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.



Sunday, May 22, 2022
C Easter VI
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 7 No 47

               CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR 2022 GRADUATES!!! Whether you are graduating from High School, College, Preschool, or earned an MBA we recognize your accomplishments and bless your achievements.

            As the celebration of Easter nears its end and Pentecost approaches, we need to keep the joy of the Good News of the Resurrection alive. In the gospel reading for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus proclaims the initiation and preservation of God’s indwelling. Faith in Jesus’ word and a desire to live in love mark the initiation of the indwelling presence of God in the heart of believers. This presence is preserved by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that reminds us of the words of Jesus. Jesus teaches his disciples that his going away is not to be feared, but welcomed, for it will occasion the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

            “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every season under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Last weekend Lawrence Henry our faithful organist/pianist announced, “this is the time to retire” and so I received his retirement effective June 30, 2022. As it was for Joe Reed, our choir director last November due to ongoing health concerns. And so now is the time to honor and celebrate both Lawrence and Joe. I have invited Joe to join us for a “Swan Song Sunday” at the 9:30 Mass on Sunday, June 26 as an homage to these great guys who gave a combined 42 years of dedicated music ministry to St. Francis of Assisi. I have invited Lawrence and Joe to plan their favorite anthems and hymnody for the weekend. I have also invited the choir to host the social after Mass in their honor. Moving forward, I am in the process of finalizing the new combined position description for the new principal accompanist (organ and/or piano) and choir/cantor director. I hope to post on the Archdiocesan job posting website once approved in the next few days.

            I would like to remind everyone that in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord has been moved from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29. Therefore, this coming Thursday is not a Holy Day of Obligation as listed on most “Catholic” calendars. The bishops of our Province made this change several years ago.

            In two weeks, we will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church and the end of the Easter season. It is a wonderful opportunity to wear RED as a sign that we have been sealed in the Holy Spirit and are sent to proclaim the Good News to all creation.

summerPlans are underway for a Summer of Service and Fun at St. Francis. Share your time on the third Saturday of every month at our local FOOD HARVEST of the St. Croix Valley

at the Afton Lakeland School from 7:00-9:00 am. Lots of hands are needed to unload the truck, pack the bags and load into waiting cars. 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. On Wednesday, June 8 is our Mission Day at the ARC in Osceola, WI. We will help the Association Retreat Center (site of our annual Confirmation Retreat) get ready for a busy summer of camps and events. The day begins with 9:00 am Mass in the chapel followed by a light breakfast. Bring a bag lunch, sunscreen, work gloves, wear closed toed shoes and bring a swimsuit & towel for fun on their water slide. Registration forms are available on the table in Berg Hall. Other dates scheduled for Stewardship & Service are July 20 and August 17. Registration information on “Jerusalem Marketplace” Vacation Bible School, June 22-22, is available in the display area in Berg Hall. Kids will travel back in times as they see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in biblical days. Explore a marketplace, become a student in a synagogue school, take part in games, dance to lively biblical songs and make new friends! Registration information for Faith Formation beginning in September will be available in July. Interested in any of these summer opportunities give Cindy a shout in the parish office. 651-436-7817 or

            Helping Priests Who’ve Helped Us Did you know there' s a home for retired priests of the Archdiocese? There is and you have an opportunity to share your gratitude by supporting the men who’ve ministered to you and your family for many decades. The Leo C. Byrne Residence offers 29 individual apartments for priests who have reached retirement age, most of whom continue to actively serve parishes and organizations around the Archdiocese. The GRATITUDE Capital Campaign Renovation Project (coordinated by the Catholic Community Foundation) will fund work required to bring the entire Byrne Residence to a level of security and efficiency suitable for the safety and well- being of each resident priest. We ask for your support of this much needed renovation through a special second collect next weekend. Donations envelopes are also available on the table in the back of church. Thank you for your consideration and for supporting the men who have faithfully served so many of us over the years.

            The annual Archdiocesan Marriage Day will be Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Celebrate the beautiful mystery of the mutual self-gift between a man and a woman in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Those celebrating their silver and golden anniversaries in the 2022 calendar year will be honored in a special way. To submit your request for a special certificate, please contact the Office of Marriage, Family and Life at or 651-291-4488. Deadline for requests is May 30.

            This Wednesday, May 25, I celebrate the twenty-sixth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. I love the Church and my priesthood very much. I thank God every day for my life and the opportunity to live out my priesthood here at St. Francis of Assisi. Thank you for your prayers and support as I continue to live out the vocation that I have been called to and to serve the Church as a priest and your pastor.

                        ALLELUIA !!!

                                    Fr. Mark



Giving / Stewardship

                                    April 2022                   March 2022                April 2021

Weekly Envelopes:     $27,566.00 * **          $16,986.00                  $19,505.00

Plate (Loose Cash):     $1,668.00                    $1,100.00                    $614.00                      

Total:                          $29,234.00                  $18,086.00                  $20,119.00


April 2022 Compared to Budget                    $30,000.00 Envelope and $1,250.00 Plate

Difference:                                                      $763.00                             $418.00


* Includes Auto Contribution & Easter Envelopes

** Does not contributions revenue(grant) of $700.00 for April 2022


Additional Giving Totals April 2022

Global Solidarity:                                $60.00

Holy Thursday/Rice Bowls:                 $681.00

Good Friday/Holy Land:                     $1,084.00

Catholic Home Missions:                    $515.00



Weekly Schedule

Sunday, May 22

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Manfred Ulrich Müller

10:30 Women’s Group Meeting (Berg Hall)

Tuesday, May 24

12:00 noon Quilters (Rooms 1 & 2)

Wednesday, May 25

9:00 am Mass (Chapel))

Mass Intention





9:30 am Hospitality (Berg Hall)

Thursday, May 26

7:00 pm AA Group (Room 1 & 2)

Friday, May 27

9:00 am Mass (Chapel)

Mass Intention




Saturday, May 28

4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)

5:00 pm Mass (Church)



Mass Intention

+ Roger Moe



Sunday, May 29

9:30 am Mass (Church)



Mass Intention

+ Randy Kopesky and + Denny Hardy