While one local Catholic woman found the local march unifying and hopeful, her view was a stark contrast to the perception that compelled other Catholic pro-life women not to attend.
The kindergarten through eighth-grade schools — Ascension Catholic School in north Minneapolis, St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in northeast Minneapolis and St. Peter Claver Catholic School in St. Paul — comprise Ascension Catholic Academy. With Ascension serving as the anchor school, its staff is responsible for managing daily operations of all three.
It was 1961. Bob Briscoe was 19, and he remembers he wasn’t allowed Communion at the rail in a Missouri church because he was black; others wouldn’t have come up if he were there. The priest told him to go to the sacristy after Mass to receive the Eucharist.
First, second and third-graders from Holy Name of Jesus School in Wayzata visited the students at Ascension School in North Minneapolis, while the fourth, fifth and sixth-graders from Ascension visited Holy Name for a day of fun and learning together.
It was fitting that Father Dale Korogi presided at the last Mass to be celebrated in St. Philip Church in Minneapolis on June 5, after the parish officially merged June 1 with Ascension Church, just eight blocks away.
The Ascension — commemorated June 5 this year — took place 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:3). On that great and glorious day the Lord Jesus was “lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took him from their sight” (Acts 1:9).