Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual Respect Life Novena composed by the U.S. Bishops. The "9 Days for Life" novena runs January 21-January 29. Sign up for the resources for this novena at 9daysforlife.com.
This is a special invitation for practicing adults in our One in Christ Area Catholic Community who desire the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation which include Baptism and Holy Communion. Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation officially completes our sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church. Perhaps you chose not to be confirmed as a teen or have had life circumstances that did not make Confirmation available to you and you would now like to receive the sacrament. Adult Confirmation preparation consists of Contacting the parish to share your desire to receive the sacrament.
Since it is not always possible to worship with us or bring your giving envelope to Mass, please consider using Automatic Giving through your checking or savings account. Automatic Giving provides the opportunity to plan your giving even though you cannot be present. Go to your Parish website and click “Online Giving” or contact your Parish Office for details.
Blessings to all of you. Thanks to your generosity we have achieved our 2020 goal! As of December 30, the Appeal raised $1,347,348 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,300,000. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.
All are invited to continue visioning a joint mission trip to Chicago on Monday, January 25 at 6:30pm. The trip is tentatively scheduled for July 17th-23rd, 2021. If you are interested in joining this Zoom meeting, or finding out more details about the trip, contact Dcn Joe Kresky or Philip Shefveland through the Sacred Heart office. 320-251-8115.
During the holiday season, we extend a warm welcome to the visiting families and friends of our members, and to all our guests joining us in person or virtually. No matter where you are worshipping, consider making your seasonal contribution this year online, by text or through the GivePlus mobile app. These eGiving tools are a fast and secure way to support us from the pew or in your living room.
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.
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.
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!
The Social Justice Concerns Committee of St Francis Xavier, along with many of you, were saddened and outraged by the events in Washington D.C. that resulted in 5 deaths, terrorized our elected leaders and their staffs and vandalized our Capitol building on the Feast of the Epiphany. This was the result of hateful rhetoric that preceded the riot. Words do matter. To survive we must be a nation of law, where truth, not just opinion, guides our discussions and actions. We write this because SILENCE IS COMPLICITY and want to restore the unity of our divided country. During this crisis we urge everyone to be respectful , pray for one another and work for the Common Good. We also invite you to join us in work. Our next meeting is February 1st at 6:30 pm. via Zoom. To get the link email -
The practice of Stewardship is a way of life. Smile till it shows in your eyes. Wave hello till you feel it from your fingers to your heart. Make a snow angel in your neighbors yard. Phone someone isolated at home, just to say hello (I care). Say hello and hold the door for a stranger. Practice until you do it without thought. Then up your game! Challenge yourself! Hebrews 10.24: We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works.
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:
What Mass Means: How Sacrifice and Real Presence Are Life-Changing
We tend to think of “sacrifice” and “real presence” as doctrines to believe in – perhaps with some vague awareness of complicated medieval terms such as “transubstantiation.” But the logic of the liturgies of the various Christian traditions, and the whole point of the Vatican II renewal, is that our liturgical sharing in Christ’s dying and rising is meant to transform us individually and communally. The implications are huge! Friday, January 22, Webinar presentation from 9:00- 11:00 a.m. Event is Free. Registration is required (register at least five days in advance of the event); please visit call 320-363-3560, or email to register.
Men’s Weekend Retreat, Jan 15-17 “A Listening Heart” silent weekend retreat for men will be held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN, Jan 15-17, 2021. The retreat begins Friday at 8 pm and ends at 12:45 pm on Sunday. Suggested offering is $160, including non-refundable $30 deposit. Several retreat scholarships are available for students high school and older. Join us for a peaceful, prayerful and affordable retreat experience. Please call (763) 682- 1394 or visit for online registration or more information.
Vespers For Life at Church of St. Anthony, 2405 1st St N, St Cloud. Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and Vespers at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at the Vespers service. The service includes music, prayer, scripture and reflection for the over 61 million children.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” Listen with your spouse for God’s message of love by exploring a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend. The next weekend is: Feb 12-14, 2021 in Buffalo, MN. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: northmnwwme.org or contact us at or 888-455-3496.