ACCL Annual Cinnamon Roll Sale Jan. 25-26, 2019

Pro-life supporters and Confirmation students: your help is needed!

A Community Caring for Life’s (ACCL) annual Cinnamon Roll Breakfast and Sale to benefit local pro-life causes will be held the weekend of Jan. 25-26, and we need many volunteers each day to bake and sell cinnamon rolls. Sign up to help at or contact Tom Silver at 612-508-1088.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Friday, Jan. 24

· Baking and frosting, 5:30-9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25

· 8:30 a.m.-noon, baking and frosting

· Noon until finish (3:30-4 p.m.); baking, frosting and setup for Sunday

· After 5 p.m. Mass, selling rolls 

Sunday, Jan. 26

· Before and after 8:30 a.m. Mass; baking, selling, pouring coffee,  etc.

· Before and after 10:30 a.m. Mass; baking selling, pouring coffee, etc.

· Noon until finish (approx. 2 p.m.), cleanup

· After 5:30 p.m. Mass, selling rolls


More Than Tasty, Cinnamon Rolls Help New Families

As printed in the previous year - January 2018 - newsletter. 

Sunday, Jan. 22, marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe vs Wade. In this momentous ruling, abortion in the US became legal! This decision regarding the unborn has been a controversial topic for many years. Here at Holy Name of Jesus we have been remembering this unfortunate decision with a Pro-Life fund raising event on a weekend close to Jan. 22.  It began with a pancake breakfast for a few years. In January of 1991, Lee Ann Silver became the president of the Holy Name of Jesus Pro-Life group. Today it is called ACCL, A Community Caring for Life! Lee Ann asked her husband, Tom, if he would lead a group of men in putting on the annual fund raiser. As it was already in early January, Tom asked Father Arnold Weber if we could possibly skip the pancake breakfast or do some other type of fund raiser. Fr. Arnold told Tom, “I don’t care what you do, but you are going to do something!”

Tom sought out the help of his friend Jeff Van Beusekom to co-chair this event and together they decided that a cinnamon roll bake and sale along with a raffle could be done given the short deadline. Jeff & Tom were able to procure the pre-made frozen cinnamon rolls, frosting and packaging supplies along with raffle prizes in time to do the fundraiser. They chose a very aggressive number of 400 dozen rolls. With the help of many men of the parish, they were able to bake, package and sell all the rolls and held the raffle too! A total success with the Blessings and the Grace of God! This was the start of the annual event that we will again hold this weekend for the 28th year.

Jeff moved to Tennessee three years later and the decision was made to drop the raffle. Tom has continued to chair this event with the help of many, many volunteers. The men helped for a number of years but now this event is being supported by many others in the parish, namely confirmation students, parents, K of C members and other volunteers who support Pro-Life causes.

Over the years, this fundraiser event has raised over $100,000 with all the proceeds being donated to Pro-Life  organizations such as: North Side Life Care Center, Pro-Life Minnesota, Birthright and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

Holy Name of Jesus has a long association with a number of Pro-Life groups that are supported by the proceeds of the cinnamon roll sale. Many members of our faith community have volunteered at local pregnancy care centers Birthright, Northside Life Care and Southwest  Options for Women, serving women in need who are unexpectedly pregnant. The Archdiocesan Life Fund and Cradle of Hope Maternity Fund give last-chance financial assistance to pregnant women or new families with medical expenses or housing crises that they cannot handle. MCCL and Prolife Across America educate the public about life issues and keep us all apprised of legislative issues that concern respect for human life. And Prolife Action Ministries pray at abortion centers, trying to offer women seeking abortions a last-minute chance to choose life  instead. All of these nonprofit organizations depend on contributions from the faithful to achieve their mission; your purchase of cinnamon rolls makes their work possible.

The official symbol of Pro-Life is the red rose. If you choose to come into the Good Samaritan Center on this weekend and enjoy a cinnamon roll, you will see a red rose on each table. Many parishioners have told Tom that when they see and smell the cinnamon rolls at Holy Name of Jesus, they automatically think of Pro-Life! Maybe the cinnamon roll has become the new Pro-Life symbol.

Thank you to the parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus for supporting this very wonderful cause.

Tom Silver and Karen Karn