News & Events


June 20-22

Girls, God and Good Times, 3G, is a Benedictine summer camp, offered by the Sisters at Saint Benedict's Monastery. It will be offered June 20-22 for girls currently in 4th - 5th grade and July 25- 27th for girls currently in grades 6th - 12th. It's an opportunity to grow in faith, make new friends, spend time with Sisters and have fun! For more information and to register visit:



Light the Legacy will provide trained Advance Care Planning Facilitators to walk you through the Honoring Choices Health Care Directive, answer any questions and assist you in properly filling out this important documentation. Educational Sessions

Whitney Senior Center
In Person Meetings
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month 11 –12 pm
1527 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Sartell Community Center
In Person Meetings
4th Mondays of the month 10-11 am
850 19th Street South
Sartell, MN 56377

CentraCare’s Vitality Wellness Center
3rd Tuesday of the month 1-2 pm
50 Centracare Drive
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Virtual Sessions
2nd Monday of the Month 1-2 pm



The St. Monica Christian Women of Saint Francis Xavier parish will be hosting a speaker from the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM in the Saint Francis Xavier Gathering Place.
All parishioners from the ACC parishes, men, women, and young people age 16 and older, are invited to attend. Cassie Bauman from the CMSAC will give a general overview of their organization, what they do and what is happening right now as far as sex trafficking/sexual exploitation within the surrounding areas along with facts and statistics. Years ago, we heard of this type of activity happening in the BIG cities. Now it is happening right around us. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend. There will be a Q & A session as well.

Bible in a Year


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!


July 16 - 22

Exciting opportunity for all students in grades 9 - 12, young adults and adults in our ACC! You’re invited to join us for our Chicago Mission Trip, July 16 - 22. Details can be found at: Hurry, spots are being filled! See your Trip Directors for questions and to register.



Congratulations to Kenneth Broviak, William Busonick from Sacred Heart and Mychaela Buggraff from St. Francis as these RCIA (Rite of Christ Initiation of Adults) candidates were received into full communion in the Catholic Church during the past Easter Vigil Mass. Continue to keep them in your prayers as the Holy Spirit strengthens them on their journey.

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.

Central Minnesota Catholic magazine


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



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.



Many nominations came in on the weekend. The leadership areas of Pastoral Council, Area Catholic Community Committee, Faith Formation/Youth Ministry and Site Council for St. Francis Xavier School all rely on people from the community to share in advising Fr. Ron and staff. These people are also the eyes and ears of the parish and give feedback regarding the good things that are happening and opportunities for change or improvements. Each council meets regularly. For example, the pastoral Council meets 9 times in a year and the ACC 6 or 7 times (with sub-committee possibilities.) Meetings last 60 to 90 minutes. The people who were nominated will be invited to an evening of discernment on Thursday, May 26th. They will meet with current council/board/committee members and hear more about the what they do.
The nominees are invited to think and pray about this invitation to lead. Those who wish to move forward will have their name in a drawing to be done on Pentecost Sunday. It is by chance (and the Holy Spirit) that leaders are selected to serve – not a popularity contest.
Parish leadership broadens the view and adds gifts and talents to the table that make our parish better.
If someone else nominated you, that’s great – somebody sees something in you that makes them think you would be good in a leadership role. If you nominated yourself, then it could be you have a desire to bring your gifts to the table – thank you. Either way – our parish needs the people in the pews to walk with the pastor and staff in helping fulfill the parish mission. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Offerdahl in the parish office.

Electronic Giving


A great way to make your offering to your parish is through electronic giving. Most banks have “bill pay” options that allow for you to set up regular recurring “payments”. Your offering is not a payment, but electronic giving does allow all of us to give even if we are unable to make it to Mass because of travel or because of not feeling well enough to attend. Or, because we are still being challenged by the pandemic, some have not yet returned to worship but want to support the parish by making donations. Do check, most parishes offer an option to sign up to give electronically directly to the parish or have donation buttons on their websites as well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of all parish ministries!



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!


