News Item–Saint John’s Bible

Hello Friends,

Just a note today to see of your interest in having a special time for All Are One Catholic church to view the Saint John’s Bible that will be available at St. Anne of Winona on May 23-June 4. The copy that will be on display is one of only 299 that were made from the original hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago.

The importance of scheduling a private showing is that you will have the opportunity to actually examine the Bible, whereas if you simply go in to see it,  there may not be staff there and the case holding the bible will be locked with only one illuminated page to view.

Let me know soon of your interest as we are trying to see if we have enough to schedule a private showing.

Thanks, Pastor Kathy

 

 

News Item–Radio Interview Today!

 

Hello Friends,

This is a bit late, but wanted to make you aware that three members of the Winona Interfaith Council, myself, Dick Dahl and Dan Wilson will be guests this morning on KWNO -Winona Radio at 8:35 to talk about the Sanctuary Movement in Winona. It is about an 8-10 minute interview and if you want to know more about what Winona is doing to stand behind our neighbors, friends, congregants facing deportation from this country–please tune in.
All Are One Roman Catholic church has become a Sanctuary Support Church on April 23, 2018 by unanimous vote of our church board–what this basically means is that we will be of spiritual, material and emotional support to the church in Winona that will hopefully say “yes” to becoming Winona’s Sanctuary Church–the church that would actually house those in need of sanctuary to keep them from deportation while their case is looked at to determine if they can actually stay in this country–in today’s political climate people can be rounded up and deported without a fair chance to defend themselves. As people of faith and conscience, we must stand by our sisters and brothers in need.
Blessings to all–Pastor Kathy

News Items–SAVE THE DATES!

Dear Friends,

We have two dates coming up that I would like you to put on your calendars–more details to follow.

JUNE 10, 2018 —CELEBRATION OF 10 YEARS OF MINISTRY AND OUTREACH AS A VATICAN II PARISH–ALL ARE ONE CATHOLIC CHURCH–MASS-10 A.M.–RECEPTION FOLLOWING 11:30 – 2 P. M.

JULY 21, 2018–SATURDAY MASS AT 4:30 P. M. —THIS WILL BE OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MARY OF MAGDALA WITH A POT-LUCK SUPPER TO FOLLOW. WE DECIDED TO TRY THIS SWITCH OF TIME AS THIS WEEKEND IS OUR REGULAR SATURDAY MASS AND THE WEEKEND CLOSEST TO THE ACTUAL FEAST OF MARY OF MAGDALA, JULY 22.

Peace and love,

Pastor Kathy

News Item–Sanctuary Support Community!

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce to all of you that All Are One Catholic church has officially become, by the action of our board, on Monday, April 23, 2018, a Sanctuary Support Congregation! At the next few Masses we celebrate, those present will have the opportunity to publicly say-pray the pledge for becoming a Sanctuary Support Congregation. An official statement will eventually be signed by myself and the board. We happen to be the first in our community to so designate ourselves but I am aware of at least two other congregations very close to doing the same. Our witness will give the church that is strongly considering  becoming Winona’s Sanctuary Church the support that they need to know that they aren’t standing alone. The more people/churches that  there are in support of this initiative the better it is for everyone involved.

I am not surprised that All Are One would be the first community of believers to say “yes” to this faith-filled action–we have been doing that now for almost 10 years! Our board members, Eric Bartleson, Nancy Miller, Mary Ludwigson, Kelly Teachout, Kathryn Krage and Robert Redig are to be commended for this action on behalf of our parish. I am honored and privileged to pastor you all!

Included below is the pledge that we officially and individually may make to affirm our support for this human and Christian outreach that we as a Catholic community have taken on:


“We affirm that as a congregation of people of faith, we are taking seriously the call to provide sanctuary support in the Winona Sanctuary Network.  We recognize that our immigrant neighbors are a vital part of our community and local economy and that due to a broken immigration system they have not all been allowed the legal protections that they deserve.  To this end we will use our privilege and our resources to stand with our community members that are in fear of deportation.  As a Sanctuary Support Community we are able to do this by providing; prayers, security, time, money, advocacy, relationship, and fellowship to the degree that is within our power.” 


