St. Mary's Parish Council Messages

Message from 11/17/2019:

Photo (see bulletin) taken from the Cemetery looking South. Our Church Rising Up to the Light! 

"We will build a house where Love is found in water, wine and wheat. A banquet hall on Holy ground where peace and justice meet. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” - Marty Haugen

  • Together, let us build a Church which will honor those who have gone before us, allow us to celebrate joyfully together and represent a special gift to our future generations.

  • As our physical space is changing, we have an excellent opportunity to grow in faith and service to each other as a Church. There are many talented people in our parish and YOU can let your light shine as a cantor, lector, usher, Eucharistic minister, mass server, sacristan, musician, choir member etc. Please contact the parish office regarding how you can help!!

Message from 11/10/2019:

Photo (see bulletin) looking Northwest at the  foundation, walls and support of the Gathering Space, Worship Space and Administrative Space. 

 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign (FIFCC) Update.

  • Fundraising continues with new donations coming in weekly. To this date we have  been pledged more than $1,972,706.00 of the goal of $2,400,00.00. 

  • All FIFCC pledges and donations are confidential.

  • A letter will be mailed to each parish household regarding upcoming FIFCC activities. 

  • The Church of St. Mary is grateful for all of your activity, participation, support and prayer as we move through this journey together.

  • By reaching our goal, we can be assured of completing a beautiful and sacred space during this Phase One of construction. (Worship Space, Gathering Space, Administration Space, Drive Under Canopy and Bell Tower.)

 

Church Building Team Update.

  • Drive through the cemetery and on Kraft Drive to see the work in action! 

  • Be safe and aware of traffic and others. 

  • The construction is on schedule!

 

Message from 11/3/2019:

Lawsuit Update:

  • New activity. The “Restore Group” has requested that the Minnesota Supreme Court review the September 3, 2019 decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals that affirmed the District Court decision dismissing the "Restore Group’s” lawsuit against the Church of St. Mary, Diocese of St. Cloud, and Bishop Kettler. Legal counsel for the Church of St. Mary is waiting to hear whether the Minnesota Supreme Court will review the Court of Appeals’ decision. Unlike the Minnesota Court of Appeals which hears all appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court grants only a fraction of the requests for review.

  • Financial cost. To date our parish has spent over $240,000.00 in legal fees regarding the “Restore Group” actions. 

 

Church Building Team Update:

  • Construction. Construction is becoming vertical as concrete, steel and wood framing is rising from the foundation. Currently, the Administration Space is being framed. That will be followed by the steel support and wood framing of the Worship Space and the Gathering Space. This is currently visible from the cemetery and Kraft Drive.

  • Historical items. Our beautiful Rose Window,  the Stained Glass Windows that will be used in the initial phase one of construction, the Tabernacle, the Sanctuary Lamp, and the Stations of the Cross are being cleaned, repaired and refurbished for installation in the new Worship Space.  We are hoping and planning to remove and refurbish the bells for the new bell tower.

  • New items. Samples of worship space tile, stone, carpet, paint and wood stain along with a photo of the new hand-crafted wooden Marian Shrine will again be on display before and after masses for all parishioners to see and discuss with members of the Church Building Team. 

  • Marian Shrine. This custom carved image of Mary is the result of much prayer, conversation and research.  After the August, 2018 gathering and listening to parishioners speak on their experiences of the Virgin Mary, and parish dialogue, the idea emerged to create a unique image reflecting our multicultural  community. This art is inspired by the divinely authored image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 and the traditional European image of The Virgin of Mercy, was first seen in Germany in 1480. She will be approximately 5’6” tall and be the only image of our Lady in the new worship space. She has been hand carved in Oberammergau, Germany. The design committee, our Spanish speaking parishioners and our Liturgical consultant has been very involved and encouraged. We are all blessed by this process.  

  • Construction Calendar. As expected, the construction calendar continues to be subject to adjustment, but we are hoping for completion and celebration of Masses in winter of 2020-2021.

  • Excellent Work! The Church Building Team, committees, volunteers,  Finance Council and Parish Council continue to work very hard on this exciting and important project! This work, commitment, support and prayers by many people including parishioners and volunteers are building a beautiful and sacred Church for our parish and community!

Message from 10/27/2019:

​​​​Photo (see bulletin) of the north side of the worship space rising up from the foundation. The concrete is involved in the exterior walls of the worship
space and the gathering space and utility and HVAC space on the north side of the worship space.
 

Church Building Team Update:

The strong and excellent work continues on the audio systems , video systems, acoustic systems. , lighting systems, interior stone, utility systems, framing of the structure, interior beams, roads , construction budget and MORE!! The construction is rising up from the foundation!

 

Rise Up! "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:1-3

Message from 10/20/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The Construction Committee is working on the planning and logistical aspects of the security system, interior lighting systems, and exterior lighting systems of the church structure and bell tower.

  • The Design Committee, as noted previously, continues to focus its attention on the interiors of the Worship and Gathering Spaces.

  • Steel for the construction of the Administration Space has arrived and vertical construction is beginning.  Additional steel for the Worship and Gathering Spaces is expected to be delivered and erected soon.

  • Placement of the brick facing on the north side of the church has begun.

Thank You!

  • All of the work and prayers and support for the construction of the new St. Mary’s Church facilities are very much appreciated!

Message from 10/13/2019:

Photos of building progress, please see bulletin.

Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10

 

Message from 10/6/2019:

Parish Council Message:

The picture (see bulletin) is from the center of the gathering space looking west towards the administration wing.

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign (FIFCC) Update:

  • Pledges to date: $1,949,207.72 

  • Gap to $450,792.28

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, because everything you have belongs to the Lord." Colossians 3:23 

Message from 9/29/2019:

Parish Council Update: (see bulletin)

Church Building Team Update:

The footings and foundation of the Worship Space, Gathering Space and Administration Space are complete.

  • Ongoing groundwork continues which includes backfilling and parking lot excavating.

  • This work, made possible by your prayers and support, gives our parishioners hope and comfort.

“Remember your word to your servant , O Lord, By which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low.” Psalms 119
 

Message from 9/22/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The Construction Committee and Design Committee are working on many items including color and type of the  interior stone, altar platform, ramps, walls behind the altar, floor covering, pews, altar, ambo, tabernacle, chairs, trim, beams, concrete floor, granite tile, carpeting for the aisles and ambulatory, wainscoting, walls, ceiling, bathroom spaces, administration space, screening over chambers for a future organ, acoustic panels and vestibule carpet.

  • There is much work occurring by many to Build Our Church! This work continues to be a reflection of our parishioners commitment and many different gifts for our Church. We are grateful for all of your work, prayers and support!

St. Mary’s School Update:

  • We are also very thankful for all the volunteers, parents, faculty and staff for all of your work and support of the new all day preschool program and the playground improvements!

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”  Romans 12:4-8
 

Message from 9/15/2019:

Church Building Team (CBT) Update:

  • The Construction Committee, the Audio Video Acoustic Committee, contractors and consultants continue to work on acoustic, lighting, security, entrance and fire suppression systems for our new church.

  • The delivery of the steel for the above ground construction of Phase 1 (Worship Space, Gathering Space, Administration Space, Drive Up Canopy and Bell Tower) is expected soon. The steel will first be erected for the Administration Space.

  • Underground utility work is beginning this week.  

 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign (FIFCC) Update:

Pledges to date = $1,907,477.72

Gap to $2,400,000 = $492,522.28

 

Finance Council (FC) Update:

  • The CBT and FC are continuously evaluating the construction budget and funds available. The best case scenario is that in reaching our FIFCC goal, we can build our Phase 1 (See above) as planned and presented. 

  • Now is the time to make or add to your pledge. We can close this gap!

  • Thank you for your timely payment on your pledge. This is very helpful as construction continues. 

 

“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” Psalm 51

Message from 9/8/2019:

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE PARISHIONERS OF ST MARY’S

On September 3, 2019, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued its decision affirming the District Court’s order to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the “restore group” against the Church of St. Mary, the Diocese, and Bishop Kettler. In its decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals explained that using a civil statute to interfere with the decision to demolish the church violates the parish community’s freedom to exercise our religion. This is a favorable decision for our community and will allow us to move forward on a path towards healing. 

The “restore group” has thirty days to ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. That does not necessarily mean that the Minnesota Supreme Court will hear the case. The Minnesota Supreme Court has discretion to decide whether to hear cases and generally only accepts a small fraction of the cases that it is asked to decide.

The official Minnesota Court of Appeals decision will be available on our website, www.oneinfaith.org, and at the parish office.

We are grateful for this decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and hope this can help us heal and grow as we move forward.

Message from 9/1/2019:

  • Brick by Brick! This weekend there will be a sample of the brick to be used on the exterior of our new church construction on display outside the north entrance of our current worship space (St. Mary’s School Gym). Brick by brick, these bricks will join together and rise (As Will We) to become a Strong and Beautiful and Holy Church.

  • “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in  the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:19-22

  • Good Work! Some parishioners are finding it fulfilling to visit the cemetery and view the construction process from up close (behind the fence). This can be a good opportunity to honor the past while praying for the present and the future! 

  • “For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a  good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:5-6

  • We are with you! Prayers of encouragement and strength for all of the students, faculty and staff of our Catholic Schools as they start this academic school year. We are very grateful as your wonderful work is an important part of our Parish and Christian Mission!

  • “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Message from 8/25/2019:

(see bulletin for photo) 

Our cemetery to the left of the foundation of the worship space, gathering space, and administrative space.

 

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything." Hebrews 3:4

Message from 8/18/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The Construction Committee and the Design Committee are working on the color and design of the interior stone, tile, carpet, and stain of the Worship Space and Gathering Space.

  • The Construction Committee continues to work on the HVAC system and will continue to work with the Audio/Video /Acoustic Committee on the lighting and video presentation systems.

  • Work on the footings and foundation walls continues and excellent progress has been made.

  • The beautiful, original gold doors of our Tabernacle have been cleaned and polished and will be built into our new Tabernacle in our Adoration Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

Message from 8/11/2019:

(see bulletin for photo)

The foundation of the Adoration Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament (tabernacle) and the foundation wall on the northwest corner of the Worship Space, in front of the Cemetery.

 

“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Thessalonians 5:11.

 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,888,077.72.

  • Your support and pledges are essential to reach our goal of $2,400,000. 

  • Please help us achieve this goal as we work and pray together to construct our new Church. 

  • Please encourage others to participate and pledge if they have not already done so.

  • Contact the Parish Office regarding your or any contributions to the new church building project.

Message from 8/4/2019:

Parish council Message...

Starting this week, some of the stained glass windows will be removed from the fire damaged former church structure. These beautiful windows will be cleaned and stored in preparation of being installed in the new worship space and gathering space.

Message from 7/28/2019:

(see bulletin for photo)

'They alternated in songs of praise and thanksgiving to the LORD, “for he is good, for his love for Israel endures forever”; and all the people raised a great shout of joy, praising the LORD because the foundation of the LORD’s house had been laid.’ Ezra 3:11

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update: 

This week’s total is $1,885,602.72.

Your participation, support and pledges are essential to reach our goal of $2,400,000.

Please help us achieve this goal as we work and pray together to construct our new Church.

Please encourage others to participate and pledge if they have not already done so.

Contact the Parish Office regarding your contributions to the new church building project.

Message from 7/21/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • Construction has begun on the footings for the worship space, gathering space, administration space, covered canopy and bell tower. Thirty-six tons of steel are being used in these footings. This process will take about three weeks. 

  • Preparation continues on the parking lot, which extends to the silt fencing boundary.

  • Building and construction permits are up to date and in place. All fees and charges have been paid up to date.

  • Much work collaboration and planning is occurring regarding exterior brick, interior stone, interior beams, electrical systems, water systems, security systems, audio video systems, HVAC systems, lighting systems and MORE!!

 Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,885,602.72.

  • Your participation, support and pledges are essential to reach our goal of $2,400,000. 

  • Please help us achieve this goal as we work and pray together to construct our new Church. 

  • Please encourage others to participate and pledge if they have not already done so.

  • Contact the Parish Office regarding your contributions to the new church building project.

We are grateful for all of your work, prayers, support and donations!

Message from 7/14/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The construction site continues to be prepared for the building of our new worship facilities. To date, 3,912 yards of unneeded black dirt have been removed from the site, and 7,356 yards of fill have been brought onto the site to help construct our new worship space, gathering space, administrative space, parking lots and stormwater ponds.

  • This site will have four stormwater ponds and two driveway entrances off of Kraft Drive SE.

  • The construction permitting process with the City of Melrose has been approved and completed. 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,876,385.77. 

  • Your participation, support and pledges are essential t reach our goal of $2,400,000. 

  • Please help us achieve this goal as we work and pray together to construct our new Church. 

  • Please encourage others to participate and pledge if the have not already done so.

  • Contact the Parish Office regarding your contributions to the new church building project.

We are grateful for all of your work, prayers, support and donations!

Message from 7/7/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Construction Committee Chairs met last week to review, discuss and take action on construction-related items requiring decisions by mid-July. These included the interior beams, the interior glass-paneled wall separating the worship space from the gathering space, and the stone designated for the baptismal font and also desired for the interior wainscoting. Decisions were also made regarding the placement of driveways and utilities. A final decision regarding the exterior brick will be made by the middle of the month.   

  • In a previous message, we referred to the incorporation of “Value Engineering” into the construction project for our new church. This long established (since the 1940’s) and logical approach is a key component in any major construction project. It is being incorporated into our project to insure that the parish “gets the best structure for the money available.” In our project, Value Engineering requires that the architect, general contractor, sub-contractors and parish leadership including the finance council, design committee, construction committee, Pastor, liturgical design consultant and parish volunteers work together in a systematic, collaborative and organized approach to construct the parish’s new worship space facilities including the gathering space and the administration area at the lowest cost. This is achieved through the use and substitution of alternative materials and methods with less cost – without sacrificing functionality, beauty or quality.

  • This important work associated with constructing our new worship space is moving forward in an efficient and productive manner with excellent results due to ongoing communication and interaction among parishioners, parish leadership, our architect and contractors. 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,871,385.77.  

  • Your participation, support and pledges are essential if we are going to reach our goal of $2,400,000. Please help us achieve this goal as we work and pray together to construct our new Church.

