For the Week of
Sunday, February 19, 2017
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Members of Pax Christi,

The bishops of Minnesota are inviting Catholics to be informed on how to protect life and human dignity by attending Catholics at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9, in St. Paul. The day promises to have dynamic Church leaders and compelling speakers with presentations on how to effectively engage lawmakers on critical issues concerning Catholics. Learn more and register at CatholicsAtTheCapitol.org or call Mary Jane at the Minnesota Catholic Conference at 651-227-8777. CLICK HERE to view a video of the day.

Your generosity was evident again and impacts positively the loved ones of God. Through the Cross Catholic Outreach mission collection with Fr. Tom Hunstiger a few weeks ago, $16, 845.34 was collected for the healing missionary work of this organization. Your goodness is greatly appreciated by Cross Catholic Outreach.

On this St. Valentine's Day, may we each find glimpses of God's gentle heart and transformative invitations to grace in all the spaces and encounters of our lives.

Blessings on your week!    
Jane

Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
jschmitz@paxchristi.com
952-405-7238




 THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ANNOUNCEMENTS 

DO YOU ENJOY RECEIVING OUR MONTHLY MAGAZINE?         

Are you a business owner? Consider purchasing an ad in the back to promote your business. It's a great way to get your name in front of the families in the parish - over 3,400 homes receive the monthly magazine.  The revenue from the ads in the back of the magazine is what make our magazine possible at NO COST TO PAX CHRISTI. Ads can be purchased for a business or family, or a sponsor ad can be purchased supporting community service organizations. The ads are also tax deductible.

NEXT week, Tim Browne of Liturgical Publications (the company that prints our magazine) will be here working on setting up the advertising. Please consider placing an ad. If you are interested or want more information, contact Tim, 952-594-5395, or call him at the parish offices, 952-941-3150, between February 21-23.  We also ask that you patronize the people who do place ads and help support their businesses. We appreciate your help!


LIVING STATIONS
OF THE CROSS 

Sr. High Service Opportunity      
Be a part of this Pax Christi Good Friday tradition! Sr. High youth are needed to act out the scenes from the Passion of Jesus. No memorization of lines needed. Your ability to hold a pose or read from the script as a lector is all that is required. You must be available for rehearsals on Sunday, April 2 and 9 from 1:00-3:00pm. Presentations of the Living Stations will take place at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Good Friday, April 14. Contact the parish office, 952-941-3150, for additional information or CLICK HERE to sign up.


Great news! Someone from our community has nominated Pax Christi for enrollment in Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice® program. Eligible members can recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable outreach funding each year by directing Thrivent Choice Dollars®. Since 2010, Thrivent has distributed over $330 million dollars in charitable outreach to enrolled non-profits and churches via this program.

If you are an eligible member of Thrivent Financial, please consider directing Choice Dollars® to Pax Christi. Please note, the deadline for directing 2016 Choice Dollars® is March 31, 2017. If you have questions or want to direct Choice Dollars, please call Thrivent directly at 800-847-4836 (M-F 7am-6pm) and when prompted, say "Thrivent Choice®" or go to www.Thrivent.com/ThriventChoice

PRESIDENT'S DAY MASS 
Monday, February 20, 9:00am   
Please join us for Mass on President's Day at 9:00am in the chapel. The parish offices will be closed for the holiday and the building will be closed following Mass.  


CANA DINNER 
Saturday, February 25, 6:00pm 

Please join us for a special evening to celebrate love and "All That Jazz." We're honoring all couples, of all ages, at the annual CANA Dinner, on Saturday, February 25.  The evening begins at 6:00pm with a hosted wine reception, followed by a Fabulously Catered candle-light dinner.  After dinner, everyone will enjoy time to mingle over coffee, wine, and dessert while listening and dancing to live jazz selections from the J&S Quartet.  A couples photo-op will be offered during the evening, so be sure to dress up!  Tickets are $75.00 per couple through February 20.   The ticket price includes a hosted wine reception, dinner, dessert, live jazz, and the couple's photo.

Loving childcare may be arranged by contacting the Nursery for reservations - CLICK HERE. So as the song goes, "Slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes, and all that Jazz" and say "We do!" to the 2017 Cana Dinner. Commit soon, this popular event sells out.

CLICK HERE to register for the 2017 Cana Dinner.

