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Suicide & Drugs.  How Can We Help? 

posted 3/21/19

Annual Central MN Faith Community Nurses/Parish Health Ministry Workshop , June 19, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the CentraCare Plaza in the Windfeldt Room.  See Flyer for Registration on FCN Education & Events section of CentraCare FCN web site.  

Session 1: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in the Youth Population: Engaging the Faith Community – Objective: Introduce facts about suicide in the youth population, identify warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, and crisis resources for youth and families. Barbara Skodie-Mack, Integrated Behavioral Health, CentraCare Health Pediatric Clinic.           

Session 2:  QPR: Question, Persuade, Respond – Objective: Assess suicide risk factors and signs, persuade to reconsider, ensure help is in place. ~ Steve Hansberry, Wellness in the Woods.

Session 3: Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) – Objective: Learn about evidence-based suicide risk assessment tool ~ Kelly Wurdelman.

Session 4: Collaborative Community Approach to Mental Health and Addiction- How St. Cloud is Interrupting “Business as Usual” – Objective: The audience will understand the various benefits of a community team consisting of diverse sectors to address “active utilizers” of community services.~ Katy Kirchner, Director, Coordinator & Correctional Care Population Health Leadership Team, James Steve, Commander of Operations for St. Cloud PD.

Session 5: What Can the Faith Community Do About Addiction? – Objective: Outline ways Faith Communities can Organize for Recovery Ministry ~ Rev. Dr. Ed Treat, Senior Pastor, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN.

For:  FCNs, Clergy, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers & Assistants, Youth Ministers, Chaplains, Befrienders, Friends in Faith, faith community staff and members in ministry, Teachers, Knights of Columbus and other church groups, and others.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class, May 2019

posted 3/21/19

The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Class is being held at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud, May 9, 10, 16, 17, 2019 with 30 hours onsite and 8 hours online. The St. Cloud Hospital & the Diocese of Saint Cloud began a partnership to bring faith community nurses of all denominations, area churches, and service agencies together over 26 years ago. The goal is to increase the number of faith community nurses in churches; promoting the well-being of faith community members by helping them to access health care with the support of clergy, the faith community nurse, and the church ministry team. FCNs provide care at all stages of life and its many transitions from adjustments at birth through midlife to end of life, using education, community resources, and church resources. Considering the role you will have starts with planning with your clergy and leadership. Class fee is $450, Scholarships of $250 are available. The course is required for currently licensed RN’s who want to practice as Faith Community Nurses. Call St. Cloud Hospital Parish Health Ministries Program, 320-249-0280 for information.

Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline

posted 3/10/19

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.

Taste of St. Cloud

posted 3/5/19

Franciscan Community Volunteers (FCV), a growing ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, invites the public to attend their annual fundraiser, Taste of St. Cloud, on Monday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Avenue S., St. Cloud. Guests will enjoy an array of delicious cuisines from local restaurants. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. Meet the Franciscan Community Volunteers and be amazed at the ways they have enriched the people of the St. Cloud area. You will also have an opportunity to visit many Franciscan Sisters and friends.

The mission of FCV is to accompany young men and women, ages 21-30, to grow in Christian discipleship and leadership through Franciscan spirituality, full-time service and community life. Volunteers make a 10 1/2-month commitment to work full time with local nonprofit agencies that serve the needs of the poor and marginalized while accepting the challenge of living simply and in accordance with Gospel values.

Tickets can be purchased online at or or by checks made payable to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. Please write “Taste of St. Cloud Tickets” on the memo line. Tickets will be held at the door the evening of the event under the name of the purchaser. Send checks to Franciscan Sisters, 1600 11th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301. For more information, contact Pat Flicker at 320-229-0307 or Tickets purchased at the door are $35; advance tickets $30.

PTSD In the veteran population

posted 3/5/19

A workshop presented by Mike Mynczywor, MSW, LICSW, Management Coordinator, St. Cloud VA Transition & Care, on April 5 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the diagnostic and treatment options available for Veterans, which will improve the ability of VA clinicians to assist Veterans with accessing the appropriate care and to provide education to Veterans regarding treatment options.

The workshop is organized by EES FAS Accreditation Partnership & St. Cloud VA Social Work Education Committee.

To register:

St. Cloud VAHCS
4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Building 8

“Faith and Fun with Franciscans” Girls Camp

posted 2/6/19

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls are hosting the 12th annual Franciscan Girls Camp entitled, “Faith and Fun with Franciscans,” on Tuesday, June 4 (10 a.m.) – Thursday, June 6 (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 “Swimming in God’s Love.”

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

Volunteers needed at St. Benedict’s Senior Community

 posted 12/8/18

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

Eucharist Volunteers Needed

 posted 10/1/18

“I was sick and you visited me (Mt. 25:36).” Do you feel called to visit the sick? Volunteers are needed on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to provide Eucharist to Catholic patients at the Saint Cloud Hospital. The St. Cloud Hospital has a long standing tradition of providing daily Communion to patients who want to receive the Sacrament. This ministry is flexible to your schedule and training is provided. For more information, contact Anita Fischer, 320-251-2700 ext. 54621.