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2024 Bishop’s Annual Appeal

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The Diocesan TV Mass has been a lifeline for the homebound. Other diocesan ministries continue their work in support of faith formation, family life, Catholic schools, multicultural ministries, evangelization and vocational discernment. Will you help keep these ministries strong? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

AA GROUP MEETINGS

Thursdays

AA Group Meetings at St. Francis Xavier. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, St. Francis Xavier hosts a local AA group which meets every Thursday at 6:30pm in Xavier Hall. Attendees should go to the east side of the Xavier Hall - Door X3 and down to the basement. If you have questions, please contact Denny K. at 320-224-7785.

AA Group Meetings – Mayhew Lake

Thursday

AA MEETING-MAYHEW LAKE
AA MEETING at Annunciation Church Hall starting on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm. Meetings will be held everyweek. Anyone touched by alcohol in anyway are invited. Call Lori for more info. 320-406-8742.

ADORATION UPDATE

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We are so excited to welcome so many new adoration chapel captains! We are specifically looking to add some men to our committee, so if you have been feeling called to commit to an hour of prayer or to help with supporting the chapel by being
a captain – please contact Nicky Carlson: ncarlson@taocatholic.org. Here are our most urgent hours of need:
Monday 1-2AM,
Tuesday 4-5AM,
Wednesday 11PM,
Thursday 7AM.
If you are interested in committing to an hour that is not listed – please email Nicky. Many of our adorers would appreciate a prayer partner so that if one of you cannot make it due to illness, other commitment, etc – you have a built in sub. Also, if your schedule does not permit you to commit to a specific hour, but you would like to be able to spend time with Jesus in the chapel – please reach out to find out more about our perpetual adoration chapel. Thank you! -

“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

ALASKA MISSION DONATIONS

April - May

One in Christ Missionaries continue to seek your prayers and support as 32 disciples are sent to evangelize, support and grow in solidarity with our Yupik brothers and sisters from Toksook Bay Alaska. To help make this mission possible please send your prayer and financial support to Sacred Heart, attention Alaskan. This is a tax deductible gift. Contact Dcn Joe for more information.

ALASKAN MISSION TRIP

July 20-26

One in Christ Missionaries continue to seek your prayers and support as 32 disciples are sent to evangelize, support and grow in solidarity with our Yupik brothers and sisters from Toksook Bay Alaska. To help make this mission possible please send your prayer and financial support to Sacred Heart, attention Alaskan. This is a tax deductible gift. Contact Dcn Joe for more information.

All Women of St. Francis...

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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

BAPTISM

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Charlotte Ann Mitzel, daughter of Kristopher & Ashley and Sylvie Helen Voshell, daughter of Robert & Grace who were Baptized at St. Francis Xavier.

BELLS OF THE HEART

Monday evenings

Bells of the Heart is welcoming new members. Playing in a handbell choir is a great way to have fun, socialize, and to learn new things. Playing handbells is easiest when you have prior experience reading music or playing an instrument. New ringers will be paired with experienced ringers. Students in grade 6 and older are welcome to join with a parent or guardian who will also ring bells. The choir is based out of Sacred Heart Parish but is open to all members of our Area Catholic Community as space allows. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, and we play for Mass at SH approximately once a month. Contact Sarah Woeste at 320-251-8115 x116 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE

May 30

Thursday, May 30, 2024 1:00pm—7:00pm SFX Gathering Space. You can register now to give blood by contacting Greg 320-250-9137 or schlossergregory@gmail.com

BULLETIN SUBMISSIONS

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As we get ready to start another busy year of activities, we know space in the bulletin will start to get tight. With that in mind, we have a few requests for bulletin submissions. 1) Have your submissions for the community pages written out and to Jill Lieser in the office (by Monday at 8am for the bulletin being published that coming weekend. For example, for the October 7th/8th bulletin, community page submissions should be in by October 2nd. 2) Be brief. Paragraphs of details makes it hard to fit all submissions in. If your submission is lengthy, it may be edited for length. Please make sure there is a contact for additional information. 3) Let us know how long you would like the submission to run for. If it is in the bulletin for multiple weeks, we may need to pull it out for a week or two to allow room for new submissions. We will always try to run it again as the end date approaches.

Baccalaureate Mass

May 19

May 19 Baccalaureate Mass @ 9:30 Mass. Formal invites will be sent out.

Bible in a Year

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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!

