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, April 18, 2021
B Easter III
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 6 No 41

            The celebration of Christ’s resurrection continues with festivity and joy. Each year on the Third Sunday of Easter the gospel proclaims a post-Resurrection appearance of Christ in which he shares a meal with his disciples. Showering them with peace, he affirms his living presence by asking for something to eat. The disciples overwhelmed with joy are instructed by Jesus as he opens “their minds to understand the Scriptures” that were written about him. Having previously instructed them, he now reiterates how the Scriptures predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer, die, but rise on the third day. In this manner repentance and forgiveness of sin would be preached to all. They and we are witness to these things. During this Easter season, examine how you are a faithful witness to the risen Christ.

            Today we welcome our Faith Formation Seventh/Eighth Grade students and their parents for our “BRING YOUR PARENTS TO THE 9:30 SUNDAY MASS” (BYPTM). Something new this year to highlight each of our Faith Formation grade levels. I will host a Pizza Party on the last night of class for the grade(s) that have the highest level of participation on their assigned Sunday.

April 25                   Grade 6

On behalf of our seventh/eighth graders and the St. Francis community, I would like to thank their catechist, Cindy Buckland who this year is teaching out of necessity, but I can tell is enjoying it very much. It’s a true labor of love, as she meets the kids where they’re at and tries to make the curriculum more relevant and meaningful. Her faith and love for the Church and our St. Francis community is very evident. And of course, the kids love her and respond to her very well.

            From the Desk of Archbishop Bernard Hebda: I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright for the loss of their son, father, brother and friend. I have also been praying for his eternal repose, for his family and for all those who loved him. Daunte was created by God in his image and likeness and for a “definite purpose,” as St. John Henry Newman wrote, and we grieve the loss of his young life. I also am praying for the Brooklyn Center Police officer involved in the shooting, and for her family and friends. I suspect that they are grieving in a different way. While early indications point towards the shooting being accidental, I encourage allowing investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete a thorough investigation before coming to any personal judgments as to what this time of already heightened tension due to the Chauvin trial. I am encouraged and inspired by the pleas for peace that have continued to come from the family of George Floyd. As I did last month when the trial began, I ask that all of us take time daily to pray for justice, but also for peace in our families and in our communities.

As the Chauvin trial in Minneapolis comes to its conclusion, and as our communities experience the ongoing tension surrounding the death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, I am asking all priests of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to join me this Monday, April 19, in offering Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice. It is during times such as these that we need to lean-in to our faith even more and ask our Lord to help us recognize the shared humanity of all our sisters and brothers. We plead with the Prince of Peace to penetrate our hearts. It is only by seeing Christ in each other that we will honor the dignity of each person and arrive at true peace and justice in our world, in our country, in our communities and in our families. I welcome all to join me, Monday, April 19, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul for the 7:30 am Mass, as we together will pray for the preservation of peace and justice. Those desiring to participate virtually may do so at

Next weekend we will take up the annual collection for the Catholic Home Missions. Today, over 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are considered “mission territory,” because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral activities needed in their communities. These dioceses face challenges like fragile financial situations, vast distances and difficult terrain. Even dioceses in our own state receive grants from Home Missions: Duluth, Crookston and New Ulm. Your support funds religious education, seminary formation, lay ministry training, and other programs that build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. More information about the Catholic Home Missions Appeal can be found www.usccb.ord/home-missions. Please use the envelope provided in your packet of contribution envelopes, mark your contribution accordingly or smaller collection baskets are available. Thank you for your generous support

            ALLELUIA !!!

               Fr. Mark


March Giving / Stewardship
Weekly Envelopes:                 $18,431.00
Plate (Loose Cash):                 $429.00
Auto Contribution:                 $3,646.00       
Total:                                      $22,506.00

March MN Foodshare/Valley Outreach
299 pounds of food donated!
$236.00 donated!!


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, April 18                      9:30 am Mass/Grades 7/8 BYPTM (Church)
Mass Intention                        + David & + Mary Quinn

Wednesday, April 21              9:00 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Edward & + Theresa Quinn
                                                6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Faith Formation for ALL grades (red)

Thursday, April 22                  7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, April 23                        9:00 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + August & + Caroline Hammes

Saturday, April 24                   4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Church)
Mass Intentions                      + Jerry Yaritz

Sunday, April 25                      9:30 am Mass/Grade 6 BYPTM (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Jerry Mealey