The E&C Messenger | April 2019

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In this issue:

  1. Broom Tree Retreat
  2. Newman Connection update
  3. DRE Appreciation Luncheon w/ Bishop LeVoir
  4. 1st Annual DYC Paschal Party!
  5. American Heritage Girls
  6. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Broom Tree Retreat


The diocesan Broom Tree Retreat was a tremendous success! 37 youth joined adult leaders from around the Diocese to go deeper in their relationship with the Lord. The days were filled with great talks, prayer time, daily Mass and adoration, and recreation. The theme was "Lord, teach us to pray..." I would strongly encourage anyone with a youth group to take their group to this retreat.

Newman Connection update

If you have received your Newman Connection packet and are looking for clarity on how to facilitate the process, I hope to help!
 
NECESSARY MATERIALS
For parishes:
-The half-sheet contact card (which we’ve included as a full sheet so you can make copies).
-The envelope to send the filled forms in.
For schools:
-The half-sheet contact card (which we’ve included as a full sheet so you can make copies).
  •    You may use your own method to collect the information if you wish.
-Excel document (request one from Cindy at cblickem@dnu.org)
 
THE PROCESS
-Graduates fill out the contact forms (either at a graduation Mass, in school, or in whatever way you can connect with them).
-Collect the cards.
-Send them in using the provided envelope. -(Optional) If you wish to fill out the yellow “Facilitator Information” card, you may do that as well so that Newman Connection knows their point person at the parish or school.
 
As I’ve said many times before, this is such an important time to keep our young people in the Church and Newman Connection provides a way to do that. I hope that this email helps in making that process easier and ultimately keeping our graduates in the Church in their post-high school years.
 
Let me know if you have any questions: klosleben@dnu.org. 
Contact Cards

DRE Appreciation Luncheon w/ Bishop LeVoir


Mark your calendars for Monday, May 13, 2019 for the Diocese of New Ulm DRE Appreciation Luncheon! We will begin at 10am with a special program by St. Paul Evangelization Institute, followed by lunch at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (in New Ulm) with Bishop LeVoir.

1st Annual DYC Paschal Party!


Mark your calendars...again!

On Sunday, May 5, 2019 at St. Aloysius in Olivia, the DYC will be sponsoring their 1st Annual DYC Paschal Party. Anyone is welcome to attend! Program includes:

6:15pm - Cor Iesu
Adoration. Sermon by Bishop John M. LeVoir. Confessions. Gregorian chant.
7:15pm - DYC Coffee Shop
Coffee. Hot chocolate. Sugary sweets.
7:30pm - FREE acoustic concert by Luke Spehar
Catholic singer/songwriter. Check him out: www.lukespehar.com.

American Heritage Girls

If you are looking for a Girl Scouts alternative for your parish, consider American Heritage Girls. Bishop LeVoir sees this as a program worth promoting, so please consider it if you are looking for a Christian scouting program for girls. Go HERE for more information.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

April 11: Chrism Mass | St. Aloysius, Olivia
April 28: Divine Mercy Celebration | Holy Family, Silver Lake
May 5: DYC Paschal Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
May 13: DRE Appreciation Luncheon | Diocesan Pastoral Center, New Ulm
June 1: Diaconate ordinations | Cathedral, New Ulm
June 10-20: Rome Youth Pilgrimage
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | March 2019

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In this issue:

  1. IMPORTANT: Newman Connection
  2. NET Retreats
  3. DRE Appreciation Luncheon with Bishop John M. LeVoir
  4. DYC Paschal Party
  5. Camp promo packs
  6. Safe environment announcements
  7. Upcoming diocesan and local events

IMPORTANT: Newman Connection


80% of Catholic college students stop practicing their faith during college. Here's how to help...


This month, Newman Connection will be sending every AFC and Catholic school in the Diocese a packet that will make connecting your graduates to a college campus ministry quick and easy.

The packet you receive will have all of the information necessary to complete this process, but it really is as simple as handing your seniors a card that asks them for contact information, including what college they plan to attend (if they plan to do so). This is completely voluntary, so no student should feel like they have to fill it out, but I cannot stress the importance of them doing so.

The cards that are sent into Newman Connection are then sorted and placed into databases that can be accessed by qualified campus ministers or those in charge of running campus ministry on a particular campus. For instance, Becki Johnson (who's article was featured in last month's issue) has access to the database for Southwest MN State University. This Fall, she can access that database and reach out to the Catholics on campus.

