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 November 29, 2015

This being the weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, I thought you would enjoy a few “Fun-facts about Thanksgiving Day itself. The first Thanksgiving Day was at Plymouth, Massachusetts The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized that first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast. That first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, corn on the cob and cranberries were not present at the first meal. Most likely it was Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squash, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, radishes, carrots, and eggs were thought to be among the dishes. Not sure if turkey was served either. The pilgrim

Week of November 22nd, 2015

One of the most beautiful gifts that I have experienced since my beloved husband Dave died is the willingness of others to simply say they care, that they are sorry; that they do not know how I feel. It is as if there is a bit of a miracle when another person is willing to be with me and hold the pain for a bit, for that while means I do not hold it all by myself. At the beginning of November we began with our celebrations of All Saint’s and All Soul’s. For All Soul’s this year we invited one and all to attend a prayer service of remembrance and hope. I am in awe of the beauty of this sacred time in which we gathered as people of hope yet many of us deeply hurting and missing our beloved

Week of November 15, 2015

Whenever trash pickup occurs, I am amazed at the amount of stuff I haul out to curb. I am equally amazed at how full my recycle bin becomes over a two week period. It makes me appreciate our city's trash collection and recycling programs. I shudder to think of what my house would look like if I didn't have a convenient way to dispose of all the stuff that accumulates. Most people are probably unaware of it, but this Sunday, November 15, is National Recycles Day. It is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Some statistics help us understand the need for this important activity: There are 1200 million – tons of trash in the United States 68 % of all paper

Week of November 8, 2015

This weekend people far and wide, from all over the state, will be dressed the same “liturgical” color. They will be celebrating a wonderful event with watching, waiting, and hopeful anticipation! Yes, I am talking about the Minnesota Deer hunting opener! And, the color they will be wearing is blaze orange of course! Over the years, many families have developed long-standing traditions of preparation, gathering with family and friends and then celebrating as a deer hunting party. Maybe you are one of them. They will share past stories, renew old bonds, make new acquaintances, and then they will head out to the deer stand in order to watch and wait for that short, fleeting moment, that si