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In 1994 the Diocese of Saint Cloud established a program to help victim/survivors of sexual misconduct on the part of church personnel.

Anyone who has experienced such misconduct, no matter how long ago, is encouraged to contact a victim advocate. The advocate will listen, support, and assist the victim/survivor take whatever steps he/ she feels is appropriate to promote healing and recovery. (Your privacy will be respected.)

ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR FOR THE DIOCESE OF SAINT CLOUD:

Roxann Storms, MSW, LICSW, FT

(320) 248-1563 (confidential line)

ADVOCATES:

Jane Blee – St. Cloud (320) 251-3430

Tom Klecker – St. Joseph (320) 253-2866

Peggy Rezac – Fergus Falls (218) 531-1025

Jennifer Wirz – Central MN (320) 339-0622

Rev. Stanley Wieser – Wheaton (español) (320) 815-9696

 

The Seed, Soil and Sower CD — an original musical story by Laurie Kremer based on the Gospel of Matthew, led by our Faith Formation families and catechists, Church Music Ministry, All Saints Academy kindergarten students and teachers is now available for sale. $10 includes all of the songs, instrumental pieces and narration to the story and a songbook so you can follow and sing along as you listen! Thank you to everyone in our faith community who helped bring it to life! Proceeds will support JOY CHILDREN’S CHOIR. They are available for sale after Masses or contact Laurie Kremer

 

Personal Care Items Needed

St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s churches are collecting personal care items during Lent. So many people go without these basic necessities because of the expense. We will be distributing these donations to Catholic Charities, Domus and The Dream Center.

These are items that we hope to collect: Deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, razors, soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products.

Look for baskets during Lent at both churches. 

Thanks in advance for your support!

Applicants must be active registered members of St. Peter’s or St. Paul’s, incoming freshman at SCSU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be accepted as full-time students. Students admitted to the University will be eligible to apply using their STATE 24/7 VIP account. https:// stcloudst.askadmissions.net/vip/. Apply by March 1, 2019. Contact Office of Admissions, AS 115, 320-308-2244 or email at scsu4u@stcloudstate.edu.

Notice of Safe Environment Training

Safe Environment Training was completed on January 10, 2018. Each year the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People require that our Catholic schools and faith formation programs offer training for all children and youth about personal safety. This year we will be used the following: Parents who would like to view materials should contact Geralyn at 251-4831 extension 212.

Please Pray For...

Please Pray For… Alan Mesna, Math Schaefer, Arlene Leisen, Irene Pundsack, Barb Pallansch-Binder, Renee Sebasky, Rick Koetter, Phil Orth, Kane Mastey, Gene & Elizabeth Markman, Linda Ritchie, Yvonne Warzecha, Dee Edelbrock, Marva Jorgensen, Donna Kissner, Lucille Gross, and all who have received a prayer blanket, that they may receive healing of body, mind and spirit.

Catholic Charity Quilters

Are in need of clean gently used blankets, sheets, mattress pads and spreads. These items can be left in the Welcome Center at St. Peters. Fabric is also welcome. Any questions call Ione Jacobs at 320-492-7993.

St. Peter’s Prayer Line

"At every opportunity pray in the Spirit, using prayers and petitions of every sort. Pray constantly and attentively for all in the holy company." (Eph 6:18) If you would like to join St. Peter's prayer line and pray for the people in our parish and community, please call Kim at 320-251-2252.

Hospital and Nursing Home Visits

If you know of someone from either of our parishes that is in the hospital or nursing home, please let us know. If a parish affiliation is not listed when you are admitted to the hospital, we are unable to receive this information to visit you. When we are notified, we will have a parish visitor visit you/them on a regular basis. Please call the Parish Office at 251-4831 Ext. 210

and leave a message.

Be Consistent with Your Giving!

Electronic Contribution may be one way to keep your giving consistent. When you are away for a weekend your gift will be there. We want to thank all the families who already participate in electronic contribution, it truly helps us meet our monthly obligations. If you are interested, please download, complete and return this form to the Parish Office.

 

Download Electronic Contribution Form

St. Cloud Area MOPS and MOMsNext

St. Cloud Area Mothers of

Preschoolers and MOMsNext consists of a group of women who meet bimonthly

for support and encouragement in the tasks of mothering. All

mothers are invited to attend. Meetings run from 9:00-11:15 am in the

Mary Center, the old school, next to St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Childcare is provided but call ahead so we can prepare space

for your child(ren). To learn more, call Lisa at 251-4831 x212 or

see our public Facebook page @STCMOPS.

About our October 25 meeting: Join us for a morning of fellowship,

laughter and community as we enjoy hot breakfast, group games and a

craft. We'll be decorating ornaments to sell at our silent auction fundraiser

on Nov 3rd and also assembling auction baskets for display. Relax and

enjoy kid-free time with us!

Celebration and St. Cloud Area Mops

Holiday Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Saturday, November 3, 9am-2pm

Free Admission

At Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Rd, Sartell, MN

Place of Hope HEAL PROGRAM Needs Help!

