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, September 20, 2020
A OT 25
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 6 No 12

                On this Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we move ahead from the conclusion in Matthew 18 and Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness to the beginning of chapter 20, where Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the landowner and his workers. The landowner hires workers at varying times during the day, but pays them each the customary daily wage. Those laborers who worked more hours understandably exhibit frustration. The landowner’s generosity turns the workers’ worldview upside down. Such is the way it will be in the Kingdom of heaven, where the last will be first and the first, last. This is God’s new paradigm.

            Our first night of Faith Formation was filled with many SMILES the past Wednesday, September 16. The evening began with our first socially distant large group event in church where Cindy welcomed all of us back and talked about all of our new protocols to keep us safe. She also presented this year’s theme “SMILE” from the Sidewalk Prophets. In the midst of all the world’s craziness, the song “Smile” went over very well. And so if you’re in need of a Smile you may find the song on YouTube. Our new safety protocols include the building will be locked until 6:20 pm, temperatures will be taken and face masks or coverings are required for everyone entering our building. No parents will be allowed in the building unless assisting with the program. Our restrooms are “For Emergency Use Only” so please encourage your child to use the restroom at home before attending class. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances and in each classroom. The classrooms have also been rearranged to allow for appropriate social distancing. At the end of the evening, each classroom will be dismissed one at a time. You may meet your student at the west sidewalk or your vehicle. And finally, all of our classrooms and common areas are being cleaned and disinfected using a fogger with Hypochorlous Acid. We are so very excited and happy to WELCOME everyone back to Faith Formation and a special welcome and invitation to the new families of our parish community to register for Faith Formation. With our current registrations, we figure we’re at about 95% of last year’s enrollment with a couple of families opting to learn at home.

            Born of Water and the Holy Spirit Congratulations to Lucy Elizabeth Bates, daughter of Dominic and Bridget who was baptized on Saturday, September 19.

                PAX ET BONUM

                      Fr. Mark


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, September 20                9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                           + Bradley Larson and + Margaret Lennartson

Wednesday, September 23         9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                            + Gladys& John Milner
                                                     Faith Formation for grades 2,6,7/8,9 (green)

Thursday, September 24             7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, September 25                  9:00 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                           + Fr. George Thoomkuzhy

Saturday, September 26             4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                    5:00 pm Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intention                           Intentions of Dawn Mantel

Sunday, September 27                9:30 am Mass (Main Church)
Mass Intentions                         Intentions of Lucille & Jerry Mealy
                                                     (67th Wedding Anniversary)
                                                     ​+ Richard Larson