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Mass Schedule

SATURDAY - 5:15 pm St. Theodore


SUNDAY
9:00 am St. Theodore
11 am St. Theodore (Spanish)


NURSING HOME MASS
St. John's -
2 pm  - 1st Thursdays
Good Samaritan - 2 pm - 2nd Thursdays
Thorne Crest - 2 pm - 3rd Thursdays
Oak Park Place - 2 pm - 4th Thursdays


CONFESSION - Saturday 4 pm
(Las Confesiones se hacen todos Sábados a las 4:00 de la tarde y 10:30 a.m. primero y tercero Domingos)


DAILY MASS - 9 am Tuesday & Friday
8:45 am Wednesday / Children's Mass  (Pending Funerals)

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St. Theodore Catholic School ~ Grades Pre-K-5

Now Accepting Pre-K through Grade 5 Student Registrations for the 2017-18 School Year!

St. Theodore Catholic School promotes excellence through a well-rounded academic curriculum in a Christ-Centered environment for children of all faiths. 

 

ST. THEODORE CATHOLIC SCHOOL RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION! On May 18th, 2015, the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (“MNSAA”) Board granted the St. Theodore Catholic School with Accredited Status. The Accreditation process requires a multiple year process starting with a comprehensive self study review and reporting process. An on-site accreditation team visited the school to complete their on-site assessment. The final step was for the full MNSAA board to review the entire application process and vote on the results. CONGRATULATIONS!

 


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          The Christmas Season is a bit different this year because Christmas falls on a Sunday. It has affected the gatherings for some families, yes, but there’s one big change for our church calendar. Usually we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday after Christmas, but we did that on Friday and today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Although it’s a holy day of obligation every year, sometimes people don’t make it to Mass on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. (I don’t understand at all; perhaps someone can explain it to me!) Given the opportunity to highlight the celebration this year, let’s strive to understand today’s readings and prayers more deeply. As I studied and reflected upon them this past week, a phrase from scripture came to mind: “Without contemplation (vision), the people perish.” It is Proverbs 29:18 and although not part of today’s readings, I do think it is an appropriate lens to view today’s Christmas feast: Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

           The line from today’s readings that prompted this verse to pop into my mind is the description of Mary in the gospel: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” We can only begin to imagine what it might have been like for Mary … consider what she has experienced to this point. She probably did not yet fully understand what was happening or realize that she was “Theotokos” – literally, “God-bearer.” This term from an early Ecumenical Council is the reason for today’s feast; we believe that Mary is truly the Mother of God. The eighth day of Christmas is chosen because that would have been when a baby boy would be named. What is striking is Mary’s approach to these remarkable events: as a woman of faith, she reflects and meditates upon them in her heart, allowing God to show her the meaning of what is taking place and guiding her response.

          Mary is a model and example for us; as one year ends and another begins, we can seek to be more like her. The verse from Proverbs can be a mantra for us today and throughout the coming year: “Without contemplation (vision), the people perish.” If we don’t adopt a more contemplative approach to life, we will perish or at least live a more incomplete life. We may want to put this thought in a more positive manner: “With contemplation, I/we will thrive or live more fully.” How might we do this? Contemplation or meditation as a regular part of our daily lives can help us to make sense out of our experiences, relationships, thoughts and feelings. It requires some silence or quiet time to reflect upon what has happened each day and how we can better respond in the future. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, is known as a spiritual master and he discovered a practical way to embrace a more contemplative way of living. It is called the Examen or sometimes, the Examen of Consciousness. Though confused with an examination of conscience (something that should be a part of each day for us), it is quite different.

          Basically an Examen of Consciousness is a short time of prayer, at least once a day, but perhaps two or three times, in which we do the following: 1) Pause in silence and ask God to enlighten our hearts and minds to review our day up to this point. 2) Prayerfully review the day, noting first the particular graces or experiences of God’s presence (maybe an event, conversation, or feeling of consolation) and thank God for them. 3) Next, we recall the ways we did not respond fully to these graces and ask God to forgive us. 4) Lastly, we anticipate what is coming in the next hours or day and ask God to help and guide us. It only takes a few minutes and can help us embrace a more contemplative way of living. Give it a try for a few days and see if it can help you live in a more spiritual and reflective manner.

          Let’s apply Mary’s example of “reflecting on them in her heart” to the other scripture passages. If we ponder today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers, we see not only the Aaronic blessing of the Israelites, but how this blessing is fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. The LORD has let his face shine upon us in the person of Jesus. The LORD is looking upon us kindly and offering us his peace in Jesus. Are we truly accepting this blessing and praising our God? Likewise with today’s brief second reading: a more contemplative approach to life enables us to experience the truth of St. Paul’s message. We are beloved sons and daughters of God because Jesus took on human flesh in Mary’s womb and now in the Spirit we can call out “Abba, Father!” As you probably know, “Abba” is closer to our “Daddy” or “Papa” than “Father;” it is a term of endearment. God desires a personal and intimate relationship with each of us, not just in moments of prayer, but also as we go about our daily lives. We need only recognize God’s presence and respond more completely.

           God does not desire us to perish, but to thrive, to live … eternally. This is why Jesus was born of Mary – “that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” Mary’s example invites us to adopt a more contemplative approach to life, one that will enable us to experience a fuller and richer life. If we view the Eucharist through such a lens, we will understand more deeply that Jesus is truly and really present among us and feed on the incredible gift of his Body and Blood. Yes, with contemplation and nourished by the Eucharist, we will live, not perish.