St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a vibrant faith community of approximately 700 households located in the lower St. Croix River Valley that welcomes Catholics to worship and practice their faith with reverence and joy. We are rooted in tradition and growing in faith. Through our celebration of the sacraments, faith formation and outreach we offer opportunities for ministry and service.

This week's musings

Sunday, January 10, 2021
B Baptism of the Lord
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 6 No 28

            The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a bridge between Christmas and Ordinary Time. It is the conclusion of the Christmas season and is sometimes referred to as the First Sunday of Ordinary Time. Jesus comes forward as one of the many people who heard John, as one just like any other person. John knows that the one to come is at the same time different from all other people. Jesus’s baptism was a moment of intense revelation: he saw the Spirit descend upon him; he heard the voice of the Father say: “You are my beloved Son ….” He will show us the way to the Father by walking it himself.

            With the end of the season of Christmas, we begin the winter season of Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday on February 17. We cannot speak of Ordinary Time without speaking of Sunday. The every seven-day celebration of the Lord’s Day is the basic structure upon which the Church Year is built. The great liturgical seasons of Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter are more expansive celebrations of particular aspects of the one paschal mystery which we celebrate every Lord’s Day. These special seasons focus our attention upon various dimensions of the one mystery. Ordinary Time is not very ordinary at all. Ordinary Time, the celebration of Sunday is the identifying mark of the Christian community which comes together, remembering that on this first day of the week, the Lord was raised up and creation came at last to completion. Sunday as a day of play and worship is a sacrament of redeemed time. How we live Sunday proclaims to the world what we believe about redeemed time now and forever. What happens in church every Sunday is the fruit of our week past and the beginning of the week to come. Sunday, like all sacraments, is simultaneously a point of arrival and departure for Christians on their way to the fullness of the kingdom. This is not ordinary at all. This is the fabric of Christian living.

            New Year’s Resolutions … Wellness Matters. Watch anytime, courtesy of St. Joseph, New Hope. COVID-19 has created an unprecedented upheaval in the American culture, with over 245,000 fatalities, skyrocketing unemployment, and countless changes to education, daily routines, and social interaction. As more data becomes available, the pandemic’s effects now reflect its enormous toll on mental health and an exploding demand for new treatment options. Engage with a favorite psychologist and priest, Fr. Matthew Malek (LPCC) as he discusses mental health in COVID-19 times. The presentation is online and free to all at stjosephparish.com/wellness.

            … How to Pray. A 6-Week Series, Wednesdays through February 10, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by St. Thomas More, St. Paul. Each week learn about a new form of prayer. Our time will include a talk by the presenter and, in some cases, time to practice the prayer form for the evening. There will also be time for sharing our experiences and responding to questions. You may join us for as many or as few sessions work with your schedule. morecommunity.org/howtopray 

            Our 2021 Church calendars are available to be picked up the table under the bulletin board in Berg Hall. The calendars are compliments of O’Connell Funeral Homes.

            Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to the violence at the United States Capitol: “I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God. I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”

            GOD BLESS AMERICA

                        Fr. Mark

 

December Giving / Stewardship
Weekly Envelopes:                $39,842.00
Plate (Loose Cash):               $974.00
Auto Contribution:                  $3,276.00
Immaculate Conception:        $471.00
Christmas:                              $6,831.00
Total:                                      $51,394.00

 

Additional Collections
Retirement for Religious:                   $1,814.00
Building Fund:                                     $11,950.00

 

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, January 10                 9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intentions                     + Edward & + Theresa Quinn
                                                + Al Schneider

Wednesday, January 13          9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Clem Dove
                                                6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Faith Formation for grades 2,6,7/8,9 (green)

Thursday, January 14              7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, January 15                   9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Jacqueline Ann Siercks

Saturday, January 16              4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Fr. Patrick Griffin

Sunday, January 10                 9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Fr. Lloyd Reuter