  • Please contact the Parish Office regarding your contributions to the new church building project.

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.”  Psalm 118:24

We are grateful for all of the hard work and commitment of all who are supporting our parish through this journey!

Message from 6/30/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • The Construction Committee continues meeting with multiple companies, contractors and subcontractors regarding construction and site preparation. Some of the topics being worked on include value engineering, approaches/driveways, utility access and services, interior beams, interior glass between the worship space and gathering space, interior stone and more!

  • The Design Committee is working on the design of the cross, corpus, Marian Shrine, candle stands, and the tabernacle lamp. 

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,858,465.77.

  • Our goal is $2,400,000.00. Please help us achieve this goal as we build our new Church.

  • Please contact the Parish Office regarding your contributions to the new church building project.

We are grateful for all of your work, prayers, commitment, donations and support!

Message from 6/23/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • Each of the fourteen Stations of the Cross from the fire-damaged church structure have been expertly refurbished by one of our local skilled artists. The Stations are being readied for installation in our New Worship Space. Our thanks to the volunteer who worked tirelessly on this project and to the many other volunteers assisting with our parish’s new church project.

  • The Construction Committee is working on interior design and options for the beams, the stone and the glass of our New Worship Space and Gathering Space. These are three seemingly simple items but individually and as a group they will significantly impact the interior appearance and feel of both the Worship Space as well as the Gathering Space.

  • The ground work at the site of the New Church is being prepared. A large amount of excavating has occurred along with the placement of much new fill.

  • The construction site has been secured with fencing as per standards for security and safety. FOR YOUR PERSONAL\ SAFETY, PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total is $1,855,985.77

  • Please contact the Parish Office regarding your (or additional) donations.

Message from 6/16/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • IT IS HAPPENING! At the construction site for our new church, the location staking has been completed, the silt fencing has been installed and most importantly and most visibly – dirt is being moved to prepare for construction. Please take a look by driving past on Kraft Drive SE. (Be careful of other traffic.)

  • The Parish Council unanimously approved recommendations by the Finance Council and Construction Committee regarding the Construction Budget and Bidders List. Through this hard work and value engineering, we are bringing forward a fiscally responsible Construction Budget for our sacred, beautiful and functional Church with its Worship Space, Gathering Space, Administrative Space, Covered Auxiliary Entrance and Bell Tower. Every item (inside and out) has been evaluated and discussed by parish representatives. 

  • Please note that the construction site is an active work-in-progress and safety and security protocol is in effect. Please respect the construction equipment and area. DO NOT ENTER THE WORK SITE.

Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • This week’s total = $1,834,485.77

  • If you have not already done so, please contact the parish office to make your pledge.

  • We are getting closer to reaching our goal. The construction budget depends on the goal of $2,400,000 being met.

Message from 6/9/2019:

Church Building Team Update:

  • It is happening! To many, it might appear that since the ground breaking event little progress has been made with the construction of our parish’s new worship facilities project with the exception of continued, but modest growth in the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign thermometer. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Many of the behind-the-scenes activities required by a large construction project such as our church are continuing with new ones being added.

  • The construction committee has been meeting about every 7-10 days – most often with the architect and the general contractor.

  • The design committee has shifted its focus from a broad view of the interiors of the worship and gathering spaces to addressing smaller concerns ranging from the crucifix and Marian shrine to the reconciliation room (confessional) and the sacristies. Additional attention is being given to the prominent storage of the Holy Oils, candle stands and votive candle holders and their placement, refurbishing (if possible) of the original sanctuary lamp and numerous other incidental items essential for the presentation of Mass in our new church.

  • The communication committee meets at least weekly (and communicates often) to coordinate the many items being worked on by our councils, committees, volunteers, staff, consultants, contractors and external agencies involved in this extremely important process.

  • Applications for required documents and permits for the project have been submitted including the Building Permit from the City of Melrose, the Stormwater Permit from the Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD) and the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). These permits are expected to arrive shortly after which site work can begin.

  • Meanwhile, if you drive by the site of the new church, you will notice that the large cross which designated the site of the worship space has now been moved out of the way of construction to a position next to the sign announcing the new church.

  • Finally, the community garden has been relocated to near the north entrance to the cemetery and the utilities located on the new church site have been flagged for safety purposes.

  • Keep reading these messages and driving by the site to monitor the progress of YOUR new church.

Forward In Faith Capital Campaign Update:

  • The new total is $1,806,714.57.

  • If you have any questions regarding how to make your pledge, please contact the Parish Office and a Capital Campaign volunteer will contact you.

 St. Mary’s School:

  • At the end of this school year, we commend all – students, staff, parents and parishioners – who are essential to its success. Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment!

Message from 6/2/2019:

The East Community Garden, which previously has been located in St Mary’s Cemetery for several years, has been closed because its present location interferes with the location of the new church building project. However, it will be opening soon in another location near the north entrance to St Mary’s Cemetery.  If you are interested in Gardening or Volunteering, please call Carol Moorman at (320-293-7367). This is another example of our mission work that will continue through the commitment of our parish volunteers, cemetery board and parish. The Parish Council is grateful for all of your work.

 

The Forward in Faith Capital Campaign total continues to grow. Our latest total has reached $1,769,974.57.  We are counting on this Capital Campaign to help cover the construction cost of our New Church Project including Worship Space, Gathering Space and Facilities. We are thankful for your continued commitment and support. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office and a Capital Campaign Volunteer will answer your questions.

 

The Construction Committee of the Church Building Team continues working closely with the architects, consultants and contractors for our construction project. Soon and very soon there will be evidence of site preparation. This is important work and we are grateful for all of our parish’s volunteers!

Message from 5/26/2019:

The Parish Council thanks all of the parishioners who worked on, attended and participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new worship facilities last Sunday 5/19/19. We appreciated Fr. Vince joining us as Fr. Marv presided over this enthusiastic and historic event for the parish of St Mary’s. We happily endured the rain, wind, cold and the few snowflakes on the day of the Groundbreaking in exchange for great weather as we begin construction.

 

The Parish Council, Finance Council and Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Leadership Team are grateful to all who are volunteering and participating with time and pledges towards our campaign goal of raising $2,400,000. WORKING TOGETHER, WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL! Please see

the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign newsletter inserted in today’s bulletin. 

Message from 5/19/2019:

  • The Parish Council is grateful to the many parishioners who continue to collaborate together with the Builder, Architects, Liturgical and other consultants, CBT, construction committee and Finance Council as we prepare to celebrate the long-waited  GROUNDBREAKNG for our new church.

  • Through this cooperative effort, we have created awesome plans for a beautiful and functional church, worship space and related facilities.

  • With this long-awaited good news, it is important and necessary that we re-emphasize that our parish must reach our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Goal of $2,400,000. Until we reach our goal, we will likely not be able to fully complete our church, worship space and related facilities as we have presented them to you over the past many months. Please be mindful of this parish need as you consider your pledge.

  • Please join us for the historic church groundbreaking celebration this Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 am at the new construction site on Kraft Drive, south of the cemetery.

Message from 5/12/2019:

PARISHIONERS OF ST MARY’S, PLEASE JOIN US 

The Parish Council and the Church Building Team including all the committees and volunteers invite everyone, most importantly the Parishioners of St Mary’s, to this short GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for our Parish’s new church facilities. 

When:    Sunday May 19, 2019. 10:30 am. (After 9:00 am Mass)

Where:   New Construction Site on Kraft Drive SE, South of the Cemetery

What:     This ground breaking event will be the formal kick-off to the construction process!

Why:      Through the amazing work and commitment of many parishioners, this historic event represents us rising together as a parish during this Easter Season to construct new, long-awaited Church, worship and fellowship facilities!

PLEASE NOTE -  MASS TIMES for the weekend of May 18/19, 2019

  • 5:00 pm Saturday, 5/18 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  • 9:00 am Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  • 12:30 pm Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. John, Meire Grove (Bilingual Baccalaureate Mass)

  • There will be NO 8:00 am, 10:30 am or 12:30 pm Masses in Melrose on Sunday, 5/19

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and participants involved in the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign! The involvement of parishioners in this and all Parish activities (Prayers, Support, Contributions, Participation) is greatly appreciated as we continue our journey and mission. Please return your pledge card or contact the parish office with your pledge asap.

The Parish Council is grateful to all of OUR teachers at St. Mary’s School during this Teacher Appreciation Week! Your commitment is a sign of God’s love for our students, our school, and our parish. THANK YOU!

Message from 5/5/2019:

SAVE THE DATE!  - The Parish Council and the Church Building Team including all the committees and volunteers invite everyone, especially the Parishioners of St Mary’s, to the GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for our Parish’s new church facilities. 

When:    Sunday May 19, 2019. 10:30 am. (After 9:00 am  Mass)

Where:   New Construction Site on Kraft Drive SE, South of the Cemetery

What:     This ground breaking event will be the formal kick-off to the actual construction process!

Why:       Through the amazing work and commitment of many, many parishioners, this historic event represents us rising together during this Easter Season!

PLEASE NOTE -  MASS TIMES for the weekend of May 18/19,  2019

  • 5:00 pm Saturday, 5/18 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  • 9:00 am Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  • 12:30 pm Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. John, Meire Grove (Bilingual Baccalaureate Mass)

  • There will be NO 8:00 am,10:30 am or 12:30 pm Masses in Melrose on Sunday, 5/19

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and participants involved in the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign! The involvement of parishioners in this and all Parish Activities (Prayers, Support, Contributions) is greatly appreciated as we continue our journey and mission.

Message from 4/28/2019:

SAVE THE DATE!  - The Parish Council and the Church Building Team including all the committees and volunteers invite everyone, especially the Parishioners of St Mary’s, to the GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for our Parish’s new church facilities. 

  • Sunday May 19, 2019. 10:30 am. (After 9:00 am Mass)

  • New Construction Site on Kraft Drive SE, South of the Cemetery.

  • This grounding breaking event will be the formal kick-off to the actual construction process!

  • Through the amazing work and commitment of many, many parishioners, this historic event represents us rising together during this Easter Season!

PLEASE NOTE - MASS TIMES for the weekend of May 18/19, 2019:

  •  5:00 pm Saturday, 5/18 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  •  9:00 am Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. Mary, St. Mary’s School Gym

  • 12:30 pm Sunday, 5/19 at Church of St. John, Meire Grove (Bilingual Baccalaureate Mass). 

  • There will be NO 8:00 am,10:30 am or 12:30 pm Masses in Melrose on Sunday, 5/19.

 

The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council and Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Committee and volunteers are very grateful for all of the discussion, commitment, enthusiasm and support of the Capital Campaign and the Church Building Process! Your prayers and support are much appreciated!

 

If you have any specific questions regarding the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign or the Church Building Process, please contact the Parish Office and a Team Member will reply asap. 

 

Message from 4/21/19:

The Parish Council wishes all of our Parish, friends and families, near and far, a Blessed Easter. We are hopeful as we “Rise with Christ.” 

As our parish walks our journey together, please consider the following Church Prayer:

 

CHURCH PRAYER

My Church is composed of people like me, I help make my Church what it is.

My Church will be friendly and welcoming.

The pews will be filled, if I help fill them.

My Church will do great work, if I help with the work.

My Church will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.

My Church will bring all people into worship and community, if I invite and bring them.

My Church will be a Church of love, of faith, and of a Spirit of Holiness, if I am filled with these things.

Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to being all of these things that I dream for my Church.

Message from 4/14/2019:

  • The Parish Council (PC) is GRATEFUL for all of the support that is being given by St Mary’s Parishioners during our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign. 

  • As Parishioners, we have been given an opportunity to GROW as a Church during our Church Building Project and our Capital Campaign. If you have not had the opportunity to pick up your confidential Pledge Card Packet reserved for your parish household, the packets are available at parishioner-staffed tables in the hallway entrance after this weekend’s Masses. CHECK IT OUT! 

  • VISIT the Parish Website at www.oneinfaith.org to learn more about our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign, watch Church-related videos, see architectural renderings of our new Church, view the Bishop’s letters to St Mary’s, make online or other contributions to the capital campaign and more. CHECK IT OUT!

  • If you have any questions regarding our Forward in Faith Capital Campaign or our Church Building Project, please contact our Forward In Faith Capital Campaign Leadership, PC, Finance Council, or Church Building Team Leadership. You can also email questions to stmarys@stmarysofmelrose.com. Each question will be personally addressed!

  • Thank you for your support and prayers.

Message from 4/7/2019:

  • This weekend (4/6-7) is COMMITMENT WEEKEND. After attending weekend Mass, each parish household is asked to pick up its confidential pledge card packet. The packets will be available from volunteers at tables.  With this packet, you will be able to complete and submit a pledge card for your capital campaign contribution, or you may bring the packet with the pledge card home to complete and return your pledge card the following weekend at Mass or to the church office during normal business hours.

  • Our goal is to have full (100%) participation in this capital campaign as we move forward with the new construction. No gift is too small. No gift is too large. Please see the Campaign Newsletter Bulletin Insert for more information. All Newsletters will be available on our website. 

  • The images and renderings of the new construction worship space, gathering space, bell tower, administrative center and covered canopy will again be displayed and parish volunteers will be available for further discussion after Masses this weekend (4/6-7). 

  • The Parish Council, the Church Building Team and the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Leadership Team are very grateful for all of the interest, excitement, support and commitment shown during and since the capital campaign was introduced and the new church plans have been displayed and posted on the website www.oneinfaith.org.

  • We are companions on the journey. 

Message from 3/31/2019:

  • The Parish Council, the Church Building Team and the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign Leadership Team are very grateful for all of the interest, excitement, support and commitment shown during and since the capital campaign was introduced and the new church plans were displayed last weekend!

  • The images and renderings of the new construction worship space, gathering space, bell tower, administrative center and covered canopy will again be displayed and parish volunteers will be available for further discussion after Masses this weekend (3/30-31).

  • This weekend (3/30-31) is Witness Weekend of our Forward In Faith Capital Campaign. This will consist of a weekend of listening, sharing and prayer regarding our experience as our Parish of the Church of St. Mary. Campaign Leadership will be available after Masses to answer questions regarding campaign commitment and volunteer opportunities.

