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, September 12, 2021
B OT 24
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 7 No 11

            The gospel on this Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time stands as a turning point in Mark’s account of the Gospels. Jesus inquires of his disciples who people say he is. His second question is personal. He wants to know who the disciples say he is. Peter’s affirmation of him leads to a warning not to let on to others about his identity, a prediction of his Passion, and an instruction to the disciples to take up their Cross and follow Jesus.

            Cindy and I are very excited and happy to WELCOME all of our children and teens to our first night Faith Formation this coming Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Please join us for an Opening Prayer and an opportunity to meet your child's catechist. Faith Formation information and registration forms for our 2021-22 Faith Formation programs for children and teens in First Grade through Ninth Grade Confirmation are available on the display table in Berg Hall. A special welcome and invitation to the new families of our parish community to register for Faith Formation. Our catechists this year are:

                        Grade 1                       Mary Murphy

                        Grade 2                       Beth Thurmes and Laura Naber-Pope

                        Grade 3 / 4                  Mary Grant and Jeff Houle

                        Grade 5                       Trish Larson

                        Grade 6                       Anita Fojtik-Craggs

                        Grade 7 / 8                  Cindy Buckland

                        Grade 9                       Fr. Mark and Mike Wagner

New this year … Berg Hall will be open for a simple supper and games beginning at 5:30 pm. This week we are serving chicken strips, fries & lemonade for $5. All are welcome but Cindy would appreciate a quick RSVP at

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.

            This is our kickoff weekend for our CELEBRATION SUNDAY on Sunday, September 26 from 10:30 to 2:00 pm. First of all, everyone is welcome to our special 9:30 am COMMUNITY CELEBRATION MASS in thanksgiving for everyone’s “Welcome Back” and my 25th Anniversary of Ordination. A brunch and activities will continue in Berg Hall after Mass. This year we will feature a catered brunch by “The Tavern Grill” in Woodbury, featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, cheesy potatoes, fruit, donuts from Buddy’s Bakery in Hudson , coffee, milk and O.J. for $10/person. $15/all-you-can-eat, $30/family of 4, $5/child under 5; a Bloody Mary-$6 & Mimosa-$5 bar and BINGO (beginning at 11:00 in Berg Hall. We will also feature Basket Bonanza Raffle-3 chances for $10, a Prize Walk-$2 a new twist on the traditional Cake Walk in rooms 1 & 2. The St. Croix Catholic Iconographers will also be here in room 8 and our refreshed St. Francis Resource Center will be set up in room 5.

            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. We are looking still looking for a lead for the Prize Walk. Questions about volunteering? Contact Cindy in the parish office. Also please consider donating to the success of our celebration:

  • Please see donation boards for ideas for our Basket Bonanza Raffle and other prizes for the Prize Walk.
  • In addition to gently used books, CD’s DVD’s, toys, games or new bottles or jars (jelly, ketchup, bbq sauce, 2-liter bottles of soda pop, or shampoo to name a few), or prepackaged bakery goods (cakes, cupcakes, cookies) for the Prize Walk.
  • Unused Gift Cards in Your Wallet? If you have unused gift cards in your wallet that you’ve been carrying around for a while, please consider donating them to the Festival. The gift card may be used for the Prize Walk or Bingo.
  • Or if you rather, consider making 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.

            To make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in the Archdiocesan Synod process, Archbishop Hebda has asked every parish in the archdiocese to host Synod small groups this fall. That means for six weeks, we are focusing our adult formation just on the Synod. Imagine the impact of 186 parishes across the Archdiocese journeying together! Be part of this historic moment now, and the future of our local Church. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Registration is available on the display table in Berg Hall and is appreciated but not required. See more at Archbishop Hebda also has a promotional video available here.


            For all of us who live and work in this beautiful St. Croix River Valley, we celebrate our patronal feast this coming Tuesday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Holy Cross in French is Saint Croix. This feast is a celebration of the dedication of the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. It houses the sites of Calvary, the empty tomb and, the discovery of the wood of the cross. As we celebrate this Feast in honor of the Holy Cross and our patronal feast, let us celebrate the Cross as the source of glory and our salvation.

            This weekend we observe the twentieth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, we are deeply aware of the tragic cycle of continuing violence around the world. As we each find our own way through the complex maze of inner feelings, it is useful to know that we are not alone in our struggles or in our hopes. Even as tragedy and suffering have occurred to so many people now and throughout history, there have also been passionate, insightful voices calling for peace and healing. Over these years, I have collected several prayers and words of wisdom:

If there is to be peace in the world,

there must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,

there must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,

there must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,

there must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,

there must be peace in the heart.

- Chinese Philosopher - Lao-Tse – 6th Century BCE

            PAX ET BONUM

                   Fr. Mark


August Giving / Stewardship
Weekly Envelopes:                 $18,456.00
Plate (Loose Cash):                 $810.00
Auto Contribution:                 $3,421.00       
Total:                                      $22,687.00

Additional Giving
Mission Appeal:                      $2,694.00


Weekly Schedule

Sunday, September 12           9:30 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Randy Kopesky
                                                10:30 am Sunday Social (Berg Hall)

Monday, September 13          SFA Women’s Group (Berg Hall)
                                                Followed by dinner at the Bungalow

Tuesday, September 14          FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS
                                                12:00 pm Quilters (Room 1 & 2)
                                                5:30 pm Nasseff Baptism (Church)

Wednesday, September 15    9:00 am Mass (Chapel)
Mass Intention                        Intentions of Reggie Kopesky
                                                9:30 am Hospitality (Berg Hall)
                                                5:30 pm Faith Formation Supper & Games (Berg Hall)
                                                6:30 pm Faith Formation for all grades (blue)

Thursday, September 16        7:00 pm AA Group (Berg Hall)

Friday, September 17             9:00 am Mass (Chapel)
Mass Intention                        + Fr. Tim Nolan

Saturday, September 18        7:00 am Food Harvest of the St. Croix Valley (Embrace Church)
                                                 4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)
                                                 5:00 pm Mass (Church)
Mass Intentions                      + Roger Moe

Sunday, September 19           9:30 am Mass (Church)
Mass Intention                        + Randy Kopesky (in honor of his dedication to the Yellow Ribbon Alliance)
Mass Intention                        + Randy Kopesky

                                                  10:30 am Sunday Social (Berg Hall)