June 1

It’s time to start looking ahead to our Fall Festival. There are several areas covered and plans are already shaping up, but it is good to gather to review progress and address questions. There are a couple of festival possibilities that would be nice to add if we can get volunteers.
First is BINGO. This is tradition that would be nice to have. It would only need to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 on the night of the festival. The other attraction that is a Franny special is The Mouse Game. People who have been to our festival in the past are familiar with this. It is an outdoor event and, again, would only be about 2 hours. If you are interested in leading either of these, please call Tom in the parish office at 320-252-1363 or email
Please plan on attending a planning/review meeting on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30pm in Xavier Hall. At most it will take an hour.
Thank you to those who are already on board with helping. Looking forward to some festival fun!

Frantoberfest is back!

September 17-18, 2022

What we know so far . . . The Silent Auction is in good hands with
returning chair people – Pam & Boris Banjac and Candice
Koopmeiners. Same thing with the Franny Flyer 5k/10k/1 mile
walk and Children’s Run which starts off the weekend with the
race taking place Saturday morning. Thank you Nick Novak. Saturday afternoon we will have Mass at
4:00pm with music, food and fun to follow . . . . OUTSIDE! The hamburger stand is back, beer will be
poured, music will be playing and there will be activities for children and youth. Thank you to Margaret
Stang (children’s games), Rick Fleege (youth), Jeff Eikmeier (beer), KC’s (food stand), and Mary Fasen
(finance). Lily’s Wings (Steve & Kelli Ehlen) and Fun Time Ice Cream (Francis & Shikha Gomes) will be on
site and selling food.
On Sunday morning, a Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast is getting lined up and we will end the event with
the closing of the Silent Auction at Noon and the raffle drawing. Are there opportunities for more?
Probably. What do we need? More good people to step forward to help. We need prayers for good
planning and the safety of all involved. We need donations for many things – silent auction, parish raffle,
and more. Details will come out as the planning continues. Thank you to those who have said yes to helping
make this happen. Many great things have been started. Please call Tom in the parish office (320-252-
1363, ext. 1105) or send him an email ( if you have ideas and/or want to



The Bling sale was a huge success. A total of $4,251.98 was made from the collection of jewelry, handbags and scarves. Thank you to the donors, shoppers and volunteers for making this the best year ever of the Bling Sale. The proceeds will go towards enhancements of the Gathering Place and Church


St. Francis Xavier is seeking help for doing yard work at both our parish & school grounds and the cemetery. This is a part-time seasonal job that is needed from springtime through the end of October or beginning of November – depending on when the snow departs and arrives. The parish has all of the equipment needed. This can be 20 to 30 hours a week early in the season and it tapers off as the summer goes on. The hours can be flexible and on this end would - just need to work around church/ cemetery happenings (Masses, funeral visitations, school and burials) which happen on occasion. Please contact Tom Offerdahl at 320-252-1363 by phone or by email



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.

Health & Wellness Meeting

May 17

Health & Wellness Meeting Tuesday, May 17 5:30 pm Gathering Space

Holy Land Pilgrimage

September 12-23, 2022

Join Fr. Steve Binsfeld on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Spend 4 nights on the Sea of Galilee, visiting the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the neighborhood of the Holy Family and sites of Jesus’ public ministry: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Way of the Cross with Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit Bethlehem and Shepherds Field and Ein Karem—place of the Visitation and John the Baptist’s birth. Celebrate Mass every day in a site sacred to our faith. For more information, call Magi Travel 952-949-0065 visit or email Fr. Steve Binsfeld at

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

Jr. High Mission Trip

June 5 – June 10

Spots are filling fast for our Jr. High Mission Trip to Duluth! Dates are June 5 - 10, 2022, cost is $325. Applications and details can be found at: or by contacting your youth minister. Applications and a $50 non-refundable deposit are due Wed. December 15th!



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 ( 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.


June 19 - 23

Planning for VBS is underway and this year our One in Christ Catholic Parishes are teaming up and offering not one but TWO choices of VBS sessions at St. Francis Xavier in Sartell!
Join us for this Monumental week for a choice of an evening track, June 19 - 23 (6:00
- 8:30 PM) OR in the morning, June 20 - 24 (9:00 - Noon). VBS is for students ages 4 to grade 5. Cost for VBS is $25 per student. Register now to guarantee your spot, your shirt and much more!
Payment and forms are available online at: All checks should be made out to: St. Francis Xavier.
All paperwork can be turned into your home parish office. If you have questions, please contact your parish office.