The HEAL PROGRAM at the Place of Hope is looking for a nurse and

doctor to help screen residents at the facility. HEAL acronym stands for

Heath, Education, Assessment Linkage. Minimum time is spent for this

commitment and time is usually once every 2-3 months for about 2

hours at most from 5-7pm. This is voluntary and license is required to

practice at the Clinic. Call Tom Jacobs 252-0126 if available to help

with this ministry.

Catholic Foundation Gifts to Our Communities

St. Peter, St. Paul and All Saints Academy are pleased to announce that they have received funds from the Living the Promise funds for Catholic Schools, and youth or adult faith formation that was facilitated by the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of St. Cloud. The Catholic Foundation is a non-profit organization that requires, manages and distributes financial gifts and bequests in service to the Catholic community and parishes of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

St. Peter: $425 Adult, $600 Youth

St. Paul: $425 Adult, $600 Youth

All Saints Academy: $1,650

Choose Life

Writing on the topic of assisted suicide, a columnist asks, Whose life is it anyway? God has given us this life as a gift, and He expects us to cherish it as His good stewards—in old age, in terminal illness and in facing disability. (Sister Constance Veit, of the Little Sisters of the Poor in The Southern Cross, March, 2015) That all may come to know that the freedom to choose does not include the freedom to choose death for the unborn, the mentally and physically challenged, or the frail elderly, we pray.

Communion to the Homebound

St. Paul’s are in need of volunteers to help distribute communion to the homebound.

 

If interested, please call Judi Rassier at 253-5171 or the Parish Office

at 251-4831 Ext. 210.

Spiritual Adoption Thank You

Thank you for your continued prayers for our Spiritually Adopted Babies during the months of April, May, June, July, August and Sept. Our babies have been developing for 6 months!! Our babies weigh over 1# and may be 2#. They are 12 inches long, their mothers can feel them kicking. They are growing quite strong and could survive outside the womb. The babies eyes are open now. They can also hear, taste, touch, yawn, cough, and hiccup and recognize their mother's voice. They will receive antibodies from their mothers this month, protecting them from a wide variety of diseases. Keep praying!!

Food Shelf Donations are Needed

Feel free to drop off your donations anytime. There are shopping carts at both St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s.

 

Funeral Sacristans, Greeters, Acolytes and Lunch Volunteers Needed at BOTH St. Peter & St. Paul

We are in need of funeral volunteers at both parishes. We also need your new phone numbers if you no longer have a land line. We want to hear from you if you have decided to discontinue helping out in these ministries. Please call the Parish Office at 251-4831 Ext. 201. Thank you for helping out!

 

Join St. Peter's Prayer Line

"At every opportunity pray in the Spirit, using prayers and petitions of every sort. Pray constantly and attentively for all in the holy company." (Eph 6:18) If you would like to join St. Peter's prayer line and pray for the people in our parish and community, please call Kim at 320-251-2252.

Knights of Columbus Council 5548 Events

Our next member meeting is at St. Anthony’s parish center basement on Thursday, December 5. Our Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a pizza lunch and our council raffle drawing so be sure to turn in your tickets. Our member meetings will follow. Use door #4 facing 25th Avenue. It is handicapped accessible.

Our District 45 Knights of Columbus Christmas party will be on Friday, December 13 at the Waite Park Legion Club. We welcome all family, friends and guests and all our volunteers. Bring the kids! The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. There will be door prizes and live entertainment including some singalongs.

Our priests attend for FREE. Bring a donation for the Food Shelf. Contact Marv Bauer at 251-9055 for tickets or more details.

Our council is supporting three seminarians this year, Deacon Patrick Hoeft who will be ordained to the priesthood next June, Oliver Statz in his second year of study and Tobias Ellis who is in his first year. Please join us in praying for them.

Visit the website KofC.org/JoinUs to sign up OR to set up a meeting to discuss our benefits and programs call Tom Jacobs at 252-0126 or Conrad Meier at 260-6945 or for the Ladies Auxiliary contact Corine Meier at 259-5169.

 

Christian Business Men’s Networking Group

The monthly networking meetings offers opportunity for us to come together, break bread together in Christ’s name and find out more about one another. The group will meet the third Thursday of each month from 12-1:15 PM at St. Peter’s Church, Room 113. Park in north parking lot and enter through Door #3. We will start with prayer, lunch (we will provide lunch) and brief introduction to the group, followed by each person sharing their name and business association. Cost: $10 per meeting. Any money left after expenses are covered, will be donated to a local charity. Future meetings may include short presentations from one of the members or a guest speaker. If you plan on attending a meeting, email cbmnetwork@jmaiers.com by the Friday prior to the meeting date.

Baptism Prep

St. Paul’s & St. Peter’s Baptism Prep Session is offered by both parishes together, for parents preparing for the Baptism of their first child. Please call Carrie Fedor at 251-4831 Ext 211 to schedule a Baptism Prep session or a date for Baptism for either St. Peter or St. Paul.

Know Someone in a Nursing Home?

Do you have a loved one or know of someone from our parishes that are in the nursing home? Please let us know.

 

We will have a parish visitor go visit them on a regular basis.