Do your part and help stop the massive exodus of Catholics leaving the Church during college. It is simple, easy, and critical.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin Losleben (klosleben@dnu.org) or reach out to Newman Connection directly at ccampton@newmanconnection.com. 

NET Retreats

The NET Team will arrive in our diocese on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and depart on Thursday, October 31, 2019. They will be available for eight retreat days October 23-31. Please note that they are only available for a morning retreat on the 31st and they usually have Mondays off.
 
If you are interested in hosting a NET Retreat, please return the request form (found at www.dnu.org/net-retreats) by June 14, 2019. You can send it to “Office of Youth Ministry, 1421 6th St. N, New Ulm, MN 56073” or cblickem@dnu.org.

DRE Appreciation Luncheon with Bishop John M. LeVoir


Mark your calendars for Monday, May 13, 2019 for the Diocese of New Ulm DRE Appreciation Luncheon! We will begin at 10am with a special program, followed by lunch at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (in New Ulm) with Bishop LeVoir.

Formal invitations containing details to follow.

DYC Paschal Party


Mark your calendars...again!

On Sunday, May 5, 2019 at St. Aloysius in Olivia, the DYC will be sponsoring their 1st Annual DYC Paschal Party. Bring your youth for an evening of Easter celebration! Program includes:

6:15pm - Cor Iesu
Adoration. Sermon by Bishop John M. LeVoir. Confessions. Gregorian chant.
7:15pm - DYC Coffee Shop
Coffee. Hot chocolate. Sugary sweets.
7:30pm - FREE acoustic concert by Luke Spehar
Catholic singer/songwriter. Check him out: www.lukespehar.com.

Camp promo-packs

You should have received your 2019 diocesan camp promo-packs. These contain posters, a registration form, and promo-cards, which can be used for personal invitations.

Check out the Camp Beloved and Camp Greatness webpages for downloadable promotional items, including videos! Note that this year, we did not have enough video footage to make a new Camp Beloved promotional video, but plan to next year.

Safe environment announcements

  • Be sure to be thinking about your volunteers for your summer programs. Now is the time to be sure any summer volunteers working with youth are Safe Environment compliant. If they are not in the VIRTUS database the summer volunteers need to get registered in VIRTUS so the background check is processed and they are in the database list for needing the first training.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

March 10: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 10: Rite of Election and Continuing Call to Conversion | Cathedral, New Ulm
March 11: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 16: Hispanic Marriage Retreat | St. Philip, Litchfield
March 22: Adoration and Prayer for Hope and Healing | St. Peter, Canby
March 24: Brunch with the Bishop | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29-31: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
April 11: Chrism Mass | St. Aloysius, Olivia
April 28: Divine Mercy Celebration | Holy Family, Silver Lake
May 5: DYC Paschal Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
May 13: DRE Appreciation Luncheon | Diocesan Pastoral Center, New Ulm
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | February 2019

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In this issue:

  1. Connecting grads to the Church
  2. Netflix alert
  3. Deanery E&C Meetings
  4. Fr. Mike Schmitz: "Pray the Mass Like Never Before"
  5. Camp promo packs coming soon...
  6. Broom Tree Retreat 2019
  7. Safe environment announcements
  8. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Connecting grads to the Church

In March, Newman Connection will be sending every AFC and Catholic school in the Diocese a packet that will make connecting your graduates to a campus ministry in college quick and easy. There will be more information on this in the next issue of "The E&C Messenger."

To illustrate the importance of what Newman Connection does, I asked Becki Johnson to give a first-hand account of what campus ministry looks like today and why it is important to connect graduates to the Church in college. Becki coordinates campus ministry at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
What does life look like for a Catholic on a college campus?  It looks a lot like what you imagine, with some added opportunities.  They have classes, clubs, friends, jobs, homework, homework, project meetings, and a little more homework.  Additionally, at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), and colleges across the country, students are offered opportunities for the sacraments, faith pilgrimages, service opportunities and community with others who share their beliefs.

