News Notes – July 3, 2014

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Delano parishes merge effective July 1

The parishes of St. Peter and St. Joseph in Delano officially merged

July 1 to become St. Maximilian Kolbe. The two parishes have been clustered for nearly 25 years and have been working together as one parish for several years.

Masses will still be celebrated at both sites, and the parish will continue to operate Cherub Corner preschool and St. Peter School, which will also take the name St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Natural Family Planning event July 24

As part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Natural Family Planning awareness week, the Office of Marriage, Family and Life of the archdiocese will host a “Mass and Reflection on Natural Family Planning” at 6 p.m. July 24 at the St. Paul Seminary.

The archdiocese has partnered with the USCCB to promote and raise awareness of Natural Family Planning as an effective method to help couples improve their communication, respect and intimacy with each other while providing them a natural and easy way to plan their family.

The event, which includes Mass with Bishop Andrew Cozzens, dinner and a reflection by Bishop Cozzens, will honor providers and teachers and celebrate the gift of NFP in the archdiocese. The cost is $20 per person. For information and to RSVP, visit the event’s page.

Risen Christ School president to retire

Risen Christ School in Minneapolis has announced that Helen Dahlman, its president for the past 14 years, will retire effective June 30, 2015. Dahlman led the school through a consolidation and renovation of two campuses into one in 2003. Under her leadership, the school’s annual fundraising total has grown from $600,000 to $900,000, and its volunteer program has reached 200-plus volunteers who give more than 7,000 hours of service to the school each year. Risen Christ has also recently become the first Catholic two-way immersion school in Minnesota, offering classes in both English and Spanish.

Reading, math tutors needed

Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps is recruiting 1,300 tutors for the 2014-2015 school year to be placed in schools throughout Minnesota. Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps are statewide, research-based initiatives to help every student become a successful reader by the end of third grade or become proficient in math by the end of eighth grade. Volunteer tutors are placed at 900 sites throughout the state. To volunteer, visit or, or call (866) 859-2825.

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