And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which
indeed, you were called in one body. And be thankful!
- Colossians 3:15
Dear Christ's Faithful:
What a wonderful year we have had here in the Diocese of Crookston! 2016 was the Year of Mercy; it was a year that we all can be thankful for and proud of!
We are thankful for and proud of the great work accomplished in our parish families. Last February, I was able to bless the newly renovated building at St. Joseph’s in Red Lake Falls. In April, Deacon Matt Schmitz was ordained there. After years of fundraising and planning, 2016 was the year of breaking ground for a new church building for St. Joseph’s Parish in Fertile. In August the priests and I began a renewal program called “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds”, which is a comprehensive program aimed at developing the personal and ministerial gifts of priests, leaders in today’s Church. Thanks to you and your contributions, we exceeded our 2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal goal, we paid the bills and we invested in our future.
We are thankful for and proud of our staff at the Chancery. This year we engaged in a focused effort to discover what keeps our youth connected to Christ’s Church. We want to understand what keeps them active and involved in the Church as they leave home and move out into the world. Dr. Mark Krejci, Director of the Office of Marriage, Family and Life began a ten-year study on this topic. He is sharing his insights in parishes around the diocese. In the 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal video, you will see that we have focused on our work with youth. You will see many familiar faces from the Middle School and High School Youth Rallies. Our annual St. John Paul II Camp has been a wonderful experience for our youth, a really faith-filled experience. Parents have asked that we accommodate more youth and so beginning next summer, we will hold two St. John Paul II Middle School Camps. How wonderful it is to see our Catholic kids joyful in the Lord. Yes, we’re thankful and proud indeed. What a beautiful year!
At the beginning of the liturgical year, we opened the Door of Mercy for the Jubilee Year at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. At the end of 2016, we closed it. During the year, without a doubt, we received God’s generous loving mercy in many ways. As your Bishop, I am grateful and happy with our work, yours and mine, this past year. In the year to come, may God’s peace reign in our hearts and may we be thankful. I am thankful for you!
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Most Reverend Michael J. Hoeppner
Bishop of Crookston
PS: Please be generous so that we can continue the fine work that has begun. Your investments in your diocese, your parish and the children and youth of the Diocese of Crookston promise to bear great fruit in the years to come.
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