News Around the Parish

  Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a good weekend.  I wanted to write with an update with some news around the parish. First, as you know, the new arrangement between Saint Ignatius and Saint Timothy’s is underway.  While my schedule has pulled me personally away from Saint Timothy’s every weekend the past month … Continue reading

Exposition of Sacred Relics: Treasures of the Church

  Hello Everyone, I hope all is well, and I hope you are having a good week.  You might have noticed an exciting event coming to Saint Timothy’s next Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 PM.  We are excited to welcome Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross who will lead us in a … Continue reading

An Update on Our Parish

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and that all of our mothers had a great Mother’s Day. In case you were out of town this weekend or didn’t hear the news, I wanted to share this news on social media as well. We are blessed to be welcoming a second priest at … Continue reading

Speakers for our Forty Hours Devotion on Saturday, March 10th

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week. As I announced earlier, we will be having a forty hours devotion once again at Saint Timothy’s on the weekend of March 9th-11th.  I look forward to sharing more details in the weeks ahead.  This should be a great opportunity during the season of Lent to … Continue reading

Closing Speaker for Forty Hours Devotion

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. As I announced earlier, Saint Timothy’s will be having Forty Hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the main church once again this year.  Mark your calendars for the weekend of Friday, March 9th-11th.  The parish advisory council has begun planning again for a weekend of prayer, speakers, … Continue reading

Forty Hours Devotion

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a good week and that you had a great Thanksgiving. I write today with some good news; Saint Timothy’s will once again be hosting forty hours of adoration in the main church during Lent. As you may remember, we did this last year, having a weekend of prayer … Continue reading

Why do we pray for vocations?

”I am too young”  “Depart from me, Lord, for I am sinful man.”  “Who am I to do this?  I’m not anyone special.”  “I’m not eloquent.  Send someone else.” These are some of the responses from people in the Bible to God calling them, including Jeremiah, Peter, Gideon, and Moses.  When God appears and calls … Continue reading

Holy Hour for Vocations

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Every month at Saint Timothy’s, as we close the prayers of the faithful, we follow the Lord’s command by praying for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. We have been … Continue reading

Speaking on Adoration

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. This weekend, we look forward to welcoming Father Tom Dufner to our parish. Father Dufner will be speaking about adoration and inviting the parish to commit to spending time before the Eucharist, if you are not already doing so. Father Dufner is pastor of Epiphany in … Continue reading

Fall Festival 2017

  Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. We are now less than two weeks away from the fall festival. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 24th. I’m very grateful for the work of our chairs, Karen Jude, Kelli Williams, and Tony and Jamie Heying, along with all of our activity chairs who … Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunities

Hello everyone, Are you looking for a way to help in the parish? While we are always looking for volunteers in every area and organization, below is a list of the most urgent needs right now. We are blessed to have many of you involved in many ways already. All of these activities, big and … Continue reading

Upcoming Faith Opportunities

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you. We are drawing close to the end of August. Before life gets too busy for many of us, I wanted to remind you of the many opportunities to grow in your faith in the year ahead. Nothing is more important than our relationship with the Lord, … Continue reading

Welcoming Sister Sarah

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. As I mentioned before, we are hoping to focus on the gift and blessing of Eucharistic adoration in a special way this year as a parish, thanks to the help and support of the parish advisory council. As part of that effort, we will be welcoming … Continue reading

Focusing on Eucharistic Adoration

Hello Everyone. As we celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday this weekend, I wanted to share that I hope to focus on Eucharistic Adoration in a special way this year, much like I tried to focus on the school last year. The parish advisory council is working to host a number of events and activities that will … Continue reading

Our New Parish Secretary and Team

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a great week and have a great weekend ahead. I wanted to let you know that Saint Timothy’s has a new parish secretary. Laura Beissel has accepted the position, and we are excited to have her as part of our staff. As you may recall and as outlined in … Continue reading

Church Secretary Position

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. As a reminder, we are looking for a parish secretary at Saint Timothy’s. Please let me know if you or someone you know is interested in the position.  This is a part-time position of 25 hours per week. The secretary would work Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday … Continue reading

Our New Principal

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. I write to all of you with an important announcement regarding the leadership of our school. First, I want to thank Mrs. Kincs once again for all of her hard work, dedication, and leadership of our school these past few years. She has brought a cheerful, … Continue reading

Changes Around the Parish Office

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week.  I’m writing with an update with some changes around the parish office.  As some of you may know, Paula Willard, our parish receptionist, has taken a position with an accounting firm and we wish her well in her new position. This is an opportune time to … Continue reading

Saint Timothy’s Spring Auction 2017

  Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week.  As a reminder, our spring auction is this Saturday, April 29th at the Legion.  Dinner is served from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.  There will be a silent auction during that time and then the live auction begins shortly thereafter.  This year’s theme is a 50’s Sock … Continue reading

Update on the Capital Campaign

Dear Parishioners, Thank you again for your generous support of our capital campaign. It has been a huge blessing for our parish. It is great to see how we can do great things for the Lord when we come together in this way. I wanted to write an update on the campaign in general. First, … Continue reading

