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75th Anniversary for St. Francis Xavier

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This is a big one as we celebrate 75 years as a parish. This is a big one with The Killer Vees – Killer Country show as the main attraction for music. I need some help with marketing and planning as we get things moving for Franny Fest 2023 which will take place September
16th & 17th. Help from any and all past chair-people would be particularly welcomed. Your experience would be a big plus for such an event. Still, new people are readily welcomed as new ideas would enhance the plans for a great gathering. So . . . ALL HELP would be great! Call Tom Offerdahl . . . 320-252-1363, ext.405 or email tofferdahl@stfrancissartell.org

All Women of St. Francis...

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All women of the parish are invited to be part of this organization. If you are interested in hearing more about who we are, what we do and how often we meet, please contact Aggie at 320-252-1417 or make plans to attend our first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 PM in our parish gathering place. Please consider becoming a member

Bible in a Year

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In The Bible in a Year podcast,Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. Listen and…Read the ENTIRE Bible, Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture, experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life, start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture.
Even if you did it last year! Do it again! You will be blessed!

Central MN Catholic Magazine

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Have you read The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine? Do you follow the Diocese of St. Cloud on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Instagram? Have you visited the diocesan websites for resources? All of these communication tools that inform us of the latest Catholic news are supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Keep the news coming by contributing at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

Chili Challenge

January 22

On January 22nd in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, we will have live entertainment, a chili challenge AND the drawing for the raffle prizes! We all know in Minnesota it is going to be cold on January 22nd, why not come in, warm up, visit with people and enjoy entertainment at the church?! See Sacred Heart Section for more details.

DIOCESAN TV MASS

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DIOCESAN TV MASS on KSTC-45 at 11am each Sunday via cable, satellite or antenna (check your cable provider for channel number). Charter Communication airs the Mass on Channel 17.

ELECTRONIC GIVING AND YEAR END GIFTS

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Please keep your parish in mind as we come to the end of the year for your charitable contribution plans. If you have RMD’s (required minimum distributions) that need to be made from your IRA, there could be tax advantages if you roll those directly over to your parish. That’s a great way to support your parish and also save tax dollars. Do visit with your financial advisor or accountant to confirm if that is the case for you.
Another way to support parishes is by electronic giving.
Your support and commitment of regular, steady contributions is appreciated. Some parishes have opportunities set up for direct transfers to the parish or giving by credit card. That sounds funny in some ways, but many credit cards offer points for travel and other deals. Those funds are transferred directly to the parish, so it save writing a check out each week or month as well. Call your parish office to learn more. Many banks offer “bill pay”. Donations to your parish are not a bill, but that is the terminology used. This is done online from your home, but if you need help, visit your bank and they can help you get set up.
Thank you for your good stewardship and continued support of the parishes in One in Christ.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Need help paying your Energy Bills? Greater Minnnesota Gas, Inc. (GMG) would like to remind residential homeowners or renters of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This federally funded program helps pay for home heating costs, may assist with furnace repairs and could offer energy efficiency home upgrades for income qualified customers. Please call 1-800-657-3710 for Assistance. If you have any questions, please call us from 8:00 am –4:30 pm Monday—Friday.

Electronic and Online Giving

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A good way to make regular Sunday offerings is through electronic giving. This can be done through bank account debits or by charging your credit card. Contributions can be made weekly, bi-weekly or monthly – whatever works best for your records and budget. Electronic giving forms are available in the entryways to the gathering place, the kiosk located by the coat room, or in the parish office. Please contact business manager Tom Offerdahl at 320-252-1363, ext. 1105 or email toffedahl@stfrancissartell.org to learn more.
Thank you to all who support St. Francis Xavier – your gifts are a blessing!

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS FOR SALE

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Fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate bars and hot chocolate mixes will be available for sale after Mass this weekend.
There are a few different coffee roasts – some whole bean, some ground and a decaf option as well. Coffee, tea and chocolate make great gifts for the Easter basket!

FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM

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Calling all volunteers age 55+!! You have many opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child at local schools, childcare centers or KIDSTOP programs.
Help children succeed!
*Only 260 hours per year
*Tax-free Stipend
*Travel reimbursement
*Training provided
Contact Sue at 320-229-4589 Linda (Vouk) Midas at 223-0409 or email Sue at sue.feliciano@ccstcloud.org for more information.

