Joy, love, solidarity draw local couples to World Meeting of Families

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April 10, 2015

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Deacon Jim and Bonnie Schulzetenberg have worked together running Jim’s Electric Service for 37 years. Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor

By Kristi Anderson
The Visitor

Bonnie Schulzetenberg’s house is draped in red hearts every February as she prepares a special meal her kids affectionately deemed the “love feast” — a family tradition that began when she and her husband, Deacon Jim Schulzetenberg, were first married.

“We weren’t always able to go out for a fancy dinner on Valentine’s Day when our kids were little,” Bonnie said, “so I would serve something I hadn’t made before, deck the table out with glassware and cloth napkins, put up a few decorations — even move the table so it wasn’t the same as every other night — and we would celebrate together as a family.”

For 38 years, the Schulzetenbergs have celebrated what it means to be family, and they are two of 37 people signed up to attend the St. Cloud Diocese’s pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in September in Philadelphia — an event that includes Mass with Pope Francis. The theme of the gathering is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

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