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.

This week's musings


Sunday, May 2, 2021
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Father Mark's Musings
Vol 7 No 43

            During these latter weeks of the Easter season, our readings focus less on the accounts of the Resurrection, and more on our participation, in the risen life of Jesus. The gospel on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, from St. John, “I am the vine, you are the branches” speaks of intimacy and fruitfulness in discipleship. If we are to produce rich fruit, we must be not only connected to Jesus, the life-giving vine, but we also have to be open to be pruned by the Father, the vine-grower. Being pruned involves living according to Jesus’ words and actions. Those who choose otherwise will wither and die. In believing and living the Jesus lifestyle, we will have intimacy with Jesus, be fruitful and life-giving, and give honor to God, who will be receptive to all that we ask for. This was a good program for the disciples then and continues to be a rich program now for all who desire to be disciples.

            Welcome to the Table of the Lord! Congratulations to our children who have prepared for and received their First Communion at the 9:30 Mass this weekend:

Zoey Rae Baken                                  Joseph Jeffrey Sobiech

Emelia Ann Beske                               Julia Catheryn Thurmes

Easton Maximus Rueber

As we welcome our young people to the Table of the Lord for the first time, we also welcome all of our guests who have come to celebrate with us. On behalf of the community, I would like to first of all thank the parents, who are the first and best teachers in the ways of faith, for preparing the students so well for this day. Secondly, to Beth Thurmes, Laura Naber-Pope and Cindy Buckland for preparing the children in their faith formation classes. Also, to the members of our community who supported them with your prayers.

            Everyone is invited to join Archbishop Hebda for the annual Family Rosary Procession this Sunday, May 2, from the State Capitol to Cathedral of Saint Paul. The gathering at the Capitol will begin at 1:15 pm and the procession will begin at 2:00 pm. Limited seating will be available at the Cathedral. The event will also be livestreamed via the Cathedral of Saint Paul Facebook page. For more information visit

            This Friday, May 7 is our monthly Holy Hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 9:00 Mass from 9:30 am concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 10:30 am. The Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at the beginning of the hour. Adoration is open to everyone.

            The St. Francis Women's Group is collecting items for the Options for Women Center in Stillwater for their annual May Mother’s Day collection. This year the most needed items are:

Diapers (size 4 & 5)                             Baby Body Wash

Baby Wipes                                         Baby Lotion

Baby Shampoo

A bassinet is set up in Berg Hall for donations for the next month. Cash donations may be given in the collection box in the bassinet. Next weekend, in celebration of Mother’s Day a limited number of potted flowering plants will be available for sale in Berg Hall to support Options for Women and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

            Congratulations to our Third/Fourth Grade Faith Formation class who enjoyed pizza with me this past Wednesday for the highest percentage of participation for “Bring Your Parents to the 9:30 Sunday Mass”. Ironically, their scheduled Sunday in March was the Sunday I was out in the hospital for my leg. By the way, my leg is healing slow but sure from the inside out.

          Plans are underway for a Summer of Intergenerational fun! The first is an effort to support our local FOOD HARVEST of the St. Croix Valley on every third Saturday of each month at the Embrace Church on St. Croix Trail. Lots of hands are needed to unload the truck, pack the bags and load into waiting cars from 7:00 to 9:00am. This is a simple 2-hour commitment on Saturdays, June 19, July 17 & August 21. Families looking to stretch their food budget are welcome for a donation of $10 to receive a shopping cart of fresh fruit & veggies, bread and some meat. Distribution time is from 8 - 9am. They also accept cash donations. A donation box is in Berg Hall. HELPING HANDS through the LSCB City Hall. Are you aware of a neighbor that needs a helping hand? Give Kate a call at City Hall and we’ll be there to help out on June 16 or 30. OVERNIGHT YOUTH SERVICE TRIP to the ARC Monday, June 21 – Tuesday, June 22. The ARC is the site of our Confirmation Retreat and this is a great way to give back. It also enhances our trips up there each year. This is a free event and open to youth grades 7+. Back by popular demand is a FOOD PACKING for Haiti on Wednesday, July 14 following the 9:00am MASS in Berg Hall. Our goal is to pack 5,000 meals. We need 40 people to make this happen. RSVP to Cindy to confirm that you can make this event! This experience will be very similar to FMSC. All families are welcome to AN OUTDOOR EVENING of Summertime Prayer, Food, Music and Games. Possibly a Movie night too! Interested in any of these Summer opportunities give Cindy a shout in the parish office. 651-436-7817 or

            The annual Archdiocesan Marriage Day will be held on Saturday, June 5, 10:00 am, Cathedral of Saint Paul. This celebration includes Mass, renewal of vows, and a short reception. Couples celebrating their silver and golden anniversaries will be honored in a special way. Families and friends of all couples are welcome! In-person registration is required by contacting 651-291-4488. Social Distancing will be observed. Couples married one year or more may request a commemorative certificate signed by Archbishop Hebda. To request a certificate, please contact the Office of Marriage, Family & Life by May 30 at 651-291-4488 or

            ALLELUIA !!!

               Fr. Mark


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, May 2                        9:30 am Mass/First Communion (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Jerry Mealey

Wednesday, May 5                 9:00 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Michael Quinn
                                                6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Faith Formation for grades 6,7/8 (green)

Thursday, May 6                     10:30 am Memorial Mass for Ronald Kult (Church)
                                                7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, May 7                          9:00 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Catherine Larson
                                                9:30 – 10:30 am Holy Hour of Adoration
                                                of the Blessed Sacrament (Main Church)
                                                11:30 am Memorial Mass for Jackie Schmidt (Church)

Saturday, May 8                      4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                5:00 pm Mass (Church)
Mass Intentions                      + Jerry Yaritz

Sunday, May 8                        9:30 am Mass/First Communion (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Jerry Mealey and + Darlene Reuter