With peace and love,

Pastor Kathy

News Item

Dear Friends,

I am sharing this morning two documents concerning Sanctuary Support Communities. Please read and reflect upon these items and get back to me with any ideas, concerns, questions.

On this next Monday night, April 23, 2018 our All Are One board will be meeting and this topic will be an agenda item. You will recall that I have mentioned this several times in homilies in the last few weeks and I have felt an overall positive reaction from those of you present with the possibility of us becoming a Support Community to that church that hopefully might become Winona’s Sanctuary Church.  The following materials, a brochure and an invitation statement from the Winona Interfaith Council should help answer questions–please get back to me before Monday’s board meeting.  

My apologies that the brochure format wasn’t transferable.

With peace,

Pastor Kathy


Brochure–Sanctuary Support Community

Sanctuary Support Congregation or Partner

Invitation and Information

Distributed by the

Winona Sanctuary Network and Winona Interfaith Council

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  — Matthew 25:40


Hello,

Are you concerned about our broken immigration system and the current political climate?

Do you want to find ways to support our immigrant neighbors?

Do you believe in the ideals behind the Statue of Liberty and the core beliefs found in all the world’s faiths?

If so, then this document is for you.

This document is intended for congregations, groups, or individuals who would like to learn more about the process of becoming a “Sanctuary Support Congregation or a Sanctuary Support Partner.”

We realize that this is a serious and complex issue.  This document is not intended to answer all of your questions.  If you would like more information, please let us know.

We realize this is a decision that requires courage and it should not be taken lightly.  We hope to create a network of congregations, groups, and individuals who will support one another.  The more groups and people that are involved, the safer it is for everyone.  There are a number of different tasks that can be shared.

Terms:

  1. Sanctuary:  Sanctuary is an ancient, religious custom; not a modern legal defense. Nevertheless, it has been – and still is – United States policy not to enforce immigration violations inside places of worship and other “sensitive locations,” such as hospitals and schools. For this and other political and public relations reasons, providing sanctuary may deter the federal government from arresting an undocumented immigrant who is inside a church.
  2. Sanctuary Church: This is the building where the guest(s) would stay.  The goal would be to provide protection and to help navigate through the legal system.
  3. Sanctuary Support Congregation: Other congregations can become a part of the “Winona Sanctuary Church Network.” This would mean providing public support, volunteers, donations, etc.
  4. Sanctuary Partner:  Other non-religious groups or individuals may also help with the same kinds of support.
  5.  Sanctuary Support Statement:

“We recognize that our immigrant neighbors are a vital part of our community and local economy. They help make America a better place. Due to a broken immigration system, they have not all been allowed access to the legal protections that they deserve. To this end we will stand with our neighbors that fear deportation. We publicly support the Winona Sanctuary Church.”

What would it mean to become a “Sanctuary Support Congregation or Partner”?  It would be left to each group to determine what is the best fit.

Each year there will be a need for:

  • Donations for building needs and a legal defense fund.
  • Food for the guests.
  • A list of volunteers who would help with a wide range of duties (i.e. laundry, transportation, staying with the guests, bearing witness, etc.)
  • Education, advocacy, publicity, etc.

Contact Information:

Email:  winonasanctuary@gmail.com

Phone:  507.450.6405

Web Page:  Coming soon.

Donations:  Checks can be written to, “Winona Sanctuary”.  Mailed to:  1167 W. 5th Street, Winona, MN  55987


Invitation Statement:   (original statement)

“We affirm, that as a congregation of people of faith, we are taking seriously the call to provide sanctuary support in the Winona Sanctuary Network. We recognize that our immigrant neighbors are a vital part of our community and local economy and that due to a broken immigration system they have not all been allowed the legal protections that they deserve. To this end we will use our privilege and our resources to stand with our community members that are in fear of deportation. As a sanctuary support community we are able to do this by providing; prayers, security, time, money, advocacy, relationship, and fellowship to the degree that is within our power.”