From the Pastor's Desk

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:

Week of August 2nd, 2015

Since 1999, the Diocese of St. Cloud has had a partnership with the Diocese of Homa Bay in Kenya. Over the years this has been an rewarding and enriching relationship between our brothers and sisters in Homa Bay and St. Cloud as we share our faith stories, walk together in Christ, and understand what it means to be a Universal Church. As part of this partnership certain delegations of men and women from both dioceses are chosen to visit back and forth to help bring the Gospel of Jesus and return to their own parishes to pass on what they have learned and experienced. This coming February 2016, 16 delegates will travel with Bishop Donald Kettler to help promote and deepen our Catholic call

Week of July 26th, 2015

As we continue to enjoy our summer time of relaxation and our Minnesota lakes and parks and barbecue grills, I would like to share with you still another excerpt from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment: “Laudato Si: On the Care of our Common Home.” #217 “The external deserts in the world are growing , because the internal deserts have become so vast. For this reason the ecological crisis (we face) is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus becom

Week of July 19th, 2015

Memorial Gifts to the Church Family and friends often wish to honor the memory of a loved one in a special way. Our parishes offer a “Ministry of Remembrance,” or memorials that may take a variety of forms: · Mass Stipends-a Mass is offered for those who have recently died or upon the anniversary of a death. One name is read at any given Mass. The diocese has set this stipend at $10 but an offering of any amount is acceptable.. Family members often gather at the Mass, finding strength and comfort in the Eucharist and community prayer. · Seasonal Decoration and Flower Funds-these gifts occur most often at Christmas and Easter, and intentions are printed in the bulletin. Gifts to the pari

Week of July 12th, 2015

"I can't believe how fast summer is going!" It seems I have been hearing that phrase a lot recently. Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, the store shelves will soon fill with "back to school" specials and the imagination will turn from growing a garden to picking the harvest. Some will say we still have a lot of Summer left, which is true, but more and more we begin to think of Summer's end. And with our minds focused on endings, we might experience anxiety, worry and a sense that there is still so much more to be done. These recurrent events in life are constant reminders that everything earthly is temporary; thus the often used phrase, "This too shall pass." Some people greet this r