News & Events

12th Annual St Francis McDowall Company Knights of Columbus Franny Flyer 5k 10k 1 Mile 1k Run/Walk

September 27

Held in conjunction with the 2022 Frantober Fest
Saturday, September 27
8:30 am: 1K
8:30 am: Power Warm up
9:00 am: 5k 10k
USTFA Certified measured courses
Medals for top 3 finishers in each age division
1 Mile Walk/Run with/without your dog
Ice cream, t-shirts, fun, fun, fun!!!
Register at :
Information: Nick Novak 320-249-2134



Missionaries Glahecer Baque and Iris Prieto travel throughout Ecuador creating small communities of faith. This year they’ve expanded their reach to the Amazon jungle to work with indigenous groups in remote areas. These Base Church Communities bring people together to hear the Good News and nurture one another in the Christian faith. To support Iris, Golahecer and their missionary team, visit or scan the QR code and place your bid on a variety of cool items and gift baskets. Contact Kathy Pantzke:; 320-333-0159. Thank you for your support! God bless you!

All Women of St. Francis...


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


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!



Catholic United Financial wants to say congratulations to local Sales Representative Gary Gall who is retiring after 40 years! Thank you Gary, for your years of faithful service to your members. Gary will be retiring October 1st and we are actively looking for Gary’s successor to continue providing outstanding service to his membership in the St. Cloud Diocese area. This is a rare
opportunity for someone to have a running start at an excellent career.
Gary’s successor will have a large, stable group of members to work with and become an integral part of Catholic United and the families in this community. The team at Catholic United will provide mentorship and education on how to help our members and on the services we offer including annuities, IRAs, health and life insurance, long-term care funding and legacy planning.
We are offering up to $2,000 for referrals that become employees of Catholic United. For details regarding referrals and this great opportunity, contact Gregory Gall at 320-229-0717 or



Central MN Beginning Experience (BE) invites those who are widowed, separated or divorced to attend a weekend of healing Friday, October 14th through Sunday afternoon October 16th at Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria, MN. Beginning Experience utilizes a proven peer ministry approach. Past participants will share stories of their healing journey and you will have time to personally reflect and journal on your experience. You will have the opportunity to talk with others in small groups. Confidentiality is very important to us. For more information or an application please call 320-319-8863 or visit



Central MN Habitat for Humanity is now working on the Sabre Build here in Sartell and is welcoming all volunteers. Several of us from SFX have already signed up for this. If you are interested, Call Annike Jaoby at 320-248-8256. She is the volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. SFX has had volunteer groups and individuals helping for years. It’s a great way to give back for all the many blessings God has given us.
All Skill levels are welcome! Financial Assistance is welcome as well. Thank you for your generosity.


September 23-25

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE YOUR CROSS IS GETTING TOO HEAVY TO CARRY? Are you in need of Simon of Cyrene to come to your aid? CENTRAL MINNESOTA KOINONIA is a weekend Catholic retreat program that is designed to help you carry your cross. The next retreat is scheduled for September 23-25, 2022, at the TEC Center north of Little Falls, Minnesota. Cost of the weekend is $70. Go to for more information and to register for retreats


October 29

Sartell area Churches Craft & Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, October 29th.
There are lots of opportunities to Volunteer,
FRIDAY, volunteer’s are needed to set up & price sale items.
SATURDAY, Kitchen Volunteers are needed to help make the Wild Rice Soup, etc. Call Marlys Plante at 320-339-6166
SATURDAY, after the Sale volunteer’s are need to help with the clean up!
Please call Kathy Wilson at 320-493-8600 for any questions.
Hopefully that little corner of your garage is filling up with Gently used Christmas items for the Silent Auction.
Remember we are in need of wide mouth Quart Jars & Baskets of all sizes. Questions call, Bonnie Nies at 320-267-9237. God bless you for your generous hearts!

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.

Electronic and Online Giving


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 to learn more.
Thank you to all who support St. Francis Xavier – your gifts are a blessing!



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!


