Saturday, March 20, 2021
Saint Joseph and our Lenten Journey
In this year of St. Joseph, I would like to share with you parts of an article written by Fr. Roger J. Landry that outlines the ways “St. Joseph is a great exemplar for us of Lenten virtues that we do well to ponder and emulate.”
Silence: “St. Joseph . . . didn’t speak a word in sacred Scripture. In 2005, Pope Benedict stated that in a world like ours, which does not foster quiet and recollection, we all need to be ‘infected’ with St. Joseph’s silence so that we can hear God’s voice.”
Obedience: “We see his prompt obedience in his response to God who spoke to him in dreams . . . asking him to do something life-changing… In each of these circumstances, however, Joseph obeyed immediately. He teaches us how to have Christ’s obedient mindset.”
Faithfulness: “He believed in what God was telling him through the angel and therefore did what God was commanding . . . During this season in which we are called to repent and believe in the Gospel, Joseph shows us what believing the Good News looks like.”
Humility: “St. Joseph learned humility not only through putting himself totally at the service of God’s plans for Jesus and Mary, but even in the way he exercised his leadership in the holy family. Joseph led the prayers in the home. He would have been the one who trained the One through whom all things were made to be a carpenter. The lesser one was placed over the Greater. Such activity can only overwhelm one with humility.”
Chastity: “Holiness is the perfection of love; chastity keeps love unselfish. In a promiscuous and pornographic age, one that cannot understand Christ’s celibacy, the chaste celibacy of priests and religious in his image, and the call to chaste continence for those outside of marriage and chaste love of those within, St. Joseph is a model and intercessor who shows our culture how to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
Ability to be well-prepared for death: “On Ash Wednesday, we were reminded that we are dust and unto dust we shall return . . . St. Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death because, Christian piety has always believed, he died in Jesus’ and Mary’s arms, entrusting them to God the Father’s providence and receiving from them prayers and comfort. He shows us not just how to die in their arms but to live in them, as they seek to accompany us, as they did him, through death into eternity.”
It can often feel like as if St. Joseph lives in the background of Scripture. If we only pay attention though, he has so much to teach us! This Lent, may we, as Fr. Landry states, “ ourselves anew under Joseph’s protection and patronage, in imitation of Jesus and Mary.”
You can find the full article at:
St. Joseph, Protector of the Church and Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Grow Your Faith!
Virtual Children's Liturgy of the Word!!

This week's theme is: One seed brings a multitude of grain.
Engage your children with the Word of God with
Print out the attached, then color and cut out the different stages of the seed and put them in order.
Eucharistic Adoration
Monday-Friday: 2pm-12am
With so much still going on in our country and the world, how important it is for us to remember to retreat to our Lord for rest and strength, and lift up your prayers to Him. Come spend some time with our Lord, truly present in the Eucharist. Click here for our adoration protocols.
Limited to 4 adorers at one time.
We have a great need for adorers!!
4:00 p.m. on Mondays and 9:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Contact Barb Kleiter if interested at 651-774-1172. Thanks!
Make Holy Week Special for your Family

Print this Stations of the Cross coloring book or check out all the great ideas in this article to make Holy Week meaningful and memorable for your family this year.
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"Behold, I make all things new!"

Lenten Retreat with
Father Michael Becker

Saturday, March 27th

The Lord wants to liberate us from every evil, grant us rest from the anxieties which plague our lives, establish friendships and family bonds in peace and security, and create the milieu of charity in our environment. Holy Week is such a profound opportunity for all to open up to the grace of God brought in Jesus Christ, whose suffering, death, and resurrection was entirely aimed at redeeming God's children, indeed all who will walk the road of faith. Come and receive inspiration for your intentions and prepare well for the holy days approaching.

The morning will include:
  • 9:00am Mass
  • 9:40am Conference: “Behold, I make all things new!”
  • 10:30am Adoration (Reconciliation available during this time)
  • 11:30am Rosary
  • 12:00pm Conclusion

Free will offerings will be accepted.
Upcoming Events
Stations of the Cross

When: Fridays during Lent, except Good Friday. Starts at 6pm.
Where: Presentation of Mary Church

Come pray in-person or via our Parish Facebook live-stream as we pray this beautiful Lenten devotional of the Stations of the Cross.
Through the generosity of one of our families, each household may pick up a Stations of the Cross prayer book to keep for use at home or in-person.
Living Stations of the Cross

When: Good Friday, April 2nd @ 6:00pm
Where: Presentation of Mary Church

Join us for the 22nd Annual "Living Stations of the Cross” by the "Servants of the Cross".
Limited seating available—reservations required via the link below. If homebound or unable to attend, please join us via our YouTube presentation. Free-will offering is welcomed.
For more info or to sign-up go to:
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
LAST Fish Fry & Soup Supper To-Go!

