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.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Holiday Hope


Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve
Faith Formation Christmas Tableaux and Carols 4:30 pm
Mass 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day (Note change of Mass time from regular Sunday)
Prelude of Christmas Carols 9:45 am Mass 10:00 am
Saturday, December 31, Holy Day of Mary, Mother of God and New Year’s Eve
Mass 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 1, Holy Day of Mary, Mother of God and New Year’s Day
Mass 9:30 am



Sunday, December 4, 2022
A Advent II
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 8 No 23

            As Advent continues, we take time out of our busy holiday schedule to prepare and reflect on the season, (that is why we are taking more time with the Penitential Rite during our Advent Masses), but its emphasis is the prayerful waiting of God’s people in hope and quiet, (that is why the there is more subdued tone to our Eucharistic celebration during the season). On this Second Sunday of Advent the Church turns to one of the major companions of the season, John the Baptist. For the next two weeks we travel with John and are reminded, as were the people to whom he preached, that the Lord is coming, and we are entreated to make preparation for him. John preached a difficult message, and challenged the Pharisees and Sadducees, “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” One is not baptized out of fear, nor is it about pedigree, education, background, or position. Baptism is a response to the call to “produce good fruit as evidence of … repentance.”

            There will be opportunities for Individual Reconciliation (Confessions) before Christmas to prepare yourself for the coming of the Lord through the sacrament of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness.

            Saturday, December 10; 3:30-4:30 pm

            Saturday, December 17; 3:00-4:30 pm

            Thursday, December 22; Day of Mercy

            9:00 – 11:00 am, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

            The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is this Thursday, December 8 and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Mary is the patroness of the United States under the title of the Immaculate Conception. Please join us in prayer as we celebrate our national feast day.

            The sign-up for Liturgical Ministers for Christmas and New Year’s is posted on the door of the sacristy. If you know you will be going to any of these Masses, please sign-up for a liturgical ministry. Lectors, the 2023 Workbook for Lectors have arrived. They may be picked on the counter in the usher’s room.

            A sign-up board for our Christmas Eve Tableau is posted in Berg Hall. There are parts for readers, story characters and musicians. This year we would like this to be a true community experience so we are opening this up to adults too … it would be very cool thing to be an angel, shepherd, or a king along with your child. So, if you’ve always wanted to be in a Christmas program, here’s your chance. Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents are all welcome to get in on this. For more information, please give Cindy a call or an email

            All women of the parish are welcome and invited to join our Women’s Group. Our next meeting is this Sunday, December 4 at 10:30 following the 9:30 Mass in Berg Hall.

            Our 9th Grade Confirmation Faith Formation students will be Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army this Saturday December 10, 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury.

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Thank you for the very enthusiastic response to this year’s St. Francis Holiday Helper’s Holiday Hope Giving Tree. The deadline for returning the gifts and/or cards WITH TAG ATTACHED is this Sunday, December 4. We will be delivering all the gifts/cards to Community Hope on Monday, December 5 in time for Christmas delivery. Again, thank you for your support and holiday generosity as we share what we have with those who are struggling to provide for the coming holidays.

            Christmas Flowers This year we are offering the opportunity to order a poinsettia to adorn the sanctuary during the Christmas season. The suggested donation is $10 – 15 per poinsettia. If you wish to donate a plant in honor or in memory of someone, please fill out the “Christmas Flowers” envelope that was included in your packet of contribution envelopes and place it in the collection basket. The names and intentions will be listed on a bulletin insert on January 8.

            The St. Francis Quilters are in need of replenishing their supplies for the bed rolls they make the Franciscan Brothers of Peace in St. Paul for the homeless on our Twin Cities streets. They are in need of old blankets, quilts, bed sheets, quilt batting and scrap material. Donations may be dropped off at the parish office anytime. The Quilters meet every other Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

            Next weekend, we will be participating in the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Thousands of elderly sisters, brothers and religious order priests spent years working in ministry of Catholic schools, churches, and hospitals often for little or no pay. Today, many religious communities do not have enough savings to meet retirement needs. Our gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provides medications, nursing care, and other necessities. Please use the envelope provided in your packet of contribution envelopes. If you are new to the community, or do not have an envelope, extras are available on the table in the back of church. Thank you for your share in their care.

            Men are you in need of a spiritual getaway? Let God meet you at a beautiful retreat location in Lake Elmo. Join us for a Men's Silent Retreat at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House January 12-15, 2023.The retreat begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. The cost is a free-will donation. For more information, contact John Sundell at 612-720-6258 or

            Unfortunately, the time has come for the live streaming of the 9:30 Mass to come to an end now at the end of November. On behalf of the community, I would like to thank Jim Wyzykowski who has gone above and beyond with this project for the past three years. If anyone would like to pick up where Jim is leaving off, please let Jim or myself know. Jim is certainly available for training. Thanks Jim.


                        Fr. Mark



Weekly Schedule

Sunday, December 4

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Robert Siercks

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

Tuesday, December 6

12:00 noon Quilters (Room 1 & 2)

Wednesday, December 7

9:00 am Mass (Chapel)

Mass Intention



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, December 8


9:00 am Mass (Church)

7:00 pm Mass (Church)

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

Friday, December 9

9:00 am Mass (Chapel)

Mass Intention


Saturday, December 10

4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)

5:00 pm Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Kate Piscitello

Sunday, December 11

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention


10:45 am Christmas Eve Tableau Rehearsal (Church)