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Father Tim Baltes
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Anyone who wishes to bring forward a complaint of sexual misconduct on the part of church personnel is encouraged to contact a victim advocate who will assist the person to take whatever steps the victim feels are appropriate to resolve the issue. (Confidentiality is assured to anyone who speaks with them.)
Victim Assistance Advocates for the Diocese of St.Cloud are:
Roxann Storms, MSW, LICSW, FT, (320) 248-1563
Jane Blee: St. Cloud (320) 251-3430
Tom Klecker: St. Joseph (320) 253-2866
Peggy Rezac: Fergus Falls (218) 731-5528 Rev.
Stanley Wieser: Wheaton (español) (320) 815-9696
Jennifer Wirz: Central MN (320) 339-0622
Now that you have extra time with your family, look for ways to see this as a blessing!! Here are some ideas:
Rhythm: Don't treat every day like a Saturday. Rise at a decent hour, have a schedule for homework and work, eat meals together at regular times. Include a bedtime (we recommend no phones in the bedrooms).
Meals: Sit down for meals together. That is a blessing.
Say some special, simple prayers.
Build in routines to have fun together. Dust off some board games and decks of cards. Try a new game every day until you find something that everyone likes. Could you start a tournament with your family? Keep score and have prizes. Puzzles can be great entertainment for some families. When my kids were younger we would have "quiet reading room" time. Everyone would take a book and read for a certain period. Walks, bike rides, work projects around the house. We have time now in ways that we haven't before. Be creative. Brainstorm with the whole family. You might be surprised by how amazing some of their ideas will be.
Benton-Stearns COVID-19 hotline
This hotline is available to answer any question residents may have- from questions about symptoms and testing, to questions about making a donation or what government services are available.
More local information can be found at: https://co.stearns.mn.us/
Benton-Stearns hotline is staffed 8:30am-4:30pm
Monday-Friday: 320-656-6625 or toll free at 877-782-5683
The MN Department of Health also has a hotline which is staffed 7am-7pm, 7 days a week: 651- 201-3920 or toll free 800-657-3903
SFX 9:30 am
Daily & Sunday Mass
Parish Operations and Finances
The parish office remains closed until further notice. However, staff will continue to collect mail, make bank deposits, pay bills and publish the weekly bulletin. Please continue to support your parish community and mail your weekly contribution envelopes, or go to our website to make a one-time or recurring donation through automated electronic giving.
You may also use your smart phone or tablet to make your secure gift via eGiving through Vanco in one of two ways:
Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “GivePlus” from Vanco Services, LLC to download the app for free. Search for St. Francis Xavier Church and follow the instructions on your screen. Or for an even faster way to give, you may donate by text.
Give+Text, send the dollar amount you wish to give to 844-257-8581. Include a dollar sign, for example: $50. Follow the link to register your contact and payment information. For an instructional video to see how easy it is to use this method, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj7AiH6rty0
Make the switch to e-giving today. It’s safe, easy, secure, and convenient, and it offers consistency the parish consistency for planning and budgeting.
Click “Donate” or call Adam Vonderahe in the parish office for help to switch to e-giving.
Please remember to continue to pray for all those affected by illness, their caregivers and public officials working to keep us all safe.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25.40
Are you or someone you know in need of assistance with picking up groceries or other necessary items? There are a number of volunteers from St. Francis Xavier willing to bring these items to you. They will call you, set up a time to stop by to get your list and your money, shop for you, then deliver to your doorstep.
Please call Deb Rudolph, Pastoral Associate at the Parish Office at 252-1363 with questions or assistance.
We receive many prayer intentions from the diocesan faith community. All are carefully preserved and prayed over by Bishop Kettler, diocesan staff and the sisters at Saint Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids. Please know that whether or not you are able to send a gift, your requests for prayer are welcome.
Preparing to Re-Open for Mass
We as a parish staff are excited to let you know that we are busy making plans to welcome parishioners back home for Mass. Things will not be the same. There will be many changes to ensure everyone’s safety and to comply with all diocesan and government requirements. We will provide much more information soon!
Help Wanted & Needed! As we plan for re-opening our parish we will need the assistance of volunteers to sanitize all pews and other surfaces immediately following each Mass. We are seeking adult and teen volunteers. If you can assist, please call the Parish Office at 252-1363 to offer your name, email and phone number. At this time we are simply compiling a list. A staff member will contact you for training and scheduling as we move closer to a regular weekend schedule of Masses.
We will also need Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, and Greeters. You will receive an e-mail through Ministry Scheduler asking if you would like to continue in your ministry during this time, please respond so we can keep you on the list. Those without e-mail can respond by calling the Parish Office at 252-1363. Thank you in advance for your assistance - we cannot wait to see your smiling faces!! Stay well!
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You again. Amen
Prayer During A Health Crisis
Compassionate and Loving Father,
In the face of confusion and concern
impart to us the calm of your presence.
In You allow us to find hope and healing.
Be with those who serve the sick and give them Your caring hands.
Be with those who lead and give them Your Spirit of wisdom.
Be with those who have fallen ill and give them Your comforting heart.
Wrap your arms around our world
and hold us in your love.
Allow us at this time of trial to then
serve as instruments of that love to all we meet.
We ask this in Your Name.
During these Covid 19 days, our parish has been able to continue serving our April and May monthly meals to Place of Hope through the catering service of Cornerstone Buffet in Sartell. Thank you to all the parishioners who have made donations to this worthy cause.
Rice Bowl/Weekly Envelope Collection
As the church is now partially open for individual prayer, you have an opportunity to drop off any Rice Bowl money you may have, as well as weekly or special envelopes you wish to drop in the collection basket. We will place two baskets for these collections inside the church by the southeast door. A limited number of bulletins will be available in that entry for you to pick up as you wish.