We “are all worrying about this current situation in the United States right now,” said Jiayang “Annabella” Yang, a junior at the school. “Not only for ourselves, we also want our community to become better and healthier.”
It’s hard to miss the 12-foot-by-7-foot icon of Christ Pantocrator (Ruler of All Things) above the abbot’s chair. The icon, completed just in time for Holy Week, was written by Benedictine Father Nathanael Hauser.
While churches in the Diocese of St. Cloud remain closed to public celebration of the Mass until May 15, Bishop Donald Kettler invited area Catholics to join him for his private celebration of Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum via livestream.
“We are encouraging people to place a green branch outside their house or apartment door — maybe a pine bow, a leaf of a house plant, anything green — as a sign of welcome to our Lord, as well as giving honor to him on this day,” Father LeRoy Scheierl said.
Life has not been easy for Shane Bartels. From having an abusive mother and then living in less than ideal foster homes to finding his father and then losing him unexpectedly, the road so far has been rocky.
With Masses throughout the diocese suspended and church buildings closed through at least April 13, parishes are finding meaningful ways to keep connected with parishioners using online resources as well as old-school methods.