League of Catholic Women lights up to end 100th celebration

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The 600 members of the League of Catholic Women will wrap up a yearlong 100th anniversary celebration with events on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9. The events are the last of 12 social and spiritual gatherings planned to note a century of service. The “Celebration of Light” will take place at the Minikahda Club Oct. 8. The evening affair will be reminiscent of the formal parties that took place in the early 1900s. On Oct. 9, Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Olaf in Minneapolis with Father Mark Pavlic, pastor. A reception will follow in Fleming Hall. During the past 100 years, the league has provided support for single mothers, seniors, women veterans and children, especially at Risen Christ School in Minneapolis, where many members have served as tutors. This centennial year, the league is launching Minneapolis Network to help north Minneapolis nonprofits build community. It also started an outreach for women veterans and wives of veterans to help them after deployment.

Sacred Heart hits 100

Sacred Heart Church in Robbinsdale celebrated its 100th anniversary with a variety of special events throughout the year, highlighted by a concluding centennial Mass with Archbishop John Nienstedt on Sept. 25.

The founding members of Sacred Heart planned the Great Catholic Picnic on July 4, 1910, which provided about $500 to start a church building fund, according to “A History of Faith,” an article about Sacred Heart Church.

The parish was established Aug. 12, 1911, when Bishop John Ireland signed the official papers of incorporation and the first Mass was celebrated in the new church on Christmas Eve later that year. A rectory, school and activities building were built and connected to the church campus over the years.

The history article also noted that Father Bryan Pedersen, pastor, has continued the legacy of the prior pastors and parishioners to serve and worship in Robbinsdale.

New senior affiliate

The Little Sisters of the Poor — Holy Family Residence in St. Paul is now an affiliate of Catholic Senior Services of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché said, “The Little Sisters of the Poor bring a unique and very profound Catholic character to the CSS collaboration to serve seniors.”

Scholarships get a bump

The University of St. Thomas School of Law received an additional $850,000 in scholarship funds in honor of the school’s 10th anniversary, thanks to the generosity of 15 law firms. Thomas Mengler, dean of the law school, said that donors have contributed more than $100 million since the School of Law was re-established.

Legacy for CCF volunteer

The Catholic Community Foundation will present Susan Morrison with the 2011 Legacy of Faith Award, which is given annually to an individual or family in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy in support of the Catholic community. The award will be presented Oct. 26, at the foundation’s annual banquet. Morrison has been a community volunteer and philanthropist for 50 years and has served on the foundation’s board since 2002. For more about the Catholic Community Foundation, visit http://www.ccf-mn.org.

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