St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi is a beautiful Catholic Church. It is a vibrant community of loving, faithful people who are active in living out the word of God.

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06/27/2021

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass, June 27, 2021

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass, June 27, 2021

[06/27/21]   On this Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, as Jairus and Jesus are making their way to the synagogue official’s home, a woman who was a part of a large crowd following them, reached out, and touched Jesus’ cloak. She was now free from her twelve-year hemorrhages. Others then announce the death of Jairus’ daughter, but Jesus pays no attention to their words. Rather, he simply asks synagogue official to have faith. Jairus must have fulfilled Jesus’ request, for Jesus took his daughter by the hand and upon his word to arise, she did. These two healings’ miracles testify to the power of Jesus and his word. In Jesus, is the presence of life, not death. This provides a connection to the first reading from the book of Wisdom.

[06/25/21]   Plans are underway for a Summer of Intergenerational fun! 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. Registration information on “Rocky Railway” Vacation Bible School, August 2-4, is available on the display table in Berg Hall. Our local FOOD HARVEST of the St. Croix Valley is on every third Saturday of each month at the now back at Afton Lakeland School. 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, 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. Interested in any of these Summer opportunities give Cindy a shout in the parish office. 651-436-7817 or [email protected].

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis 06/24/2021

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

On Thursday, June 3, after much prayer, consultation, and discussion, the Catholic bishops and diocesan administrators of Minnesota together announced the return of the Sunday Obligation the weekend of July 3-4, 2021. The full text of the bishops’ statement, which may be found here. It includes the rationale for the decision, the importance of the return to the Mass, and possible exceptions to the Sunday obligation. Archbishop Hebda has written a letter thanking the faithful and all parish and school staff for their sacrifices during the pandemic, which may be found: https://www.archspm.org/letter-from-archbishop-hebda-regarding-the-reinstatement-of-the-sunday-mass-obligation/

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: I write to you with important news and a grateful heart. After much prayer,consultation, and discussion, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota today announced that the Sunday Mass obligation will return the weekend of July 3-4.

[06/23/21]   Archbishop Hebda needs your help! How can we as a Church pass on our beautiful Catholic faith whether in our homes or the broader world? The Archdiocesan Synod kicks into high gear this fall and your help is needed to help the Archbishop chart the course for the Archdiocese. Join a small group for six weeks, September 19 – November 14 to discuss and give feedback on priorities within Synod focus areas. For more information, please the display Berg Hall. Cindy Buckland and Mike Warner will also be available to answer your questions.

Home Page 06/22/2021

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St. Francis will again host the American Red Cross Blood Drive this Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org or [email protected]. “Together, we can save a life.”

Home Page Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their blood donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good. Donate blood today to help those in need.

[06/20/21]   Happy Father’s Day and Summer Solstice on Monday. A special welcome to all our guests and visitors who are worshipping with us this weekend. As your spiritual father and in celebration of Father’s Day, I found this description of F.A.T.H.E.R.S.
“F”aithful.
“A”lways there.
“T”rustworthy.
“H”onoring.
“E”ver-loving.
“R”ighteous.
“S”upportive. - Author Unknown

[06/20/21]   On this Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the scripture readings set us in the midst of a raging sea, a mighty force of nature that only the Word of God can restrain. Anyone who has witnessed the violent winds and lashing waves of a storm at sea understands the terror of the disciples and the fearful hearts of sailors described in today's Psalm. In biblical tradition, the sea, particularly its stormy side, symbolizes chaos, all that threatens peace and well-being. Such was the experience of Job and the disciples. Job’s whole life had become an uncontrollable storm having suddenly lost family and possessions. And the disciples, while attracted enough to Jesus to leave all and follow him, were still perplexed by his power and perhaps troubled by the negative reactions he sometimes received. God's power over the storm is revealed in the midst: “The Lord addressed Job out of the storm” (38:1). Jesus was in the boat with his disciples, during the storm. Like the sailors of Psalm 107, “they cried out to the Lord in their distress; from their straits he rescued them.” The Word of God hushes the storm and stills the sea. In the midst of the storm, Job, the sailors, and the disciples all receive at least a glimpse of who God is and experience God's “kindness and wondrous deeds.” What wisdom for us as we encounter the storms of our own lives! What seems to be chaos, to threaten our lives is but the setting with which the power of the Divine can be revealed. Let us not forget the teacher that the Teacher will not let us perish. The power of his Word can still our storms as well.

