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Sunday, May 24, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 26, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, May 24, 2020, Mass

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When parishes resume public Masses, the faithful can expect several changes. The following is adapted from directives the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Worship.• Watch for parish communication before Mass alerting you to any changes in schedule, place or procedures.• You might have to sign up to attend Mass online or through some other means, to help the parish limit occupancy to approved numbers. Your parish may adjust the Mass schedule or add Mass times in order to serve more people.• Mass may be held outdoors, with you remaining in your vehicle.• If Mass is in the church, church doors may be propped...

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Minnesota Bishops’ Protocols for Beginning Some Public Masses during COVID-19 CrisisSubmitted by Bishop Andrew Cozzens, STDMay 1, 2020Recognizing the spiritual impact that this crisis is having on the people of Minnesota and the resulting psychological consequences, the Minnesota bishops believe that some limited religious services should be allowed in church buildings when the stay-at-home order is lifted. It is understood that precautions would be taken to ensure that necessary social distancing be maintained in order to minimize the risk of the spread of the virus.Just as other activities are being allowed for the healt...

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Sunday, May 17, 2020 Mass

Posted on May 17, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, May 17, 2020, Mass

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St. John’s Catholic Church and the Spirit of Life Area Faith Community will be live streaming mass on Sunday’s at 10:00 am and Friday at 8:00 am. Check us out on Facebook @Ortonville.st.john.

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CCUSA Pandemic Relief Grant

Posted on May 14, 2020 in: General News

Dear Parishioners,Catholic Charities USA has awarded a grant to the Diocese of New Ulm targeted to assist “those hardest hit by the 2020 pandemic.” Given the circumstances, the diocese will be prioritizing assistance to single parent families and two parent families where both wage earners are immediately unemployed and facing homelessness or severe medical hardships. Financial assistance would be up to $200.00 per household. Applicants need not be parishioners or Catholic, but a referral from the pastor is necessary. Applicants should reside within the Diocese of New Ulm. If you or someone you know could benefit from this...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 12, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Mass

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Sunday, May 10, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 11, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, May 10, 2020, Mass

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Thursday, May 7, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 11, 2020 in: General News

Thursday, May 7, 2020, Mass

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 06, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Mass

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Our dear friend, Tony Melendez, was asked to join many of the top Catholic and Christian singers and evangelists in this message of hope. Please take a moment and pray with these wonderful people! "Hope you all enjoy this beautiful peace of music. Tony was blessed to participate!" Jose Melendez

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May 3, 2020, Mass

Posted on May 03, 2020 in: General News

May 3, 2020, Fourth Sunday of Easter Mass

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Please see the attached communication from Bishop LeVoir regarding Governor Walz’s extension of the stay at home order.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020, Mass

Posted on April 30, 2020 in: General News

Thursday, April 30, 2020 Mass

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Mass

Posted on April 28, 2020 in: General News

Mass for April 28, 2020.

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April 26, 2020, Mass Part 2

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: General News

Here is part 2 to the Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020 Mass

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April 26, 2020, Mass Part 1

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: General News

Here is Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020

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Thursday, April 23, 2020, Mass

Posted on April 23, 2020 in: General News

Here is Thursday, April 23, 2020, Mass

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Eucharistic Blessing

Posted on April 23, 2020 in: General News

Beginning April 26th, we will offer weekly Eucharistic blessings for our AFC.You are invited to drive to the church but remain in your car. The priest will lead you in prayer, an examination of conscience, prayers of petition, the Lord's prayer, bless you with the Eucharist in a Monstrance, offer a closing prayer of thanks, and then sprinkle your car with holy water. (Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the Eucharist to consume, but you will be blessed with the Eucharistic.)Our weekend schedule will be-Madison 5:30 pm Saturdays North parking lot. Enter via the east, exit via the north drive ways.Graceville 8:00 am Sundays n...

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Here is the mass for April 19, 2020

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Thursday, April 16, 2020, Mass

Posted on April 16, 2020 in: General News

Here is the mass from Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Posted on April 14, 2020 in: General News

Join us on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.HOW TO PRAY THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCYOptional Opening Prayers: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.(Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle's CreedFor each of the five decades (On each “Our Father” bead of the rosary, pray)Eternal Father, I off...

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Praying the Rosary

Posted on April 12, 2020 in: General News

Here is a recording of the Rosary with Dan & Michelle Moberg.Please join us every day at 3 pm and 7 pm as we pray a Rosary for a cure for the virus, and pray for all those helping others who are ill. Together in prayer, with our Blessed Lady, to her Son Jesus, we pray!!! We also have the rosary on our AFC Facebook for you to prayer along with. Please join us.

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Easter Sunday Mass, April 12, 2020

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Here are some Easter coloring and dot to dot from the Catholic United Financial. Enjoy. Wishing you a Happy Blessed Easter.Father Brian

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Good Friday Service, April 10, 2020

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Here is the Mass for Holy Thursday.

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Statement by Bishop John M. LeVoir regarding extension of suspension of all public MassesNEW ULM (APRIL 8) - In consideration of today’s extended “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor Walz, I have extended the suspension of all public Masses in the diocese of New Ulm to Monday, May 4, as an effort to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus.I understand how difficult it is for everyone not to gather together for Mass during this time. However, the fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm are the prevention or the slowing down of the spread of the coronavirus and the spiritual well-being of our parishion...

