Faith Focus: How did Jesus’ mother experience his crucifixion?

April 14, 2019

How did Jesus’ mother experience his crucifixion?

See Jesus’ passion through the eyes of his mother, in a learning session that starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

As we enter into Holy Week, come and experience the passion of two mothers. Based on a poem by Velma West Skyene, it is a dialogue between two mothers, who experience a shared sorrow and question the mystery around their sons’ death.

By entering into the dialogue between them, we begin to know the ache of their human hearts. Let us join our hearts to theirs, lift up the conditions and passions of our world, our church, our community and our families. There will be a time of prayer and reflection based on the interactive dialogue of these two mothers. Both men and women are invited to participate in this program.

Admission free; donations are appreciated.

Learn more and register online, tinyurl.com/y5m6r2ul, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

Assisi hosts Holy Week services, retreat

Attend a Holy Week silent retreat, April 18-21 at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

Every Lent, the Spirit of God that drove Jesus into the desert, drives us into the wilderness within us where God dwells. It is in the quiet that we clear our heads and realize the path we should take if we are to become people of justice and righteousness. This is a time to find new hope and renewed vision as we move to the Easter promise.

The Easter Triduum is the summit of the liturgical year. It begins with Holy Thursday evening and concludes on Easter Sunday. Though it is chronologically three days, they are one unfolding day of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

Join us for the Triduum Services, and in the succeeding days, rest, and enjoy your own quiet time. Services are scheduled as follows:

• 6:30 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 18

• 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 19

• 6:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 20

• 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21

The spiritual experience will be guided by Sisters JoAnn Haney, Linda Wieser and Monique Schwirtz.

Meals ($20 per day) and overnight accommodations ($40 per night) available. Pre-registration required. A variety of days and evenings are possible, so please contact Sister Marlys at 507-529-3524 to make your reservations.

• For Option 1, Holy Thursday, go to: tinyurl.com/y69xmbfz.

• For Option 2, Good Friday, go to: tinyurl.com/y55z9s6a.

• For Option 3, Holy Saturday, go to: tinyurl.com/y2rnes6d.

• For Option 4, Easter Sunday, go to: tinyurl.com/y6yeeugw.

Or call 507-280-2195 for more information.

Supermarket Saturday is April 20

Oasis Church will hold Supermarket Saturday, in partnership with Channel One Food Shelf, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 20.

You must present a photo ID with birthdate to pick up food at Oasis Church. You can visit only one Channel One food site per month. If you have any questions, call 289-8596.

Oasis Church is at 1815 38th St. NW in Rochester.

Calling all pilgrims!

Jewish philosopher Martin Buber wrote, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

On April 22, join pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago, or made pilgrimages to Rome, Mecca, Assisi, Tibet or any other destination. Through this learning session at Assisi Heights, you’ll discover that initial motivations and preparations vary; struggles may have surfaced along the way. The effort is to carry on the spirit of the pilgrimage after reaching the final destination.

Often, along the journey, pilgrims discover within themselves the desire to create new and better ways to navigate life. Many realize that the new places they arrived at through pilgrimage have become an enduring part of the landscape of their lives going forward.

The cost to attend is free; donations are appreciated. The session starts at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more and register online, tinyurl.com/y3zzg84e, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

Chatfield church hosts father-son banquet

Chatfield United Methodist Church hosts its 94th annual father-son banquet, 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the church.

The banquet features a full roast beef dinner and presentation by the award-winning Rube Goldberg team, the Physics Pharm, from Chatfield schools.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for youth, and available at Roy’s Barbershop and the church office.

The church is at 124 Winona St. SE. Call 507-867-3529 for more information.

Come to Easter Evensong

Join the Franciscan community for an evening prayer sung on Wednesdays during the Easter Season. All are welcome!

The next prayer is at 4:30 p.m. April 24. Admission is free.

Learn more: Go to tinyurl.com/y3kmm8nf or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.