HOSPITAL VISITS

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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.

Have you read The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine?

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Do you follow the Diocese of St. Cloud on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram? Have you visited the diocesan website for resources? All of these communication tools that inform us of the latest Catholic news are supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Keep the news coming by contributing at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

In Home Communion

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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 skremers@stfrancissartell.org

JR HIGH Winter Spectacular

January 28-29

Winter Spectacular - Jr. High Lock-In For the first time ever, the Diocese is hosting a lockin for Jr. High Students (grades 6 - 8). Don’t miss out on the inaugural fun on Saturday January 28 - Sunday January 29! Mass at 7:00 pm at St. Francis Xavier (Sartell), lock-in with swimming, games, rock climbing and more at the YMCA in St. Cloud until 6 AM. Cost is $30 – Please contact your parish Youth Minister to sign up.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CONTEST

January 21

The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Trobec Council #5276, serving the Sartell and St. Stephen communities, would like to invite the children of these communities to participate in this year’s free throw competition. All children ages 9 – 14 are invited to participate in this year’s event that will be held on Saturday, January 21st at 10am. The event will be held at St. Francis Xavier School in the gymnasium. This year, all participants will receive a Gatorade and will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $25 gift certificates to Clutch Take and Bake Pizza! (Limit 1 per family)
This event is sponsored annually by the Knights of Columbus with winners from the local level advancing to district, region, and state competitions. All contestants from the local level are recognized for their participation in the event and the winners at each level receive a trophy. Participants register at the event and must have written consent and age verification from a parent or guardian. Please contact Jake Schneider (320) 761-7143 or jakeschneider34@charter.net with any questions.

KOINONIA RETREAT

March 3-5

Journey to Eternity…Whether you use a paper map or a GPS app, do you know where you are going? CENTRAL MINNESOTA KOINONIA is a weekend Catholic retreat program sponsored by the St Cloud Diocese and is designed to help you on your faith journey. The next retreat is scheduled for March 3-5, 2023, at the TEC Center north of Little Falls, Minnesota. Cost of the weekend is $70. Go to www.centralmnkoinonia.org for more information and to register for retreats.

Living a life of Discipleship

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Remember those four pillars of stewardship? Here are two in action...
In today’s Gospel passage, from Luke, we read the wellknown parable of the Good Samaritan. Here, Jesus teaches us in rich detail what stewardship in action looks like. In fact, this parable could just as accurately be called the parable of the Good Steward.
The first thing we note about the Good Samaritan is that he is aware of the needs of those around him and responds generously. While the priest and Levi brush right past the man on the side of the road, the Samaritan is watching for those who might be in need. He has a hospitable way of looking at the world around him and so he is able to “see” in a way that the others did not, and he was “moved with compassion at the sight” of the man.
Next, we see the Good Samaritan spring into action to serve this man, setting aside his own schedule and plans to meet his needs. He does not just give the man a few dollars or offer quick words of encouragement from across the road. He goes right up to the man. He cleans and bandages his wounds. He puts the man on his own animal and brings him to an inn where he can heal. He ensures the innkeeper would continue to look after him, and he commits to returning to the man on his way back.
That is how we live out God’s commandments. That is true hospitality and service. That is how a good steward springs into action when he comes upon a neighbor in need. And Jesus says to each of us personally, just as He did in today’s Gospel, “Go and do likewise.
— Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants

MAKE GOD’S LOVE VISIBLE

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud begins their Make God’s Love Visible annual campaign to raise money to support those in need across our 16- county diocese. All funds raised stay in Central Minnesota helping our neighbors. Catholic Charities has 20+ programs that serves nearly 40,000 individuals annually for those who are experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, financial and housing counseling needs, mental health support, supportive living services and social concerns.
These programs need your financial support. Tax deductible donations can be made over the next several weeks. To donate: Donations can be placed in the weekly collection.
If donating cash, place in an envelope and clearly indicate that the donation is for Make God’s Love Visible.
If donating by check, make the check payable to “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud” and indicate
“Make God’s Love Visible” in the memo section.
Donate online at www.ccstcloud.org/donate Together we can make a different tomorrow.