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April 7, 2020 Mass

Posted on April 07, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Mass

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Here is Palm Sunday Mass

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April 2, 2020 Mass

Posted on April 02, 2020 in: General News

Here is Thursday, April 2, 2020 Mass

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Link to Facebook page

Posted on April 02, 2020 in: General News

Link to Facebook page
Here is a link to our Spirit of Life Facebook page.

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Act of Spiritual Communion

Posted on April 02, 2020 in: General News

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to recei...

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March 31, 2020 Mass

Posted on March 31, 2020 in: General News

Here is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, mass

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March 29, 2020 Mass

Posted on March 29, 2020 in: General News

Here is Sunday, March 29, 2020, mass

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March 22, 2020, Mass

Posted on March 28, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mass

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St. John’s Catholic Church and the Spirit of Life Area Faith Community will be live streaming mass on Sunday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at noon. Check us out on Facebook @Ortonville.st.john.Our live streaming of mass for Holy Week will be at noon on,April 5th, Palm SundayApril 9th, Holy ThursdayApril 10th, Good Friday andApril 12th, Easter Sunday.

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On March 18, I publicly announced the immediate suspension of all public weekday and weekend Masses in theDiocese of New Ulm until at least March 31, 2020.After prayer, reflection, and consultation, and in consideration of the most recent guidelines issued by local, state,and federal health authorities for slowing the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I have made thedifficult decision to extend this suspension through April 13 (Easter Monday). All Catholics in the dioceseremain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time.The fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm as we...

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Can't go to confession during coronavirus? Consider an 'act of perfect contrition'Imagine that Michael, a practicing Catholic, committed a mortal sin yesterday.Normally, Michael would go to confession. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, he can’t. It simply isn’t available. What can Michael do?Despite some creative efforts by priests to continue to offer the confessions during the pandemic, country-wide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders mean that Catholics around the world are finding it difficult to seek God’s forgiveness in the confessional.So when Catholics like Michael can’t seek God’s mercy in confession, the Ch...

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Weekend Communion in our AFC

Posted on March 20, 2020 in: General News

March 20, 2020Dear Parishioners and Friends of Spirit of Life AFC,In this time of fear, illness, and isolation we want to offer you the opportunity to receive the Body of Christ. May Christ strengthen us for the future, and comfort us in the present. As we pray as an AFC, we invite you to please take your time, and treat others with respect, patience, and gentleness.The opportunity to receive the Eucharist will be offered at each of our 4 parishes. Please prepare yourself for the Eucharist by reviewing the daily readings for mass, praying a Penitential prayer or an Act of Contrition and the Lord’s Prayer. After you receive...

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Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir Regarding Suspension of all Public MassesI am concerned that all people be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.Consequently, due to the public health recommendations from President Trump’s newly issued guideline that over the next 15 days, Americans should not gather in groups of more than ten people, I am immediately suspending all public Masses in the Diocese of New Ulm from March 18 until at least March 31. All Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during this time.The fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm as we face this ...

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March 13, 2020Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir regarding COVID-19 and Mass obligationNEW ULM (March 13, 2020) - The Church teaches that "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass" (CCC, no. 2192). However, if one is sick, physically unable to get to Mass (e.g., a snowstorm), is needed to care for a sick child, or another physical or moral impossibility, the obligation to assist at Sunday Mass is suspended. Also, the obligation may be dispensed from by the bishop for the good of the faithful.Given the rapid spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus and to minimize the risk o...

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Please join us on Sunday February 23rd from 9:00 am until noon for February Fellowship!! Pancake breakfast will be served. We will also have bingo, cupcake walk, beanbags and inflatable playhouse for the kids. There is a sign up sheet in the back of church for volunteers, cupcakes and bean bag boards. Join us at the Holy Rosary Parish Center for fun and fellowship. This event is open to the public, so bring a friend!

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Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Posted on February 05, 2020 in: General News

Our mass times for Ash Wednesday are 5:30pm in Madison6:30pm in Ortonville 6:30pm in Graceville 7:00pm in Rosen

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CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!THAT MAN IS YOU! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.Schedule is Thursday mornings from 5:45 am to 7:15 am Starting January 30th, 2020 and going for 13 weeks.Location is at St. John's Catholic Church Basement.To register call St. John's Office at 320-839-2772 or Dcn Paul...

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Baptism Classes: The Baptism of our children is a very important sacrament We are asking that each parent and Godparent attend a baptism class to prepare themselves for the sacrament. Upcoming class is December 19th, 2019, at 7:00 pm, in Ortonville. Please call and register at least 48 hours before the class. You can register by calling the Ortonville office at 320-839-2772.

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St. John’s Catholic Church Holiday EventSunday, December 8, 201910:00 am—Mass with Children’s Christmas Program.11:00 am—An old-fashioned turkey dinner, Free will offering(Proceeds will benefit the new speaker system with capability for hearing impaired.)11:45 am—Live Auction (at least 19 items up for sale)St. John’s Catholic Church421 Madison Ave, OrtonvilleItems for the Live auction include:2-night stay at the Bloomington West Holiday Inn Express with four (4) passes to Moose Mountain, Nickelodeon Universe, and Crayola Experience, at the Mall of AmericaHalf a hog, $75.0o value. Buyer pays for processing. To be coordinate...

