The E&C Messenger | March 2019


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 ( or reach out to Newman Connection directly at 

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 by June 14, 2019. You can send it to “Office of Youth Ministry, 1421 6th St. N, New Ulm, MN 56073” or

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:

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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