CANCER/CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP

June 10

Monday, June 10 from 6:30-7:30—Gathering Space – A supportive setting for those with cancer and/or their loved ones—that will include prayer and opportunities to share person experiences with God’s grace and blessings when battling illness. Contact Jim Negen, Tom Offerdahl or Sandee Kremers at 320-252-1363.

CANCER/MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES SUPPORT GROUP

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The hope for this group is to provide a supportive setting for those with cancer/major medical conditions (and/or their loved ones) that will include prayer and opportunities to share personal experiences of God's grace and blessings when such illnesses are a part of life. There will be an introductory meeting on Friday, May 3rd at 9:30am in Xavier Hall. Please join us if you can. If this date is NOT good, but you are interested in future participation, please call the parish office 320-252-1363 to speak with Sandee or Tom or email skremers@stfrancissartell.org, tofferdahl@stfrancissartell.org, or Jim Negen at jrnegen@gmail.com. The plan is to hear input from others in designing the structure and to hold monthly meetings.

CEMETERY NEWS

April - May

Please remember . . . items placed on the ground at gravesites (or sticking in the ground) for Memorial Day need to be removed by Sunday, June 2nd. Cemetery Committee members and maintenance staff will be clearing any noncompliant items from graves later in the week. The cemetery is closed from dusk to dawn. Solar lights are not approved for decorating at the cemetery. Flowers cannot be planted at sites. Landscaping with rocks and other ornaments on the ground is not allowed. Please follow cemetery guidelines to be respectful of all who make St. Francis Xavier Cemetery their final resting place and for the survivors who visit as well as the safety of those who mow and trim and maintain the cemetery. Thank you for keeping our cemetery a safe and reverent place.

CEMETERY PLANT STANDS

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One of the guidelines for decorating at our parish cemetery is to use single pole plant stands (NOT shepherds hooks or 3 prong stands or other configurations). This is to help keep the cemetery looking nice and making it safer and more efficient for those who mow at the cemetery. We have approved, single pole plant stands available at the parish office. They are made locally and we sell them for what we pay for them
- $65.00. They are made for approximately a 10" pot. They can hold larger or smaller pots by some "squeezing" or "stretching" the brackets on the stand.

CENTRAL MN KOINONIA RETREAT

May 17-19

Let us seek the light of God’s glory; let us give praise to His name. Central Minnesota Koinonia is a weekend Catholic retreat program sponsored by the St Cloud Diocese and is designed for adults to help you on your faith journey.
Retreats are held at the TEC Center north of Little Falls, Minnesota. The next English retreat will be held May 17-19,2024, cost of the weekend is $70.00. Go to www.centralmnkoinonia.org for more information and to register for retreats.

Catholic Charities Food Shelf

2nd weekend of the month

Drop off for cash or food items will be the 2nd weekend of the month throughout the year at Sacred Heart and Annunciation.

Central MN Catholic Magazine

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Have you read The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine? Do you follow the Diocese of St. Cloud on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Instagram? Have you visited the diocesan websites 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 www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

DIOCESAN TV MASS

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Viewers in the St. Cloud Diocese can watch the 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 GIVING

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A great way to support St. Francis Xavier is by electronic giving. SFX has opportunities to set up for direct transfers to the parish from your bank account or giving by credit card. You can charge your credit card and the payment goes directly to the parish. It saves writing a check out each week or month as well. Call Tom in the parish office to learn more - 320-252-1363. Additionally, many banks offer “bill pay”. Donations to your parish are not a bill, but that is the terminology used. This is done online from your home, but if you need help, visit your bank and they can help you get set up.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Need help paying your Energy Bills? Greater Minnnesota Gas, Inc. (GMG) would like to remind residential homeowners or renters of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This federally funded program helps pay for home heating costs, may assist with furnace repairs and could offer energy efficiency home upgrades for income qualified customers. Please call 1-800-657-3710 for Assistance. If you have any questions, please call us from 8:00 am –4:30 pm Monday—Friday.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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St. Anthony's Chapel— Come and see! Jesus is truly present here in the Eucharist and wants to fill you with good things!! Come for a few minutes or stay an hour. Make it a Lenten sacrifice or a Eucharistic Revival prayer. Prayerfully consider committing to a weekly hour of adoration. Your heart will be changed!
Church of St. Anthony
2405 1st St N. St Cloud
The East door is open 6am to 6pm. Text or call Peggy at 320-259-7841 for more information. Thank you.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS EVENTS-POSTPONED