  • Next weekend (4/6-7) is Commitment Weekend. After attending weekend Mass, each parish household is asked to pick up its confidential pledge card packet. The alphabetically organized packets will be available from volunteers at various tables.  With this packet, you will be able to complete and submit a pledge card for your capital campaign contribution, or you may bring the packet with the pledge card home to complete and return your pledge card the following weekend at Mass or to the church office during normal business hours. 

  • Our goal is to have full (100%) participation in this capital campaign as we move forward with the new construction. No gift is too small. No gift is too large. Please see the Campaign Newsletter Bulletin Insert for more information. All Newsletters will be available on our website. www.oneinfaith.org

  • We are companions on the journey. 

Message from 3/24/2019:

  • We hope that you continue to be as excited by the great news we shared last weekend as we are!

  • First, after all of the work and dedication of our parish volunteers, committees and leadership along with our architect and liturgical design consultant, our prayers were finally answered earlier this month when Fr. Marv received Bishop Kettler’s letter “enthusiastically” approving our new church building project and allowing our moving forward with the “beautifully designed structure.” Bishop Kettler’s letter to Fr. Marv is posted on our parish website.

  • Second, a year ago in a presentation welcomed by the public, we presented the initial preliminary design for our new worship space and related facilities on our new site south of the cemetery on Kraft Drive SE. Parish leadership along with the Church Building Team (CBT), volunteers and committees, and its architect and liturgical design consultant have sought much input from the parish at large and incorporated much of that input, where possible, into the new facilities. Beginning this weekend (3/23-24) after each Mass, various display boards will be available for parishioner viewing with CBT and council members standing by to explain the content of the boards and address questions regarding the final church designs.  These display boards will show various interior and exterior views of the worship space, gathering space/narthex and small Administration Center. Please contact parish leadership or the Church Building Team if you have any questions. This information will also be on our parish website, www.oneinfaith.org.

  • Finally, to help address the construction cost of our new facilities we are announcing that this weekend is the kick off of the Church of St. Mary Forward in Faith Capital Campaign to raise $2,400,000. This week’s Sunday Bulletin contains a Campaign Newsletter with additional information about our campaign to help build our church. Next week more capital campaign related information will be sent to each parish household. Please call the Forward in Faith Capital  Campaign Leadership Team if you have questions or wish to volunteer. 

Message from 3/17/2019:

  • GREAT NEWS FOR THE CHURCH OF ST MARY      

  • This past week Fr. Marv received an important letter from Bishop Kettler containing great news for all parishioners of St. Mary’s. The Bishop’s letter was in response to the recent meeting of parish representatives, its architect and its liturgical design consultant with the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) on 02/22/2019. Bishop Kettler noted in his letter that based on the DBC’s unanimous approval of the final plans presented by St. Mary’s that “I enthusiastically approve your church building project and invite you now to move forward”. In his letter, which will be placed on the parish website, Bishop Kettler congratulated and thanked Fr. Marv and the parish community for “designing a very beautiful structure which will serve the Melrose community for years to come”. Finally and most importantly, he asked God to be with Fr. Marv and the faithful people of St.

  • Mary’s as we move forward with the building of our new church.

  • In last week’s Parish Council message and in several previous messages, the intention of the Parish Council to “present" the newly designed church to the Parish membership was noted. Finally, that time has come. Beginning next weekend 03/23-24, a presentation of the new church through the use of “display boards” will follow each of that weekend’s masses and continue for several weekends thereafter. Various “display boards” will be positioned in the hallway and the gym showing interior and exterior views of the new church and gathering spaces. Parish Council and Church Building Team members will be present to explain the boards, to address comments on them and to answer questions.

  • Lastly - but certainly not least, the Parish Council would like to announce that in conjunction with the “display board presentation” of the new church structure next weekend 03/23-24, the Parish will also be kicking off its Capital Campaign for the new church project that same weekend. Details of this Capital Campaign will be forthcoming as part of the Announcement Weekend on 03/23-24.  

  • This weekend of 03/23-24 and those that follow will be exciting for the Church of St Mary as parishioners see the most recent church designs and learn how their participation in the Capital Campaign will help it become a reality. 

Message from 3/10/2019:

  • As a parish, we continue to dedicate ourselves, our efforts and our prayers to fulfilling the many needs of our St Mary’s community. Obviously, this includes the design and construction of our new worship space and adjacent related spaces to facilitate prayer and Mass in a specifically built House of God.

  • The Parish Council, the Church Building Team, many volunteers and various committees are preparing a presentation for the parish highlighting the status of our new church facilities’ process and progress. This will be introduced to the parish membership following the weekend Masses later this month. Look for more information regarding this presentation in next weekend’s bulletin.

Message from 3/3/2019:

  • Fr. Marv, along with representatives of the Parish Council and Church Building Team including Murray Mack (Architect) and Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant) presented our plans, designs and process of the new worship space, sacred spaces, essential furnishings and structures to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) on Friday 2/22/19. 

  • There was a very positive interaction among parish representatives, consultants and the DBC! The members of the DBC are very impressed with the committed and inclusive work of our parish!

  • We will continue our planning process and hope to share this information with the parish as soon as possible. 

Message from 2/24/2019:

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council continue to work hard to process and prepare a financially responsible plan for the daily activities of the Church of St. Mary and our Parish’s New Church Facilities Building Project. 

  • We are very confident in this process and grateful for all of this stewardship of time, talent and treasure for our Church.

  • We are grateful for all of the excellent work and commitment of our St Mary’s School Board. This stewardship is an excellent example of parishioners working on behalf of us all. 

Message from 2/17/2019:

  • The Parish Council is thankful for all the effort and energy put forth by the Church Building Team and all of the committees and volunteers as we prepare for our next upcoming presentation to the Diocesan Building Commission on February 22, 2019.

  • Our Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer, and our Architect, Murray Mack, continue to work with parish leadership, volunteers and committees on many aspects of our new worship space and gathering space:

    • Design Committee: Crucifix, Ambo, Altar, Baptismal Font, Tabernacle/Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Marian Shrine, Pews and Seating, Universal Access and more.

    • Audio Visual Acoustic Committee: Music Ministry, Acoustical Design and Materials, Sound Engineering, Visual Optimization and Aids and more.

    • Construction Committee: Facility Logistics, Gathering Space Optimization, Catering Kitchen and more.

  • Thank you all for your commitment and service to our parish. We are companions on the journey!

​Message from 2/10/2019:

  • Representatives of the Church of St. Mary attended the City of Melrose Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on 1/28/19 regarding the Church’s request that its property containing the new church site, the cemetery, the school and playground, and the block on which the rectory, parish offices and the fire-damaged former church structure are located be platted/replatted into a new Church of St Mary plat. The purpose and benefit of this request by the Church is to simplify the existing cumbersome and unwieldy legal description of the Church’s property resulting from its acquisition of the various, different parcels of land at different times over the past approximately 120 years.  The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Church-requested preliminary and final plats and recommended the Mayor and City Council do likewise at their next meeting. This Church’s request for approval will next go to the Melrose City Council for final approval on Thursday 2/21/19. We are grateful for this excellent work on behalf of our parish!

  • We are companions on the journey!

Message from 2/3/2019:

  • Due to dangerous weather conditions, the meeting with the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) originally scheduled for January 29, 2019 will be rescheduled to a future time to be determined. This meeting will include representatives of the Church Building Team, Parish Council, Trustees, our Architect and our Liturgical Design Consultant. We will present our parish process and plans for the Ambo, Altar, Baptismal Font, Crucifix, Marian Shrine and Tabernacle/Blessed Sacrament to the DBC. 

  • Parishioners have worked hard on all of these aspects of the new worship space and we are ready to make this presentation!

 

Message from 1/27/2019:

We are grateful to the Church Building Team and all of the volunteers and committees as we prepare for our upcoming presentation to the Diocesan Building Commission on January 29, 2019.

Our Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer and our Architect, Murray Mack continue to work with parish leadership, volunteers and committees on many aspects of our new worship space and gathering space:

  • Design Committee: Crucifix, Ambo, Altar, Baptismal Font, Tabernacle/Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Marian Shrine, Pews and Seating, Universal Access and more.

  • Audio Visual Acoustic Committee: Music Ministry, Acoustical Design and Materials, Sound Engineering, Visual Optimization and Aids and more.

  • Construction Committee: Facility Logistics, Gathering Space Optimization, Catering Kitchen and more.

Thank you all for your commitment and service to our parish. We are companions on the journey!

Message from 1/220190/2019:

  • The Diocesan Finance Council has approved the financial plan prepared by the Finance Council and recommended to the Parish Council for the new worship space and gathering space on the new site south of the cemetery.

  • The Church Building Team and volunteer committees are collaborating with Ken Griesemer, our Liturgical Design Consultant, as our new Altar, Ambo, Crucifix, Marian Shrine and Baptismal Font are being designed. 

  • These designs and the processes involved will soon be presented to the Diocesan Building Commission.

Message from 1/13/2019:

Lawsuit/Appeal Update

  • As of 11/15/18, we, the Parish of the Church of St Mary, have paid a total of $153,124.01 to defend our parish and our parish’s property against the lawsuit of the “Restore Group” vs. The Church of St. Mary. 

  • All money used in the parish’s defense of this lawsuit, and now to confront the appeal process, comes directly from the parish’s annual operating budget (not insurance money).  These expenditures caused by the lawsuit thus detract directly from the ability of our parish in pursuing its primary missions of Parish life, pastoral ministry, administrative and liturgical resources, religious education and many similar activities and responsibilities.

Message from 1/6/2019:

  • Fr. Marv Enneking has been notified that the “Restore Group” has appealed the Judge’s decision regarding  the lawsuit of the “Restore Group”  vs. Church of St. Mary, Diocese of St. Cloud and Bishop Kettler. This appeal, initiated by the “Restore Group,” will prolong the legal process and continue to cost the parish time, money and unity. It may also put at risk the possibility of using any parts of the fire damaged former church structure in the new worship space, gathering space or other new construction. 

  • This appeal process will in no way affect or delay our building of our new worship space and gathering space. The Parish Council, Finance Council, Church Building Team and most importantly the Parishioners of St. Mary’s are committed to continuing this process to build a beautiful, functional and sacred new church for our parish!! 

Message from 12/30/2018:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

The Parish Council wishes all a Happy and Blessed New Year full of Hope, Faith and Love!

Message from 12/23/2018:

During this Christmas Season we celebrate the birth of Christ. We are grateful that we are able to share this joyous event together as a parish.  We wish all of our parish family a blessed, safe and healthy Christmas!!!

Message from 12/16/2018:

  • The Parish Council (PC) continues to work hard on the many aspects of parish life including the mission of the Church of St Mary. To name a few:

  • Faith Formation, Music and Liturgy. Our Parish has many dedicated and talented volunteers and staff working together in these important aspects of our growth. 

  • St. Mary’s School. We are blessed to have awesome teachers, staff, families, school board members and volunteers who continue to give their time, talent and resources for the benefit and growth of the children and parish. Major projects at this time include the catering kitchen installation and the boiler replacement project. 

  • New Construction. The PC is working with the Church Building Team (CBT), Finance Council (FC), Diocese, architect, consultants and contractors as we continue to move towards construction of the new Worship Space and Gathering Space on our location south of our cemetery. 

  • Closure of the Fire Damaged Former Church Structure. The PC continues to work with the CBT as we proceed with this process. This will take time and will entail numerous steps as per the regulations and the permitting process. We are committed to moving forward in a respectful manner.  Parishioners are planning a liturgical service of remembrance.

  • Finances and Budget. The PC is working very closely with the FC as we continue to work with a balanced budget. We are exploring future finance strategies as these important projects move forward. The FC is will be presenting a responsible financial plan of the above projects to the Diocesan Finance Council in the near future.

  • The work and commitment of the volunteer parishioners working so hard for all of us is evidence of our being Christ for each other. The PC is very grateful for all of this support during this important time! THANK YOU!!!

Message from 12/9/2018:

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council and St. Mary’s School Board are working hard on the Church of St. Mary Parish and St. Mary’s School projects. As mentioned previously, these include the construction of new parish worship and gathering space facilities and the remodeling of a school locker room space into a catering kitchen along with ongoing and new school maintenance activities.

  • The Parish Council is grateful for all of the volunteer work and commitment occurring within our parish including to our school. The SMSB, school families, faculty and staff have done an excellent job in continuing this important part of our parish’s mission.

  • The Parish Council is grateful to the volunteers who prepare the school gym for Mass each weekend. This behind the scenes work is an example of “us being Christ for each other.” THANK YOU (you know who you are) !!!

We are companions on the journey.

Message from 12/2/2018:

  • The Parish Council is continuing the process of closure of the fire-damaged former church structure. The initial process will include pursuing required environmental assessment studies and permits. It is estimated that the process may take up to 6 months. This closure process will include a liturgical service of remembrance planned and organized by the parish.

 

  • The Church Building Team and respective committees with their volunteers continue to work with our Architect, Liturgical Design Consultant and General Contractor in designing and planning the new Worship Space and Gathering Space. Special attention is being given to the design of the pews and seating, Music Ministry, the Altar, the Ambo, the Crucifix, and the Baptismal Font. There is much excitement regarding these plans and we hope to share these plans with all of our parishioners as soon as possible.

Message from 11/25/2018:

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

  • During this week of Thanksgiving, the Parish Council is grateful for all of you, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. The work, support and prayer of and for our parish community continues to be amazing and is appreciated. May the Gospel and our Fellowship in God’s Love be a light to all as we grow in faith for Christ and each other!

  • We are companions on the journey!!

Message from 11/18/2018:

  • The Parish Council is collaborating with the Church Building Team, Diocese of St. Cloud, and legal council as we have begun the process of closure of the Fire-Damaged Former Church Structure. This is a complicated process that will include the procurement of several demolition-related permits and may initially include the removal of the piano, Marian altar, stained glass windows and other interior contents.

  • We intend to plan and organize a parish “liturgy of remembrance” for the fire-damaged former church building.

  • It is our goal to move through this process in a healing and respectful manner of closure for our parish community.

  • We are grateful for your prayers, work and support in this process.

Message from 11/11/2018:

The Parish Council, Finance Council, Church Building Team, Architect, Liturgical Design Consultant, Builder, Volunteers, Committees and the Consultants responsible for Acoustics, Audio, Video and Music are continuing to work together as the internal Worship Space and the Gathering Space are being designed and planned.

