St. Vincent de Paul Oratory Update

Oratory Masses:

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 PM
In Honor of Mary
Potluck supper following mass. Please bring a hotdish/casserole, salad, or dessert. Beverages provided.

Thank You:

Jerry Meyer – Mowing and trimming the grass

Everyone – for the time and material donated to fix the east sidewalk section (water shut-off was above the sidewalk) and replace the big step in the parish hall. Looks great!
Also for fixing the groove in the floor in the hall furnace room.


Meeting God at Mass

Mass is the place where we meet God. At Mass we not only gather together as a group of local people, we also have the awesome presence of God and all the angels and saints. We join together with the host of heavenly angels and the communion of saints to give praise and glory to God.

Our God is worthy of glory since he is the Creator and all of us are his creatures. There is an infinite distance between God and us. Yet God freely bridges that distance to share his divine life with us.

Through the celebration of Mass, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, makes heavenly grace available to us so that we may humanly experience his divine gift. God sanctifies us through Sacred Scriptures, prayers, songs, symbols, bodily movements and above all, the Eucharist: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. All these gifts facilitate our meeting with God.

God has graciously reached us in real ways corresponding to our human condition. The next time we are at church, make sure we meet God, or more accurately, God meets us.


Holy Mass – The Transforming Work of God

St. John Vianney said, “All the good works together are not equal to the sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the works of men whereas the holy Mass is the work of God.” At Mass we do not rely on our own power as if we are showing God our good work. In fact we are open to the power of God active in the Sacrament.

As we make an offering of ourselves to God, we let our sacrifice be united to the perfect sacrifice of Christ. Our sacrifice then acquires a new dimension of value and meaning. Through the offering of our self sacrifice, Christ transforms us in His Love.

Mass is not a celebration of our own work or even of the work of a local church. Mass is a celebration of the power of God transforming us and the whole church. As we say “yes” to God, we are open to the transforming power of God right in our hearts.

The True Way of Being a Christian

The Eucharist reveals something that people do not always see: The death of Jesus. That is why we proclaim, “When we eat this bread, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus.” At Mass the altar is the hill of Calvary, which is the place of sacrifice where Jesus died.

Just as Jesus died on the cross as the Lamb that was slaughtered and offered to God, Christians follow the example of Jesus and offer ourselves to God through the symbols of bread, wine and water. Few people are aware of the fact that when we enter the church we approach the place of our own sacrifice.

Christian life therefore is a life of sacrifice. The more we become a person for others, the more we imitate the self giving example of Jesus. The Eucharist shows the way to become a disciple of Jesus through self giving work and volunteering opportunities. Our daily sacrifices are united with the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus. That is the true way of being a Christian.


Man of God – Diocese of Winona Men’s Conference

MAN OF GOD – Come and see what you can do to grow in faith and love! Come and see how you can become the Man God created you to be!

Keynote speakers:
Peter Herbeck, VP and Director of Missions for Renew Ministries
Curtis Martin, Founder and CEO of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)
Fr. Jonathon Fasnacht, Priest of Winona & co-chaplain of WSU Newman Center.

The event will be held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. Registration/check in is at 9:00 am with the day ending at 5:00 pm.
Registration is $25 (includes lunch) mass with Bishop John M. Quinn-Vigil Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday.

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Teaching Prayer

Parents should teach their children to pray with them. Parents are the first and primary teachers. This includes religious education and regular participation at Mass. Learning about the saints, sacraments especially regular confession are necessary ways to help your child grow in faith. Your example is essential as you teach them to foster a relationship with Jesus, his mother Mary, the angels and saints. – CCC [emphasis added]