MENS GROUP INVITE

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Present members are encouraging other adult males to experience a monthly mens spirituality group that gathers the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Inspiration is primarily drawn from daily meditations by Fr. Richard Rohr (CAC.org). An opportunity is provided to share their relationship with God as well. Confidentiality and accepting everyone where they are is important. This can be a perfect New Years resolution! For more information leave a message for Al Lawrence at 493-8607.

ONE IN CHRIST ACC SHIRTS/HATS

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We have One in Christ ACC shirts and hats in stock! We have a few of the gray crew neck shirts left in sizes L-2XL. We also have the new blue shirts with white ACC logo in both crew neck and V-neck. Shirts and hats are $15 each. If you are interested, call or stop by your parish office.

ONE IN CHRIST SLIDESHOW

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The name of our ACC says it all. We are “One in Christ”, but we are four different parishes. Our parishes are all unique and have their own traditions, events and customs that make them the communities they are. Let’s share the things that make our parishes special and celebrate all the wonderful things our ACC has to offer.
Please spend some time considering what you think of when you think about your parish? What is the activity, person, event, group, you name it, that says “this is my parish” to you? Don’t worry if it is something that another parish has, share it anyway.
Now, go take a picture and send it to me. Send me a picture you already have. Don’t have a camera handy?
Send me a description instead. You can email me, send me a letter or even call me (leave a message if I am not in the office). The goal is to have this put together in time for our ACC Mission on October 2nd and 3rd.
I’m looking forward to seeing your parish through your eyes.
Thank you!
Dana Howard
Director of Communications
2875 10th Ave NE; Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
oneinchristcommunications@gmail.com
dhoward@sacredheartsaukrapids.org
(320)251-8115, ext 111

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

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"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give you. This I command you: love one another."
John 15 16-17
Do you know of someone who is homebound and would like to receive a visit and Eucharist?
Do you know of someone who has been deployed or is in the military who would like to receive correspondence?
Or are you interested in doing homebound visits or corresponding with our active military?
Please contact Sandee Kremers as we continue to grow our Outreach Ministries. 320-252-1363 x1103

One in Christ Area Catholic Community (ACC) planning council

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The One in Christ Area Catholic Community (ACC) planning council is looking for new members. Some members of this council have been serving for the past 3 years and their terms will be ending in December. The ACC council, with representatives from all 4 parishes, works to collaborate in providing for the needs of all the parishes in order to re-energize parishioners so all parishes can thrive. Please consider serving on this council as a representative from your parish. Contact your pastor if you are interested. Check out our website, www.oneinchristacc.org for more information.

PERPETUAL ADORATION

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Are you being called to spend time with the Lord in a beautiful and peaceful way? There are many opportunities to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and spend time with Jesus. The Saint Anthony’s Chapel is the only perpetual adoration chapel in town. We are especially in need of nocturnal adorers. Here are the most urgent hours: Sun 11pm-4am and Friday 12am-5am. If you could cover 1-2 of these hours, please contact Nicky Carlson to sign up at nicolechristine789@gmail.com or text 320- 304-4199.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you-1 Peter 5:7

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY SIGN-UP

January

There are a few openings for photos on Tuesday & Wednesday,
January 17th & 18th, 2023 have been added. Online
sign-up during the week can be done at www.ucdir.com .
Click on the Photography Appt. Scheduling Log-in button.
Our church code is MN279B and the password is photos.
Online is shut off on the weekends and we’ll have the
sign-up sheets in the gathering place. OR call the parish
office and Becky, Jane or Tom will help you get signed
up. Photos are taken in our Xavier Hall building on the
north side of our campus. Go to the main door (X2) or the
ramp door (X1) if needed. You get a FREE 8x10 photo
and a FREE directory for getting your photo taken. You
will have the option to purchase more, but it is NOT
required. We want you in the directory – sign-up today!

