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is under way!  You may sign up your children for Atrium (Toddler through Gr 4), Middle School Faith Formation (Grades 5-8), HS Youth Group, or for sacramental prep — or register at our website:  Atrium classes are under way, and Middle School classes, Grades 5-8, being Sunday, October 5.


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.  
The St. Frances Cabrini Parish Council


This International Peace Week Celebration will feature speakers and music at the Lake St. Peace Bridge bridging Mpls and St. Paul, Sept 24, 5-6 pm. Speakers will follow at 6 pm.  Cosponsored by St. Frances Cabrini Justice and Peace nonviolence committee, University Baptist Church, WAMM, Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Committee, Campaign Nonviolence, and Kwanzaa Community Church.   FFI Pat Cretilli.


with Bill Moseley (Macalester College) and Reginaldo Haslett-Maroquin (Main Street Project).  Witness the magic of improv theater as they follow the public policy (and $) trail... 

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4 pm, followed by refreshments at 5:30 pm,
St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis. 
Admission $10; Students $5 (cash or checks).  Doors open at 3:45 pm. 
FFI contact Marita Bujold at   

Bill Moseley is professor of geography and director of African Studies with research interests in food security, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, land reform, and fair trade.

Reginaldo Haslett-Maroquin is the CEO of Main Street Project and the architect of its Sustainable Food and Agriculture program.(

Theater of Public Policy explores big issues with improv theater (

Event produced by the St. Frances Cabrini Food Justice Committee. 


together with neighboring churches, will be hosted by Cabrini on Friday, October 3, with a 6 pm meal, 7 pm prayer.  At our tables, we enjoy casual conversation, and also take a brief look at the Scripture passage for the evening. At 7 pm we move upstairs for Taizé Prayer, where we will hear this same Scripture in multiple languages, and join together in song, prayer, and silence, in a candlelit environment. HELP NEEDED for the meal (soups, setup, cleanup) – contact Chris Kosowski (; 612-339-3023 ext. 115).


We’ve all heard of the State of the Union addresses. What about the State of Cabrini? Please join us for a Parish Meeting at 6 pm Saturday, October 11.  The Morris Leatherman Company will report on the results of the parish-wide survey they conducted this year for the Education Committee.  An information-rich snapshot of our parish will be presented following the 5 pm Mass.  To set the stage for the presentation, Joe Pipp will highlight the results of the 2013-14 parish planning process and the action items approved by the Parish Council.  Please sign up after Mass on September 20-21 or 27-28 to bring food (soup or chili) or a green or pasta salad to share.  Bread, dessert and drinks provided by the Parish Council.  Everyone is welcome!!  Childcare will be provided!!


Father Tony Flannery is a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland. He has recently written a very powerful book, "A Question of Conscience," recounting his mistreatment by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when it was led by Josef Ratzinger. He is on a speaking tour in the US and will be at Cabrini, Wednesday, November 5 at 7 pm.


is Saturday, November 15, 2014. Mark your calendars now. Requests for volunteers coming soon! - The Community Life Committee


The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for infants and young children will NOT take place on the weekend of Oct 4 & 5 as previously planned because there are no families in need at this time.  Please contact Mary Lou at the parish office to register for a different date:  612-339-3023, ext. 110, or


Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 Habitat Summer Project such a success:  those who worked on site; those who prepared and served food; those who donated or raised money; and those who supported us in prayer. As always, this was truly a community effort!


Marge Schnell has been on dialysis for two years and is ready for a kidney transplant. Is there anyone who would consider donating a kidney?  HERE’S THE WAY IT WORKS:  You register to donate a kidney to the University of Minnesota Kidney Organ Transplant in Marge’s name. Her name goes to the top of the list for a kidney compatible for her. If interested, you can call Marilyn Leister,  Marge Schnell or the Cabrini office.


Would this appeal to you?  It is free and easy to subscribe – anyone can receive it (sign up at  This comes from the same publisher as the NCR (National Catholic Reporter), and each brief reflection is written by one of four women who meet regularly to share thoughts on these readings, with the intention of helping preachers and others who pray with the Scriptures of the day.


Sr. Camille D’Arienzo recently interviewed Cabrini Peace Advocate Mary Eoloff for NCR’s blog.  When asked what makes her happy, Mary replied, “I know that I am loved by the Spirit with every breath I take. That gives me energy… I know that I am breathing in God and breathing out God. What greater consolation could one have?”  To read the full interview  go to 


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