2018 Catholic Services Appeal
I ask you to support the appeal which helps 18 Collective Ministries in our Archdiocese that serve the homeless, the hungry, the imprisoned, students in financial need, seminarians, and many others. These ministries cannot be funded by any single parish but rather need support from all of us. I have made my pledge to  the appeal, and I ask you to join me in doing our part so that these important ministries can be fully funded. Furthermore, if we reach our parish appeal goal of $33,621.00, we will receive 25% of the dollars we collect. If you contributed to the appeal in the past, then you should receive a mailing from the appeal office requesting your support. If you did not receive a mailing, you can visit the CSAF website at to make a pledge or gift, or you can fill out a pledge envelope that we will have in the pews at weekend Mass. Thank you!
A Lent to Remember
Please join in our parish-wide study during Lent on the transforming power of mercy in the Sacrament of Confession. The videos and discussion guides for A Lent to Remember can be found online at . To register for FREE with FORMED, go to , enter our parish access code VKQPF9 , then enter your email and create a password. You can do this parish-wide study in Lent with your family or friends. Or you can join us here at church in Fellowship Hall on Mondays at 7:00 - 8:30 pm starting February 19 or on Wednesdays at 1:00 - 2:30 pm starting on February 21. Here is what to watch each week of Lent:
Week 1 video: Forgiven - Where Are You?
Week 2 video: Forgiven - An Encounter with Mercy
Week 3 video: Forgiven - Embraced in Mercy, The Rite Explained
Week 4 video: Symbolon - The Paschal Mystery
Bonus Episode: Forgiven - For Children, How to Make a Good Confession
To register for the meetings here at church, or if you have questions, please contact Mary Nawrocki in our Faith Formation Office, 763-788-9062, x 210 or .
God Bless You,
Father John Mitchell
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Ash Wednesday – February 14 schedule
7:30 am – Liturgy of the Word Service with Ash distribution
8:30 am – Mass (including IC School students)
7:00 pm – Mass

Something New This Year
The 7:30 am liturgy on Ash Wednesday will be a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word followed by the distribution of ashes and a concluding prayer. The service will take approximately 30 minutes. There will be no Mass or Communion at the 7:30 am liturgy. You are welcome to come to Mass at either 8:30 am or 7:00 pm.
Trivia Question of the Week
The Gospel reading on the First Sunday of Lent is always about what?
a) The multiplication of the loaves and fish
b) The arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem
c) Jesus curing the Blind Man
d) The temptation of Jesus in the desert

See the bottom of this newsletter for the answer.
Video of the Week

FORGIVEN study – Augustine Institute
Books I Am Reading

“The Other Side of Beauty: Embracing God’s Vision for Love and True Worth”, by Leah Darrow. Drawing on her experience on America’s Next Top Model and her work as a fashion model, Leah Darrow exposes the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty. 

Books I Have Read This Year

"When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top" ,
by Larry Kane.

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith”, by Father Robert Barron.

“Joy to the World”, by Scott Hahn.
Will You Pray for a Priest Each Day?

Prayer Suggestion:  Dear Jesus, hear my prayer on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and a firm hope. Be his comfort, his joy, and his strength. Amen.  

February 10 – Rev. John Vander Ploeg
February 11 – Rev. Tony VanderLoop
February 12 – Rev. Richard Villano
February 13 – Rev. Norman Volk
February 14 – Rev. Minh Vu
February 15 – Rev. Joseph Quoc-Vuong
February 16 – Rev. Tom Walker
Answer to the Trivia Question of the Week

d) The temptation of Jesus in the desert
God Bless You,
Father John Mitchell 
Immaculate Conception
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