News & Events

A Fare for All

July  19

Monday, July 19
A Fare for All food distribution, which sells packages of fruits, vegetables and frozen meats, is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 Co. Rd 2, St. Joseph (drive-thru event).

ACC New Mass Schedule

After reviewing this past year and in light of Fr. Doug’s reassignment, beginning the weekend of July 3/4 our Mass schedule will be:

Saturday evenings:
5:00pm Sauk Rapids
5:00pm Sartell s
7:00pm St. Stephen

Sunday Mornings:
8:15am Mayhew Lake
9:00am Sauk Rapids
10:00am St. Stephen
10:30am Sartell

This schedule requires Fr. Ron or Fr. Tom to preside at 4 Masses on weekend. The schedule will be reviewed throughout the year. Additional changes to the Mass schedule will require securing retired priests for each weekend.

Accompanists for Mass

We are looking for a few accompanists to assist at playing for the 5:00PM Liturgies. If you have experience playing for liturgies, please connect with Mark Levandowski at or leave a message at 252-1363 #1110

Bishop's Annual Appeal

Your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal bring his Word to our loved ones who are homebound or physically distancing through the weekly televised Mass. Programming reaches people in 60 counties and is available to all online at


COVID-19 vaccine for Benton County Residents

Benton County Public Health
If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please fill out the interest form at the link below. This interest form is for Benton County residents who are age 65 years or older who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This survey is NOT to schedule an appointment at this time. It will be used to gauge interest and collect contact information so when vaccine becomes available, local public health will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. Please fill out one survey for each person age 65 or older who lives in Benton County. Remember to click on the "done" button at the bottom of the page when you are finished. Interest Form:

Central MN Catholic Magazine

The Central MN Catholic, our Catholic Diocesan magazine, is provided to each home in our parish and is billed to the parish as part of our annual diocesan assessment. If you would like to donate funds to help offset the cost to the parish for your subscription, please use the pink envelope from your packet or a separate envelope marked “Central MN Catholic” and list your name. Make checks payable to the parish. You may also use our online donation page to pay this. The suggested annual subscription is $20. This magazine is a valuable tool to keep abreast of what is happening in our Diocese.

Do you love to pray and sacrifice for others?

We are forming a Seven Sisters apostolate in our ACC Community to pray for our pastor, Fr. Ron. Please call either Jane (320-293-6863) or Julie (320-248-6823) from St. Stephen, for more information. The link for Seven Sisters Apostolate is

Donate Blood

July 19

Sign up and donate blood on Monday, July 19th from 1:00 – 7:00 pm in the Gathering Place at St. Francis Xavier Church. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. In accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face covering or mask. Appt/Info: Call or email Greg at 320-250-9137 or

Farewell SFX

As I depart to a new adventure in Ohio, I want to thank the priests, staff and parishioners who have made my time at St. Francis Xavier an exceptional experience and a joyful journey. I have grown in faith alongside many of you and felt so at home in this parish community. I met many wonderful people and I will miss you all. Thank you all for everything.
– Adam Vonderahe

FrantoberFest 2021

Without someone to plan and organize the multiple festival events, many of our Fall festival events may not take place this year. However, the Parish Festival generates significant income for the parish budget and we plan to have the Big Ticket raffle, an online auction, and the Franny Flyer 5K/10K run this year on the weekend of Sept. 18-19.
Last year FrantoberFest generated net income of a little over $60K, with the raffle accounting for nearly half of that, $9K coming from the auction and $23K from straight donations. There are great prizes to win – a cash grand prize of $3,000 as well as gift certificates, products and additional cash prizes. Chances are $5 each and will be distributed in the Gathering Place beginning in August. We will keep you posted on plans for the raffle drawing on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 12pm noon.
Without all of the other events of our traditional festival, we expect to have a financial shortfall.
Again this year, we ask all households to prayerfully consider making a $100 donation to the parish festival this year. This will help with the parish budget that relies on the income from the Parish Festival. Any additional donation you can make beyond buying raffle tickets would be greatly appreciated and help our budget stay healthy.We ask for donations of cash or gift cards to our $10k Big Ticket raffle. It is our hope to put together the raffle ticket and get it into the hands of parishioners by the first week of August. We would like commitments by the end of June. Our raffle is a great draw and raised $30k in ticket sales last year. Please contact the office if you wish to help by making a donation to the Big Ticket raffle, or to the festival in general – 252-1363.
In July, we will begin accepting items for the online auction, which again will be available through We ask for new items only. Watch the bulletin for more details to come. Registration for the 5K 10K Franny Flyer Run/ Walk will take place later this Summer.