"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


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, for more information.

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.



Per the suggestion from Bishop Kettler, St. Monica Christian Women of St. Francis Xavier parish will NOT meet on February 15. However, we are planning to gather on March 15. Please mark your calendar. Watch the bulletin and flocknote for any further information. Thank you.

Small Groups


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

Spirit of Ireland Tour

April 19-30, 2022

Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
April 19-30, 2022
Join Fr. Steve Binsfeld, now retired and living in Speltz House, in exploring the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Highlights include Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Knock, Belfast, the Shrine of St. Patrick, ending in Dublin with Trinity College and "Book of Kells." For more information, call Magi Travel at 952-949-0065, visit or email Fr. Steve Binsfeld -



3rd generation Usher! Whoa! How did that happen? Grandpa was an usher and always in service, a steward. He is with Jesus now. Grandpa's son is currently an usher with Mason, the grandson as his shadow. I asked the son, "Why do you usher?" He said,
"I just do." I then asked the grandson Mason, age 11,
"Why do you usher?" He said, "I just do."
To understand these ushers I turned to the people they served. One woman who relies on a walker and needing assistance, told me Mason approached her at the end of Mass and offered his arm, asking if he could help. The woman said she "saw he had a sparkle in his eye." She told me, "it was the pure sparkle of God. I am used to children being guarded and cautious around anyone with a physical limitation, yet this boy doing ordinary things, is quite extraordinary." Mason's mom urged him to be a greeter. He was paired up with a veteran greeter who told me, "We practiced calling people by name, so they will feel they are part of our church family. Calling a child by name, makes the parents feel more welcome. The sparkle in Mason's eye told me he understood the spirit of what he was giving people."
God bless grandpa, dad and mom, and of course Mason. Stewardship can be an extraordinary experience.



The family of Ken Kenning would like to thank everyone who was involved for the beautiful funeral Mass. I had many wonderful comments on the sermon and the delicious lunch.
Janice Kenning



Our parish family is gradually making its way back to so many things. Many people have kept helping through the whole pandemic – like parents getting their children to school and faith formation and the many volunteers who have helped with our school, faith formation, and youth activities. Our prayer-line has not stopped – it continues to roll and lift up the needs of our parish. Thank you!
Thank you to those who have helped with hospitality and welcoming. Thank you to those who help us at worship with singing & music, distributing the Eucharist, greeting, ushering, as sacristans(during the week and on weekends) and more. Our church and gathering place (and even outside!) continue to receive regular attention for decorating – thank you! The plants in our church and gathering place are watered and cared for as needed – thank you!
Thanks to those who stuff the bulletin, count collection, fill our votive candles, and help us with office mailings.
Thanks to those who continue to reach out to the homebound and the many who bring communion to them.
There are a few that help with doing odds and ends and cleaning church regularly, and we have great helpers who turn out for the big cleans like we had this past week. Thank you. Our parish has the help from many who serve in leadership roles on parish council, finance council, One in Christ, Christian Women, Knights of Columbus, Gathering in the Arts, Cemetery Committee, and more. Your help is appreciated!
There are many things that keep happening and take place without any big splash but are integral to the life and spirit of our church. That’s what makes us a community. That’s what makes us family.
Blessings to you and your family and friends this Easter!



The family of Wilfred “Bill” Traut would like to thank Fr. Ron, Sandee Kremers, Mark Lewandowski and Aggie Schulte for the beautiful funeral Mass. Thank you to Sue Schlosser and her wonderful group of ladies for providing the luncheon. Thank you to the parish and community for support provided during dad’s final journey.



Both tithing and stewardship are part of a spiritual way of life that calls us to use all of our resources for the service of the Gospel. Everything we are and everything we have comes from God. Offering back to God what He has given us is part of how we worship and give thanks to God.
Tithing is the practice of giving back 10 percent of what we earn. It comes from the Old English word for “ten.” The first
Scriptural example of tithing came from Abraham who gave a tenth of his possessions to the priest Melchizedek. He did so as an act of thanksgiving to God.
Stewardship as a way of life calls us to use well all that we have and all that we are, placing all things in service of others and God. Stewardship helps us see the good we can accomplish by making God and our spiritual life the most important values in our life. Whatever we accumulate in this life stays here. We can’t take it with us! Both tithing and stewardship help us remember that nothing is mine or even ours … all belongs to God.