LIVING THE EUCHARIST 
Lent Small Group Series  

This Lent, Pax Christi is offering Living the Eucharist, a powerful 6-week series to reignite faith, build community, and live out the Gospel! People who have already experienced Living the Eucharist say that they have become more committed to following Jesus, that their understanding of the Eucharist has deepened, and that they come to Sunday worship prepared and excited to pray. Living the Eucharist uses a small group format. The three pillars of each meeting are fellowship, faith-sharing, and lectio divina - a rich and mystical way of praying the Sunday scriptures in common. Lent has always been an anointed time in the Church to come closer to Christ and live out our baptism more deeply. The FIRST SESSION of Living the Eucharist will be held sometime between February 25 and March 3. Small-group leaders will contact participants to inform them of meeting specifics. The fee is $15 per person.

CLICK HERE to sign up for a small group today!

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 1

Masses with the distribution of ashes: 6:45am, 12:00noon, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm    

Join us following the noon Ash Wednesday Mass for a light lunch of soup and bread in Dorothy Day Hall served by the staff of Pax Christi. Join us for an Ash Wednesday soup supper in Nazareth Hall (lower level gym). A light supper of soup and bread will be served from 5:30-6:45pm. Come following the 5:00pm Ash Wednesday Mass or come early and enjoy the meal before the 7:00pm Mass. 

BOOK DISCUSSION 
Being Mortal by
Dr. Atul Gawande

Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm in the Garden Level OR

Thursday, March 9, 1:00pm in the Chief Joseph Room       

Pax Christi Pastoral Care is hosting a discussion of the 2014 book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End by Atul Gawande. This book has received wide attention locally and nationally. It has stimulated important discussion on this issue as well as months on best seller lists. Dr. Gawande has appeared on multiple news and information shows. Gawande writes that members of the medical profession, himself included, have been wrong about what their job is. Rather than ensuring health and survival, it is "to enable well-being." This riveting book is both honest and humane, and very personal. It shows that our ultimate goal can be, not just a good death but a good life - all the way to the end.

CLICK HERE to view a three-minute discussion by Gawande that appeared on Religion and Ethics. The book is available at local libraries, in paper back, and on e-readers. JOIN US for this very interesting Pax Christi community discussion. Registration is appreciated so we can plan for food and number of small group facilitators. For more information Contact Jean Thoresen, Director Pastoral Care, jthoresen@paxchristi.com.

CLICK HERE to register online now!

REKINDLING HOPE:
A LABYRINTH WALK  

Monday, March 6, 6:30-8:30pm      
With hope all things are possible. Even in difficult times, hope brings light and shows us the way. The labyrinth offers a way to release our burdens and open to new ways of seeing. With open hearts, hope can be rekindled. Join us for an evening of open heartedness and hope. Walks are facilitated by parishioner Carrie Chevalier-Mosher.  Questions or to RSVP, contact   Carrie at Carrie@Indigoorbis.com.

LIVING YOUR
STRENGTHS SESSION  

Six Wednesdays beginning March 8, 6:30-8:00pm     

What are your God-given gifts? This Lenten Season, why not work on finding out more about your own strengths? Gallup (the poll people) has developed an online assessment tool that can tell you what your top five strengths are out of 34 strengths they have identified. Join other parishioners in a small group environment to learn how to recognize, develop, and harness your strengths to be the person God calls you to be in your career/school life, relationships, and faith life. Participants will receive a copy of the Living Your Strengths book with an online assessment code, a journal, and work with a certified faith strengths performance coach within a small group setting.

The fee remains at the reasonable price of $17.00, which is a great deal! Classes start Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-8:00pm and continue March 15, 22, 29, April 5, and 19 (no class over Holy Week). For additional questions, contact Mary Kennedy, mkennedy@paxchristi.com, or 952-405-7220. 

CLICK HERE to register online now!
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT PAX CHRISTI:
 

CAREGIVER SPIRITUAL SUPPORT
Thursday, February 16, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 221
MORE INFO HERE


BLANKET DRIVE FOR BRIDGING
Collecting Weekend of February 25/26
MORE INFO HERE


THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 20, and 27, 7:00-8:30pm, $15.00
MORE INFO HERE


JUST5DAYS: JR. HIGH MISSION TRIP
June 19-23, Appleton, WI; $400 ($50 deposit)
MORE INFO HERE


SR. HIGH SERVICE AND MISSION TRIP
June 25-July 1, Detroit, MI; $500 ($50 deposit)
MORE INFO HERE


VACATION BIBLE CAMP
July 24-28, 9:00am-12:00pm
MORE INFO HERE


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