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

PRAY FOR PRIESTS – Serra Monthly Calendar is available here for download (PDF) for parish bulletin

2018 World Day of Prayer – “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action”

posted 2/23/18

You are invited to attend the World Day of Prayer service at Atonement Lutheran Church (1144 29th Avenue North, St. Cloud) on Friday, March 2 at 1:00 PM.   A Bible Study will be held at 11:30 AM. (Please bring a bag lunch).

This year’s prayer service is written by the women of Suriname (located on the Northeast coastline of South America) and focuses on the story of creation. The Bible study and worship service invite us to explore issues of climate change, natural disasters, pollution and human abuse of the environment and how we might respond as God’s people.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.

Catholics at the Capitol Mini– March 16, or April 17

posted 1/29/18

Want to make your Catholic voice heard at the Capitol? Register today to join Catholics from across Minnesota for Capitol 101.

  • Friday, March 16
    – or–
  • Tuesday, April 17

Minnesota Catholics will gather at the State Capitol to learn about the issues impacting our faith and daily life. You’ll have the chance to hear from and meet with legislators, pray with fellow Catholics, and get a window into the legislative process. These are opportunities for you to share your story and make your voice count. Preregistration is required for this free event and space is limited. A free-will offering will be accepted. To watch short video about the event or to register, visit

Learn to Control Your Diabetes

posted 2/26/18

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)  workshops include six different sessions, each covering a new topic.  Sign up today and remember to mark your calendars, so you are able to attend all six sessions.   A Stanford University Approved Program.

For more questions or to register please contact:  Mary (Mare) Simpler at 320–229–4591 at Catholic Charities or sign up with JoAnn Mo at the Sacred Heart Church office – 320-251-8115

Dates: Thursdays for 6 weeks – March 15, 22, (no class on the 29th), April 5, 12, 19 and 26th

Time: 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. 

Location:  Sacred Heart Church— 2875 10th Avenue NE, Sauk Rapids Registration Required by: March 5, 2018 and a minimum of 10 registered is required for this workshop to be presented.

A Free Will Donation will be requested for this workshop. 

This workshop is sponsored in part, under the Federal Older Americans Act through a contract from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging under an Area Plan approved by the MN Board on Aging.

Marriage Ministry Evening, Friday, March 9

posted 1/29/18

Held at the Church of St. Anthony, 2405 N. 1st St., St. Cloud from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The toughest topic to discuss with youth and young adults is the Church’s teachings on contraception. Join Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., internationally known speaker, as she shares insights and wisdom about the beautiful teachings of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae vitae.” Keynote, “Just Follow Your Conscience” evening will be open to the public, but with special emphasis for priests, deacons, sponsor couples, RCIA catechists, etc.

Organ Concert

posted 2/23/18

Lola Wolf will give an organ recital in Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, on Sunday March 11, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will include the world premiere of a piece commissioned as a gift to the sisters. Reception follows in the Gathering Place. Guests also welcome to attend Evening Prayer in the Oratory at 4:30 p.m. honoring Hildegard of Bingen, saint and doctor of the Church, whose chant is incorporated into the commissioned piece.

Catholic Women’s Conference, Saturday, March 10

posted 1/29/18

Held at the Church of St. Anthony, 2405 N. 1st St., St. Cloud from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Why the Pope was Right: A Day of Reflection. Keynote speaker: Janet E. Smith, Ph. D. Join women of all ages and walks of life for a “faith lift” at the 2018 Catholic Women’s Conference. This day retreat will allow women to gather together to be renewed in their faith and grow in fellowship with one another. Women will have the opportunity to attend Mass with Bishop Kettler and listen to Smith.

Second Marriage Course – March 24, 2018

posted 2/23/18

Held on Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pastoral Center in St. Cloud. Couples should register at least one week before the course (March 16) and include the $175 registration fee per couple. For more information contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721.

Beginning Experience, April 6 – April 8

posted 1/29/18

The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences.Beginning Experience is an international program that helps facilitate the grief resolution process for those who have suffered such a loss and frees them to again love themselves, others and God. This is accomplished by offering time-tested and copyrighted grief resolution programs presented by trained peers. Founded by a Catholic nun and rooted in the Christian tradition, the ministry’s open, ecumenical spirit serves those of all faiths. For more information, call 888-565-0178 or go to

Hispanic Marriage Course – April 21, 2018

posted 2/23/18

Held on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pastoral Center in St. Cloud. Couples should register at least one week before the course (April 13) and include the $110 registration fee per couple. For more information contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721.


Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class

posted 2/27/18

The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud, April 16-20, 2018. 38 contact hours. Faith Community Nurses work in churches; promoting the well-being of faith community members by supporting them through all stages of life, with the support of clergy and the church ministry team.  $450 Scholarships are available for currently licensed retired or practicing RN’s who want to practice as Faith Community Nurses.  4-$250 scholarships are available for RN’s who work in other settings and want to add spirituality to their practice. Call St. Cloud Hospital Parish Health Ministries Program, 320-249-0280 for information.

Honoring Marriage Day, Saturday, May 5

posted 1/29/18

This event will be held at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud at 1 p.m. for couples celebrating their 5th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th or 60-plus anniversaries in 2018. Parishes are asked to send names and addresses of parishioners celebrating 5, 25, 40, 50, 60 & 60-plus years of marriage in 2018 to the Office of Marriage & Family, 305 7th AVe. N., Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN  56303 or via email to or fax 320-258-7658 by February 1st.  Invitations will be sent to the celebrating couples.

The Healthier Living with Diabetes Program

posted 1/22/18

Catholic Charities Health Promotions Program invites those living with Type 2 Diabetes, have been diagnosed pre-diabetic, and/or their care givers, to participate in a specifically designed Diabetes Self-Management Program workshop. The Healthier Living with Diabetes Program workshop is held for six weeks (one session per week) for 2 and ½ hours each session.

Catholic Charities is offering this workshop at Sacred Heart Church beginning Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 no class on the 29, April 5 and 12th.   Registration minimum for this class is 10 with a maximum of 15.   A snack and workshop materials are provided. A free will donation is requested to cover materials. Catholic Charities requests that a commitment of 4 out of the 6 sessions be attended. For more information about this workshop, please feel free to call Mary (Mare) Simpler Catholic Charities Health Promotions Specialist at 320-229-4591. You may also register for this class with JoAnn Mo at the Sacred Heart Church office.

Eucharistic Ministers needed

posted 1/19/18

What makes the St. Cloud Hospital Catholic?  You do 😊  We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers to volunteer a few hours each week to take the Eucharist to patients who are sick.  The schedule is flexible and the “ministry is a blessing,” said one volunteer.  Please call the Spiritual Care department at 320-251-2700 Ext 54621 or e-mail Deb Galvez at for more information.