Forty Hours with the Lord

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a good week. I wanted to thank you all for coming to our Forty Hours Devotion this past weekend. I was so happy to see so many of you coming to pray and adore the Lord throughout the weekend. It was an especially powerful closing evening prayer with … Continue reading

Highlights of our Forty Hours Devotion

Hello Everyone, By now, I hope you know we are planning to pray together as a parish in a special way this weekend, and we look forward to welcoming Msgr. Callaghan and Archbishop Hebda this weekend. We will have the Eucharist on the altar of the main church for quiet prayer and other special opportunities … Continue reading

Divine Mercy

Hello everyone, We are all in need of God’s mercy and receiving his infinite, unconditional love. Pope Francis has highlighted that in a special way last year in his “Year of Mercy” and in his homilies and letters. In addition to the rosary and many other varied opportunities for prayer, we will have the Divine … Continue reading

Guided Meditations after the 10:00 AM Mass

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well. We are just one day away now from the beginning of our special Forty Hours of Adoration before the Lord. As a reminder, we will have Living Stations of the Cross by our school students tomorrow night at 7:00, followed by a light reception downstairs. Then, we will … Continue reading

Gethsemane

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. I look forward to coming together as a parish and praying in a special way this weekend before the Eucharist for our “Forty Hours” devotion. If you’re looking for a review of the schedule and some highlighted opportunities for prayer, yesterday’s post might be helpful. Today, … Continue reading

Forty Hours: Saturday at Noon

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well, and I hope to see you throughout this weekend as we spend time in prayer and adoration before the Lord in a special way. First, here is a general recap of some important details. The full schedule for the weekend can be found here. A general introduction to … Continue reading

Full Schedule of Prayers and Activities for Forty Hours

Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a good week. We are looking forward to our weekend retreat of forty hours of adoration and prayer before the Lord. As I mentioned before, we will have a number of different opportunities for led prayer throughout this weekend. Of course, many of the hours are reserved for … Continue reading

Liturgy of the Hours

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. I look forward to coming together to pray as a parish on the weekend of March 17th-19th for forty hours of prayer and adoration before the Eucharist. I am continuing my previous posts in discussing the schedule and explaining some of the prayers that weekend. Did … Continue reading

Formal Opening of Forty Hours with Msgr. Callaghan

Following up on my post yesterday, I will begin sharing more information in the days and weeks ahead about our special forty hours devotion on the weekend of March 17th-March 19th.  As I said yesterday, we will have Living Stations of the Cross with our school children at 7:00 PM.  Following the Living Stations, we … Continue reading

Forty Hours Activities

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week.  As I mentioned in this post, Saint Timothy’s will be having a special weekend of adoration and prayer on the weekend of March 17th-19th.  There will be forty hours of prayer and adoration in the main church, concluding with a special evening prayer service with Archbishop … Continue reading

What Do You Love Most About Saint Timothy’s Catholic School?

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  As we continue to celebrate this Catholic Schools Week, I thought I would share the responses that we received from our survey of parents, students, and community members regarding our school.  It was clear that people love our school and the people there.  Today, I am … Continue reading

Welcoming the Archbishop

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  I write today with some exciting news for our parish.  I mentioned earlier that we will be having a very special weekend of prayer, adoration, and more on the weekend of March 17th-19th.  This weekend will close with a beautiful evening prayer service along with a … Continue reading

A Lenten Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Renewal

  Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good week.  This Lent, we will be offering something special at Saint Timothy’s.  Please mark your calendars for the weekend of March 17th-19th.  During that weekend, we will move adoration into the main church for a special period of forty hours of adoration.  My hope is that … Continue reading

A Seminarian Staying in January

  Hello Everyone, I hope you are having a good start to the Christmas season this week.  I thought I would share some news with you today.  Saint Timothy’s will be hosting a seminarian for two weeks in January.  We look forward to welcoming John Rumpza, who is a seminarian studying at Saint Paul Seminary, … Continue reading

Congratulations to One of Our Own

    Hello Everyone, As I’m sure some of you may already know, we have a new priest from our parish who was just ordained on Saturday in Rome.  Congratulations from all of us at Saint Timothy’s to now Father Aaron Loch, son of Al and Kathy Loch.  We look forward to having him celebrate … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good week.  Here is an update on life in the parish and school. The picture above shows our new church roof from above.  There will be some finishing touches on Monday, but the roof is basically finished.  It will be great to have a new roof on our … Continue reading

Fall Festival Report

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week, and I hope you have a good weekend ahead.  I wanted to share with you the final report on our fall festival this year.  As you can see, it was a great success in addition to being a fun day.  Thank you once again for … Continue reading

Appalachia Mission

For many years, the people of Saint Timothy’s have been supporting the people in Appalachia with gifts and monetary donations for Christmas.  It has been one of the many ways that you have shown your generosity and solidarity with the poor and those in need.  As you may have seen in the bulletin, it is … Continue reading

Parish News

  Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good week.  There is a lot happening around the parish and school. Here is an update on a few of those items: Work continues on the church roof.  The upper section of the roof is nearly finished, and the work will now move to the lower … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello everyone, There is a lot happening around the parish and school this time of the year, in addition to some special projects that are happening.  Here is the latest update: I hope some of you have been able to drive by and see the progress on the church and rectory roof replacements.  The rectory … Continue reading

