These announcements are for parishes to use in their weekly bulletins. To submit bulletin announcements for use of all diocesan parishes, please email them.

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October 2020 Stewardship announcements

posted 9/23/2020

October 3 – 4, 2020
Stewardship as a Way of Life: 
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…”Matthew 21:42

Jesus was rejected by the religious and political leaders of his day, as well as ordinary citizens. Living a stewardship lifestyle may cause you to be “rejected” by others in today’s society. For example, saying grace before a meal in a restaurant may attract strange looks from some. But to others it is sign that God is alive and well!

October 10 – 11, 2020
Stewardship as a Way of Life: 
“My God will supply whatever you need…”
— Philippians 4:19

God really does provide for those who are grateful and generous. This is very difficult for people that don’t live a stewardship lifestyle to believe. People are skeptical and say it’s just coincidence. If you are skeptical, try living a stewardship lifestyle for just one month – be generous with your gifts of time in prayer, talent in charitable works and treasure, and see how God provides for your needs.

October 17 – 18, 2020
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”  —  Matthew 22:21

Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything; we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. This is the essence of stewardship. God should be our first priority in everything. All else comes second.

October 24 – 25, 2020
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”  – Matthew 22:37

Do you put other “gods” before God? Is your love of money, power, status, comfort or some personal possession greater than your love for God? Do you really recognize that everything you have and that everything you are is a gift from God? The good news: It’s not too late to put God first in all things in your life.

October 30 – November 1, 2020
Stewardship as a Way of Life: 
”Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.”  — Matthew 5:11

We are all at different points on the path to holiness, on getting to Heaven and becoming a saint. Part of the journey is being mocked and ridiculed by others. When this happens, how do you respond? Do you become silent? Do you react in anger or do you react with love? Fortunately, as one Body of Christ, we are united with the saints already in Heaven. Ask your favorite saint for guidance in defending the faith.


October 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal bulletin announcements

posted 9/23/2020

October 3 – 4, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to everyone who is supporting diocesan ministries through the Appeal. Our prayers are with you as we navigate these challenging times together. As of September 21, the Appeal raised $1,161,867 in gifts and pledges toward the goal of $1,300,000. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.

October 10 – 11, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: You are invited to participate in the Appeal by making a gift or praying for diocesan ministries. If your circumstance permit and your family is blessed with good health and employment, please consider increasing your gift to make up for those who are unable to make a gift at this time. More information can be found at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal. Your gift will help vital ministries continue to reach out to the faithful in our diocese in new and creative ways. As one Body, we make sacrifices for others, not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic!

October 17 – 18, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: We are the Church Together: Our diocesan ministries are walking with you during these challenging times. Diocesan staff continue to reach out to parishes and advance ministries in new and creative ways. Our diocesan website has updates, spiritual resources and prayers at www.stcdio.org. May God bless you and those you love.

October 24 – 25, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal bring His Word through the weekly televised Mass to our loved ones who are homebound or physically distancing. Programming reaches people in 60 counties and is available to all online at http://worship.stcdio.org/tv-mass/

October 31 – November 1, 2020

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: “Transformed by faith and sent in service to all.” The Appeal supports ministries that affect you, your family and your greater parish community.  Please make a gift today. Every dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.


Extraordinary Ministers for Sundays

posted 9/20/2020

The Saint Cloud Hospital Spiritual Care Department is accepting applications for individuals to be part of our volunteer team. Additional Extraordinary Ministers are needed on Sundays to bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients during their hospital stay. We invite you to prayerfully consider if you are being called to this ministry. Minimum availability is one Sunday per month and the time commitment that day varies due to patient census. For questions or to learn more about this ministry, please contact Anita Fischer, Chaplain, at 320-251-2700 ext. 54621


Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline

posted 9/20/2020

Catholic Rural Life, a national Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside, is helping to spread the message about the 24/7 confidential “Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline” to all Catholic dioceses in Minnesota. Need help finding a confidential financial or legal adviser? Feeling alone, sad or worried and need a listening ear? Call the hotline at 833-600-2670. “Our farmers are facing hard times and this is one way we can help them. This helpline is offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and all calls are answered locally by trained staff and volunteers,” said Annie Huntington, Catholic Rural Life project coordinator.


Volunteers needed at St. Benedict’s Senior Community

 posted 9/20/2020

St. Benedict’s Senior Community is seeking volunteers to assist with Catholic ministries. The primary need of the community at this time is eucharistic ministers.  You do not need to have any prior experience in eucharistic ministry as SBSC will provide training and commissioning. Eucharistic ministers arrive at 8:30 a.m., round the floors distributing Communion, and serve during the 10 a.m.Mass. The current needs are for Thursday mornings and/or one Sunday a month. If you are unable to make a weekly commitment, any amount of time would be a welcome help. If interested in another ministry, other opportunities include rosary leaders (daily at 3:45 p.m.) and chapel attendants (setting up for Mass, escorting residents in and out of the chapel and tending to their needs during Mass). For more information, you can contact Rebecca Calderone, director of pastoral care, at 320-252-0010 ext. 30276 or at rebecca.calderone@centracare.com.