News & Events

Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute

Applications Available for Class of St. Joseph! Mondays, 7-9 pm at Transfiguration, Oakdale and other satellite sites. Ever wonder what God has planned for your life? This fall, the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute will offer the two-year Pillars Program in person at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale and at various CI Satellite Sites, where students will participate in the small group dynamic and gather together to watch the lectures via live stream. Taught by some of the best instructors in the Twin Cities, such as Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Jeff Cavins, Deacon Joe Michalak, Deacon Dan Gannon, Fr. John Klockeman, Dr. Todd Flanders, Christina Smith, Liz Kelly, and more, the CI: Pillars Program follows the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and will make sense of all things Catholic, deepen your faith, and layout the roadmap to heaven. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of St. Joseph. For more information, CI: Satellite Sites locations, and an application, call (651) 962-5072.

Catholic Services Appeal – Together in Hope

The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation partners with fellow Catholic to share Christ’s love with neighbors in need through ministries that serve the poor, support life and strengthen the Faith. Your gift brings hope by helping provide:•Thousands with life-giving care via hospital chaplains.•12,000 people / week with fresh groceries and hygiene items.•1,200 hot meals monthly.•635 people with housing/emergency shelter each month.•33,000 young people with Faith-filled outreach.•1,300 women and families with pro-life support.•28,000 Catholic school students with in-person learning. •Over 50 seminarians studying to be future priests of our Archdiocese with tuition assistance, room and board. Visit to learn more or to donate today!

Catholic Young Adult Meeting

July 18

Catholics ages 19-40+ are invited to a gathering on Sunday, July 18, from 6:30-9:30pm at Holy Trinity. Potluck meal followed by Stump the Priest with Fr. McCabe. Bring questions!

Cuppa Joe

March – December 2021

Cuppa Joe is a series of 10 talks by 10 theologians on the 10 wonders of Saint Joseph, taking place at 10 locations in our archdiocese entrusted to the patronage of our spiritual father. These talks come just in time for your afternoon coffee. Join for the next talk Tuesday, April 6, on the topic “Our Spiritual Father,” by Dr. Deborah Savage and hosted at Saint Joseph of the Lakes, Lino Lakes. Talks are posted on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram – and at

Donation Envelopes

If you are a regular contributor, please pick up a box o contribution envelopes at the church entrance. These envelopes make the money counters’ jobs faster and easier to record contributions. Thank you!

Flowers at St. Columbkill

While our statues are gone over the next several weeks, you are invited to bring vases of flowers from your gardens or plants and add them to the side and high altars. Old flowers, replaced silks and vases may be put on the tables in the community room for pick up. Please label your vases or pots. Thank you!

Holy Hour for Women

July 25

Holy Hour for Women will be Sunday, July 25, at 6:00pm at Church of St. Michael, Pine Island. All women are invited.

John Huneke retirement party

July 18

John Huneke retirement party: Sunday, July 18, 12:00 noon to 3:00pm at the Bellechester Community Center. Food and
beverages provided. Everyone welcome.

Join the Archdiocesan Synod Journey this Fall

How can we as members of the Body of Christ in the Church better pass-on our beautiful Catholic Faith - whether in our homes or in the broader world? The Archdiocesan Synod kicks into high gear this coming fall! Your input is needed to help Archbishop Hebda chart the course for our local Church. We will be forming small groups in order to discuss and give feedback on priorities within each Synod focus area. More details will come this summer! See more about the Synod focus areas at

Mommas and Mary Rosary Walk

Thursdays, July 29

All are invited to Rosary walks starting and ending at Rosie’s park. No experience with the Rosary is expected. We will pray for our families and community, and enjoy a 15-20 minute walk praying to our Blessed Mother. Bring your strollers, scooters, bikes, & kids! Thursdays, July 15, 22, 29 at 9:30am.
Contact Micayla Ryan with any questions at (651) 380-6135.

NFP Awareness Week

egins July 25

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated the last week of July as NFP Awareness Week. NFP stands for Natural Family Planning, and offers a scientific and marriage building opportunity by learning about one’s fertility. NFP Awareness Week supports couples by bringing awareness of spousal love. This year NFP Week runs from July 25-31. This week includes the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) and the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26). Human life is a beautiful gift and is to be cherished! For additional information please visit: .

Parish Picnic

July 25

Parish Picnic: July 25, at the Bellechester Community Center, serving at noon. This will be a potluck event. Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils will be supplied, as well as coffee, lemonade, and bottled water. The Knights of Columbus will provide bratwurst and buns. Catholic Order of Foresters will donate ice cream. All are invited!

Please pray for:

Please pray for: & Mary Heppelmann, Ed & Marge Heppelmann, Anne Merry, Carroll Bartholome, Lloyd Ryan, Ray Poncelet, Dave Buck, Scott Cyert, Jerry Joe Majerus, Dorothy Arendt, Leo & Louise Heppelmann, Brent Hokanson, Anne Skalicky, Marvin Zorn, Marcella Befort, Pat Mann, Greg Hovel, Jim Augustine, Willow Nordrum, & Del Brouwers

Presbyteral Ordination

Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. Cathedral of Saint Paul Archdiocesan and Pro Ecclesia Sancta seminarians completing Theology IV will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood. All the faithful are invited to join in this joyous occasion in person. It will also be livestreamed on the Cathedral‟s website:

Prison Ministry

We have received enough items to fill the 2 duffel bags that were donated for our prison ministry. John Francis will have a great start on getting back into society! Thank you for your generosity. He is going into a
Christian Men's home where they guide him through this transition. Please keep him in your prayers.

Pro-life Fundraiser

July 31

First Choice Clinic in Red Wing is having their 5K Walk/Run &Silent Auction on July 31. It's a fun event for the whole family with free games and activities, a bounce house, face painting, and a youth and adult run/walk. Registration to receive a shirt at the event ends July 15 at noon, but you can still register after that (you'll just get your shirt after the event). All proceeds go to continue to provide free life affirming
services to the community. Register: Text "WALK4LIFE" TO 651-615-4114 OR . Questions:

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

July 30-August 1

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted…Psalms 34:18. If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our confidential weekend retreat. The next Rachel‟s Vineyard Twin Cities‟ retreat is July 30-August 1, 2021. For more information, contact , call 763-250-9313 or see

Reception at St. Columbkill

There will be coffee and cookies after 10:30 Mass on August 1 to celebrate Father McCabe’s new role in our parish. There will also be a demonstration of our new AED.

Salad Luncheon

August 11

The Church of St. Paul Council of Catholic Women (CCW) of Zumbrota will hold their 28th Annual Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, August 11, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be delicious assorted salads, cheese trays, deviled eggs, French bread, and beverages. Adults, $10; children 6-12, $4; 5 and under, free. Takeout available, please call 732-5347. 749 S Main Street, Zumbrota. Hope to see you there!

Shoes for the Missions

There is a basket in the entry at St. Mary’s to collect gently used shoes for foreign missions. All types
and sizes are needed, from babies to adults. Please help them to reach their goal of 2,500 in two months! No slippers please.