Fall Festival Thank You

  Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.  Work is well underway on the church roof.  It is great to see.  Please keep this project in your prayers. I am writing today to thank all of you for coming to the fall festival.  It was a great day, and I am grateful for … Continue reading

An Update on the Church Roof

Hello everyone, I hope to see all of you at the festival on Sunday.  It should be a great day.  Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard behind the scenes to prepare for the day, and thank you to everyone who will be working hard tomorrow.  We will see you all on … Continue reading

A Special Presentation for the Year of Mercy

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  I write today to invite all of you to attend a special presentation on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in the main church.  Dr. William Stevenson,  assistant professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Saint Paul Seminary, will be coming to Saint Timothy’s to speak to … Continue reading

An Update on Life Around the Parish

  Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  It has been some time since I have written an update on life around the parish and school.  Here is an update on various activities, projects, events, and more that are happening around Saint Timothy’s. As mentioned earlier, we have a plan in place for replacing … Continue reading

Is a Catholic Education Worth It?

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  As you know, offering a Catholic education involves sacrifice.  Parents make sacrifices to send their children to Saint Timothy’s, the parish gives to help offset the tuition costs, teachers and staff sacrifice to work in a Catholic school environment, and parishioners and community members sacrifice in … Continue reading

An Update on the Church Roof Project

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well.  As you know, replacing the church roof was one of the major projects outlined in the capital campaign.  In our feasibility study for the campaign, it was clear that, while the other projects were also important, fixing the church roof was the top priority for many of you. … Continue reading

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week.  I wanted to give one final reminder and one final push for our Year of Mercy Pilgrimage that is coming up on Wednesday, July 13th.  We have had a very good response so far, but I’d love to see as many people come as possible.  It … Continue reading

Considering Saint Timothy’s School?

Hello all, I hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend.  While I know school is far from most people’s minds right now, I wanted to continue the series for this special year of focusing on our school. Again, we asked our parents and staff, “What would you say to someone who is considering … Continue reading

A Brief Update on Deacon Ron

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re doing well.  Those of you who come to the 10:00 A.M. Mass will notice something different in the weeks and months ahead.  Deacon Ron will not be assisting at Mass in the short-term.  As some of you know, that is because he broke his femur on a recent fishing trip. … Continue reading

Parish Update

  Hello everyone, I hope all is well, and I hope you’re enjoying the weather.  Here is an update on the latest news around the parish: We are less than two weeks away from our Year of Mercy Pilgrimage on Wednesday, July 13th.  You won’t want to miss it.  It should be a great time … Continue reading

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Registration Now Open

Hello Everyone, As I mentioned here, we will be taking a special pilgrimage for the “Year of Mercy” on Wednesday, July 13th.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity for prayer, reflection, mercy, and fun with your fellow parishioners.  You can see the full details in the original post, but we will be going to … Continue reading

Our New Youth Director

  Hello everyone, I hope all is well, and I hope you’re enjoying the nice weather.  I write today with some more exciting news for our parish.  We have a new youth director at Saint Timothy’s.  After interviewing a number of good candidates, we found our youth director right here in Maple Lake and from … Continue reading

Capital Campaign Update

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I wanted to write with an update on the capital campaign. Thank you again so much for your generosity and support of these important projects in our parish’s life. Again, your generosity was remarkable and greatly appreciated. The reason we were able to make our goal … Continue reading

Matthew Northenscold’s Ordination

e   Hello all, I hope you had a great week, and I hope you have a good Memorial Day Weekend ahead.  Tomorrow morning, Deacon Matthew Northenscold, who was born and raised in Maple Lake and at Saint Timothy’s will be ordained a priest at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral in Saint Paul.  Ordinations are … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Second Graders

Hello All, One of the greatest things about having a Catholic School is the daily interactions about faith that most people never know.  It’s great to hear the teachers or staff share some great stories after school about what happened with the children, often involving faith.  It’s often those small stories and experiences that show … Continue reading

Oh Come, Let us Adore Him

Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  It was great to have Archbishop Emeritus Flynn visit our parish last weekend.  As you know, he spoke about the Eucharist and the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.  What a blessing the Adoration Chapel has been for our parish since he himself blessed it over fifteen years … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello everyone, I hope all is well, and I hope your week is going well.  There is a lot happening around the parish currently.  Here is the latest news: Join us tonight at the school for our Spring Program at 7:00 P.M.  It promises to be a great one, as the children will be singing … Continue reading

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage

Hello All, Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 13th, start asking for time off, and prepare to reserve your spot on our special “Year of Mercy Pilgrimage”.  It should be a wonderful day of prayer, mercy, healing, history, fun, food, and more. As you may know, Pope Francis has given the Church a special … Continue reading

Spring Auction

Have you purchased your car raffle ticket yet for the spring auction?  The drawing is this Saturday.  This is the moment when Bobby, our teaching parish seminarian, was drawing last year’s winner for the car at the spring auction.  This could be a picture of him drawing your name this year. Please consider purchasing a … Continue reading

How has a Catholic education helped you or your family?

