National Nurses Day
Salutations! How are you? I hope that you are well. During the course of this global pandemic there have been many heartfelt and inspiring gestures of support for frontline workers. In honor of those courageous women and men who have risked their own health and well-being for the sake of others there have been organized moments of public applauding, honking of horns, and songs that have been sung, among other creative ideas. Ever since 1982 this date of May 6th has been declared to be National Nurses Day. As my own humble way of thanking frontline workers in general and nurses specifically I have written this prayerful poem:
Your care and concern are quite special indeed
As you assist many patients in their time of need.       
You’ve seen folks who are crabby and who don’t want your help.
So often they are hurting and barely let out a “Yelp.”
Yet through it all you are there with a smile
To ease their pain and to go the extra mile.
I thank the Lord of all healing for the example you give
For your merciful compassion and the kindness you live.
May God bless you, dear Nurses, in your labors of love,
With a strength and support from Heaven above.
May the Peace of Christ fill your souls with His peace,
With His Grace and Mercy that will not ever cease.
Joy with Christ,
Fr. James
P.S. If you would like to learn more information about the history of how National Nurses Day came to be celebrated here is a webpage with helpful details:
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Trivia Question of the Week
In John 15:9 Jesus told his disciples to, “Remain in my__________?”

A. Peace
B. Hope
C. Mercy
D. Love
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Totus Tuus Summer Programs
Totus Tuus (“Totally Yours”) summer programs offer a week of faith and fun for kids! A team of college students and seminarians will lead a day camp for children entering grades 1-6 on June 14-18 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm, which includes daily Mass, faith activities, games and water fun. The evening program for youth entering grades 7-12 on June 13-17 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm includes Eucharistic Adoration, confession, hot topics, and social time. Cost is $25 per student and $75 max per family and can be written off for tax purposes. Good news—this year the daytime program will include lunch! More information and the registration form can be found at parish or call the Faith Formation office at 763-788-9062 x 210. We hope to see you there!
Saint Rose Venerini
Feast day – May 7

Born in Viterbo, Italy, Rose entered a convent after her fiance died, but soon returned home to care for her widowed mother. She chose to be a teacher rather than a contemplative, and opened a free school for girls in 1685. In 1692, the bishop of an Italian diocese asked her to train teachers and administer the schools there. She and St. Lucy Filippini became friends, and Rose began setting up schools around Italy. Despite opposition, including arson and assaults on some of her teachers, the order she founded was officially recognized as a congregation, the Venerini Sisters, after her death.

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Archdiocesan Synod at Home
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Holy Land Pilgrimage
Make a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November of 2021 with Fr. James! Spots are limited. Please see the Magi Travel website for more details:
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