Great News For Runners!

After one year of a virtual race, the Franny Flyer has got the green light!
The 12th Annual St Francis Franny Flyer 5K 10K 1Mile and 1K Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday September 18 with the 1 K starting at 8:30 am and the 5K 10K and 1Mile starting at 9:00 am. As always, our race has all of the fun stuff including t-shirts, food, door prizes, etc, etc. More information and how to register coming soon! Hurrah!


If you are in the hospital or know someone who is, you can ask the nurse to have the hospital chaplain visit you. Chaplains are there to serve your spiritual needs, and if you wish they can contact the parish and let us know you are in the hospital.


Help the People of Guatemala

Our prayers, our hearts, and our minds are with Butch Mueller, our mission director who is in Guatemala supervising stove building, home remodeling and water projects. Unfortunately, Steve Buley and Janet Wiener were not able to make our annual ten day mission trip this year due to the severe COVID conditions in Guatemala. Steve and Janet continue to assist Butch with his fundraising efforts. We prayerfully ask for any donation you can make towards this very worthy cause. You can donate at Butch’s website: Any questions, please call Janet Wiener at 320-224-9608. Thank you and God Bless you.
Steve Buley
Janet Wiene

How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church

July & August

Book Discussion on Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church One of the most common concerns shared with pastors and others in ministry revolves around a question worded something like this:
“My children / grandchildren don’t go to church anymore. What can I do?” Brandon Vogt’s book, Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, does not answer that question. I appreciate that, because as the author notes humbly, there is no single or simple answer. What the book does, however, is provide some strategies to pray, to engage in respectful and sincere listening, and to invite. If this question is on your heart, or if you want to learn more about supporting others in the journey of faith, you are invited to join in a book discussion on Return. The study will run five weeks and offers two time-slots:
Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart from July 19 to August 16
Thursdays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Annunciation from July 22 to August 19
You may attend either session depending on your schedule for each week. The book is 225 pages, and available on Kindle for around $7.00; used copies are around $25; new copies have risen to $50.
Participants can share a book if they wish. While we will recap key points from the chapters read each week, the time will largely involve conversation and sharing. It is
intended both for learning and mutual support in our common work of evangelization. All from our ACC are welcome, and beyond. To assist with preparation, please contact Cindy at Annunciation (252-1729) or Jill at Sacred Heart (251-8115) to register. There is no cost other than the book itself. If you need us to provide a copy, let us know and we will do our best to find used copies for you.

In Home Communion

If you are interested in receiving communion in your home or you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Sandee Kremers x1103 or

MCCL ProLife Booth Needs Help

Fair in the MCCL Prolife booth. If you are available to help on Friday, August 6, your time would be greatly appreciated. The booth is open from 11 am to 9pm. However, help is only needed on the following shifts: 3-5pm, 5-7pm and 7-9 pm. If you can help, please call Aggie at 252-1417.

Note from Bishop Kettler

Note from Bishop Kettler
The following was received in a card sent to our Parishes this past week.

Dear People of the One In Christ ACC,
Thanks so much for your words of gratitude and support which you sent me recently. I am pleased to be your bishop and to serve the wonderful Diocese of St. Cloud. It appears that I will be with you for some more months.
God bless. Bishop Don

One in Christ Area Catholic Community UPDATE

The One In Christ ACC Planning Council is looking for more parish members to become involved in the work of the Stewardship, Evangelization and Young Adult engagement committees of our ACC to share their creative ideas and to foster communication with parishioners. This is an opportunity to participate more deeply in your faith and help drive the direction of our Catholic community.
Contact any one of your parish representatives or your parish office if you are interested or want to learn more.
Candice Koopmeiners
Frank Rajkowski
Adam Vonderahe
Fr. Ron Weyrens


Opportunity to give back

We are looking for parishioners who are alive in their Faith, good listeners, empathetic, respectful, confidential, and willing to have phone conversations with parishioners during the Lenten season.
Has the Holy Spirit touched your heart to encourage you to share your time/talent in stewardship for your parish? Please contact your parish lead, St. Stephens- Carol Hellmenn (320)251-1520; Annunciation- Jackie Popp (320)393-4237; St. Francis- Margaret Stang (320) 249-9304; Sacred Heart- Vicki Sandborn (320) 251-8115 Ext.129.
"Gifts are never given just to enrich the one who receives them, they are given to be shared with the entire church." Pope John Paul I, September 1978.


