Father Roger Pierre will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4 at St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake. A reception and lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. follows at the Parish Life Center.
Father Pierre currently is dealing with advanced cancer. Those wishing for updates can go to his CaringBridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/FrRogerPierre.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the parish by calling 651-429-7771 or emailing ContactUs@stmarys-wbl.org.
Casey honored with youth ministry award
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has awarded Bill Casey of the Office of Parish Services for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the National Youth Ministry Award in the regional category.
The biannual award is given to an adult who serves as a model to others involved in ministry with young people.
Casey, who had been involved in youth ministry for nearly four decades, represented Region 8, which includes Minnesota, on the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry board of directors from 1999 to 2003.
Casey’s ministry is currently focused on parish visits and other services for parishes for the archdiocese.
He will accept the award Dec. 1 at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in Orlando, Fla.
Father Erik Lundgren completes TC Marathon
Father Erik Lundgren of Divine Mercy in Faribault was successful in his attempt to complete the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Oct. 7. His time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and he raised a total of $50,000-plus for Divine Mercy School where he serves as assistant principal.
Father Lundgren ran the marathon in conjunction with the school’s participation in the annual Marathon for Nonpublic Education, which it called, “Walking by Faith.” The school raised $28,000, which puts the total to almost $80,000.
“The whole thing was fantastic,” he said. “It was a gift from God – best birthday of my life. That day was my 30th birthday. Being able to get that much support for the kids at our school definitely would be the best birthday gift I’ve ever received.”
Those wishing to donate can visit http://www.dmcs.cc and click on “GiveMN.org” on the right side of the home page.
Schools get creative in doing annual marathon
Several Catholic elementary schools found creative ways to participate in the 38th annual Marathon for Nonpublic Education:
St. John the Baptist School in Savage kicked off its marathon with a pep rally on Oct. 5. University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher made an appearance, and marathon participants were led by members of the Savage Fire Department.
The school reached its goal of $80,000.
St. Michael Catholic School in St. Michael kicked off its marathon Oct. 6 with a balloon rosary release. This year, the school turned the event into a 5K Family Fun Run, with more than 700 people participating. The school reached its goal of $80,000.
Nativity of Mary School in Bloomington had its students do service projects for the marathon. Students completed 18 projects over the weekend, raking almost 50 yards. Proceeds from the marathon will go to local charities, including St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis, the Ronald McDonald House and Meals on Wheels.