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 2, 2020

“Habitat for Humanity” is a non-profit organization that seeks to build efficient, affordable housing for lower income individuals or families throughout our area. For those who qualify for a HFH home, it’s important to know that this is “not a hand-out, but a hand-up” for them! Those who qualify must demonstrate that they have a steady source of income, be willing to put in some “sweat equality” or a certain amount of hours of labor in actually building their own home, and show that they are able to take care of and maintain their new home. Not everyone who applies qualifies. Habitat For Humanity homes are really for those who cannot afford the higher interest rates or higher costs of

Week of July 26, 2020

Being Hospitable Outside the Home Our ACC would like to again express its welcome to Fr. Tom Skaja as he is completing his first month with us. Please continue to introduce (and reintroduce) yourself to him. Repetition is helpful for remembering – and there are a lot of names to remember! We were hoping to have a small welcome gathering sometime this summer when we might be able to serve some refreshments. However, it does not seem like the restriction on serving food will be lifted anytime soon. Hospitality is a virtue and we are meant to practice it and grow in it throughout our lives. During these times when home visits and hospital visits are severely limited, it might seem like we

Week of July 19th, 2020

This week, we just passed the mid-point of summer, so I might as well say it, “Spoiler alert! Pretty soon it will snow!” Seriously, although the temperatures and humidity are high, this a great time of year to get outside and enjoy. If you are a gardener, by now your vegetable and flower gardens should be in full bloom. I myself, have a vegetable garden on the farm and am currently enjoying my home-grown lettuce, beans, kohlrabi, beats, onions, potatoes, cucumbers, and basil for pesto. My water melon and tomatoes are still not ready yet. The dry weather has slowed things down a bit. As with anything when gardening, so often nature produces so much and all at once, that it’s hard to kee

Week of July 12th, 2020

As you know, Bishop Kettler recently assigned me to be the parochial vicar of the Church of St. Michael and the Church of St. Joseph, as well as the sacramental minister with Hispanic ministry at the Church of St. Andrew in Elk River. Because of the Area Catholic Community, I will also be involved with the Church of St. Peter and the Church of St. Paul. I’m looking forward to being a part of this community! For my first bulletin article, I would like to offer a brief introduction about myself. I grew up on a farm just north of Gilman, and my home parish is Annunciation Church in Mayhew Lake. To this day, I’m still a farm kid at heart, and I like to help out my family on the farm from time to