Protect life… Ensure the safety of our school children!
Posted: February 20, 2018
Posted: February 20, 2018
Posted: October 13, 2017
As we begin our Stewardship work during the next month, I wonder what stories you would share about experiences you have had with sharing, sacrificial giving and love. St. Patrick’s Ministries are a reflection of this love that is extended to our community in Edina, Minneapolis and Guatemala. Over the last century and a half, we have built a legacy of giving and stewardship thanks to our generous community. We are deeply grateful. We invite you to consider how you can engage, connect and serve at St. Patrick’s Church in the coming weeks!
Posted: September 15, 2017
These terrible events remind us that we do not have control over all of the events in our lives. The best laid plans can be changed in a moment. What is it that it really matters if our lives are boiled down to seconds? What choices would we make? Would we do things differently? What could we hold on to?
Posted: September 05, 2017
Posted: August 18, 2017
The word calls for time away or to withdraw. The power lies in a break in the, “action” of our daily schedules, a “pause”. I had the opportunity to go on an annual retreat with my Social Justice colleagues from Catholic Churches in the Twin Cities at St. John’s University. It is a way to reflect, to share ideas and to discuss projects in the coming year. It’s also a way to recharge and to refocus our energies.
Posted: July 28, 2017
There is always lots of activity at Visitation Monastery and the day I visited was no exception... Visitation Monastery is a sacred place that breaks bread, shares deep spirituality and serves their neighbors. Their presence has created hope in the midst of violence and poverty. They have a peace sign in their front yard as a reminder of the spiritual path they walk and the invitation to others.
Posted: July 18, 2017
St. Patrick’s Church is a place of friendship, love and belonging. We invite you to share your faith journey. Bless us with your presence. If you are already engaged here, we are grateful that we count you among our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, we invite you walk alongside us in a Catholic Church where all are welcome.
Posted: June 29, 2017
The work of the Catholic Church on affordable housing is not only grounded in the teachings of Jesus, specifically in the Sermon on the Mount; we are also called to this work through Catholic Social Teaching and the, “Preferential Option for the Poor.” In the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls Catholics to, “go out and be the field hospital.” We are asked not to, “wait” for people to come to our doors, but to go out and serve those in need.
Posted: June 06, 2017
Posted: April 28, 2017
There are lots of ways that we are helping the earth at St. Patrick’s… We collect gently used books for the children at Loaves & Fishes. We recycle boxes, and paper! We compost…We re-purpose hundreds of pounds of food annually through our Surplus Food Ministry. Drivers pick up bakery goods from neighborhood Starbucks and Caribou Coffee shops and drop them off in our freezers. Another driver takes them to Mary’s Place downtown. It is the full circle of justice… It gives businesses a tax break, re-purposes food to feed hungry people, and reduces garbage bills and food waste in landfills!
Posted: April 21, 2017
This weekend marked our journey from darkness to light with the celebration of Easter! The long days of Lent are over. For some, the endless days of darkness and despair continue with no end in sight. Blue skies, sunshine and a limitless horizon are a distant memory. Days are marked with grief and loss due to incarceration. Second chances are gone…
Posted: April 18, 2017
Perhaps this idea cuts to the heart of Lent. “What are we holding on to?” And, on a deeper level, “What can we let go of?” Maybe this is the season not only to free ourselves of unwanted items that we no longer need. Maybe the real call this season is to consider what we can let go of that is holding us back from joy. Are we holding on to anger, resentment, or old grudges? Do we hold limiting ideas of what is possible for us? Is there an unanswered call to reconcile, forgive those who have harmed us? Is there a window of grace this Lenten season to ask forgiveness?
Posted: March 17, 2017
Posted: February 24, 2017
This year, St. Patrick’s will offer Operation Rice Bowl to support this global outreach that helps so many refugees around the globe. Catholic values are the cornerstone of this work. The Catholic Church believes that each person is, “sacred” and, “born in the image and likeness of God.” We believe in the dignity of each person and are called to work globally to build peace and justice.
Posted: January 18, 2017
Posted: November 22, 2016
If the measure of our days could be calculated by love, books, blankets and grace, I would tell you that if we used Monday as a measure… it’s beyond counting! Loaves & Fishes is always a night filled with grace. Our amazing team shows up, cooks, serves, offers smiles, washes pots and pans, and mops floors. This is done with a sense of joy and gratitude.
Posted: November 02, 2016
In every generation, people of faith are called to work for justice… The generation that marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama walked that difficult road that so many had done before! They were guided by faith, hope and a deep sense of the historic moment that demanded justice. The long sought after dream of freedom could not be denied.
Posted: October 19, 2016
We were thrilled to have a full house for our Annual Fall Forum, Bridging the Divide. Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), has lived on the Northside of Minneapolis with her husband and children for 19 years. She and Andre Dukes, colleague and Youth Pastor at Shiloh Temple are working with parents to lead change, close the, “achievement and opportunity gaps” and inspire children to go to college. By partnering with over 40 agencies including Catholic Schools, they are changing the narrative about what is possible. Beating the odds against poverty has never been easy…
Posted: September 16, 2016
Posted: September 09, 2016