Goals and priorities at this time include: 

  • Creating and building a Worship Space, Adoration Chapel for the Blessed Sacrament, Gathering Space, possibly the Marian Chapel and necessary related facilities.

  • These spaces will be beautiful, sacred, functional and accessible.

  • The construction of the above will be financially responsible.

  • The process, design and planning of these spaces will be optimized through working with our architect, consultants, pastor, parishioners (including councils, committees, teams and the many volunteers who are continuing to work hard for our Church) and the diocesan building commission.

  • Creating a reasonable and responsible timeline for planning, designing, processing, groundbreaking and construction. This process continues to be a strong example of collaboration and optimization of many ideas and points of view of all involved.

The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council will continue to update the parish as this important work continues.

We are grateful for your work, support and prayers! 

We are companions on the journey.

Message from 11/4/2018:

  • On October 25, 2018, legal counsel for the Church of St. Mary   received the decision from the Court in the Friends to Restore v. Church of St. Mary’s lawsuit. 

  • In its decision, the Court dismissed the lawsuit brought against the Church of St. Mary, the Diocese, and Bishop Kettler on the grounds that preventing the demolition of the church would violate the First Amendment, and specifically, a community’s freedom to exercise their religion. 

  • The Plaintiff’s lawsuit against the Church of St. Mary, the Diocese of St. Cloud, and Bishop Kettler was dismissed. 

  • The official decision document is on our website, www.oneinfaith.org, and at the parish office.

  • While the Friends to Restore have 60 days to ask for a review of the Court’s decision, this week’s court decision will allow us to move forward and focus our energy on building our new church.

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team will notify the parish regarding plans for the fire-damaged structure as soon as possible. 

  • Thank you for all of your prayers, support and work for our Church.

Message from 10/28/2018:

  • The Parish Council is grateful and thankful to all who continue to support, through their prayers and efforts, the parish in general focusing on both the Church’s day-to-day responsibilities and activities as well as the process to construct new worship facilities.   

  • The Church of St Mary appreciates the recent actions taken by the City of Melrose through the unanimous decisions of both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council to approve the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) necessary for construction of new church facilities on our new site and the Height Variance to allow the new church facilities to adequately symbolize our faith through their height.

  • During the approval process for the Conditional Use Permit and the Height Variance, the City raised its legitimate concern regarding the fire-damaged former church structure and its fear that the possible need to address the building as a nuisance or hazardous structure could become a liability for the City. Allowing that to happen is not and never has been the Church’s intent. The Church has always realized its responsibilities for the fire-damaged structure and will continue to do so. To address the City’s concerns, the Church proposed and entered into an Abatement Agreement with the City. The Abatement Agreement assures the City that the City will not be responsible for or vulnerable for any costs or liability pertaining to any nuisance or hazardous condition related to the  fire-damaged structure.    

  •  We are grateful for the work and participation by members of the city council, mayor, administration and staff of the City of Melrose for all of their work and collaboration in this process!

Message from 10/21/2018:

  • In a recent letter, Bishop Kettler notified Fr. Marv Enneking that the Diocesan Building Commission recommended approval of the proposed plan to remodel some available school locker room space located off the gym into a catering kitchen. This will accommodate St. Mary’s School lunch program needs in accordance with the requirements of the State of Minnesota codes, etc. 

  • Construction and remodeling of this school locker room space into a catering kitchen will begin soon!

  • The Parish Council is very grateful for all of the hard work and collaboration of the St. Mary’s School Board and Finance

  • Council on this plan and project.

  • Representatives from the Church Building Team and the Audio, Video & Acoustics Committee (AVA) met recently with parish architect Murray Mack and the parish’s AVA consultants regarding these aspects of the church’s worship space.

  • Ken Griesemer is continuing to work on plans and designs for our new baptistry font, Marian shrine, altar, ambo and Blessed Sacrament chapel.

  • We are grateful for all of this important work for our Church.

  • May the Holy Spirit work through us!

Message from 10/14/2018:

  • On Monday 10/1/18, The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of both the conditional use permit and the height variance which are necessary for the construction of our new church building to begin. This recommendation of the Commission will now be brought forward to the City Council for final approval! Thank you for all of your support, prayers and attendance!

  • On Thursday October 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm, the City of Melrose Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation for approval of the conditional use permit and height variance will go before the Melrose City Council for final approval. It is very important that parishioners attend this meeting to once again show support for the Church of St. Mary and this church building project and process.

Message from 10/7/2018:

  • A very special thank you to everyone who prayed, supported, prepared for and attended the City of Melrose Planning and Zoning meeting on Monday 10/1/18. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for the conditional use permit and height variance on our new church. This recommendation will be brought forward to the City Council!

  • Save the Date. On October 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm the City of Melrose Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation for approval of the conditional use permit and height variance will go before the Melrose City Council for approval. It is very important that parishioners attend this meeting to show support for this project and process

Message from 9/30/2018:

  • As was noted in last week’s Parish Council message, representatives from the Parish Council, Church Building Team and St. Mary’s School Board met with the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) on Friday 9/21/18. The main focus of the meeting was to provide the DBC with additional specific information and progress reports regarding the interiors of the worship and gathering spaces.  A portion of the presentation addressed the school board’s proposed design to better address the needs of the on-campus student lunch program through interior modifications to the existing facility.

  • It was a good meeting with an excellent discussion of our process and our  progress regarding our continued efforts in behalf of the construction of a new church building for the Parish of St Mary’s. The DBC recognized and appreciated  all of the hard work and collaboration of the parishioners involved in this process. We expect to hear soon regarding Bishop Kettler’s input into our continued work.

  • SAVE THIS DATE. Monday, October 1, 2018. This coming Monday evening is an important event for the Church of St Mary. In order to start construction of the new church building for the parishioners of the Church of St Mary, it is necessary that the leadership of the City of Melrose grant the Church two land use permits. One permit will allow the new church building to be located along Kraft Drive and the other will allow the new church building to be as tall as the one damaged by the fire. The Melrose Planning and Zoning Commission will hold this important meeting for the Church this Monday evening at the Melrose City Center beginning at 6:30pm. The Parish Council encourages parishioners to attend this important meeting Monday night which is so vital for the new church building to proceed.

 

Message from 9/23/2018

  • The Church Building Team and its committees are continuing to work with the Parish Council, Finance Council, Murray Mack and his architectural group, Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant), our many volunteers and the St. Mary’s School Board as we prepare for our update to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC).  This update to the DBC will consist of more specific information and process advancements regarding the new construction in general, plus more detailed designs of the worship space and the gathering space, communion/processional flow and seating, baptismal font, altar, ambo, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Tabernacle, sanctuary crucifix, Marian Shrine, window design, Marian Chapel, acoustical design and audio visual specifics, and music ministry. A part of the presentation will focus on the school board’s desire to better address the needs of the on-campus student lunch program through interior modifications to the existing facility.

  • This information has been gathered through the significant efforts of volunteers working individually and in committees supported by the prayers of fellow parishioners and many others.

  • We will update the parish via the parish council message in the bulletin and website regarding the direction given by the DBC and our next steps.

  • We are grateful for all of your prayers, support and participation as we take our next steps together.

  • SAVE THIS DATE. The parish has applied to the City of Melrose for the required conditional use permit and height variances necessary to begin construction of the new church building. It was necessary for the exterior of the new church to be designed including addressing parking, storm  water control and outside lighting before the parish could apply for these permits. The City will hold public hearings on Monday evening 10/1/18 at 6:30 pm at the Melrose City Center to determine whether it will begin the process to approve these permits which are necessary for the parish to begin actual construction of the church. These public hearings are open to the public. The Parish Council recommends and encourages parishioners to attend these important hearings.

 

Message from 9/16/2018:

  • The Parish Council greatly appreciated the gathering of over 650 parishioners and guests who attended and participated in the Site Blessing and Mass event at the site of the new church last Sunday morning 09.09.2018. The purpose of this multifaceted event led by Pastor Marv Enneking was to claim this site for the building of new worship facilities for the Church of St Mary. It is the first of three successive events related to the construction of the parish’s new worship space. This event will be followed by the groundbreaking and then later the long anticipated dedication ceremony.

  • Parish craftsman and volunteers constructed and erected on the site of the new church a massive 12 foot tall wooden cross to replace the smaller one destroyed in the church fire. During the mass and blessing ceremony all those in attendance had the opportunity to touch the new cross which will stand tall on the site throughout construction.

  • The Parish Council is grateful to everyone who attended and participated in this marvelous event and to those many individuals who worked tirelessly to prepare and coordinate this Blessing Mass held last Sunday morning.

  • The spirit of love, hope and fellowship remains alive and evident in all those who worked and celebrated together demonstrating their continuing support prior to and during this special blessing event.

  • May the Holy Spirit work through all of us.

Message from 9/8/2018:

The Church Building Team, Volunteer Committees, Parish Council, Finance Council, Architects and Liturgical and other Consultants continue to work hard as we prepare for a follow-up presentation regarding interior design, sacred art, altar, ambo, statuary and shrines, technology and much more to the Diocesan Building Commission.  The specific date for this presentation is to be determined.

We are all grateful for your prayers, hard work and support in this process.

Message from 9/1/2018:

  • The Church of Saint Mary will gather on Sunday, September 9th at 11 am on the land that lies south of the cemetery to claim this land as the designated site of our new church and related facilities. We will do so with the celebration of a bi-lingual Mass, a Site Blessing, refreshments and fellowship. This gathering will provide parishioners and everyone attending an opportunity to plant on this site our hopes and prayers in anticipation of the future groundbreaking and construction of our new church to serve our parish and community.

  • As part of the site blessing, there will be an opportunity to write on pieces of paper your personal prayer intentions for the building that will serve our faith community. You will then be invited to plant these faith-filled prayer intentions into the ground claimed for our new church and blessed with the growing hope of harvesting a love that will truly let God's glory show.

  • For those unable to attend the 11 am Mass and Site Blessing, the opportunity to write on pieces of paper your personal prayer intentions will also be available before and after the 5 pm Mass on September 8th and 8 am Mass on September 9th. These intentions will be collected, brought to the site blessing, and planted with the other intentions.

  • This week, you may wish to prepare for this planting by reflecting on your hopes and prayers for the new church: "What we plant in FAITH and let grow in HOPE, LOVE will harvest, and God's glory will show."

  • There will be no 10:30 am Mass in English or 12:30 pm Mass in Spanish on this day.

  • Please join us, rain or shine, by entering from Kraft Drive between Patton-Schad Funeral Home and the Land O’Lakes Plant.

  • Bring lawn chairs if able.

Message from 8/25/2018

  • This past weekend’s presence in our parish by Liturgical Design Consultant Ken Griesemer was most beneficial for the Church of St Mary. On Saturday, Mr Griesemer met in a marathon-long, but highly invigorating, session with the Design Team. The all-day event focused on the interior design of the main worship space, the blessed sacrament chapel which will be a significant part of the main worship space and contain the tabernacle, the gathering space – also called the narthex, and the Marian Chapel – formerly known as the daily mass chapel. The agenda topics for the day included eight major discussion topics and 34 subtopics. They ranged from statuary, tabernacle, artwork and church furnishings to the positioning of Eucharistic Ministers at Communion to facilitate an orderly flow. We discovered such things do not just happen, they are planned to flow smoothly. Following opening comments regarding the overall vision for arts and furnishings, a limited discussion, also led by Mr Griesemer, was held regarding exterior art and site design. It was an inspiring day for the participants and a good day for our parish’s building project.

  • The success of the Saturday design team event with Mr Griesemer was followed by a similarly highly successful event on Sunday afternoon during which Mr Griesemer led discussions as the members of our parish reflected on the role and importance of the Blessed Mother as patroness of our parish and how best to honor and enshrine her images in our multicultural parish.  In addition to Mr Griesemer’s presentation, six individuals representing various ages, cultures, experiences and backgrounds shared, to the delight and interest of the many attending, their unique and personal perspectives of Mary in their lives. It was a most satisfying, interesting and important Sunday afternoon and weekend for our parish. 

  • Many thanks to all who participated

  • The Church of Saint Mary will gather on Sunday, September 9th at 11 am on the land that lies south of the cemetery to claim this land as the designated site of our new church and related facilities.  We will do so with the celebration of a bi-lingual Mass, a Site Blessing, refreshments and fellowship. This gathering will provide parishioners and everyone attending an opportunity to plant on this site our hopes and prayers in anticipation of the future groundbreaking and construction of our new church to serve our parish and community.  

  • NOTE: There will be no 10:30 am Mass in English or 12:30 pm Mass in Spanish on this day.  Please join us, rain or shine, by entering from Kraft Drive between Patton-Schad Funeral Home and the Land O’Lakes Plant.  All are welcome and encouraged to celebrate this important step in our continued journey together.  

Message from 8/18/2018

  • On Sunday, August 19, the members of the Church of St. Mary Parish will gather from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to reflect on the importance of the Blessed Mother, patroness of our parish, and how best to enshrine her images in our new church.  This session will be facilitated by Ken Griesemer, our parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant. We will pray, sing, share food, tell stories, learn, and discuss ideas together during this important gathering as we continue to discern how best to honor Mary, Mother of God, in our multicultural parish.

  • All Parishioners are encouraged to participate in this gathering on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at 1:30 pm in the St. Mary’s School Gym.

Message from 8/11/2018

  • Mark your calendars and save the date!  On Sunday, August 19, our parish will gather from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to reflect on the importance of the Blessed Mother, patroness of our parish, and how best to enshrine her images in our new church.  This session will be facilitated by Ken Griesemer, our parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant.  We will pray, sing, share food, tell stories, learn, and discuss ideas together during this important gathering as we continue to discern how best to honor Mary, Mother of God, in our multicultural parish.

  •  All Parishioners Are Welcome to this gathering on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at 1:30 pm in the St. Mary’s School Gym.

  •  On Saturday, August 18, Ken Griesemer and the Design Committee will be meeting from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Topics of discussion will include exterior art, details for the gathering space and the nave, the sanctuary crucifix, the Blessed Sacrament chapel, the daily chapel, interior shrines and sacred art, the baptismal font, and other liturgical furnishings.  Please keep the Design Committee and the entire team in your prayers as there are many details to consider and decisions to be considered.

