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Curt Oleson’s father bought land adjacent to the Hazelwood church which was already there.   Hazelwood was a shared responsibility with St. Dominic’s for years.  (*See quote below.)   Curt remembers Fr. Meade who  served here for years. (See post on second church.)

Curt was one of nine children.  His  parents were not Catholic.   Curt became Catholic in 1948 when he married Helen Mulligan.  She had been a member of St. Dominic’s since 1946 – for a total of 65 years.

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David and Janet moved to Northfield at the beginning of his career with a utility company.  The company wanted him to live locally; in case there was ever an emergency they wanted someone on location.  Only once, in the winter, was there ever such an occasion.

But Northfield and St.  Dominic’s have been the beneficiaries of that policy all of  these years. And they have special memories of the time the new church building went in.

David tells how the children were invited to write their names or initials or put their hand or footprints in the cement under the altar before the tiles were placed. 

And Janet said that one of her assignments was to collect envelopes with the neighbors’ contributions for the new church.  She said no one complained.  She said the church was partially paid for by interest-free loans made by parishioners.

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In the The History of Northfield and Dundas Churches by W. F. Schilling, Anthony and Louis Tschann were listed as early members of the parish and Anthony Tschann was listed as outstanding among the benefactors of the parish school.  Also it said St. Dominic’s parish was represented in the priesthood by Rev. Fr. Frederick Tschann, St. Lawrence’s Church, Faribault among others.

So when I saw the name Tschann in our church directory, I called Lonna Tschann.  (She tells me it is pronounced “t’ shawn”.)

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I first met Luigi at a coffee after Mass.  He told me how he kept in touch with his relatives in the Philippines via Facebook so I knew he was into computers.  Another time I saw him surreptiously take a picture of Fr. Denny at Mass.  And I bought some of his gourmet spreads last December when the parish had the stewardship sale after the Masses.

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You are invited to nominate people to be features in the 25th anniversary People in the Pews feature.

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Wow!  I just talked on the telephone to Virginia Graff.  I suspected there were good stories out there and this confirmed it!

A highlight in their lives at St. Dominic was the letter that Don got from Pope Paul VI in 1968.  It said that Don was the first layman granted permission to distribute the Holy Eucharist in the St. Paul diocese.  Fr. Joe Krauss had requested this without Don’s knowledge.  Don’s first reaction was “No, I can’t do that!  It is not something I can do” but he went on to help distribute Holy Communion at two Masses every Sunday for years.  

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Good news everyone: our baby has arrived, and much to our surprise, it’s a boy!

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We welcome Holly Marie as she enters the faith of the Church through baptism, here in the arms of her mother.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in paragraph 1282 says “Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church.  Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.”

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Please welcome new parishioners Tim and Marian McKone!

They are originally from Iowa but come to us from Rochester.  Tim will work here in the new Mayo Radiation Oncology Treatment Center.  They moved to Northfield on May 31, 2011.

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Please join me in welcoming Ava Hartley to our family of faith.  She  was baptized on May 15, 2011 at the 10:30 Mass.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), paragraph 1277:  Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ.  In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. 

Her parents Michael and Annemarie are starting her life with this wonderful sacrament of Baptism. 

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