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It is with great regret that, due to a serious medical issue in Dr. Timothy O'Malley's family, the Diocese of St. Cloud is postponing the "Becoming Eucharist" Congress events slated for Sept. 8-9. Plans are in the works to reschedule Dr. O'Malley's visit at a later time. Information will be shared as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for all to experience renewed love of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Visit stcdio.org/eucharistic-revival for more Eucharistic Revival resources, events and information.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SUBSTITUTES

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"With cold & flu season upon us please remember to wash your hands often, cover your cough, and stay home if you are ill. Liturgical ministers should arrange for a substitute if they are experiencing symptoms."

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

May 23

First Eucharist Student Opportunity There is one specific opportunity we would like to highlight for our First Communion students. On Thursday, May 23, St. Mary’s Cathedral will be hosting a Eucharistic Procession around the downtown area followed by a family Adoration hour (5-6 p.m.) and meal (6-7 p.m.). We would like our First Holy Communion students to have a special place in this Eucharistic procession. Students are highly encouraged to wear their First Communion outfits for the big day! If you have students that are interested, a group will be meeting at 4:15 p.m. on May 23 on the steps of the Cathedral (Hannah Shefveland will be there to direct), and the procession will start at 4:30pm.
Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080849ABA72AA6FA7-48534766-eucharistic#/

If you have any questions regarding any of these events – or – if your group would like to be involved in any of these events in a special way, please reach out to Tricia Walz at tricia.walz@yahoo.com.

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

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Banquet of Love- As a gift to couples and a support for parishes and ACCs, Bishop Neary purchased the license for anyone in the diocese to use this series at NO COST. The license includes 18-month access to the entire course material, online video modules and printable PDFs for each session. It can be offered to couples to use on their own or as part of small faith sharing groups. Topics include how the Jewish understanding of sacrifice and time are critical to understanding the Eucharist, the positive and negative sides of predictability and possibility in marriage, building blocks to help forgive and heal, anger management and conflict resolution, the sacred order toward marital intimacy modeled for us in the Eucharist and why the Real Presence is so critical in marriage.
—To find out more information about the Banquet of Love, please visit the Diocese of
St. Cloud Website at https://stcdio.org/eucharistic-revival/

Electronic and Online Giving

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A great way to support St. Francis Xavier is by electronic giving. Your support and commitment of regular, steady contributions is appreciated. SFX has opportunities to set up for direct transfers to the parish from your bank account or giving by credit card. That sounds funny in some ways, but many credit cards offer points for travel and other deals. You can charge your credit card and the payment goes directly to the parish. It saves writing a check out each week or month as well. Call Tom in the parish office to learn more 320-252- 1363. Additionally, many banks offer “bill pay”. Donations to your parish are not a bill, but that is the terminology used. This is done online from your home, but if you need help, visit your bank and they can help you get set up.

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS FOR SALE

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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!

FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION

May 15 (deadline)

Don't for get to register for next years faith formation. Registration deadline is May 15th to receive the discounted fee. Registration forms available online, in Flocknote or in the gathering place. Completed forms can be mailed in or dropped off in the parish office.

FALL FESTIVAL FRANNY FLYER

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I founded the annual 5K 10K 1 mile and 1K race 13 years ago as a fundraiser for the church and school. To date, the race as raised $45,000. There is no other place as fun to be at then St. Francis the morning of the race. It is now time for me to step down and spend my time in other areas. I would like to thank the following for their support throughout the past 13 years. Fr. Lauren, Fr. Tim, Fr. Ron, all of the runners and walkers, the volunteers who helped (takes 60 on raceday), the business sponsors, Cathedral High School National Honor Society, Boy Scouts, the vendors that gave us breaks on prices including Gopher State Events, Roxanne Johnson and Mustang Signs, SFX Health & Wellness committee, SFX custodial staff, and the SFX parish office. Nick Novak

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED FOR PLACE OF HOPE

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The Church of St. Francis will be collecting food for one meal a month at A Place of Hope. We will need enough food to feed 200 hundred people. In the month of June we will be donating a meal of:
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Green Beans
Fruit Salad
Bars
Milk
We will need cash donations for Roast Beef, Milk, Bars and Whipped Cream. You can pick up envelopes at the door or on the tables in the Gathering Space for Cash Donations. Please place your donation in the envelope and put in the offering basket or drop off in the Parish Office. Make sure the envelope is sealed and has Outreach Ministries and A Place of Hope on the sealed envelope.
We are looking for donation of:
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Gravy Mix
Green Beans
Fruit Cocktail
If we can get enough volunteer teams SFX can serve a
meal at A Place of Hope. Please put together your
team and then contact Sandee Kremers at
320-252-1363 x403.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM

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Calling all volunteers age 55+!! You have many opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child at local schools, childcare centers or KIDSTOP programs.
Help children succeed!
*Only 260 hours per year
*Tax-free Stipend
*Travel reimbursement
*Training provided
Contact Sue at 320-229-4589 Linda (Vouk) Midas at 223-0409 or email Sue at sue.feliciano@ccstcloud.org for more information.

FUN, FOOD & FUND DAY—DCCW

June 20

“Lord of the Dance” – Looking to get out and have some fun? Love Silent Auctions? Gather your friends and head to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre for the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Annual Fun, Food & Fund Day on Thursday, June 20. Registration and refreshments start at 8:15 a.m.; silent auction opens at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy entertainment throughout the day while you “shop”. Mass and lunch are included. Silent auction closes at 12:45 p.m. Registration is $20 by 6/10; $25 after 6/10 or at the door. Make check payable to St. Cloud DCCW and send to Lora Knafla, Treasurer, at 11719 16th Ave. NW, Rice, MN 56367; or contact Lora at (320) 393-2701.

FUNERAL BLESSINGS

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Remember in your prayers the family of Marcel Knapek, who passed away on April 14, from St. Francis Xavier,
Eternal Rest grant unto her Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing

April 28, 29 and May 5, 6

Our One in Christ Area Catholic Community is looking for that special person who is interested in this opportunity. If this is something that you have thought about and prayed about, now is the time. Please call Bethany Tollefson for all the details and any questions that you may have. Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is a specialty of nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit and whole-person health. Some examples of how FCNs may serve (depending on their availability and the need) ● Home and hospital visits and calls, ● Educational offerings ● Connection to community resources, ● Care group facilitation, ● Baby blankets and prayer shawl ministry, ● Mental health education and resources ● Much, much more! The next Community Nursing Course is offered virtually on April 28, 29, 2024 and May 5, 6 2024. Scholarships available. Contact Bethany at bethany.tollefson@centracare.com.

GATHERING IN THE ARTS THANKS YOU

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Our Bling sale was a total success. Thank you for donating jewelry, handbags or scarves, your time or attending the event. We appreciate your support.
GIA funds have paid for costumes for St. Nicholas, the Magi & camel, banners, high top tables & coverings, cremation table & torchiere lamps, seasonal changes of table decorations, utility carts, $5,000.00 towards replacement carpet, table cloths, flower pots, large lighted Christmas tree & decorations. Most recently a new refrigerator in the GP kitchen.

Grief Support Group CHANGE IN SCHEDULE!

1st & 3rd WEDNESDAY

The Grief Group will meet again starting in August on the 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAY of the month. All are welcome! Any questions please contact Sandee Kremers at 320-252-1363 x403 or skremers@stfrancissartell.org.

HOMEBOUND & HOSPITAL VISITORS NEEDED

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We are looking for volunteers to visit parishioners that are in the hospital or homebound. Contact Sandee Kremers at 320- 252-1363 or skremers@stfrancissartell.org.

HOMELESS HELPING HOMELESS

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Homeless Helping Homeless is in need of supplies! Now until Jan 14th, the Social Concerns Team is collecting napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, hand warmers, and warm gloves. Please drop off items in designated areas in the gathering space or by the parish office at Sacred Heart Church. Donations are appreciated from any
parish in our ACC. For more information contact Dcn Joe at 320-292-4857.

Helping Hands Outreach

Wednesdays

Helping Hands Outreach
Senior Dining - Wednesday’s at The Rusty Nail at noon followed by cards. Cost-$6.00 per meal. Feet First Clinic - Call Helping Hands to set up an appointment. 320-746-9960.