[06/20/21]   Mass will not be available via livestream on Sunday, June 20 or Wednesday, June 23. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Home Page 06/19/2021

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St. Francis will again host the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org or [email protected]. “Together, we can save a life.”

Home Page Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their blood donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good. Donate blood today to help those in need.

[06/16/21]   A reminder that there is no Mass and the Parish office will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, June 16, while the parking lot is being redone. Thank you to all who have donated to the building fund.

Food Harvest of The St.Croix Valley 06/14/2021

Food Harvest of The St.Croix Valley

Hello everyone!

This Saturday is the JUNE Food Harvest distribution!
They are back to Afton-Lakeland School. Yippee!
Many hands are needed, can they count on yours?
Be there by 7:00am, we are done by 9:00am
Help unload the truck, sort food, pack bags and deliver food to waiting cars.
It is a lot of fun and an awesome way to help those less fortunate than us!!!
If you are interested look for me and they will get you working.

Thank you ahead of time for your help!

Cindy
https://foodharvestscv.org/

Food Harvest of The St.Croix Valley Food Harvest of The St.Croix Valley in Lakeland. Third Saturday of the month 8am to 10am. All are welcome. No requirements. Food distribution.

06/13/2021

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass, June 13, 2021

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass, June 13, 2021

[06/13/21]   Ordinary Time is not very ordinary at all. Ordinary Time, the celebration of Sunday is the identifying mark of the Christian community which comes together, remembering that on this first day of the week, the Lord was raised up and creation came at last to completion. Sunday as a day of play and worship is a sacrament of redeemed time. How we live Sunday proclaims to the world what we believe about redeemed time now and forever. What happens in church every Sunday is the fruit of our week past and the beginning of the week to come. Sunday, like all sacraments, is simultaneously a point of arrival and departure for Christians on their way to the fullness of the kingdom. This is not ordinary at all. This is the fabric of Christian living.

While teaching the crowds about the Kingdom of God, Jesus uses parables so that they might understand its meaning. He offers his disciples private explanations of their meaning. The gospel on this Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time begins with Jesus describing how a sower scatters seed on the land and then one day discovers the land bearing fruit so the sower knows its harvest time. Such is it with God’s Kingdom, which is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, which grows into a large plant. Birds will come to make their home in the large plant because of its shade. With the Kingdom of God, as with nature, we need to understand that God is at work in our midst—in us, in the people around us, in the Church, and in all creation.

[06/13/21]   This weekend the liturgy resumes the Sunday cycle, making a complete return to Ordinary Time. Though we have been in Ordinary Time for two weeks already, the last two Sundays have been solemnities that have extended the joy and rejoicing of Easter. Thus, today will be the first time you will notice the green vestments of the season and we once again return to the continuous reading of the Gospel according to Mark. We cannot speak of Ordinary Time without speaking of Sunday. The every seven-day celebration of the Lord’s Day is the basic structure upon which the Church Year is built. The great liturgical seasons of Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter are more expansive celebrations of particular aspects of the one paschal mystery which we celebrate every Lord’s Day. These special seasons focus our attention upon various dimensions of the one mystery.

Home Page 06/10/2021

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St. Francis will again host the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org or [email protected]. “Together, we can save a life.”

Home Page Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their blood donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good. Donate blood today to help those in need.