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Anger!What are you mad at;someone who died, a friend, someone who is sick, your finances, the economy, politics, the weather, your kids, life, your ex, addiction, neighbors, past hurts, abuse, yourself, your job, LIFE…Anger is part of life, grieving, and healing!How we deal with it, is what matters.Do you know what you angry at? What do you do with your anger?Do you explode at the wrong times? Do you blow up at the wrong people?Join us as we move from anger to peace.Wednesday, December 4th6:30 pm – 7:30 pmSaint John’s Catholic Church ~ OrtonvillePresenters will be licensed family counselors~Kenny Turck, - Litchfield, MN Lo...

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Chili feedFree will donation meal with proceeds being given to theOrtonville Fire DepartmentWednesday, December 4th5:00 pm – 6:15 pmSaint John’s Church, OrtonvillePlease join us for chili, cheese, breads, salads, desserts, and beverages.

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Please join us for the great sacrament of Reconciliation this AdventWednesday, December 18th at 4:00 pm in MadisonWednesday, December 18th at 7:00 pm in GracevilleSunday, December 22nd, after Mass in Rosen

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2019 Christmas masses in our Area Faith CommunityChristmas Eve-4:00 pm in Holy Rosary - Graceville6:00 pm in St. John's - Ortonville8:00 pm in St. Michael's - Madison (Midnight mass prayers and readings)Christmas Day-9:00 am in Rosen9:45 am Graceville nursing home*Every other year, Graceville and Madison will switch Christmas mass times.

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All are Welcome to a Harvest Meal on Sunday, November 24th, at Rosen School from 11am-1pm. Serving creamed turkey, mashed potatoes, hot vegetable and homemade desserts. Free will offering meal is sponsored by St. Monica/St. Anthony Catholic United Financial and St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.

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Socks of LOVE

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

SOCKS of LOVESpreading love, one pair at a timeOur AFC Youth will be collecting Socks for the homeless. What a better way to SHOW Gods love than to help someone in need!WANTED*New Socks*Thermal Socks*Crew & tube socks only*Mens and Womens*Reinforced heels and toesBoxes will be in the back of AFC Churches.Did you know socks are the most needed and the least donated item. We will be collecting from November 6 – November 24. Please HELP keep someone warm this winter! Thank you!

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Our Area Faith Community is having Remembrance (Grief) meals for people who have lost a loved one in the last two years. Invitations have been sent out. If you did not receive an invitation but would like to attend please call Joy at 320-305-3364 by November 20th. Meals are scheduled as follows: after the 5:30 pm Mass, November 30th, at St. Michaels in Madison, December 1st, after the 8:00 am Mass at Holy Rosary in Graceville and after the 10:00 am Mass at St. John’s in Ortonville.

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The local Food Shelves are looking for donations to help the needy in our area. The annual food collection will be done during the month of November. Donations of non-perishable foods, personal items, cleaning supplies and cash are needed. In Madison, Ortonville and Rosen there is a tote to leave your donations for the food shelf. In Graceville items may be placed by the altar of the Blessed Mother. Please keep in mind that we cannot take any out dated, opened or damaged products for the food shelf. Please place cash donations in the weekly collection in an envelope clearly marked food shelf and we will see that they are d...

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“Acquire the Fire”Confirmation RetreatJoe Roueche will be presenting “Acquire the Fire” on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm.St. John’s Catholic ChurchEveryone is WelcomeJoe Roueche has been igniting the Catholic faith in young people, catechists, parents and teachers with his inspiring and dynamic presentations and training seminars for over 20 years. Drawing from his vast experience on the parish, archdiocesan and national levels, Joe brings a one-of-a-kind background to his messages which energize, enliven and equip. He has been a featured youth ministry and catechetical presenter in the following Arch/Dioceses:The Arch...

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Join us To honor all our VeteransNovember 10, 10:00 am Mass at St. Joseph’sIntentions for all our VeteransBrunch to follow at the Rosen SchoolJamie Karels will be our Guest SpeakerDoor prize will be for a telescoping flag poleCatholic United Financial Area Financial Representative Brian Zitzman 1-701-238-3643 bzitzman@catholicunited.org

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Each year we do an annual coat drive to help those less fortunate. If you have any winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves, hats or any other winter accessory that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the church. We then sort the coats by gender and size for the distribution. We only ask for a $1.00 donation per coat at the distribution. Please consider helping someone stay warm this winter. Thank You.Coat distribution will be held at the following locations:Friday, October 25th, from 4-6pm at St. Michael’s Church ~ MadisonSaturday, October 26th, from 9-11am at St. John’s Catholic Church ~ OrtonvilleS...

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Our NET Retreat is scheduled for October 30th, 4-8pm, at Holy Rosary in Graceville. This will be for grades 6-9.What is NET Ministries?NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries is a Catholic retreat ministry whose mission is to “Challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.” On an annual basis, approximately 175 young adults, after participating in an extensive five week training program, are grouped into teams of 10-11 members. They then travel the country in vans doing retreats for junior high and high school aged youth. Please visit www.netusa.org/retreats for more information on the ...

