Bulletin Announcements

Bulletin Announcements2024-02-20T19:25:32-06:00

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 bulletins.


Lenten Healing Mass at the National Shrine of St. Odilia

posted 2/20/24

The Crosier Fathers and Brothers invite you to join them for a Lenten Healing Mass at the National Shrine of St. Odilia in Onamia on Sunday, March 10, at 9:00 a.m. (coincides with the onset of daylight savings time). The Mass will include the Anointing of the Sick and a ritual blessing with the relic of St. Odilia. Coffee and rolls will be served in Holy Cross Center following the Mass. For further information call the Crosiers at: (320) 532-3103.

Reservations are not required. All are welcome!

Mental Health Ministry: a Catholic Response to the Mental Health Crisis Webinar

posted 1/2/24

Please join us on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. for webinar Mental Health Ministry: a Catholic Response to the Mental Health Crisis webinar with Deacon Ed Shoener, Director of the Association for Catholic Mental Health Ministers. The webinar will share general information about mental illness, some of the misconceptions surrounding it and how our Catholic faith speaks to everyone’s mental health journey, along with practical ways that we can all help eliminate stigma and better support family, friends and community members who are experiencing mental health challenges. The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZpjTvle9TKK2wiejZcLwTw#/registration.

February Annual Appeal 2024 Bulletin Announcements

posted 1/22/24

February 3 – 4, 1924

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: This is Announcement Weekend for the 2024 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Please take this opportunity to consider your gift and the many ministries that are only available through your generosity. Next week, you can make a gift with envelopes that will be provided at Mass or bring the envelope many of you will receive in the mail this week. You can also hear Bishop Neary’s message and see highlighted ministries in our 2024 video at: https://youtu.be/lRAGKm8k-5A 

Each dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.

February 10 – 11, 2024

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: This is Commitment Weekend for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal! Through your generosity, diocesan programs continue to build the Kingdom of God here in Central Minnesota thanks to the dedicated service of our pastors, parish and diocesan staff, and volunteers who continue to do the work of Christ. Please keep them thriving by making a gift with your offering today in your parish collection or at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

February 17 – 18, 2024

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  May this season of Lent provide you added time for prayer and reflection. We ask you to please take a moment to pray for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and the vital ministries it supports.

February 24 – 25, 2024

Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2024: Have you attended a baptism, first Communion, confirmation, wedding, or ordination? All of these sacraments are supported through the ministries funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Help continue to support these vital milestones of our faith through a gift at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.



February 2024 Stewardship announcements

posted 1/22/2024

February 3 – 4, 2024
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed…He told them, ‘Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.’” – Mark 1:35, 38

In today’s Gospel reading we see a perfect example of stewardship. Jesus gives His time to do all that God wishes – healing the sick and preaching. But before He begins, Jesus takes time to be alone with God in prayer. It is through prayer, spending time with God, that we are given the graces needed to do what He wishes us to do. Praying before acting is a great habit to develop.

February 10 – 11, 2024
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do a quick check of your priorities. Where does God rank in that list? If He’s not first, you have some work to do. Putting God first in everything helps us from putting other “gods” (like our pride, ego, money and possessions) before God. Before making a decision, ask yourself, “I’m I going this for the glory of God or for the glory of me?”

February 17 – 18, 2024

Stewardship as a Way of Life: “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God….” – Mark 1:14

Have you ever thought about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to go to Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that He was proclaiming? It took great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do. In the same way, living a stewardship lifestyle takes great love and trust from us. We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that He will always give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.

February 24 – 25, 2024

Stewardship as a Way of Life: “’Here I am!’ he answered.”- Genesis 22:11

It is easy to say, 

“Here I am, Lord,”

 when we are kneeling in church. But how easy is it to say

“Here I am, Lord,” 

when a neighbor needs our help, or when we are invited to join a parish ministry, or when we are asked to provide financial support? Often times we are called when it’s not convenient for us. Discipleship is not easy, most of the time it will make us uncomfortable and vulnerable.

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.

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