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| June 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

ST. PAUL

Highland Catholic School

‘Think possibility’

Barb Donohue, fifth-grade teacher at Highland Catholic School, wrote that John Tschida, HCS alum and parent of seventh-grade student, Phoenix, “spoke with our fifth-and sixth-graders.” For nearly 20 years, Tschida has faced the many physical challenges he encounters in his life as a result of a spinal cord injury from a bicycle accident in1993.

“To call him an inspirational man is an understatement! Tschida asked students about what comes to their minds when they think of disabilities and invited them to share stories about disabilities they or a family member may have.”

This brought an awareness of the many challenges people face — some of which we are obviously aware of — and it also provoked an awareness of less noticeable disabilities, Donohue wrote. “We all learned so much about disabilities, perseverance, patience and acceptance.”

He also talked about the importance of technologies — from simple to complex — that make drastic differences in his day-to-day life and allow him to maximize his independence. He ended his talk with firsthand accounts of the value of accepting what life gives you and moving on — because, as he pointed out, life does go on.

HASTINGS

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Yellow ribbon honor

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church was recognized as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Organization by the City of Hastings on May 28.

Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks presented the pastor, Father Jim Perkl, a proclamation stating that the parish is a Hastings Community Yellow Ribbon Organization. The parish was instrumental in the community’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative, which provides spiritual, physical and emotional support to the military and their families. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council of Catholic Women provides a forum for parishioners to support them in their ongoing needs. Located near the entrance of the church are photos and/or names of parishioners and their loved ones who are actively deployed. A military support Mass is offered the third Saturday of each month, followed by a reception and an opportunity to sign cards, gather information about ways parishioners can help and learn more about the resources available to those in need of support.

OAKDALE

Transfiguration Church

A touch of the sun

Emulating action taken by the Vatican a few years ago, Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale recently blessed its new solar panel installation. The 40- kilowatt array has more than 200 solar panels on the school roof. It will generate about 10 percent to 15 percent of Transfiguration’s campus electricity needs. It is estimated that it will save the parish about $40,000 over the next 20 years, wrote Deacon Glenn Skuta, deacon at the parish.

The installation was completed in November in partnership with Solarflow Energy through an Excel Energy program. The system helps the parish uphold the Catholic social teaching principle of stewardship of God’s creation by producing clean, renewable energy and cutting pollution. A solar energy curriculum is being developed for the school.

LE SUEUR

St. Anne Church

Thanks for 150 years

St. Anne in Le Sueur will celebrate 150 years of faith since its ancestors established the Church of St. Anne.

“Today, we stand with previous generations to give thanks and continue the work of God through our church and school. We are blessed with a wonderful priest, Father George Grafsky. We are proud of our Catholic heritage and eagerly pass it along to our next generation. Come help us celebrate on Saturday, June 25, with a Grand Buffet dinner and with Mass and lunch Sunday, June 26. We look forward to reconnecting with past and present parishioners.”

Call the parish center at (507) 665-3811 for more details.

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