Year 3 (2021-2022): The Church Engages
Fall 2021: Parish Consultation Process with Small Groups
January/February 2022: Deanery Consultation Process
June 2022: Archdiocesan Synod Assembly (Pentecost Weekend)
If you do one thing this fall…
Help Archbishop determine priorities under each Synod focus area, with Synod Small Groups!
In his August 13, 2020 article for The Catholic Spirit, Archbishop Hebda announced three focus areas for the Archdiocesan Synod. He then unpacked each of the focus areas with hard-hitting questions, such as:
In Synod Small Groups this fall, you help determine the response of our local Church. In one session per week for six weeks, you will:
To make sure all Catholics have an opportunity to participate, every pastor in the archdiocese has been asked to host Synod Small Groups this fall. If just 100 gather in small groups at each parish, Archbishop Hebda will hear from nearly 20,000 Catholics!
Be part of this historic moment now, and the future of our local Church. Join in your parish’s Synod Small Groups beginning in September!
Watch for more to come on Synod Small Groups, plus find all video series from Year 2 of the Synod, at archspm.org/synod.
Kate Franssen-Hansen February 5th, 2021
Legislative Tracker – March 23, 2021 – View HERE
Kate Franssen-Hansen January 27th, 2021
This is our fifth summer of reading books attending to justice issues that face our world and our Church. Each summer we meet to discuss three books which have been chosen by the Social Justice committee at St. Mary’s. In past years we have explored immigration, the environment, race, and poverty, through fiction and non-fiction. This summer’s line-up includes two non-fiction books and a novel. All books are available through both the Ramsey County and Washington County library systems. In addition, Lake Country Booksellers will order the books and, when you tell them you are part of the St. Mary of the Lake book club, will give you a 10% discount. We will meet virtually on the second Wednesday of June, July, and August, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Register by emailing Kathryn Lien at firstname.lastname@example.org . Following is the list of books with a short description from each publisher.
June 9, 2021. Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang (non-fiction)
All over this country there are refugees building a new life from the ashes of the old. But beyond the headlines, often not much is known about who they are, how they live, or what they have lost. Although Minnesota is not famous for its diversity, the state has welcomed more refugees per capita than any other, coming from Syria, Bosnia, Thailand, Liberia, and many other countries. In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fifteen stories of refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America’s strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome.
July 14, 2021. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction)
In this touching memoir Coates takes readers along on his journey through America’s history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings—moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race. Framed as a letter to his son, this book is both a prayer for safety and hope for a world that will present itself as a promise fulfilled.
August 11, 2021. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christ Lefteri (fiction)
Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, this novel is a book for our times that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and bring a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.
Kate Franssen-Hansen September 9th, 2020
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:
Kate Franssen-Hansen July 9th, 2020
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Kate Franssen-Hansen September 16th, 2019
Kate Franssen-Hansen August 19th, 2019
Are you running low on your favorite coffee, chocolate bars, or olive oil? Then place your Fair Trade Sales order today. The Social Justice Committee of St. Mary of the Lake is resuming their Fair Trade Sales this week and every week after, virtually! Please follow the steps HERE to place your order. Contact Nick Brady, Coordinator of Mission at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Kate Franssen-Hansen June 24th, 2019
On a regular basis, St. Mary of the Lake publishes The Gathering Space to keep parishioners informed of activities and news from the parish. Click here for the most recent edition.
Past editions: Lent 2020 | Advent 2019 | Lent 2019 | Advent 2018 | Lent 2018 Part 2 | Lent 2018 Part 1 | Advent December 2017 | November 2017 | Lent 2017 Part 2 | Lent 2017 Part 1 | November 2016 Part 2 | November 2016 Part 1 | Lent 2016 | Advent 2015 | Summer 2015
Kate Franssen-Hansen July 13th, 2017