St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Carver, MN
Mass Obligation: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! This year, the Patronal Feast of the United States of America – the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – and the Second Sunday of Advent occur on back-to-back days, and both days remain obligatory this year. The faithful must attend Mass at 4 PM or after on Friday, December 7 or at any time on Saturday, December 8 to fulfill their obligation for the Immaculate Conception. The faithful must attend another Mass at 4 PM or after on Saturday, December 8 or at any time on Sunday, December 9 for the Second Sunday of Advent. Attending only one Mass Saturday evening, December 8 does not satisfy both obligations. To help you fulfill your obligation, we will have Mass here at 6 PM Friday, December 7 (our normal Friday evening Mass time) and GA will have Mass at 9 AM Saturday, December 8. Our weekend Mass schedule will remain the same.
Thanks for making our 150th Anniversary a success!
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Commemoration - December 9
- Christmas Giving Tree! As we begin Advent in preparation for Christmas, we ask for your support for those in need this Christmas season and throughout the year. You can take a tag from the giving tree in the back of church or just remember to bring your gift of any kind--cash, gift cards (gas stations, discount stores & grocery stores) or whatever you can offer. Thank you for your generosity! If you know of a family in need this year, please let us know or ask them to reach out to us so that we can bless them this Christmas.
Christmas Food Pack - St. Nicholas will again be one of three sites for the Christmas Food Pack event. We need volunteers to assemble and distribute Christmas food packages on Saturday, December 15. This is a family-friendly event and is a great opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with families who may not otherwise enjoy the holiday season. In addition to volunteering, please consider making a financial gift to Love INC in support of the Christmas Food Packs. This year, Love INC will distribute 100 Christmas food baskets at a cost of more than $5,000 total. Each basket costs roughly $50 but provides relief and hope that goes far beyond its monetary value. See the Love INC website to donate or register here.
Save the Date for Love Inc 2019 Gala - Feb 16, 2019.
Faithful Beginnings Please consider Faithful Beginnings at Guardian Angels for preschool for your children. They welcome children age 3 months to 5 years. They will learn through the Creative Curriculum in a faith-based learning environment. Prices are extremely competitive! Please call 952-227-4010 to set up a tour with Lisa Staudohar.Saturday Rosary!
Join us every Saturday at 6:15 PM as we pray the Rosary. All are welcome and invited to join us! We will be praying in the church over the winter months.
Sunday Choir! If you are interested in joining the Choir for the 9:15 AM English Mass on Sundays, please contact our Organist, Mary, or Jodee in the parish office.
2018-2019 Faith Formation - Our classes for 2018-2019 have begun. Visit the Faith Formation page for more information.
Please continue to bring us your aluminum cans and drop them in the receptacle in the parking lot. Be sure to check out the new stairs which make it easier for you to make your donation.
Feast of Christ the King
November 24, 2018
This weekend, the Church year comes to an end as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. This feast day is relatively new in the life of the Church, only formally begun in 1925 by the promulgation of Pope Pius XI. At that time, the Church was concerned with rising secularism and nationalism and the devotion that some were giving to human institutions rather than to the Divine. Europe had just suffered the First World War in which misguided nationalism led to the death of millions while virtually resolving nothing. In Russia, communism was taking hold and promoting atheism and collective economic production as the highest values for mankind. Germany, in a downward spiral from World War I, was fertile ground for the Nazi party to take root and begin cultivating its evil designs. And in many countries of the world, rising secularism served to minimize religious belief in favor of promoting temporal happiness, individualism, and disinterest in anything beyond the natural senses.
In the midst of all this, Pope Pius XI sought to remind and proclaim that it is Christ who is our King. Christ is the one to whom we owe complete and total allegiance. Christ is the one whom we serve and give our total allegiance. Christ is King and Lord of all. The movements of secularism, nationalism, communism, and Nazism all offered false hope that somehow true happiness can be found in earthly schemes rather than devotion to that which is eternal. Our celebration of Christ the King, once again, powerfully reminds us that our ultimate hope is in our Lord and His Kingdom. As the Church year concludes, we are encouraged to think of that which ultimately remains; everything else is temporary. If anything is getting in the way of our total dedication to Christ and His Holy Church, then we must re-examine our lives, reflect upon where we have gone wrong, and re-devote ourselves to Christ, His Holy Church, and His Kingdom.
Your Servant in Christ,