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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next parish celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for infants and young children will take place on the weekend of Jan 10 & 11 at the weekend Masses.  A preparation class will be held one or two weeks prior to the baptisms.  Please contact Mary Lou at the parish office to register:  612-339-3023, ext. 110, or office@cabrinimn.org


CHRISTMAS SEASON MASS SCHEDULE

Mass times for Christmas at Cabrini are:
Christmas Eve, December 24 - 3 pm and 10 pm (with brass quartet music at 9:40 pm)
Christmas Day, December 25 - 10 am
Holyday – Mary, Mother of God, January 1 – 10 am
ALL weekend Masses continue as usual – Saturday 5 pm and Sunday 9 am


FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY

For this feast - January 3 and 4 - As we celebrate Christ's sharing our humanity so fully, and coming into our midst for all peoples, all ages, all cultures, we invite the following:
· Bring art objects from peoples all over the world (another culture, or your own) to be brought up in procession during the Opening Song.
· Come in ethnic dress (your own or that of others).
· Right after both Saturday and Sunday Masses (before going down for hospitality), join in marking with chalk and blessing the doors of the church (and thus blessing all who enter!) for the coming year.  In particular, this blessing is symbolic of an open-hearted WELCOME to all who come to our churches, our communities, our country in the new year, and thus is very fitting for the weekend dedicated as “Immigration Sunday” in the church.


​NURSERY NEWS

The many blessings of the Christmas season shine through the faces of the youngest Cabrini members. We wish all a merry Christmas!
 
The nursery will be opened, as a parent-supervised play area, for the Christmas Eve Mass from 2:45 pm to 4 pm and the Christmas Day Mass from 9:45 am to 11 am. There will be various activities set up for families. The nursery will not be staffed as a drop-off site during these times. Please invite all visiting families, guests, and newcomers with children 0-3 years old to our clean and fun play space. The speaker will be turned on so families will be able to hear the Mass and sing along.
 
We also need families to volunteer for the upcoming year. Signing up is easy on VolunteerSpot.org or on the sign-up sheet outside the nursery.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Grimm at nursery@cabrinimn.org.  Thank you!


ONE READ/TWO DISCUSSION SIGN-UP

Please sign up the next three weekends (December 20, 2014 - January 9, 2015) to attend a small group to discuss Toward a Healthy Christian Theology of Sexuality, St. Frances Cabrini’s 2015 One Read.  There are 20 Hosts eager to have you sign up for one of their spots.  Sign-up sheets are at the Franklin Avenue entrance. If none of these times, dates, or places work for you, please contact Dave Schultz.
 
“In conjunction with Pope’s (Francis) Synod on the Family, this position paper addresses sensitive issues related to sexuality ….. each parish needs to prepare their young people in areas of ethical sexual behavior”  (Diane Sineps). 
 
Cabrini will “help articulate a new vision of sexuality as a blessing…not a sin.”  (Mary Beth St. Hilaire)
 
December 20, 2014 - January 9, 2015         Sign up to attend One Read Discussion in our Community
January 11, 2015, 10:30 am                         Kickoff Introduction after Mass
January 11 – February 28, 2015                   Discussions held      
March 1, 2015, 10:30 am - noon                   Wrap-up Community Meeting after Mass
 
TOWARD A HEALTHY CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY OF SEXUALITY booklet is available at both doors or download booklet at
www.councilofthebaptized.org/images/sexualitypaper.pdf (also located online at Cabrinimn.org).  Please contribute as much as you can for this Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) and Synod of the Baptized sponsored booklet or pdf.  Five dollars is a good starting point but more generous contributions for the CCCR and Synod of the Baptized cause are appreciated.  Place contribution in baskets at the door, or write checks with memo line of CCCR booklet and place in collection or send in to St. Frances Cabrini.


​ADVOCACY: CHANGING WHAT IS – TO WHAT SHOULD BE

As we make our final preparations for Christmas and approach a New Year, let us keep in mind the two different, but complimentary, ways that we can act in response to God’s love:  Social Justice and Charitable Works.  While most people understand what is meant by charitable works, we should remember that social justice is the primary way of charity.  As Pope Benedict XVI said in Caritas in Veritate, no. 6, “If we love others with charity, then first of all we are just toward them.”  On Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 pm, everyone, including families with middle and high school students, is invited to attend the Advocacy 101 Workshop in Garvey Hall.  Come learn how you can advocate for social justice in 2015.  - Sponsored by the Justice & Peace Committee


NEWCOMER BRUNCH

Looking ahead to January, please mark your calendar for Sunday morning, January 25, after the 9 am Mass for a festive NEWCOMER BRUNCH, to welcome all who have come to Cabrini as new members in the past couple years.  All are welcome!  Watch for more info in early January.    – The Pastoral Care Committee and the Outreach Committee


​WOMEN'S GROUP

will meet on Saturday, January 3, 9-10 am in the Nursery. Join the circle of women for good conversation and refreshments.  FFI  Kathy Schweigert.


PARISH COUNCIL LETTER RE FR. MIKE

In the recent affidavit by Jennifer Haselberger, it came to light that there was a conversation among Archdiocesan staff to silence Father Mike by having him declared ‘disabled.’ In response to this newly-learned, maligning information, the Parish Council elected to write a letter to the Archbishop in support of Father Mike. The text of the letter follows. We will keep you apprised of any response we get from the Archbishop.
- The Parish Council
 
September 17, 2014
 
 
Dear Archbishop Nienstedt:
 
We are writing to affirm our complete support of Father Michael Tegeder, our pastor, and ask for a public apology for recent comments impugning his character.
 
Since his assignment to St. Frances Cabrini three years ago, we have been graced daily by his presence among us. In that time, we have come to know him as a man who is extraordinarily well-read and well-versed in matters of social justice and have seen his passion for justice by his bold actions on issues important to us. We have also seen in him a strong love for and commitment to the environment, recalling the principles of Catholic teachings on care for the earth. He is a spiritual man who puts his spirituality into action. His ministry is truly a gift to us and to the archdiocese.
 
We have observed how effectively Father Mike has interacted with the people at Gichitwaa Kateri. He has completely immersed himself in that community and has helped us increase our interactions with them. His ministry to the people of Kateri seems most like how Jesus would live among a marginalized people.
 
It is against this backdrop that we, as loyal Catholics, write to you with our deep and heart-felt concerns. In the deposition given by Jennifer Haselberger, she stated that a senior member of your office “wanted you to declare Father Michael Tegeder disabled as a means of silencing his opposition to your efforts to promote a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage”.  If enacted Father Tegeder would have been declared disabled and unable to minister to St. Frances Cabrini or Gichitwaa Kateri. What previously was a behind-the-scenes private discussion, is now in the public light.
 
As the spiritual leader of the archdiocese, we ask that you put your Christian leadership into action. In the spirit of reconciliation and healing, we ask that a public apology be given to this parish, Gichitwaa Kateri, and to Father Tegeder and that the apology come directly from you as the Ordinary of this archdiocese and chief administrator of the archdiocesan chancery.  
 
Respectfully,
The St. Frances Cabrini Parish Council


NIENSTEDT'S REPLY TO FR. MIKE AND COUNCIL

Archbishop Nienstedt has responded, in one letter, to both the letter sent by the Parish Council dated September 17, and to an email sent to him by Father Mike. Here is his response. - The Parish Council