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You are invited to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 12th, at 12:00 noon at the Madison, MN Courthouse lawn. This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be one of over 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States on that day. Please join us in fervently praying for the conversion of the United States. Will you be able to join other Catholics on that very important day? If you cannot be with there in person, please consider joining in prayer where ever you are on that day and at that time. May God bless you.

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Religious Education

Posted on September 25, 2019 in: General News

Reminder that Religious Education Starts on October 2nd.Holy Rosary - Grades 1-6 3:40 to 5:00 pmGrades 7-9 6:30 pm to 7:30 pmSt. Michael's - Grades PreK-5 3:15 to 4:30 pmGrades 6-9 6:30 to 7:30 pmSt. John's - St. Joseph at St. John's Grades 1-9 6:30 to 7:30 pmRE Staff - Joy Dolan, Wanda Schmitt and Pam Stueve

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Deanery 2 CCW Fall Gathering, will be held Monday, September 23rd, 2019, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Registration starts at 5:00 pm with Mass at 5:30 pm. Supper to follow and speaker, Denise Hirl from St. Paul Street Evangelization will present “10 Great Ways to Share Your Faith” after the meal. All CCW women are welcome to attend. Cost is $12.00.

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MN State Fair Trip

Posted on August 01, 2019 in: General News

Minnesota State Fair Trip is Thursday, August 22nd. We will be taking a charter bus to the fair to see the sights and hear the sounds. The cost of the bus is $10.00 for AFC parishioners and $20.00 for non parishioners. Pick up locations will be in Ortonville at 7:00 am and in Madison at 7:45 am. We will get to the fair at 11:00 am. Bus will depart the fair at 7:00 pm. We will NOT be stopping for supper on the way home. Please plan to eat at the fair. You will pay for your admission to the fair when we get there. Please call the Ortonville office to signup at 320-839-2772. Call soon to reserve your seat!

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St. Patrick’s Celebration!Saturday, March 16th Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Madison5:00 ~ 6:30 pmJoin us for a traditional Irish meal of “Bangers and Mash”This “free will donation” lunch includes; sausage, real mashed potatoes, traditional Irish soda bread, pistachio pudding salad, peas, (sauerkraut for the non-Irish) beverages, and Lucky Charms dessert bars! The funds raised from this meal will be used to buy food, shoes, and build houses for the poor, in San Lucas, Guatemala.Please help us to help them! Thank you!

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Baptism Classes

Posted on February 01, 2019 in: General News

Baptism Classes will be held at St. John's in Ortonville at 7 p.m. on August 15th.Requirements for Baptism are listed on the file below.Thank You

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Advent Mission

Posted on December 07, 2018 in: General News

Our Advent Mission speaker will be Father Matthew Hincks on the weekend of December 8th & 9th. He will speak about Angels. Fr. Matthew will be in Madison on December 8th with Mass at 5:00pm, meal at 6:00pm, and his presentation about "Twelve Steps to Friendship with Your Guardian Angel" will be at 6:45pm. Graceville will have Mass at 10am on December 9th, brunch at 11am and presentation about "The Power of the Rosary" at 11:45am. In Ortonville Father Matthew's presentation about "The Angels and Prayer" will start at 6:30pm on December 9th with dessert being served. Please j...

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Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

Posted on December 07, 2018 in: General News

Please join us for the Holy Day of Obligation for the Immacualte Conception. The Mass schedule is as follows: Friday, December 7th     5:30pm Holy Rosary - Graceville Saturday, December 8th    8am St. Joseph - Rosen Saturday, December 8th    8am St. John - Ortonville Saturday, December 8th    8am St. Michael - Madison

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Reconciliation Schedule

Posted on December 07, 2018 in: General News

Please join us for the great sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent. The schedule for Reconciliation is listed below: Sunday, December 23rd after the 8:00am Mass in Rosen (Form 2)

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45th Anniversary Brunch

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

Please join us for brunch after the 8am mass at Holy Rosary in Graceville on Sunday, June 3rd in honor of Father David's 45th anniversary of ordination. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating this milestone with Father David. 

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Happy 25th Anniversary!

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

With praise and thanksgiving to God, we celebrate 25 years of priestly ministry of Father Brian W. Oestreich. Please join the Spirit of Life Catholic Area Faith Community on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at St. John's Catholic Church, 421 Madison Avenue,  Ortonville, MN. Mass at 5:00pm with Bishop John LeVoir, followed by a dinner. 7:00 pm street dance, bouncy houses for children, root beer floats, and beer garden. In lieu of gifts, donations are welcome to build houses in San Lucas, Guatemala. Giving Glory and honor to God!

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Confirmation Candidates

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

Congratulations to the following youth who are receiving the Sacrament of Confimation on Saturday, April 21st at 5pm at St. Joseph's Parish in Rosen, MN. Anthony Abramowski, Grace Adelman, Sam Adelman, Kevin Fischer, Dain Haas, Lindsey Hartman, Steven Hills, Tylaina Issendorf, Jordan Jahn, Breanne Kallhoff, Allyssa Kirchberg, Brianna Kirchberg, Callie Kleindl, Trinity Lindner, Jocelyn Meyer, Mitchell Meyer, Madison Moberg, Tyson Olson, Tyson Powell, Megan Radermacher, Allie Reiffenberger, Peter Treinen, Sydney Weber, Ashlynn Wittnebel and Leo Zepeda.

