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Welcome Fr. Colins

Dear friends of Holy Name of Jesus,

Greetings! My name is Fr. Colin Jones, and I have the privilege of being your new associate pastor here at Holy Name of Jesus. I’m incredibly excited for this new assignment that the Lord has given me, and I look forward to growing in holiness with all of you during these coming years!

I was ordained a priest by Archbishop Hebda in 2018, so I’ve got a little over a year under my belt. For most of this past year, however, I have been over in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, where I’ve been finishing up my license degree in Biblical Theology. I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity I had to be in Rome this year finishing up those studies, but I’m sure you can imagine how happy I am to be back in the archdiocese for good, and to begin this new assignment at HNOJ.

I grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota, right across the street from my maternal grandparents, surrounded by wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins. We lived on Turtle Lake, and I loved every minute of lake life! My five younger siblings and I were all homeschooled growing up. We were a part of various homeschool family “co-op’s” throughout the years; which meant that I was blessed with a great network of families and friends who supported me and kept me close to Jesus, especially when I might not have been so eager to wake up for Mass! Between being an altar boy at Mass and my family’s strong practice of daily prayer, the Lord definitely planted the seed of my vocation from an early age. I remember getting to know some amazing priests at our home parish of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony Village, and thinking that it would be really cool to do that someday. The desire ebbed and flowed, as it often does, especially in high school, but I’m grateful to God for my great friends and some wonderful priest mentors who continued to ask me if the Lord might be calling.

I decided to give seminary a shot right after high school, and the peace I felt there was out of this world. I spent four years at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, where I studied philosophy, Catholic Studies, and classical languages, and became a proud Tommie. After four years at UST, the Archbishop asked me to study theology over at the North American College in Rome, and those years too were full of remarkable blessings.

Now I get to be here at Holy Name of Jesus with all of you, and I couldn’t be more grateful that the Lord has put me here! As far as hobbies go, I have always loved sports. I’m usually a significant liability on the court/rink/field, but I’m always down for pick-up-whatever, and I enjoy cheering for and commiserating about the local squads, especially the Twins. I also love languages, historical fiction, camping and fishing. I’m so greatly looking forward to meeting all of you and growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ. I ask that you please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey; I will certainly be holding you in my prayers as well!

Fr. Colin Jones

Fr Evans Reassigned

Dsc 0028Fr. Evans announced that he had been asked to take on another assignment. His last day with us will be Sunday, June 30.  He has left a huge impact on our parish. Please join us for a farewell reception after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Good Samaritan Center.  

From the Archdiocese: Data Breech Notice

February 16, 2019

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis learned Thursday night that hackers outside of the United States compromised an Image-I-Nation Technologies (INT) database that contained personal information on some employees and volunteers in the Archdiocese. INT, a vendor used by the company that conducts our background checks advised that it is sending notifications to all persons whose information may have been accessed. We are sending this notice so that if you receive a letter from INT, you know that it is authentic. We will continue to follow up with INT and our vendor about this problem.

For more information on the data breach and how you may be affected, please contact Image-I-Nation at: 1-877-296-9970.

For other questions, please contact Joe Kueppers, Chancellor for Civil Affairs, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis at: 651-291-4405.

July News

Photo Of Gather Hymnal

New Hymnals

You probably noticed the new blue hymnal in your pew today, Gather Third Edition. Our well-loved and well-used green Gather books served our parish for over twenty years. Our music ministry has been planning a change for the past several years. The Praise and Contemporary Choirs have been using the new hymnal for two years. The new Gather hymnal includes traditional hymns, Chants, songs from the post-Vatican II era that are found in most Catholic parishes, and multi-cultural selections. In addition to the familiar there is a broad selection of new music in popular style. There are eleven musical settings of the Mass, including several that we already sing at Holy Name. This hymnal represents the musical diversity of the era in which we live, and worship, and it will carry us forward praising God in song.

May News

Agreement to Resolve the Bankruptcy of the Archdiocese

On May 31, 2018, it was announced that an agreement has been reached to resolve the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese. The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, forwarded a letter regarding the resolution of the bankruptcy and also a Q & A sheet.  Both documents will be available in the gathering space this weekend.