Here, at SMSU, we have a vibrant, active community on campus.  Based on numbers we received when faith based information was collected and shared, we estimate the Catholic student population is between 6% and 8% of the approximately 3000 students served on our campus.  In any given week, we routinely see between 45 and 50 students, or approximately 20% of the Catholic students on campus.  Some students are stopping by for fellowship activities at the Campus Religious Center.  Others are attending either weekly or daily Mass within the AFC.  More join us for small group discussions on topics such as the Book of Matthew, Living Life with Passion and Purpose, or Dinner and Discussion.  They also find time at the CRC for studying and raiding the fridge for leftovers from one of the 6+ meals served each week.

According to a study the Newman Connection commissioned, approximately 5% of Catholic college students are actively participating in their faith. Many times, the challenge for students to connect lies in knowledge. They don’t know where to find their Catholic opportunities, and due to data-privacy changes, colleges can no longer collect or share faith based information, so Campus Ministry programs are unable to locate students in an effective manner.

When you receive your Newman Connection packet, please forward the information for your graduating seniors in the prepaid self-addressed envelopes you will receive.  The toughest part of a campus minister’s job is finding the students to minister to!  By providing this information, Newman Connection will prepare reports to give each ministry program the opportunity to build relationships with your students.  Thank you for doing your part in encouraging your students to continue their faith journey after they leave home.

Netflix alert


Perhaps you are already aware of two Netflix original shows - Big Mouth and Sex Education - that have become popular in the past year or so. Both shows are sexually explicit, yet available to anyone with a Netflix account.

The summary on Wikipedia describes Big Mouth as "an adult animated sitcom" which "follows a group of 7th graders...as they navigate their way through puberty, masturbation, and sexual arousal in the suburbs of New York City."

Also according to Wikipedia, "Sex Education follows 'a socially awkward high school virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother. He teams up with 'whip-smart bad-girl' Maeve to set up a clinic to deal with their fellow students' weird and wonderful problems.'"

It is up to you as to whether or not you discuss these shows with your students - it may cause otherwise unknowing youth to investigate them - but an announcement to parents would be helpful.

Deanery E&C meetings

A reminder about our upcoming deanery E&C meetings! Meetings start at 9am and generally conclude by 12pm.

Friday, Feb. 1: Deanery 1 (Lola's in New Ulm - 16 N Minnesota)
Monday, Feb. 4: Deanery 3 (Dunn Bros. in Hutchinson - 114 Main St. NE, Suite 102)
Friday, Feb. 22: Deanery 2 (Dana's home in Marshall - 603 Prospect Cir.)

Watch/listen to the Fr. Mike Schmitz video about the Mass for discussion (see below).

Fr. Mike Schmitz: "Pray the Mass Like Never Before"

Camp promo packs coming soon...

You will be receiving your "camp promo packs" soon for the diocesan summer camps - Camp Greatness and Camp Beloved. These packs include promo-cards to hand to youth and flyers to post around the parish. Please promote these great summer opportunities!

Broom Tree Retreat 2019

The diocesan Broom Tree Retreat will be held March 29-31 at the Broom Tree Youth and Family Camp in Irene, SD. This is an amazing opportunity for youth to grow in their relationship with the Lord. It is also an amazing opportunity for youth groups to grow - with their priests and/or adult leaders - in community.

If you are interested in bringing a group to this year's retreat, contact Kevin Losleben for more information or visit the webpage.

Safe environment announcements

  • Student VIRTUS make-up session reports due to jmichels@dnu.org by February 8.
  • Quarterly employee VIRTUS online training was posted on accounts on January 25.

 

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

February 9: Cor Iesu | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
February 25: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 2: Quinceanera Retreat | St. Pius X, Glencoe
March 10: Rite of Election and Continuing Call to Conversion | Cathedral, New Ulm
March 11: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 16: Hispanic Marriage Retreat | St. Philip, Litchfield
March 18: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29: Brunch with the Bishop | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29-31: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
April 11: Chrism Mass | St. Aloysius, Olivia
April 28: Divine Mercy Celebration | Holy Family, Silver Lake
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | January 2019

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In this issue:

  1. Deanery E&C meetings
  2. DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party!
  3. Totus Tuus missionaries
  4. Broom Tree Retreat 2019
  5. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Deanery E&C meetings

Mark your calendars for these upcoming deanery E&C meetings! An invitation (with location addresses) will be sent out requesting your RSVP. Meetings start at 9am and generally conclude by 12pm.

