ST. CLOUD, Minn. – August 23, 2010 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud is hosting Stewardship Day on August 31, 2010 by bringing in stewardship guru the Rev. Daniel J. Mahan. He will share practical ways parishes can begin a program of stewardship education and life within their faith communities. The Rev. Mahan also will explain the four characteristics of good stewards and stewardship as a way of life according to The US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship (Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response).
Stewardship Day will be at the parish hall of St. Mary Help of Christians church in St. Augusta. The day begins with registration at 8:00 a.m., a greeting from Bishop John F. Kinney, two sessions with the Rev. Mahan, lunch, then a final session and a question-and-answer period before the day ends at 3:00 p.m. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. Registration is limited to 200, so attendees are asked to pre-register online at http://www.stcdio.org/stewardshipday or call (320) 258-0390.
“It’s terrific to be able to have a stewardship guru of this caliber coming to St. Cloud,” says George Sjogren, Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. “This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn how we can better express our gratitude to the Lord for all of His blessings and really live out that attitude in our church communities. Not only that, but Fr. Mahan’s insights are beautifully aligned with our diocesan priorities.”
The Rev. Daniel J. Mahan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He is the Executive Director of the Marian University Center for Catholic Stewardship and has integrated stewardship into his own parish of 1,500 families with great success, creating an atmosphere of thanksgiving and appreciation for all of God’s blessings. Since 2006, he has been working full-time in the ministry of stewardship on a global scale. He travels internationally to give talks like this, and also is the author of More than Silver or Gold: Homilies of a Stewardship Priest, published by Saint Catherine of Siena Press.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud encompasses 16 central Minnesota counties, including 135 parishes with a combined Catholic population of 150,000.
Retired clergy step up during busy Holy Week
The Rev. Mark Innocenti may be a man of God, but the Catholic priest is only human. Innocenti works as a pastor in multiple parishes in the St. Cloud diocese, a job that is sometimes a stretch, he said.
Retired priests and pastors are often called upon to help with pre-Easter services and celebrations during Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday and Good Friday, and Easter observances.
The Diocese of Saint Cloud has launched its new website. As the Office of Communications staff members have rebuilt the website from scratch, they created it to be user-friendly to those who visit the site most frequently. Some of the links from the old website are not the same, so if you can't find what you need, please use the Search function.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. – March 1, 2010 – The 135 parishes of the Diocese of Saint Cloud have raised more than $300,000 through special collections at church services over the last month. Additional funds have been sent directly to the Propagation of the Faith Office in St. Cloud for relief efforts in Haiti. Numerous parishes and Catholic schools across the diocese also have been spending time in prayer, collecting supplies for relief workers and packaging food for the people of Haiti. All the funds will be given directly to Catholic Relief Services for use in Haiti after the recent earthquake.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – February 10, 2010 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud will celebrate the Rite of Election on Sunday, Feb. 17, for individuals currently working toward initiation in the Catholic Church. Most Reverend John F. Kinney, Bishop of the Diocese, will preside at the 3:00 p.m. ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Mary.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – February 8, 2010 – On February 17 (Ash Wednesday), St. Cloud area pro-life advocates will join a nationwide kickoff of a 40 Days for Life campaign.
40 Days for Life is an intensive pro-life initiative that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.
The first 40 Days for Life campaign occurred in September 2009 and drew hundreds of people from the St. Cloud area. As people in St. Cloud joined others from across the country to pray, fast and take courageous action for 40 days to end the tragic violence of abortion, they saw a transformation of some hearts of people who were considering having abortions and even some doctors who performed the procedure.
(St. Cloud, Minn., October 23, 2009) - Most Reverend John F. Kinney, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud, is issuing the following letter to parishioners of the 15 parishes in the St. Cloud metro area at this weekend’s liturgies regarding the Planning Process that has been underway.
The 15 metro area parishes are located in St. Cloud, Waite Park, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, St. Joseph and Luxemburg, and among them, they have 10 schools.
(St. Cloud, Minn., October 1, 2009) Most Reverend John F. Kinney, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud, has issued guidelines for reducing the spread of the H1N1 Novel Flu virus specifically in parishes and schools. He specifically addresses the use of a common Cup for Communion and physical contact at the sign of peace. Along with the other Catholic bishops in Minnesota, Bishop Kinney issued the directives below, effective immediately, in a letter to clergy this week as a follow-up to an initial letter in May 2009: