On a Mission

On a Mission
Every three months or so in St. Cloud, our team hosts Men on a Mission, which is a 90 minute, Friday evening gathering featuring a speaker on topics important to us as men and as Catholics. Past talks have covered Divine Mercy, pornography, Catholic marriage in these times of cultural attack, Marian devotion, etc. The evening ends with praise, prayers, and fellowship.

THE BATTLE FOR HOLINESS

On Friday, October 27, Ecclesia Domestica hosted its first ever Women on a Mission program at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Elk River. Entitled The Battle for Holiness, the evening was designed to explore our search for the will of the Father, with our Blessed Mother as our model. It was attended by almost 30 people.

The program opened with worship and praise music, after which the evening’s speaker was introduced by Kevin Olson, President of Ecclesia Domestica. Deacon Peter Bellavance, a deacon of the Crookston Diocese who resides in Dent, MN, provided a message about the Blessed Virgin Mary’s total obedience to Jesus.

Deacon Pete began by discussing the complete and unconditional submission which the Blessed Virgin Mary vowed to God. Her vow was not reversable, but instead led to the security she received. This security was expressed by her husband Joseph, by her cousin Elizabeth, and eventually by the wise Simeon (even as he warned of her pain) at the temple in Jerusalem during the Presentation of our Lord.

We can ponder the hand of God, as Mary did. Such meditation will bring His loving hand into our lives too, Deacon assured the audience. Our trust in God will grow little by little, giving us the courage to seek His will more and more.

Mary was brought to the cross as well, Deacon Pete asserted. “However, at the cross she is now asked to be our mother.” According to Deacon Pete, all women are given the heart of a mother. “Mary was asked to expand her heart for others, as all women are asked to open their hearts to others.”

Our Lady’s message to us today were her final words directly recorded in scripture. Nearly two millennia ago at a wedding party in a village in faraway Cana, Mary said, “Do as He tells you!”

Those present were asked: “Do you want to be free? Free from regret and shame, the feeling of not being enough or
maybe the feeling of abandonment, of being forgotten?” According to Kevin Olson, who wrapped up, “We all have hurts and the devil plants a lie next to the wound to keep us hurting. That’s not living the life God has planned for us!”

Olson assured each woman present that they are a gift to the church and their families. They have this beautiful gift of a mother’s heart. “The biggest gift the church has is divine mercy,” he exclaimed.

It was an emotional end to an unforgettable evening.


Special Event

The Ecclesia Domestica Men will feature another speaker on Friday, February 7, 2020 at St. Mary's Hall next to the Cathedral in St. Cloud, starting at 7:00 p.m. Address is 396 1st Avenue South, St. Cloud. Speaker:

Fr. Greg Mastey – Fr. Greg leads the parishes in Holdingford, St. Anna, Opole, and St. Wendel. A native of Foley where he grew up on a farm, Fr. Greg studied at St. Mary’s in Winona and graduate school seminary at St. Johns. Ordained in 1995, He has served parishes in the Upsala area and also worked as the diocesan vocations director for 10 years. He’s a fisherman, hunter, and snowmobiler. You can reach Fr. Greg at frgregorymastey@yahoo.com.


Men on a Mission -- January 13, 2017 -- Fatima: 100 Years Later

Nearly 90 men – and a couple women and children - gathered on Friday, January 13 (coincidentally?) at SCSU’s Newman Center for the latest installment of Ecclesia Domestica’s Men on a Mission series. Introduced by Ecclesia’s Jesse Morgan, the keynote talk was given by Jeff Johnson of Collegeville, MN and a teacher at Central Lakes College, on the subject of Our Lady’s apparition at Fatima, Portugal 100 years ago.

Fatima turns out to be one of thirteen apparitions of the Blessed Virgin approved by the church. A number of others have been approved by local bishops.

Jeff provided details of the visions of the three children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. His talk summarized the messages they received during that eventful summer and fall, which started on the 13th of May and ended with the miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917. He related the story of local Freemason authorities who actually jailed the three children in an effort to get them to recant their stories.

Using slides and pictures, Jeff’s presentation put the events of Fatima in historical perspective. Secular news outlets, including the most prominent in Portugal, carried front page stories. He noted the advance role of Pope Leo XIII as well as the popes that followed. St. John Paul II placed his attempted assassin’s bullet into the crown of Our Lady of Fatima after he recovered, which he assigned to Fatima’s significance.

Jeff also pointed out the alignment of Fatima with Luther’s revolt and a certain Freemason anniversary both coming this year, but left it to us to ponder the significance of that. Questions that followed kept all attentive to this evening’s topic. With a passion to educate Catholics and everyone about Fatima, Jeff promised to deliver this talk to any parish or church school across the whole area. Thank you, Jeff!

After a fervent call to Catholic action by Ecclesia Domestica’s Kevin Olson, the closing prayer was led by Jesse Morgan. Refreshments and fellowship followed.

Don’t forget Ecclesia Domestica’s one-day retreat at St. Alexius/OLA/St. Paul’s Parishes in Sauk Centre February 4, and (tentatively) St. Michael’s Parish in St. Cloud in May. Ecclesia’s annual Thursday-Sunday men’s retreat is scheduled at Belle Prairie (near Little Falls) March 23-26, 2017.

Mark your calendars for these important offerings from Ecclesia Domestica, and visit us at www.ecclesiadomestica.net.

Why Ecclesia Domestica does these events: There were seven priests and seminarians in attendance tonight. They need Catholic men to stand up!

Don't miss the next Men on a Mission in Spring, 2017.


Past Men on a Mission Meetings

Men on a Mission – January 13, 2017
Men on a Mission – September 9, 2016
Men on a Mission – June 24, 2016
Men on a Mission – March 4, 2016
Men on a Mission – December 11th, 2015