November 16 – Catholic United Financial Regional Member Gathering
Catholic United Financial Regional Member Gathering
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Melrose High School 11:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: David Rinaldi will share uplifting message on “How to keep your kids Catholic” using humor and Scripture.
Come, celebrate our Catholic heritage, exercise our common unity, recognize volunteerism and learn about topics regarding faith, finances and service. FREE—All are Welcome!
Speakers—Lunch—Workshop—Awards RSVP by November 9th—call 1-888-346-7183 or Text “GATHERING” to 1-800-568-6670
Domus Transitional Housing in St. Cloud is in critical need of diapers and wipes.
Diaper donations are being accepted at Catholic Charities North Campus located at 911 18th St N, St. Cloud, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Donations are also being accepted at Catholic Charities Housing Services located at 157 Roosevelt Rd, Suite 200, St. Cloud, Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8 am to 12 pm, or you can drop them off here at the Parish Office. Please specify that your donation is for Domus.
Donations Needed for Saint Francis Xavier Quilting Ladies
The Saint Francis Xavier quilting ladies have been busy making beautiful quilts for the next Quilt Bingo. Please consider making a financial donation to be used for the purchase of fabric for the back of quilts, batting and thread. All of the pieces tops are donated. Any amount you can contribute is appreciated. You can make your check payable to St. Francis Xavier and place it in the Sunday collection. Simply note on the check and envelope that the money is for the quilters. All of the profits from the quilt bingo stays in our parish and is used for projects as needed. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please call Jeanne Skaj at 253-0453.
SOCIAL JUSTICE – Climate Change
CLIMATE CHANGE - A ticking time bomb - What will YOU do?
Most scientists agree that climate change is real and that drastic steps need to be taken to control it before it’s too late. More severe forest fires, hurricanes, floods in our country and around the world are proof that they are correct. Most world leaders agreed to do more when when they signed the Paris Accord.. Millions of students marched on September 20th to say more needs to be done globally to save the planet from destruction
Do you agree that more needs to be done to control global warming?
If “yes” what do you need to do now to make a
In your home, place of work, your community?
In your state, and nationally?
What groups can you work with to gain support?
What groups can you support financially in their work against climate change?
Find out more and get support by meeting with our SXF
Social Concerns Committee. For more information or to stay updated - firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking New Members for Stewardship Committee
At this time 3 new members are needed to complete our present committee. The committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month. (except June, July and Dec.) Come see what the committee is about and what they have done in the past. St Francis is a parish where members are gifted with many talents. At this time we are asking three people to carve some time out of their schedules to give their time to this committee. This commitment would begin in January. Call the parish office or Fr. Tim to offer your gifts in this particular way. Five members are leaving at this time. Two are moving out of Sartell and out of the parish. Three are leaving because their three years of service are completed. We thank all of them for their time serving on the Stewardship committee. They are Stacy Stock, Stan Weinberger, Bev Wiehoff Jim Negen and Liz Brannan.
Volunteer Training Requirements
The St Cloud Diocese requires all church and school volunteers who interact regularly with minors and vulnerable adults to complete Safe Environment training annually and background checks every five years. A new online system was developed this past Summer. The Diocese asks all such active volunteers to complete their training and, only if necessary background check, by Dec. 15th. Please read and follow the instructions at http://stcdio.org/about/safeenvironment/ safeenvironmenttraining/ to complete this requirement.
If you have had your background checked within the last four years, you are already in the new system. To login, use this format for your username: legalfirstname.lastname.dosc and use the initial password 1234, then create a new password. Do the “RENEWAL TRAINING – A Safe Side of the Line (St Cloud)” which will NOT prompt you to have your background checked. If you are new, or have a background check that expired or expires this year, you will need to register for a new account. Then do the “Safe Environment Training, Policy Acknowledgement, and Background Check (St Cloud)” which WILL prompt you to have your background
checked. Each background check completed costs the parish $19, so please complete the module with a background check only if necessary! If you need any help or have questions, call Adam in the Parish office at 252-1363.
Foster Grandparents Needed
Love working with kids? Have time to spare?
