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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 27, 2020

Since 2009 “World Day of Migrants and Refugees” has been marked on the Feast of Epiphany. This year, however, the Bishops of Minnesota have moved this day to Sunday, September 27th to join with Catholics around the globe. The theme for this year 2020 as dedicated by Pope Francis is: “Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee.” Pope Francis here, highlights the displacement even the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph experienced when forced to flee to Egypt from the violence and persecution of King Herod until he died and the threat was no more If we reflect on our own lives we can all trace back our own family histories and see how they too came to America seeking a better life for various rea

Week of September 20, 2020

ACC Parish Hall Meeting When the Bishop and his Planning Office decided to organize the parishes of the diocese into Area Catholic Communities to serve the needs of the people of the diocese more effectively and efficiently while preparing for the coming changes in available priests, he gave some benchmarks on how parishes can join together in an ACC. One of those benchmarks was to reevaluate the Mass schedule. He then gave some instructions and recommendations for considerations when drafting a new schedule. Our Together as One ACC Planning Council sought to incorporate those guidelines with the particular reality of our situation in the parishes of St. Peter, St. Joseph, St. Michael, and

Week of September 13, 2020

“Potatoes for Charity” or “Picking up spuds wearing our duds!” as I like to call it, is a great cause that you or your family might consider doing in this Fall season. Each year during the months of September thru October local potato farmers in the surrounding St. Cloud and Becker areas are harvesting potatoes. As a result, they often leave behind a certain amount of crop in their fields after harvest This is either because their machines were not able to reach the potatoes and pick them up or they are simply spill-overs from their machines at harvest. These “spuds” then, are free for the taking for any person or organization who wishes to gather them for home use or to donate to local

Week of September 6, 2020

Back to (Catholic) School! As we prepare for the upcoming school year, I think it is good to reflect again on Catholic education. We are blessed in our area to have some very good Catholic schools available to our youth. It is also very nice to see a brand new building at Cathedral High School that is almost ready to open which clearly shows how invested they are. During these COVID times when so much uncertainty is prevalent, I think the smaller class sizes and the more personal connection with students and families can be very beneficial in providing the best education possible. When using distance learning or covering faces with masks it can be much more difficult in connecting with th