[06/09/21]   In celebration of Father’s Day weekend (June 19/20), I’m bringing back Fr. Fitiz’s tradition (without the vestments) of Flower Shirt Sunday, aka. Hawaiian Shirt Sunday. Everyone is welcome to wear your favorite flowered Hawaiian or colorful summer shirts to Mass. In addition, as in celebration of more and more folks coming back to church and our new parking lot, I would like to start a new tradition Father’s Day of Sundaes on Sunday. We will be serving ice cream sundae cups on your way out on the lawn after the Sunday 9:30 Mass.

06/09/2021

Weekday Mass - Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Weekday Mass - Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis 06/08/2021

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

BISHOPS ANNOUNCE JULY 1 RETURN OF SUNDAY OBLIGATION

On Thursday, June 3, after much prayer, consultation, and discussion, the Catholic bishops and diocesan administrators of Minnesota together announced that the dispensation of the Sunday obligation will be lifted the weekend of July 3-4, 2021. The full text of the bishops’ statement, which may be found here. It includes the rationale for the decision, the importance of the return to the Mass, and possible exceptions to the Sunday obligation.

Archbishop Hebda has written a letter thanking the faithful and all parish and school staff for their sacrifices during the pandemic, which may be found

https://www.archspm.org/letter-from-archbishop-hebda-regarding-the-reinstatement-of-the-sunday-mass-obligation/

Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Reinstatement of the Sunday Mass Obligation - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: I write to you with important news and a grateful heart. After much prayer,consultation, and discussion, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota today announced that the Sunday Mass obligation will return the weekend of July 3-4.

06/06/2021

The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ Sunday Mass - June 6, 2021

The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ Sunday Mass - June 6, 2021

[06/06/21]   This weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ aka Corpus Christi. This Eucharistic day, observed with such solemnity throughout the world began in a quiet convent in the thirteenth century, with a vison of a nun, St. Juliana. In her vison, she saw the moon full and bright. It was glorious, except that one part of its disk was in shadow. The meaning of the vison was then revealed to her: the moon represented the liturgical year; the shadow, a missing feast in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. Juliana spoke to her confessor about what she had seen. Amazingly, within thirty-five years, Pope Urban IV had established the Feast of Corpus Christi, in the Church’s universal calendar. Hundreds of years later, in 1849, Pope Pius IX added the Feast of the Precious Blood celebrated on July 1. Following Vatican II, the two liturgies became one solemnity in honor of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Today’s gospel comes from Saint Mark’s account of the Passion which was also proclaimed on Palm Sunday. Jesus takes, blesses, breaks and shares the bread with his disciples. Then he repeats similar actions with the cup of wine. He takes, blesses (gives thanks), and shares wine with his disciples. Each time we celebrate the memorial of the Eucharist, we remember and make present what Jesus said and did. His own sacrifice is the basis for the meal of the New Covenant. His is the Body we consume; his, the Blood we drink.

06/05/2021

ww.redcrossblood.org

St. Francis will again host the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 23 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, go to ww.redcrossblood.org or [email protected]. “Together, we can save a life.”

ww.redcrossblood.org

[06/05/21]   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, Tuesday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 23 (change of date). 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. Registration information on “Rocky Railway” Vacation Bible School, August 2-4, is available on the display table in Berg Hall. Registration information for Faith Formation beginning in September will be available in July. Interested in any of these Summer opportunities give Cindy a shout in the parish office. 651-436-7817 or [email protected].

[06/05/21]   Now is the time to start putting our liturgical ministries back into place. We’re beginning with the ministries of Lector and Eucharistic Minister and also going to use this as an opportunity to recommit yourself to the ministry if you we’re active and regularly scheduled before the pandemic. And so, we want you to resign up and if your new to the community or would like to get involved our liturgical ministries, including Hospitality Minister, Altar Server, Lector, or Eucharistic Minister, a listing and brief description of each ministry is available on the table in the back of church. I will be addressing the ministry of Hospitality or Usher in the coming weeks. Please return the attached sign-up form to the parish office and we will schedule some training and you will be incorporated into the ministry schedules. Any questions, please email [email protected]. In addition, Music Ministry is also recruiting for the ministry of cantor and choir. For more information, please contact Joe Reed or Lawrence Henry.

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