St. Francis de Sales Church at 601 15th. Ave. North, Moorhead, MN 56560 US - Home
Due to Snow
The donations for St. Nicholas Breakfast are still desperately needed.
· Silent Auction donations: the church will be open today until 7 pm for you to drop off donations. Please bring in today or by noon tomorrow. If you need staff to come to you to pick them up, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (233-4780) to make those arrangements.
· Food donations: please bring them in by Friday noon. Muffins can be brought in the morning of the breakfast, as long as they are here by 10 am.
NOTE: The Children’s Christmas Choir practice will be rescheduled to next Wednesday at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in having your child participate in this choir, please call Jim Dottenwhy at 233-4780 to let him know so that he can plan accordingly. This choir will sing at the Christmas Eve mass and is open to kids from grades 3 through 8.
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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is coming up December 12. All are welcome to the celebrations! Part of the celebration that day will be the singing of "Las Mañanitas".
Las Mañanitas is a traditional Mexican birthday song which is often sung to celebrate birthdays or a person’s saint’s day. This tune is very popular in most Latin American countries.
Some people say that it is actually two songs in one. And in fact, there is a change in the song’s pace after the first couple of verses.
Interestingly, there are several versions of the song. You will find, for example, that some versions vary the verses slightly or add new verses.
You will also find that Las Mañanitas is performed in different musical genres, the mariachi version being one of the most popular.
Las Mañanitas is usually sung before the birthday cake is cut. In many countries, like in Bolivia for example, the song is performed as a serenata, usually around midnight.
Below you will find the lyrics to this popular Mexican birthday song, in English translation. Keep in mind that this is one version of the song. You will find others with slight variations.
This is the morning song that King David sang
Because today is your saint's day* we're singing it for you
Wake up, my dear**, wake up, look it is already dawn
The birds are already singing and the moon has set
How lovely is the morning in which I come to greet you
We all came with joy and pleasure to congratulate you
The day you were born all the flowers were born
On the baptismal font the nightingales sang
The morning is coming now, the sun is giving us its light
Get up in the morning, look it is already dawn
I would like to be the sunshine to enter through your window
to wish you good morning while you're lying in your bed
I would like to be a Saint John I would like to be a Saint Peter
To sing to you with the music of heaven
Of the stars in the sky I have to lower two for you
One with which to greet you and the other to wish you goodbye
With jasmines and flowers we come to greet you
Because today is your saint’s day, we come to sing to you
An important new ministry to the F-M area
Courage is a Catholic apostolic outreach to persons with same-sex attraction. It was begun in 1980 in the Archdiocese of New York. However, persons with homosexual desires have always been with us; until recent times, there has been little, if any, formal outreach from the Church in the way of support groups or information for such persons. Most were left to work out their path on their own. As a result some found themselves listening to and accepting the secular society’s perspective and opting to act on their same-sex desires. Others are looking to the Church for guidance and support.
Now “Courage” is available in our area, to assist Catholics with same-sex attraction to live their life in accord with the Catholic teaching on the meaning of human sexuality and chastity.
The following five goals of Courage were created by the members themselves, when Courage was founded. Members are called to practice them in their daily lives:
- To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality (Chastity).
- To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist (Prayer and Dedication).
- To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone (Fellowship).
- To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships (Support).
- To live lives that may serve as good examples to others (Good Example/Role Model).