October 9

Join us and other young families who had children Baptized in the past year for Mass and Brunch! You do not need to be a registered member of any of our parishes.
Who: The whole family
Date: Sunday, October 9th
Location: St. Francis Xavier - Sartell
Time: 9:30 AM Mass, Brunch to follow
Babysitting available upon request. Please RSVP by Saturday, October 1st by contacting your parish office.



Many many thanks to all of the business sponsors, volunteers and participants that made the 2022 race a big success!
Nick Novak Race Director



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?


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

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

Living a life of Discipleship


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



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.



As part of the National Eucharistic Revival, relics of St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia and Blessed Carlo Acutis will be available for veneration in parishes
around the Diocese of St. Cloud between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5. This tour invites us to imitate the love of Jesus truly present in the Eucharist that is revealed in the lives of these disciples of the Lord. The relics can be prayerfully viewed:
- Friday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 | St. Mary Parish, Alexandria
- Tuesday, Oct. 4 | St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud
- Wednesday, Oct. 5 | Our Lady of Victory Parish, Fergus Falls



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
(320)251-8115, ext 111


October 1

OPENING RALLY 40 DAYS FOR LIFE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE OPENING RALLY Saturday, OCT 1, 2022 from 10am-noon Meet at the Planned Parenthood (parking available behind St Augustine Church NOT in parking lot next to Planned Parenthood) followed by a Prayer Procession to St Mary's Cathedral in the lower church. There will have a program, sharing and pizza.



"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.


October 2

The Blessing of the Pets will be Sunday, October 2 at 1 PM on the Sacred Heart Parish grounds. Bring your furry friends (or not so furry friends) for a time of prayer and a blessing followed by fellowship. Leashes and carriers are appreciated.


October, November and December

EXCITING NEWS! Our One in Christ parish leadership along with Fr. Tom and Fr. Ron has determined it is time for a new pictorial church directory. Our dates for photography will be in October, November and December throughout the ACC. Sign-up for photo sittings starts this weekend.
During the week, you can sign-up online. We have taken many things into consideration when choosing dates for photos to be taken, and we hope that will mean many people will sign up. You can go to the website enter in a church code (mn279a for Sacred Heart, mn279b for St. Francis, mn279c for Annunciation, and mn279d for St. Stephen) with a password of photos. You can also sign up at church or you can call your parish office and we can help you. When you take your picture you will receive a complimentary 8x10, a directory and access to the online version of the directory. Online scheduling is available Monday


September 25

Sundays at 3pm on the grounds of St. Benedict's Monastery - by the yellow barn/ Vista Lane on the west side of the campus
There are many among us who are experiencing spiritual dryness or complacency at this time. We invite you to come together in community to pray together for the needs of our world in the spirit of the Stations of the Cross format. Each Sunday we will pay attention to 3 different issues happening in the world that need our prayers. This will be followed by root beer floats and shared conversation. Bring kids and family. Bring friends and meet new ones. May we find support and solace among each other. For more informatoin - or 320-3190.



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.


October 2

Singers & Musicians from all 4 ACC parishes are welcome to lead songs together on Monday, October 2nd at SFX. Contact Sarah Woeste if you would like to participate. She will email the music list and rehearsal information. 320-251-8115 x116.



“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established…”
(Luke 16:25-26).



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


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 -

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



St. Francis Xavier has updated our phone system. Please be patient as we learn the new system and get used to it’s features. Have a great week.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Homebound Ministers


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.



Wednesday Bible Study will resume on September 7, 9:00 am. The study begins with Women of the Old Testament. All are welcome to join in the study of scripture in a relaxed and prayerful way. If interested, please call Gerry Kittock at 320.420.9050, or Kay Brown at 763.333.4695.



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


September 24

Saturday, September 24th! Join us at Sacred Heart for Mass at 5:00 pm and then meet in the Gathering Space to go out to dinner with other young adults for fellowship, discussion and meeting new friends / families. Contact Jason Prigge if you plan on attending ahead of time. Invite your friends, kiddos, etc.!
All are responsible for their own beverages / meal.



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

“Believe, Celebrate, Live.”


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