That was one of the questions that we asked our parents, staff, alumni, or students of our school.  I already posted some of the responses to that question here. Here are some additional responses.  Clearly, a Catholic education is important and matters.  The investment of our time, resources, and the sacrifices that our parents, staff, … Continue reading

New Parish Secretary

  Hello all, I hope your week is going well. I am writing to announce today that we have a new parish secretary for Saint Timothy’s.  I am excited to announce that Paula Willard will begin as parish secretary in early May.  I look forward to her starting, and I know that she will bring … Continue reading

The Saint Timothy’s School Family

  Hello All, I hope all is well, and I hope we’re all able to enjoy the warm weather ahead. One of the great blessings of our school here at Saint Timothy’s is our small, family feel.  When you send your child to our school, they and you become part of a larger family.  This … Continue reading

Amoris Laetitia or “The Joy of Love”

Hello all, You might have read the headlines on Pope Francis’ latest letter “Amoris Laetitia”, which is Latin for “The Joy of Love”. While I haven’t had the chance to read it in its entirety yet, it is clearly a powerful reflection on marriage, love, and family life.  While I know there are many demands … Continue reading

Thank you and Update on the Eucharistic Miracles

Hello all,   Thank you to all of you who attended the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit this past week.  It was a great success.  There were over 500 visitors to the exhibit, not counting our school children who were able to visit yesterday and see the displays themselves.  34% of those who visited were not from … Continue reading

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

Hello all, This is a brief reminder that the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit begins tomorrow.  Stop by any time from 8:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M from Thursday-Sunday and explore the displays in the church basement describing all of the ways that the Lord has miraculously made himself visible in the Eucharist in a special way.  Many of the … Continue reading

Divine Mercy Sunday

Hello All, Happy Easter once again.  I hope you’re having a great week. This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is a special opportunity to reflect upon, receive, and dedicate ourselves to receiving God’s merciful love and sharing the same with others.  For more information about the feast and devotion itself, click here. We are … Continue reading

What do you love most about Saint Timothy’s School?

What do you love most about Saint Timothy’s School? First, Happy Easter to all.  I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and loved ones.  As I mentioned earlier, I would like to continue to focus on our school this year in a special way.  Hopefully, you’ve seen my earlier posts.  If not, … Continue reading

Living Stations of the Cross

Did you miss our 5th graders’ presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross last week?  You can still see them tomorrow, Thursday, at 9:00 A.M. in the main church.  Many of you commented how powerful and moving they were.  I hope you’re able to join us as we see the stations of the cross … Continue reading

A Slight Change to Holy Thursday

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great Holy Week so far.  I look forward to celebrating the Triduum with you in the days ahead. Tomorrow night, we will celebrate Holy Thursday, where we commemorate what happened at the Last Supper: The Institution of the Eucharist, the Institution of the Priesthood, and the Lord’s example … Continue reading

Planting the Seeds of Faith from a Young Age

What does spiritual growth look like in preschool? It has been such a blessing to have the new preschool at Saint Timothy’s this year.  One of the great things about having a preschool at a Catholic school is the ways that we can begin to pass on the faith and spiritual development to the next … Continue reading

Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit

Hello Everyone, As you may have heard, we will be having an exhibit on the Eucharistic Miracles of the World from March 31st – April 3rd here at Saint Timothy’s in the church basement.  The exhibit will run daily from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM daily during that time and admission will be free. As you know, … Continue reading

Living Stations of the Cross

  Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  This is a reminder that our fifth grade students will be acting out the stations of the cross in the main church at 2:00 PM on Friday.  Please join us for this opportunity to prepare for Holy Week.  This is the first year that we … Continue reading

Should I Send my Child to Saint Timothy’s?

Should I send my child to Saint Timothy’s Catholic School?  Hopefully, it’s a question that all of our parishioners and non-parishioners in the area ask themselves as they discern where their child should be educated.  As I mentioned before, I want to focus in a special way on our school this year.  Again, not everyone … Continue reading

News Around The Parish

Hello all, I hope your week is starting well, and I hope you enjoyed the weather over the weekend.  There is certainly a lot happening around the parish.  Here is the latest update. As I announced this weekend and as you saw in the bulletin, we are excited to announce that Saint Timothy’s will be … Continue reading

Staff Update

Hello all, I write with an announcement regarding our parish staff.  Debbie Biegler, our director of faith formation, informed me that she will be retiring as our faith formation director, effective June 4th.  She will finish this academic year and then pass on the reins of a solid faith formation program, which she helped to … Continue reading

Church Secretary Opening

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great week.  The parish is looking for a new parish secretary.  If you or someone you know might be interested in the position, please consider contacting me or encourage others to contact me.  We are looking for a qualified person to fill this important position in the parish’s … Continue reading

Shroud of Turin – Part Two

Hello all, First, it was great to see so many of you come to the presentation last night.  We had a great turnout.  I hope you enjoyed the presentation on the science of the Shroud. As a reminder, there will be a second presentation tonight at 7:00 in the main church which will focus more … Continue reading

Shroud of Turin Presentation

Hello all, I hope your week is off to a good start.  This is one final reminder about the Shroud of Turin presentations tomorrow, Tuesday, and Wednesday, both at 7:00 PM in the main church.  Both presentations are free of charge and all are welcome to attend.  We are blessed to have the lead researcher … Continue reading

Staff Update

  Hello all, I hope all is well with you, and I hope you’re having a great week.  I have some news to share with all of you.  Tonya Kaley, our parish receptionist here at Saint Timothy’s, has accepted a new position. For over twelve years, we have been blessed to have Tonya working in … Continue reading

Does a Catholic Education Really Matter?

