eNEWS for 2-16-2020 - Pax Christi Catholic Community
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For the week of February 16, 2020
Dear Members of Pax Christi,
Many of you may have received envelopes in the mail from the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation, an independent organization from the archdiocese which provides needed funding for 20 designated ministries throughout the archdiocese. This year’s CSA campaign theme is:
Serve the Poor, Support Life, Strengthen the Faith
. The ministries supported by the Appeal are:
• Abria Pregnancy Resources
• American Indian Ministry
• Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
• Campus Ministry—Newman Center
• Campus Ministry—Saint Paul’s Outreach
• Catholic Charities
• Deaf Ministries
• Elementary School Funding
• Elementary School Scholarships
• High School Scholarships
• Hospital Chaplains
• Latino Ministry
• Marriage, Family, and Life
• Prison Ministry
• Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Ciites
• St. Vincent de Paul Society
• Seminarian Tuition, Room and Board
• Venezuelan Mission
• Youth and Young Adults
If you wish to donate and have not received any envelopes, they can be found at door #3 on the receptionist desk. Additionally, you can also donate online at
. A video regarding the Appeal can be found on our website by
Blessings to you this week!
Jane Schmitz, Parish Director
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Thank you for your generosity!
Week of February 2:
Basket Collection 16,143
Online Giving 33,915
Total Week #31
YTD Actual 1,730,911
YTD Budget 1,664,000
YTD Variance 66,911
Online giving is easy, convenient, and safe. It allows you to donate any amount, anytime, from any device with Internet access.
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LIVING STATIONS PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
Attention Pax Christi Youth: For 25 years the youth of Pax Christi have presented Living Stations on Good Friday for the Pax Christi community. We present a living re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross, with meditations and music. Be a part of this Pax Christi Good Friday tradition! Youth from sixth through twelfth grade are needed to act out the scenes from the passion of Jesus. No memorization of lines needed! Your ability to hold a pose is all that is required. You must be available for rehearsals in the church on March 29 and April 5 from 1:00–3:00pm and on Good Friday, April 10 at 1:00pm. Presentations of the Living Stations will take place at 3:00pm on April 10. Contact Joan Howe-Pullis, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested in participating.
SENIOR HIGH SERVICE/JUSTICE TRIP
Information MeetingWednesday, February 12, 5:00-6:00pm, John XXIII Room
Trip Dates: June 28-July 3
Current 9-12th graders: Make this summer the best one yet by traveling with Pax Christi to St. Louis, Missouri, June 28-July 3! Meet youth from Pax Christi and across the country as we experience a week of service, justice, and solidarity. Join us for an informational meeting on February 12 from 5:00-6:00pm in the John XXIII Room! The cost is $200, and scholarships are available.
to register online today, or contact Jessie Johnson with any questions.
PROP EMPTY BOWLS EVENT
Tuesday, February 18
Learn more www.propfood.org.
BRIDGING BLANKET DRIVE
Weekend of February 22/23
Imagine…sleeping without a blanket. Thousands of local families and individuals face this situation every day. Each year, Bridging serves over 13,000 individuals (4,000 households) in the Twin Cities. Bridging needs blankets for 240 people each week. Twelve Baskets is sponsoring a blanket drive the weekend of February 22/23. Donate a new or handmade blanket, quilt or comforter. All sizes will be accepted, including throw, twin, full, queen, or king, but full-size and queen are especially needed. Drop off your donations in the designated red bins at doors 1 and 3. Thank you for responding with a generous heart!
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30–8:00pm, Room 239 RSVP
SoulCollage® is a visual journal that we create to access our inner intuition, our inner wisdom, and our resources. SoulCollage® is one of many wonderful tools to address the question, “Who am I and what am I doing on this earth?” SoulCollage® is a fun and process that anyone can do. People make a deck of 5 x 8” collaged cards, one card at a time. These individual cards make up a unique deck, where each card represents a different aspect of the individual.
to register online.
ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Ash Wednesday Masses: 9:00am, 12:00pm, 7:00pm
Service with Ashes (no Mass): 5:00pm
A light lunch of soup and bread will be served following the noon Mass and again between 5:45–6:45pm in Dorothy Day Social Hall.
ADULT LENTEN PARISH RETREAT
Be Who You Are and Be That Well
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00am-Noon, Room 266, Free
Facilitated by Melissa Borgmann-Kiede of the Loyola Spirituality Center, participants will be guided through an examen-based discernment exercise identifying moments of knowing God’s great love. Through creative reflection prayer practices, participants will come to a greater understanding of a classic discernment process taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their personal, lived experiences and be introduced to a protocol for discerning vocation within a group. It is our hope that, in offering this experience, the community of Pax Christi will become empowered to better hear and respond to the call of God at both the personal and communal levels. There is no fee to attend but please RSVP online –
CHAMBER CHOIR OF ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE OF ST. BENEDICT
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30pm, Sanctuary
The Saint John's University Chamber Choir will appear at Pax Christi for a concert of great choral music representing both sacred and secular music from all around the world, from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The choir is under the direction of Axel Theimer, a native Austrian and former member of the Vienna Boys' Choir. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome to help defray travel costs. All are welcome – even Thommies!
As we did last year, we are asking for host families to offer overnight hospitality to the choir (27 females, 14 males) on the evening of March 7. If you are able to help in this regard, please contact Jane Schmitz at email@example.com
MARRIAGE BOOSTER RETREAT
Saturday, March 14, 9:15am–4:45pm, Room 212, $125.00 per couple
The best gift we can give our children and each other is a strong marriage. The Marriage Booster Retreat, presented by Family Fest Ministries, is an interactive and unique experience designed to give couples a chance to focus on each other and the issues that touch their marriage. Imagine a day where the two of you can laugh, reconnect, and talk deeply about your relationship. The day is fast-paced, faith-filled, romantic, relevant, and a fun experience.
to register online.
ANNUAL CANA DINNER – EARLY LOVE BIRD RATE
Saturday, April 25, 6:00–9:30pm, $70 per couple RSVP
All couples of all ages are welcome to celebrate the “Gift of Love” when spring is in the air. The evening begins with a hosted wine reception followed by a catered dinner. After dinner, while entertained, enjoy coffee, wine, and dessert as the sun sets behind the pond. A couple’s photo op will be offered during the evening, so be sure to dress as you would for a cocktail/dinner party. Tickets are available at an early lovebird price of $70.00 per couple. The rate goes up to $80 per couple after March 23, 2020. The ticket price includes loving childcare.
to register online now!
THE BEST WEEK OF THE SUMMER!
Save the Date for Bible Camp 2020
Week of July 20, 9:00am–12:00pm
Calling all campers from age three years to fifth grade! Come for faith, fun, and friendships. We need leaders in all areas so please answer this calling. We are also in need of an adult drama team leader for our Bible Camp drama team (grades 6–12). Contact Renee Dignan, Camp Director, for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for early-bird registration to open in March.
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