The January 2, 2014 issue of the Archdiocesan Update.
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

January 2, 2014

In this issue:

Office of Development and Stewardship: Important CSA 2014 Updates; Local Catholics Generous in Second Collections
Office of Administration and Finance: Billing and Financial Reporting Changes; Accounting Software Selection Update
Office of Advocacy and Victim Assistance: New Brochures Available
Office of Worship: Prayers of the Faithful; Mentioning of Auxiliary Bishops in Eucharistic Prayer
Rediscover: Speakers Series Presenters Named
Office of Marriage, Family and Life: Men's Conference Save the Date; Minnesota Youth for Life Conference; Vigil for Life; Annual Prayer Service for Life; Single Parent Retreat; Newly Married Retreat; Natural Family Planning Local Classes
Office of Parish Services: Spring Formation Day Save the Date; GROW Update; Hospitality Resources
Announcements: Clergy Assignments; Shared Ministry Association Event


Important Information Regarding the 2014 CSA

Independent Foundation Established:
Beginning this year, all funds given to the CSA will be held by the independent Catholic Services Appeal Foundation. The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Area (CSAF) is an independent Minnesota nonprofit corporation that is tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3). Contributions will be used for the benefit of the designated ministries of the CSAF and for no other purposes. The CSA provides funds for ministries that serve families, strengthen parishes, support Catholic school students, form local Church leaders, and reach out to invite others to full life in the faith. The designated ministries will be identified specifically on the CSAF webpage which will go live soon.

Rebate Formula Change:
The change in the parish rebate formula previously slated to take effect with the 2014 CSA is not happening as planned. Instead, we will be retaining the 2013 rebate structure. This change follows a request made at the Presbyteral Council and then studied by the Regional Vicars and a committee of priests.

Informational Luncheons Reminder:
Priests are invited to attend one of the following CSA Priest Luncheons.  Please note that these luncheons are intended for pastors and parochial administrators.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 (11:30am – 1:00pm)
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus – Emmaus Room
155 Co Rd 24
Wayzata, MN 55391
Thursday, January 9, 2014 (11:30am – 1:00pm)
Church of St. Patrick – Shamrock Hall
8260 4th Street N
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (11:30am – 1:00pm)
Church of St. John the Baptist – St. Joseph Hall
835 2nd Ave NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
Please RSVP by noon on Monday, January 6 via email to or by calling 651-290-1610.

Local Catholics Generous in 2013 Second Collections

People at parishes throughout the archdiocese have contributed more than $125,000 to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines and Vietnam last month. This emergency second collection was taken up at Masses throughout the archdiocese the weekend of after Thanksgiving. The money collected is already on its way through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help people still struggling without shelter and needing food, water and medical care. Donations may still be sent to CRS directly at or by calling 877-435-7277.
With 2013 donations still coming in, local Catholics have contributed a total of $1.8 million dollars through second collections to help those in need locally and around the world, support retired religious sisters and brothers, to help restore our community landmark, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and other important campaigns with benefit our entire community.

Thank you for your support of second collections throughout the year.


Billing and Financial Reporting Changes

As a part of our ongoing commitment to a culture of transparency, the Archdiocese is making a few changes to billing procedures effective January 1, 2014 and running through the end of FY 2015. Changes will also be made to Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis financial reporting.
For more information, please see the letter from the Archbishop to pastors which was mailed in mid-December and emailed to parish business administrators on December 19.

Accounting Software Selection Update

Since late summer, a committee of parish business leaders and staff have been working on a recommendation for a LOGOS software replacement. The committee plans to present a software recommendation to the AFC at its January 2014 meeting. This timeline was moved back from November 2013 to accommodate further analysis of options, and to allow committee members to fully test software functionality that will meet parish business needs. Thank you to everyone who has shared input in this process.


New Advocacy and Victim Assistance Brochure Available

In an effort to help those who have been harmed by abuse or other misconduct in Church ministry, a new brochure with information about Advocacy and Victim Assistance services has been mailed to all parishes. Each parish should have received 20 copies in the mail the week of December 16. The brochure is also posted online. Please replace any old Advocacy and Victim Assistance brochures with the new ones.

Spanish language Advocacy and Victim Assistance brochures are also available online and will be mailed to Latino Ministry parishes next week. You may also request Spanish language brochures, or additional English language brochures, by contacting Greta Sawyer at 651-291-4497.


Prayers of the Faithful

Please consider incorporating these Prayers of the Faithful in your liturgies as you see fit:
  • We pray for healing and peace within our local Church, and for the consolation and renewal that Christ alone can give.  We pray to the Lord. 
  • We pray for the triumph of truth and justice, and for real and lasting peace to be granted to all who have been wounded by the Church’s ministers or shepherds.  We pray to the Lord.  
  • We pray for hope during these difficult days within our local Church.  May the Infant King grant to us all the courage and steadfast commitment to seek and serve all that is Good, True and Beautiful.  We pray to the Lord.     

Mentioning of Auxiliary Bishops in the Eucharistic Prayer

While the local bishop is always mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer, it is also permissible to pray for those bishops who assist him, namely, his auxiliary bishops.  As the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states in paragraph 149, when there is more than one auxiliary bishop assisting within the local Church, prayers are made for them not by name, but by the general expression “… and his assistant bishops.”  This would be the appropriate phrase to use within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis whenever prayers are offered for our auxiliaries during the Eucharistic Prayer.    

Information Regarding the Rite of Election

Information regarding the Rite of Election scheduled for March 9, has been sent out to all the parishes.  They were sent to the contact person for the Office of Worship asking that the information be given to the staff person responsible for the RCIA in their parish.  The information includes a letter regarding the Rite of Election and the registration forms.  If you did not receive this information please contact Laurinda Irwin at the Office of Worship, or 651-251-7727.


2014 Talk Speakers Named

Rediscover: why pray
Presented by: Father Bill Baer
Rediscover: how to pray
Presented by: Pat and Kenna Millea

Please invite people in your parish and school community to participate in these two inspiring talks. These talks highlight the beauty of prayer and offer insight on how to pray, gathered from two-thousand years of Church experience. Each talk in the two part series is presented in consecutive weeks at each site:
  • February 3 & 10 – Holy Name of Jesus, Wayzata
  • February 4 & 11 – St. John Neumann, Eagan
  • February 24 & March 3 – Our Lady of Grace, Edina
  • February 25 & March 4 – St. John the Baptist, New Brighton
All Rediscover: faith 2014 Speakers Series talks begin at 7 p.m. and run 90 minutes, including hospitality time.

All parishes were mailed updated inserts for the Rediscover: faith 2014 Speaker Series, as well as a takeaway card and flyers for the Speakers Series, and other Rediscover: resources. This mailing went out on December 17. You can also view and download these materials and instructions for their use in a zip folder on our Rediscover: program support page. Thank you for your help sharing information about these events!

Need Materials or Have Questions/Comments about Rediscover:?

Please email or call the Rediscover: Program Support Helpline at 651-291-4411.


SAVE THE DATE: Archdiocesan Men's Conference - March 22

Please invite men in your parish or school community to participate in the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference, on Saturday, March 22th, 2013, 7:00 a.m. to noon in the Anderson field house of the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus. 

Please consider committing to three simple steps to help invite men to take part in this important event:

1. Identify a point person in your parish who will be able to assist with disseminating information throughout your parish
2. Post regular updates in your bulletin and utilize pulpit announcements
3. Commit to signing up for an opportunity to hear the confessions of the men attending

More information, including speaker names, will be made available very soon. If you have questions, please contact Jean Stolpestad, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage Family and Life at 651-291-4438.

Minnesota Youth for Life Conference - January 20

Minnesota Youth for Life Conference
January 20
9 a.m.-4p.m.
Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale
Registration opens at 8 a.m.
Bishop Andrew Cozzens will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m.
Jason Evert will kick the day off with a talk on chastity, followed by talks by Dr. Mike Adams, professor at University of North Carolina, Dave Sterrett from 40 Days for Life and Lila Rose, President and Founder of Live Action Ministries. There will also be a great praise band that will provide music through the day.

The conference is intended for high school and college aged youth. Cost is $30, which includes lunch. Attendance is limited to 500 people, so please sign up early. For more information and to register, please visit

All Night Prayer Vigil for Hope, Healing and Mercy - January 21/22

For over forty years, legalized abortion has left many men and women empty, confused and longing to be whole again. This vigil is open to all and is a special invitation to those who have been hurt by abortion.
January 21/22
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Chapel
The Saint Paul Seminary

For a full schedule of the vigil and more information please visit the event page on the archdiocesan website or contact Sharon Wilson at 651-291-4506.

Annual Prayer Service for Life - January 22

Annual Prayer Service for Life
Wednesday January 22, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul

See for more details. Parking space is limited. Please consider carpooling or chartering a bus. MCCL Rally to follow at the State Capitol.

Newly Married Retreat - February 1

Newly Married Retreat
February 1
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo, Minneapolis

All married couples who have not yet reached their 8th anniversary are invited to attend a great day to refresh their marriage: the 2014 Archdiocesan Newly Married Retreat on Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in northeast Minneapolis.  Keynote speaker Fr. Thomas Loya will speak on "Theology of the Body for Newlyweds", and Dr. John Buri will present one of the breakout sessions. The retreat also includes reconciliation and the opportunity for couples to renew wedding vows.
The cost is only $40 per couple and includes continental breakfast and catered lunch. More information and a registration link can be found on the event page.  Please print and post the flyer for this event.

Single Parent Retreat - February 8

The Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life will be offering a Single Parent Morning Retreat, Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Optional Mass at 8:00 a.m.) at the Church of Maternity of Mary, 1414 Dale Street North in St. Paul.
Attendees will enjoy a morning of Christian support and renewal through presentation, fellowship and meaningful discussion.  Very Rev. Timothy Cloutier, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Catherine Mollner, Licensed Psychologist and the Clinical Director of The MidWest Center for Personal and Family Development, will offer energetic presentations on “Heavenly Help in Raising Your Children” and “Installing Resilience; establishing a firm foundation of healthy self-esteem and boundaries”. 
The cost is $10/family. People may find out more and register online. Please print and post the flyer to help raise awareness about this special event. Free childcare is provided.  For more information, contact the Marriage, Family and Life office at 651-291-4489.

Natural Family Planning Classes - January - March 2014

Please view and share this listing of upcoming local natural family planning events.


Save the Date for Spring Formation Day - May 21

Wednesday, May 21
Pax Christi, Eden Prairie

A retreat-like day focused on prayer. Watch the Archdiocesan Update for more information!

REMINDER: Final GROW sessions for 2013/14 Begin This Month

Contact Julie Meyer of the Office of Parish Services for information. (651-291-4524 or

REMINDER: Hospitality Toolkits and Other Resources

This is a reminder that the Paul Bernabei talk on “Hospitality:  The Church’s Gift to the 21st Century” is now posted to the Archdiocesan website.  Parish leadership can link to these talks and other resources by going to:
If you wish to send the link directly to parishioners in a bulletin or electronic newsletter, these videos can also be found in the following link along with those resources that pertain to parishioners only:

Please note that the parishioner page for hospitality can also be accessed via smartphone using the QR code on the poster provided in the front cover of the toolkit. 
If your parish has not yet received its Hospitality Toolkit, please contact the Office of Parish Services to make arrangements.  For questions, ideas, or additional information email


Official Announcements

Find out about clergy assignments and other official announcements from the Archdiocese by clicking here.

Archdiocesan Update Article Submission Information

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Archdiocesan Update Archive Page

We've posted the last several months of our Archdiocesan Updates on an online archive page. So if you are looking for something in a past enewsletter, this is where to find it!

REMINDER: Reclaiming Sabbath: The Theology of Rest - January 10

The Shared Ministry Association invites parish staff and volunteer leaders to carve out some time for yourself, slow down, and catch your breath following the busy Advent and Christmas seasons. At this gathering, attendees will revisit God’s command to keep the Sabbath and explore how to reclaim that practice today.

January 10
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Patrick, Edina

Breakfast and Lunch will be potluck – a sign-up sheet will be distributed to those who RSVP. RSVP by Wednesday, January 8 to Sally Carlson-Bancroft at

Questions? Comments?
Please send them to the Office of Communications at


Chancery: 651-291-4400
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