Stop your tax dollars from going to abortion
The Hyde Amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from funding elective abortion for 45 years. Now, powerful members of Congress want to take away these laws that both Democrats and Republicans have supported for nearly half a century. Billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortion. It is critically important for Catholics to send a strong message before Congress moves forward to impose taxpayer-funded abortion. Sign the petition today: www.notaxpayerabortion.com.
Emmaus Institute open houses
Do you ever wish you knew more about your faith, the Church or yourself? Check out the Emmaus Institute for Ministry Formation. This program focuses on developing lay leaders and diaconate candidates to serve the mission of the Gospel in their families, parishes and wider communities throughout the diocese. Courses are available in English and Spanish and are hosted at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. More information can be found at www.stcdio.org/Emmaus-Institute or by attending one of the open houses scheduled for this spring. Register in advance by clicking on the link for a specific date.
Totus Tuus Leaders Needed
The Vocations Office for the Diocese of Saint Cloud will need eight fabulous college students who are ripe for taking their faith to the next level. How about inviting them to apply to be a Totus Tuus team member? Totus Tuus offers them an intense summer of growing in their faith and sharing it with the younger generation. Application deadline as soon as possible. For more information and application, visit https://stcdio.org/vocations/totus-tuus/leaders/
June 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal bulletin announcements
June 5 – 6, 2021
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to those who have already supported diocesan ministries through the appeal. As of May 24, the Appeal raised $983,619 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,400,000 with gifts from 6,533 households. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose. Learn more at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.
June 12 – 13, 2021
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal bring His Word to our loved ones who are homebound or physically distancing through the weekly televised Mass. Programming reaches people in 60 counties and is available to all online at http://worship.stcdio.org/tv-mass/
June 19 – 20, 2021
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: “Gifts Offered by Human Hands.” The Appeal supports ministries that benefit you, your family and your greater parish community. Please make a gift today. Each dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose. Will you help these ministries meet their funding needs? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.
June 26 – 27, 2021
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: The Bishop’s Annual Appeal proudly supports respect-for-life efforts in the diocese, including 40 Days for Life. Your generosity helps make this possible. To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail to: Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
June 2021 Stewardship announcements
June 5 – 6, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them and they all drank from it.” — Mark 14:23
Jesus, the perfect steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself up for us, completely for our salvation. He offers us the same chance to drink from His cup. In the bread and wine, we meet Christ personally. If we follow Him, drinking from His cup means our own self-sacrifice, using all of our gifts for the benefit of others and to do His work on earth.
June 12 – 13, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” — 2 Corinthians 5:10
We are all accountable for all of the gifts God has given us — our time, our talent and our treasure; everything we have and everything we are. Each of us is accountable not only for our own life but for the lives of others as well. One day God will ask each of us what we did with the gifts we were given. How will you respond?
June 19 – 20, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “He asked them, ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’” — Mark 4:40
Do you really trust God? Is God your first choice or last resort? Is your faith something you just do on Sunday or do you live the Gospel message every day of the week? Many of us know about God. How many of us have a personal relationship with Him? Start now, open your heart to receive our Lord. Talk and listen to Him throughout the day, in all circumstances.
June 26 – 27, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “… as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.” — 2 Corinthians 8:14
One of the tenets of living a grateful and generous lifestyle is giving without expecting anything in return. It is important that we not only grow, nurture and share our gifts; but that we also teach our children and encourage others to do the same. This is the communal aspect of our Catholic faith. We are the “Body of Christ.” We are called to be dependent on each other and not live in isolation.
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 email@example.com.