News & Events

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
9:30am 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

Advanced Care Planning and Health Care Directives

October 19

All welcome on Sunday, October 17, 10:15 am or Tuesday, October 19, 6:15 pm at Sacred Heart Church (Room C) to attend an Information Session on Advanced Care Planning and Health Care Directives.
It is never too early to start planning. If you or someone you love was suddenly faced with a healthcare crisis: Do you know what your healthcare wishes are? Does your spouse, your family, or your healthcare power of attorney know what your wishes are? Lastly, does your doctor or healthcare provider know what your wishes are? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then let's start the conversation now - see you on Oct 17 or Oct 19. Documents will be available at this gathering. Please contact the Sacred Heart parish office to register. Contact person is Dcn Joe.

Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, November 13

One In Christ Area Catholic Community
Anointing of the Sick
Parking Lot Service
Saturday, November 13
10:000 am
Saint Francis Xavier


We welcome the following children baptized into our parish family and the Christian community:
Cora Lynn Welle, daughter of Jake & Taylor, baptized at St. Francis Xavier.
Ava Lynn Kramer, daughter of Daniel& Amy, baptized at St. Francis Xavier.
Lucy Lou Nitz, daughter of Taylor & Jena, baptized at St. Stephen.

Bishop's Annual Appeal

Through your generosity, diocesan programs continue to build the Kingdom of God here in Central Minnesota thanks to the dedicated service of our pastors, parish and diocesan staff, and volunteers who continue to do the work of Christ. Please keep them thriving by making a gift 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.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

We are looking for people to help lead Children's Liturgy of the Word. You would rotate Sunday's with other volunteers. If you are interested in helping lead this wonderful ministry for our young people or would like more information please contact Julie Jacobs at 320-291-2901.

Christian Women

October 19

St. Monica's Christian Women will meet this Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Place. All members and anyone interested in finding out what we are all about are invited!

Coats for Kids

St. Francis Xavier, Annunciation, and Sacred Heart are drop-off sites for Coats for Kids. For 7 years the Knights of Columbus have been collecting coats to distribute to those in need in our community. Donations should be new or gently used (and cleaned) and they can be placed in the box in the gathering place at St. Francis Xavier Church, at Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids and Annunciation in Mayhew Lake. In addition to coats, other winter apparel is being accepted and it can be for infant through adult sizes.
Our community has been generous in supporting this ministry in the past and we are thankful for past donations.
The Knights of Columbus will collect coats until Nov. 30th More info call Tom: 252-0126. the door on a messy closet - we can keep it out of sight but that does not bring order to the clutter.

Coffee & Community

Please join us for 1st Wednesday Coffee & Rolls on Wednesday, October 6, after the 8 am Mass.

Craft and Bake Sale Volunteers

October 29

The Sartell area Churches Craft and Bake sale was able to get some items together for a silent auction and a
volunteer has stepped forward to coordinate it. If you have any items that you feel should be on a silent auction please donate that by 10/27 so we can prepare for it. Thank you for the items already donated and for those that will be coming. For the bake sale items please label them and cover with only clear covering. It sells much better. This is a wonderful ecumenical event and we are looking forward to see many of you . Any
questions contact Karen Atkinson 320-493-1077.


If you didn’t get a chance to turn in your registration you can get the form at: or contact Jason Prigge (320.281.9486). Please register ASAP!! We are also looking for adult chaperones! Again, let Jason REST IN PEACE know ASAP if you’re interested in joining our young people.

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

November 11

Sign up and donate blood on Thursday, November 11 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

Eucharistic Revival

Begins October 18

As you know, the three-year Eucharistic Revival promoted by the U.S. Bishops will begin next spring; this is a great prelude to placing the gift of the Eucharist in the larger context of our faith.
The study will meet at Sacred Heart in the Parish Hall on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the following dates: October 18 and 25, and November 8, 15, 22, and 29. All from our ACC parishes and beyond are welcome! To help with ordering materials, please call your parish office to register for the study.

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.

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

KC 's Winter Coat Collection /Distribution

Collection boxes will be delivered the week of October 10-16. Please donate any new or gently used winter coats. Are you or someone in your family in need of a winter coat? Distribution of the coats (Which have been previously collected) will be October 9 and 16 from 10am-3pm at the Education Building at the St. Joseph School in Waite Park. If you have any questions, please contact Ione Jacobs at 320-492-7993.

Mass of Remembrance

October 31

Sunday, October 31, 9:30 am at Saint Francis Xavier Church.
For more information please contact Sandee Kremers.

Need a new adventure?

Need a new adventure? Care to join a fun staff and
make new friends? Come join us at SFX School! We
are in need of a director for our Aftercare Program
(after school child care). We are looking for an
applicant who is a people person and enjoys
working with elementary aged children. If you are
ready to join our team, please call our school office
@ 320.252.9940 for more information. Come join
As a matter of fact, we are also looking for
Aftercare Assistants! This is an ideal job for college
and high school students. We would need applicants
to be available starting at 2:15 pm on school days.
Once again, if you enjoy hanging out with children
and would like to explore this opportunity, give us a
call @ 320.252.9940. We would love to chat with

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.

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.