Thirst 2016 is coming! Register and save the date.

Thirst 2016


After a huge, positive turnout for THIRST three years ago, the chance to encounter the love of Christ in a setting like no other will return on Oct. 28-30.
The event will, once again, be held at the Bismarck Event Center and offer a schedule of influential speakers and evangelists in celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Plans are still being finalized, but the list of speakers includes most notably, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, who serves as the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. This organization’s principal mission is to reinforce the practice of Christian life by its members in absolute fidelity to the pope and sustain and assist the religious, spiritual, charitable and social works and rights of the Catholic Church and Christians in the Holy Land.
Other speakers include: Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Fr. Scott Traynor, Leah Darrow, Fran Beach, Judy Hehr and Dr. Ray Guarendi, the popular author and radio talk show host. Local speakers include Monsignors James Shea and Thomas Richter. Other speakers will likely be added to the lineup, as well as entertainment and other features. More details will follow in the coming months.
The late Michelle Duppong, headed up the plans for the previous conference while working as the diocese’s coordinator for the Year of Faith in 2013. She shared these words about the THIRST 2013: “Please join us for this conference! Why? Because Jesus is real and you and I need Him. We need His love. We need His mercy and healing. We need His encouragement. We need to know what He has made us for. God will be changing people’s lives at this event—guaranteed. Will you let Him meet you?”
Her passion for bringing others to know the Lord rang true then, and still applies today. We invite you to attend the life-changing THIRST 2016!
Registration is now open online.

Happy Easter!

Resurrection of Christ.

He is Risen!  Alleluia!

Travis Burgad Funeral Liturgies

A funeral vigil for Travis Burgad will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4th, at Myers Funeral Home in Linton, ND.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 5th, at 10:30 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Strasburg, ND.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery in Linton, ND.

For more information, visit the Myers Funeral Home web site.

Lenten Suggestions

Lent is in full swing, so I thought it would be appropriate to give you suggestions for making this season especially fruitful. Here are a few that came to mind.


  • Why not spend some time with our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration at Sts. Peter & Paul Church on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings;
  • Attend a daily Mass during the week;
  • Go to Confession at least once during Lent (see the list of penance services in our parish bulletin and read about the “24 Hours of Mercy” event);
  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day;
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross;
  • Sign up for Matthew Kelly’s “Best Lent Ever” e-mail program (see and read his book Rediscover Jesus, of which free copies are still available in our churches.


  • Fast from things related to your “favorite” sins. Addicted to a TV show? Give it up. Waste too much time on the Internet? Give it up. Spend too much time playing games? Take a break.
  • Spend your reclaimed time studying the Catholic Faith by joining us Thursday nights (except this week, 2/18) for “Symbolon” or by taking in some of the programs on


On Ash Wednesday we were reminded of our mortality, that we are “dust.” We all have good intentions of using Lent to get our priorities back in order, putting our pursuit of heaven at the top of the list. Many of us fail because we don’t make concrete plans. I hope these suggestions help you to do just that.

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, coming to Strasburg!

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained

I'm excited to announce that our parish will be offering the adult education program called Symbolon. This program will help our parish discover the big picture of our Catholic faith. Symbolon reveals for us us the richness of the Catholic Faith and is comprised of beautiful and engaging video presentations filmed in different locations including Rome, the Holy Land, and Calcutta. In the 20 session series, a variety of teachers will take you through the entire story of the Catholic faith to answer questions like, “Who was Jesus? Why did He start a Church? How can I get the most out of reading the Bible? Why do I have to confession? Why must Catholics care for the poor?” And much more!

Everyone is invited to participate, especially those who are not Catholic or who wish they understood their Catholic faith better. Plan to attend, and invite others to join you.

When: Thursday evenings beginning January 28th, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Where: Sts. Peter & Paul Church basement, Strasburg.

Cost: The cost of the Participant Guide is $25. Contact the parish office at 1-701-336-7172 to reserve your copy. Alternatively, you may print the guides for free on your computer's printer by visiting and logging in using our parish's code, which is 5f67f8.

If you can't attend our group sessions, you may also watch the videos (and many more) from home or on your mobile devices by visiting

See you there!

-Fr. Jason Signalness


Articles by Fr. Jason

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