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.

World Mission Sunday

Sunday, October 25, 2020
A OT 30
Father Mark's Musings

            In the gospel for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time a Pharisee comes to Jesus to test him by asking him which commandment is the greatest. It is a question that is clearly intended to entrap him. But Jesus responds without hesitation, directing the scholar to two Old Testament passages, to the Shema, the great prayer found at Deuteronomy 6:5, which was recited by observant Jews morning and evening and at other times during the day as well. This commandment is to love God with one’s whole being: heart, soul, and mind. The second commandment (Leviticus 19:18), love of neighbor, is “like it” (Matthew 22:39). These two commandments do not replace the others, but all the others depend on these. How do we love God? By loving our neighbor. If you are to love your neighbor as yourself, consider some small random act of kindness and do this for another. Pay some portion toward the bill of the person in line behind you. Shovel your neighbor’s snow (most likely while doing your own) or if the snow melts finish raking their leaves. In small delights, great changes are made to one’s frame of mind. Next consider the questions you ask. Are you seeking to silence a person or to affirm their opinion? In respecting the gifts of the person in your presence, you allow the dignity God places in each person to be honored and therefore learn to love God more in the life created.

            Just a reminder of Faith Formation’s “TRUNK or TREAT” this coming Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. All Trunk or Treaters are encouraged to dress for the chilly weather outside and wear their Halloween costumes too. Face masks are also required at all times. Please check in by having your temp taken and go your classroom as usual. We will then all gather in Church a few minutes before going outside. With this year’s smaller enrollment we can create a safe environment by limiting and socially distancing our little goblins outside and will be supervised by their catechists. The 9th grade Confirmation students will be hosting “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and a small bonfire at our lower fire pit. Thank you to the 12 decorated car trunks, the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department and all who contributed to the treats for the evening.

            The Feast of All Saints is next Sunday, November 1. During Mass, we will sing the Litany of Saints and remember those from our community who have died this past year. This year because of COVID restrictions, the annual “Book of the Names of the Dead” will not be enthroned but “our beloved dead” will be remembered in prayer during the month of November. Also we will NOT have Mass on Monday, November 2 for All Souls.

            Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invite us to participate in the 2020 Election Novena. For the next nine days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, November 3, we are encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the day’s intention. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered on day 10, Wednesday, November 4. To sign up to receive the novena intentions daily by email, please go to

            In addition, the Chapel will be open for a Day of Prayer on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Across the nation people are anxious, neighbors against neighbors, with polarizing statements all over social media and the airwaves. We hear the cry, "what can we do?" As a people of faith, we turned to God, and were inspired to ask Catholic Churches to open wide their doors to Christ so we can offer prayers, beg for mercy and be in the calming, loving presence of Jesus. “May God Bless America.”

            Again this year we will be participating in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project. Each shoebox you pack helps a local church around the world tell a child about Jesus, God’s Greatest Gift. Many of them will grow in their faith and learn how to tell friends and family about Jesus. In a new initiative, Samaritan’s Purse is going island to island in the Pacific to take the Gospel to a half a million children, as part of our commitment to “proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” In sending the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we are also sharing God’s Word with dozens of unreached people and going to hard-to reach places to make His Name known. You can join us in packing a shoebox so that more children in the remote corners of the world can hear the Good News of the Gospel. Shoeboxes are available for pick up I Berg Hall and must be returned to St. Francis by Sunday, November 15. For more information and gift ideas to fill the box, you may go to

            PAX ET BONUM

                   Fr. Mark


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, October 25                9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intentions                     + Emily Sweeney
                                                10:30 am Confirmation Student/Parent Breakfast Orientation

Wednesday, October 28         9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + Clem Dove
                                                6:30 pm Faith Formation “Trunk or Treat” for ALL Grades (red)

Thursday, October 29             7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, October 30                  9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       Intentions of the Kopesky family

Saturday, October 31              4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                       + All Souls

Sunday, November 1               9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intentions                     + Mark Westerhaus