The Call to be Catholic Series

Physician-Assisted Suicide and the ‘Death with Dignity’ Debate” is the topic for the next program in “The Call to be Catholic” speaker series.

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 pm
Sacred Heart in Owatonna

The speaker will be Deacon Stephen Najarian, MD; he is a retired surgeon and teaches bio-medical ethics at St. Paul Seminary.

No charge, but a free will offering is suggested. Child care provided.


The Call to be Catholic Series (Cont.)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to its official close on Sunday, Nov. 20, Fr. Tom Niehaus, who resides at Sacred Heart rectory and is pastor of three rural parishes (in Hayfield, Blooming Prairie, & Dodge Center), will give a talk “Moral Decision-Making” at 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.

The full title of his talk–part of “The Call To Be Catholic” speaker series–is “Using St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises in Making Everyday Moral Decisions.”

No charge; free-will offering suggested. Child care provided.


WDCCW Workshop

Ladies and Youth are invited to attend the Winona Diocesan CCW Convention on Saturday, October 8, from 9a-3p,at St. John Vianney Church, 901 S. Prairie Ave., Fairmont, MN.

Choose from three speakers in the morning:

  • Sacred Heart Haiti Mission
  • MCCL
  • Ask Parliamentarian.

Mass and Lunch.

Following lunch:

  • Youth Speaker: Ann Full on Finding Hope/Trusting God’s Plan
  • Denise Haaland on The Leader in Me

Followed by Fr. Paul Breza on the Polish museum and Winona Diocese Relics.

Registration is $20 to WDCCW, for ladies, and $7 for Jr. and Sr. High Students, includes meal.

Mail by Oct. 1st to Kitty Kerrins, P.O. Box 74, Grand Meadow, MN, 55936. Forms available at Church or Car-pooling suggested.


Call to be Catholic

Laura Kelly Fanucci, mother, writer, wnderer, seeker of God in the chaos of laundry and life with littles, is the Call to be Catholic guest speaker on October 9th, 3 PM at Sacred Heart Parish Center in Owatonna. Her topic is titled “Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting.”

Please join us for a lively talk and discussion. Refreshments during the break are provided at no cost. Free will offering is encouraged.

CCW Upcoming Events

  • The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women meets this Wednesday, July 13 at St. Francis of Xavier in Windom.
    • 8am: Registration
      9am: Meeting
      10am: Modesty talk by Ann Full
      11am: Mass followed by lunch
      1pm: International committee will have all join in projects
      3pm: Door prizes, prayer and adjourn to head home
    • Please bring a scissors, pillow case, torn sheets and plastic bags to participate in the 1 pm projects
  • The Rochester Area CCW will meet on Saturday, July 23rd at 9am at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron
    • All ladies are cordially invited to come to our gathering
    • Speaker is Marie Peterson from the new Madonna Summit facility in Byron
    • Info available
    • Refreshments and a short meeting to follow with fellowship
    • See you there!


Upcoming Events for Young Adults

Rochester Area Young Catholics Banner

This Week’s Calendar

Tuesday, May 17

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Praise and Worship at Resurrection
9:00pm -10:00pm: Softball at McQuillan #2

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 23
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Endow at St. John’s

Tuesday, May 24
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Softball at McQuillan #2

Event News

Social Squared
As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Rochester Catholic Young Adult Social Action Group, called Social Squared, invites you to join us for a discussion at St. James Coffee House on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:00pm on the corporal Work of Mercy “Visit the Imprisoned.” Follow-up will involve opportunities to volunteer for programs encouraging children of inmates as well as opportunities for mentorship programs through Next Chapter Ministries.

Summer Book Study – “The Joy of Love”
On April 8th, the Vatican published Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love.” This document discusses love in family life. Young adults are considering studying this papal document this summer. If you are interested in attending or possibly interesting co-leading the study, please e-mail Jenny Helms at Thanks!

Young Adult Summer Softball Team
Interested in playing on the Young Adult Softball Team this summer?  Games are played every Tuesday night from May – end of July.  Please contact Dana Petricka for more information and/or to sign up.

1st Annual St. James Coffee Run!
Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual St. James Coffee Run on July 30th, 2016. The run features a 5-mile run and a 1-mile walk/rum. Join us for this fun even as we help raise money for St. James Coffee, and please visit our website for more information or to register.

Schoenstatt Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
Join us for a day of prayer and pilgrimage on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00am to 6:00pm! We will be journeying to the beautiful place of Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye, MN, a Marian shrine designated by Pope Francis as a pilgrimage site for the Year of Mercy. The schedule consists of Reconciliation, Mass, silent reflection, and community as well as the chance to walk through the Holy Doors of mercy. Schoenstatt is a place where love for Mary opens avenues for a relationship with God and renews love for neighbor and self. The cost is $25 per person (includes lunch and snacks). For more information and to register, contact St. John’s parish office at 507-288-7372. All are welcome!

ENDOW “Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women”
Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7-8:30pm for fellowship, prayer, and study! We will meet in the LOFT area of St. John’s, which is up the stairs from the fellowship area. Please contact Megan Rodriguez at for more information. 

Frassati Fraternity:  Men’s Group
Young men, ages 18-39, are invited to join this dynamic group for young men – hosted in a variety of settings to serve a variety of interests and needs. Through prayer, service, and study, we break through surface level relationships to instead build true fraternity, with the challenge to build up virtuous lives among men. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Contact Brian Kusek at for more info. 

Rochester Living Rosary
Based on the Living Rosary Association, each member of the Rochester Living Rosary will take on a new mystery to focus their meditation on at the beginning of each month and then share their experiences with the other members of the Living Rosary at the end of the month.  Contact Jess Mollison to sign up:


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.

Register at