News Item–Update on Covid 19

Dear Friends,

From previous communiques, you know that I presided at Mass yesterday.  Four others besides Robert and I were present and we observed safety measures including hand-sanitizing, no hand-holding at the Our Father or hugging at the “Kiss of Peace.”  We also dispensed with the cup for wine at communion and used social distancing somewhat as far as sitting close to others.

Even though no one was unwell within our gathering, I feel that it is time to stop gathering for liturgy as a measure to keep us all safe for a certain amount of time.  Social distancing seems to be the method to choice being applied within our schools, nursing homes and the hospital and a wise choice I feel.

My suggestion to our board was that we suspend Masses for two weeks, bringing us to Palm Sunday and then we can reassess from there–most have weighed in and are all in agreement with this plan.   We are in a very fluid situation and just have to take things almost a day at a time.

I will continue to do homilies for the weeks that we will miss gathering as a group and try to be in contact with you in other ways.  Please give me a call (507) 429-3616, or email, krredig@hbci.com  if you are experiencing any unmet needs due to illness.

Our Interfaith Group in town is meeting via Zoom today to brainstorm about ways that we can, as faith communities, assist those in need who may be quarantined  due to the coronavirus.

In the meantime, let us pray for each other and do all that we can to stay safe. There may be opportunities for our parish to assist financially the city-wide efforts to care for our community–I will keep you posted as I hear more.

Peace and love and all other blessings,

Pastor Kathy

News Item–Covid 19 Precautions

Dear Friends,

I know you are all keeping track of the Covid 19 pandemic and are most likely wondering how All Are One Catholic church will respond.  At present we will continue to meet at our regular Mass times and assess as we go. I have put into place several protective measures to keep us all safe. These measures are as follows:

First of all, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and if this is the case, please let me know so that I can give you spiritual support as needed.

Second, for those coming to church, we have dispensed with hand-holding, hugging and use of the cup at communion. There will be hand santizers readily–available and we will attempt to keep greater spaces between the chairs.

Now, all that having been said, this crisis in health seems to change with each day and this is a very fluid thing that we will assess week by week.  I want each of you to know that first and foremost, you should do what you feel is required to be safe.  As you know, our community, for the most part, falls into the group that are more susceptible for this illness. If this means that you choose to absent yourself from Mass for a time as we see how this illness works itself out, then know you have my blessing, but for now, we will continue to meet, with the above precautionary measures in place.

God’s blessings to you all,

Pastor Kathy

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Hello Friends,

This is a bit of short notice but wanted you to know and if you can come out and give some support, please do!

In regard to recent happenings in the Middle East, the Interfaith Council of Winona invites us all to gather this evening, Monday, January 6, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. in Windom Park  to stand in solidarity with our Muslim and Iranian friends.  The planning is still influx, so I can’t give you an agenda per se, but come for all or part and share your positive energy for peace and lawful action with regard to working together as nations in our world. –Pastor Kathy

 

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Hello Friends,

I forgot to include in the bulletin, a very important item for next week! On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the First Congregational church in Winona, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held. The theme will be, Tearing Down Walls.  There will be interfaith readings, prayers and songs.  There will a chance to make a donation to Community Bible church to off-set the cost of utility bills for the Warming Center housed in their building.

Hopefully you can attend and pray with our community for the needs of our country and our world as well as, in gratitude for our many gifts as a nation!

Peace and love,

Pastor Kathy

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Hello Friends, 

Below find a letter from the Minnesota Bishops in support of Driver’s Licenses for All–a good letter! –Pastor Kathy


MN Bishops Urge House Support of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

March 25, 2019

Dear Members:

Peace be with you. We, the bishops of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, write in support of H.F. 1500, which will provide a pathway for our undocumented brothers and sisters to obtain driver’s licenses. Enacting this legislative proposal is long overdue; there is urgency to act.

Re-opening our license system will allow Minnesota to address one component of our broken immigration system. Our immigrant brothers and sisters need reforms to ensure that they are not confined to the shadows and margins of our society. Apart from federal comprehensive immigration reform, offering driver’s licenses is one small measure the State of Minnesota can employ to make our roads safer and our communities more welcoming to the immigrants who already make important contributions to our economic, cultural, and social life.

Access to driver’s licenses will help many immigrants meet their daily obligations. In many parts of Minnesota, there is no public transportation, and undocumented persons have no ability to get to work, church, health services, or school, other than by driving illegally. Every day, they live in fear that getting stopped could mean permanent separation from their children, spouse, or parents.

In our parishes that serve many undocumented persons and their families, the inability to drive, or doing so without a license, is a major source of stress. Undocumented immigrants who have been able to obtain a license are now not able to do so because of new rules at the DMV requiring social security numbers.

Most of us cannot begin to imagine what loss of movement, or the fear of being deported and separated from our families while doing so, would mean in our lives. It is a terrible fear to impose on people and families in our community. And we must do something about it for our brothers and sisters.

Providing driver’s licenses to immigrants also serves the common good—it is surely in the best interests of our state to have people who are living among us and driving on our roads be able to do so safely and legally. In a number of states where similar “noncompliant” licenses have been created, such as Utah and New Mexico, the rates of uninsured motorists declined.

This legislation does not “reward” those who have broken the law. Providing driver’s licenses is a concrete measure of solidarity that takes into account the complexity of the immigration issue. It seeks to protect the well-being of undocumented persons considering the reality of their situation and actual prospects for immigration reform and enforcement. There is little likelihood that most of Minnesota’s 90,000 immigrants will be deported—immigrants who pay taxes and serve in their churches and communities. Therefore, how can we both respond to their needs and promote the common good?

We hope today that we as Minnesotans follow the most common biblical moral exhortation—to welcome the stranger—and remember that our families, too, were once strangers in this land who arrived with the same hopes that our undocumented community has today. Though Congress has failed, we hope we can do something meaningful and important for thousands of immigrants in our midst.
Thank you for your consideration and for your service to the people of Minnesota.

Respectfully yours,

The Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
The Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston
The Most Rev. John LeVoir, Bishop of New Ulm
The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester
The Most Rev. Paul D. Sirba, Bishop of Duluth
The Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud
The Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul & Minneapolis