Please call to learn more about Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program! Adults age 55 and over can receive an hourly taxfree stipend ($2.65/hour) for volunteering 15 hours per week, or more if they wish, at local schools and Head Starts. Volunteers help children with activities, reinforce learning, help with art projects, and more. This is a great opportunity if you have time to spare, love to be with children, and could use some extra non-taxable income. For more information, please call Sara at 320-229-4589.
Help for Victim/Survivors of Sexual Misconduct
In 1994 the Diocese of Saint Cloud established a program to help victim/survivors of sexual misconduct on the part of church personnel. Anyone who has experienced such misconduct, no matter how long ago, is encouraged to contact a victim advocate. The advocate will listen, support, and assist the victim/ survivor to take whatever steps he/she feels is appropriate to promote healing and recovery. (Your privacy will be respected.)
Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Cloud
Roxann Storms, MSW, LICSW, FT (320) 248-1563(confidential line).
Jane Blee – St. Cloud (320) 251-3430;
Tom Klecker – St. Joseph (320) 253-2866;
Peggy Rezac – Fergus Falls (218) 531-1025;
Jennifer Wirz – Central MN (320) 339-0622;
Rev. Stanley Wieser–Wheaton (español)
Poverty in our Community
Poverty has increased to 14.5% in the St. Cloud area which includes Sartell. This percentage is higher than the Minnesota state average. 24% of kids under the age of 5 years are considered poor. If you are a parent with 2 kids and make $19,000 or less, or 2 parents with 2 kids and make $24,000 or less, you live in poverty. PFSS data shows that only 64.4% of kids receiving free or reduced lunch in this area are graduating from high school. Poverty affects people’s health, kids’ education, a family’s ability to find affordable housing, finding day care, etc.
Many churches in the St. Cloud area give generously of their time and money to solve this issue but we must do more to live the Gospel and change this unjust situation. For this reason the Greater St. Cloud Community Pillars organization will make poverty their top priority this coming year. Watch for more information in the coming months.
· Right now all of us can donate time at Catholic Charities food shelf and used clothing store,
· Volunteer at Restore to help people buy used household items,
· Tutor refugees to learn English at the Discovery School,
· Call our legislators to increase MFIP by $100 so people have enough to eat.
If none of these opportunities work for you, cash donations are always needed.
Our SFX Social Justice Committee will make fighting poverty a priority this year. You are welcome to meet with us the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in Xavier Hall. Call Ken Wendinger, SFX Social Justice Committee member, if you have questions 251-2774. (Data is from King Banaian and Rich MacDonald SCSU)
Ken Wendinger, SFX SJ Committee Member
MEN - ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE?
With all that is going on in our world, more than ever before, our communities need strong Catholic men to answer the call to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others and defend our values. For over one hundred years, Knights of Columbus have done exactly that, standing up for the Church, serving the least among us, and strengthening our parishes and families. Eligible Catholic men can now join the Knights of Columbus online in a simple, streamlined process.
As a member, you join a worldwide community of nearly two million men, including nearly 35,000 here in Minnesota who stand together. There are 282 councils serving 400 parishes. Our council, Bishop Trobec #5276 serves St. Francis Xavier, St. Stephen and St. Columbkille (in St. Wendel) and has over 200 members. Men have a duty to lead, protect, serve and defend. The world needs more committed, unified Catholic men to
answer the call. Will you answer?
Visit www.kofc.org/joinus to learn more about the many benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus. It’s a quick online form to sign-up. If you have questions, call Grand Knight Dan Kurowski at 320-241-7715 or Tom Offerdahl in the parish office - 320-252-1363 or his cell phone 320-290-3228.
Use your VOICE to support a healthy community!
The MN Family Investment Program or MFIP is a social program that offers families of three $532/month to help to cover expenses and fill in the gaps of a budget. There is a proposal to increase this amount by $100/month. This amount has not been increased in 31 years! And the cost of living has at least doubled. The MN Catholic Conference as well as the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is supporting and advocating for this increase. The average amount of time spent on MFIP is one year with a maximum of five years total. Obviously with such a low average, it must be working. Please lend your voice to this issue so that our families will be able to get more of a hand up. You can find your Representative and Senator email address and phone numbers by going to http:// www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp IF you have never contacted an elected official - now's the time! Be an engaged citizen. Correction: There will be no GRIP meeting on March 13th as was previously shared
St. Francis Social Justice Concerns Committee
R.C.I.A. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
This is a process that invites without judgement and welcomes all who are interested in learning about the Catholic Church and in doing so, drawing closer to Jesus Christ. Classes will begin again in the Fall. Please think about who you might invite, in a spirit of love without judgement, to share in the joy of belonging to the Body of Christ.
