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COVID-19 update from Bishop Kettler 3/27/2020
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
In light of Governor Walz’ executive order of March 25th, Bishop Kettler has asked our parishes to take further precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. While these measures feel extreme and may increase our frustration, we continue to pray for healing, hope, and patience. Beginning this Saturday, March 28th, the new conditions will be as follows:
Our churches will be closed to the public for the duration of the executive order, that is until Friday, April 10th, at 5:00 p.m.
St. Henry’s Area School and St. Henry’s Parish Offices will be closed during the stay-at-home order. Most of our staff will be working from home, so email is the best way to contact them. We will continue to check phone messages at the offices periodically, but I would prefer that you call or text me, Father Matthew (218-298-2030), or Deacon Randy (218-457-0925) directly.
With the church closed, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Henry’s is suspended during the stay-at-home order.
Masses will continue to be available via streaming video linked to our website: www.parishfaith.com. Holy Week liturgies will also be available online.
I will continue to hear Confessions and Anoint the sick as often as you ask. Please call or text me at 218-298-2030. You can also make appointments with me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or your loved one are residing at an assisted living or health care facility, please check with your administrators to see if they will allow me to visit. Some of our care facilities are not allowing clergy access at the present time.
Stations of the Cross have been video recorded and will be available on our website very soon.
Thank you for your patience as we adapt to these new circumstances. We still have work to do! Do what you are able to sanctify your homes and families. Please do take advantage of the radio and streaming video Masses and make an act of Spiritual Communion each day. Continue to pray together, offer penances, and make this a time of spiritual renewal and growth. Keep the faith and be not afraid!
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn
Thank You from Father Matthew
Thanks to everyone who has been mailing in your Sunday offerings. Please do consider signing up for Electronic Stewardship at the top of this page. This is the best way to consistently support our ministry even when you cannot be at Mass in person. Thank you, again, for your generous support! -Fr. Matthew
From the Desk of Deacon Randy:
Thank you to all who have mailed in your envelopes, given electronically via the app, ACH, the website or ConnectNow Giving. We know that these are difficult times for everyone. We understand if you have been laid off and are unable to receive a paycheck at this time that you cannot give; we sincerely understand that. The reality for our Church is that bills continue to come in and we need to be diligent the best we can. Our school is up and running teaching our students from a distance. Church employees are ineligible for unemployment benefits due to our non-profit status as a church, so we have the responsibility to keep our employees employed as long as we are able. We have had plenty to do. Please remember the church in your charity by doing what you can to keep our parish up and running. We do appreciate it. God bless and stay healthy.
Our Deepest Condolences
Zelda “Jackie” Mae (Grover) Lachowitzer, age 88 of Perham, MN passed into eternal life at Perham Living on March 30, 2020. Jackie was born at home on September 22, 1931 in Otter Tail County, Perham, MN to Earl and Letha (Wells) Grover.
Jackie graduated from Perham High School in 1948. She met and married the love of her life, Frank Lachowitzer on March 1, 1949. Always together, they ran the family farm and raised seven children. Jackie worked tirelessly to provide for her family. Cooking, baking, gardening, canning, and sewing brought her great joy. Jackie and Frank enjoyed many houseboat fishing trips on Rainy Lake, dancing, playing cards, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jackie will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She was an incredible woman who had an unparalleled zest for life and an infectious smile. She always put her children first – her selflessness was beyond reproach. Nothing made her happier than camping with her children and her beloved dog Lucy. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, quilting and caring for her beautiful plants and flowers. Jackie was a longtime member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church where she served as an Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, member of the Catholic Daughters and a volunteer in many other ministries. She was also a 4-H leader, member of the VFW Auxiliary 4020 and the Pork Producers Association.
Jackie is survived by her daughter Connie (Rich) Harwell of Hastings, MN; her sons Steven (Jeannie) of Princeton, MN, Tim (Sheryl) of Perham, MN, Michael (Dena) of Fargo ND, Don (Candy) of Ottertail, MN and David (Ann) of Kansas City, MO; sister Vernetta Schattschneider of Perham, MN; four brothers Ronnie (Betty) of Wister, OK, Jim (LuAnn) of Grand Rapids, MN, Gene Grover of Grand Rapids, MN and Randy (Lisa) of Perham, MN; 26 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and special friend Edward Keller.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Frank, May 14, 2005; her daughter Sandy, October 29, 2018; her parents; three brothers Robert, Howard and Thomas Grover; sister-in-law Renae Grover; and brother-in-law Clarence Schattschneider.
The family would like to express a special and sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses of Perham Health and Perham Living for taking such good care of Jackie. A special memorial Mass to celebrate Jackie’s life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Henry’s Area School.
Please submit any dates that you are unavailable for the next schedule assoon as you can. The next schedule will be from May 22nd through September 3rd. There will be a 9:00 am Mass on August 15th for the Assumption. Please let me know whether or not you are available for that also. Thank you!
