Enough time has passed to say that the 2021 Parish Fish Fry was a great success! Our changed realities due to Covid-19 restricted some things and created some changes, but we made it through the event safely and served 500 (plus a few) fish dinners. Activities like this bring members of our parish family together for a cause that could not be done by staff alone or a couple people. It took a big team and for those who helped, we are very thankful. We saw many who have fish fry experience, but we also saw many new helpers. Thanks to the office help for tickets sales, phone calls, announcements and data gathering. Thank you to the preppers who came Thursday night, the crew that set up the tent & fryers, the fish breaders, the cole slaw packers and the baked bean bakers! Thank you to those who dished up the dinners and to those who ran them out to the customers who made it safely through the lot by way of the road guards and others directing them. We also had a few deliveries made, so thanks to the “grub hub wannabes”. Thank you to the fish fryers, the “runners”, those who did dishes, and to those who cleaned up after the event and took down the tent and fryers when the day was done. The support from those who ordered dinners is appreciated along with many who made donations to the cause. A financial report on the fish fry will be coming out soon. It was great to get together and do something kinda normal and for Catholics during Lent, this was an event that we felt the call to do. God is good! Tom, Jake, Shelby & Melissa
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.
“Gifts Offered by Human Hands.” The Appeal supports ministries that benefit you, your family and your greater parish community. Please make a gift today. Each 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
Benton County Public Health ATTENTION BENTON COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 65 AND OLDER: 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:
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 Habitat for Humanity sells homes to qualified low-income individuals and families, with a mortgage they can afford. Accepted applicants are living in overcrowded, unsafe, and/or unaffordable housing currently. Through Habitat, they are able to realize their dream of homeownership by completing financial and homeownership education classes and 200 hours of sweat equity work before purchasing their Habitat home.
There are still openings for this wonderful mission experience taking place the week of July 17-23, 2021. Join us for this intergenerational mission as we collaborate in service and solidarity with three Hispanic parishes. Contact Deacon Joe or Philip if you would like to learn more about the amazing opportunity.
All are invited to help with yard raking and other outside projects to help parishioners in need prepare their yards/ property for the beauty of spring. Please contact Dcn Joe or Philip if you would like to help serve God and others through this fun outreach event. Also if you are seeking support with outside spring raking and clean-up please contact Dcn Joe or Philip.
A Beginning Experience (B.E.) one-day workshop will be held on April 24 at Sacred Heart Church. This program is designated to facilitate the grief resolution process of those who are suffering from a loss of a significant person, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others & God. The workshop fee is $55, which includes the programs costs and lunch. For more information or to receive an application, call 320-319-8863.
A Beginning Experience (B.E.) one-day workshop will be held on April 24 at Sacred Heart Church. This program is designated to facilitate the grief resolution process of those who are suffering from a loss of a significant person, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others & God. The workshop fee is $55, which includes the programs costs, and lunch. For more information or to receive an application, call 320-319-8863.
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
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.
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: helping.guatemala.com. Any questions, please call Janet Wiener at 320-224-9608. Thank you and God Bless you. Steve Buley Janet Wiene
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.
The Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Xavier Parish, will hold its annual Tootsie Roll Fundraiser on April 24 & 25. It will be at both Coborn’s stores on Pinecone Rd and Riverside from 9am to 5pm both days. Several volunteers are needed to help for 2-hour slots. It will also be after each Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church that weekend. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Francis Gomes at or by phone at 320-237-7354. All help is much appreciated!
We continue to make steps forward to normalcy. It was a year ago that COVID restrictions started. Just a reminder we need to continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing at Mass. Recently I received a call from a parishioner who decided to attend Mass in person and was disturbed that not everyone was wearing a mask. Until we reach the day that masks are not required for Mass, I ask that you wear a mask at Mass so that all feel welcome. Thank you. Fr. Ron
... at Sacred Heart Church (Parish Hall). Joseph of Nazareth: The Man Closest to Christ - The first feature film ever on the story of St. Joseph, who was a carpenter, the husband of Mary, and the foster father of Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that St. Joseph was a "just man" and that God gave him the most daunting task ever asked of a man–to be the husband of the woman who would give birth to the Messiah and the father and protector of this Holy Family. All are welcome to attend as we continue to celebrate the year of St. Joseph. Contact Deacon Joe with questions.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Visit the link thepopevideo.org for the April 2021 Pope video. Translation: Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination. I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights. Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all. There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable. No. They must be equal for all. In some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without a trial. Or it might mean slander. Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country. Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.
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!
A couple of additional wants were added to the project of replacing our projectors, including an additional monitor and DVD player, which has added additional cost to the project. The original $15K quote is now a little more than $20K. We have donations of roughly $10K that are specifically for this project. If you would like to help us reach our goal of $20K, please make your check payable to SFX and write the word “Projectors” on the memo line. Thank you!
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.
The seeds of a Catholic education are planted by families in the home. St. Francis Xavier Catholic School helps parents and students plant those seeds and grow strong roots, the kind that harvest character, compassion and a willing heart to serve others. Spring for Students Annual Appeal was established to ensure all children seeking Catholic education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School are able to attend. If you are interested in supporting our efforts to raise $70,000 to make Catholic education possible for students needing tuition assistance to attend SFX, please join us for our virtual 2021 Spring for Students Annual Appeal program on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM. A link to the program can be found on our school website at stfrancissartellschool.org.
Bingo for Cash and Gift Cards! Sunday, April 18 1:00 pm Doors open at 12:30 pm Cost per card - $8 includes 24 games Blackout Games extra Snack available Sponsored by St. Monica Christian Women of St. Francis Xavier Parish
Giving Alms is one of the 3 things we were asked to do during Lent (pray, fast, give alms). How did that go for you? Giving Alms is an expression of love. It is also one of the "3-T's" of Stewardship (Time-Talent- Treasure). As we review our treasures as part of tax season, also review alms giving. Ask yourself: Does my giving at church show my love? How am I including the poor and needy in my community? Do I walk by Faith in giving to my community in need?