News Notes – May 12, 2011

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Class of 1971 marks 40th anniversary of unique ordinations

Back in 1971, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis experimented by holding ordinations to the archdiocesan priesthood at the home parishes of the men graduating from the St. Paul Seminary. Before then, ordinations were at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The change was an effort to bring the ordination celebration closer to the people, according to Catholic Bulletin archives.
This month, five members of the ordination class of 1971 mark the 40th anniversary of those unique ordinations:

» Father George Grafsky, whose ordination was at St. Michael in West St. Paul.

» Father Jerry Keiser, Visitation, Minneapolis.

» Father Jim Notebaart, St. Joseph, Red Wing.

» Father Steve O’Gara, St. Mark, St. Paul.

» Father Tom Sieg, the chapel at the Academy of Holy Angels, adjacent to his home parish, St. Peter, Richfield.

Another member of the class, Father Charles Brambilla, was ordained in Rome that year and marked his anniversary last month.

At the direction of Archbishop John Roach, ordinations returned to the cathedral in 1975 to demonstrate “the unity of the priesthood,” the Catholic Bulletin reported.

‘Community superstar’

Brenda Coleman, energetic volunteer at Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, a local leader of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and a tireless board member of The Catholic Spirit, is one of 14 “community superstars” being feted by the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in conjunction with its staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Recognizing Coleman and other local volunteers seemed a natural fit with the theme of the show about Jesus, “the ultimate compassionate superstar,” noted the Chanhassen’s Kris Howland.

Coleman will have her “superstar” evening Thursday, May 26. Friends and family are invited to take part in the celebration — including dinner and the show — at a discounted rate. To order tickets, call the box office at (952) 934-1525, and let them know that you are coming to celebrate with the Community Superstar Award winner on May 26. Mention the promotional code “fifteen” to receive the discounted ticket rate. Ticket purchases are not available online.

Senior Service expansion

Six Benedictine Health System related organizations have joined the Catholic Senior Services program of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The organizations are:

» Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, New Brighton.

» St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park, Red Wing.

» Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis, Minneapolis.

» Benedictine Senior Living at Steeple Pointe, Osseo.

» Cerenity Care Center-Marian of St. Paul, St. Paul.

» St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Shakopee.

The pro-life mission of Catholic Senior Services is designed to coordinate and enhance Catholic, parish-based housing and services for older adults throughout the archdiocese.

Half a century of service

After 55 years of service at St. Michael in Stillwater, staff member Dorothy Schnell-Gerson is retiring.

She started working as a volunteer secretary in her home in 1956. Over the years, she has served as parish bookkeeper, financial secretary for the parish’s special donation projects and parish council secretary.

Schnell-Gerson also has been a member of St. Michael’s Council of Catholic Women since 1955.

In 2008, she was presented the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. That year, she also received the Spirit of Stewardship Award from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

On Sunday, June 5, there will be a reception in Schnell-Gerson’s honor after the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael.

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