Faith in action for Feb. 22
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
A couple of areas to highlight from the Parish of Holy Redeemer: Campus Religious Center and the Council of Catholic Women.
Campus Religious Center (Leah DeLanghe): The goal of the Campus Ministry Program is to help the students make their faith their own. We want the students to have their own relationship with Christ. We want them to be reading their Bibles, doing service projects, making time for prayer and pursuing friends that will help build them up in their faith. In order to do this, we have been trying to build a culture of faith at the Campus Religious Center. We are having the students help with the different parts of the Mass, having the students help lead Bible studies, having the students share their faith with others and having the students help plan and organize service projects.
We are having six Bible studies this semester, ranging from five to 25 members in each Bible study. The topics are St. Paul’s letters, Women of the Bible, the Old Testament, Purity, 2 Corinthians and the Sunday Mass readings. The Bible study on purity is the most popular. This Bible study has 25 members, and 20 of them come every week. These girls all know that there is more out there for them then the world tells them, and this is a time for them to look at what they deserve and to encourage one another.
We are also doing service projects this year. We go to the food shelf, help with Big Buddies, visit the nursing homes and bring speakers onto the campus. Our big project this semester is bringing in a speaker to talk to the college about human trafficking. Our speaker is Carmen Gronewold. She is coming to the campus at 7 p.m. March 5, in CH 217. She works with women who have been in human trafficking and she is going to share some of her stories, and how people on the campus can help put an end to human trafficking.
Council of Catholic Women (Jan Noyes): The Holy Redeemer Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. CCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the church and society in the modern world. As St. Teresa of Avila said “Christ has no body now on earth but yours; No hands but yours; No feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless now.”
The Rev. James Seitz, of the Winona Diocese, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Mary’s Chapel in Holy Redeemer School. His talk will be on Consecration to Mary. Seitz will speak from personal experience of making a consecration to our Blessed Mother. He will explain what it means, what it promises and how one can make an act of consecration to Mary.
On Saturday, March 16, HRCCW members will drive to St. Cloud, where they will participate in a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood clinic. A universal effort of 40 Days for Life began Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13) and will conclude March 24. 40 Days for Life asks us this Lent to make a special effort to offer our Lenten prayers for the end of abortion and the 40 Days for Life intentions. All people are asked to enter a mindset of extraordinary prayer during Lent including daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, fasting and abstinence, daily rosaries for life, and participating in the peaceful payer vigil at Planned Parenthood. Daily prayers may be found at www.40daysforlife.com This Lent, enter into prayer that will help you to be a “Channel of Divine Grace” and the solution to change hearts and minds to a Culture of Life.
The Council of Catholic Women Region III Spring Gathering will take place Thursday, March 7, at Ss. Peter and Paul in Ivanhoe. Benedictine Nuns of Marshall, Sister Lenore and Sister Carolyn, will speak on “Praying God’s Word.” They will present Lectio Divina, followed by small group participation and a question and answer session.
The New Ulm Diocese Council of Catholic Women Annual Convention will be at St. Pius X in Glencoe Saturday, April 27. The keynote speaker is Colleen Carroll Campbell. She is an author, speaker, television and radio host, op-ed columnist and a former presidential speechwriter. A wonderful day is being planned for all who attend, to get spiritually renewed and energized. This will be a time to join in prayer with women from around the diocese and participate at Mass celebrated by our Bishop John LeVoir.
A pilgrimage to The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa, is being planned for later this spring. The Grotto is a composite of nine separate grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ. The largest man-made Grotto in the world, the Grotto contains the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location!
Contact HRCCW President Jan Noyes at 532-9446 if you have questions about any of the above events.