Message from 8/4/2018

Ken Griesemer, our parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant, will be joining us the weekend of August 18/19, 2018 to seek parishioner input as he continues working on the design process of our new church. He continues to collaborate with the Church Building Team, committees, volunteers and our architect (HMA) on the interior design of the new church. Stay tuned for details of that weekend’s planning process schedule and agenda.

Message from 7/28/2018

  • SAVE THE DATE. A SITE BLESSING WITH MASS will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:00 am on the site of our new church! This will be an important and joyous event for all of us! A large tent will be in place to accommodate all of us as we share this moment of spirit and fellowship. Many thanks to a committee of volunteers as they are working hard to make this event a huge success! Please plan to join your family, friends and us. More details will be available in future Parish Council Messages.     

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council, our Liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer), our Architect (HMA), St. Mary’s School Board, committees and volunteers continue to meet and work together to address and develop additional and specific plans regarding the interior design, technical and acoustical issues, along with the needs of the Hispanic community. 

  •  A follow up meeting will be coordinated with the Diocesan Building Commission when the plans for the above items are more concrete.

  • The Church of St Mary is in the process of submitting various applications to the City of Melrose for the construction of its new worship space and related facilities.

  • We are grateful for your continued prayers and support. 

Message from 7/21/2018

  • SAVE THE DATE. A SITE BLESSING AND MASS will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:00 am on the site of our new church! This will be an important and joyous event for all of us! A large tent will be in place to accommodate all of us as we share this moment of spirit and fellowship. Many thanks to a committee of volunteers as they are working hard to make this event a huge success! Please plan to join your family, friends and us. More details will be available in future Parish Council Messages.

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council, St. Mary’s School Board, and committees of volunteers met this week for an informational  meeting regarding the recent presentation to the Diocesan Building Commission and Bishop Kettler’s response and recommendations. The meeting went well and there was much excitement, excellent questions and insightful feedback discussed. This information is being worked on with our committees, volunteers, architect and Liturgical Design Consultant as we prepare for a follow up meeting with the Diocesan Building Commission.

Message from 7/14/2018

  • A blessing of the site for the building of the new worship space and related facilities is being planned. Stay tuned for details.

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council, our Liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer), our Architect (HMA), St. Mary’s School Board, committees and volunteers continue to meet and work together to address and develop additional and specific plans regarding the interior design, technical and acoustical issues, along with the needs of the Hispanic community. 

  • A follow up meeting will be coordinated with the Diocesan Building Commission when the plans for the above items are more concrete.

Message from 7/7/2018

In a letter to the Church of St Mary dated June 28, 2018, Bishop Kettler informed Fr. Marv about the Diocesan Building Commission’s (DBC) recommendations regarding the plans for a new parish worship space and related facilities.  The letter in its entirety is available on the parish’s website: oneinfaith.org.

The major points of this letter are summarized below:

  • The DBC was very impressed with the plans for the new church.

  • The DBC approved the basic outline for initial construction including the worship space, narthex (gathering space), entryway, restrooms and a daily Mass chapel.

  • The DBC wishes to be updated on plans for the interior design as work continues.

  • The DBC asked that attention be given to the needs of the Hispanic community along with consideration for an Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine.

  • The DBC requested a special meeting  with parish leadership when plans become more concrete in these aspects along with the St. Mary’s School project.

  • Bishop Kettler has granted permission for the footprint of the proposed new church. The approval of the interior design is pending additional work and planning by St Mary’s Parish. 

  • Bishop Kettler noted his thanks to Fr. Marv and the parish for the great work and patience.

  • Bishop Kettler is keeping Fr. Marv and the faithful people of St Mary’s in his prayers as we move forward with this project. 

This is exciting and positive news as we continue our journey! We will have a ground blessing and related activities on the new site this summer. Stay tuned for further details.

Thank you all for your work, prayers and support!

Message from 6/30/2018

  • As has been noted in recent Parish Council messages, a delegation of St Mary’s Parish leadership met with the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) in mid-June to present the parish’s proposal for the construction of a new worship space and church-related facilities on the parish’s vacant land between its cemetery and Kraft Drive. Bishop Kettler and the DBC are currently reviewing the proposal and presentation-related documents and are expected to respond to the parish with their preliminary approval and/or recommendations in July.

  • While awaiting the response from the DBC, work by the Parish Council, Church Building Team, St Mary’s School Board and the volunteer committee members is continuing to address such matters as technology and acoustical issues, project finance, refurbishing the stations and the school lunch program.

  • We are praying for the individual and family involved in the arson case. We pray that they will receive the assistance, support and help needed in this difficult time and that we will find it in our hearts to forgive the individual involved.

  • We continue to be grateful for all of your support and prayers as we move forward together as we build a new church for our parish.

Message from 6/23/2018

  • On 6/12/18 a delegation from St Mary’s presented the proposal for a new parish worship space and church-related facilities to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC). This presentation included discussion of our parish journey and school lunch issues, description of the new site, architectural drawings, liturgical reasoning and financing. The presentation went very well! The DBC was grateful for our efforts and gave us much positive feedback. They are taking our proposal under consideration and  will soon make a decision with recommendations. The DBC informed us that we should hear from it within the next month.

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, St. Mary’s School Board and volunteer committees continue to work on refurbishing the stations, financing, technology/acoustical issues and the school lunch program matter as we await the decision and recommendations of the DBC and Bishop Kettler. 

  • We are grateful for all of your support and prayers.

 

Parish Council Statement regarding the arson case 6/20/18

We are thankful for the persistence and commitment of all of the authorities who investigated this arson case. 

We hope this information can be a healing step for all of us. 

We are thinking and praying for the individual and family involved in this arson case. We pray that they can get the assistance, support and help needed in this difficult time.

Message from 6/16/2018

  • On 6/12/18 a delegation from St Mary’s presented the proposal for a new worship space and facilities to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC). This delegation included Fr. Marv (Pastor), Jody Wehlage and Ray Primus (Trustees), Kurt Schwieters (Parish Council), Harvey Keller (Finance Council), Troy Tomford (St. Mary’s School Board), Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant) and Mike Juhl (Architect).  This presentation included discussion of our parish journey and school lunch issues, description of the new site, architectural drawings, liturgical reasoning and financing. The presentation went very well! The DBC was grateful for our efforts and gave us much positive feedback. They are taking our proposal under consideration and  will soon make a decision with recommendations. The DBC informed us that we should hear from them within the next month.

  • We are grateful for all of your support and prayers as we await word from the DBC.

Message from 6/9/2018

  • On Tuesday June 12, 2018, a delegation of Fr. Marv, representatives of parish leadership, the parish architect (HMA) and liturgical design consultant (Ken Griesemer) will present the parish’s design for a new worship space and related church facilities to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) seeking its approval to proceed with construction. 

  • Shortly after the approval and any recommendations from the DBC are received, HMA will begin drafting the construction documents. 

  • Approval of the design by the DBC, completion of the design incorporating any additional recommendations and the start of the preparation of construction documents are major milestones in this church-building process. 

  • The Parish Council is grateful for all of your prayers, work and support which have brought the achievement of these milestones within reach. We are building a church for the parishioners of St. Mary’s. Thanks to each of you!

Message from 6/2/2018

The Parish Council, Church Building Team, and Finance Council are continuing to work hard and closely with the parish’s Architect, Liturgical Design Consultant and General Contractor as we prepare our presentation to the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) on June 12, 2018. This presentation will contain architectural drawings, a timeline of work since 3/11/16, and summaries of the activities of the various committees, councils and volunteers involved in this exciting process to build a new worship space with accompanying facilities for the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish. In addition, the presentation to the DBC will include the various changes, recommendations and adaptations incorporated into the design based on parishioner feedback and discussions of the DBC’s expectations. Because this will be a presentation regarding the entire St. Mary’s Parish campus, a portion of it will include possible financing options and the needs of St. Mary’s School.

The Parish Council is very grateful for all of your work, support and prayers.

Message from 5/26/2018

  • During the past few months The WellSpring Group performed a Feasibility Study for St Mary’s Parish to determine fundraising options, understand parishioner perceptions of  the development plans and determine if fundraising efforts should be combined with proposed work on St. Mary’s School.

  • This information was obtained through personal interviews and an online and paper survey. All parishioners and parents of St. Mary’s School children were encouraged to complete this survey.

  • The Parish Council and Finance Council would like to share the following key information from this Feasibility Study:

  • There is very good support for the Church of St. Mary and its Facilities.

  • The Church of St. Mary:

             - Should not delay in building the Worship Space. 

             - Should investigate fundraising activities in the future.

             - Should continue to support St. Mary’s School in exploring options for the lunch program.

  • In June 2018, this information will be brought forward to the Diocesan Building Commission along with the proposal for construction and the master plan. 

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council are very grateful for all of the work by volunteers and St. Mary’s School Board as this information is being prepared for this presentation.

Message from 5/19/2018

The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council appreciate all of the feedback and input received regarding the future of our parish since our 2/11/18 presentation to the parish. This information has been given to the parish’s liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer) and the parish’s architect (HMA) resulting in continued improvements being made to the design of our worship space and related structures. Parish leadership will present its proposal for a new worship space and facilities to the Diocesan Building Commission in June 2018. The Parish Council and St. Mary’s School Board continue to work on options for the lunch program at St. Mary’s School.

Message from 5/12/2018

  • The Parish Council is grateful to each of the parish households and school families who participated in the feasibility study regarding parish needs, priorities and fundraising possibilities. This information will be extremely important for our parish’s future.

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, and Finance Council appreciate all of the feedback and input received regarding the future of our parish since our 2/11/18 presentation to the parish. This feedback continues to be gathered through feedback forms, committee meetings, parish workshops with Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant), and many individual conversations with parishioners. This information has been given to Ken G. and the parish’s architect (HMA) resulting in continued changes and improvements being made to the design of our worship space and related structures.

  • Parish leadership will present its proposal for a new worship space and facilities to the Diocesan Building Commission in June 2018. 

  • The Parish Council and St. Mary’s School Board continue to work on options for the lunch program at St. Mary's School. 

Message from 5/5/2018

As a reminder, parish households and school families are encouraged to visit the Church of St. Mary’s website to find the link to participate in our feasibility study regarding our new church campus if you have not done so already.  It is very important to church leadership to gain your feedback. The survey will close at midnight, Sunday May 6, so please don’t delay.

To participate in this one per household survey, please visit the website for St. Mary’s Church at https://www.oneinfaith.org/stmarys  and click on the tab stating Feasibility Study.

Message from 4/28/2018

Since the tragic day of the fire in March 2016, our parish has been without a church home.  The leadership of the Church of St. Mary’s would appreciate your time in participating in a feasibility study as we gauge parish and school family support for the financial investment to move forward on our new church campus.

Under the direction of church leadership, we have hired a professional fundraising firm to assist us in conducting this feasibility study. 

All St. Mary’s parishioners and school families are invited to participate in this feasibility study by taking a survey.  Please share with us your thoughts.  If you are not a registered member of St. Mary’s, but would like to support our plans, your participation is most welcome as well.

To participate in the survey, please visit the website for St. Mary’s Church at https://www.oneinfaith.org/stmarys and click on the tab stating Feasibility Study.

We ask that one survey per household be taken.

The online survey will open on Sunday evening, April 29 and close Sunday evening, May 6.

The results will be presented to church leadership in May and an update will be shared with all parishioners and school families shortly thereafter.     

Message from 4/21/2018

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team continue to collaborate with the parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant and its Architect on St. Mary’s new Worship Space and related facilities. Multiple committees of parishioners are working on music ministry, design and construction topics, and other matters at this time.

  • The workshops with Ken, our Liturgical Design Consultant, were well attended and the participation, feedback and discussion have been instrumental in building and strengthening our Church (Where “Church” is us; our community of this parish; Brothers and Sisters of Christ.)

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council continue to research fundraising options for the future.

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Finance Council and St. Mary’s School Board continue to look into options for the St. Mary’s School lunch program.

Message from 4/14/2018

  • Thank you to all who participated in Ken’s workshops this past week! This collaboration and the information discussed will be directly communicated to our architect. These workshops with the collaboration of parishioners is a very important aspect of of our Church building process.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Message from 4/7/2018

  • Ken Is Coming Back!! The Parish Council and Church Building Team encourage you to participate in the next workshops with Ken Griesemer, Parish Liturgical Design Consultant. Everyone is welcome! These discussions are very important for our parish community and the church building process.

    • On Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Melrose City Center, we will be discussing the sanctuary and its furnishings, universal design and accessibility, and music ministry placement.

    • On Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s School, we will be discussing the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament, shrines and sacred art, and cultural diversity in the Body of Christ.

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are working with the St. Mary’s School Board as we look at options for the school lunch program.

 We are companions on the journey.

Message from 3/31/2018

In Easter Sunday’s readings and prayers, we hear and say,

“Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

“Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining!”

May we all feel his strength and love as we continue our journey together with the Risen Lord. May we move on together in Peace and Hope and Love with the Risen Lord.

The Parish Council wishes you and all of your family a very blessed Easter!

Message from 3/24/2018

  • During Holy Week, we commemorate the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.

  • We also have been through a journey which has at times included pain and sorrow. We also anticipate joy and recognition of God’s goodness in this Easter season. We are an Easter people!

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team are very grateful for all who helped and participated in the workshops with Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant). The participation was excellent and we encourage you to participate in the workshops scheduled for April 12 and 13. All are welcome! Thank you for your continued participation and feedback!

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are working very closely with the St. Mary’s School Board as we look at options for the school lunch program.

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are  working closely with a fundraising consultant as we research fundraising options for our church and school.

Message from 3/17/2018

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team are very grateful for all who helped and participated in the workshops with Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant) this past Monday and Tuesday. The participation was excellent and if you were not able to attend, we encourage you to participate in the workshops schedule for April 12 and 13. All are welcome - even if you were not able to attend prior workshops.These discussions are very important for our community and church building process as we continue our journey. Thank you for your continued participation and feedback.

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are  working very closely with the St. Mary’s School Board as we look at options for the school lunch program.

  • The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are  working closely with a fundraising consultant as we research fundraising options for our church and school.

  • We are grateful for your support and prayers.

Message from 3/10/2018

  • This past weekend a small group of people were trespassing on church property and they were asked to leave by Fr. Marv who was concerned for their safety and possible church liability on the snow-covered and icy steps. This request by Fr. Marv resulted in confrontation and police involvement. Authorities continue to monitor the property and situation for liability and safety reasons.