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The Most Reverend Bishop John LeVoir has made the following appointments effective at 12:00 noon on June 26, 2018 at the recommendation of the Priest Personnel Board.  Fr. Tony Hesse appointed Pastor of the Churches of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls and St. John in Morton in addition to his current responsibilities as the Pastor of the parishes in the Light of the World AFC.  Fr. Jeff Horejsi appointed Pastor of the parishes in the Shepherd of Souls AFC, which includes the Churches of St. Philip in Litchfield (including St. Gertrude in Forest City), Our Lady in Manannah, and St. John in Darwin.  Fr. Denny Labat...

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Graduation Mass

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

We will recognize our graduates the weekend of May 19th & 20th in each of our parishes. Please pray for the following graduates: Julieanne Backer, Abbey Dale, Jacob Gillespie, Margo Gilsdorf, Zoee Iverson, Austin Kipp, Marlie Maanum, Samantha Erickson, Benjamin Eustice, Kaitlyn Kartman, Molly Hartman, Paytyn Lesteberg, Matthew Wellendorf, Allison Plathe, and Gretchen Rademacher.

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Minnesota Twins Game

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

We have filled the bus to the Twins game on June 10th. More information will come out with details about the trip next week.  Our Area Faith Community is taking a charted bus to see the MN Twins play against the LA Angels at Target Field on Sunday, June 10th. This is also Faith Day at Target Field where there will be a post game program featuring live worship music by the Eagle Brook Church worship team along with testimonies from some Twins players. Your ticket to the game will include access to the worship program. Tickets are in the Family Section and are $25 which will include a hot dog and beverage. ...

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Holy Week Schedule

Posted on March 01, 2018 in: General News

Palm Sunday March 25th Saturday night ~ 5pm Graceville,   7pm Rosen Sunday ~ 10am Ortonville and Madison. No 8am mass due to meals being served after mass Holy Thursday 7pm mass in Graceville, Madison, and Ortonville Good Friday 1pm ~ Graceville 3pm ~ Rosen 5pm ~ Ortonville 7pm ~ Madison Holy Saturday 8pm ~ Graceville Easter Sunday 8am ~ Ortonville & Rosen 10am ~ Madison

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Tony Melendez - Lenten Retreat

Posted on February 14, 2018 in: General News

National Catholic speaker Tony Melendez will be in the AFC this weekend. Tony was commissioned by Pope Saint John Paul II, and the other Popes to preach the Word of God. We are needing volulnteers to help at each gathering to greet people, usher, help with the collection, packing & unpacking Tony's belongings, etc. If you are able to help, please contact Joy Dolan at 320-305-3364 or by email at joymcdolan@gmail.com. Here is the schedule for Tony Melendez: Saturday, February 24th 5pm Mass Graceville 6pm free will donation meal of Hot Turkey sandwiches, real mashed potatoes, salads, bars, coffee, juice...

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Stations of the Cross Schedule

Posted on February 08, 2018 in: General News

Here is the schedule for Stations on the Cross beginning the week of February 19th: Beardsley ~ Thursday at 6:30 pm Graceville ~ Wednesday at 7:00 pm Madison ~ Tuesday at 6:00 pm Ortonville ~ Wednesday at 7:00 pm Rosen ~ Thursday at 7:00 pm Thank You

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Marriage Works in Christ

Posted on February 08, 2018 in: General News

The Diocese of New Ulm has permission to cablecast the series "Marriage Works in Christ" on the local public access TV station in Ortonville and Madison. The Schedule for Ortonville on public access channel 3 is as follows: Sunday's at 6:30pm beginning on February 18th through Sunday, May 13th Monday's at 11:00am beginning February 19th through Monday, May 14th   The Schedule for Madison on public access channel 8 is as follows: Wednesday's at 3:00pm beginning February 21st through May 16th

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2017 Contribution Statements

Posted on January 25, 2018 in: General News

The Contribution Statements for 2017 are in the back of church. Please pick yours up today and help the church save money on postage by not mailing them out. Thank You

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 07, 2017 in: General News

Here is the schedule for Christmas Mass in our Area Faith Community. Sunday, December 24th 4:00 pm        St. Michael's ~ Madison 4:00 pm        Holy Rosary ~ Graceville 6:00 pm        St. John's ~ Ortonville   Monday, December 25th 9:00 am       St. Joseph's ~ Rosen

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Inclement Weather Information

Posted on November 30, 2017 in: General News

This is just a reminder that if school is cancelled or has a late start in your school district, there will be NO mass in your town that day. Also, if school is let out early due to weather, there will be no Religious Education Class that evening. Please be sure to listen to the following stations for weather related announcements: KLQP 92.1 in Madison  KDIO 1350 in Ortonville  KKOK 95.7 in Morris Thank You  

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Advent Mission

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: General News

Brent Heiser will be here next weekend to begin our AFC Advent Mission. Please join us for the various events and the inspiration talks Brent will share with us.  Lunch breaks will be served from 11:45 - 12:15. At 12:20 Brent will offer us 25 minutes of insight into spirituality, faith, and our call to holiness. Please join us at these special times:                                                                            &...

