We are a multi-generational, multi-cultural, Roman Catholic Community continuously striving to be United in Christ.  We gather weekly on Sunday to hear God’s Word and to receive Christ’s body and blood.  Renewed in the Eucharist, Christ sends us out on the New Evangelization.  We seek to be intentional disciples of Jesus Christ and to further his mission in the world to bring the good news to all we meet. We strive to live Stewardship as a way of life by generously giving of our time, talent, and treasure to the Lord and to our fellow humanity.  We are glad to welcome you to our parish and to join us in worship of God.

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Mission Statement

We are a multi-generational, multi-cultural, Roman Catholic Community continuously striving to be United in Christ by:

  • Celebrating vibrant Liturgies & sacred Sacraments
  • Forming Intentional Disciples & carrying out the New Evangelization
  • Seeking out, welcoming & saving the “lost”
  • Becoming an ever stronger & growing parish 

We will accomplish this mission by:

  • Cherishing our history
  • Developing our leaders
  • Providing faith formation for all ages
  • Building small communities for Prayer, Study & Service

We say, “YES, Lord!” to the Holy Spirit who guides us to seek “Unity in Communities”

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History

History of the Parish

After 130 years, many of the family names whose ancestors founded this parish are still listed in the Richfield and Bloomington telephone books: Haeg, Adelmann, Christian, Doerfler, Hausler, Boeser,Yetzer, Pahl, Kraemer, Baumgartner, Alt, Houser, Duell, Posch, Link, Friendshuh, Gruer, Steg, and Blatz. These German pioneers were the founders of the German Catholic Church in “Bloomfield, Minnesota”.

With courage and trust in God, they started building, doing most of the work themselves.  Ten years after the church opened, a fire caused by a lightning strike reduced it to a pile of ashes.  By the end of 1886 a new church was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption.

The care of the mission church was entrusted to the Benedictine fathers who celebrated Mass twice a month for the next fourteen years.

It was the year 1916, when Father Peter Schmitz, a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, accepted an offer to become the pastor of Assumption. One of the challenges he faced was addressing the nationality question in a parish where Catholic belief proclaimed: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, but Christ is all in all”. Fr. Schmitz made it clear that the parish, despite its strong German roots, must accept everyone, regardless of their nationality.  Since 1887, the basement of the church had been used as a school.  It was dark, damp and too cold in the winter. A new two room school and convent were built in 1898-1899 and the Benedictine Sisters from St. Joseph, Minnesota arrived to teach the children.

In 1917, a four room school with a large parish hall in the basement was ready for the fall term.  Students had to attend classes for nine months. Until then, the older children started school after the farm work was finished in October, leaving school in March to help with the spring planting. Father Schmitz also discontinued using the German language for catechism, bible history and prayers.  Because of anti-German sentiments during the First World War, the disappearance of German as a spoken language was happening all over the United States.

The old European custom of seating the men on one side of the church and the women on the other continued until after World War II, when couples came into church and began to sit together.

In the 1950’s, the ushers’ program was initiated to help rearrange the people in order to end the segregation of men and women.

From the 1920’s well into the 1940’s, Richfield and Bloomington were filled with small truck or “garden farms”. During the post-war period, 1945-1965, many of these farms were plotted into lots for new homes. These new homes brought many new, young families to crowd into the old German church.

After 34 years as pastor, Fr. Schmitz retired due to poor health.  Fr. Emil Twardochleb, another Oblate, came to the parish in 1950, at which time there were 330 students in the school. The school enrollment began to increase in the 1950’s, with a peak enrollment of 1,170 students from 1959-1961.

When Father William Coovert came to Assumption as pastor in 1953, he realized that it was necessary at once to expand the church and school because of overcrowding. Land was acquired from Henry Doerfler and Barbara Elsen to be used for new buildings.

With a promise of a loan of $335,000 from the Catholic Aid Association, work commenced on the new church and seven new classrooms, which were dedicated in 1954. At that time, there were 1,300 families registered in Assumption Parish, and 1,000 school children. In 1957, 11 more classrooms were added to the school and the choir loft was added to the church.

During the fifties and the sixties, the church was the social center for young families: Christian Mothers’ meetings, the Cana Club dinner, the Holy Name Men’s Club, the three day Fun Fest, the Fall Dinner, the Adult Study Clubs and the Parti Gras. There was always a shortage of space and facilities, and as usual, the people of Assumption rose to the challenge. In 1962, under the guidance of Father Cyril Foppe, 500 men and 125 women formed the “broom brigade”. For four years, they swept the Metropolitan Stadium after every baseball game.  Almost every parishioner was a sweeper, a caller, an elevator operator, a go cart driver or a baby sitter. The proceeds earned paid for 2/3 the cost of the Activities Building, which was completed in 1963.

The Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965, brought many changes in the Catholic Church. Spiritual renewal, lay involvement and ecumenism were new concepts. English gradually replaced Latin during the Mass, and the altar was moved to face the people on December 10, 1964. The communion rail disappeared, as did the wearing of hats or veils by women in church.

During the seventies and eighties, the parish began to grow older, so that by 1975 there were only 343 students in Assumption School. There were fewer Benedictine Nuns and more lay teachers were hired.

In 1977 the sisters left Assumption. In 1984, after 68 years of service, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate returned the parish to the care of the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. Since then, the priests of the Archdiocese have served faithfully at Assumption from 1984-2004: Fathers Ralph Goman, Chris Russell and Michael Tix.

In 1994 Assumption, St. Richard and St. Peter schools consolidated to form Blessed Trinity Catholic School. With enrollment of more than 400 students, BT continues to serve the three parishes and represent the ethnic diversity of our area. First dedicated more than a century ago, hundreds of Assumption parishioners are buried in its cemetery, which borders the church.  In 2001, an addition to the original cemetery was dedicated featuring a bronze sculpture of the Risen Christ.

In June 2004, Fr., Thomas Merrill, a Conventual Franciscan, was appointed as pastor. During this time, the growing Latino community continues to take its place alongside longtime parishioners. Assumption clearly reflects the unity that our Catholic Faith preaches--  In our diversity, we believe in “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism...”

In 2010, Father Charles McCarthy (OFM Conv.) was appointed Pastor at Assumption Parish.

On July 1st 2014, Father Michael Kueber (Brotherhood of the People of Praise) a diocesan Priest from Portland Oregon was appointed Pastor at Assumption Parish.

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Cultural Celebrations (Fiestas)

We our celebrating our 140th anniversary on August 19th and 20th of 2017. We will have the honor of hosting our Archbishop, Bernard Hebda at a special bilingual mass at 4pm on Saturday, August 19th. Come for the Mass, stay for the food and music. More information coming soon!

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Staff

 

Rev. Michael Kueber

Pastor

mkueber@assumptionrichfield.org
612.866.5019

I come from a large Catholic family of four sisters and two brothers. My parents were devout Catholics who took us to Mass every Sunday and taught us the faith.  I also attended Catholic schools. 

As a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, I also joined the People of Praise community, a lay, ecumenical, charismatic community composed of married people, singles, and consecrated men and women, founded in 1971. The leaders had been involved in Christian Family life movements, Crucillo, and liturgical renewal movements in the 60’s. In 1967, the Charismatic Renewal began in the Catholic Church and this movement was instrumental in the formation of the People of Praise community. 

In 1985, I joined The Brotherhood after praying through my state in life. I prayed the Ignatian exercises and thought that the Lord was inviting me to be single for Him. I chose that state of life and then decided to join The Brotherhood, a group of consecrated celibate men within the People of Praise.   In the back of my mind, I was becoming a Catholic priest, yet that possibility would have to wait for nine years. 

In the summer of 1996, we moved from South Bend, IN and Minneapolis to Portland, OR, and in the fall, I began to study at the seminary with two other members of my community.

In the year 2000, the Jubilee year, I was ordained a Catholic priest. This marked the culmination of a long journey for me and my community: it was truly a moment for rejoicing.  Currently, there are eight members of The Brotherhood in two locations: St. Paul and Portland, OR. For more information on the People of Praise, see peopleofpraise.org.  I’m happy to be back in a parish working here at Assumption parish. I pray that we would all grow closer to Christ, become one body in him, and bring about his kingdom in our world. 

Sincerely in the Lord,

Fr. Mike

If you would like reconciliation, anointing of the sick or have any sacramental questions, please schedule a meeting with me by calling 612.866.5019.

Ryan Currens 

Ryan Currens

Administrator

ryan@assumptionrichfield.org
612.866.5019

Ryan Currens is the Church of the Assumption’s Business Administrator, he pay our bills, keeps our accounts in order, oversees the office and conducts business on behalf of the Church. Ryan lives in Burnsville with his wife Meghan and their three boys Jimmy (4), Charlie (3) and Johnny (1). Ryan has now been with Assumption for almost 2 years and came to us from DuPont. Ryan is a U.S. Army Veteran and has his M.A. in Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Ryan is originally from rural Eastern Iowa

If you would like more financial information about anything in the parish feel free to call me with any questions at 612.866.5019.

Wendy Ramirez

Wendy Ramirez

Office Clerk

wendy@assumptionrichfield.org
612.866.5019

Wendy is the office clerk of the Church of the Assumption. She has been a longtime Parish volunteer. You may remember her as the Volunteer Receptionist in the office, for her work in La Mission or as a member of the choir. Wendy joined Assumption as a youth, became a volunteer and is now a staff member. As Office Clerk, Wendy enters contributions into our database, oversees the Volunteer Receptionists, maintains the Parish Calendar, writes the bulletin, maintains the Parish Sacramental Records and assists in office and volunteer clerical work.

