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    Logic vs. Emotion It is tough to make logical arguments when they are pitted against emotional connections. The arguments must be clear and concise to have a chance of penetrating an emotional shield. Precise language

    has to be communicated almost a mantra-like form to stating the premises and the logical conclusion. The trouble when we argue logically without factoring any emotional elements is that we lose the battle of perceptions, especially when the logical conclusion is to deny something that a few people want. The emotional knee-jerk reaction to one arguing logically without emotion is to say that that person is cold or, even worse, hateful. Once the idea that the one arguing logically is hateful, it is extremely difficult to disprove that notion, despite the fact that nothing could be further from the truth. Once that idea is in someone’s head, and that idea is repeated, creates undue opposition without thinking through the facts and the logic.

    I would think that most people who hear someone accuses the Church of hating a certain group are smart enough to realize that accusation is not true and a diversion to elicit emotion to oppose the Church and her teachings. Playing to the emotions is an effective strategy in diverting the focus off the truth, the facts, and good sound logic. It is especially easy to do so because we can point to many people who belong to that group and think, “I know that person. That person is a good solid person. I feel for that person, and anybody who deprives that person of anything because that person belongs that group is totally unfair.” Name calling may happen. Then the general statement that the Church should stay out politics.

    With the government intruding on Catholic values, especially when there have been bills, laws, and court rulings that directly violate her teaching, the Church cannot stay out of politics. But we must always keep our wits about us, not let our emotion rule the day. We must be open to the Church’s teaching and be willing to follow her logic with our emotions set aside. The societal norms that the Church opposes are not right. When one is able to follow the Church’s logic, one will be able to appreciate the beauty of it, and will be able to recognize that it is all inspired by the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ.—TB

    Stewardship Starting next weekend, we will launch our stewardship drive at both Saint Pius and Saint Joe’s. Last year, I related stewardship is a three-legged stool, with time, talent, and treasure representing each leg, meaning that stewardship is more than just trying to shake the money tree. Each weekend the preaching will be on one particular leg of the stool. On the final Sunday in October, I will be asking each person in attendance at Mass to fill out a pledge card in the pew. We will do it together, one section at a time, then ask the ushers to collect the pledges. I have done this at my last assignment, but I will write the checks of my tithe at that time to demonstrate that I am willing to do what I ask others to do. I have gotten letters stating that it boasting, and quite frankly, I do not care to reveal what I give, but I found it to be an effective motivational tool. That is why I do it.—TB


    CHURCH OF ST. PIUS V 410 Colvill St. W.

    Cannon Falls, MN 55009 507-263-2578

    Emergency # 651-229-5189

    Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm

    Fax: 507-263-8005 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stpiusvcf.org Pastor: Father Terry Beeson Retired: Fr. Leonard Siebenaler Deacon: Kevin Downie


    Saturday 4:00 pm Sunday 8:30 am

    Weekdays Tuesday & Friday 8 am

    Confessions Saturday 3:00-3:30 pm Adoration: Friday ~ 8:30 am - 8 pm


    23955 Nicolai Ave. E. Hastings, MN 55033

    651-437-3526 Emergency # 651-229-5189

    Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:30 pm Fax: 651-437-3506 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stjosephmiesville.com Pastor Father Terry Beeson Retired: Fr. Leonard Siebenaler

    Masses Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday 8:00 am (Latin) 10:30 am

    Weekdays Wednesday 5:00 pm Thursday 8:30 am

    Confessions Saturday 5:30-5:45 pm Adoration: Thursday ~ 9 am-6 pm

    CHURCH OF SAINT MARY 8433 239th St. E.

    Hampton, MN 55031 651-437-5546 Emergency # 612-405-6955

    Parish Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45-8:45 am Fax: 651-437-3506 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stmarysnewtrier.com Pastor Fr. Cole Kracke [email protected] Rectory Phone: 651-318-1005


    MATHIAS 23315 Northfield Blvd. Hampton, MN 55031

    651-437-9030 Emergency # 612-405-6955

    Parish Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00—4:00 pm (Vermillion or Hampton) Fax: 651-437-3427 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stmathias.com Pastor Fr. Cole Kracke [email protected] Rectory Phone: 651-318-1005


    Vermillion, MN 55085 651-437-9030 Emergency # 612-405-6955

    Parish Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00 pm (Vermillion or Hampton) Fax: 651-437-3427 E-mail: [email protected] Website: stjohns-vermillion.com Pastor Fr. Cole Kracke [email protected]

    Rectory Phone: 651-318-1005


    New Trier



    Tri-Parish Schedule

    Saturday 4:15 pm Confessions St. Mathias 5:00 pm Mass St. Mathias

    Sunday 8:00 am Mass St. Mary’s 10:00 am Mass St. John the Baptist


    Tuesday 6:00 pm Confessions St. John the Baptist 6:30 pm Mass St. John the Baptist

    Wednesday 9:00 am Mass St. John the Baptist (8:00 am during the summer)

    Thursday 8:30 am Mass St. Mathias 9:00 am Confessions St. Mathias 9:00 am-7:00 pm Adoration St. Mathias

    Friday 7:30 am Mass St. Mary’s 8:00 am-3:00 pm Adoration St. Mary’s

    First Saturday 8:30 am Mass St. Mary’s 9:00 am Confessions St. Mary’s Devotions St. Mary’s

  • FROM FATHER COLE 3 The Francis Effect? Ever since the election of the former Jorge Bergoglio to the Chair of St. Peter, there has been tremendous commentary on what his particular style and

    personality would mean for the Catholic church. This is a poignant discussion not only in the United States, but around the world as people have seen the amount of attention that is being paid to every word he says and writes, who he has appointed or removed from Curial offices, where he lives and what he rides in, as well as the topic of his first Papal encyclical. During his recent trip, the media branded him as the “People’s Pope” which certainly must have been a surprise to some, especially those who knew or met John Paul II during his 28 years in office. As Catholics, I hope we consider all Holy Father’s to be our Pope as well as those who receive them in the name of our Lord. But now that some of the excitement of Pope Francis’ historic visit has waned, what will be the result of his pilgrimage on the Catholic Church in the United States going forward? Following such visits, there is tangible evidence that Mass participation goes up, there is an increase in the interest of religious vocation and the popular opinion of the Church, as an agent of good, rises. One of the reasons these phenomenon occur in my opinion, is because such a visit renews pride and admiration, especially in Catholics who all to often see the church portrayed at the butt of late night jokes, hostile and antagonistic reporting because of social views and a general belief that the Church is no longer relevant in a modern, enlightened and progressive society. When people turn on their TV’s and see millions of people who have come out to see the Pope, Presidents and politicians hang on every word he says, and the news media covering every minute of the visit, it reminds them that they are part of something special that is worth

    protecting and advancing. Not in an inordinate prideful way that lacks humility, but with a genuine gratitude for what the Lord

    has called us to and the gift of our faith. We all want to be part of a winning team, but when your team is down and out because of scandal, fatigue and general malaise, it can be hard to recapture the spark. As I mentioned in Mass last week, that spark starts in the home, where though the Sacraments it is nurtured and amplified. Lets work to rekindle that spark in our homes, parishes, communities and world. This is what the Lord has called us to do. Sing to the Lord? The last couple of weeks I have heard increased interest in trying to form a standing children’s choir that would be available to sing once or twice a month and at special liturgical celebrations. My experience at my prior parish is that the children’s choir brought an excitement and enthusiasm that was often con

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