Friday, Feb. 1: Deanery 1 (Lola's in New Ulm)
Monday, Feb. 4: Deanery 3 (Dunn Bros. in Hutchinson)
Friday, Feb. : Deanery 2 (Dana's home in Marshall)

DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party!

The Diocesan Youth Council will be hosting it's first annual "It's-Still-Christmas" Party on January 13 from 6-9pm at St. Aloysius in Olivia! The evening will consist of Eucharistic adoration, games, Christmas snacks and beverages, and Christmas caroling!
The night should be full of good ole fashioned Christmas fun! Contact Kevin Losleben (klosleben@dnu.org) if you would like to bring a group.

Totus Tuus missionaries

A reminder to be thinking of those faithful Catholic college students who would make great Totus Tuus missionaries. Feel free to download the invitation letter below or just point them to the Youth & Young Adult Ministry webpage to request an application (www.dnu.org/totus-tuus-missionary). 

TT Missionary Letter

Broom Tree Retreat 2019

The diocesan Broom Tree Retreat will be held March 29-31 at the Broom Tree Youth and Family Camp in Irene, SD. This is an amazing opportunity for youth to grow in their relationship with the Lord. It is also an amazing opportunity for youth groups to grow - with their priests and/or adult leaders - in community.

If you are interested in bringing a group to this year's retreat, contact Kevin Losleben for more information or visit the webpage.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

January 13: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
January 19-21: TEC #269 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
February 9: Cor Iesu | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
February 25: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 10: Rite of Election and Continuing Call to Conversion | Cathedral, New Ulm
March 16: Hispanic Marriage Retreat | St. Philip, Litchfield
March 18: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29: Brunch with the Bishop | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29-31: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | December 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Totus Tuus assignments for 2019
  2. Totus Tuus missionaries
  3. "The Pulse" diocesan youth newsletter
  4. Rise Up 2019
  5. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Totus Tuus assignments for 2019

Here are the parish assignments for this coming summer!

June 1-8: Good Teacher AFC | St. Isidore the Farmer AFC
June 8-15: Shepherd of Souls AFC | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
June 15-22: Ss. Michael, Mary, and Brendan AFC | St. Anne, Wabasso
June 22-29: St. Joseph, Montevideo | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
July 6-13: Holy Redeemer, Marshall | Heart of Jesus AFC
July 13-20: Holy Cross AFC | Christ the King AFC

Totus Tuus missionaries

Speaking of Totus Tuus - we are in need of missionaries!

As Christmas break approaches, be thinking of those faithful Catholic college students coming home who would make great Totus Tuus missionaries. Feel free to download the invitation letter below or just point them to the Youth & Young Adult Ministry webpage to request an application (www.dnu.org/totus-tuus-missionary). 

TT Missionary Letter

"The Pulse" diocesan youth newsletter

The Diocesan Youth Council started producing a newsletter last year called "The Pulse". It is almost entirely written by youth and covers a variety of faith-related topics. As of right now, it is being sent to any youth who have signed up for diocesan events in the past. We'd like to expand our audience, however.

If you are interested in ordering some (for free) for your school, religious education program, youth group, or parish, please let me know and we will gladly send you a stack! View the most recent issue below.
The Pulse

Rise Up 2019

Partnership for Youth is offering a new middle school youth conference on March 23, 2019. If you are interested, visit HERE for more information.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

December 11: Registration opens for Camp Beloved and Camp Greatness
December 14: Adoration and Prayer for Hope and Healing | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
January 13: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
January 19-21: TEC #269 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29: Brunch with the Bishop | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
March 29-31: Broom Tree Retreat | Irene, SD
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | November 2018

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In this issue:

  1. IMPORTANT Safe Environment compliance update
  2. Credible Catholic
  3. National Vocations Awareness Week resources
  4. NCYC 2019
  5. Upcoming diocesan and local events

IMPORTANT Safe Environment compliance update

All new catechists and fall volunteers should be fully compliant with the essential three requirements of the diocesan policy at this time. Volunteers not meeting these requirements are not to be volunteering if the volunteer duties involve having contact with minors.
  1. Acknowledgement of Policy and Appropriate Code of Conduct (incorporated as initial part of VIRTUS registration)
  2. Appropriate clearance of background check (fully incorporated into VIRTUS registration) – clearance is typically completed in less than 24 hours
  3. Attended or is registered to attend the initial live VIRTUS training (requested to register for session in newly created VIRTUS account)
For returning volunteers, all online annual training should be completed at this time. It has been over 60 days since the posting and initial notice of the training. Accounts with accurate email addresses have received numerous notices. At this time less than 90 active accounts remain to complete the annual volunteer training. Please assist the local safe environment coordinator with any accounts that are past due and that are involved with your programs. Returning volunteers are not to be active if the annual online training is not completed.  Thank you for maintaining continued compliance with the diocesan requirements.