As I mentioned earlier, I would like to focus on the importance of our school in our parish and in our community in a special way this year.  I hope to write nearly every week about our school in some way. Providing a Catholic education involves sacrifices.  It entails a sacrifice of the resources and … Continue reading

What do you love most about Saint Timothy’s Catholic School?

What do you love most about Saint Timothy’s Catholic School? That was the question, among others, that we asked our parents, staff, and others to answer during Catholic Schools Week and beyond, as we celebrate our school during this year in a special way.  It was wonderful to read the great support and love for … Continue reading

The Shroud of Turin

Do you see the image of the man on the cloth above?  This might make it a little easier.   Is this the face of Jesus?   The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. … Continue reading

Lenten Adoration Night – Gethsemane

Hello all, It was good to see many of you at the Mass this morning.  As a reminder, we will have a Mass tonight at 7:00 PM for Ash Wednesday.  Tomorrow, Thursday, we will have our Lenten Adoration Night, or Gethsemane.  It will be similar to our time of adoration during Advent, which many of … Continue reading

Lent Begins

Hello all, I hope you are having a good week.  It’s a busy week in the parish, as Lent begins tomorrow.  Here is the latest news around the parish and school:   Ash Wednesday is tomorrow.  We will have Masses here at Saint Timothy’s at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM.  As a reminder, tomorrow is … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope you’re having a good week and surviving the snow.  Here is an update on what is new around the parish: You can see the latest progress on the school addition in the pictures above.  Things are really coming together, and it’s great and exciting to see.  Thank you again for all … Continue reading

In the Parish and School This Week

Hello all, I hope you’re having a good week.  Here is an update on some of the activities and events happening around the parish and school this week. First, today is our feast day as a parish.  We celebrate the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus.  Ever wonder who Saint Timothy was?  You can learn … Continue reading

Planning Ahead for Lent

i   Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  It might seem early to be talking about Lent, but it’s now only a little over two weeks away with Ash Wednesday being February 10th.  I will post these opportunities again as it gets closer, but it might be helpful to share some of … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope all is well with you, and I hope you’re having a good week.  Here is a brief update on the latest happenings around the parish and school: Tonight, a team from NET Ministries in Saint Paul will be at Saint Timothy’s to lead a retreat for our 7th-10th graders in faith … Continue reading

The New Directory

  Hello all, I’m sure many of you are aware already, but we began distributing the new directories this past weekend.  We will continue to distribute them after all Masses this upcoming weekend as well for those who have yet to pick up their copy.  If you had your picture taken in the directory, you … Continue reading

A Brief Update

   Hello all, I hope you are having a great week.  Here is a brief update on news around the parish: The new parish directories have arrived.  We will begin distributing them to parishioners in the back of the church this weekend.  If you had your photo taken for the directory, you will receive a … Continue reading

The Octave of Christmas

Hello all, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  It was great to see all of you at the Masses.  Here is a brief update of the latest news around the parish. First, don’t forget to make plans to attend Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation of Mary, Mother … Continue reading

Around the Parish on the Week of Christmas

      Hello all, I hope you’re having a good week so far as we prepare for Christmas.  Here is the latest news around the parish and school. Of course, the main focus this week is preparing for Christmas and Christmas itself.  Please join us as we celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve at 4:30 PM … Continue reading

Confession Opportunities

Hello all, This is a brief post to inform you of the many opportunities still available to receive the Lord’s healing mercy, love, and forgiveness before Christmas.  In the sacrament of confession, God gives his infinite love and forgiveness to those who are willing to humble themselves and resolve to try to sin no more. … Continue reading

Adoration, Confessions, School Program, and More

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend, and I hope to see all of you at the Advent Adoration Night tonight. Here is what’s new around the parish and school: Last night, we had our finance council meeting.  I posted earlier with an update on what was discussed and a general introduction to … Continue reading

Finance Council

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  One of the questions that sometimes comes up is what committees the parish has and who is on each committee.  In the months ahead, I hope to feature the different groups and organizations, their mission, their membership, and what they do.  We will then include an … Continue reading

Advent Adoration Night

Hello everyone, I wanted to make a brief post to highlight our Advent Adoration Night this coming Tuesday, December 15th from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in the main church.  You can stop by for just a few minutes or stay for the whole time.  The lights will be dimmed, we’ll have periods of live, meditative music, time … Continue reading

News Around the Parish December 9th

Hello all, I hope you had a good holy day yesterday.  There is a lot happening around the parish.  Here is the latest news: Construction began today on the structure of the school addition.  Here is a picture of their work so far.    We will have another gift for you this weekend at the … Continue reading

