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Letter from Bishop Quinn 

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Tri-Parish Catholic Community

From the Desk of Fr. Marreddy

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23

Pentecost was the Jewish festival of the harvest or the Feast of Weeks celebrated 50 days after Passover, when the first fruits of the corn harvest were offered to the Lord. A feast of pilgrimage-Pentecost also commemorated Moses’ receiving the Law on Mount Sinai. For the new Israel, Pentecost becomes the celebration of the Spirit of God’s compassion, peace and forgiveness, the Spirit that transcends the Law and becomes the point of departure for the young Church’s universal mission.

The Hebrew word for spirit ‘RUAH’ and the Greek word ‘PNEUMA’ also refer to the movement of air, not only as wind, but also of life-giving breath. Through His life-giving “Breath,” the Lord begins the era of the new Israel on Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost celebrates the unseen, immeasurable presence of God in our lives and in our Church. The ruah that animates us to do the work of the Gospel of the Risen One, the ruah that makes God’s Will our will, the ruah of God living in us and transforming us so that we might bring His life and love to our broken world. 

The Spirit of God enables us to do things we cannot do on our own: to understand the “truth” of God’s great love for His people that is embodied in the Risen Christ and then to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ. 

Just as Jesus was anointed with the Spirit at the beginning of His ministry, so the disciples needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given to all who are baptized into Jesus Christ to enable us to live a new way of life, a life of love, peace, joy, and righteousness (Romans 14:17). The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26) and enables us to grow in spiritual freedom: freedom from doubt, fear, and from slavery to our unruly desires (2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21). Let us reflect on the seven-fold gifts of the Spirit that Prophet Isaiah foretold: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).


 2021 Catholic Ministries Appeals Update

                                             St. Finbarr           St. Patrick           St. Ignatius

Goal                                     $8,356.00           $5,935.00           $9,774.00

Donors                                        23                          17                         44

Total Received YTD           $10,960.00          $6,620.00           $11,740.00

$Needed To Meet Goal  + $2,604.00         +$685.00            +$1,966.00

Prayer Chain 

Please keep the following sick, hospitalized & home-bound Tri-Parish members in your prayers.


Erna Tart – St. Ignatius 

 Cassidy Pravecek – St. Ignatius 

 Susan Czapiewski Hoke – St. Ignatius 

 Ray Steichen – St. Ignatius

Jane Reineke – St. Ignatius

 Sharon Balbach – St. Ignatius

Shelly Grabau

 Leon Steinkamp – St. Finbarr

Dan Copley – St. Finbarr

 Lois Gehling – St. Finbarr

Dorothy Steinkamp – St. Finbarr

 Lucca Sween – St. Finbarr

Lee Baldus – St. Finbarr

 Rhonda Steinkamp – St. Finbarr

Anthony Chilson – St. Finbarr

 Tanya Warmka – St. Finbarr

Anna Christianson – St. Patrick

 Kurt Fuhrmann Jr. – St. Patrick 

 Isabella Morse – St. Patrick

 Ida Rowe – St. Patrick

 Ann Soltau – St. Patrick

Owen Hiller – St. Patrick

 Susanne Lohuis – St. Patrick

Peggy Hammon – St. Patrick

 Hallie Koenigs

 Jim Hockens

Bob & Margaret Cole

 Stacy Warren

If you would like to add someone to the prayer chain send an email to

Offertory Totals As of May 9, 2021

St. Patrick in LeRoy                     $1,296.00 

 St. Ignatius in Spring Valley     $1,949.00 

St. Finbarr in Grand Meadow  $1,266.00

St. Finbarr Catholic Church Grand Meadow 

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Mass Time:  Saturday Evenings @ 5:00 pm

St. Patrick Catholic Church LeRoy, MN

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Mass Time:  Sunday Mornings @ 8:30 am

St. Ignatius Catholic Church Spring Valley MN

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Mass Time:  Sunday Mornings @ 10:30 am

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St. Finbarr Catholic Church
504 1st Street S.W. PO Box 374
| Grand Meadow, MN 55936
Tel: 507-346-7565
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213 W. Franklin Street
| Spring Valley, MN 55975
Tel: 507-346-7565
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436 West Main
| LeRoy, MN 55951
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