Notes from Deacon Yanish

Oh Lord have mercy!

In perusing our Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Mercy, I revisited the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Several of each reminded me of what I have not been doing or at least not doing well. I guess I do a fair job on the Corporals; we contribute to the food shelves occasionally, take the clothes we no longer need or want to Goodwill, we work with the Salvation Army once in awhile. I do my job as chaplain at the nursing home; visiting the sick. So, as I said, I do just okay on the Corporals. The Spirituals? Not so much.

· I don't "counsel the doubtful".

· I don't "instruct the ignorant".

· I don't "admonish sinners".

· I do occasionally "comfort the afflicted".

· I don't do well at "forgiving offenses" or "bear wrongs patiently".

· I do "pray for the living and the dead".

So there. I took my inventory and shared it with you. Why doesn't everybody do the same? It is humbling, believe me. This wonderful season of Lent that our church gives us is a great time to do just that! And if you, like me, are not living up to the merciful expectation, there are plenty of opportunities to change all that situation. "Now is the time to atone for our sins. The time for our salvation has come."


Deacon Steve

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags

    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



    Office hours.

    Monday thru Friday

    8 am to 4:30 pm




    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


    © 2015 Copyright St. Francis Xavier, Sartell, MN

    Youth Ministry Gets Social

    • Wix Facebook page
    • Wix Twitter page

    ASSISTED HEARING DEVICES AVAILABLE • If you are someone who has a difficult time hearing in church, we now have 4 assisted hearing devices available for use. Simply go to the Cross Captain near the sanctuary before Mass to see if they are still available. We will ask that you check it out and then immediately following Mass, please return the device to the Cross Captain.


    Text to Join Flocknote and stay in touch via text Messaging

    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.