Are you visiting or wanting to Join St. Joseph the Worker Parish?
If you would like to know more about our parish, there is a new white booklet in the pamphlet rack by the main entrance. Please take one.
If you are interested in joining the parish, please take a small folder marked “New Parishioner Registration Packet” and begin the registration process by completing and returning the Registration form and the Commitment to Parish Life form.
You can also contact Barb by calling her at 763-400-7207 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In June 2015, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office brought civil and criminal charges against the Archdiocese alleging a failure to protect children in the handling of a former priest, Curtis Wehmeyer. In December 2015, the Archdiocese settled the civil claims and entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney. The criminal case remained pending.
The Archdiocese appeared in Court on July 20 to report on its progress implementing its child-protection protocols under the civil Settlement Agreement. The report was accepted by the Judge and the Ramsey County Attorney. The civil case will remain active until February 2020 and the Archdiocese will file periodic progress reports with the Court until then.
You may have also read or heard that the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office dropped the criminal charges against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. That concludes the criminal proceedings. The Archdiocese will continue to work with the Ramsey County Attorney to implement the Settlement Agreement as part of its ongoing commitment to protect children. Please continue to pray for healing and peace for all of those who have been abused, pray for priests, and pray for the Church – that it is a safe and welcoming place for all.
Copies of the summary of the court hearing are available on a table in the Gathering Space.
Helping survivors of abuse:
Recently the Archdiocese of St. Paul/ Minneapolis presented their bankruptcy plan to the courts as one step in the resolution of helping people who have been abused by Catholic Church personnel. Information about this plan is found in the display cases in the gathering area of the church. There are many more individuals who have been abused and experienced domestic violence. All of them deserve praise for their willingness to come forth with their stories and our support as they seek to recover. Abuse of any sort demeans the individual who then suffers from a lack of self-esteem. This makes it difficult to function in the world on many levels.
It causes me great distress, and it should cause you to pause, when we hear of the staggering numbers who are abused. 1 in 3 youth say they have experienced unwanted and undue pressure in the area of sex by the time they graduate from high school. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 18% of women have been raped during their lifetime and approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
The challenge for all people, especially Christians, is how to help them rise from the ashes of this destruction to begin healing so they can start living among the rest of the world. One of the ways we can help is by approaching each individual with the realization that they have a story that is uniquely their story. No two people are in the same place mentally and everyone reacts to the world around them differently. Some people do not like crowds. Some people do not like to be touched. Others become withdrawn. Everyone is different. So when you meet and greet people around the community be aware that you know very little about their life and their inner state of mind. Gentleness, patience, and understanding are good tools to put into your carrying bag when we deal with people. I encourage you to be aware of those around you and be cognizant that people are in different places. Treating others with respect and being non-judgmental goes a long way to giving people the space they need to move along on their own journey through life.
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church is a growing and faith-filled Catholic community of more than 2,500 families. We have been serving Maple Grove, Plymouth and the surrounding suburbs from this location since 1976.
"Our faith family is striving to be a welcoming, spiritually vibrant community, celebrating the challenge to live the mission of Jesus Christ."