 

Please call the Parish Office at 251-4831 Ext. 210 and leave a message.

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Help for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

In 1994 the Diocese of Saint Cloud established a program to help victims of sexual misconduct on the part of church personnel. Anyone who has experienced such misconduct, no matter how long ago, is encouraged to contact a victim advocate. The advocate will listen, support, and assist the victim/survivor take whatever steps he/she feels is appropriate to promote healing and recovery. (Your privacy will be respected.)

 

Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Saint Cloud:

Roxann Storms, MSW, LICSW (320) 529-4615.

Victim Assistance Advocates: Jane Blee (320) 251-3430

Tom Klecker (320) 253-2866 Jim Otremba (320) 253-3540

Dolores Saurer (218) 736-3592 

Jennifer Wirz (320) 339-0622

Rev. Stanley Wieser (218) 863-5161

Parish Visitors Needed

We are in need of people who are willing to visit our parishioners in nursing homes or home bound. If you have this talent and have a few moments to spare, please call the

Parish Office at 251-4831 Ext 210. We would be happy to hear

from you!

REMEMBER US! When doing your estate planning

Please consider leaving a generous donation for either the Church of St. Peter or the Church of St. Paul. Your donation will continue to help support the mission of Christ and ensure the ongoing life of our church community. It can be a wonderful feeling knowing that you have done your part to keep the faith-life of others going strong for future generations. Also, if you would like to have your weekly Sunday contributions deposited electronically into our parish accounts, thus relieving you of the weekly task of putting your collection donation into an envelope, please contact the Parish Office and we can help you make the arrangement to do so. It’s fast, it’s convenient, and it can be an easy way to contribute to both our parish communities even during those times when you are on vacation or away. God bless everyone who continues to do their part to keep both St. Peter and St. Paul going strong!

Saintly Stitchers – Join us!

The Saintly Stitchers are looking for more Saints! We are a small group from St. Peter's and St. Paul's who sew quilt tops and tie them. The quilts are donated to various charities. We want to welcome new sewers to our group. Maybe you have no experience making quilts--no problem, we will teach you. Maybe you need an outlet for some spare time--great, come and join us. Maybe you are just curious, come and check us out. We meet every Friday at 9:00 a.m. at St. Peter's in room 208 (St. Francis room). Enter through door #7 on the west side of the building. P. S. You do not need to be a Saint to join the group.

 

St. Paul Greeters Needed

Please consider helping in this ministry. The only qualifications are friendliness and the ability to get to church at least 15 minutes before Mass starts. Any members of St. Peter's

who prefer to go to the 4:30 or 8:30 Masses at St. Paul's this fall and

winter are also welcome. It is a good way to get to know other members

of our parishes. If you are willing to serve as a greeter, please contact

Marilyn Berg at 251-2999 email at marilyn.berg@charter.net or Laurie

Kremer at 251-4831 Ext 207 email at lkremer@stpetestpaul.org.

 

St. Peter’s Welcome Center

St. Peter’s Welcome Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. We have dedicated volunteers who staff the Center. The volunteers can assist you with a number of tasks such as ordering Masses, handing out new member registration packets, accepting donations or raffle tickets, and a variety of other tasks. We strive to help you at St. Peter’s. The volunteers also assist with tasks related to the Spring Fling, Vacation Bible School, music, religious education, and other functions throughout the year. The Welcome Center is also a place to stop in for a cup of coffee and some conversation. We are located in the meeting room near the west entrance (Door #7). Feel free to stop in any time for a visit.

Stewardship & Social Justice

“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

(Luke 21:28)

 

We celebrate Advent each year in preparation of the birth of Jesus, His first coming, as we await his second coming. In this Advent season, use the sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. It’s never too late.

 

Volunteers Needed at Catholic Charities Food Shelf

Every month, Catholic Charities Food Shelf relies on members of a local parish to assist them with operating the Food Shelf. In recent years, we have been challenged to recruit enough volunteers to help our community’s largest food shelf. Many regular volunteers have retired and new or younger volunteers have been slow to step up. As the numbers of people needing to use the food shelf has risen, the number of people willing and available to assist has dropped. Please consider devoting a few hours this month to assist at the food shelf.

The Food Shelf is open all day every Monday and Wednesday and every Friday until noon. Volunteers receive onsite training so they can assist clients using the food shelf. It is not difficult and allows you to provide a real, necessary and meaningful service to others. There are a variety of time slots each day that run about three hours each. If you are interested in helping, please call Doug Boser at 650-1570.

Young Children Activity Bags

We have tote bags on a coat tree in each gathering place for our young children to use during Mass. The bags contain religious books and color/activity sheets. Please take a bag(s) when you come to church. We replace the contents regularly.

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FREE End of Life booklets Barbara Karnes, RN, hospice pioneer and award-winning end of life educator has authored five booklets on which many end of life care providers rely, including St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Home Hospice programs. Written in non-medical language for patients and their families, her booklets have changed the way we experience the death of a loved one. She was awarded International Humanitarian Woman of the Year in 2015. The booklets are available on the shelf below the 20 “Heaven Speaks” booklets display. Gerry Keymer