  • Due to past occurrences culminating in these unfortunate events, and the genuine concern for the well-being of our pastor, the Parish Council is recommending that Fr. Marv change his residence to the parish house in Greenwald. He will remain our pastor. It is imperative that our pastor feel safe and have no fear as he ministers to the needs of our “One In Faith” cluster parishes. Please join the Parish Council in continuing to support Fr. Marv with your prayers.

  • All are welcome! The first two workshops with Ken Griesemer (Liturgical Design Consultant) will take place on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s School. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend these opportunities to learn about Catholicism and participate in the church building and design process. You are welcome to attend all (or some as your schedule allows) of the workshops that will be occurring over the next 3 months. These times together are very educational and inspirational.  We hope to see you there!

Message from 3/3/2018

  • Save the Dates! Announcing upcoming Workshops with Ken: As part of our ongoing efforts to involve parishioners in the process, learn about Roman Catholic liturgy and theology, and design a beautiful and functional new home for parish life, we have scheduled a series of workshops in March and April. These opportunities to come together will be facilitated by our liturgical design consultant, Ken Griesemer, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Using the current schematic design, we will reflect on the “why” of what we are doing and discuss how the design can best reflect who we are as the People of God. Our feedback will continue to assist the architect, Murray Mack, as the design is refined. Each of the first four sessions will include background information from the rich treasury of Catholic theology and liturgical practice, illustrations, and a review of current design components. There will also be time to ask questions and provide feedback in conversation with your fellow parishioners. In May, we will also schedule an opportunity to review the latest design revisions. Please plan to join us as we learn and grow and share together.

  • Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s School.– Topics: Approach, arrival, main entrance, narthex, support spaces, the daily Mass chapel, and hospitality.

  • Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s School– Topics: The baptismal font, the reconciliation chapel, and the arrangement of the assembly.

  • Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. Location. TBD – Topics: The sanctuary and its furnishings, “universal design” and accessibility, and music ministry placement.

  • Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. Location. TBD – Topics: The reservation of the Blessed Sacrament, shrines and sacred art, and cultural diversity in the Body of Christ.

Message from 2/25/2018

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team and Finance Council are researching fundraising options for the building project.

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team appreciate all of your feedback from the 2/11/18 presentation. Please contact the parish office (via email, note or phone) with your thoughts and comments. If you wish a reply, please leave your contact information. This information is being brought back to the Church Building Team and will be dis cussed with our architect and liturgical design consultant.

  • Ken Griesemer, our liturgical design consultant, is planning a series of workshops with our parishioners. Everyone is welcome. Stay tuned for dates and times. We are grateful for your support and prayers.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 2/18/2018

  • THANK YOU to all who attended in person or viewed online the

February 11, 2018 presentation of the progress completed thus far
by the Parish Council, Church Building Team and numerous vol-
unteers along with Murray Mack and Ken Griesemer with the de-
signing of the new worship space and related facilities for St.
Mary’s Parish!

  • THANK YOU to all of our parishioners who have volunteered in

this extensive project and assisted with the process and production
of the presentation!

  • The presentation went well and we are excited by the many who

joined us in person or viewed online at www.oneinfaith.org. As
of Wednesday morning, the presentation has been viewed online
more than 2,000 times locally, across the country and interna-
tionally! Visit the website if you have not seen it or want to view
it again.

  • We appreciate all the feedback that has been received and we are

contacting all who have requested responses. These comments
will be brought to our Church Building Team and integrated into
our process.

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team are continuing to

work with Murray and Ken on the development of our new church
and facilities.

  • Stay Tuned!!

Update posted 2/4/2018

The Parish Council and Church Building Team continue to prepare for the scheduled presentation of the plans, supporting background information and process of the new St Mary’s Church and related facilities. This will be an exciting and informative presentation for all parishioners.

  • The presentation will take place in the Marit Elliott Auditorium, Melrose Area Public Schools, at 3:00 p.m. next Sunday 2/11/18.

  • In addition to the English presentation in the Marit Elliott Auditorium, the auditorium's English presentation will be streamed into a separate room at the school and translated into Spanish for those wishing to listen to it in Spanish. Overflow seating and streaming will be provided to accommodate all those attending. We encourage all parishioners to join us.

  • The presentation will be streamed live on the parish’s website: www.oneinfaith.com

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 1/20/2018

YOU ARE INVITED!

 

Who - Parishioners of the Church of St. Mary, Melrose

Why - The Church of St. Mary is building a new church for all of us to worship God.

What - Fr. Marv Enneking and the Parish Council of the Church of St. Mary invite you to a presentation of the work completed thus far by Fr. Marv, Fr. Gabriel, the Parish Council, the Finance Council, the Church Building Team, Church Work Groups, Volunteers, Murray Mack (Parish’s Architect), and Ken Griesemer (Parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant). The objective of this presentation is to inform the parishioners about the process, work and plans regarding the new church and facilities for St. Mary’s Parish. The material to be presented will represent the many hours of collaboration, study, education and input of the members of our Parish who have volunteered during this process. This presentation will include architectural designs and supporting background information for the Parish’s new church. This is exciting and important information for all parishioners!

When - 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Where - Marit Elliott Auditorium. Melrose Area Public School

The presentation will be streamed live. This can be accessed through our website www.oneinfaith.org and clicking on the link “St. Mary’s Church Presentation 2/11/18."

Update posted 1/20/2018

YOU ARE INVITED!

 

Who - Parishioners of the Church of St. Mary, Melrose MN

 

Why - The Church of St. Mary is building a new church for all of us to worship God.

 

What - Fr. Marv Enneking and the Parish Council of the Church of St. Mary invite you to a presentation of the work completed thus far by Fr. Marv, Fr. Gabriel, the Parish Council, the Church Building Team, Church Work Groups, Volunteers, Murray Mack (Parish’s Architect), and Ken Griesemer (Parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant). The objective of this presentation is to inform the parishioners about the process, work and plans regarding the new church and facilities for St. Mary’s Parish. The material to be presented will represent the many hours of collaboration, study, education and input of the members of our Parish who have volunteered during this process. This presentation will include architectural designs and supporting background information for the Parish’s new church. This is exciting and important information for all parishioners! 

 

When - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018

 

Where - Marit Elliott Auditorium. Melrose Area Public School

 

The presentation will be streamed live. This can be accessed through our website www.oneinfaith.org and click on link “St. Mary’s Church Presentation 2/11/18.

Update posted 1/7/2018

  • As we start the new year the Parish Council and Church Building Team continue to work with the parish’s architect, liturgical design consultant and attorneys regarding our new worship space, facilities and site. We are planning to present this information to the parish as soon as possible.

  • We are grateful for all who have volunteered many hours for the benefit of our church.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 12/31/2017

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team continue to work with the parish’s architect and liturgical design consultant on plans for our new Church Structure and Facilities. We are grateful for all who have volunteered in this process. Many meetings and discussions have occurred. We are working with all involved on presenting this information as soon as possible.

  • The Parish Council continues to work with the parish’s legal counsel and the lawsuit as mediation continues. The Parish Council will update the parish when new information is available.

  • “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”

  • As we walk into the new year, may our journey be filled with strength and hope. The Parish Council is very grateful for all of your prayers and support.

Update posted 12/17/2017

  • The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Work Groups and Volunteers met with Murray Mack, the parish’s architect, on 12/16/17. This meeting included a presentation of preliminary plans and options for our new Worship Space, Gathering Space, Fellowship Hall and Administrative Space. Much information was covered and there was excellent discussion and feedback on this work in progress. The meeting was informative and encouraging. We are grateful for all who participated and continue to work so hard for our Church. The Parish Council and Church Building team are preparing for a “Parish Presentation” of this work as soon as possible.

  • We are grateful for all of your support and prayers. We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 12/10/2017

  • Lawsuit update. Mediation with representatives of the “Friends to Restore St. Mary’s Corporation,” began on December 6, 2017. The parish’s attorneys and representatives will continue this process as soon as possible.

  • Church Building Team Update. The Parish Council, Church Building Team, Work Groups and Volunteers are scheduled to meet with our Parish’s Architect, Murray Mack, this coming week to discuss his work and feedback as we continue to build our new Church Structure and facilities.

Update posted 12/3/2017

  • The Church Building Team (CBT) is collaborating with Murray Mack, our parish’s architect, as he continues with his work. There has been significant discussion and meetings regarding preliminary sketches, planning, process, design and function. Murray has been very receptive to our thoughts and ideas. The CBT and volunteer work groups will be meeting with him again soon.

  • Ken Griesemer, our parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant, has been working with Murray to incorporate essential liturgical concepts and design into our plans.

  • This is exciting and encouraging work and it will be shared with our parish as soon as possible!

  • The Parish Council continues to work with the parish’s attorneys regarding the lawsuit filed against the parish by the “Friends to Restore St. Mary’s Corp.” The parish will be represented in mediation on 12/6/17.

  • We appreciate your prayers and support. We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 11/26/2017

  • The Parish Council continues to work with the parish’s attorneys regarding the upcoming mediation and lawsuit. Mediation is scheduled for 12/6/17.

  • The Parish Council and Church Building Team met with the Parish’s architect Murray Mack of HMA on 11/21/17 regarding his work and process.

  • The Parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer, continues to collaborate with Murray on our new worship space, gathering space, and fellowship hall etc.

  • More information regarding this exciting work and process will be given as soon as possible.

  • During this week of Thanksgiving, we appreciate all of your support and prayers. We are grateful for all who have worked so hard for our Church.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 11/19/2017

The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday week.  As we read in Matthew's gospel today we would like to ask your continued prayers for our parish community to be faithful in the small matters, as we have all been given this great responsibility of rebuilding our Church.  We pray that through our journey we are all able to share the Lord, our Master’s joy.  

At this time of Thanksgiving we would like to express how sincerely grateful we are for everyone’s continued work, amazing support, and faithful prayers.

We have so much to be thankful for!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We are companions on the journey.

The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday week.  As we read in Matthew's gospel today we would like to ask your continued prayers for our parish community to be faithful in the small matters, as we have all been given this great responsibility of rebuilding our Church.  We pray that through our journey we are all able to share the Lord, our Master’s joy.  

At this time of Thanksgiving we would like to express how sincerely grateful we are for everyone’s continued work, amazing support, and faithful prayers.

We have so much to be thankful for!  Happy Thanksgiving!  We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 11/12/2017

  • Update regarding the law suit: The parish of The Church of St. Mary, The Diocese of St. Cloud and Bishop Kettler have been sued by “Friends to Restore St. Mary’s Corporation” regarding the burned church structure. Our parish will be represented in mediation on December 6, 2017. To date, our parish has spent more than $15,000 on legal fees in this law suit.

  • Update regarding work on the rectory building: Mayer’s Excavating will be working on the rectory’s water supply. There is no scheduled “work” on our fire damaged St. Mary’s church structure.

  • Update regarding Breitbach Construction Equipment: BCC may be removing some of their equipment from our church structure. There is no scheduled “work” on our fire damaged St. Mary’s church structure.

The Parish Council and is grateful for all of your support and prayers.

Update posted 11/5/2017

  • A large monetary installment from the insurance company has been securely deposited in local financial institutions. The remaining insurance money will be received and deposited during the design and construction of the Worship and attached spaces. The Parish Council appreciates the work of the Finance Council and volunteers who have assisted with this complicated and important process.

  • The Parish Council continues to work with the Parish’s lawyers in addressing the lawsuit brought against the Parish by the “Friends to Restore St. Mary's Corp.”

  • The Parish Council and the Church Building Team are continuing to work with the Parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer, and the Parish’s Architect, HMA, as planning for the new St. Mary’s facilities proceeds.

  • The Parish Council will present to the Parish the cooperative work of the Liturgical Design Consultant and HMA as soon as possible.

  • The Parish Council is working with the St Mary's School Board as we jointly explore school lunch options for the future.

  • We are grateful for all on the Church Building Team and Volunteers who have helped in this very important work for our Parish. Also, we are truly thankful to all the parishioners supporting St. Mary’s with their prayers and positive attitudes, with sincere faith, with heartfelt hope and with the greatest of these: LOVE!

  • We are companions on the journey!

Update posted 10/29/2017

  • What we are working on now: Regarding our new building site: Field work of soil and title investigations have been completed and we are awaiting final reports. 

  • What is next: We continue to work with the parish’s Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer and its Architect, HMA, as this information is completed. It is exciting to consider all of our possibilities and new building site. The Church Building Team and volunteers will continue to work on our new worship space, administrative space, gathering space, kitchen and fellowship hall. We hope to bring this information to the parish with information from Ken and HMA when we are able.

  • We are grateful to all all who our working so hard for our church.

  • We appreciate all of your prayers and support.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 10/22/2017

  • Work continues on the title and soil evaluations on the St. Mary’s owned property south of the cemetery on which the church worship space and other parish facilities will be built.

  • We are grateful to Juliann Heller for her commitment to our parishioners’ faith formation. These opportunities to study and review presentations of the guidelines and requirements for the new worship space and to actually visit them may be very helpful as we build our new worship space and facilities and learn about our Catholicism.

  • We understand there has been some confusion regarding possible meetings that are being organized by the ‘Friends to Restore St. Mary’s Corporation.’ These meetings are not endorsed or being held by the leadership of the Church of St. Mary. The Church of St. Mary was sued by the 'friends corporation' in late August over our church structure. As the matter is in active litigation, our attorneys have asked us not to comment at this time but we will provide updates periodically when we are able to do so.

  • We are grateful to John Klein and his crew, Allen Wiechmann and the Hispanic community for all of their work with set up and take down for weekend mass.

  • We are grateful to all who are working so hard and praying for our Church.

