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Faith briefs for June 25

June 25, 2010
Marshall Independent

Tyler native to be ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm

Deacon Matthew J. Wiering will be ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm, by the Rev. John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm.

Wiering is the son of Ronald and Rhonda Wiering of Tyler. His home parish is the Church of St. Dionysius in Tyler. A 1999 graduate of RTR High School, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul receiving a bachelor's degree in Catholic Studies and English in May of 2003. Since the fall of 2006, he attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome studying theology.

He was ordained to the diaconate on October 8, 2009, at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City by the Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis.

Following his ordination to the priesthood, the Rev. Wiering will serve at the Church of St. Mary in New Ulm for six weeks before returning to the Pontifical North American College in Rome to complete his studies.

All the faithful of the diocese are invited to come celebrate. A reception will follow the Mass.

The Rev. Wiering will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving noon July 4 at the Church of St. Dionysius in Tyler.

Independence Day celebration July 4 at St. John Cantius Parish

St. John Cantius Parish in Wilno invites the public to its annual Fourth of July celebration. The festivities begin with turkey dinner and trimmings from 10:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Concessions and activities will take place including music by The Shieks and a drawing at 4 p.m. Pedal tractor pull is at 3 p.m. for children ages 5-12. The church is located three miles north of Ivanhoe.

Minnesota Catholic Bishops Release Statement on Immigration

On June 15, 2010, the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota released their Immigration Statement, calling attention to the urgent need of comprehensive immigration reform. Any reform should first and foremost demonstrate "respect for persons and families." The statement was signed by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner, Diocese of Crookston; Bishop Emeritus Victor Balke, Diocese of Crookston; Bishop Paul D. Sirba, Diocese of Duluth; Bishop John M. LeVoir, Diocese of New Ulm; Bishop John F. Kinney, Diocese of St. Cloud; Bishop John M. Quinn, Diocese of Winona; Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. Harrington, Diocese of Winona.

Their statement reads:

We, the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota, again issue an urgent call for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. Without national reform, we fear that states will enact legislation that is neither compassionate nor just.

Near the end of the 2010 Minnesota legislative session, legislation modeled after Arizona's new law was introduced in our state's House of Representatives. Unfortunately, such onerous legislation would disrupt our communities, violate the human dignity and rights of undocumented immigrants, and break families apart.

The way we treat immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, is a matter of justice. It reflects our commitment to fairness and decency, our respect for persons and families. It also affects our nation's economic growth and well-being. According to the latest report to the Minnesota Business Immigration Reform Coalition, "the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors estimates that the country's net gain from immigration is $37 billion per year."

In an April 16, 2008, meeting with the U.S. Catholic Bishops, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, encouraged us to welcome immigrants and ". . . help them flourish in their new home. This, indeed, is what your fellow countrymen have done for generations. From the beginning, they have opened their doors to the tired, the poor, the 'huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' These are the people whom America has made her own."

In the United States Senate, a framework for immigration reform was proposed in late April, to improve the current, outdated system. Reform is needed now and we urge Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to introduce and enact comprehensive legislation. We have a broken system that must be fixed.

As we indicated in our 2007 and 2008 statements, we support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' call for comprehensive legislation that would: recognize immigrant family stability and reunification as priorities; insist that worker programs contain protection for U.S. and migrant workers; allow for an earned legalization program, that is realistic and fair, for undocumented persons already in this country; restore due process protections for immigrants; and address the economic, political, and social root causes of migration.



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