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FALL 2020 • NEWSLETTER OF SAINT OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS, MN
SAINT OLAF NEWS
page 2 OF MINISTRY AND MUSIC
page 7The show must go on! HOMECOMING AND COMING HOME page 11-12
Serving as a living sign of Christ’s saving presence in
the heart of the city.
4 CIVILIZE IT! DIGNITY BEYOND THE DEBATE 5 “ACTIVE PARTICIPATION” WITH A MASK 7 OF MINISTRY AND MUSIC 9 BLAME IT ON BAPTISM
11 HOMECOMING AND COMING HOME 10 THE CLOSETS MUST BE VERY CLEAN!
14 SAINT OLAF’S FINANCIAL PICTURE 13 PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES
18 SAINT OLAF AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT
SAINTOLAF.ORG • PAGE 2
It is difficult to predict what September will be when we cannot guarantee what next week will bring. Writing now for September is like writing for a distant future where only the imagination can produce what tomorrow may be. COVID-19 has challenged our lives, as Minneapolis has become an epicenter of social change. COVID-19 and George Floyd’s death have awakened us to a reality of our own vulnerabilities and the social injustices that call for transformation and a new awareness of living. To whom do we look to transform our world? Whom do we trust to know what is real? God is the one to whom we need to return, to God be the glory to deliver us from all evil. Have we strayed too far? Have we over built our own confidence? Have we left God behind as a world, a nation, a city, a community, a family? One cannot help but think, what has happened and where are we heading?
I want to be positive, I want to see life but when the streets are empty, buildings still boarded up throughout the cities, restaurants sitting void of customers, it is difficult to conjure up a vibrant Minneapolis and Saint Paul that once was. We will be heading into elections, possible police reforms and rebuilding of our beautiful cities that were once the pride of the region. It all
begins with “me”, how I look at what has happened, and do I take seriously the need to transform my life. Once each of us has answered the questions ourselves, we can bring the questions to the forefront and ask those who want to lead, those who want change, and those who want to see a vibrant life again in the Twin Cities.
As November approaches and the elections beckon, we need to form our consciences as Catholics and Christians as to how we are to vote. There are many good resources available and it is our responsibility to be faithful citizens as we respect the dignity of each person, focus on the common good and have responsibility to form our consciences and participate in the civil life of this nation. We need to be aware of and true to the teachings of the Church. To be well grounded in the faith one can read scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teachings of the Holy See, and the statements from our bishops. We need to be well informed about the issues that are affected by the election. Getting to know those running for office and all your representatives is important because they are representing you and their entire constituency, not just themselves. It is also helpful to engage in reasoned, compassionate, and loving dialogue with others about the issues
and choices we are facing as a nation. Think about what it means to be a Catholic/Christian in the United States and how we stand together with others as “one nation under God.” It is our duty and responsibility to vote so make sure you are forming your conscience as a faithful citizen. You can go to www. usccb.org or faithfulcitizenship.org for more information.
We can guarantee in these months ahead that the leaves will change and fall from the trees, the weather will become cooler, and rainfall will increase. Our daylight will fade as nighttime grows longer. Sweaters and sweatshirts appear once again, will they still fit or hide COVID-19 pounds. Will schools resume or will there be distant learning? There are still so many unknowns as we live into the months ahead. Thank you for your confidence in Saint Olaf and supporting us as you do. We will keep our doors open and provide a space for people to come and pray. It is essential that we have a place where people can encounter solace, peace, and be blessed. We will continue to offer Mass as long as we can maintain a safe and clean environment. May God bless you, your families and all of us as we write what will be known as history in the months ahead.
by Fr. Kevin Kenney
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RCIA INVITATION Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? Have you not completed the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist? Have you never been baptized? Then the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is for you.
This fall we will be hosting informational classes about the Catholic Church. Actual beginning date is still to be determined, although we normally meet on Saturday mornings. Fr. David Haschka, SJ will be the main presenter of these classes, while Fr. Michael Krenik will be the point person from Saint Olaf to facilitate the process. Due to COVID-19, we may be doing classes via Zoom meetings but a decision will be made about this closer to when classes actually begin.
Anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic, either from another faith tradition or who has never been baptized, is welcome to attend. We also welcome those who need to complete their full initiation into the Catholic Church. We ask that you contact Fr. Michael Krenik (612- 767-6209) or [email protected] to register and provide an initial intake interview.
We at times need parishioners to serve as sponsors, willing to walk with the candidates, through the RCIA process. If you are interested in being a sponsor to an RCIA candidate, please contact Fr. Michael Krenik.
PARISHIONER NEWS 1ST COMMUNION - JUNE 26 Delayed from April Josephine Jane Basi Vivianne Jeanne Basi Kobimdi Jayden Nwankiti Nolan John Radtke Norah Anna Rose Radtke
RCIA Delayed from Easter Vigil Catechumen: Andrew Gilbert – July 25 Candidates: Paul Adelaide, Matthew Jordan –July 25 Confirmand: Maria Benito – July 25
MARRIAGES Trenton J Egan & Kate A Schoenborn June 20 Andrew D Savarin & Maria Osanna Gallardo July 18
BAPTISMS Cedillo Tenango, Isaias June 27 Olivia Vera Nowak July 5 Brecken Joseph Kozlak July 16 Analeigh Marie Kelm July 19
FUNERALS Sally Ann Thompson May 28 John Bushonville May 16 Clement T Duffy May 30 Mary Etta Arthur June 25 Remediana “Remy” D’Souza July 2 Royce Wesley Sloan July 5 Fernando Mejia July 11 Peggie E Parks July 14 Jacob “Jake” Peterson July 31
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR YOUTH Saint Olaf is pleased to support parents in their role as primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. This is especially true concerning preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist (2nd grade) and Confirmation (high school). If you have school-age children ready for sacramental preparation, please contact Michael Griffin at 612-767-7632 or [email protected] This past year we did not let the pandemic keep us from offering Zoom conference calls as part of the preparation and five of our children celebrated their first Eucharist in July!
SAINTOLAF.ORG • PAGE 4
CIVILIZE IT! A DIVIDED COUNTRY. FIGHTS AT THE DINNER TABLE. POLITICAL VITRIOL.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE MIDST OF SUCH A CLIMATE?
As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.
When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.
Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.
Take the pledge below as an individual, family, or community. Anyone and everyone can commit together to honoring human dignity through civil conversation.
1. Civility To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me. 2. Clarity To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others’ dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences. 3. Compassion To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy. I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.
For more information or to add you name to the list of oth