Upcoming Events

Parish Revive Rally with John Michael Talbot

St. Anthony of Padua
Prince of Peace 
Houston, TX

Date: 2/5-6/2016


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Pilgrimage Updates!

May 2016 "Come Follow Me" Holy Land Pilgrimage:

This pilgrimage May 9-19 is designed specifically for people trying to discern the call of God for their lives and focuses on vocations with Fr. Mike Schmitz as the spiritual director. Registration is now open: click here for forms.

September/October 2016 Rome/Assisi Pilgrimage: Pricing and Final Dates TBA soon!

January 2016 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Our upcoming scheduled pilgrimage to the Holy Land is January 5-18, 2016 with an optional extention to Jordan. (On waitlist now)  Click here for the most up-to-date information about this pilgrimage. 

Please view our photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



Dr. Francis Beckwith’s Announcement of his Return to the Catholic Church!

Dr. Francis Beckwith is the now former President of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a professor at Baylor University. His recent reconciliation with the Catholic Church has become the buzz on the Internet for the last few days. As you can understand, there are those that wouldn't see his return to the Catholic Church as favorable. I would ask you to pray for him and leave an encouraging comment. To read his moving statement about returning to the Church click here.



The Resurrection - An Anchor For The Soul!

John 20:1-9

What a shock for the disciples to arrive at the tomb and behold the empty linen in which the body of Christ had been wrapped! John tells us that they did not understand the Scripture, that Christ must rise again. These men, so shaken by the past few days, were now faced with something even more bewildering than the death of their leader by crucifixion. What could an empty tomb possibly mean?

The entire story of salvation history turns on this singular, most powerful event. Without it, everything that Jesus had said and done would have been forgotten or seriously questioned. No doubt the enormity of the resurrection caused his followers to rethink, "just what did he say?" Throughout His many discourses, Jesus retold Israel's history, but cast himself as the last Adam, the new Moses who gives the new law of liberty, the son of David, the suffering Messiah and the new Temple that would be destroyed only to be raised in three days.

The resurrection is proof that Jesus is who he said he was. When all the scripture references and prophecies about himself were pointed out to the disciples, they finally saw Jesus as the Messiah and understood what type of Messiah he was: the suffering servant sacrificed for the atonement of sin. It all fell into place for them. They knew the story of their people and how God had lead the nation of Israel, so when it was revealed to them that Jesus provided a New Covenant for them in His blood, they were able to preach the surety of the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. It became clear to the disciples that the mission of the Messiah was to lead all people out of sin and bondage into righteousness and freedom.

The resurrection of Christ should act as an anchor for our souls in times of doubt and in stormy situations. After the resurrection Jesus met up with some of his followers who had hoped in him but were greatly discouraged about his death. They didn't recognize him until he revealed himself in the breaking of the bread. Once his followers understood that he was alive and available, their entire life turned around. Think about it, a handful of people who knew that Jesus rose from the dead went on to turn the world upside down.

Every time we receive communion we are reminded that Jesus is not dead but alive. Our lives are not in vain because we are in Christ and he gives our lives meaning both here on earth and in heaven. We were crucified with Christ, buried with him. and we rose from the dead with him. We can celebrate the resurrection of Christ knowing that death has been swallowed up in Christ's victory. If we are "in Christ" then his victory is our victory. St. Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. The life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered himself up for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Things To Do:

Reflect on the text below. How might the resurrection of Christ change the way you live your daily life?

"I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).


St. Michael’s Core Team in St. Michael, MN

I want to thank the core team of St. Michael's Catholic Church in St. Michael Minnesota for their hard work this last year. Last night we finished the 24 week Great Adventure. Thank you Sandy , Tony & Andrea , Anna , Aaron , Jamie & John. Love to hear from some of you that went through the Adventure at St. Michael's.


Pope Benedict Appoints Coadjutor for St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN!