Taking Communion to the Homebound


In recent years, it has become increasingly common for laypersons to be deputed to bring Communion to those who are not able to attend Mass. To assist with the appropriate reverence and Church discipline with regard to this ministry, the following norms are to be followed:

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


“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

VBS Volunteers


While we are excited for this Monumental step in our ACC, there is a HUGE need for volunteers to make VBS happen for all of our families and young people. Volunteers who are in grade 6 and up (young adults / adults) are welcome and appreciated to help with crews, stations, etc. Form to volunteer can be found at: All volunteers who have students attending VBS have their tuition waived.



T shirt design: one person needed to work with
vendor to design this year‘s T-shirt front and back
 2 to 3 Volunteer Coordinators
If interested contact Nick Novak 320-249-2134
nicknovakhomes@gmail.comRegistration for the 5K 10K Franny Flyer Run/
Walk will take place later this Summer

Vacation Bible School Summer 2022


Planning for VBS is underway and this year our One in Christ Catholic Parishes are teaming up and offering not one but TWO choices of VBS sessions at St. Francis Xavier in Sartell!
Join us for this Monumental week for a choice of an evening track, June 19 - 23 (6:00 - 8:30 PM) OR in the morning, June 20 - 24 (9:00 - Noon). VBS is for students ages 4 to grade 5. Cost for VBS is $25 per student. Register now to guarantee your spot, your shirt and much more!
Payment and forms are available online at: All checks should be made out to: St. Francis Xavier.
All paperwork can be turned into your home parish office. If you have questions, please contact your parish office.

VBS Volunteers
While we are excited for this Monumental step in our ACC, there is a HUGE need for volunteers to make VBS happen for all of our families and young people. Volunteers who are in grade 6 and up (young adults / adults) are welcome and appreciated to help with crews, stations, etc. Form to volunteer can be found at: All volunteers who have students attending VBS have their tuition waived



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



Looking for a way to connect to your faith in a casual atmosphere? Look no further than our young adult group (18 - 39)! We’ll meet on the first Thursday of each month at the various parishes within our ACC. Join us Thursday May 5th at St. Francis Xavier - Sartell from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. All you need to do is bring a Bible (if you don’t have one, we’ll have some provided). Contact Jason Prigge if you have any questions!


June 3

Join us for a night out with other young adults and young families at the St. Cloud Rox game on Friday, June 3rd. Game starts at 7:05 PM, get your tickets for $12 at: Contact Jason Prigge by Thursday May 19th, if you are interested


May 14

Save the date for Saturday May 14th! We’ll meet YOUR VOICE MATTERS at Albany Golf Course at 12:30 to play some games in their new hitting bays and then head to Milk and Honey Cider after in St. Joe. Contact Jason Prigge if you’re interested ( OR 320.281.9486). Everyone is responsible for their own purchases.



We have updated our website! You can find all of the latest information now at: young adults - New Magnets coming soo


May 17

Participate in a Synodal Consultation. The One in Christ Area Catholic Community has scheduled a group listening session on Tuesday, May 17, 7:00pm at the Sauk Rapids Government Center. Come let your voice be heard and invite your family, friends and neighbors to come as well to one of the following: For more information on the synodal process, or to schedule a one-on-one session or give input online, go to St.Cloud Diocese website,

You are invited to the ACC Synod Consultation

May 17

YOU ARE INVITED to participate in our ACC Synod Consultation. See the schedule of dates & times below. Pope Francis is inviting all baptized members to participate in one of these consultations This unique experience allows for all voices to be heard so that the Church can better discern where the Spirit is leading us. Come let your voice be heard and invite your family, friends and neighbors to come as well. Check out our website for more
One In Christ Synod Consultations:
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00pm at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.

“Believe, Celebrate, Live.”


Thank you to those who have already supported diocesan ministries through the Appeal. As of April 22, the Appeal raised $926,195 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,400,000 with gifts from 5,746 households. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose. Will you help these ministries meet their funding needs? Visit