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.

Jesus I Trust In You!

Sunday, August 9, 2020
A OT 19
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 6 No 6

            On this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus sends the disciples across the water and then spends some time in prayer. Late that night, he comes walking towards them in the midst of a storm. Peter confidently steps out on the water and begins walking towards Jesus, but soon is overwhelmed by doubt and fear. In Jesus’ power over the water and the wind, the disciples recognize his divine power. Do we recognize God’s presence in the calm as well as in the storm?

            Please welcome back our friend, Fr. Bob Fitzpatrick who is presiding for me this weekend.

            Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) is NOT a Holy Day this year because it falls on a Saturday.

            This coming week Cindy and I will be announcing our plans for our 2020-21 Faith Formation program beginning in September. Information and registration forms will be available via email to our last years, registered families, on the website and display table in Berg Hall. As many of you, we’ve been waiting to see what the State and Stillwater School District are planning for the new school year. We’re also following the recommendations of the Archdiocese as well. And so we’re planning a Hybrid Blended approach to our Faith Formation program. We will be using an A/B schedule (students will attend every other week) to help reduce the number of students on our building, with the exception of 2nd & 9th grade as these are sacrament years. We understand that our Faith Formation program is competing for your time with school, extra-curricular, social and other family activities. Please know that we are willing to be flexible and work with your family to continue making our Faith Formation program a positive experience for everyone. If you are uncomfortable coming back at this time, also please let us know, as most of our curriculums are available online.

            Our spring First Communions have been rescheduled. For those who have opted to receive this year, we have scheduled two students to receive at the 9:30 Sunday Mass on August 23 & 30. A First Communion retreat has also been scheduled for Thursday, August 20 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in Berg Hall with parents required to attend the last half hour.

            If you haven’t already, check us out on Facebook, “St. Francis of Assisi Church”. I’m grateful to all who are participating virtually these days, both Sunday and weekday Masses when they are available. Our “production” has greatly improved as we’re now pulling the sound through our sound system, using our new web cams and video mixing software. It’s been fun watchin’ how this has developed this summer. A special thanks to our production team.

            The obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended as long as the pandemic continues, per Archbishop Hebda, March 18, 2020.And to once again remind you, persons over age 65 and those with preexisting health conditions are strongly encouraged and respectfully asked to continue to stay home and avoid public gatherings in church.

            Thanks to all who are complying with the facemask requirement. Archbishop Hebda also offers his words of thanks in this YouTube video. Everyone entering the building is REQUIRED to wear a face mask/covering. We also ask that everyone continue to follow prescribed hygienic practices by wash hands often, avoid touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, etc. It’s also recommended to use the restroom at home before entering the building. The water to the drinking fountains is shut off and our restrooms are now labeled, “For Emergency Use Only.” The main church and Berg Hall are being sanitized and disinfected after each Mass by using an electric ULV Fogger with Hypoclorous Acid. And our custodians are cleaning and disinfecting the restrooms, door handles/knobs & push plates three times a week. Every third pew is available for seating, making four pews available in each section and of course there Berg Hall.

            PAX ET BONUM

                    Fr. Mark


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, August 9                     9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Sherry C. Gordon

Wednesday, August 12           9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Randy Kopesky

Thursday, August 13               7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, August 14                    9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Rev. Francis Kittock

Saturday, August 15                Not a Holy Day in 2020 because it falls on a Saturday
                                                4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Lawrence Styrbicki

Sunday, August 16                   9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + John Jelinek