A consistent and committed way to contribute to the parish is via electronic giving. St. Francis Xavier works with Vanco. From the company website . . . . Vanco Payment Solutions is focused on meeting the unique needs of clients that count on predictable, recurring revenue. Faith-based, nonprofits and other relationship-oriented organizations— and the software providers and professional associations that serve them—rely on Vanco’s specialized approach to adding electronic payment options and enhancing current capabilities.
If you wish to learn more or pick up an authorization form, please contact Adam Vonderahe in the parish office. You can also go online to the parish website. The Donate/Payment button brings you to a secure site for making one time donations or for setting up recurring donations. Vanco protects the privacy of our parishioners and of St. Francis Xavier Parish, and we have been working with them for more than 17 years. Many parishioners have also taken the step to make “electronic” payments of a sort through the “Bill-Pay” program where they bank and have set up recurring donations. Thank you.
PARISH LIBRARY NEWS
A couple of week ago, Deacon Pareja column talks about a book entitled "What's the Smoke for? And Other Burning Questions about the Liturgy." I was also intrigued by the
title so decided to purchase a copy for our Church Library.
It is now available for checkout. Just be sure to sign and
date the checkout card and return it in two weeks.
Thanks. Jeanne Skaj, Parish Librarian
Sartell-Sauk Rapids MOMS Club
Are you a mother who is at home during the day? Would you like to connect with other at-home mothers while your
children play and develop social skills? Then you'll fit right in. Contact us at email@example.com
Find us at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Faith Community and Like us. The parish Facebook page offers some GREAT photos and information regarding current and upcoming events. Only positive messages and information is shared and it can be an additional source for parishioners and a bright spot for seekers of good news.
SCHOOL ENDOWMENT CORNER
Please consider making a gift to our St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Endowment Fund. Your gift to the Endowment is a way to ensure all children seeking a Catholic education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School are able to attend. Gifts of appreciated mutual funds shares, stocks or other assets can provide some wonderful tax benefits to you. Share your blessing at this time of year by giving a gift that keeps on giving! Please call Adam Vonderahe in the parish office at 320- 252-1363 (ext. 1105) to make a gift.
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC)
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LWC) We welcome children in kindergarten through third grade to join us. Children of other ages are welcome, if they are able to leave their parents and sit quietly during LWC. Some reminders for parents to discuss with their children who attend LWC:
They are still in Mass
To use restroom before Mass
To always walk from LWC
If you have questions or would like to help with LWC, please contact Julie Jacobs at 320-291-2901.
Parish Vocations Team
Would you be willing or interested in bringing Vocation awareness to Saint Francis Xavier parish? To find out more about this ministry please contact Julie Jacobs at (320)291-2901. Thank you!
Place of Hope - Rebuilding, repairing, restoring lives.
Hope for Vets Building, Raising Hope & the Roof for Veterans. Several ways to give, online by going to Mightycause.com, type in Place of Hope Ministries, go to Raising Hope & the Roof for Veterans to give. Call our Main office 320-203-7881 to give credit card information to Mac. Stop in at 511 9th Ave North, Door #4 and speak to Mac to give by credit card or check. We will even give you a tour of our facilities when you come.
Beginning Experience: (BE) is providing a program for divorced, widowed, or separated adults on October 12-14, 2018 at Luther Crest, Alexandria, MN. BE is a program designed to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others, and God. Those who attend the program should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair. To receive an application or for more information: call 1-888-565-0178 or visit our website: http://www.beginningexperinecemn.com
Texting – A new way donate to the parish
A new way to give to the parish – Give by Text. It is an easy and secure way to make a contribution to the parish. St. Francis Xavier has been working with VANCO Payment Solutions (an industry leader in electronic payments with operations based in Minnesota) for more than 15 years with electronic giving, online giving through our parish website, and now contributions by texting.
