Tricounty News

Msgr. Garvey’s legacy continues in retirement

The Church of Our Lady of Manannah helps Msgr. Garvey celebrate retirementW-TCN-Msgr

The well-wishers came to thank the Most Reverend Msgr. Francis Garvey this past Sunday, Aug. 18, for his faithful years of service now that he is retired.

However, retirement does not mean Garvey will soon be fishing or sitting idly in his rocking chair.

Even though he officially retired July 1, Garvey is still staying busy, officiating at Mass from time to time, and performing
pastoral duties as they are needed.


St. John’s (Kimball) VBS is a huge success

“Tell it On The Mountain” VBS 2013 was a huge success this year at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball. Approximately 38 kids were in attendance each day along with many teachers, helpers and other volunteers. Submitted photo.W-St.-Johns-Lutheran-DSCF0566


Msgr. Garvey retirement party Aug. 18

The Church of Our Lady of Manannah invites you to join them as they honor Msgr. Francis W-Garvey-Fr.-Francis-04Garvey upon his retirement as pastor. There is an open house reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the church parish center in Manannah.


Pedal Pilgrimage Aug. 15, spiritual and physical exercise

Thursday, Aug. 15, Pedal Pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring

St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City is organizing a pedal pilgrimage to the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring. The trip combines spiritual and physical exercise. Bikers gather at 3 p.m. Thursday for prayer at St. Gertrude’s, with additional prayer stops along the way. The pilgrimage concludes with a Mass at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring.

To receive a registration form, contact St. Gertrude’s Church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , include “Pilgrimage” in the subject, or go to
to print out a registration form.

Aug. 15, 2013, is the Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Calendar. While the prayer during the pilgrimage will reflect this theme, the pilgrimage is open to people of all faith traditions. If St. Gertrude’s is contacted by Aug. 7, arrangements can be made to get back to Forest City. Without prearrangement, pilgrims are responsible for getting home once at Cold Spring. The Registration fee of $10. Tee shirt ($12) and after Mass pizza dinner at Marnanteli’s in Cold Spring are optional. St. Gertrude’s Church is located at 31608 650th Ave. Litchfield, MN 55355. The length of the pilgrimage is just less than 20 miles.

Ostmark serving porkchop and sweetcorn Dinner Aug. 11

Ostmark Lutheran Church of rural Watkins is planning their porkchop-sweetcorn dinner. The Ostmark Churchmen will serve a dinner after the 10:30 a.m. morning worship service, Sunday, Aug. 11.

They will serve porkchops, hot dogs, homegrown sweet corn, baked potatoes, cole slaw, homemade ice cream and beverage.

The cost is for adults, $8; ages 5-12 $5; and under 5 is free. Everyone is welcome.