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Advent Reconciliation Schedule

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: General News

Our Sacrament of Reconciliation schedule for Advent will be:  Saturday, Dec. 16th after the 7:00 pm mass in Ortonville (Form 2) Sunday, Dec. 17th after the 10:00 am mass in Graceville (Form 2) Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 4:00 pm in Graceville Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 7:00 pm in Graceville  

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NCYC Participants 2017

Posted on November 16, 2017 in: General News

            We are asking for prayers of safety and a faith filled experience for all of our youth and adult chaperones that are taking part in the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend.

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Mass Intentions

Posted on November 16, 2017 in: General News

Mass intentions refer to the particular purpose for which a specific Mass is offered. This may be to honor God or thank God. Technically a Mass intention means that the sacrifice is offered for some person(s) living or dead. A priest may offer the Mass for several intentions. Mass stipends are a way of praying for the salvation of a lost one, growing in our faith as we ask God's blessings for a special event in life. Mass stipends are a matter of heart and soul when we want that extra prayer. To have a Mass offered for a deceased loved one is a beautiful act of love. To pray for their soul and that they are at peace is...

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Food Shelf Donations

Posted on November 09, 2017 in: General News

Our local Food Shelf is looking for donations to help the needy in our area. In each of our parishes there is a tote to leave your donations for the food shelf.  The Madison Food Shelf has an opportunity to get a grant through Thrivent Financial if they can get 500 food items by Friday, November 17th. Let's do our part to help feed the needy. Thank You Please keep in mind that we cannot take any out dated product for the food shelf. Thank you  

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Novena Prayer for Priests

Posted on October 26, 2017 in: General News

Sunday, October 29th, 2017, has been designated as "Priesthood Sunday," a day for Catholics to honor the contribution of their parish priests. Catholics all over America are called to celebrate the gifts of priesthood in service to our parish communities. This event gives us an opportunity to affirm the priesthood in our Church and to express our support for the honorable and dedicated priests who baptize, marry and care for their flocks in both good and bad times. In honor of Father Brian, we thank you for all you do and will do and offer this novena of prayer as a gift for you: Novena Prayer for Priests (...

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Religion Class Schedule

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News

Spirit of Life AFC Religious Education Schedule  2017 - 2018                                                                                                                                          &n...

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Virtus Training

Posted on September 22, 2017 in: General News

There will be a Live Virtus Training session held on Thursday, September 28th at Noon in the basement of St. John's Church in Ortonville. This will be for any parents, substitute teachers, or volunteers this year. If you are chaperoning any trip with students you need to make sure you have gone through this training. For any questions regarding Virtus, please contact Joy at 320-305-3364 or by email at joymcdolan@gmail.com. Thank You

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Coat Drive

Posted on September 22, 2017 in: General News

Each year we do an annual coat drive to help those less fortunate. If you have any winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves, hats or any other winter accessory that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the church. These items can de dropped off in any of the church offices. Please consider helping someone stay warm this winter. Thank You The coat distribution will take place on the following days: Friday, October 27th from 4-6 pm at St. Michael's Church ~ Madison Saturday, October 28th from 9-11am at St. John's Church ~ Ortonville Sunday, October 29th from 2-4pm at Holy Rosary Church ~ Gr...

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Mystery Dinner Theater

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

The St. Lawrence Catholic School in Milbank, SD is sponsoring A Mystery Dinner Theather at the Speedway Event Center in Milbank on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. The year is 1948. The atmosphere is thrilling and sensational. Penelope Parker presents her final radio show before heading to New York for all new television productions. Yet, not everyone is celebrating. The envy of others at the radio station brings a cariety of reactions including resentment, betrayal, deception and thievery. Will treachery and injustice rule? Or will you be the winning hero by s...

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MCCL Pro-Life Gatherings

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

MCCL Pro-Life Gathering will be held in Ortonville on Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Ortonville Community Center. Come and discover the threats faced by th elderly, persons with disibilities, unborn children, their mothers, and other vulnerable adults. Find out what you can do to save lives and protect those in danger. Presented by an expert from MCCL, the states oldest, largest pro-life organization. Please join us and bring a friend.

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Council of Catholic Women

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

Region 4 CCW will be having their annual meeting at St. Isidore the Farmer Area Faith Community on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Sacred Heart Church in Murdock.  Registration begins at 5:30pm, Holy Mass at 6pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. Deacon Mike McKeown will be sharing insights from the recent Concovation of Catholic Leaders on how to share the Joy of the Gospel with those who need it most. This is an opportunity to share an evening with other ladies, socialize with dinner served and energize your faith! Please join us and bring a friend.

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RCIA

Posted on September 08, 2017 in: General News

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. RCIA is also for those who were not confirmed as teenagers, or those who grew up in another religion and now want to be Catholic. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects fo the Catholic beliefs and practices. As an adult, it usually takes a few months of (RCIA) classes and you are officially brought in during the Easter Vigil. Depending on your circumstances, you may receive baptism, first communion and confirmation all in one mass.  ...

