At the end of June we have the pleasure of welcoming seminarian Daniel Sedlacek who has been assigned to our parishes for the Summer. He is a native son of Holy Cross Parish in Cornell. Currently he is a Third Year Theologian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. This Fall he enters the final year of preparation for the Priesthood. God willing, he will be ordained a Priest for our Diocese of La Crosse in June 2016. He will be living with Father Louis in the Elmwood rectory and ministering in our parishes through the end of August. Daniel sent the following "biography" as an initial introduction. Please keep Daniel and all our seminarians in your prayers.
"Hello! My name is Daniel Sedlacek and I am a seminarian of the Diocese of La Crosse. I am currently finishing my third year of studying theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. I am 25 years old and ready to begin my 8th and final year of seminary. I plan on being ordained a transitional deacon on October 1st of this year in Rome, and a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse in June 2016.
I grew up on a dairy farm outside a small town, Cornell, on the northern edge of the Diocese of La Crosse, about 30 miles north and east of Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. I have eight siblings, five sisters and three brothers. I am the fourth oldest. My three older siblings are married have two children each. My parents are still farming, with the help of my four youngest siblings who are still at home. I was home schooled K-12 and so spent a lot of time growing up with my family, working with my dad and siblings on the farm and being educated by my mother and father. Growing up I enjoyed serving Mass at my parish, Holy Cross in Cornell. I also enjoy hunting, especially deer hunting (with both gun and bow), reading, playing the piano and organ, gardening, and pretty much any outdoor activity.
After I graduated from high-school in 2008, I entered seminary at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. There I found great joy and peace, brotherhood and friendship among my fellow seminarians. In 2012, I earned bachelor degrees in Philosophy and in Catholic Studies.
I have been given a unique opportunity to pursue studies in Theology and continue my seminary training at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, which is located a mere 7 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican. Quite literally, Pope Francis lives in my neighborhood and the tomb of St. Peter, the first Pope and the leader of the Apostles, is just “down the hill.” It has been a blessing to study and prepare for the priesthood here.
I look forward to being at Sacred Heart and Saint Luke Parishes this summer! I am eager to learn as much as I can, both from Fr. Kevin Louis and from all of you, so that I may become a better priest and servant of God’s holy people. Please keep me in your prayers as I finish up this academic year and know of my prayers for you already. We will see you soon."
By universal and diocesan Church law there are two bodies of consultation at the parish level, namely, the Pastoral Council and the Finance Council. The basic task of the Parish Pastoral Council, “is to serve, at institutional level, the orderly collaboration of the faithful in the development of pastoral activity which is proper to priests. The Pastoral Council is thus a consultative organ in which the faithful, expressing their baptismal responsibility, can assist the parish priest, who presides at the Council, by offering their advice on pastoral matters” (Congregation for the Clergy, Instruction on the Priest: Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community, 26). More concretely, the purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to investigate pastoral matters, to consider them thoroughly, and to propose practical conclusions about them. The Pastoral Council’s task is, first of all, to study those matters brought to its attention and shed light on them. Its second task is to reflect on them thoroughly, to discern their true nature, to evaluate and to ponder them. Its final task is to draw sound conclusions. The Pastoral Council presents these conclusions to the Pastor in the form of recommendations.
According to the norms for Parish Pastoral Councils in our Diocese of La Crosse (On Consultation in the Parish and Deanery, 19-20), two-thirds of the members are elected by parishioners and one-third are appointed by the Pastor. Members serve a two-year term that can be renewed twice.
Thank you to those who accepted nomination for the openings on our respective Pastoral Councils. This past Sunday the following were newly-elected for a two-year term: Spring Valley: Jim Huebel and Mary Lansing; Elmwood: Sara Asher and Craig Feuker; Boyceville: Lori Boesl and Ben Mrdutt. Father Louis also appointed the following for a two-year term: Dave Boisen for Spring Valley, Ben Blegen for Elmwood, and Betty Jean Smith for Boyceville.
The following councilors’ terms continue through 2016: Spring Valley: Mary Anderson, Teresa Fogarty, and Joelle Miller; Elmwood: Derek Auth, Greg Fesenmaier, and Mary Ann Jensen; Boyceville: Pat Flynn, Joyce Hill, Joe Pieters.
Congratulations to Deacon Billy Dodge who, upon his ordination to the Priesthood on June 27, has been assigned by Bishop Callahan as the Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor) of Blessed Sacrament and Newman University Parishes in La Crosse.
Last weekend it was also announced that effective July 1 Father James Kurzynski is the Pastor of Saint Joseph in Menomonie. We are very blessed to have him as our neighbor as he is one of the finest younger priests of our Diocese of La Crosse.
Menomonie’s previous Pastor – Father John Selva Manohar – has already returned (April 26) to his home Diocese in India at the request of his Bishop. Since they have no Pastor, as Dean of the Durand Deanery, then, it falls to Father Louis to be the Parochial Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish through June 30. In addition to giving direction in answer to questions from staff and parishioners, Father Louis is covering the Menomonie parish’s urgent pastoral needs (for example, Anointing of the Sick) and funerals. HIs first week “on the job” has already meant two funerals!
Pray for your priests and seminarians!
Congratulations to Levi Schmitt, son of Joe and Laurie Schmitt of Sacred Heart Parish in Elmwood. This May Levi completes college-level formation at Saint John Vianney Seminary on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Bishop Callahan has accepted Levi for the study of Theology and has assigned him to Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. Pray for Levi and all the seminarians of our Diocese of La Crosse that they may discern well God's will and do it with joy!
Brother Michael Mandernach had knee replacement surgery on Monday, April 20. The surgeon was very pleased with the way everything went. After a month-long stay at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center he has returned to his apartment in Spring Valley. Please keep Brother Michael in your prayers that God may grant him a complete and rapid recovery!
Saint Luke Parish, Boyceville, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding by Bishop John Patrick Treacy. Festivities begin with a solemn Mass at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 14. Following Mass is a catered lunch. Please check back frequently for more details.