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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 January 3, 2016

The Epiphany Blessing of Homes with Chalk: in keeping with ancient Tradition, blessed chalk is used to mark the homes of the faithful on the Feast of Epiphany. Here is how it is used: With the members of the household present, one person writes the following above each doorway of the house using the blessed chalk. 20+C+M+B+16. As you do so, say the following prayer: “May God send his angels to dwell in our house. May he keep us aways in his peace and love. May he bless our coming and our going so that everyone who enters this house or goes forth from our home will be guided by the light of faith, hope, and love as were the three Wise men of old. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Am

Week of December 27, 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those from both parishes who participated in all our Christmas Liturgies, those who regularly attend as members, those who just happen to drop in, and those who have come home for the holidays to visit us as well. It was great to see so many people gathered to celebrate our Lord’s birth! Christmas is such meaningful time of year when the “Prince of peace” is born. Jesus comes to bring God’s gift of peace, hope and reconciliation to all the world! I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all our choirs, liturgical ministers, and volunteer decorators who helped make our services so beautiful. Everyone did a wonderful job! Special thanks to

Week of December 20th, 2015

I hope your Advent season is going fine. Advent is all about praying and listening and watching and waiting and preparing our minds and hearts to receive our Lord and Savior on Christmas Day! So, here is hoping the rest of your Advent Season goes well! If you have not done so already, consider receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this coming week. It’s not too late! All during Advent, we have had Advent Penance Services in our parishes offered throughout the St. Cloud area. I believe Holy Spirit still has one on Sunday, December 20th at 3:30 pm and St. Mary’s Cathedral also has one on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6:30 pm. I, along with a host of other priests will be helping out, so

Week of December 13, 2015

Here is an Advent reflection on “open-ended” waiting from one of my favorite authors Henri Nouwen. I hope you enjoy it as part of your Advent journey: Open-ended waiting is hard because we tend to wait for something that we wish to have, but we do not know if or when we will have it! It is not concrete. Much of our waiting is filled with wishes: “I wish that I had a job.” “I wish the weather were better.” “I wish the pain would go away.” We are full of wishes, and our waiting easily gets entangled in those wishes. We want the future to go in a very specific direction, and if this does not happen we are disappointed and can even slip into despair… One of the reasons we have a hard time

Week of December 6th, 2015

This coming Tuesday, December 8th, we not only celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, that moment when God ordained Mary to be the spotless Mother of his only begotten Son, but we also begin what Pope Francis calls: “The Jubilee Year of Mercy.” During this whole coming year we will remember and highlight God’s infinite mercy towards us. For Jesus, no one is outside the scope of his forgiveness and healing and love. Our task then, is to simply embrace and accept, something that can be hard to do, when we are confronted by our own faults, past failures, and sin. Jesus comes with Mercy to heal and forgive any guilt or shame or sin that tries to destroy us, and the last enemy to

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