We now have two additional ways of giving financially! Online Giving and Text Giving. Click hereto learn more!!
Online & Text Giving
We have announced that we’re now offering Online & Text Giving. If you manage your bills online, we’re sure you’ll like giving to your church online. It’s safe and secure, and you decide exactly when your gift is made and where it goes. Online giving lets you set up a recurring pledge or a one-time gift to our offertory and special collections, so you’ll be able to give the way you want-even if you’ve forgotten your envelope. Please visit www.parishfaith.com or text 218-207-0336 to get started with these convenient giving options.
All RE classes for the remainder of the year will be cancelled due to Covid-19. We are greatly bummed about this and I will definitely miss seeing the students every week. I will continue to keep our parish website updated under the Religious Education section with different family things to do at home to help keep Christ in the center of your homes during this difficult time. I will be sending out emails for those families who have children receiving the Sacrament of First Communion and we will continue to move forward with preparing second graders to receive the Eucharist on June 14th through home activities and possibly a few classes at the end of May for 2nd graders only. But I will continue to keep you updated via email, feel free to reach out at any time if any one has questions on anything. Know of our many continued prayers for you and all of your loved ones during this difficult time.
Lisa Hendrickx, DRE
From the Principal's Desk-
Congratulations to this week’s calendar raffle winner, April 3, Richard Owens-$100.
We have cancelled our annual Grandparents’ Day on May 8th.
Our Kindergarten and Preschool Round Ups have been postponed. Dates will be determined when we can safely do so.
The Fun Fair has been tentatively rescheduled for May 17th. We have contacted the state gaming commission, and we were able to reschedule everything for that date. So, if things get back to normal by then, the Fun Fair will be from 11:00 am-3:30 pm at the PACC. If things are still not where it’s safe, we may try to reschedule or possibly do some sort of online auction. Reality is, we need this fundraiser!
Please pray for our students. This is hard on them because they don’t understand fully what is going on. Actually, I am not sure many of us do. Stay healthy.
Thank you for supporting St. Henry’s Area School.
Mr. Jason Smith, Principal
218-346-6190 or email@example.com
St. Henry’s Area School provides academic excellence while following the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
Catholic Relief Services
Thank you for your generous support of The Catholic Relief Services Collection and for helping Jesus in disguise. Your contributions make a difference for the poor and marginalized around the world. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late! Just visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections for more information on how to give.
In the Narthex, by the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, is a prayer intention box. Each month, as a Healing Heart Ministry group, we will pray for your intentions that are placed in the box.
Upcoming Baptism Class
Requirements for having your child baptized at the Church of St. Henry are: registration at St. Henry (or another parish) and attendance at a pre-baptism class. Parents are encouraged to take the class before their child is born. This class is normally offered every two months. A class will be offered on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm in the St. JPII Conference Room. If you want your child baptized but have never attended the required class, please register through the Parish Office at 346-4240. Please note, this class is only required if this is your first child and you have not attended one previously. Pre-registration for the class is required.
April Knights of Columbus Meeting Cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of state and local officials, the Knights of Columbus are going to cancel their April 7th meeting.
Baby Shower in Honor of Jesus
We are having a Baby Shower in Honor of Jesus in the Narthex. New and gently-used baby items can be placed in the playpen and will be donated to the Lakes Area Pregnancy Support Center in Staples.
CRS Rice Bowl—Do This in Memory of Me
As we enter Holy Week, we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist as our heavenly food. We continue to reflect on the challenge of global hunger. How does our faith inspire us to share the gifts that God has bestowed on us? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
A Widow's Walk
A Widow's Walk is an informal group for Catholic Widows. Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm for dinner and fellowship. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Char Holzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Parish Office at 218-346-4240.
Accompanists at Mass Needed
St. Henry’s is looking for accompanists. We pay $50 per Mass. Masses included are the Saturday 5pm Mass, Sunday 8am & 10am, and other special liturgies. Michael is willing to help any nerves by 1. Scheduling musicians in the Choir Loft. 2. Getting the music ready as early as you need it. 3. Playing organ while you play piano until you are more comfortable. Contact him at the parish office if you are interested.
Feed My Starving Children - "Pack at the PACC"
On April 24th & 25th, Feed My Starving Children returns to Perham with Pack at the PACC. Along with many volunteers needed from the entire community to organize the program between now and then (Volunteers needed! Would love to hear from you!), there will be a need of 48 teams of 10 to work a two-hour shift packing nutritious meals that will go all over the world. Each team needs to raise $500.00 ($50.00 per team member) to cover the food costs for the meals packed by them during their shift—over 108,000 meals will be packed in the two-day event! Youth groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, families and friends, children (with adult supervision) may be included in the ‘Pack’. For more information, call or text Carla Gauwitz at 218-841-1175 or email at email@example.com. *If anyone would like to sponsor a team, please contact the Parish Office.