Credible Catholic

The “nones” are on the rise: when asked in a PEW survey in 2016, 40.2% of our young people consider themselves to have no religious affiliation. Part of the reason for this staggering fact is that many people view religion and science as incompatible. More and more, science has become the new religion, proposing “evidence” that disproves the existence of God.

The Magis Center has developed one solution to combat this new atheism: Credible Catholic. Using primarily science and philosophy, Credible Catholic disproves many of the myths that exist in regards to God’s existence, our souls, and the correlation between faith and science. It is an easy to use program that can supplement any middle or high school religious education program.

Bishop LeVoir would like to see this program incorporated into religious education programs, so there will be an orientation and training session for all directors of religious education, youth ministry coordinators, middle-school and high school catechists and Catholic school teachers, clergy, and anyone else interested in learning more about this FREE program. All those who work in catechesis with young people are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions on November 15 at 9:30–11:30 a.m. or 6:45–8:45 p.m. at the St. Aloysius Jubilee Center in Olivia. Magis Center representatives will be presenting on the program and how to implement it your parish religious education programs.

Please RSVP to Cindy Blickem (cblickem@dnu.org) by November 12 if you plan to attend. Click the button below to download the flyer.
Credible Catholic Information

National Vocations Awareness Week resources

National Vocation Awareness Week is November 4-10. Below are some helpful resources for religious education classes.
 
USCCB
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a host of lessons for all grades. Click here to view them.
 
Vianney Vocations
Vianney Vocations provides a couple of options for integrating vocational awareness into the religious education classroom. They have both yearlong lessons and single worksheets which can be used for the Wednesday of National Vocation Awareness Week (or anytime, really). Both must be purchased.
 
For Love Alone (film)
“For Love Alone” is a film about women’s religious life produced by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. It is a beautiful film which can be purchased through various outlets and includes lesson plans. You can find more information here.
 
Fishers of Men (film)
“Fishers of Men” is a film about the priesthood. Although a bit dated, it still provides for relevant discussion of the priesthood. It can be purchased here.
 
YouTube videos
If you are able to show videos in the classroom, there are some excellent, both light-hearted and more reflective portrayals of the priesthood. Here are some links to such videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsLtYfPtNG0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSK9WmNNXQk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgho09AtCxA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8yDDB1SmD0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTw5xg37QF0
 
Never underestimate the power of a video of a skateboarding friar.

NCYC 2019

If you plan to attend NCYC 2019, a group leaders-only webpage has been created to assist you in your planning. Visit www.dnu.org/ncyc and type in the password "ncyc2019dnu" to enter.

Note that you may now reserve housing, but registration has not officially opened since we have not received the necessary documents from NFCYM.

Also, new this year is the "Early Assignment Period" for housing which ends November 15, 2018 and guarantees a housing assignment by February 15, 2019. 

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 15: Credible Catholic information meetings | St. Aloysius, Olivia
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
December 9: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass | St. Pius X, Glencoe
December 9: Advent Prayer Service | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
December 11: Registration opens for Camp Beloved and Camp Greatness
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
January 13: DYC It's-Still-Christmas Party | St. Aloysius, Olivia
Januery 19-21: TEC #269 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | October 2018

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In this issue:

  1. NET Team 11
  2. Cor Jesu
  3. Diocesan Rosary Congress
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

NET Team 11

Please pray for NET Team 11 as they tour our diocese from October 20-28.

Cor Jesu

If you are looking for a free, prayerful, and easy-to-coordinate youth ministry event, I would like to again encourage you to consider Cor Jesu. It is a night of adoration with Confession available and contemporary praise music in a candle-lit church. The Diocesan Youth Council helps to run each event and often starts games at the reception afterwards for the youth who attend. It is a great way to introduce youth to adoration and connect them with other youth around the Diocese. Visit www.dnu.org/cor-jesu for more information.