When: March 26 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Kenney Hall

  • $10.00 Large Fish Meal, includes: large portion of fried fish fillets, lemon slice and tartar sauce on the side, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, roll, butter and drink.
  • $7.00 Small Fish Meal, includes: small portion of fried fish fillets with all of the same sides.
  • $4 Soup Supper (Cream of Broccoli or Vegetable Chili), includes: 12 oz serving of soup of choice, roll, butter and drink.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted.

Would you like to volunteer on one of our Meatless Meal nights?
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Presentation is participating in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program. Rice Bowl collection boxes are available at entrances of the church as well as in the parish office. Learn more about how the Rice Bowl program helps provide much-needed meals for those in need around the world at Rice Bowls will be collected on Palm Sunday, March 28th.
Options for Women East Baby Bottle Drive

The last day to turn in full baby bottles is Sunday, March 21st. Bottles can be placed in the large receptacle at the Kennard Street entrance. Thank you for your support!
Presentation's CCW (Coalition of Catholic Women) is taking up a collection for the Venezuelan Mission to support Fr Greg Schaffer. The last day for collection will be Sunday, March 28. Collection baskets for items will be at the Parish Center and church entrances labeled CCW (make sure not to put items in HEO baskets).

Needed items are:
  • Irish Spring Men's Deodorant Soap Bar, Original Scent
  • Any kind of shampoo
  • Ibuprofen, 500 Mg
  • Acetaminophen PM 500 Mg
  • Colgate Tooth Paste
  • Degree Deodorant – Bar
  • NIVEA Orchid and Argan Oil Infused Body Lotion
  • Sour Patch Sweet & Sour Gummy Candy & Chocolates
  • Multivitamins (men/women/children)
Logo Design Contest!

The Presentation Parish Pastoral Council is hosting a Logo Contest as part of our 75th anniversary celebration! Draw your design on a 4”x6” white notecard or piece of paper and turn it in to the school or church office by March 31st. Logo can be color or black/white and must be hand drawn—no computer-generated images allowed. Simple text is allowed. One entry per person. Name and phone number should be written on the back of your design.
The winner may be featured on bumper stickers, placemats, letterhead, signage, or in stained glass, and will also receive a $50 Visa gift card!
Blood Drive Saturday, June 19th, 8:00 am—1:00 pm

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. This is the earliest the Red Cross has opened up registration so we wanted to give our parishioners an early chance to sign up! Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
 to make an appointment or call Barb Swanson at
651-395-0453. Appointments only. No walk-ins.
Important Information
Rite of Christian
Initation for Adults
It's never too late to learn more about your rich Catholic faith and share it with others. Join us on Tuesday evenings.
Faith Formation
All in-person Faith Formation classes have resumed in the Parish Center after Sunday Mass.
Reconciliation Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00-5:45pm
Saturdays from 4:00- 4:45pm
Also available by appointment.
Panther News
Enroll for the 2021-22 School Year!!

Presentation School is now open for 2021-2022 for Preschool-Eighth Grade enrollment. Visit to complete your enrollment today!

Do you know a family looking for a great school? Tell them to check out Presentation! If you refer a family and they enroll you can earn $250 off of your tuition! Our Preschool also has a great referral incentive happening this month(see below).
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Panther Post.
We're Here for You
Drive-Thru is now Drive-In.
Park your car, come in the church and head to the Reconciliation Room with the lit candle.
Disinfectant wipes will be available.
Tues & Thurs: 5:00-5:45pm
Sat: 4:00-4:45pm
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Pastoral Care

Presentation of Mary is here for you!
Conversation, prayer requests, resources...? Please ask.

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651-777-8116 or

Prayer, Participation, and Generosity
Amidst this pandemic, I have been very edified by the generous outpouring of love and support from our community. Thank you!
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Loaves & Fishes
Serving meals to those who have none is still an essential ministry during this pandemic.
Please prayerfully consider giving to this ministry. Donations can be placed in an envelope with Loaves & Fishes written on it, and dropped in the basket at church or in the secured mailbox at the Parish Center.
2021 Catholic Services Appeal
The 2021 Catholic Services Appeal is getting ready to roll out for this year. The 2021 theme is “Together in Hope” which is most fitting in these challenging times. This Appeal is wonderful as it reminds us that as a Christian people, we are one family in faith, who need Jesus first and foremost in our lives, as well as one another. Your participation will help support ministries that serve the poor, support life and strengthen our Faith.
Helpful Links
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