Please come speak to me if you have any questions regarding your contribution envelops, if you are interested in renting a space for an event, or if you have questions about the bulletin. 612.866.5019.

Peter R. Loving

Deacon Peter Loving

Pastoral Care and Associate

peter@assumptionrichfield.org
612.866.5019

Peter R. Loving is the parish deacon assigned here at the Church of the Assumption, as well as serving as director of Pastoral Outreach. Peter’s ministerial career spans some 40 years, and he holds degrees in Religion and Education, as well as a doctorate in ministry.  He lives in Bloomington with wife Antoinette and granddaughter Elise.  He’s been with us since May of 2015, and is an Iowa native (and Hawkeye fan!)

If you or a loved one needs a home visit or communion please feel free to contact me at 612.866.5019.

Patricio Peña

Patricio Peña

Interim Faith Formation Director

patricio@assumptionrichfield.org
612.866.5019

Interim Director of Faith Formation. Coordinates the different activities and programs of faith formation in our church for the development of a deeper life of faith in our children, adolescents, youth and parents. Encourage all to a pastoral integration of all groups, communities and movements for a spiritual life. Lives in Minneapolis with his wife Maria Enriqueta and four children: Jimena (15), Josue (13), Mariana (11) and Santiago (6). Has been at this church for 2 years. Is from Guanajuato, Mexico. In December, graduated from the University of St. Thomas.

If you need information about immigration or any other legal action, please don’t hesitate to call 612.866.5019.

Mauricio Carranza Montealvo

Mauricio Carranza Montealvo

Faith Formation Director

Mauricio@assumptonrichfield.org
612.866.5019

I was born into a relative small family in Monterrey Mexico. My parents, devout Catholics, taught me from an early age all about what it means to, not just be a catholic, but a disciple on mission. After graduating high school, I decided to spend a year apart in London (UK) as a missionary to college students who were away from any notion of God. During this year, I met a lot of people who tried to convince me to to go to all different kinds of colleges for my undergrad. I finally decided to go to the University of St Thomas and study English Lit. and Catholic Studies. During my time there, I joined Saint Paul's Outreach and continued my calling to bring students closer to God. After graduation and a year as high school teacher, I went through a discernent process about where the Lord wanted me to live a life. After a lot of searching, I found this parish and the opening that they had and I was pushed (kind of literally) to apply for the job. S Praise the Lord I got it, and after a 5-month waiting period from the United States Immigration Services, I cannot wait to get started on to work on this parish and build the kingdom of God together for His Glory.
Pax et Bonum.
If you have questions regarding Faith Formation for any age you can contact me at 612.866.5019.

José Reyes

José Reyes

Maintenance and Custodial

I am Jose Reyes, born and raised in El Salvador. I'm married and have 3 kids. I have been one of the Sunday mornings choir musicians for 15 years. I've been a part of the Assumption church staff since 2001.

 

 

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Parish Leadership

Parish Council

 

Committees:

  • Environmental & Grounds
  • Finance
  • Trustees
  • Cemetery
  • Stewardship
  • Social Justice
  • Immigration

 

If you are interested in joining a committee, please talk to any staff member after mass, stop by, or contact the office at: 612.866.5019.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

History of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mesoamerica, the New World, 1521: The capital city of the Aztec empire falls under the Spanish forces. Less than 20 years later, 9 million of the inhabitants of the land, who professed for centuries a polytheistic and human sacrificing religion, are converted to Christianity. What happened in those times that produced such an incredible and historically unprecedented conversion?

In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City.  She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.

She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church’s local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assorment of roses for the Bishop.

After complying to the Bishop’s request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native’s tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 479 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.

It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of her in 1531. Her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind, as well as the story of the apparitions, are described in the “Nican Mopohua”, a 16th century document written in the native Nahuatl language. There is reason to believe that at Tepeyac Mary came in her glorified body, and her actual physical hands rearranged the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma, which makes this apparition very special.

An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Her. Yearly, between 18 – 20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica, making it Christianity’s most visited sanctuary.

Altogether 25 popes have officially honored Our Lady of Guadalupe. His Holiness John Paul II visited her Sanctuary four times: on his first apostolic trip outside Rome as Pope in 1979, and again in 1990, 1999 and 2002. His Holiness Pope Francis visited in 2016. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th. In 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his homily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December the 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent.

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Cemetery

Assumption Cemetery was formally incorporated in 1876.  Burial plots are available for purchase. For more information please contact Deacon Peter Loving or Mauricio at the Church Office at 612.866.5019. Rules for the Cemetery are posted on site.

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Contact Us

Church of the Assumption

305 East 77th Street
Richfield, MN 55423
612.866.5019