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Posted on: September 14, 2019

St Nicholas Festival a Big Success!

Thank you to all who helped with the Saint Nicholas festival last weekend. Thank you to our festival chair Tammy Reed to put in many hours along with others from the parish to make it a success. Thank you, Dan and Stephanie Svoboda who made a delicious German dinner, Skip Low and all who helped with the pancake breakfast, those that set up the tents, Sara Morrow and Dave Lavin ran the 5K and Vicky Rademacher drove in the parade to represent our parish. I’m sure there were many hands helping that I have forgotten. Thank you one and all! God bless you!

Posted on: August 22, 2019

Faith and License Plates

The three letters on the license plate of my last car were JCX. Immediately I liked those letters as they made me think of Jesus Christ. JC is obvious, of course, and the x looks just like the Greek letter kai which is the sound of “Ch”. You’ve probably seen the symbol for Christ as a P with an X through the stem of the P. That’s because in ancient times these were the first two Greek letters of the sound to pronounce Christ. The P looking letter is actually the Greek ‘Rho’ or R sound. Put the X before the P and it sounds like ‘Chr’. You’ve got admit that putting the X on the stem of the P also looks really cool! Those ancients were certainly clever in making it an attractive logo! In our time, older folks probably remember when Christmas was often referred to X-mas. That wasn’t just advertisers trying to shorten the word., but it was consciously done with the X representing Christ with the Greek letter kai without the rho. Anyways, I happily drove my JCX car around for ten years plus, proud of the fact that without spending extra money for vanity plates, I had a car that professed Jesus Christ to all. Bu the car wore out, and it was time for another vehicle and a new license plate. I sadly accepted the fact that I would no longer be able to have my beloved JCX. But when I received my new license plate it had the letters UBX. Hmmm? Was God trying to say something to me? After my JCX plate, I quickly interpreted the new UBX as “You be Christ”. It seemed as though Jesus was saying to me, it’s not enough to proclaim me, you must also become like me. I’m sure that no one who sees m UBX thinks anything like that, but for me, it is a powerful personal reminder that I must seek to be more like Jesus. That’s a lot easier said than done, as we know, but God knows just what kind of reminder that I and all of us regularly need. Thank you Jesus! Help me to be more like you! Help us all to be more like you!

 

UBX,

Fr. Deziel

Posted on: June 28, 2019

Thank You Father Galarza

Thank you Fr. Galarza!

 

God Bless you in your new assignment! This is the last weekend with our beloved associate pastor, Fr. Edison Galarza serving us. We have been blessed to have him serving at both St. Nicholas and Guardian Angels since February of 2018. Fr. Galarza will begin his new dual assignment at Risen Savior Church in Burnsville and Regions Hospital in St. Paul on July 1. He will offer the Sunday Spanish Mass at Risen Savior, and serve as chaplain for the Spanish speaking patients at Regions Hospital. Fr. Galarza has been a great joy to be with! We will miss him greatly! His ever joyful spirit, laughter, and strong trust in Jesus is a great blessing. Please wish him well when you see him this weekend! We love you Father Galarza! God Bless you always!

Spanish Mass; Bishop Cozzens coming August 4th Moving forward, our combined Spanish Mass will be at Guardian Angels at Noon each Sunday. Fr. Joseph Williams, who is the Vicar for Spanish ministry will be offering the Mass on some of the Sundays this summer as well as Fr. Sam Perez whom many of you know from the New Ulm Diocese. On Sunday, August 4, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be joining us to offer the Mass. The longer plan for the priest for our Spanish ministry is still being discerned by the Archdiocese. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide this discernment!

Corpus Christi Procession was Wonderful! Last Sunday about 150 joined our Eucharistic procession from St. Nicholas to Guardian Angels. The rain held off (thank you Lord!), and the faithful of all ages joined in the prayerful walk that took about an hour and fifteen minutes total. Singing, praying, and at times silently processing, it was a powerful experience for all. Thank you to all who helped organize this devotion to our Lord. I’ve already heard many people say we should do it again next year! Stay tuned! Happy Fourth of July!

 

Father Deziel