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Parish Mission with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Join us for "Living on Purpose," the theme of this year's mission presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz
the evenings of March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Fr. Michael Schmitz, the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the Chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
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Teen Worship Event - Four Parishes / One Faith
Father Mike Schmitz, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires both youth and adults all across the United States in igniting their faith through his priesthood and dynamic preaching.
In a humorous and clearly informative ...
In a humorous and clearly informative presentation, Reverend Michael Schmitz, priest at the University of Minnesota, Newman Center, delivers the most convincing and logical case for the existence of God that you may have ever heard.
He follows this explanation by further validating that Jesus was more than a holy man.
He was God.
If all that exists is simply matter - all made of atoms - than there is no difference between humans and just plain stuff, says Fr. Schmitz
Mary Elizabeth Albers, Fr. Mike ...
Mary Elizabeth Albers, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Michael Gormley, Megan Mastroianni, Dave VanVickle, Sarah Swafford, Chris Padgett, Marcel LeJeune, Deacon Ralph Poyo, Paul George, Michelle Benzinger, Fr. Dave Pivonka, Sarah Swafford, Fr. Larry Richards, Andy Churray, Karen Reynolds, Adam Janke, Paul Kim, Mary Bielski, Fr. Josh Johnson, Greg Willits, Bob Rice, Nic Frank, Andrew Laubaucher, Julianne Stanz, Fr. John Ignatius, John Beaulieu, Pete Burak, Chris Benzinger, Jim Beckman, Brian Kissinger, Kris Frank, Christina Mead, Adam Janke, Kelly Pease Lombardi, Fr. Paul Kosta, Ben Walther, Sister Lizetta - Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Sister Alicia Torres and Sr.
Fr. Mike Schmitz
Father Michael Schmitz, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth as well as the chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, inspires and educates through his priesthood and preaching.
His Newman Center
focuses on helping students be fed through the sacraments and grow in knowledge about the teachings of the Church.
Ordained in 2003 at St. Paul Seminary
has preached to youth and young adults across the country about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ for saints to be raised up in the Church.
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While all of these crafts and activities can help one better celebrate Christmas, it's important not to let them distract from the true purpose of the season: preparation for the Incarnation, said Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Fr. Schmitz told CNA that one of the things that gets easily overlooked about Advent is "that it's actually a season of penance" and as such, the Church asks us to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
"That's kind of like the buzzkill of Advent because it's like, 'OK, don't have too much fun because, remember, this is a penitential season'," he said.
However, just because it's a season of penance doesn't mean we need to be somber.
"I think there's some great ways that a person or a family can make that - prayer, fasting, and almsgiving - a part of the celebration of preparation for Christmas.
It doesn't have to be a dour kind of experience," he said.
The simplest way Catholics can prepare for Christmas, Fr. Schmitz suggested, is by going to confession during Advent.
"During Advent the faithful are asked not only to prepare themselves to celebrate Christmas, but we're called to prepare ourselves to meet Jesus at the end of time," he said.
"There's a lot of good ways to do that, but I think one of the best ways a person could possibly do that is to go to confession.
For Kathryn Whitaker of the blog, "Team Whitaker," observing Advent is all about knowing what works best for your family.
"There are lots and lots of beautiful ideas on Pinterest and other places, but I think you have to find what suits your family and then not apologize or feel badly because someone else is doing it differently," she said.
In an attempt to dial back the frenzy of Christmas morning, she said her family began look for ways to serve others and be grateful for what they already have in the weeks leading up to it.