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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 March 29, 2020

As one of your pastors, I have to ask: How are things going for you so far in semi-seclusion and isolation? By now, we’ve all heard the news of the Corona Virus and it effects as well as the steps and measures we must take as a Nation, State, and Local government. We also know what our businesses and even spiritual institutions must do. This is obviously a challenge for everyone and for now, it seems to be the new normal! This said, how do we look at challenging realities through the eyes of our Catholic Christian faith? Well, faith has a lot to add and say about our current crisis situation. Faith is often the only way to help us see through present things that confront us in which we

Week of March 22, 2020

Public Masses Suspended in St. Cloud Diocese: Bishop Kettler announced March 17th that effective immediately all public Masses in the St. Cloud Diocese would be suspended through Easter Monday, April 13th. I am sure this must have been a very difficult decision for the bishop and it is important that we continue to support and pray for him and for one another. Please see his message for more specific details, available at www.stcdio.org or included as an insert in this bulletin which will be sent out to all parishioners on our mailing list. Stations of the Cross and many other parish events or activities have also been cancelled. We will be discussing various possibilities for providing co

Week of March 15, 2020

“Fish on Fridays!” Why do we as Catholic promote eating fish on Fridays? Seems every parish has some sort of fish fry on Fridays during Lent, why? Well, the reasons are many, not only for the opportunity of a great social gathering and doing some form of penance by abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays, I believe there are also other, more significant reasons for us doing this. One reason is that the symbol of a fish is actually an ancient symbol for Christianity. In fact, the symbol of the fish predates our modern symbol of a cross, which today is the predominant sign of our faith. The first appearances of a fish symbol used in Christian art and literature began already in the 2nd cent

Week of March 8, 2020

Prayer, Fasting, . . . and Alms giving These three things are often called the three pillars of Lent. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are also referred to as “spiritual disciplines.” Similarly to how physical disciplines help us train and strengthen our bodies, these spiritual disciplines train our spirits. By them we learn to not indulge in the things that would harm us, and be committed to doing what will help us grow in virtue and holiness. They are the pillars which uphold the fundamental meaning of this season of Lent: namely, to repent from sin and be converted to the Gospel. Each of these is important and are interconnected with each other. Fasting or almsgiving without a connect

Week of March 1, 2020

“Walk Where Jesus Walked!” Recently on February 10-21st I traveled with 20 members of our parishes and surrounding area of St. Cloud on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, being the spiritual director myself. It was an honor and a pleasure to travel with these people as we embarked on this trip, this journey of a lifetime. Together, we walked where Jesus walked in the land of the Bible! Our travels took us to Nazareth where Jesus was born and grew up with Mary and Joseph. We then climbed Mt. Tabor where Jesus was transfigured before his disciples. We stayed on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we visited Capernaum and Bethsaida, the cities where Jesus healed a blind man, preached, and

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