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.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
C OT 26
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 8 No 13

            On this Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus addresses the Pharisees with a parable that contrasts the actions of a rich man and a poor man. The contrast between those who care about others and those who do not, as noted in the First Reading and the Responsorial Psalm is sharpened by the message of the parable. Jesus does not dwell on the status of the rich man but rather on his being oblivious to the needs of the poor man “lying at his door”; he was his neighbor!

            There was a lot of fun positive energy as we gathered for our first night of Faith Formation this past Wednesday, September 21. Our opening prayer was the Blessing of Students, Teachers, and Catechists at the beginning of the new school year. And our opening song was a celebration of Jesus as “Our Light House.” Cindy also reminded us of the importance of RESPECT and the importance of learning about our Catholic faith. Welcome to our new faith formation families and 7 new students. It is so good to have everyone back in the building for another exciting year of faith formation. Registration information is still available for children and teens in First Grade through Ninth Grade Confirmation on the display table in Berg Hall. This year our catechists are:

                        Grade 1                       Anna Carpenter

                        Grade 3 / 4                  Mary Grant and Jeff Houle

                        Grade 5                       Tim Schneider

                        Grade 6                       Anita Fojtik-Craggs

                        Grade 7 / 8                  Cindy Buckland

                        Grade 9                       Mike Wagner

New this year we are FAMILY EVENTS. Families, grandparents and even friends and neighbors are invited to attend these events with their children. Start the evening off right with supper, (served every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 6:15) for $3 a person and then stay to help support your child’s faith journey. An example of our first event is the Living Rosary in October for the Month of the Rosary. Come pray the rosary along your child and the rest of your family. A little rusty, not to worry we have all the prayers and rosaries for everyone! Hope to see you there.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults give me a call in the office.

            We will celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with the Blessing of our Pets & Animals next Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 am around the statue of St. Francis followed by a community walk through the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to bring your live pets, big or small for the blessing. Kids are welcome to bring their stuffed animals too. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the importance and role our pets and animals have in our lives as a part of God’s creation. It is fun to see and learn about the other “members of the family” that we do not see in church on Sunday.

            Next Sunday, October 2 is our CELEBRATION SUNDAY from 10:30 to 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to our special 9:30 am COMMUNITY CELEBRATION MASS. This year we will celebrate and build community by packing food for the hungry of Haiti. As last Lent, we’re hoping to pack a couple a couple thousand meals in partnership with the Sodality of St. John the Baptist. If you missed out in March, this is a fun community building opportunity, young and old working together side by side having the rice and beans flying to see which table can pack the fastest. Sign up in Berg Hall. We need about 40 to make it all happen in about an hour and a half. There will be grilled brats, burgers, a baked potato bar and assorted beverages outside under the tent along with Bingo. This year we have 20 baskets available for our Basket Bonanza Raffle, 3 chances for $10. Tickets are available beginning this weekend.

            Please support and a thank you to the following area businesses who supported our Celebration Sunday through the basket raffle:

Windmill Marina                                            Troy Burne Golf Club

Afton House Inn                                             Golf Galaxy Performance Center

Jordan’s Meats                                               Hudson Bowling Center

Al’s Transmission                                           County Market

Lucky Dog Garage                                           Smilin Moose

Lakeland Vet Hospital                                    Culver’s Stillwater

                                                                        Horta culture

            There are many ways to contribute to our Celebration Sunday. Lots of hands make light work. Volunteer sign-ups are available in Berg Hall. We have varied opportunities for all ages. Questions about volunteering? Contact Cindy in the parish office. Donations are coming strong or if you rather make a financial contribution to the success of the celebration. You may drop your donation in the mail or collection basket, marking it accordingly. The Finance Committee annually budgets our annual festival to net at least $6,000. Together we can make our Celebration Sunday a successful fundraiser and at the same time celebrate who we are as a faith community.

            As a public witness to our Catholic faith, everyone is welcome to the annual Archdiocesan Candlelight Rosary Procession on Friday, October 7. We will gather at the State Capitol at 6:30 pm. The candlelight procession Cathedral of Saint Paul in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm. While we walk, we will pray the Rosary to invoke our Blessed Mother’s intercession for holiness and peace in our families and all the families of the world, ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral. Bishop Williams will lead the procession. If you are unable to walk in the procession, please feel free to go directly to the Cathedral to pray the Rosary. For more information,

           Choir rehearsals are back! Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in Church. The feedback I’ve received from the choir is that Lynn’s enthusiasm is energizing and is just what St. Francis needs. Anyone interested in joining the choir is welcome. Lynn will be available after Mass at the piano. And we also welcome instrumentalists of all shapes and sizes.

            Chesterton Academy of the St. Croix Valley cordially invites you to attend our Open House for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30pm. The Open House will provide an opportunity to meet and interact with teachers, administrators, and students, learn about our curriculum, and tour our Stillwater campus. Reservations are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To RSVP, please visit our website's Admission page at

            PAX ET BONUM

                        Fr. Mark



Weekly Schedule

Sunday, September 25

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Jerry and Intentions of Lucille Mealey

Tuesday, September 27

12:00 noon Quilters (Room 1 & 2)

Wednesday, September28

9:00 am Mass (Chapel))

Mass Intention

+ Fr. Peter Wang


9:30 am Hospitality (Berg Hall)

5:30 pm Faith Formation Supper (Berg Hall)

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal (Church)

6:30 pm Faith Formation for Grades 1 - 9

Thursday, September 29

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

Friday, September 30

9:00 am Mass (Chapel)

Mass Intention

+ Fr. David Smith

Saturday, October 1

10:00 am St. Francis Blessing of Pets & Animals followed by community walk through the neighborhood (Outdoor Statue)

10:00 am Celebration Set-Up (Parking Lot)

4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)

5:00 pm Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Donna Burt

Sunday, October 2


Mass Intention

+ Lurena Haney

10:30 am CELEBRATION SUNDAY (Berg Hall & Parking Lot)