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.

 

St. Francis Coronavirus Announcements
April 1, 2020

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, April 3 is cancelled.
  • URBI ET ORBI BLESSING:  Pope Francis gave his very special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to end the Coronavirus on Friday, March 27.  Click here https://www.archspm.org/popeblessing/ to get the link to stream the Pope’s blessing and for more information on the plenary indulgence.
  • ALL PUBLIC MASSES including Holy Week/Easter in Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, including here at St. Francis of Assisi are suspended until further notice per Archbishop Hebda’s announcement on March 18, 2020.
  • VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK RETREAT:  We may be physically separated, but this virtual retreat is a chance for all of us to come together during this high point of our liturgical year.  The Virtual Holy Week Retreat begins with Palm Sunday Mass from the Saint Paul Seminary.  Morning events begin at 9:00 am and evening events and Triduum liturgies begin at 7:00 pm (except the Easter Vigil at 8:30 pm).  All events will be live streamed through Facebook, as well as recorded to watch at your convenience.  Please find all the details, including the schedule, topics, and speakers at https://www.archspm.org/holyweek.
  • During this time of suspended Masses, please consider mailing in your weekly offering or switching to our ACH automatic contribution program.  For information on ACH, please email Julie in our parish office.  juliet@stfrancislscbmn.org
  • All Faith Formation classes/activities for the remainder of the school year are cancelled.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation at 4:00 pm on Saturdays will be held unless otherwise noted.
  • There are many options to pray the Mass; online from Bishop Robert Barron’s chapel, https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/ or local Sunday Mass at 12:00 noon from Our Lady of Grace in Edina on Fox 9+.
  • Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus disease “Sitting Quietly Alone” https://youtu.be/8_VJhBBqE5Y
  • Together in Christ … Responding to the Coronavirus; a variety of prayers and other resources http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm.
  • Relevant Radio http://www.relevantradio.com/ is airing Archbishop Hebda’s leading of the “Litany in Time of Need” to unite Catholics in prayer during this pandemic.  The beautiful prayer, will air locally at 11 am daily on 1330am and the Relevant Radio app.  All of us are encouraged to pause during that time and pray it with our families.  We need the intercession of the saints more than ever!
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis announcements and other resources:  https://www.archspm.org/covid19/
  • SCAM WARNING:  Some of parishioners may again be receiving phishing emails or texts that appear to come from your pastor telling them: “[name of the parishioner] I need a favor from you. Text me back as soon as possible. [pastor’s name]”
  • As a community of faith, let us invoke the prayer of our beloved Saint Francis of Assisi during these challenging days.  May we be “instruments of peace” …
  • Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy;

    O Divine Master,
    Grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled as to console;
    To be understood as to understand;
    To be loved as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

     



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Community Response

Community Thread is collecting gift cards for groceries and other essential supplies to help people throughout the Stillwater Area School District during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can help!

  • Donate VISA gift cards or gift cards to stores such as Aldi, Cub, Target and Walmart.
  • Drop gift cards in the locked box along the sidewalk on the east side of our building or mail them to Community Thread, 2300 Orleans Street West, Stillwater, MN 55082.
  • Let us know you donated! Please complete a Gift Card Collection form so that we can thank you and better measure the impact you have on our community.

 

Your donation makes a difference!

These generous donations will be shared with people in need and volunteers who are willing to shop for those who are unable to do so on their own.

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