PRAYERS FOR LIFE AT ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL

January 22

January 22 is the day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children. Even though we experienced much progress in 2022 in our efforts to protect the unborn from the sin of abortion, please join us for an afternoon of prayer on Sunday, January 22, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud, as we continue to ask our Lord for still greater protection for the most defenseless among us. Beginning at 3:00 pm, there will be an hour of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with a short reflection on some “missionaries of life”. Confessions will be offered, and the hour will end with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

RCIA

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Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic?
The One in Christ ACC invites you to the R.C.I.A. Faith Journey.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process of faith formation that recognizes the uniqueness of each Individual’s faith journey. For adults who have not been baptized or were baptized in another Christian tradition and desire to explore becoming Catholic. In addition, there is a process for families and children. There will be three sessions a month (date/time can be adjusted based on need). The process is concerned with the total formation of the person: learning about the Church community (doctrinal formation), living with the Church community (practical formation), praying with the Church (liturgical formation), and serving with the Church community (apostolic formation). Adults Baptized in the Catholic faith and seeking to be Confirmed?
We also invited you to inquire into the process of helping you to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church and receive the tremendous blessings that all the sacraments of invitations provide.
Interested or Have Questions? Contact one of the following: Fr. Ron Weyrens, Fr. Tom Knoblach, Deacon Joe Kresky, Sacred Heart, Sandee Kremers, St. Francis or Danna Gasperlin, St. Stephen.

SCHOOL NEWS

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Happy New Year! We are excited for all of the learning opportunities awaiting us in 2023! St. Francis Xavier School has much to offer the families of our community.
1. Our Catholic school partners with parents to form children in the virtues of faith, hope and charity, and our world needs renewal of these virtues. Children are proof that God is good and with us.
2. Our Catholic school is small and committed to developing the whole child through academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community service.
3. We work with our families to adjust to changing economic situations.
4. Our Catholic school teachers and staff model to our students how to rely on their faith to persevere through challenges that may emerge.
5. Our Catholic school is purposefully planning for possibilities to improve our instruction and strengthen our community.
We invite you to attend one of our Open House events for new and prospective families for the 2023-2024 school year. The first open house will be Sunday, January 29th after 9:30 Mass until 12:00 pm. The second open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.
If these dates do not work for your family, please contact the office for a personal tour on a different date that works better for you. If you or someone you know are interested in enrolling as a SFX and want to know more about our programs, please contact the school office at (schooloffice@sfx61.org) or call 252-9940.
Heidi Schloe, Principal

STEWARDSHIP

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“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” — Matthew 4:22

Just as Jesus called the first apostles, He calls each of us to follow Him, too. Not everyone is called to leave their business or family behind, but we are expected to put God first in everything. In gratitude to God, we should give our first and best of everything to Him: our time in daily prayer, our talent in participating in one of our parish ministries and our treasure to support the financial needs of our parish mission.

SUNDAY CELEBRATION IN THE ABSENCE OF A PRIEST

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SCAP—-What is SCAP? It stands for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. As part of our One In Christ ACC goals work with the Worship Committee, and prompted by some near misses during the COVID months, we researched how we would respond if the scheduled celebrant for a weekend Mass was suddenly not available due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the assembly was already gathering for worship, and there was no time to find a substitute. in the Absence of a Priest.
As part of our One In Christ ACC goals work with the Worship Committee, and prompted by some near-misses during the COVID months, we researched how we would respond if the scheduled celebrant for a weekend Mass was suddenly not available due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the assembly was already gathering for worship, and there was no time to find a substitute.
Using the existing Rite for such celebrations, and adapting it to our settings, the deacons and several lay persons from our ACC parishes have recently had training for leading Sunday worship with Communion if the situation occurs. Though the Rite would include the day's readings and Communion with the Hosts reserved in the tabernacle, the Rite is intentionally different in various ways from Mass to avoid confusion and foster the importance of praying for priestly vocations.
Should this situation occur, we will do our best to communicate the lack of Mass at a given parish as best as we can, announce and post door signs that include the location of other Masses in the area, and provide a meaningful and approved celebration of the Word and of Holy Communion for those who cannot reasonably attend another church. In such circumstances beyond a person's control, the Sunday obligation is suspended for that day. As noted above, it is our fervent hope that we will never pull this off the shelf, but it's wise to be ready.
Communication methods will be our next focus in this effort. It has also prompted us to consider best ways to reach our parishioners in general where we can do better to keep you informed, inspired, and engaged. The months during COVID when public Masses were not available, we experienced what a central place the Eucharist plays . In these times of the national Eucharistic Revival, your prayers for vocations are especially welcome and valuable.