Year of Mercy

Hello all, Today, we begin as a universal Church the Year of Mercy.  It is an opportunity for new beginnings, fresh starts, reconciliation with those around us, reaching out in love to those who are most in need, and finding peace through forgiveness in our families, community, and beyond.  Above all, it’s an opportunity for … Continue reading

Mass Tonight, Monday

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  As a reminder tomorrow is a Holy Day of Obligation in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  We will have Masses at 9:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. I will also offer Mass tonight, Monday, at 8:00 P.M. if anyone is interested in attending or if … Continue reading

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

This is a quick post to remind you to make plans to attend Mass on Tuesday, December 8th for the Holy Day of Obligation in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  Masses at Saint Timothy’s will be at 9:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.  This will also be the beginning of Pope Francis’ Year of … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great week.  There is a lot happening around the parish.  Here is an extensive update.    First, here is the latest look at the school addition project, if you missed yesterday’s post.  The materials for the truss have been delivered.  We hope to begin work on the framework throughout … Continue reading

Capital Campaign

Hello all, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that you’re surviving the snow. I wanted to write a post to thank all of you once again for your incredible generosity to the capital campaign.  It truly is amazing that we were able to raise over $1,000,000 for our parish and school.  The latest … Continue reading

News around the Parish This Week

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is the weekly update with the latest news and events around the parish: The big news, of course, is that we reached our capital campaign’s main goal.  After collecting further pledges this weekend, we are currently at $1,031,000 pledged.  Thank you so much.  Your generosity … Continue reading

News Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is some of the news around the parish. Please pray for our parishioners who passed away recently and their families.  Jeanne Holmberg’s funeral will be tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10:30.  Thomas Feela’s funeral will be on Friday at 10:30.  Muriel Rasset’s funeral will be on Monday … Continue reading

Life in the Parish This Week

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is an update of what is new in the parish and school this week.  As I mentioned before, I will likely post only one or two of these extensive blog posts during the week, now that life in the … Continue reading

Thursday, Friday, and the Weekend Ahead

Good morning everyone, As things start to settle more into a routine in the parish and school now that everything is underway, I’ll likely focus my time more on a weekly news update at the beginning of the week, post anything more time-sensitive in brief posts throughout the week, and then highlight different organizations or … Continue reading

A Wednesday Update

Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  On the hard calendar, today is a typical Wednesday.  Here are a few odds and ends around the parish or Church today: Today was an ecumenical day in many respects, as the local Christian pastors gathered for breakfast and for lunch for different meetings or socials. … Continue reading

Tuesday News and the Week Ahead

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope you had a great Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day.  November is a great month to pray for all of our deceased friends, family, and fellow parishioners.  Since the earliest days, Christians have always prayed for the dead and honored the graves of … Continue reading

A Typical Wednesday at the Parish

Hello all, I hope your week is going well. Happy Feast day of Saints Simon and Jude.  We don’t know much about these two, but you can read a little here.  They were apostles.  Saint Simon was known as the “Zealot”.  He was zealous for the faith, but it likely also means that he was … Continue reading

Tuesday with Some Important News

Hello all, I hope all is well with you, and I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is what is new around the parish and school. We’ll start with the most significant news.  I’m happy to announce that we have the building permit in-hand for the classroom addition project.  The view of the school … Continue reading

Updates Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope your week is going well.  Here is what is new around the parish and beyond. The pictures above were from a church tour that I gave to the first graders in faith formation yesterday.  It’s always great to show the children everything that we have … Continue reading

Tuesday at the Parish

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the weather today, Monday.  I want to thank Jen Rasset and Marie Mavencamp for their great talks on the capital campaign this past weekend.  Thank you too once again for all of your support and thank you to our great volunteers. I’m typing this … Continue reading

Thursday at the Parish

Hello all, I hope all is well.  Here is a brief update around the parish today. The big news yesterday was that we reached our goal for the lock-in, which means that the school’s supporters and the children were able to bring in $2,000 for the school in the final few days.  Thank you to … Continue reading

Preschool Update and Wednesday News

Hello all, I hope the week is going well.  I will devote the first half of this post to an update on our new preschool from Mrs. Lisa Hennen.  The rest of the post will focus on general parish news. As you know, we decided to add a preschool to Saint Timothy’s this fall after … Continue reading

Tuesday with the Fourth Degree

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather.  Here is what’s new around the parish and school: Today is hot lunch day at the school, as we invite all family and relatives of the students to attend lunch with the children.  We look … Continue reading

Friday and the Weekend Ahead at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, I hope all is well.  It’s a relatively quiet weekend in the parish on the hard calendar.  Here’s what’s new: Sunday will be the Rite of Enrollment for our ninth graders preparing for confirmation.  They will process in the Mass with their mentors and make their pledges to prepare seriously for the sacrament … Continue reading

Thursday at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, It was great to see everyone at the concert last night.  I hope you all enjoyed it.  I know it was amazing for me to see and hear Tony play and know that he was doing all of that without being able to see.  Thank you again to our sponsors who allowed us … Continue reading

Wednesday with a Concert

Hello all, I hope all is well.  Here is what’s new around the parish today: The big event today is, of course, the concert at 7:00 P.M. in the church.  We’re excited to have Tony Deblois with us.  Again, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the concert is free of charge.  Come listen to … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 6th

