December 4, 2015
By Kristi Anderson
Following a 9 a.m. Mass Nov. 21 at St. Michael Church in St. Cloud, national speaker Father Michael Schmitz from the Diocese of Duluth spoke to some 200 people about passing on the Catholic faith to children and teens.
“The reality and the stakes are that it is possible to fail at being a good parent,” Father Schmitz said. “Unless we are ready and willing to acknowledge that, it is possible that we could get to the end of our lives and say, ‘I have failed at the one thing I was here to do.’ We are here on earth to become saints but if you are called to be a mother or a father, that is the way you get to become a saint. So let’s talk about how we can win at being parents.”
Father Schmitz, who serves as chaplain of Newman Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and as director of the Duluth Diocese’s Office of Youth Ministry, offered a set of tools that he said every parent can use, no matter what age their children are: