The Solemn Vigil Service of Readings and responses begins on Saturday evening on April 15 at 7:30 pm in the Hospitality Area. The presider lights and blesses the new fire from which he lights the Pascal Candle and sings the Exultet. Each reader rises to recount the story of salvation history from the Book of Genesis to the Prophet Ezekiel, all responding with the appropriate psalms. We end our service quietly in personal prayer in anticipation of the Easter celebration.
April 16 at 8:30 am. Please join us for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord. This is not the end of the Story of Salvation but the beginning of the Great Fifty Days, celebrating the enduring love and faithfulness of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Sunday at the Church of the Assumption
Doctor Miguel Fiol, a professor of Neurological science at the University of Minnesota, an immigrant from Puerto Rico, and Doctor Betsy Murray, a professor of child psychology also at the University of Minnesota, met with parents of small children, fielding questions about these very dangerous times for immigrant families and the repercussions for their children. I was there as a quest observer.
In a near-by gym the children were guided by professionals to express their feelings of fear and anger through various forms of art. These children know about "Trump" and he enters into their games, their fright-filled games.
In the session for adults, one of the questions was, "How do I comfort my daughter when she comes home from school and tells me that an old woman, an Anglo, called her 'dirty' and told her to go back to Mexico."
Another mother asked: "How can I assure my child that we will be always there for him?" The professors emphasized how important it was to provide an atmosphere at home where the children could freely express their fears and know that what they were afraid of, namely that they would come home from school and their parents would not be there, is a real fear. At the same time they must know that their parents love them dearly and are working with good people all over the United States to change the behavior of ICE, and la Migra.
Is the Pope the Anti-Trump?This is an excellent article especial for those of us who are puzzled by what is going on in our world today. You can pull up the article on you smart phone or computer by calling for Google and typing in:
Is the Pope the Anti-TrumpAs we used to say, "Feel the Bern", and do something about it.
The Motherhouse at Assisi Height
Entrance to Assisi Heights, Home of the Rochester FranciscansDear Friends and family, In 1953 a small group of Poor Clare Sisters came down from Sauk Rapids MN to the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to found a Franciscan Poor Clare Monastery here in Bloomington, south Minneapolis. Land was donated by the St. Martin family, a portion from their farm. Through the funding and help of the families and friends of the Sisters work began on the building and landscaping, including a two acre Pine forest on the almost 5 acre plot of land. The monastery evolved in tandem with the archdiocese and along with the emerging cultural changes in our Country after World War II. The Second Vatican Council dramatically affected both our Church and our World including our Monastery. The Monastery was on path to becoming a house of prayer for all God’s people. Now through prayer and discernment we are being asked to pass on this beloved home loaned to us for some sixty years. Due to the aging of our Sisters and the lack of new vocations to our form of life, we are no longer able to care for this beautiful place of peace and devotion and give the Sisters the care they need. Our prayer is one of great gratitude for our time among you with a hope that the use of our property might continue to serve God’s people in new and wonderful ways. We will never forget you and ask for your remembrance of us in prayer. Your Poor Clare Sisters
Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis whom he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, immigration and so many more global concerns essential for the well being of God's people. Here is a salute to one of the finest American presidents ever elected by the people to serve this United States of America. AD Multos Annos!
Looking back on these last few years of the ministry of Pope Francis to the Church and the World we give thanks for his example of universal and all inclusive ministry of mercy, kindness and largeness of spirit, never narrow minded, partial or bigoted. May we walk with these two great men into the future in solidarity with all God's people especially with those most in need.
Photos of Monastery Crèches - Lynne Morin
Vinyl to digital conversion - Robb Morin
Technical Expertise - The Borchards
Creative Design - Sister Beth Lynn
The Music of Spain
Bell Ringers of the Dawn Every Sunday morning between four and six, a group of men - Bell Ringers of the Dawn - circulate through the streets of the mountain village of Arriate.
Andalusian Liturgy Part 1 & 2 In the Andalusian mountain town of Ronda, a religious order of women lives in a convent with the mission to tend the sick at night. Each morning they gather in their chapel to sing during the Mass. This religious order shuns publicity of any kind. The mother superior permitted the taping of the music on the condition that the sisters remain unaware.