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Harvest Mass - Madison

Posted on September 08, 2017 in: General News

Please join us for the harvest mass to be held at Ed & Sue Vonderharr's farm at 1946 Hwy 75 in Madison on Tuesday, September 12th. Mass will be held at 5:30pm followed by a potluck meal. Please bring a chair and something to share for the meal. Everyone is welcome to this celebration as we pray for a safe and bountiful harvest.  

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Where is God

Posted on August 25, 2017 in: General News

This is a video made by high school students who don't say a word... From a Catholic High School (Archdiocese of Hartford, CT) in response to a Senator's remark about "Where is God in all the tragedy in the world?" Please click on this lilnk below to be taken to the video. https://www.youtube.com/embed/jFz4uUfPfN8?rel=0&autoplay=1  

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St. Joseph's Annual Bazaar

Posted on August 25, 2017 in: General News

Please join us on Sunday, August 27th for the annual Fall Bazaar. A Pork Dinner will be served from 11am to 1:30pm. Price for adults is $10, students ages 6-12 are $5 and children under 5 are free. There will be bingo, cake walk, outside games, concessions and the raffle drawing. All are welcome to attend this annual event. Thank You 

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Religious Education

Posted on August 04, 2017 in: General News

Religious Education classes will be starting in September. Registration will be the weekend of August 12th & 13th to register your child for class. Please contact the office if you are not able to register this weekend. Thank You 

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Permission Form

Posted on July 20, 2017 in: General News

The permission form that needs to be filled out for any youth attending youth group on Tuesday, July 25th can be found under the Quick Links tab on the Home Page of the website. You can also click on the link below and it will also pull up the permission form. Thank You /Portals/sthubertafccluster/CMAdmin/Files/permission-form.pdf

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NCYC Fundraiser

Posted on July 14, 2017 in: General News

Come and celebrate with us on Wednesday, July 19th at Holy Rosary in Graceville! We will be hosting a free will donation meal of warm turkey sandwiches, salads, desserts, etc. to help raise money for the parish youth going to NCYC this November. Serving will beging at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for food and fellowship.

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Valley Fair

Posted on July 14, 2017 in: General News

We are taking a charted bus to Valley Fair on Friday, August 4th. This is open to anyone in the Area Faith Community and their guest. Cost is $40 per person and includes your ticket to Valley Fair, and the waterpark along with a meal vouchure that can be used at specific locations within the park. Please call the Madison office to get signed up for Valley Fair.

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Bella Radermacher Benefit

Posted on June 16, 2017 in: General News

Bella Radermacher is the 4 year old daughter of Travis & Tabitha Radermacher who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Liver Cancer. There will be a benefit and silent auction held for Bella on Satuday, July 1st at Sioux Historic in Ortonville. Serving will start at 4:30pm. If you would like to donate towards the silent auction, items can be dropped off at Conroy Eye Care in Ortonville and Appleton as well as the Western Guard in Madison. The silent auction committee would like to have all items donated by Monday, June 26th. Please contact any of the following if you have further questions: Tracy 320-815-8438, Cathy Rade...

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Parish Festivals

Posted on June 16, 2017 in: General News

We are starting to organize the parish festivals in Madison, Ortonville and Rosen. If you would like to donate towards the raffle please contact one of the church offices. Thank You

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The Watertown Banquet

Posted on May 26, 2017 in: General News

Our Area Faith Community will once again be serving a meal at the Banquet in Watertown, SD on Monday, June 19th. We will plan a meal to serve approximately 175 people who are homeless or less fortunate to have a hot meal. We are looking fo rsome volunteers to help prepare and serve this meal. Please call the office if you are willing to help feed the hungry. Thank You!

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Vacation Bible School

Posted on May 26, 2017 in: General News

Vacation Bible School will be held in Madison June 27-29 from 4:00 - 7:30 pm.  We are looking for people to help with VBS. If you would like to help please call the Madison office at 320-598-3690. There are sign up sheets in the back of church to sign your child up for VBS. Thank you

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Baptisms for 2017

Posted on May 26, 2017 in: General News

Let us welcome all the children into our Catholic Faith as they get baptized throughout the year. Weston James Streich  parents  Ryan & Melissa Streich Tanner Luther Martin  parents Gary Luther & Monica Swenson Grant Randall Reszel  parents Randall & Kristine Reszel Rory David Folk  parents Jesse & Kelly Folk Ian Guadalupe Rodriguez parents Jose Rodriguez & Velen Zepeda Izieli Ramona Rodriguez  parents Jose Rodriguez & Velen Zepeda Nicholas Daniel Walsh  parents Tom & Raquel Walsh Callen Ron Landgren  parents Travis & Rita Landg...

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Anniversary of Ordination

Posted on May 26, 2017 in: General News

Let us congratulate the area priests on the anniversary of their ordination. Father David Breu will celebrate 44 years of priesthood on May 27th. Father Brian Oestreich will celebrate 24 years of priesthood on May 29th. Father Jack Nordick will celebrate 27 years of priesthood on June 16th. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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Please join us at The Abbey of The Hills for the 3rd annual Joyful Noise Concert. Concert will be held on Saturday, May 27th from Noon to 5 pm.

