Another News Item–SAVE ANOTHER DATE!

Dear Friends,

Please put Sunday, July 7, 2019 on your calendars for our Mary of Magdala–celebration uplifting all women, especially Mary, for their God-given qualities of leadership, strength, goodness and love. Of course this is also a time to celebrate the men who love them, encouraging them to support and stand by their sisters, mothers, grandmothers, wives and friends.

Of course too, this is our picnic on the farm wherein you are all invited to an out-door Mass and pot-luck meal as part of the celebration. Mary of Magdala’s actual feast falls on July 22nd but we will celebrate early this year due to the farm calendar and other schedules for July already filling up and if not this Sunday; we couldn’t do it till the middle of August and then it is getting busy anticipating the start of school.


News Item – Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

Dear Friends,

Join us at the Science Lab Center, on the Winona State University campus, RM 120 on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7 P.M. for the public showing of Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, the 2013 documentary by Jules Hart on the ordination of women in the Catholic church.

The film is 58 minutes in length and shows us both sides of this very contentious issue in the Catholic church. After the film there will be time for discussion. I will be facilitating this discussion and invite all interested persons to join us!

This film along with seven others are being offered now through the middle of April by the Winona Interfaith Council in its second year of presentations for our community.

The next offering is on Friday evening, March 1, 2019 at 7 P.M. at Cafe Congo/ First Congregational church (161 W. Broadway Street). The film, Believers deals with the rights of our LGBTQ  sisters and brothers.  All are welcome!

News Item

Board member, All Are One Catholic church, Katherine Krage wishes to share the upcoming workshop.
Wisdom Years Workshop begins at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Lacrosse,  1/9/19. In 4 Wednesday morning sessions this winter, then repeating in March, we’ll gather about the “afternoon of human life” having a significance of its own. The move toward integrity is spiritual work, looking back, taking stock, giving thanks, reconciling/forgiving, including oneself.
Join us by calling FSC or register on-line. 608-791-5295. $40 includes all 4 sessions. Its a suggested donation so no one is excluded. Original deadline was 12/18 to register but call anyway. Or go to

Update!! Oops!

Dear Friends,

The bulletin this morning contained a HUGE error–Mass on this Sunday, December 2, 2018 is at 10:00 A.M. as usual! Also, be careful on Sunday if you are planning on coming to Mass–sounds like we are in for some ice and lots of snow! Blessings–Pastor Kathy


News Item

My Friends,

I wanted to share with you this recent letter from the International Group of Roman Catholic Women Priests’ Bishops concerning the grand jury report from Pennsylvania concerning clergy sexual abuse of children. It is a strong letter that minces no words in naming the problem and the needed solutions. These women have shown great leadership through this statement and now it is time for the same leadership from the hierarchical church. I wholeheartedly support this letter. 

Let us all pray that they will remember why they were ordained in the first place and do the right thing! –Pastor Kathy


Roman Catholic Women Priests

Bishops Respond  to the

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Findings

26 August, 2018

We, the undersigned international circle of Bishops representing the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement, state the following:

  • We thank the Pennsylvania State’s Attorney for doing the work the Roman Catholic Bishops have failed to do and for disclosing the criminal conduct of hundreds of Roman Catholic priests and an estimated thousand child victims.
  • We condemn the conduct of priest sex offenders.  We condemn the conduct of Bishops who conspired to cover up the criminal conduct of priest sex offenders and expanded the number of child victims by transferring offending clergy to new assignments.  We condemn the conduct of Bishops who failed to report clergy accused of sexual crimes to local law enforcement agencies for investigation and possible prosecution. We condemn the conduct of Bishops who themselves engaged in sex offenses with minor victims. We condemn the conduct of all clergy, priests and bishops, who engaged in the sexual harassment of adult women and/or men.
  • We believe the structure of priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church is bankrupt and corrupt and must be completely restructured.

We call upon the U.S. Bishops to tender their resignations as bishops subject to the acceptance or rejection of Pope Francis.

  • We call upon Pope Francis to establish a lay led ecumenical council to explore new structures for church leadership and church order, including:
  1. the ordination of married men, women, and people of all genders;
  2. the normalization of  LGBTQ relationships and same sex marriage;
  3. the establishment of a process for participation of local laity in the selection/election of their bishops;
  4. the establishment of lay representation by 2/3 in all ecumenical councils for purposes of developing and setting Roman Catholic theology, policy, self-understanding and practice.

We are aware that this sexual abuse crisis is a worldwide crisis, occurring on every continent where the Roman Catholic Church has a presence.  This crisis dramatically affects all of God’s people.

Healing and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church can only begin after a serious accounting of its hierarchy.  A recall of the current, collective leadership and a non-hierarchical restructuring of the Church is imperative in order to heal the grave wounds to the body of Christ and move the Church into the 21st century.

+Marie Evans Bouclin, (Sudbury, ON, Bishop Emerita, RCWP Canada)

+Merlene Olivia Doko, (Pismo Beach, CA, Bishop Emerita, RCWP USA)

+Patricia Fresen, (Stuttgart & Capetown, RCWP Germany and South Africa)

+Joan M. Clark Houk, (South Bend, IN, RCWP-USA, Great Waters Region)

+Andrea Michele Johnson, (Annapolis, MD, RCWP USA, Eastern Region)

+Jane Kryzanowski, (Regina, SK, RCWP, Canada)

+Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, (Pettenbach, RCWP Austria/ Europe)

+Nancy Louise Meyer, I(ndianapolis, IN, RCWP USA, Midwest Region)

+Ida Raming, (Stuttgart, RCWP Germany)

+Suzanne Avison Thiel, (Portland, OR, RCWP USA, Western Region)

+Jane Via, (San Diego, CA, RCWP USA, Western Region)


Andrea Johnson                                                Suzanne Thiel

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