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Students Put Their Faith in Action


Knights Encourage Students to put their Faith in Action during the Mass of the Holy Spirit for 12,000 Catholic School Students at US Bank Stadium

Archbishop Hebda greets students as they donate

Archbishop Hebda greets students as they donate winter clothing. (Photo Courtesy of CSCOE)

Putting your faith in action through practicing it and charitable deeds was the message given to thousands of Minnesota Catholic-school students during a Mass celebrated in Minneapolis on Oct. 10.

The Knights of Columbus played an integral role for a one-of-a-kind Mass of the Holy Spirit held at US Bank Stadium (home of the Minnesota Vikings). More than 12,000 fourth through eighth grade students from the 79 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attended the Mass to kick off the new school year.

Matt Birk, former Minnesota Viking, NFL Superbowl Champion and Knights of Columbus member, gave opening remarks. Archbishop Hebda was the main celebrant of the Mass. He was joined by Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens and more than 70 priests. Over 40 fourth degree Knights served in the Honor Guard for the Mass.

Archbishop Hebda also encouraged students to put their faith into action during his homily:

Matt Birk addresses the students prior to the Mass.

Matt Birk addresses the students prior to the Mass. (Photo by Spirit Juice)

“We gather today to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to be more Christ-like, to open our hearts in this new school year so that we might learn how to put our faith into action,” Archbishop Hebda said. “It’s the Holy Spirit, who like the best possible coach, who breathes life into all of our efforts, who inspires us to do our best, to practice what it means to be a good person and to put our Catholic values into action.”

The theme of the Mass was “faith in action” as students were asked to donate a winter clothing item (hat, glove, scarf, and coats) to the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Drive. Knights from more than 20 Minnesota councils were on hand at the Mass to assist with the collection of the winter items, which were brought up during the offertory to be blessed by the archbishop. These items, along with 1,000 new winter coats donated by the Knights of Columbus, will be distributed by local councils to locations in the five dioceses throughout the state of Minnesota, just in time for winter.

A day before the Mass, the Knights of Columbus held a Coats for Kids distribution at St. Peter Claver School in neighboring St. Paul with Matt Birk. He encouraged the students to live their faith everyday by sharing with their peers, smiling at one other, and extending hugs to those having bad days. Every student then received a new winter coat.