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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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St. Cloud Metro area pastors, staff and parishoners are working together to share information about the upcoming parish planning changes, specifically addressing how these changes will affect the St. Cloud Metro.  View the blog here: https://togetherinchange.wordpress.com/

Week of July 5, 2015

On this 4th of July weekend, I hope all of you have a chance to sit back and enjoy! Maybe your plans include gathering with family and friends or spending some time on the lake, maybe you plan on watching or shooting off some fireworks! That’s what summer is all about. Summer is also about thanking God for the wonderful country we are in, for the freedoms we enjoy and the ability to exercise those freedoms in so many ways. Sure, our politics are not perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be grateful for what we have, all differences aside. One way to thank God is to be grateful for God’s work of creation as we experience the outdoors. Last week, I preached on Pope Francis’ encyclical

Week of June 28, 2015

Anyone up for a Holy Land Pilgrimage? As promised way back in May (but a little late) inside each bulletin you should see an insert promoting an upcoming Pilgrimage to the Holy Land which I will host. As your Spiritual Director, I will be going with you on a journey entitled: “Walk Where Jesus Walked,” which will take place early next year in February, 15-25th of 2016, the first week of Lent. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who would like to visit the holy sites, pray, and experience the places where our gospel stories took place. People often say, “The Bible comes alive when you visit the Holy Land!” and my first-hand experience proves this is so! If you and/or someo

Week of June 21, 2015

“Happy Father’s Day!” to you dad’s out there. God bless you for your hard work, dedication, and the silent support you provide for your wife and family. Sometimes, with tongue in cheek people like to wish me a “Happy Father’s Day!” too, and as a priest that is fine. Yet, as I reflect on this I realize that my role as a “Father” of a parish, in many ways is much easier than those of being a real dad. Sure, my work as a parish priest can and often does drain me. I usually don’t get enough sleep. I regularly spend 10-14 hours a day at work, and I have an endless list of meetings, but in many ways all that administration pales in comparison with the 24/7 job a dad has with his family. Dads

June 14th, 2015 – Message from Deacon Dave...

Our Gospel reading this weekend brings us into the presence of nature as we see Summer dawning. The seeds that were planted in the fields and gardens are beginning to sprout and we have no doubt cut the lawn a few times. Suddenly the world is green again and we see all kinds of little critters flying and scurrying about that we haven't seen for a number of months. The children are out of school and the parks and playgrounds are filled with their gleeful shouts and giggles. Mom's and Dad's are adjusting their driving schedules so the kids can make it to all the Summer events, camps and activities. By the end of Summer, they too will have grown like weeds and we will look at them with amazemen

Week of June 14th, 2015

Our Gospel reading this weekend brings us into the presence of nature as we see Summer dawning. The seeds that were planted in the fields and gardens are beginning to sprout and we have no doubt cut the lawn a few times. Suddenly the world is green again and we see all kinds of little critters flying and scurrying about that we haven't seen for a number of months. The children are out of school and the parks and playgrounds are filled with their gleeful shouts and giggles. Mom's and Dad's are adjusting their driving schedules so the kids can make it to all the Summer events, camps and activities. By the end of Summer, they too will have grown like weeds and we will look at them with amaze

Week of June 7, 2015

THE NEW PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS begin their service July 1. At St. Peter’s, we welcome JASON SCHINDLER. MARY DEE SANDEY and SCOTT BAYNES are welcomed back for their second term. At St. Paul’s we welcome KATHY PFLUEGER, DAN COTTON and JOHN HORN. We welcome back BARB HARLANDER for her second term. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank those who are leaving the Councils after various numbers of years of faithful service: Julie Theismann, Cynthia Locnikar and Chuck Muehlbauer. Our pastoral councils meet in joint session several times a year. One of their focuses since the twinning has been the collaboration of our parishes, helping us navigate “change” which is alway

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