Pastor’s Column

Pastor’s Column January 20, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

You will be hearing and reading the word: Rediscover: in the coming weeks and months. Rediscover: is an initiative of our Archbishop to inspire Catholics to find Belonging, Meaning, Strength, Freedom, and Peace – things everyone is looking for in life. And they can only be found in their fullness in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI is calling for a New Evangelization, and our Archdiocese has responded with Rediscover: an exciting initiative that will continue beyond the Year of Faith, and truly become part of who we are in this local Church. What are we asked to do?
Begin by reading Matthew Kelly’s book, Rediscover Catholic. If you feel inspired by the book, consider if you would like to join – or help lead – a book club discussion group in our parish!
Attend the 2013 Rediscover: Faith Speakers Series, which begins in early February and runs through March 2013 at three local locations:

Mondays in New Brighton: Saint John the Baptist, 835 2nd Avenue NW, all at 7:00 p.m.:
February 4 – Rediscover: meaning – Finding God’s Purpose for My Life
February 18 – Rediscover: belonging – Living in Communion with God
March 4 – Rediscover: strength – Overcoming Life’s Challenges Through God’s Grace
March 18 – Rediscover: The Way – Keeping God at the Center of My Life

Tuesdays in Eagan: Saint John Neumann, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, all at 7:00 p.m.:
February 5 – Rediscover: meaning – Finding God’s Purpose for My Life
February 19 – Rediscover: belonging – Living in Communion with God
March 5 – Rediscover: strength – Overcoming Life’s Challenges Through God’s Grace
March 12* – Rediscover: The Way – Keeping God at the Center of My Life
*Held on March 12 to avoid a conflict with the Chrism Mass on March 19

Thursdays in Edina: Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Avenue, all at 7:00 p.m.:
February 7 – Rediscover: meaning – Finding God’s Purpose in my Life
February 21 – Rediscover: belonging – Living in Communion with God
March 7 – Rediscover: strength – Overcoming Life’s Challenges through God’s Grace
March 21 – Rediscover: The Way – Keeping God at the Center of My Life

You can simply show up at the talks – or if you would like to go with others from our parish, there will be sign-up sheets to arrange for a carpool trip.

Resources:
If you’d like to find out more, please visit the Rediscover: website at Rediscover-faith.org.
There will also be an app available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices in early 2013!
You are welcome to talk with me about this. At St. Boniface, you can speak with Karen Boatright, Rose Burckhardt, Kathy Cervony, Michelle Davis, Brian and Lee Ann Eiden, Shawn O’Brien and Joann Vanderlinde; and at St. Mary’s, Rose Burckhardt, Carol Hawkinson, and Ginny Triplett.

Please join others from across this local Church in praying for the success of our efforts. Together, we can help our fellow Catholics rediscover the meaning, belonging, strength, freedom and peace that can only be found through Jesus Christ and his Church.

Peace,

Fr. Tom