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PRAY FOR PRIESTS – Serra Monthly Calendar is available here for download (PDF) for parish bulletin
Breakfast with the Bishop
The Catholic Foundation invites you to Breakfast with the Bishop April 29 from 8-9 a.m. at Gorecki Center in St. Joseph. This event includes a freewill offering which benefits the Catholic Schools Student Scholarship Fund.
Headlining the event is Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, who gained fame in August 2018 when throwing out the ceremonial first pitch — a perfect strike — during a Chicago White Sox-Kansas City Royals game in Chicago. Sister Mary Jo, a native of Sauk Rapids, is a 1987 graduate of Cathedral High School and currently teaches theology at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago.
Thanks to generous donations, the scholarship fund has reached $920,000 — very close to our goal of $1 million! Catholic grade school students in our diocese have the opportunity to apply for one of 100 – $400 scholarships for those in need of tuition assistance.
If you would like to attend this free breakfast, please call 320-258-7656 to reserve a seat.
13th annual Franciscan Girls Camp
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class
The next 38 contact hour Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class , will be held May 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. The course is required for currently licensed Registered Nurses who want to practice as Faith Community Nurses. Fee is $450. Scholarships are available. Contact CentraCare Spiritual care, 320-251-2700. Ext. 54621 for more information and see the class flyer and more at the CentraCare Faith Community Nursing web site at http://www.centracare.com/services/spiritual-care/faith-community-nursing/.
Extraordinary Ministers for Sundays
The Saint Cloud Hospital Spiritual Care Department is accepting applications for individuals to be part of our volunteer team. Additional Extraordinary Ministers are needed on Sundays to bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients during their hospital stay. We invite you to prayerfully consider if you are being called to this ministry. Minimum availability is one Sunday per month and the time commitment that day varies due to patient census. For questions or to learn more about this ministry, please contact Anita Fischer, Chaplain, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.