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Catholic Charities is open and in need of your support

Dear Friend, Over the course of the pandemic, Catholic Charities has continued to provide access to our essential services. In 2020, we served 44,251 people, bringing food, shelter, clothing, behavioral health services, and more to our neighbors. Now that Minnesota restrictions have been lifted, and with more people in our community getting vaccinated, we want…

The myth of normal

By Pastor David Buchs, Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fair Haven You have, no doubt, heard someone say over the last 15 months, “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal.” Maybe you’ve said it. And maybe you feel like we’re finally getting there. Normal means not having to wear a mask, not having…

Tour of Saints, July 11

Registration is open for the 2021 Tour of Saints. It’s not a race. It’s a heavenly little ride. Each summer in Central Minnesota, more than 1,000 bicyclists wind their way through a rich green and rolling landscape, along quiet roads on the Tour of Saints bicycle ride – a Minnesota tradition and a celebration of…

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Festival

St. Mary Help of Christians Parish of St. Augusta will host a drive-up pork chop and hot dog dinner from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. An outdoor Mass will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. A raffle drawing takes place at 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets…

Annandale Christian Women’s Club

We’re finally back! The ­Annandale Christian Women’s Club is so glad to again be able to provide you with a wonderful monthly brunch and program. Join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. (note time change) Thursday, June 10, in Annandale. You will enjoy a great feature called Cherished Pet Portraits by ­Jacklyn…

A community bids farewell to their beloved school

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor What happens when the heart of a community stops beating? Residents in Marty – better known as Pearl Lake – are about to find out. Friday afternoon, May 28, marked the end of the school year for Holy Cross School. It also marked the end of the school, after 116…

Diocese abruptly closes Holy Cross School

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The fact that Holy Cross School has stood in Marty/Pearl Lake for 116 years is testament to the tenacity and sacrifice of a small group of faithful Catholics – faithful Christians – who made sure the school would endure long into the future. One of these individuals, mentioned to us…

A homeless mission in St. Cloud

By James Kirchhofer, Kimball United Methodist Church Missions Committee Nancy Dyson and Jason Jaques are a very dynamic and committed couple committed to serving the homeless in St. Cloud. Six days a week they gather together the ingredients for a meal consisting of a warm sandwich, a package of cereal, and a number of small individual nutritious…

Spring Spin Fest and Outdoor Fiber Fair June 5

Free admission – all invited Join us on our farmstead from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Rocking Horse Farm, 25636 County Road 74, St. Cloud, for a vendor marketplace, spinning circle, fiber art displays, demonstrations, food truck, and more. Minnesota-made products like raw wool, scoured wool, hand-dyed fiber, hand-spun yarn, felted items, goat…

St. Wendelin’s students love their teachers

During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7, 2021), a very large card was signed by the students to show their appreciation for the wonderful job their teachers do at St. Wendelin’s. This card was placed in one of the hallways to daily remind the teachers how deeply they are loved. May God continue to shine His…

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