Nothing but … Good News

| June 8, 2011 | 0 Comments


St. Peter Church

Grateful for servants

Submitted by St. Peter in Mendota:

“The good news about the parishes of our archdiocese is that we are all blessed to have people like Mary and Tom O’Neill, long-time members of St. Peter’s parish in Mendota.

“You know people just like them in your own parish. Like Mary and Tom, they serve as the sacristans and eucharistic ministers, the council presidents and trustees. They chair special projects, train volunteers and host events. They serve the poor by offering their time to nonprofit organizations in their communities. As St. Peter’s pastor Father Joseph Gallatin summed it up, ‘Mary and Tom bring people together with their hospitality and attention to anyone who might be in need of it.’

“St. Peters in Mendota is blessed to have Mary and Tom O’Neill in our faith community. The good news is your parish has people like them, too.”


Catholic Youth Camp

Mixing faith and fun

“With summer fast approaching,  we want to share the good news of Catholic Youth Camp! Catholic Youth Camp changes lives. Your child will be part of a community that not only plays together, but also prays together. Camp is an opportunity for campers to build their self esteem, develop life skills and make friends. At CYC, we do those things in a faith-centered environment, which makes us the ideal choice for your child.”

For more information visit the website to see the exciting program offerings for 2011.


St. Joseph School

Funds for Guatemala

St. Joseph’s School in West St. Paul wrote:

“Students in preschool through eighth grade were able to raise over $4,500 to help support the village preschool and nutrition center at a sister parish in San José, Guatemala. St. Joseph’s students collected coins in honor of their pen pals, and in addition, the fourth-graders were particularly motivated and raised over $900 on their own by selling Easter eggs filled with jellybeans to other students.

For more information about St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the service projects they participate in, contact the school office at (651) 457-8550.


St. Stephen Church

Lay ministry booming

“Since 1980, the Church of St. Stephen in Anoka has trained and commissioned over 300 individuals for one-to-one lay care called Stephen Ministry,” wrote Joan Bednarczyk, pastoral care director.

“Our ministers are trained to provide quality care and listening to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, imprisoned and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Once formally commissioned, a Stephen Minister may choose to bring Eucharist to the care centers, senior buildings, homebound, hospital, jail, rehab and treatment centers, etc. Others serve as funeral luncheon or bereavement ministers, volunteer car mechanics for low-income families, annulment specialists, volunteers at our local shelter for folks experiencing homelessness, drivers for “Meals On Wheels,” servers at “Family Table” (a no-cost monthly community dinner). Some volunteer to help with other requested services such as hair cutting, grocery shopping, yard maintenance, etc.”

For more information about how to get started at your parish, see for training material.

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