  • We appreciate all of your comments, feedback and support.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 10/15/2017

We, the parish of the Church of St. Mary, are building a new worship space and additional facilities.
We are not restoring the old church building.
We understand there has been some confusion regarding possible meetings that are being organized by the ‘Friends to Restore St. Mary’s Corporation.’ These meetings are not being held by the leadership of the Church of St. Mary. The Church of St. Mary was sued by the Friends group in late August over our church structure. As the matter is in active litigation, our attorneys have asked us not to comment at this time but we will provide updates periodically when we are able to do so.
A letter was mailed to each parish household from the Parish Council regarding developments of our survey and intention for a new church building site south of the cemetery along Kraft Drive.
Please pray for our parish as we continue to build our new worship space.
Parish Council members will be available after mass to answer any questions you may have.
We would like to thank Dr. Dawn Carrillo for all of her talent and service to our parish. It has been much appreciated. May God bless you and your family.
We are companions on the journey.
Parish Council, Church of St. Mary

Ray Primus, Jody Wehlage, Doug Welle, Diane Budde, Craig Maus, Kurt Schwieters, Chris Ellering, Bill Kemper, Jane Salzl, Rick Klaphake

 

Update posted 10/8/2017

The Parish Council is sending a letter to each parish household regarding recent process and developments. The letter should be received early this week.
We are grateful for your prayers and support.
We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 10/1/2017

  • Ken is coming back this weekend. The parish's Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer, will be meeting with the parish's architect, Murray Mack of HMA. Mr. Griesemer will be conducting additional meetings with the Parish Council, the Church Building Team and the team volunteers as we continue the work to design a new church worship space and facility to serve the needs of the parishioners of St Mary’s. We are grateful for all who are giving so much time and energy to our parish.

  • We are building a new church facility. This will include a new worship space, gathering space, fellowship hall and offices.

  • The finance council is working with local financial institutions regarding our insurance money.

  • We are grateful for all of your prayers and support. 

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 9/24/2017

  • On Friday, 9/15/2017, Fr Marv Enneking, Ray Primus and Jody Wehlage (trustees), and Kurt Schwieters (representing the Parish Council) met with Bishop Kettler, Tom Jansen (our legal counsel), and Fr. Rolfes (representing of the Diocesan Building Commission and Diocese). Bishop Kettler had requested the meeting with St Mary's Parish representatives to bring him and the DBC up to date on the progress of our parish and church building. Bishop Kettler was pleased with the progress reported. We informed Bishop Kettler that the survey of the property owned by St Mary's Parish is nearing completion. 

  • A discussion was also held regarding the lawsuit against St. Mary's Parish by the Friends to Restore St Mary's LLC. This legal action is a costly and time-consuming matter for the entire parish.

  • The parish's Liturgical Design Consultant, Ken Griesemer, will be meeting with the parish's architect Murray Mack of HMA during the last weekend of September.  Mr. Griesemer will be conducting additional meetings with the Parish Council, the Church Building Team and the team volunteers to continue the work to design a new Church worship space and facility to serve the needs of the parishioners of St Mary’s. We are grateful for all who are giving so much time and energy to our parish.

  • We are building a new Church Facility. This will include a new worship space, gathering space, fellowship hall and offices.

  • We are grateful for all of your prayers and support. 

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 9/17/2017

  • We continue to collaborate with our architect (HMA) and Ken Griesemer, our Liturgical Design Consultant (LDC). We are grateful for all of the volunteers and Church Building (CBT) Team who are involved in this process.

  • Ken (LDC) will be returning to Melrose the weekend of 9/30/17. The CBT and additional volunteers are looking forward to continued input and work on the design of our new Church Facility.

  • We are building a new Church Facility. This will include a worship space, gathering space, fellowship hall, kitchen, administrative, offices, etc. 

  • We are surveying our property as we explore options for our new church.

  • The Church of St. Mary was issued a summons and is being sued regarding the status of the current church structure. The parish has hired legal counsel to assist in reviewing and addressing the lawsuit.

  • We are grateful for all of your prayers and support.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 9/10/2017

  • The Church of St. Mary was issued a summons and is being sued regarding the status of the current church structure. The parish has hired legal counsel to assist in reviewing and addressing the lawsuit.

  • We continue to collaborate with our architect (HMA) and Ken Griesemer, our Liturgical design consultant. We are grateful for all of the volunteers and Church Building Team who are involved in this process.

  • We are building a new Church Facility. This will include a worship space, gathering space, fellowship hall, kitchen, administrative offices, etc.

  • We are surveying our property as we explore options for our new church.

  • We are grateful for all of your prayers and support.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 9/3/2017

  • The Church of St. Mary was issued a summons and is being sued regarding the status of the current church structure. The parish has hired legal counsel to assist in reviewing and addressing the lawsuit.

  • We are grateful for everyone who assisted us with the “Liturgical Programming Session” and continued collaboration with Ken Griesemer, Liturgical Design Consultant.

  • We appreciate the participation of everyone who assisted us with the “User Group Discussions” and continued collaboration with our architect, Murray Mack (HMA).

  • We are building a new Church Facility. This will include a worship space, gathering space, fellowship hall, kitchen, administrative, offices, etc.

  • We are surveying our property as we explore options for our new church.

  • We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 8/27/2017

Church Building Team. 

  • We are grateful for everyone who assisted us with the “ Liturgical Programming Session” with Ken Griesemer, Liturgical Design Consultant on Saturday 8/19/17.

  • We are grateful for everyone who assisted us with the “user group discussions” with our architect (HMA) on Thursday 8/24/17.

  • It was a great feeling to learn about our Catholic Teachings and discuss how our past can be integrated with our present and future. We have much work to do, and it really felt good to “dig in!”

Church Set Up.

  • We are looking for parishioners to assist with set up and take down of our current worship space (gym). If you can help, please call John Klein (256-2261)

 

Update posted 8/20/2017

(This announcement was read at Nass 8/12/17 and 8/13/17 in response to a letter addressed to Fr. Marv and Church of St. Mary’s parish. We understand that this letter and the efforts of the corporation that wrote the letter has caused confusion about the direction of our parish. The added costs and time being addressed to this letter may also have adverse affects. Please contact us if you have any questions.)

  • The Church of St. Mary is building a new Church Worship Space. We are not restoring our old church structure. 

  • Any message or statement or fundraising effort to restore the church is false.  (These restoration efforts are not sponsored by the Church of St. Mary.)

  • The Parish received a letter from “Friends To Restore St. Mary’s Corporation.” This Corporation was formed to fight the Church of St. Mary ’s direction to build a new worship space through the legal system. 

  • The Corporation’s letter requests a release of all (everyone’s) donations to their the Corporation’s account. We are not releasing funds to this corporation.

  • It is our intent to honor every specific donor’s request. If you wish any refund of your donation, please contact the parish office.

  • Their letter is costing the parish time and money. 

  • If you wish a copy of this letter, please contact the parish office. If you have any questions, please contact a Parish Council member

Church Building Team (CBT): At this time our new worship space Architect (HMA) and our Liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer, LDC) are meeting with specific user groups as we build our new church. We are grateful to all who volunteered to help.

Inventory: We are looking for volunteers to help with the inventory and moving of items from the fire damaged structure and storage.  If you can help, please call Jean at the parish office.

Set Up: We need help with set up and take down of our current worship space. If you can help, please call John Klein (256- 2261).

We are grateful for all of your help, support and prayers!

We are companions on the journey!

Parish Council Announcement 8/12/17, 8/13/17

(This announcement was read at Mass in response to a letter addressed to Fr. Marv and our parish recently. We understand that this letter and the efforts of the corporation that wrote the letter has caused confusion about the direction of our parish. The added costs and time being addressed to this letter may also have adverse affects. Please contact us if you have any questions.)

  • The Church of St. Mary is building a new church. We are not restoring our old church structure. 

  • Any message or statement or fundraising effort to restore the church is false (not sponsored by the Church of St. Mary).

  • The parish received a a letter from “Friends To Restore St. Mary’s Corporation.” This Corporation was formed to fight the Church St. Mary through the legal system. 

  • The Board of Directors of this Corporation are: Gerry Osendorf, Marilyn Weber, Etta Kraker and Timothy Vogel

  • Their letter requests a release of all donations to their bank account. We are not releasing funds to this corporation.

  • It is our intent to honor every specific donor’s request. 

  • Their letter is costing the parish time and money. 

  • If you wish a copy of this letter, please contact the parish office. If you have any questions, please contact a parish council member.

  • We are building a new church. We would love for you to be involved. Ken Griesemer, our Liturgical Design consultant is coming to Melrose 8/18- 8/20/17. Please see the bulletin regarding being involved (PC Message 8/12/17).

  • We are grateful for you support and prayers.

Fr. Marv and the Parish Council

Church of St. Mary

Update posted 8/10/2017

We have been working hard as we build our new church (worship space, fellowship hall, gathering space, kitchen, etc.)! See below regarding opportunities for parishioners to help at this time. 

We are grateful for all who helped set up and take down at our outdoor masses last week.

Church Building Team (CBT): At this time our new worship space Architect (HMA) and our Liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer, LDC) are requesting to meet with people knowledgeable in specific areas of our church. These areas could include: Administration, Custodial, Maintenance, Staff, Storage, Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, School lunch, Faith formation, Worship, Gathering space, Music, Liturgy, Lectors, Youth Ministry, Eucharistic Ministry, Ushers, Sacristy, Hispanic/Latino Ministry, etc.

  • If you are interested in helping our parish and collaborating with the CBT, Architect and LDC, please call Jean at the parish office. 

  • We are forming user groups and organizing discussions with HMA and Ken. Letting us know of your interest within the next week will be very helpful.

Inventory: We are looking for volunteers to help with the inventory and moving of items from the fire damaged structure and storage.  

  • If you can help, please call Jean at the parish office.

Set Up: We need help with set up and take down of our current worship space. 

  • If you can help, please call John Klein (256- 2261).

We are grateful for all of your help, support and prayers!

We are companions on the journey!

Update posted 8/3/2017

Help Wanted! “He calls you each by name!”

Church Building Team (CBT): At this time our new worship space Architect (HMA) and our Liturgical Design Consultant (Ken Griesemer, LDC) are requesting to meet with people knowledgeable in specific areas of our church. These areas could include: Administration, Custodial, Maintenance, Staff, Storage, Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, School lunch, Faith formation, Worship, Gathering space, Music, Liturgy, Lectors, Youth Ministry, Eucharistic Ministry, Ushers, Sacristy, Hispanic/Latino Ministry, etc.

  • If you are interested in helping our parish and collaborating with the CBT, Architect and LDC, please call Jean at the parish office. 

  • We are forming user groups and organizing discussions with HMA and Ken. Letting us know of your interest within the next week will be very helpful.

Inventory: We are looking for volunteers to help with the inventory and moving of items from the fire damaged structure and storage.  

  • If you can help, please call Jean at the parish office.

Set Up: We need help with set up and take down of our current worship space. 

  • If you can help, please call John Klein (256- 2261).

We are grateful for all of your help, support and prayers!

We are companions on the journey!

Update posted 7/30/2017

The Church Building Team and Parish Council are working hard on the planning and organizational stages of our new worship space and Church facilities. 

As we learn of our specific work groups and tasks, we will be asking for assistance from the parish. At this moment we are not yet ready to add more people. 

We continue to collaborate with our builder, our architect, our liturgical design consultant and the diocese. We are working to define our property and site specific information at this time.

We hope to be be adding considerable information and links to our website (www.oneinfaith.org) in the near future. We hope this will be helpful to our parish.

We appreciate all of your support and prayers.

We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 7/23/2017

The Parish Council (PC) and Church Building Team (CBT) are working closely with our Architect (HMA) as we investigate our options, site, and next steps.

The PC and CBT are working hard to organize into committees (work groups) to more efficiently work with our Architect, Builder, Liturgical Design Consultant (LDC), Parish and Diocese.

The PC and CBT have identified initial leadership and committee rosters.  

  • CBT CoChairs - Jody Wehlage, Bob Leukam.

  • CBT CoCoordinators - Gary Walz, Jenn Ellering (Logistics/Organizational/Project support)

  • Construction Committee - CoChairs - Rick Klaphake, Butch Haider

  • Program Design Committee CoChairs -  Pat Tomasek,  Chris Ellering

  • Communications Committee - Chair - Kurt Schwieters 

  • Finance Committee  - Chair / Liaison - Doug Welle and Parish Finance Committee 

  • Hispanic Ministry - Liaisons - Blanca Barragan, Arturo Salgado

  • Inventory of Current Items - Co Chairs - Jane Salzl, Craig Maus

  • Current Worship Space Set Up - Contact- John Klein

As we learn more about our next steps, we will be asking for parishioners to join in our efforts. Please contact the committee chairs, leadership, or parish office if you have a specific interest!
We need assistance with the current worship space set up and take down. Please contact John Klein (256- 2261) if you can help. Thank you!

We are grateful for your support and prayers.  We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 7/11/2017

The Parish Council (PC), Finance Council (FC) and Church Building Team (CBT) are committed to building a new worship space.

We are working with our architect (HMA) regarding our property, site and possible lay out for our new worship space and other facilities.

We are discussing the next steps re: preliminary plans, how to involve our entire parish in the process and continuing the collaboration with our architect, builder, diocese and Liturgical Design Consultant.

The CBT is working well together as we reconcile duties, form committees and identify ‘our next steps.’

We are grateful for all who have worked so hard and hopeful as we move forward.

We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 7/6/2017

The Parish Council, Finance Council and Church Building Team are committed to building a new worship space.

We are working with our architect (HMA) regarding our property, site and possible layout for our new worship space and other facilities.

We are exploring new ways to communicate effectively with our parish.

We are working on developing a timeline from fire to dedication day.

We are discussing the next steps re: preliminary plans, how to involve entire parish in the process, and continue collaboration with our architect, builder, diocese and Liturgical Design Consultant.

We are grateful for all who have worked so hard and hopeful as we move forward.

We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 6/29/2017

The Parish Council, Finance Council and Building Team are committed to building a new church facility.

We (PC, FC and BT) are working with the parish’s architect (HMA) regarding the property and site owned by St. Mary’s, and possible layout for the parish’s new church facilities.

We are exploring new ways to communicate effectively with our parish membership. Please keep the questions coming to any of us.

We are working on developing a timeline from the fire’s occurrence to dedication day. (In addition to seeing where we have been as a parish, we will be able to track where we are going.)

We are discussing the next steps re: preliminary plans, how to involve the entire parish in the process of constructing a new worship facility, and to continue collaboration with the parish’s architect and its builder as well as the diocese and LDC.

We are grateful for all who are working so hard on behalf of the Church of St. Mary and we are hopeful as we move forward in the construction of a new worship facility for St. Mary’s Parish.

We are companions on the journey.