Small Groups

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We are looking at possibly starting Small Groups that would be based off of this podcast. If interested, please contact Sandee Kremers @ ext. 1103.

St. Anthony Mission Group

January 31

St. Anthony Mission group will meet January 31st in Xavier Hall at 10 am. Please join us as we make blankets for those in need.

TABLE FOR TWO

February 18

Help plan our upcoming Tables for Two event!
Tables for Two returns on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Sacred Heart. This gourmet, 5-course meal for married couples is designed to enhance communication and connection in an elegant setting. If you'd like to help us put the finishing touches on planning (menu, environment, etc.), please join us on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 10 am in the Sacred Heart hospitality room. The meeting and the event are open to all four parishes in our ACC. For more information, contact Maureen Otremba at (320) 309-5063.

The Creed – a Study of Catholic Faith with Bishop Robert Barron

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“I believe in one God,” we say each weekend. What does that really mean? Where does that clunky word “consubstantial” come from? What is “the resurrection of the body?”
You are invited to a six-week series on The Creed, newly produced by Word on Fire Ministries and presented by Bishop Barron. Each session will watch a segment of the video series (about 45-50 minutes) followed by discussion and faith-sharing. There is no cost, but a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost of the study guides (valued at $15).
You can watch the first session online for free at https://creed.wordonfire.org/creed-series

VOLUNTEER AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD SHELF

January

Every month, Catholic Charities Food Shelf relies on members of a local parish to assist them with operating the Food Shelf. Decades ago, many local Catholic and Lutheran churches committed to one month of service annually. St. Francis Xavier Parish is one of the Catholic Charities partners in the battle against hunger in our area.

This is our opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as we work side by side with people in need. The food shelf is open Mondays Noon to 3:00pm, Wednesdays 11:00am to 7:00pm (3 shifts), and Fridays from 11:00am to 3:00pm. 3 helpers are needed for most shifts. There is a 5:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday night shift that would work well for youth. CatholicCharities just asks them to be 16 or older. The sign-up genius is great way to look at open shifts. We will also have sign-up sheets in the gathering place on weekendsOR call the parish office and we can help you sign up.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040944A9A62FABFF2-food

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Homebound Ministers

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We are looking for a few of YOU to answer the call to bring JOY to our Homebound parishioners. Might you be interested in bringing Eucharist and a friendly smile to someone? Please contact Sandee Kremers for more information.

WOMEN'S LENTEN RETREAT

March 18

Don’t miss Dana Webskowski, a dynamic speaker, who will be the featured speaker at the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Lenten Retreat to be held at St. Paul’s Parish in St. Cloud on Saturday, March 18, 2023. “Be Still and Know that I am God” is the theme of the day and Dana will guide the attendees to do just that during her morning presentation and again, through musical adoration following lunch. Dana was a lukewarm “cradle Catholic” who found church boring and contemplated leaving the church but is now in love with God, the Catholic faith and the Eucharist. Her mission is to help fallen away Catholics come back to His church, light a fire for the lukewarm Catholics out there, and help other Christians to see that the Catholic church has absolute truth and everything they need to grow in holiness.
Dana grew up on a farm near Millerville, MN and now resides in Sioux Falls, SD.

WORD & COMMUNION MINISTERS NEEDED for Edgewood

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We are looking for volunteers who might be interested in becoming a Word & Communion Leader at Edgewood. We need a minister who is available the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am. Training provided. Its a wonderful gift to be able to bring the Eucharist to those who are in the Assisted Living & Memory Care Units

Young Adult Mass and Meal

January 21

Young Adult Mass and Meal is back after the Holidays. Get together with young adults old and new for Mass at St. Francis Xavier in Sartell on Saturday, January 21st at 4:00 pm. Meet Jason Prigge in the Gathering Space following Mass and we will head out from there. Questions or plan on attending, text Jason (320.281.9486).
*Everyone is responsible for their own meal.

“Believe, Celebrate, Live.”

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The Diocesan TV Mass and parish livestream Masses have been a lifeline for the homebound. Other ministries of the Appeal continue their work in support of faith formation, family life, our Catholic schools, multicultural ministries, evangelization, and vocational discernment. Will you help keep these ministries strong? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

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