In Home Communion

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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 skremers@stfrancissartell.org

Join the Knights of Columbus

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The Knights of Columbus are a men’s fraternal organization that stand by the principals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Bishop Trobec Council 5276—Sartell, St. Stephen, and St. Wendell is active in our communities. We support vocations, family, pro-life and those in need. Recent donations include cash for the St. Stephen Parish Festival and the Franny Flyer 5k/10k/1 mile and Kids 1k Fun Run, donations to youth groups at both parishes, and more. You see the KC’s helping with hospitality and serving food at youth events. To learn more contact Grand Knight Adam Fasen (320-282-7083), Tom Offerdahl(320-290-3228), or any other Knight you may know.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

May 27

The Sartell American Legion Post 277 invites you to attend the 2024 Memorial Day Service being held at the Sartell Community Center at 9:00am on Monday, May 27. This is a rain or shine event. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service. Seating is limited, so plan to bring a lawn chair.

NEW LEADERSHIP

May 21 (submit by)

Hear, Ye! Hear, Ye! It is time to look for new and additional leadership for the Pastoral Council and ACC Council. We will accept nominations thru Tuesday, May 21st. All interested parishioners are invited to an Evening of Discernment on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30pm to learn more. Questions, please contact Tom Offerdahl in the parish office.

ONE IN CHRIST ACC SHIRTS/HATS

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We have One in Christ ACC shirts and hats in stock! We have a few of the gray crew neck shirts left in sizes L-2XL. We also have the new blue shirts with white ACC logo in both crew neck and V-neck. Shirts and hats are $15 each. If you are interested, call or stop by your parish office.

OUTDOOR AED CABINET AT ST. FRANCIS

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St. Francis Xavier has one AED in the church and one AED inside the school. However, they are not available 24/7. The outdoor AED cabinet would be placed by the playground and athletic fields so there is quick access anytime. We encourage you to make a donation online or send a check to Advocate for Health at 4067 Pine Point Road, Sartell, MN 56377. The online donation link is https://www.givemn.org/story/Stfrancischurch.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

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"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

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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, www.oneinchristacc.org for more information.

PAINTING THE WORD WITH WOMEN & WINE 18+

June 2

Join us on June 2nd from 6 pm-7:30 pm for the Painting the Word event at Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids. Women 18+ are invited to participate in a creative process of painting scripture. Come ready to meet new friends. No artistic ability is needed. Wine will be offered to those 21 and up; a nonalcoholic alternative will be provided. This event is free, thanks to the Building Bridges Thriving Mission Grant!
Contact Karen Handeland at 320-761-5155 to sign up or scan the code.

PARISH FESTIVAL

September 14 & 15

Mark your calendar for September 14th & 15th for our annual parish festival. We will soon be sending out invitations to contribute to our parish raffle and start collecting great items for the silent auction. In discussion at our pastoral council meeting on Thursday, April 25th, there was 1 guest who joined us, so we didn't get an our-pouring of help "from the pews" for leadership and planning for this event. We will have a raffle, silent auction, and bake sale. The thought was to have a breakfast on the morning of the 15th with the addition of Mimosa's, a Bloody Mary Bar, and smoothies for the youth and anyone else who prefers them. Leadership for planning, promoting and lining up volunteers will still be needed. Please contact Tom Offerdahl in theparish office or by email with your offer to help 320-252-1363, Ext. 405 or tofferdahl@gmail.com.

PERPETUAL ADORATION

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Are you being called to spend time with the Lord in a beautiful and peaceful way? There are many opportunities to pray before the Blessed Sacrament and spend time with Jesus. The Saint Anthony’s Chapel is the only perpetual adoration chapel in town. We are especially in need of nocturnal adorers. Here are the most urgent hours: Sun 11pm-4am and Friday 12am-5am. If you could cover 1-2 of these hours, please contact Nicky Carlson to sign up at nicolechristine789@gmail.com or text 320- 304-4199.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you-1 Peter 5:7

PLACE OF HOPE

4th Tuesday

St. Francis Xavier is scheduled the 4th Tuesday of the month starting in October to prepare, serve and clean up for a meal at Place of Hope. The dates for the year are as follows – 10/24, 11/28, 12/26, 1/23, 2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28. We will start to prepare the meal at SFX and will finish the preparations at Place of Hope. We will need some adults to leave SFX at 3 pm and then we will need to pick up youth at 3:45 pm to help us finish preparing, serve and clean up. We will return to SFX at approximately 6:45 pm. We will need 10 people per date, and we will always need 3 adults per meal for chaperoning. We will take 6-12th graders with us or any age if accompanied by an adult. Contact Sandee Kremers at 320-252-1363 x403 or skremers@stfrancissartell.org with any questions or to sign up.
We will still bring a meal in September but will not prepare, serve, and clean up. Look for more details next week on our September meal. Cash donations are always welcome to help us with the costs. All One in Christ Catholic Community are invited to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if interested.