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100 Anniversary of Fatima

Posted on May 12, 2017 in: General News

Please join us at 12 noon around the Fatima statue at St. John's in Ortonville. We will be praying the rosary in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Fatima.

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Rosary

Posted on May 12, 2017 in: General News

Please join us on Saturday, May 13th in Madison on the courthouse lawn as we pray for our country. We will begin at 12 noon. If you are not able to join us, please pray where ever you are at. This is sponsored by members of St. Michael's Church, Madison, MN

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First Communion

Posted on May 05, 2017 in: General News

First Communion will take place this weekend in Madison and Ortonville. Let us pray for the following students: Riley Bormann, Norah Hartman, Jonas Henrich, Brooklyn Olson, Iscies Rodriguez, Samuel Shelstad, Reginae Tandoh, Avery Wiese and Karcyn Wittnebel.

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Graduation Mass

Posted on May 05, 2017 in: General News

Graduation Mass will be held the weekend of May 13 & 14 in each of the churches. Let us pray and off congratulations for our 2017 graduates: Allison Adelman, Jake Anderson, Paige Fredrichsen, Colin Hartman, Karissa Jahn, Preston McMahon, Caryssa Mielitz, Chase Olson, Christopher Parker, Deric Radermacher, Mackenzie Spaulding, Nathaniel Treinen and Nick Wangler.  

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NCYC Fundraiser

Posted on May 05, 2017 in: General News

Please join us for an egg bake brunch after the 10am Mass in Rosen on Sunday, May 7th. The students will be serving egg bake, muffins, rolls and fruit. This is a free will donation. All are welcome! Raffle tickets will still be available to purchase prior to the drawing on Sunday.

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NCYC Informational Meeting

Posted on April 28, 2017 in: General News

There will be an informational meeting for all youth who will be attending NCYC this November on Wednesday, May 3rd. The meeting will be held at the Rosen School starting at 7pm. One parent is asked to be present for this meeting. Thank You

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A Note From Fr. Brian

Posted on April 21, 2017 in: General News

Alleluia, sing to Jesus! My thanks to everyone who helped with all the masses and events last weekend! What a tremendous celebrations of faith and Easter we had! Thank you all so very much! Please join us this Sunday, the 23rd at St. John's in Ortonville for the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. We will begin with the sacrament of Reconciliation at 2pm and then the sung chaplet at 3pm. Please join us as we pray with Saint Faustina on this holy day! Please pray for Bishop LeVoir and the priests of our Diocese who will be on retreat this week. May God refresh them and empower them. On behalf of Sister Teresa Ann...

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New Members

Posted on April 10, 2017 in: General News

Layne Arndt, Amber Bakeberg, Will Bakeberg, Jaycee Douglas, Mike LaMee, Clyde McCartney, Christopher Parker, Susie Perez, Jacob Redepenning, Patrick Soreneson

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Ash Wednesday Schedule

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Wednesday, March 1st ~ Ash Wednesday St. Michael ~ Madison 5:30pm St. John ~ Ortonville    5:30pm St. Joseph ~ Rosen    7:00pm

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A note from Fr. Brian

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Lent begins a week from Wednesday! Please begin now to think about what you're going to do extra or give up this Lent. The mass times for Ash Wednesday are; 5:30 pm in Madison followed by a tuna casserole free will supper, 5:30 in Ortonville followed by a soup supper, and 7:00 pm mass in Rosen. There will not be RE classes on Ash Wednesday. In lieu of class all students are expected to attend mass. We are still in need of wood ashes for the Lent environment. If you have any clean ash, please bring it to church with you. Thank you. The first weekend and week of Lent, Brent Heiser from Raleigh, North Carolina will ...

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Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Save the date ~ Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil for the prevention of Child Abuse will be held Monday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. The walk will begin at the Clinton school and conclude at the Clinton Memorial Building. The speaker will be Jane Straub with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. A free meal will be provide along with candle lighting and remembrance ceremony. All are welcome to attend! Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation Training for all Law Enforcement & Healthcare Fields will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. 

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The Saint John's University Men's Chorus is the select male voice touring ensemble of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. "We get to a level of performance where it just pours out of you and becomes a reflection of your emotions." - Director, Dr. Axel Theimer. WHEN: Sunday, March 12, 2017 – 2:00 pm COST: • Free to the public • Free Will donations accepted

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Marriage Encounter weekend

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Loved the Wedding. Invite me to the Marriage. Love, God. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can help you do that! Marriage Encounter is 44 hours away from kids, chores, and phones-where married couples can focus just on each other. The next available Weekend is Nov 17-19, 2017 in Windom, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: southmnwwme.org or contact Miki at applications@southmnwwme.org or 507-227-8229. 

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Mass Intentions

Posted on February 20, 2017 in: General News

Thank you for submitting your Mass Intentions to be said each week. As a reminder if there is a specific date that you want for your intention, please submit it or call the office a minimum of 3 months in advance of the date you are wanting. Mass intentions fill up fast and several people know the dates they want many months in advance. We also have to say one Mass each weekend for the People of the AFC. Also, we do not let people request Easter or Christmas for an intention. Thank You. 

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