Update posted 6/21/2017

We had a wonderful weekend with Ken Griesemer, liturgical design consultant, this past weekend.

The weekend included: 

Friday- Site tour of the church, school grounds and the property with Ken G.,  Murray Mack (HMA Architect), Adam Breitbach and Mark Meyer (Breitbach Construction), and Timothy Johnston (diocese liturgist); dinner with PC and an introductory meeting with members of PC , BT and FC

Saturday - Retreat-like working meetings with Ken G., PC, FC and BT.

Weekend Masses - Introduction of Ken G. and his supportive, collaborative role to parish and project.

Sunday evening - Meeting with Ken G., a few PC & BT members and concerned parishioners regarding the history and future of our church and this project.

Summary of weekend-

* We (PC / BT / FC) are united as we proceed with our project.

* We are committed to continue to communicate with and educate our parish.

* We are exploring ways to continue to include the entire parish in a constructive dialogue.

* A project process timeline is being developed.

We truly appreciate the welcoming feeling offered to Ken Griesemer and we are hopeful as we proceed on our journey.

"The journey is the destination." (quote from the weekend)

Update posted 6/15/2017

Ken Griesemer, LDC will be joining us as we continue to collaborate with him during the weekend of June 16-18. He will be meeting with the parish council, finance council, church building team and our architect (HMA) during this time. He will be introduced to our parish at weekend masses and be available to visit after masses.  Our council rosters are available on our website but we thought now would be a good time to remind everyone of the parishioners who are serving in these capacities.  Much thanks to all who are working so hard for our parish!

Board of Directors
Bishop Donald Kettler, President
Fr. Marvin Enneking, Pastor
Jody Wehlage, Trustee, Treasurer
Ray Primus, Trustee, Secretary

Parish Council
Diane Budde, Chris Ellering, Bill Kemper, Craig Maus, Jane Salzl, Kurt Schwieters, Ray Primus, Jody Wehlage, Doug Welle, Rick Klaphake-ex officio

Finance Council
Harvey Keller, Rick Klaphake-liaison, Doug Welle-liaison, Karen Thostenson, Glen Klaphake, Sue Rademacher, Ann Viere

Church Building Team
Jenn Ellering, Butch Haider, Ken Hinnenkamp, John Klein, Bob Leukam, Eileen Maus, Virgil Metzger, Pat Tomasek, Gary Walz, Carl Worms

Update posted 6/8/2017

The church building team, finance council and parish council continue to prepare for our weekend with Ken Griesemer. As a Liturgical Design Consultant he will work with us, our architect and diocese as we move forward on our journey. Ken will be with us during the weekend of June 16-18, 2017. He will attend Masses during this weekend as part of his introduction. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Parish Council Letter of last week, please let us know. We appreciate your feedback. The letter is available on the One In Faith website.

Update posted 5/24/2017

  • We are grateful for the continued efforts of the Finance Council as we work with our insurance representative.

  • We are grateful for the involvement, work and points of view of the Church Building Team as we prepare for the next steps of our journey. 

  • We are hopeful as we continue to work with Ken Griesemer, our Liturgical Design Consultant, preparing for him to be with us June 16-18. He will be at Masses that weekend and is looking forward to getting to know us. Come and meet him after Mass! Check out his website at www.stfstudio.net

  • If there is any information that you would like regarding our process, please leave message at Parish Office and we will do our best to get  you this information and answer your specific questions.

​Update posted 5/16/2017

  • We are hopeful as we announce our partnership with Ken Griesemer, Liturgical Design consultant (LDC). 

  • Ken will be joining us for a long weekend June 16-18, 2017. During this time he will meet with parish council, finance council, parishioners and present at masses (We hope you can be here with us).  The weekend is being planned right now. He really wants to get to know us. He is very interested in learning more about our past, being with us in the present and continuing with us on our future journey.  We are blessed to be able to collaborate with Ken! He will work closely with us and our architect.

  • Below is taken directly from his website.  Check it out.

  • http://www.stfstudio.net

Ken Griesemer, Liturgical Design Consultant

  • Experienced.  Collaborative.   Passionate.  Faith-filled.  Prayerful.  Committed.  Articulate.  

  • Ken Griesemer brings nearly 30 years of experience as a liturgical architect and design consultant, and combines that with a passion for the liturgical prayer of the church and the People of God.  After 14 years of service with architectural firms focused on church facilities for various denominations, Ken founded his liturgical consulting practice on October 4, 1999, feast of St. Francis of Assisi and anniversary of his own baptism.

  • Ken continues to work full time with faith based communities and institutions around the country to build, renovate, furnish, and adorn the environment for communal and personal prayer. While no longer providing architectural services, his broad based experience along with a personal commitment to humble collaboration makes Ken Griesemer a valuable team member. Since 1990, Ken has served as a speaker at numerous parish, diocesan, regional, and national workshops on the worship environment, the building and renovation process, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Update posted 5/10/17

We appreciate that this has been very hard and some parishioners have feelings of pain and loss. Some also have feelings of hope and faith.

There are certain aspects of our journey that may make it easier to understand:

  • We were committed to restore our church. This was our direction and plan.

  • Our process was accelerated by vandalism and threatening actions. This was a ‘game changer.’

  • When the  Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) and Bishop evaluated our proposal they also looked at options to restore with additions and amendments. 

  • The Bishop has the authority to make decisions regarding our church.

  • The Parish Council (PC) has been united in our commitment to our church and parish: Our past, present and future. There has been no underlying conflict or agenda. We love St. Mary’s.

What we do next:

  • Meet with Liturgical Design Consultant (LDC). Skype meeting this week (5/11/17) 

  • Prepare for LDC to come to Melrose and get to know us. He would like to come for a long weekend to learn about our past and present, so he can help us with our future. 

  • Church Building Team (CBT). We will be in contact with CBT and meet soon after our initial Skype discussion with LDC.

  • It is a very important  priority that our history, character, architecture and actual items from our old church be used in our new church. 

  • LCD, parish, CBT, architect and builder work together to create a wonderful, beautiful church built of Love.

  • A plan for our School Lunch Program is a priority. 

  • Continue thoughtful ‘conversations to understand’ as we continue our journey. We have felt deep emotions, prayers and support by our parish as we have been together these last few weeks. These may be difficult at times, but have proven very important in healing. We have been privileged to many opinions and questions. These discussions have helped all involved understand each other. Please notify PC (email or note to Parish Office or PC member) if you would like specific information or someone may need attention.

We are Companions on the Journey. Through Christ, We will be a Light for the Nations.
We will Rise from the Ashes. We will Fly like the Eagles. 

Thank you for your support and prayers.

Update posted 5/3/2017

On May 2, 2017, Fr. Marv, members of our Parish Council (PC), parishioners and others committed to “Restore the Structure of the Church of St. Mary,” met to learn more about the letters from the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) and Bishop Kettler. We are very grateful for the opportunity to have candid and sincere conversation about our concerns, our process and our direction.

The meaning of their message is (taken directly from DBC letter):

…”It is the Commission's recommendation to deny approval for the proposed Pure Restoration Project.  In consideration of the previous outlined thoughts and comments, the commission further recommends that building a new facility that completely addresses a 21st century parish and its future needs is the direction the Parish needs to pursue.”

What did we learn?

  • The Bishop will stand by the above statement. It was repeated many times during our discussion.

  • The 4 walls cannot be used “as is.”

  • A new facility will be used for worship space. This may be able to incorporate as much of our church as possible. (statues, altar, stations, windows, blue arched ceilings, architecture style etc… as possibilities)

  • There may be some ability to use some of current structure. (possibly entrance, steeples, windows, some of walls, etc). Much work will be necessary to evaluate this.

  • The Bishop will have the final decision and he will use DBC to review and make recommendations regarding any new proposal. 

Where do we go from here?

  • Hire a Liturgical Design Consultant (LDC) as soon as possible.

  • Work with architects, builders, parishioners and LDC to identify if any part of structure can be and should be used (entrance, narthex, steeples, standing walls, etc) as we plan a facility together. (What could be old? What must be new?)

  • Examine if the next proposal can be accepted by the DBC and the Bishop. The rubric has specific criteria that must be met. It also must be financially prudent.

  • Work together. 

We are grateful for your support and prayers!

Update posted 4/25/2017

  • We are scheduled to meet with the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC) and Bishop Kettler on 5/2/17 to clarify the intentions of their letters. We are very aware of the love and dedication to our church. We hope to confirm what our next steps should be.

  • We hope to have other formats for communication as new information comes forth. Please let us know the best ways to communicate with our parish. 

  • The Diocese has directed us to consult with a Liturgical Design Consultant (LDC). We are engaged with candidates and encouraged by their insights on incorporating our traditions, culture, and history as we move forward. An LDC is necessary to move forward.

  • We are hopeful as we work with LDC, Architects, and Builders to use the beautiful aspects of our church as we move forward; i.e. - altar, stained glass windows, rose window, stations, bells, brick, stone, and possibly even the steeples.

  • We are companions on the journey. Working together will be important. We are hopeful for an efficient and thoughtful process.

  • We are grateful for your feedback, support and prayers!

Update posted 4/18/2017:

  • We are contacting the Diocese to follow up on the letters from the Diocesan Building Commission and Bishop Kettler regarding our options after their letters.

  • We are setting up meetings with the Architect and Builder regarding our options for the future.

  • We are contacting Liturgical Design Consultants regarding our options for the future.

  • We hope to present the outcome of this and discussions regarding - what we do next - as soon as possible. We are committed to do our best to communicate information in an efficient and accurate manner.

  • We will be sending information to the Church Building Team regarding what we do next.

  • We are aware and sensitive to the emotions involved with the outcome of the past two weeks. 

  • We are hopeful we can move forward, together as a parish. 

  • We are grateful for you support, feedback and prayers.

Update posted 4/11/2017

On April 10, 2017 we received a letter from the Diocesan Building Commission regarding The Proposal for Restoration of the Church of St. Mary.

We as a parish have suffered a great loss of our beautiful church. We have looked at every option to make restoration possible.

We invite you to read the letter, document, recommendation, and rationale of the Diocesan Building Commission and Bishop Kettler.

Now is the time to come together; to work together; to grow together in Christ as a Church.

We are thankful for all of your support and look forward to this journey together.

We are looking to have a Parish Meeting in the near future to discuss options and plans.

We are grateful for your prayers and support.

Update posted 4/4/2017

The Diocese Building Commission is STILL in active conversation with Bishop Kettler regarding the Proposal for Complete Restoration of the Church of St. Mary. We are asking them for a response ASAP. We hope to hear SOON of their decision and recommendations. We are meeting regularly regarding communicating this anticipated information.

We are GRATEFUL for your support and prayers.

Update posted 3/28/2017

The Diocesan Building Commission is STILL in active conversation with Bishop Kettler regarding the Proposal for Complete Restoration of the Church of St. Mary.  We are asking them for a response ASAP. We hope to hear SOON of their decision and recommendations. We are meeting regularly regarding communicating this anticipated information. 

We are GRATEFUL for your prayers and support.

Update posted 3/22/2017

The Diocesan Building Commission is in active conversation with Bishop Kettler regarding the Proposal for Complete Restoration of the Church of St. Mary. We hope to hear soon of their decision and recommendations. We are meeting regularly regarding communicating this anticipated information in a timely and effective manner.

We are grateful for your prayers and support.

Update posted 3/15/2017

At the time of this message we still do not know of the decision and recommendations of the Diocesan Building Commission. We hope to inform the Parish in a timely, effective and healthy way after hearing from the Diocese.

We are attempting to confirm a timeline regarding hearing from the Diocese.

Thank you to all who helped with the Prayer Service for the 1-year anniversary.

We are hopeful that our parish will continue to grow during this difficult time.

We are grateful for your continued support and understanding.

Update posted 3/8/2017

At the time of this message we still do not know of the decision and recommendations of the Diocesan Building Commission. We hope to inform the Parish in a timely, effective and healthy way after hearing from the Diocese.

We appreciate the importance of the one-year anniversary of the fire.

We are hopeful that our parish will continue to grow during this difficult time.

We are grateful for your continued support and understanding.

Update posted 3/4/2017

On Saturday March 11, please join us for a prayer service as we recognize the one year anniversary of the fire. We will gather in front of our beautiful church at 4:30 p.m. and process into the gym. We will pay tribute with prayer at the the actual time, one year ago, when the fire call was made (4:43 p.m.)

 

Update posted 2/26/2017

On Feb 23, the Parish Council and Finance council met with the Diocesan Building Commission and our Insurance Representative.

The insurance representative is working with payment of approximately $7 million of new money for our church. This may vary a little based on specifics. This would stay approximately the same regardless of complete restoration, restoration with amendments or a new campus.

The Diocesan Building Commission appreciated our Proposal for Complete Restoration of the Church of St. Mary. They will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and hopefully notify us of a decision or recommendations.

We hope to present their decision and options as soon as possible.

We appreciate the letters regarding our Church Building Team. Notification of our next step will occur by mail.

Updates will be on our website and in weekly bulletin as new information becomes available.

Update from Feb. 5, 2017 bulletin

What we are working on:

Proposal to Bishop: Bishop Kettler has requested submission of a Proposal for Complete Restoration of the Church of St. Mary. This will include:

  • Concerns, comments and recommendations from architect and builder

  • Costs and insurance information

  • Building and code updates as necessary

  • Recommendations from Liturgical Consultant

  • The Diocesan Building Commission will evaluate this proposal

Church Building Team:

The parish council is forming a Church Building Team to assist us with our church project. If you are interested, please submit one paragraph describing why you want to help and what you would be able to contribute to the parish office prior to 2/16/17.

We are looking for parishioners:

  • Who are open minded

  • Who are able to work in a team

  • Who are able to give time

  • Who will be flexible and adaptable with duties and direction

  • Who will be able to work with building professionals and liturgical consultants

  • Who have knowledge of construction process

  • Who are motivated to help our parish

This team will have chairs working directly with the parish council, builders, architects, liturgical consultants, etc. We are encouraged by our parish’s support and have gotten much feedback regarding people wanting to help. You can submit your paragraph to St. Mary’s Parish Office via letter, email or drop off. 

Church of St. Mary Parish Office
402 2nd St. SE, Melrose, MN 56352  |  Phone: (320) 256-4207  |  Fax: (320) 256-4208
 
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