By Katrina Genereux/Staff Writer, OND
Frazee, Minn. – On Aug. 19, the people of Sacred Heart, Frazee, celebrated the 125th anniversary of their parish with Mass followed by a barbeque.
Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner concelebrated Mass with Msgr. David Baumgartner, the current pastor of Sacred Heart, Frazee and Assumption, Callaway, and Father Xavier Ilango, the previous pastor. Father Ilango is currently pastor of Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks; St. Francis, Fisher; and Holy Trinity, Tabor.
“We thank Almighty God for those who have gone before us in the faith and we ask God to continue to bless our families here in this parish family that we in our turn may put into practice the faith that we share, to bring the good news, the joy of the Gospel message to the people of our day as those who have gone before us did in theirs,” Bishop Hoeppner said at the beginning of Mass.
During his homily Bishop Hoeppner spoke about the beginning of the Diocese of Crookston in 1910.
“Even prior to that, Catholic faithful were present here and active in the Frazee area,” Bishop Hoeppner said. In 1888, Catholics near Frazee gathered in a log cabin to celebrate Mass with a traveling missionary priest.
“From those humble beginnings with hard work and sacrifice, over the years, various church buildings were constructed until today we delight to worship in this beautiful church building and delight in its recent additions,” he said.
At the close of Mass, Angie Jacobson of the Sacred Heart Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Tim Stenger of the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus thanked the parish for their support and generosity throughout the years.
Father Ilango shared a few words as well.
“I want to thank God for the strong faith that continues to flourish and grow every day in this faith community of Sacred Heart with each one of you and your children and the future generations. It is up to us to pass this fond love for the heart of Jesus and continue to bring that love transforming the lives of everyone in this faith community.”
Msgr. Baumgartner then highlighted a few items from the anniversary year. He thanked those who took part in the anniversary year spiritual challenge and the generosity of the parishioners who donated to restore the stained glass window featuring St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“We remember that the windows are the catechism our ancestors left us,” he said. “We remember that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a love which flows and a mercy that flows for sinners, for us. We are to share this love with the world and to accept penance for our sins, for the sins of others. We are to honor the Blessed Sacrament in our reception of Holy Communion and adoration outside of Mass. Thank you for your participation in the preservation of this window.”
He closed saying, “Thank you for your participation in the life of the parish, your support of the sick, the vulnerable, the needy, of one another and your support of our divine worship, our formation of young ones and youth and for all that you do.”