Parish Council Seeking Candidates

St. Francis Xavier is seeking several successors for Council member seats. The Council acts as an advisory board and meets the 4th Thursday of the month, nine times a year (no meeting in December, July or August). Terms are for three years. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please call Adam at 320-252-1363 or email All nominees will be contacted and invited to the meeting on April 22.

Pastoral Council Members

We welcome new members Joe Gill, Doris Lodermeier and Jim Segler as they join current members Mark Kuhl, Shelly Teff, Eric Dietz, Gary Koshiol, & Marlyce Plante on the SFX Pastoral Council. We say goodbye and thank you to departing members Bob Detloff, Mat Steinberg, Deb Miller and Josh Stewart.
You may notice we have three new members but four leaving the council and two more who have agree to remain for another term. We need one more new member to sit on this council beginning in September.
A pastoral council is a consultative body in dioceses and parishes of the Roman Catholic Church that serves to advise the parish priest about pastoral issues. The council's main purpose is to investigate, reflect and reach conclusions about pastoral matters to recommend to the parish priest as appropriate. The council meets once a month, nine times a year (September thru June, no meeting in December). Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve your parish and contact any council member or the parish office to join.

Please Pray for...

Please remember to continue to pray for all those affected by illness, their caregivers and public officials working to keep us safe. Please pray • for Pope Francis, all Bishops, priests, deacons and religious • for legal protection for unborn children • for the leaders of our country and the world • for all pregnant women • for all those lost to COVID • for an end to violence • for all Parish Prayer Line requests and those who have recently received prayer blankets. Please visit your Parish website for those in your Parish needing prayers.


Please pray...

Please remember to continue to pray for all those affected by illness, their caregivers and public officials working to keep us safe. Please pray • for Pope Francis, all Bishops, priests, deacons and religious • for legal protection for unborn children • for the leaders of our country and the world • for all pregnant women • for all those lost to COVID • for an end to violence • for all Parish Prayer Line requests and those who have recently received prayer blankets.


Prayer request

Will you pray for Divine help to enrich our Lenten conversations of love and friendship with those of our faith community during Lent?
The Evangelization Sub-committee is newly formed and requesting your prayers for our work to spread the gospel, and to meet the needs of our parish families and community. Thank you for your promise of 40 days of prayer!


Remember in your prayers

Remember in your prayers the family of Marian Theisen who passed away July 6, from St. Francis Xavier. Eternal Rest grant unto her.


Please note the change in Summer office hours.
Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm
Fridays 8 am to Noon.
Have a Good Summer.

Silent (Online) Auction

We are accepting items for the annual silent auction, which again will be available through We ask for new items only.
You may drop off items at the parish office or outside the office door anytime. Please leave your name with the item(s) so we may contact you if we have questions or need a more detailed description about the item. If you wish to remain anonymous on the auction listing, let us know. Thank you for helping make the auction successful!

Social Justice Concerns Committee

Social Justice Concerns Committee - Monday, February 1: 6:30-8:00 pm
Fr. Ron shared about being disciples and working on issues in our world to build up the Kingdom. We invite members of St. Francis Xavier to join our meeting via Zoom on Feb.1st to discuss ways in which we might do that. Email to get the link or call the parish office.


St. Francis School News

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou Here we are, the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close. This year has not been normal, but amazing things have continued to happen at SFX School. Teachers, staff and parents have all worked together to create a year of learning and growing for each student.
On Thursday, June 3rd, we gathered for a final school Mass and say farewell to this year’s sixth grade students. The nine sixth grade graduates are: Ava Engdahl, Evelyn Geissler, Luke Herker, Taylor Laubach, McKayla Loscheider, Abigail Malikowski, Winry Richards, Lorelei Schoenhard, Ella Weekes Congratulation! We will you all the best and can’t wait to see the change you will make in the world!


Stewardship Quiz Answers

Answers to last week’s Stewardship Quiz.
The four pillars on which Stewardship is built
The three “T’s” of Stewardship are: