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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:

Week of September 1, 2019

Here’s hoping you are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and enjoying any celebrations you might have as we come to the end of Summer! Although most people see this weekend as just an extra day off from the grind of their regular paying job, we should also remember that work or having any project or job to do is a privilege, an honor, and a blessing from our God! As a wise, old retired priest once told me, “The only thing worse than having too much to do is having nothing to do at all!” He said this as he struggled to find his new role as a retired priest who was no longer tied down with all the stress and long hours as a pastor of a parish itself. His comment reminds us to be thankful

Week of August 25, 2019

“Parish Festivals, Breakfasts, Dinners, Bake Sales and Bazaars!” These fundraisers within our own Area Catholic Communities of St. Peter, Paul, Michael and Joseph (ACC parishes) are all important events. As Summer draws nearer to a close, this is the time of year when these activities begin to gear up. (Within our own ACC I know of several fundraising events.) We have our monthly Parish Breakfasts at St. Peter and our Spring Fling in May. At St. Paul we have our Christian Women’s Fall Bazaar, caramel rolls and Fish Fry during Lent. St. Michael has numerous bake sales to raise funds. Finally, at St. Joseph (Waite Park) I know they have their own Lenten Fish Fry’s and this September th

Week of August 18, 2019

“It is with heart-felt gratitude and thanks to the St. Cloud Police Department that I write this article.” On the morning of Wednesday, August 7th at 2:00 am, I was awakened by a slight noise just outside my bedroom window of the rectory at St. Peter. My bedroom window overlooks a large flat roof area at eye level just a couple feet beside my bed. I woke up to see two males less than 7 feet in front of me with two more males already on my rectory roof clanging and banging and trying to pry open my roof hatch in an attempt to break in. With this happening, I had to crawl to my cell phone that was on my bedroom dresser so as not to be detected since one of the perpetrators was shining a fl

Week of August 11, 2019

Greetings everyone! This week I was thinking about what to write for my “Message from Fr. LeRoy” article in the bulletin and what popped out at me is all the missed words, spelling, and grammatical mistakes I constantly make when writing these messages! Only after I have written my article and have sent it off for print in the bulletin do I later discover all the blunders I made as I look at it in print the following week. Believe me when I say, I certainly notice these things and am truly embarrassed by them! I always shake my head and kick myself asking, “What is my problem?” “Can’t I write something the first time without making these mistakes.?” Well ….here is my explanation (and

Week of August 4, 2019

I realize it’s been some time since I’ve talked about one of my hobbies or passions as it relates to faith. Some you know that during the Summer months I like to bike. I usually bike in the St. Cloud area and go on designated trails. I also like to take a short 3-day bike trip each Summer with some priest-friends as well. I have long since quit biking on regular roads since the advent of cell phones and all the “crazies” out there who drive with their phones in ear and so have made things much more dangerous when it comes to cycling on the shoulder of a highway. One of the things I notice when I get back on the ‘saddle’ starting in early May is how my body resists doing any kind of strenu