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


“Thou Shalt Not Miss:  Drugs and their Impact on the Community” event

posted 5/8/17

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice MN is sponsoring “Thou Shalt Not Miss:  Drugs and their Impact on the Community” on  Monday, May 22, 2017.  This event is free and open to the public.  There will be a meal at 4:30 p.m. and a speaker resource tables that will be open 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The Little Falls Student Improv Group will be presenting Empowering our Youth. This event is sponsored by  CHI-St. Gabriel’s Physicians, Chaplain, Drug Task Force members and Healthcare Professionals, Benton Co. Substance Use Prevention Committee, Stephen Ministry-Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, Benton County Sheriff’s Dept. and Violent Offenders Task Force Officer, MN Adult & Teen Challenge.


Faith Community Nurse/CentraCare Annual Workshop – “Best Practices for Optimal Care in Alzheimer’s and Dementia”

posted 4/28/17

Tuesday June 6, 2017
CentraCare Plaza
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. $50.
To Register:  Call 320-255-5642 See brochure at CentraCare web site under Classes and Events: Alzheimer’s

(*You go to Centracare website and print the brochure on legal size paper for copies for your faith community to put in display areas or hand out and the flyer on regular size paper to post or hand out.)

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today, and that number is expected to more than double over the next 20 years. How do these and other chronic conditions affect our faith communities?  How do our faith communities support people with Alzheimer’s and chronic diseases, their Caregiver’s and families?  Start with this workshop to learn about the needs.  Then discuss in your faith community how it is affected by those who can come to church and those who cannot come to church anymore for services and events.  Many times the Caregiver cannot go to services because they cannot leave alone our population who cannot attend.  So two people are alienated from their long standing faith communities.. Please consider sending some from your church to learn about dementia and resources. This workshop is for professionals, caregivers, faith community members, and general public.
Objectives:

  • Understand the value of timely detection
  • Employ simple approaches to assessing cognition among older patients and communicating assessment results
  • Describe medication and non-medication treatments
  • Employ best practices in care coordination for patients with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Identify caregiving risks and connect patients and caregivers to evidence-based therapies, resources and services
  • Identify three challenges relative to the needs of the aging population
  • Recognize the significance of the aging phenomenon and the anticipated increase of dementia-related conditions in the 85+ population
  • Identify local community resources that can improve patient care and quality of life as “aging in place” becomes the norm.

“Band of Brothers” Camp (Vocation Camp)

posted 4/13/17

Men grades 7-10 are invited to join the “Band of Brothers” this summer! This will be a camp where men will find out what it means to pray and follow Jesus Christ. They even learn about calls to marriage, priesthood or religious life. The men will get lots of time to go fishing, swimming, play ultimate frisbee, soccer and more! Prayer opportunities will include daily Mass, adoration, rosary walk and the opportunity to go to Confession. There will be three camp dates this summer: Avon: June 19-21, Battle Lake: June 26-28, Big Lake: July 10-12. Register now with Julie Jacobs at the Vocation Office of the Diocese of St. Cloud at vocations@gw.stcdio.org or 320-251-5001.


Natural Family Planning

posted 5/18/17

Click her for June and July First Instruction class dates for your bulletin  http://omf.stcdio.org/natural-family-planning-bulletin-announcement/.


Beginning Experience (B.E.)

posted 2/27/17

People who have lost a spouse through separation, divorce or death can find support through Beginning Experience. In this Catholic-based ministry, one finds spiritual, emotional and social support through a team of individuals who have experienced the same loss. The adult weekend program serves members of all faiths with an opportunity for a concurrent weekend including youth between the ages of 12-18. The B.E. weekends are held at Luther Crest Camp near Alexandria, MN. For information or questions, call Mary Ellen Klein at 320-761-5912 or Carol at 1-888-610-8877. Future weekends are as follows: October 6-8.


Faith and Fun with Franciscans – 10th Annual Franciscan Girls Camp

posted 2/14/17

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls are hosting the 10th annual Franciscan Girls Camp entitled, “Faith and Fun with Franciscans,” on Tuesday, June 6 (10 a.m.) – Thursday, June 8 (6 p.m.) in Assisi Park, located on the grounds at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Girls who have completed grades 6-8 are invited to enjoy a variety of nature and fun activities, campfire, prayer and singing. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with and learn about the Franciscan Sisters and the values of St. Francis of Assisi. In addition, campers will discover their unique gifts and become aware of God’s presence in their lives—all while camping outdoors in the beauty of nature. This year’s theme is “Dance the Circle of Sacredness.”

For more information on the Franciscan Girls Camp, or to register by May 1, contact Sister Ange Mayers at (320)632-0680 or email: amayers@fslf.org; www.fslf.org.


Diocesan V Encuentro/Diocesan Ministry Day 2017

posted 1/18/17

SAVE THE DATES: Sept. 24 & 25!

The Diocese of Saint Cloud is hosting back-to-back events this fall inspired by Pope Francis’ call to create a “culture of encounter” to renew and enrich our parishes. On Sept. 24, join Bishop Donald Kettler and keynoter Christina Lamas, executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, for the Diocesan V Encuentro, a gathering to discern ways we can better share the richness of our faith in a journey together with our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters. Diocesan Ministry Day follows Sept. 25 with keynoter Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, speaking on “Missionary Discipleship.” Workshops throughout the day will focus on a variety of ministry topics. Both days will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud and include Mass and exhibits. For more information and the latest updates, visit http://dmd-vencuentro.stcdio.org.

RESERVE LOS DIAS: Sep. 24 y 25!

La Dioceses de St Cloud está teniendo dos eventos consecutivos este otoño, inspirados por el llamado del Papa Francisco a crear una “cultura de encuentro”para renovar y enriquecer nuestras parroquias. Unase al Obispo Donal Kettler y a nuestra ponente Christina Lamas, directora ejecutiva de la Federación Nacional para la Pastoral Juvenil Católica, para el V Encuentro Diocesano, una reunión para discernir juntos las formas en que nuestra Iglesia puede compartir la riqueza de su fe en un caminar juntos con nuestros Hispanos /Latinos hermanos y hermanas.   El Día Ministerial Diocesano sigue en Sep.25 con el ponente, Obispo Frank Caggiano de Bridgeport, Connecticut, quien hablará del “Discipulado Misionero”. Diferentes talleres durante el día se enfocarán en una variedad de temas ministeriales. Ambos eventos tendrán lugar en el River’s Edge Convention Center en St Cloud e incluirán Misa y exibidores. Para más información y últimas actualizaciones, visite http://dmd-vencuentro.stcdio.org.