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is a brief update on what’s new around the parish and school: Tonight, we have the volunteer training and informational meeting for the capital campaign at 6:00 P.M. in the school gym.  We had a very good response and … Continue reading

Friday and the Weekend Ahead at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, There is a busy Friday and a busy weekend ahead here in the parish.  Here’s some updates for Friday and beyond. This Saturday morning is our school Marathon.  The students and parents will gather in the gym for registration and prayer before biking or walking, depending on their age range.  This is the … Continue reading

New Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope all is well.  While the day is busy in the parish and school, the “hard calendar” is relatively free until this evening.   Today is a special feast day relative to something you see hopefully every Sunday in church.  More on that below.  Here are some odds and ends around the … Continue reading

Wednesday Update

Hello all, I hope all is well.  Today is a busy day and this week is busy but mainly with the usual great activities of parish and school life. First, I hope you didn’t miss the announcement about the concert a week from today.  Read more about a free, inspiring, fun concert being offered at Saint … Continue reading

A Great, Inspiring Concert at Saint Timothy’s

We’re excited to have Tony Deblois next week in concert here at Saint Timothy’s.  Don’t miss this free opportunity to be entertained and inspired by someone who has played for presidents, appeared on the Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS Sunday Morning.  He was also the subject of the 1997 TV movie of the week “Journey … Continue reading

Tuesday at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the weather.  Thank you once again.  Please see my full thank you.  We had a great day, a good turn out, and a wonderful festival.  Thanks for your support for our parish. Here is an update of what is new around the parish: Check … Continue reading

Fall Festival Thank You

Hello all, Thank you to all those who came to our festival on Sunday.  We had a wonderful day, a great turn out, and a lot of fun.  In addition to being a lot of fun, our festival generally raises over $40,000 for our parish.  Without it, we could not offer the services, staff, outreach, … Continue reading

Wednesday around the Parish

Hello all, It’s a busy day around the parish with many of the usual Wednesday activities.  There is the morning Bible study, open youth room, and faith formation.  There are other events and activities happening behind the scenes. The big news in our nation is that Pope Francis is visiting Washington D.C. today.  I hope … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Update

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  There continues to be a lot happening at the parish, as always, this time of the year. Here is a brief update: First, the big news of the day throughout our country is that Pope Francis, the successor of Saint Peter, arrives in Washington D.C. at … Continue reading

Thursday at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, I hope all is well.  Here’s what’s new around the parish and school and beyond. Tonight is the Liturgy Committee Meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the church basement.  The committee is comprised of all those who help with the Masses and liturgies in the parish, which includes sacristans, lectors, cantors, musicians, decorators, and … Continue reading

Daily Update – Wednesday

Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  Here’s a brief update on what’s new around the parish and school: In case you missed it yesterday, the state did approve the building plans for the school addition project.  We will go to the city for building permits now and hope to break ground on … Continue reading

Tuesday, Our Lady of Sorrows, at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather.  There continues to be a lot of behind the scenes work and meetings, but here is a brief update on what is happening around the parish and school. First, there is some big news with the school addition project.  We received … Continue reading

Friday and the Weekend Ahead at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, I hope all is well.  Once again, on the hard calendar, it’s a relatively quiet day and weekend ahead in the parish.  At the same time, it’s an extremely busy time of the year behind the scenes. Here is a brief update today. I just returned from the Lake Ridge Nursing Home in … Continue reading

Thursday at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, It’s a relatively quiet day on the “hard calendar” here at the parish.  The parish and school offices are very busy with a number of behind the scenes work and projects.  Here is an update on what is happening around the parish: This morning, we had our first school Mass of the year. … Continue reading

The Council of Catholic Women

Hello all, Again, I hope you’re having a great week.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, the CCW (Council of Catholic Women) had a good meeting last night.  I’m so grateful for all of their hard work and service in the parish and community.  I’m especially grateful to Betty Thomes and Barb Manuel who … Continue reading

A Busy Wednesday

Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  Today, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Peter Claver, who worked in the early 17th century to help the slaves arriving in South America.  He proclaimed himself the “slave of the slaves”.  Read more about him here. There is a lot happening around the parish. … Continue reading

Tuesday Update Around the Parish

Hello all, I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.  Here’s an update on what’s new around the parish. The big news today is that the students and teachers are back to school.  Again, it’s great to have them here again.  It always brings such life to the parish.  There was an opening prayer … Continue reading

Around the Parish Friday and Labor Day Weekend

Hello all, I hope all is well, and I hope you’re ready for Labor Day weekend.  It’s a relatively quiet day on the “hard calendar” at the parish, as we mainly focus on many behind-the-scenes preparations for the upcoming school year, which makes the school and parish much busier.  Here is some news around the … Continue reading

Thursday at Saint Timothy’s

Hello all, Here is an update on some happenings around the parish today. The major event today is the informational meeting for parents of youth regarding discipleship groups.  These groups will be optional, but they will be great if you want your child to stay engaged in the faith and really let the Gospel of … Continue reading

