I hope that you are doing well, especially during these unique times. Let’s continue to pray for each other as a parish, being especially mindful of anyone who may be suffering or experiencing difficulties or hardships.
As you can see in the newsletter below, the Archbishop has asked Monsignor Callaghan, in addition to other responsibilities, to serve at both parishes in the months ahead. We are blessed to have him. We are looking forward to moving to Saint Ignatius, while continuing to be very present pastorally at Saint Timothy’s, and getting to know the people of Annandale and Saint Ignatius better.
While your Sunday obligation remains suspended and we want to make sure you stay healthy, it has been nice to be able to celebrate Mass with all of you in person these last few months. It is great to be able to be together once again, even if in a somewhat limited way. I’m grateful to Deb Goodale for all of her work on the CO-VID preparedness plan and all of our volunteers who allow us to have the sacraments once again. It was a lot of work and we’re grateful.
It’s been great to have the sacraments of initiation celebrated and a few weddings and more. I hope to see all of you soon. Let’s keep praying for each other.
Clergy Update: Since Father Andrew departure, Father Meyer and Monsignor Callaghan have been serving both St. Ignatius and St. Timothy’s as the Archdiocese determined our clergy plan going forward.
It has been announced by Archbishop Hebda that Father Meyer will continue to be the pastor of both parishes. Because of COVID 19 Monsignor will not be returning to Italy to serve as the formator for the seminarians that were abroad for the Rome program. That unfortunate news is our gain as Monsignor will now assist with both parishes in a more extensive way than he has in the past, along other responsibilities with the seminary. Father Meyer has also decided to move to the rectory at St. Ignatius. Partially, it was a practical decision as our rectory is built more readily for two priests and will accommodate them more comfortably than the home in Maple Lake. This will also allow the staff at St. Timothy’s to have their own office and not have the sometimes inconvenience of the office in the same
location as the pastor’s home. As well, Father Meyer is hopeful this will allow him and Monsignor to get to know our parish and the Annandale community better!
Nursery Windows: We are excited to announce the stained glass windows for the nursery will soon be installed. After a long wait due to restrictions of overseas deliveries because of COVID 19 the stain glass is here and will be installed as soon as the contractors are available. Once again, thank you for all who helped make this initiative happen. We are so blessed to have such a generous community and now an even more beautiful church to worship the Lord.
Sunday Mass Schedule: Mass is currently being held on Sunday at 8:30 AM with live streaming available on our Facebook and YouTube pages. We are looking to add an additional weekend mass with the hope this will allow more flexibility to accommodate our parishioners who wish to attend a weekend mass. More information forthcoming.
Change in Daily Mass Schedule: Effective the week of August 9th daily mass will change to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 AM. The first day of the new change will be Wednesday, August 12th. There will not be a mass on Monday or Tuesday going forward.
Safety Precautions: The church continues to be cleaned and sanitized after each mass, following the Archdiocese, CDC and state guidelines. Social distancing requirements are being maintained with the help of ushers seating everyone before mass as well as excusing parishioners, by pew, after mass to receive communion. We will also continue to require facemasks or cloth coverings for anyone over the age of 5 unless you have trouble breathing or are unable to remove the mask without assistance. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Deb Goodale, Plan Administrator at 612.719.7973.
Ministry Volunteers Needed: We are still in need of help with the ministries of sacristans, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, greeters and ushers. If you can even do one Mass a month it would be greatly appreciated! Please call the office at 320.274.8828 if you are able to help.
Synod Update: As you may have guessed or seen on the Archdiocese’s website, the Synod project was put on the backburner because of COVID 19. The hope is to restart the process in 2021. We did however, receive some results from the survey we participated in last February. Father Meyer along with our Survey Chairperson will soon be reviewing the data and hope to have some information to share in the future.
Offerings: Weekly contributions are still needed. We understand your financial situation may have changed, so please give as you are able. Donations may be mailed, electronic transfer may be set up through the parish office and a collection “bowl” is available at the back of the church. We give because God gave first. Thank you!
Spiritual Resources: Missalettes and The Word Among Us are available in the tote outside the office door. Feel free to stop by and pick one up.
Congratulations to the children who have received the sacrament of First Communion and to the young adults who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on August 23rd. May God bless as you continue to grow in your faith.
The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.