Experience The Community of Saint Odilia
A community of Vision
The Community of Saint Odilia is an independent Catholic Church that works to spread our message of hope, love and compassion. We believe that ALL are welcome at the table of our Lord Jesus Christ. That all are children of God Straight or Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered, divorced, mixed marriage, all are invited to the banquet of Christ.
Our Community is a Family. Our Mission is to bring our family home.
Come join us for mass at 11:00 on Sunday.
Bishop Martin Shanahan
Old Catholic Church Province of the United States.
Holy Cross Diocese of Minnesota
Bishop Marty Shanahan, Priest
Daniel Miller-Gartner Deacon (Transitional)
Randy Reichert Deacon (Transitional) /Church Administrator/Music
Due to Covid 19, the Community of St Odilia will not be having services. We will be re-evaluating over the coming weeks. If you have questions or concerns, or need pastoral care please call or email. We will update the page as the situation changes. Thank you and God bless and keep you.
Inclusion and Safety
Community of Saint Odilia Church Policy
The worship space in a church is called a sanctuary...place of refuge, of hope, of safety. This is a place that for hundreds of years was sacred and was a place of protection from earthy forces and anyone who entered was safe in God’s hands.
Saint Benedict wrote: “Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, ‘I came as a guest, and you received Me.’ (Matt. 25:35).”
We in The Community of Saint Odilia welcome all regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin religion, creed, age, disability, mental and physical sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, marital status, military and veteran status, political affiliation or party membership.
It is our responsibility as followers of Christ to keep the door open and to provide a place at the table. It is the responsibility of those who accept that invitation to come “dressed for the King’s banquet.” (Matthew 22:1-14) And to be ready to “Choose to serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Jesus tells us that he is “the good shepherd (John 10:11) and he also told us that we are to do for others as he has done for us, (John 13:15). We therefore must be shepherds for each other and for our church
We know that some who come to us are dressed as sheep, but are in reality wolves. There will be those make unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
And those who make remark that are not of a sexual nature, but include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
And we are all on duty to protect the flock, Bishop, priest, deacon and layperson. It is up to all of us to say vigilant and speak up, to report what we see and hear. We will report it to the church trustees, who report it to the proper authorities, the police, Protective services, or other applicable agency. The clerical trustees will confront the individual and they will be removed from the community. Violent language or threats will not be tolerated nor will harassment that is based on Race, color, ancestry, national origin religion, creed, age, disability, mental and physical Sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, marital status, military and veteran status, political affiliation or party membership.
This behavior will also mean removal from the community.
We know that not all who are invited will come and we know that some will come with intentions other than to be part of the kingdom of God, rather for selfish desires. We will be open, welcoming and affirming. We will also be vigilante, as the shepherd has “no body now but ours.” (St. Teresa of Avila). We will welcome the lost home, and keep Christ’s flock from harm.
Reference: Fair Employment and Housing Act, State of California and U.S. Department of Labor, EEOC
Sharing our Blessings
In Genesis we are told that God called out to Cain, “Where is your brother?”
Cain replied “am I my brother’s keeper?”
And Jesus calls back to him and to us, “Yes. Yes you are.”
Pride in the Park
Yearly we reach out to and support the LGBT+ Community at the Fargo/Moorhead Pride in the Park. It is one way we promote our message of inclusion.
Socks for the homeless
Socks are something that all homeless shelters seem to have in short supply and we have committed ourselves to do what we can with what we have. All of us have the power to bring hope and our goal is to bring hope and warm, dry feet.
We also collect supplies and Christmas gifts for the Domestic Violence safe house.
Life Long Education
We believe that our religious and spiritual education does not stop after Catechism. After every service we have a fellowship time where we share our lives and experiences. During Lent and Advent we have Wednesday night prayer service and education sessions where we learn from the word and each other.
Music is a very important piece of our church and it's services. We believe in making a joyful noise unto the Lord! We are always looking for volunteer musicians and more joyful voices.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”