Diocesan Rosary Congress

Several parishes around the dioceses have signed up to pray a Rosary out loud every hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament for these intentions:

• in reparation for our sins and the sins of our nation
• for the end of abortion
• for peace in the world
• for the sanctification of families
• for the healing of the wounds in individuals and the Body of Christ caused by the sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and the negligence of the hierarchy to stop such abuse

Go HERE for more information.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

October 7: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
October 8: Schools Faith Formation Day | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
October 14-20: Diocesan Rosary Congress
October 20: NET retreats start
October 21: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
October 29: St. Padre Pio Relic Tour | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
December 9: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass | St. Pius X, Glencoe
December 9: Advent Prayer Service | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
December 15: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | September 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Discipleship Day 2018
  2. Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing
  3. Deanery E&C Meetings
  4. Cor Jesu dates and locations
  5. Rome Youth Pilgrimage 2019
  6. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Discipleship Day 2018

“No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples" (Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio).

We have all heard the call to evangelize - to share the “Good News.” We hear it repeated in homilies, we read it many times in books or articles, we even tell our students and parishioners about the obligation to evangelize. A typical Catholic response to this call is, “I love my faith but the thought of evangelizing is just too scary!” We misunderstand evangelization as knocking on doors and convincing people to become Catholic or having debates about scripture.  Evangelization is not so intimidating once we understand how simple and beautiful it can be to have an encounter with someone that leads to an encounter with Christ.

Our 2018 Discipleship Day will feature St. Paul Evangelization Institute (formerly St. Paul Street Evangelization.) SPEI has been helping Catholics all across the country to share their faith in many settings.  They teach a non-confrontational approach to evangelization which aims at  strengthening the faith of practicing Catholics, bringing back into the Faith fallen away Catholics, and clearing up misconceptions about the Faith held by non-Catholics.

After Samantha Johnson, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Murdock attended SPEI evangelization training at her parish, she commented. “I felt well prepared and almost excited about evangelizing.  It’s not as scary or difficult as I had imagined.”

Discipleship Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Aloysius in Olivia. The day begins with Mass at 8:30am followed by Basic Evangelization Training offered by St. Paul Evangelization Institute from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It is sure to be empowering and is open to anyone interested in evangelization, not just parish staff. So bring the whole parish!  Lunch will be provided.

For registration and promotional information, contact Cindy Blickem (507-233-5325 | cblickem@dnu.org). For questions about the program for the day, contact Kevin Losleben (507-233-5327 | klosleben@dnu.org) or Deacon Mike McKeown (507-233-5310 | mmckeown@dnu.org).
 

Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing

The offices of Healing Ministry and Worship are co-sponsoring "Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing" at St. Peter's in St. Peter on September 7. The night will feature Holy Mass with Bishop John M. LeVoir at 6:30pm, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will healing prayer and Confessions available. There will be trained prayer teams available to pray for people who desire healing and a multitude of priests available for Confession. For more information, contact Deacon Mike McKeown (507-233-5310 | mmckeown@dnu.org).

Deanery E&C Meetings


Please RSVP to Cindy Blickem (cblickem@dnu.org) which meeting you plan to attend. Also, note that there is now only ONE Deanery 2 meeting! All meetings start at 9am and usually run until about noon.

September 14 - Deanery 1 | Lola, New Ulm (16 N Minnesota St.)
September 17 - Deanery 2 | Dana Webskowki's home, Marshall (603 Prospect Cir.)
September 21 - Deanery 3 | Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hutchinson (114 Main St. NE, Suite 102)


We will recap summer programming and discuss Bishop LeVoir's desire for evangelization and to prepare for Discipleship Day 2018. Click the button below to download chapter 1 of Eric Sammons' The Old Evangelization to read before our meetings.

These meetings serve as networking and support groups, as well as an opportunity to ask questions to fellow DREs and diocesan representatives. It is a great opportunity to get a little boost for your work!
Chapter 1 - The Old Evangelization

Cor Jesu dates and locations


Cor Jesu is an evening of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a short sermon, Confession, and contemporary praise music. This is an excellent outing for a youth group or even for your family. Make a road trip to see Jesus!
 

2018-2019 TOUR

Event starts at 7:15pm, followed by a reception. No RSVP needed. Event is free. All ages welcome.

