax and have fun with ministry colleagues from around the diocese. Learn more and register at www.stcdio.org/dmd2019. I look forward to seeing you!”
- Lunchtime conversations at Diocesan Ministry Day: Sign up for DMD on Sept. 30 at St. John’s University to participate in lunchtime conversations led by ministry professionals. Topics include marriage and family life, liturgy, mission and fair trade, multicultural ministry, Area Catholic Communities, communications, and lay ministry formation. Visit stcdio.org/dmd2019 to register and learn more about the lunchtime conversations and workshop sessions planned throughout the day.
- Spiritual and self-care workshops: Diocesan Ministry Day Sept. 30 at St. John’s University will feature sessions on topics such as ministry burnout, mental health, forgiveness, prayer styles, personal well-being, navigating change and living with integrity in a culture of extremes. For more information about these and other DMD workshops and to register, visit stcdio.org/dmd2019.
- Diocesan Ministry Day is a valuable opportunity to learn new skills, hear about best practices and network with fellow ministry professionals and educators. Participants can choose from 27 workshops on topics such as reaching disengaged young Catholics, addressing racism, practicing radical hospitality, fostering transparent communications, reaching out to Latino youth, Area Catholic Communities and human resource fundamentals. Join your ministry colleagues at DMD Sept. 30 at St. John’s University. For more information and to register, visit stcdio.org/dmd2019.
- Pre-DMD retreat and social: All are invited to attend a retreat focused on our baptismal call and led by Franciscan Sister Michelle L’Allier from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 at the St. John’s Abbey Chapter House. Stay afterward for a “Brats, Beer & Bishop” social with Bishop Kettler at 6 p.m. at Brother Willie’s Pub. Cost: $20 for retreat, $15 for social. Attend both at the discounted price of $30. Register for these events, as well as Diocesan Ministry Day Sept. 30 at St. John’s, at stcdio.org/dmd2019.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal for August 2019 Parish Bulletins
The following are bulletin announcements for the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal in August. Please include them in your bulletins for the weekends indicated. Attached are three different sized graphics that can be used to accompany the announcements in your bulletin. You can drag them off onto your desktop or document. Please feel free to contact Anna Kampa the Development Office with any questions at 320-258-7654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 10 – 11, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Appeal. As of July 22, the diocese has raised $1,008,445 in gifts and pledges. That is 77.5% of the Diocese’s goal of $1,300,000. This is made possible through the donations of 6,838 people throughout the 16 counties of our diocese. Every dollar raised goes directly to diocesan ministries like the Vocations and Diaconate offices, and is not used for any other purpose. You can make a gift at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail it to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
August 17 – 18, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Diocesan Ministries are here for YOU! Visit our webpage for updates about how the Appeal supports ministries at the very core of our Church’s mission. Go to www.stcdio.org and click on Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
August 24 – 25, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The Bishop’s Annual Appeal proudly supports youth religious education in the diocese. Your generosity helps make this possible. To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail a gift to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
August 31 – September 1, 2019
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Holy Mass is the foundation of Catholic spiritual life, inviting the faithful to open themselves to an outpouring of God’s grace. Because of your generosity, the TV Mass is able to be broadcast to homes and care facilities in 60 counties and reaches countless others online. Your generosity makes this possible. To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail a gift to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist needed at the Saint Cloud Hospital
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. Visiting the sick, one of the corporal works of mercy, is a beautiful way to give that gift of time. The Saint Cloud Hospital is in need of volunteers from area parishes to bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients in the hospital. Right now, the greatest need is on weekends, but there are a few shifts open during the week as well. For more information and questions, please contact Anita Fischer at 320-251-2700 ext. 54621.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
Catholic Rural Life, a national Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside, is helping to spread the message about the 24/7 confidential “Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline” to all Catholic dioceses in Minnesota. Need help finding a confidential financial or legal adviser? Feeling alone, sad or worried and need a listening ear? Call the hotline at 833-600-2670. “Our farmers are facing hard times and this is one way we can help them. This helpline is offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and all calls are answered locally by trained staff and volunteers,” said Annie Huntington, Catholic Rural Life project coordinator.
Volunteers needed at St. Benedict’s Senior Community
St. Benedict’s Senior Community is seeking volunteers to assist with Catholic ministries. The primary need of the community at this time is eucharistic ministers. You do not need to have any prior experience in eucharistic ministry as SBSC will provide training and commissioning. Eucharistic ministers arrive at 8:30 a.m., round the floors distributing Communion, and serve during the 10 a.m.Mass. The current needs are for Thursday mornings and/or one Sunday a month. If you are unable to make a weekly commitment, any amount of time would be a welcome help. If interested in another ministry, other opportunities include rosary leaders (daily at 3:45 p.m.) and chapel attendants (setting up for Mass, escorting residents in and out of the chapel and tending to their needs during Mass). For more information, you can contact Rebecca Calderone, director of pastoral care, at 320-252-0010 ext. 30276 or at email@example.com.