Coming back to the Church

 

Want to Return to the Church? Welcome Back!

 

It doesn't matter how long you've been away from the Catholic Church, we are very happy to welcome you back and want you to know that there’s a place for you at St. Francis Xavier Parish.

 

Life can be unpredictable, and sometimes we find ourselves wanting what we somehow lost along the way. The wonderful this is that our God's arms are always open to welcome us back. God never stops loving us and he always wants the best for us. If your being away was caused by someone associated with the Catholic Church please don’t allow that relationship to get between you and the God who loves you. If you feel now is the time in your life to return to your Catholic faith and the sacraments, we are here to help you.

 

How to Return

You may be wondering how to return to the practice of your faith. Visiting our parish website was the first step. If you stopped coming to Church and receiving the sacraments on your own and have no other impediments (i.e. marriage outside of the Church), you can simply make a good confession and resume receiving the sacraments. If you are divorced (whether you were married in the Church or not) you can return to the sacraments through a good confession as long as you have not entered into another marriage. Confessions are heard Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

 

If you would like to talk with a priest first, please call our parish office 320-252-1363 and make an appointment with our pastor, Fr. Ron.

 

If you are married or re-married outside of the Church, you can speak to Fr. Ron about how you can return to the sacraments. Please call our parish office 320-252-1363 to make an appointment with him. He will be happy to meet with you.

 

If you were baptized in the Church, but were not confirmed or did not receive First Communion, please call the parish office and make an appointment to see Fr. Ron.

 

Next Steps

While you are discerning what comes next in your relationship to God and the Catholic Church, please feel free to come to St. Francis for Mass any weekday morning (except Monday), weekends at 5:00 pm on Saturdays and 8:30 & 10:30 am on Sundays. Open your heart to the sacred scriptures as they are proclaimed and join us in praising God.

 

Know that we're here to support you through our own prayers and wish you happiness and peace always.

 

Stay in Touch

You can keep in touch with our parish activities through our Sunday bulletins and on this website. If you have any questions, please call our parish office at 320-252-1363 or email us. We want to help.

 

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From Pope Francis
 
I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!
 
The Lord doesn’t proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don’t believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God.
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    St. Francis Xavier is a Catholic Parish in the Diocese of St. Cloud​

    We are proud of our preschool program at St. Francis Xavier School

    PARISH OFFICE HOURS

     

    Office hours.

    Monday thru Friday

    8 am to 4:30 pm

     

     

    OUR MISSION


    We are a Welcoming Catholic Community called by God to ​follow Jesus Christ.​

    ​​Our faith leads us on a path of hope as we worship together support each other, and promote life-long education.​

    ​We join together in loving and sensitive outreach to all people.​

    St. Francis Xavier Parish   
    219 2nd Street North
    P.O. Box 150
    Sartell, MN 56377     ​

    Phone: (320) 252-1363

     

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    We want to keep in touch and our records need some updating. Many of you have dropped landlines for cell phones only. Or, your main way of communicating is via your cell phone or email . . . or email on your cell phone. Flocknote is communication by email and text messaging at St. Francis Xavier. The easiest way to join is by text. Text 84576 (where you normally type the phone number) and in the message box SFXCC.