September 29: Cathedral, New Ulm

November 17:  St. Mary's, Arlington

December 15:  St. Andrew's, Granite Falls

February 9:  Holy Redeemer, Marshall

May 5: St. Aloysius', Olivia*

*This date has a special start time of 6:15pm and will be presided by Bishop John M. LeVoir. Afterwards, the Diocesan Youth Council will host a "Paschal Party" for Easter, which will include a special concert.

2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage, set for June 11-20 of that year. This trip is for current juniors and seniors and is an amazing opportunity.

We will have two informational meetings this month for those even remotely interested. Click HERE for more information on those dates and the pilgrimage in general.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

September 7: Mass and Adoration for Hope and Healing | St. Peter, St. Peter
September 14: Deanery 1 E&C Meeting | Lola, New Ulm
September 16: Rome Youth Pilgrimage informational meeting | Pastoral Center, New Ulm
September 17: Deanery 2 E&C Meeting | 603 Prospect Cir., Marshall
September 17: Rome Youth Pilgrimage informational meeting | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
September 21: Deanery 3 E&C Meeting | Dunn Brothers Coffee, Hutchinson
September 23: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
September 29: Discipleship Day 2018 | St. Aloysius, Olivia
September 29: Cor Jesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
October 7: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
October 20: NET retreats start
October 21: DYC meeting | St. Aloysius, Olivia
October 29: St. Padre Pio Relic Tour | Cathedral, New Ulm
November 11: RACE Sunday | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
November 17: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | May 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C Meetings
  2. Cor Iesu with Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus team!
  3. A Night of Hope and Healing
  4. 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage
  5. Diocesan Youth Council
  6. Diocesan summer camp promo-cards
  7. Discipleship Day 2018
  8. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Regional E&C Meetings


Our spring regional E&C meeting invitations have been sent. Let me know if you plan to attend. We do not have assigned reading material, so bring some topics for discussion! It always proves to be an uplifting experience so I look forward to seeing you all!

Cor Iesu with Bishop LeVoir and the Totus Tuus teams!

Cor Iesu will be hosted at Cathedral on June 1 at 7:15 PM. Bishop LeVoir will be presiding and will also be commissioning our Totus Tuus missionaries for the summer! Come praise Jesus with us!

A Night of Hope and Healing


The offices of Healing Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Worship are co-sponsoring "A Night of Hope and Healing" at Sacred Heart in Murdock on June 22. The night is essentially Cor Iesu (a sermon, adoration, music, and Confession), but includes opportunities for healing prayer. There will be a trained prayer team available to pray for people who desire healing and a multitude of priests available for Confession. For more information, contact Deacon Mike. Flyers will be sent out in this month's mailing.

2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Rome Youth Pilgrimage, set for June 11-21 of that year. This trip is for incoming and outgoing seniors for the 2018-19 school year. It is an amazing opportunity and I have personally seen the fruit of this pilgrimage in the youth I accompanied last year on it. Click HERE for more information.

Diocesan Youth Council


Applications are now being accepted for next year's DYC. You can find them HERE. If you know someone who will be in at least 10th Grade next school year and would really benefit from a group of youth who want to learn more about Jesus and His Church, then hand them an application! This past year has been excellent as we learned how to pray and have begun inviting friends to join us on certain Sundays of the year (planned by the DYC members).

Diocesan summer camp promo-cards

Many of you have been requesting more promo-cards for camp. We are more than happy to mail you as many as you need - just ask!
Check out the camp websites for updated information, including a new "promo video" for the boys' camp!

Discipleship Day 2018

Save the date!
September 29, 2018.
This year will feature Denise Hirl and Susan Windley-Daoust of St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE). Denise and Susan know evangelization well and have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel not only in their work with SPSE, but in their day-to-day interactions. They will teach us not only about our obligation to evangelize as Catholics, but how to do it well! This is sure to be a practical, inspirational, and informative day that applies to everyone. For more information on SPSE, click HERE.
Promotional flyers are forthcoming.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
June 1: Cor Iesu | Cathedral, New Ulm
June 3: Totus Tuus starts in parishes
June 22: A Night of Hope and Healing | Sacred Heart, Murdock
July 21-25: Camp Beloved | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
July 26-29: Camp Greatness - Middle School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
July 30 - August 3: Camp Greatness - High School | Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake, Sleepy Eye
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | April 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Happy Easter!
  2. Totus Tuus 2018 tour
  3. Steubenville Conferences
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Happy Easter!

Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!

May you and yours have a blessed Eastertide!

Totus Tuus 2018 tour

Below are the parishes hosting Totus Tuus this summer. If you are interested in checking the program out, feel free to contact these parishes to schedule a visit. You can find a map of the AFCs here.

June 3-9
- Good Teacher AFC
June 10-16
- Shepherd of Souls AFC
- Divine Mercy AFC
June 17-23
- St. Joseph, Montevideo
- Light of the World AFC
June 24-30
- Ss. Michael, Mary, and Brendan AFC
- Christ the King AFC
July 8-14
- St. Isidore the Farmer AFC
- Sioux Falls parish
July 15-21
- St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
- Holy Cross AFC
July 21-August 3
- Diocesan camps, Schoenstatt-on-the-Lake

Steubenville Conferences

Some of our parishes attend one of the three local Steubenville Conferences and have seen it bear fruit in their youth ministry. Partnership for Youth, who sponsors these conferences, reached out to me and asked to include a promotion in our newsletter:

Partnership for Youth provides Transformational Catholic Events for Young People, including Steubenville Rochester, Steubenville On The Lake, and Steubenville St. Paul.  We have worked with thousands of youth ministers and understand the challenge of providing life-changing events that teens respond to.  We want to support you in your mission of forming disciples and saints.  We will take care of providing a fun, meaningful and professionally-delivered event, so you can focus on your teens. Watch a video about the conferences. Visit www.partnershipforyouth.org to learn more!

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

April 8: Divine Mercy Sunday | Holy Family, Silver Lake
APril 8: DYC "Invite-a-Friend" Sunday | St. Aloysius, Olivia
April 14(-16): TEC #269 | St. Mary, Bird Island
April 21: Diaconate Ordinations | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
April 22: Brunch with the Bishop | St. Anastasia, Hutchinson
April 28: NUDCCW 59th Annual Convention | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
April 28: White Mass for Catholic Medical Professionals | Cathedral, New Ulm
May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
June 3: Totus Tuus starts in parishes
more events...
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The E&C Messenger | March 2018

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In this issue:

  1. Regional E&C Meetings - follow-up
  2. Totus Tuus space available!
  3. Local events
  4. Upcoming diocesan and local events

Regional E&C Meetings follow-up

Deacon Mike and I have really been enjoying our regional E&C meetings and I think those who have been attending have really been enjoying them as well. Here's some of the common themes that came up during our discussions:
  • The need for creativity in religious education, whether because of difficult students or simply to avoid boring classroom experiences.
  • The importance of real, personal connections to those we catechize (aka "discipleship" or "accompaniment").
  • Adult faith formation groups are popping up here and there and bearing much fruit.
  • Eric Sammon's "The Heresy of Low Expectations" was very helpful and encouraged many of us to hold the bar high.
  • We are all quite tired.
We look forward to our spring meetings!

Totus Tuus space available!


There is room for one more parish/AFC in our Totus Tuus program this summer for the week of July 8-14. I'm delighted that we will have two teams serving the Diocese this summer and would love for all of the slots to be filled! Please contact Kevin for more information.

Local events

Another reminder that if you have a local event that is open to other parishes, contact Penny Forst (pforst@dnu.org) to have it placed on the Local Events page on the diocesan website. I will be checking this page before each E&C Messenger goes out and including them on the upcoming events section in each newsletter.

Upcoming diocesan and local events:

March 7: Fr. Leo Patalinghug - Grace Before Meals | St. Mary, New Ulm
March 10: NUDCCW Region 6 Spring Gathering | St. John's Education Center
March 13: NUDCCW Region 2 Spring Gathering | Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth
March 15: NUDCCW Region 1 Spring Gathering | Holy Rosary, Mankato
March 17: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 18: New Cathedral Organ Concert | Cathedral, New Ulm
March 20: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
March 22: Chrism Mass | Cathedral, New Ulm
April 14: TEC #269 | St. Mary, Bird Island
April 21: Diaconate Ordinations | St. Mary, Sleepy Eye
April 28: NUDCCW 59th Annual Convention | St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
April 28: White Mass for Catholic Medical Professionals | Cathedral, New Ulm
May 5: Diocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life | St. Pius X, Glencoe
more events...
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