PRAYER LINE

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After many years of being the head person on the Prayer Line, Dorothy Frank will be retiring from this role. Thank you
Dorothy, for all of the years of service! We are looking for a new head of the prayer line. If interested, please contact Sandee Kremers at 320-252-1363 or skremers@stfrancissartell.org.

PRAYERS

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Please keep in your prayers: Jenna Nielson, Catechumen and Carson Thorstenson, Candidate. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide their journey this Lent!

Remember in your prayers...

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Remember in your prayers the family of Clarence Rueter, who passed away on March 22 and Weston Lentner who passed away on March 22.

SCUBA-VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2024

June 23-27; June 24-June 28

Where kids will dive into a friendship with God! Registration materials are available at all 4 parishes for students and volunteers. VBS is open to kids ages 4 through entering 5th grade. Students in 6th grade and older can volunteer to help in various ways throughout the week. Lots of volunteers are needed both the week of VBS and leading up to VBS-See the volunteer form for more information on how to get involved.

SFX SCHOOL

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Greetings SFX Faith Community,
We are excited for all the learning opportunities awaiting us in 2024. St. Francis Xavier School has much to offer the families of our community.
1. Our Catholic school partners with parents to form children in the virtues of faith, hope and charity, and our world needs renewal of these virtues. Children are proof that God is good and with us.
2. Our Catholic school is small and committed to developing the whole child through academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community service.
3. We work with our families to adjust to changing economic situations.
4. Our Catholic school teachers and staff model to our students how to rely on their faith to persevere through challenges that may emerge.
5. Our Catholic school is purposefully planning for possibilities to improve our instruction and strengthen our community. We offer personal tours of our exceptional school.
If you or someone you know are interested in enrolling as a SFX and want to know more about our programs, please contact the school office at (schooloffice@sfx61.org) or call 252-9940.
Heidi Schloe, Principal

ST. PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY PILGRIMAGE

September 15-29

JOIN FR. STEVE BINSFELD & FOLLOW ST PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY SEPTEMBER 15-29, 2024
Walk the stones where Saint Paul walked through Athens and Corinth. Then set sail on a 9-night Celebrity Cruise through the Greek Isles continuing the journey as we visit six ports of call: Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Volos, Thessaloniki, and Kavala. Enjoy both private group tours and free time in Athens and on the cruise. Learn of the spiritual, historical, and cultural significance of Greece and Paul’s missionary journey. Mass is celebrated every day, especially in Corinth, Thessaloniki and Ephesus. This quality, customized tour is done through Magi Travel. Space is limited on this pilgrimage so sign up today! Call Magi Travel 952-949-0065 or visit the web at
www.magitravelinc.com and click on Greece, then Fr. Steve Binsfeld

ST. ROSE OF LIMA ROSARY GROUP

1st and 3rd Thursday

The St. Rose of Lima Rosary group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month form 9:00-11:00 in Xavier Hall. Learn to make rosaries and all of the supplies are provided. Easy to learn, we will teach you! All rosaries are donated to missions around the world. Questions, call Nita Davis at 214-455-4301.

STEWARDSHIP

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“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

All of us are blessed, regardless of our own individual circumstances. God has given each of us many gifts. How we use those gifts is our gift back to God. For God’s plan to work, each must do what we are called to do. Guess what? We are not all called to do the same thing! For God’s plan to work you have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do.

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

November 5 (begins)

How Do I Live as a Christian in the Midst of a Pagan
Culture? Join us for a Bible study on First Corinthians at the St. Stephen Church Hall at 7:00 pm on the following Sundays: November 5, 12, 19; December 3; January 14, 21, 28; February 18, 25 and March 3, 10. Please call the St. Stephen parish office (320-251-1520) to register by September 30 so materials can be ordered. Cost: $30. Questions call Julie Gillen at 320-248-6823.