Bishop's Annual Appeal
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Appeal so far this year, especially during these trying times. As of March 27, the Appeal raised $774,253 in gifts and pledges toward the goal $1,300,000 to support diocesan ministries. Please remember that it is especially important at this time to support your parishes and safely reach out to family, neighbors and people in need.
We are looking for someone who would be willing to deliver Eucharist to the nursing home on Mondays. Please call the parish office at 218-346-4240, if you can help.
Thank you for those who have donated the real Christmas trees over the years. The community has really appreciated it. But, with fire codes and the convenience of good looking artificial trees, the decorating committee has decided to move to purchasing three large artificial trees. The estimated cost will be in the $2,500.00 range. If you would like to donate to this project, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Trees” and put it in the collection.
"And He Took Flesh" Book
A book "...and He took flesh" is for sale with a collection of OND (Our Northland Diocese) articles written by Fr. Don Braukmann for the Crookston Diocese Catholic Publication. This is the third of his writings. The book is for sale for $15.00. Anyone interested, contact his sister Janice Braukmann Huwe at 218-385-3703. Also available at St. Henry's Church and Designs by Tess in New York Mills. All proceeds will go to Saint Gianna’s Maternity Home in Minto, North Dakota.
Healing Hearts Ministry
· Are you going through a difficult time?
· Are you struggling with a personal issue?
· We will pray, listen and care for you in a non-judgmental way.
· Everything is strictly confidential.
For more information, please contact Mary Schumacher 218-298-1569, Judy Christopherson 218-298-0797 or Pamela Hyde 616-915-2909.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
You are invited to join us for the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Monday from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm in St. Henry’s Church. If you have any questions, please call Ardith at 346-5345.
Men's Bible Study
All men of the parish are invited to join us to study Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins. We gather from 6:45 am - 8:00 am each Friday in the St. JPII Conference Room.
Fair Trade Coffee
Available at the Parish Office for $12/lb. Help small, isolated family farmers in remote locations escape poverty. Varieties include medium, dark, and French roast.
Please Pray for Those in Need of Healing in Our Parishes
Carol Beaupre, Joel Carlson, Harriet Daiker, Hudson Hendrickx, Helene Johnson, Margaret Kasowski, Oscar Kawlewski, Brandon McDonnell, John Ogroske, Lois Porath, Bob Riestenberg, Lowell Siebels, Anthony Thompson, JoAnn Tingelstad, Gertie Ulschmid & Larry Wankel
Please Pray for Our Military Personnel
Martin Ara, Nick Burr, Jesus Guajardo, Ed Guck, Greg Hirschey, Sandra (Silbernagel) Lagnese, Tanner Neyens, Luke Potts, Zoe Potts, Jason Richter, Tanya Robison, Tommy Robison, Steven Sundberg and Tyler Van Watermulen
Rosary Group Invitation POSTPONED FOR NOW
Please join us for the rosary the first and third Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am in St. Henry’s Church basement.
If you have any questions, please call Ardith at 346-5345.
Parish Unity Prayer
We ask for your blessing upon our parish
and Saint Henry’s Area School.
Please deepen our love for you,
and guide our decisions
as we seek to improve our church and school
for your service.
We come before you in humility
to seek your Divine Will in all things.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
to be our advocate and guide.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Holy Father's April Prayer Intention
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
Eyeglass & Hearing Aid Collection Box
The Lions Club has a collection box available to donate your used eyeglasses, hearing aids and sunglasses. The box can be found in Information Alley.
Central Market's We Care Program
Don’t forget to have your receipts from Central Market stamped with the “We Care” logo! We receive 0.5% of the total receipts, so every receipt counts! We have a collection tub in the Narthex you can put them in, or you are welcome to drop them off at the Parish Office. Thanks!
St. Martha's Meal Ministry
The St. Martha’s Meal ministry at St. Henry’s was created to help people in need of an occasional meal or meals supplied for a short time. These are individuals and/or families that have had surgeries, illnesses, diseases, births, deaths, crisis etc. in the family. Sometimes we just don’t want to or can’t make a meal during these tough times. A meal can be provided as little as once a week to multiple times depending on the circumstances. The meals are provided by the members and friends of the parish. If you are in need of this ministry know someone who could possibly use it or if you would like to provide meals to others, please contact Cheryl Prososki 758-2343, Renee Doll 346-7944 or the Parish Office 346-4240.
We're pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and e-books On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith.
You will also be able to easily access any featured content the we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us.
Also, once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.
We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others.
To sign up for FREE, just visit us here: https://sthenrysperham.formed.org. Use parish code J4MBPP.
If you would like to meet with Fr. Matt regarding a living memorial gift or other type of bequest, please feel free to contact him through the parish office. Thank you for your generosity!