Youth Group Discipleship Groups

Hello all, I hope all is well.  I write with some news on our youth program.  Below you will find a letter from Heather Quinlan, our youth director.  I would invite you to read her letter, and I invite as many parents as possible to attend the informational meeting tomorrow evening at 6:30 to learn … Continue reading

What’s New on Wednesday

I hope you’re having a great week.  Here’s what’s new: Our attention today is focused on our wonderful school, as we have an open house from 5:00-7:00 P.M.  There will be a sloppy joe dinner provided.  It will be great to have the children and families back in the school tonight, as the students start … Continue reading

Around the Parish Today

  Hello all, I hope you had a great weekend.  Here is some news around the parish today: A replica of the image of the Holy Family that will be used at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in a few weeks is now on display in the sanctuary.  Make sure to check it … Continue reading

Around the Parish This Weekend

  Hello all, Happy feast of Saint Augustine.  Here is an update on things happening in the parish today, this weekend, and beyond: There will be a Mass this evening at 7:00 P.M. in the church.  This is the opening Mass for Holy Spirit Academy in Monticello.  Each year, local parishes take turns hosting this … Continue reading

Around the Parish

Hello all, My hope is to post as regularly as possible here about various parish activities and events and what is happening in the parish and school.  While certainly not comprehensive, here is a brief update: The Faith Formation teachers and aides had a workshop last night to prepare for the year ahead.  I’m so … Continue reading

A Special Year to Focus on Our School

Hello all, Each year, the Holy Father announces a special theme for the Church’s year.  This coming year is the year of mercy.  Pope Francis wants us to focus on God’s merciful and infinite love in a special way during this time. My hope is to do something similar for our parish and focus this … Continue reading

Communication

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great week.  This past year, you may have noticed that we’ve updated a few features online.  We created a parish Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email mailing list, a school email list, a school Facebook page, updated our website, and more.  We still have a few bugs … Continue reading

School Addition Update

Hello all.  Some time ago, we announced that we would be adding classrooms to the school.  For some time now, the school has lacked adequate space to accommodate the growth of various programs, technology, and storage needs.  As mentioned before, we have “made due” and done it as best as possible, but we need to … Continue reading

Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Results

Hello all, Thank you again for participating in our feasibility study for the capital campaign.  The results from the study have been compiled.  Please see the letter below which will be inserted in the bulletins this weekend for a summary of the results.  Thank you for your love for our parish and your generosity and … Continue reading

School Update

Since 1951, Saint Timothy’s Catholic School has been a vital part of our parish and our community, providing a strong Catholic education to a number of generations, helping to instill sound moral character, high quality education, and the Catholic faith.  While the mission of the school has remained the same, many things have changed during … Continue reading

New Parish Directory

Hello all, I hope you’re having a happy Thanksgiving.  One of the consistent questions that I have received over the past couple of years is, “When are we getting a new directory?”. As you know, it has been some time since we have published a new church directory.  In addition to the usual changes over … Continue reading

Strategic Plan for the Year Ahead for the Parish

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great weekend. As I’ve mentioned throughout the past year, the parish has been undergoing a strategic planning process. This was facilitated by a team from the Archdiocese and involved parish staff and a variety of parishioners of different backgrounds and experiences. There were three major meetings in the … Continue reading

Survey Results

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great week.  As you know, we took a parish-wide survey a few months ago.  This was part of a much larger effort of strategic planning for the future of the parish.  Relying upon the demographic data, financial information, survey results, the needs of the parish, and the recommendations … Continue reading

Staff Announcement

Hello all, I hope you’re having a great Father’s Day weekend.  I wanted to write to tell you that we have hired a new youth director and middle school religion teacher.  Before making that announcement, though, I want to thank Jacob Nelson once again for all of his great work with the youth these past few … Continue reading

Staff Update

    Hello all,      I hope you are having a good day and start to the weekend.  I wanted to let you know that Jacob Nelson, our youth director, RCIA teacher, and middle school religion teacher at Saint Timothy’s School informed me that he would be stepping down from his positions here at Saint Timothy’s at the … Continue reading

Strategic Planning

Hello all, I hope your week is going well.  I thought I would give some more information about the strategic planning initiative that I had mentioned in the bulletin last weekend.  The formal name of the planning process is “GROW”.  Some of you might have heard of other parishes that have already participated in this … Continue reading

What happens during the Mass?

Most of us have been going to Mass since we were a child.  Every week, for many years, we have faithfully participated in those prayers, we’ve heard the Word of God, and we have received communion.  We’ve seen the same rituals, the same gestures, and even heard the same readings many times over.  Sometimes, because … Continue reading

Why is the Mass so riveting?

  That’s probably not the usual question that we hear.  More commonly, we probably hear, “Why is Mass so boring?  Why is it so repetitive?  Do we really have to go?”    In the months ahead, I hope to use this space to talk about all that we do every Sunday, why we do it, … Continue reading

A New Feature

   Hello all,    Welcome to the new section on our website.  My hope is to use this for news, stories, articles, and other items that can’t fit into a few characters on Twitter.  Some of these posts will be duplicates of what is already found in the bulletin.  Many of them will be ways to communicate … Continue reading

Parish News Update

Welcome to the Parish News section of the website.  Here you will find updates and stories about St. Timothy’s parish.

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