SUNDAY CELEBRATION IN THE ABSENCE OF A PRIEST

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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 are now forming to read & reflect

March-April

Monday Mornings at SFX Sartell 9-10:30am
March 11 & 18, April 1 & 8
Julie Bruns-Leader
Thursday Mornings at Annunciation 9:15 am
February 29, March 7, 15 & 22
Maureen & Roger Athman-Leaders
**New Opportunity Added!**
Wednesday Evenings in Sartell 6:30 pm
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Tom & Diane Offerdahl – Leaders
(Space is limited to 6 participants –
first come, first serve)
Please contact Sandee Kremers to sign up or if you have any
questions. 320-252-1363 or skremers@stfrancissartell.org

TEREBINTH REFUGE

May 19

Please join us on Sunday, May 19th for a conversation led by the team from Terebinth Refuge. This local Christ-centered shelter and safe home brings hope, healing services, and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women in our very own community. The leaders of Terebinth Refuge believe in forming a community of women empowering women, providing victims with healthcare, psychological support, personal coaching, employment coaching, and training of transferable skills. They need our support now more than ever.
Date: Sunday, May 19th
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Church of St. Columbkille in St. Wendell, MN Please join us for a conversation followed by Q&A and Fellowship.

THANK YOU

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On behalf of the family of Tom Buley, we would like to express our thanks to all of those who performed services at our father's funeral. Our gratitude goes out to Father Ron Weyrens for officiating the Mass, the words of comfort and the encouragement that you shared. To Mark Levandowski and the choir for the beautiful music, and to Sue Schlosser and everyone who helped serve the lunch. Your words and your kindness at our time of need will always be treasured by our family.

THANK YOU FROM SOCIAL JUSTICE

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The Social Justice Concerns Committee offers a special thank you to all who donated personal hygiene, supplies for Terebinth Refuge (rehab for women who are sex trafficked) and the Dream Center (re-entry program for those getting out of jail) . Grateful for good neighbors!

Thank You

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The family of Marcel Knapek wishes to thank Fr. Ron, Sandee Kremers and the choir for a beautiful service. Thank you to Sue Schlosser and her team for a delicious lunch.

VOLUNTEER

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CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital is currently accepting applications for volunteers of all ages. Youth may begin volunteering as soon as they are 14 years of age. Volunteers serve as warm and friendly ambassadors for the Saint Cloud Hospital and all CentraCare by supporting staff and patients through a variety of tasks throughout our facilities. Please contact Volunteer Services at (320) 255-5638 for more information or apply online at www.centracare.com/volunteer. We hope to hear from you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Homebound Ministers

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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.

WALKING WITH MOM’S IN NEED

May 18-19

We know the challenges can be immense for women in difficult pregnancies, especially with women in poverty. These women come from all cultures and backgrounds . On the weekend of May 18 & 19, tables will be set up in the Gathering Space for after Mass. Please stop at these tables and see how it is that you can help!!

WORD & COMMUNION MINISTERS NEEDED for Edgewood

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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

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

October 12-13

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from the distractions of daily life for couples in good marriages. Give your marriage this gift! The next available Weekends are Oct 12-13, 2024 in ALEXANDRIA, MN and Aug 17-18, 2024 in Oakdale, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: northmnwwme.org or contact Miki at applications@northmnwwme.org or 507-227-8229.

Young Adult Mass and Meal

May 18

Join us for 5 PM Mass on Saturday Night, May 18th at Sacred Heart! After Mass we will meet in the Gathering Space and go out to dinner from there. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and share fellowship with one another. Contact Jason Prigge if you have any questions!

Young Adult Praise Nights

4th Sunday of every month

Young Adult Praise Nights are debuting this month! All young adults (18-39), especially those with kids, come join us in Praise & Worship on the 4th Sunday of every month starting at 4:00 PM. Each month will feature Praise & Worship, Sacrament of Reconciliation and other prayer opportunities for everyone. The first one of the year is: Sunday, September 24th @ Sacred Heart. This event is in collaboration with All Called to Christ ACC.

Young Adult Team

Third Thursdays

We are now seeking additional members for the One in Christ young adult team! Those interested in visioning, planning, and executing events for young adult ministry will meet the following criteria:
   A Young Adult (18-39)
   Commit to bi-monthly meetings on the third Thursdays
   Associated with Annunciation (Mayhew Lake), St. Francis Xavier (Sartell), or St. Stephen
   [Bonus] if engaged, married, or married with kids
If interested in learning more about the team or young adult ministry, please contact Jason Prigge!

Youth Ministry Week of Service

August 5-9

Youth in grades 6-11 are invited to participate a week of Service this summer. We will be volunteering locally as well as having a day in the cities. Registration material will be sent on April 1.

“Do This in Memory of Me.”

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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.

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