How? It is easy. Enter our 10 digit Give by Text number – 320-297-6058 in the To: line of your messaging app. For the message, just type in the dollar amount $20 (be sure to include the dollar sign) and hit send. You will receive a text back with a secure link to the giving site for St. Francis Xavier. Please complete the form to set up your Give by Text account and hit process to make your donation. You receive a confirmation text and the parish receives notification of your donation. Future donations by text will require just entering the Give by Text number (320-297-6058) and the dollar amount of the transaction–making it quick and easy. Thank you for your generosity in giving to St. Francis Xavier Parish!
Food for the Hungry
Can you begin to imagine what it is like to go to sleep at night and trying to sleep, after not having anything to eat since noon? Or waking up in the morning wondering if there will be enough food to feed your family?
Many experience this feeling every day. For some children, the only warm meal they receive in a day is the meal they are served at their school.
St. Francis Xavier Parish has for many years collected food and cash donations for those who seek help at the local Catholic Charities and Salvation Army. Just this past week, $455.00 and approximately 400 pounds of food was delivered to these two agencies by volunteers from our parish.
A few weeks ago, a young child from our parish (around the age of 10 years or so), came to the parish office with an envelope. Inside was money that she had collected from her family and neighbors. She asked us to “please use this for the Homeless.” If a child can remember those in need, should we all?
As a family—Create a “Those Who Hunger Jar”
Then each day, or as often as possible, drop in a quarter, or maybe even a dollar, for those who hunger. Bring your donation to church. Mark it “Food Shelf donation” and if you include your family name, your donation can be added to your contribution statement. You will be helping those who are hungry, teaching your children the gift of sharing and caring for others and yourself, as Catholic Charities is always in need of volunteers. If you are looking for something to fill your day, or even if you are just looking to help those in need, consider calling them at 320-650-1550 to find out how you can help.
Thank you to those faithfully give so generously every month to our parish food shelf collection. Your gift is appreciated beyond words.
Low Gluten Altar Bread
We offer low gluten altar breads for those who are gluten intolerant. These breads contain less than 0.01% gluten content. Here is the procedure we invite you to follow:
1. Before Mass, please identify yourself at least five minutes before Mass starts to Father Tim (or the priest saying Mass) that you would like a low gluten altar bread.
2. At Communion time, come to him and identify yourself as needing the low gluten altar bread. The host will be in a separate pyx (the container used to hold the host) so that it does not touch any other gluten altar breads.
The priest will hold up the pyx, saying “The Body of Christ,” to which you respond “Amen.” The priest will turn over the pyx so that the host is placed in your hand. If there is more than one person receiving the low gluten altar bread, you may be asked to pick up the host yourself after saying “Amen.” This may be done so the priest does not touch the low gluten altar bread since his fingers will have touched the other hosts.
First Tuesday of the Month – The Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors Support Group
The Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors Support Group, St. Cloud strives to provide a safe place for healing and support.
When your loved one or someone you know has died by suicide, your life has been forever changed. With the help of our group, you can work through the complex emotions with the support and hope of other survivors who will walk alongside you “through” your grief journey.
First Tuesday of the Month 7:00-8:30 pm
305 7th Avenue N, St. Cloud (Pastoral Center)
For more information contact Roxann at 320-248-1563
Support for Mothers
St. Cloud Area MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOM’s Next (Mothers of school age children) recently moved to the Mary Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 9:00 am-11:15 am. Our group welcomes new members, and is currently seeking childcare workers. Interested? Find us on Facebook @STCMOPSMOMSNEXT, call 320-281- 9541, or attend our OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, September 7 from 9am-11:15am!
Got a crafting hobby?
Do you like to stamp, scrapbook, knit, quilt? I am looking to gather people for monthly crafters nights starting in the fall. If this is something you might be interested in contact Melissa Fox to be added to the discussion group about details. Right now I hope to host it one night a month.
Project Rachel Ministry
The Project Rachel ministry (assisting women and men through the healing process from the aftermath of abortion) is coordinated through the Office of Marriage & Family. Contact Roxann Storms at 320-529-4616 for assistance.
Health Care Directive Workshops
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month: 11:00 – 12:00 noon (no appt. needed) Whitney Senior Center. Learn what a Health Care Directive is, what to consider in the event a medical crisis happens and you can no longer speak for yourself. What are your medical wishes? Who would speak on your behalf? Sponsored by Light the Legacy.