Franciscan Sister Mary Rosaria (Rita) Hagel, 97, died Feb. 24 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. A private burial will be held Feb. 26. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
Bishop Donald Kettler celebrated the Rite of Election Feb. 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud with catechumens and candidates from around the diocese.
Homelessness is on the rise in greater Minnesota with a 32 percent increase between 2019 and 2020.
The free, retreat-style gathering will include reflections on the Gospel readings from the Sundays of Lent.
Sister Kara (Clareen) Hennes, 73, died Feb. 17 at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. A private Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Monastery on Feb. 20 followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.
Choirs and vocal ensembles can return to ministry at Mass beginning on the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21, Bishop Donald Kettler said in a letter to priests of the diocese Feb. 11.
“The ashes weave many Scriptures to remind us of the faithful and redeeming love of the one who became dust and ashes with and for us, that we might become children of God.”
“After a busy Christmas season and winter, I am feeling the call to strip back down to the basics. I want to focus on what is most essential about Lent.”