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,August 1, 2021
B OT 18
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 7 No 5



(And livestreaming of the Mass will not be available.)


            Jesus knows the intent of the crowd who relentlessly followed him. He had fed them, and on this Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time they want to know more. The crowd asks him a series of three questions. In the first, they only want to know when he arrived across the sea. In the second, they want to know what their part is in accomplishing God’s works. To this Jesus replies believe in the one God sent. In the third question, the crowd asks Jesus for a sign so that they might believe in him. They reference their ancestors eating manna in the desert to substantiate their request. Jesus identifies himself as the Bread of Life. Whether the crowd understood what he was saying, John leaves unsaid.

            Faith Formation information and registration forms for our 2021-22 Faith Formation programs for children and teens in First Grade through Ninth Grade Confirmation are available in the kiosk by the office. A special welcome and invitation to the new families of our parish community to register for Faith Formation. All our catechist needs are filled but we could still use a couple more classroom assistants. A tuition discount is offered for volunteers.

            If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults give me a call in the office.

            Our “Rocky Railway” Vacation Bible School is ready to pull away from the station this week. Early check-in and boarding at:8:45 Monday morning as we will start promptly at 9:00 each day. Climb aboard for a mountain of fun at Rocky Railway VBS! A faith-filled adventure where kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. All are welcome to join us for the wrap up each day in beginning at 11:30. We’ve got room for just a couple more kids, so if they’re at home and looking for something to do in the mornings this week, bring them down for the fun and adventure. Kids are invited to “Stuff the Train Cars” with new school supplies to help local students who are in need to a great start to their new school year. This collection is in conjunction with Community Thread and United Way of Washington County East. We will collect supplies until next Sunday, August 8 and will be delivered on August 9.

            If you’ve ever started a sentence with, “The Church needs to …” then this is for you. Plan to discuss and provide input this fall about the best ways for the

Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis to form:

  • Parishes that are in the service of evangelization;
  • Missionary disciples who know Jesus’ love and respond to his call; and
  • Youth and Young Adults in and for a Church that is always young.

Join a small group, September 19 – November 14 to discuss and give feedback on priorities within each Synod focus area. For more information, please the display Berg Hall.

Our local Food Harvest of the St. Croix Valley is on every third Saturday of each month at the now back at Afton Lakeland School. Lots of hands are needed to unload the truck, pack the bags and load into waiting cars from 7:00 to 9:00am. This is a simple 2-hour commitment on Saturday, August 21. Families looking to stretch their food budget are welcome for a donation of $10 to receive a shopping cart of fresh fruit & veggies, bread and some meat. Distribution time is from 8 - 9am. To go along with August’s National Night Out we are planning two end-of-the summer nights out. “A Family Night Out” on Wednesday, August 18, beginning at 6:30 at the St. Francis fire pit. BYO picnic supper & dessert to share followed by yard games, songs by the bonfire and hopeful star gazing, using star gazing app available for our phone. We will supply lemonade & water. We will also be celebrating Fr. Mark’s birthday. Limited bench seating will be available so bring your own lawn chair too.  And “An Over 21 Night Out” on Thursday, August 26, beginning at 6:30 at the St. Francis fire pit. Bring an appetizer, snack, or dessert to share. All adults are welcome to join in the fellowship, yard games, songs by the bonfire. You also welcome to BYOB. We will have a few beers, lemonades, waters. We will also be celebrating Cindy’s birthday. Limited bench seating will be available so bring your own lawn chair too Interested in any of these Summer opportunities give Cindy a shout in the parish office. 651-436-7817 or

            Save the date for this year’s St. Francis Celebration Sunday, September 26 from 10:30-2:00 pm. This year we will celebrate everyone’s “Welcome Back” and Fr. Mark’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination. Our next planning meeting will be on Wednesday, August 11 at 6:30 pm in Berg Hall. This year we will feature a catered brunch by “The Tavern Grill” in Woodbury, a Bloody Mary & Mimosa bar, Pie & Coffee, Basket Raffle, Prize Walk, St. Croix Catholic Iconographers Shop and what would a church festival be without Bingo? I will be announcing more information on volunteers and donations needed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are looking for a kitchen coordinator to be a resource for the caterer and to lead our pie and coffee. If kitchen organization is your thing, let us know. It’s still early, so if you would like to be a part of the planning of this year’s celebration, all are welcome.

            This year the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15 falls on Sunday. The Assumption is a traditional day to bring the first fruits of the harvest to Church for a blessing. You are welcome to bring a basket of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits to church for the blessing after communion.

            PAX ET BONUM

                    Fr. Mark

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, August 1                    9:30 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Jerry Mealey

Monday, August 2                  9:00 am “Rocky Railway” VBS (Berg Hall)

Tuesday, August 3                  9:00 am “Rocky Railway” VBS (Berg Hall)

Wednesday, August 4             9:00 am Mass (Chapel)
Mass Intention                        + Richard Larson
                                                9:00 am “Rocky Railway” VBS (Berg Hall)
                                                9:30 am Hospitality (Room 1 & 2)

Thursday, August 5                 7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, August 6                      9:00 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Shirley Swan & + Mark Strege
                                                9:30 am Holy Hour of Adoration
                                                of the Blessed Sacrament (Church)

Saturday, August 7                 4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Church)
Mass Intentions                      + Jane O’Gorman

Sunday, August                       9:30 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Ronald Kult