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict has appointed Bishop John Clayton Nienstedt of New Ulm, Minneosta, as coadjutor archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The archbishop-elect was born in Detroit, U.S.A., in 1947, he was ordained a priest in 1974, and consecrated a bishop in 1996.

Statement from Archbishop Flynn:  "I have known Bishop Nienstedt and have worked closely with him for a number of years and I am most pleased that he will be my eventual successor.  He is a spiritual leader who is dedicated to the teachings of the Church, is a student of moral theology, a fine administrator and a leader who inspires others to match his high degree of devotion and service to the laity and to our priests."

This is very exciting news for the Twin Cities Catholic Church. Please join me in praying for our new coadjutor.


Don�??t Put A Period Where God Put A Comma!

Cavins President LincolnIn Luke 18:1-8 Jesus talks about a widow who did not lose heart as she continued to pray for her vindication. Due to her persistence she was indeed vindicated against her adversary and by an unrighteous judge at that. In this parable, Jesus points out that God will vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night, but he ends his parable with a question: "when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Christian faith goes beyond mere "believism" or making mental assent to a set of propositions. Christian faith can be described as faithfulness, fidelity, and persistence. We should be persistent in prayer, knowing that our heavenly Father is faithful and will keep His word as demonstrated during Jesus' earthly life. The persistence of the widow is truly amazing in her dealing with an unrighteous judge. When we pray to God, who is righteous, we should be even more persistent, because we know He cares deeply for us.

I'm reminded of a true story of a Christian man who lived in a suburb of Kansas City. One day he lost both hands in a premature explosion while blasting stone. Not only did he lose his hands, his face was severely damaged resulting in the loss of his eyesight. Having become a Christian just a couple of years prior to the accident, it had been his daily habit to read God's word. The Bible was his delight, and he was greatly distressed at no longer being able to read it. He heard of a lady in England who could read Braille with her lips. Some friends ordered for him parts of the Bible in the Moon raised type, and he could hardly wait for their arrival. But alas! He discovered that the explosion had destroyed the nerves of his lips. He had no sense of touch in which to read the Bible. He wept over the Book and stooped to kiss it farewell, when he happened to touch it with his tongue. His teacher was recalled, and he quickly learned to read the raised characters by running his tongue along them. "I have read the whole Bible through four times," said he, "and many of the books of the Bible over and over again."

What about you? What is hindering you from being persistent in prayer and action? Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, "And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9). St. James said, "Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4).

The way we keep from being discouraged when obstacles and trials come our way is by knowing the will of God and through persistence. Our persistence is not based on our ability to present a case before God but is based on Christ's faithfulness. Our confidence springs from our knowledge of God in salvation history. Many people fold and throw in their cards when they are dealt what appears to be a bad hand. We should never put a period where God put a comma. We should never give up. Yes, we have setbacks but because Christ was and is faithful, we can persevere.

I want to give you some statistics of a man of whom you have probably have heard:

He lost his job in 1832.

He was defeated for the legislature, also in 1832.

He failed in business in 1833.

He was elected to the legislature in 1834.

He suffered the loss of his sweetheart, who died in 1835.

He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836.

He was defeated for speaker of the state legislature in 1838.

He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843.

He was elected to Congress in 1846.

He lost his re-nomination for Congress in 1848.

He was rejected for the position of land officer in 1849.

He was defeated for the Senate in 1854.

He was defeated for the nomination for Vice-President of the United States in 1856.

He was defeated again for the Senate in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860.

The Christian response toward adversity is knowing God's will, being persistent, and by not putting a period where God put a comma.


1. Take some time to pray and review your relationship with God. Think about your areas of responsibility (work, home, community). Are there things that you were praying for but gave up on? Write those unrealized prayers down and renew your commitment to seek God in prayer.

2. Take a few minutes every day to read the Bible. Even if you can only read a chapter from the gospel, locate something in the reading that you could incorporate into your prayer. Learn to pray the scriptures on a daily basis.