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 bulletins


Regional Ministry Gathering

posted 4/23/19

Called to be… Prepared to do…
Llamado a ser… Prepardo para hacer…

Gather with Catholics from your area of the Diocese!!  All are invited for an evening of learning, faith sharing and fellowship. Tuesday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon at St. John the Baptist, 22 1st Street W, Swanville.

Based on the feedback received from parishes in your region, Diocese of St. Cloud offices have collaborated to bring you an evening of praying together, networking and learning from one of 3 breakout sessions:

  1. The Voice of the Assembly
  2. Budgeting for Mission and Ministry
  3. Baptized in Christ’s Body, Called in Christ’s Service

This event is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  For more information and to register, please visit:  www.stcdio.org/regional-gatherings.

 


Regional Ministry Gathering

posted 4/23/19

Called to be… Prepared to do…
Llamado a ser… Prepardo para hacer…

Gather with Catholics from your area of the Diocese!!  All are invited for an evening of learning, faith sharing and fellowship. Thursday, May 2 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians, 24588 County Road 7, St. Augusta.

Based on the feedback received from parishes in your region, Diocese of St. Cloud offices have collaborated to bring you an evening of praying together, networking and learning from one of 3 breakout sessions:

  1. Exploring the essential elements of a vibrant parish
  2. We are Called to Journey Together…
  3. Vocations to the Priesthood: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

This event is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  For more information and to register, please visit:  www.stcdio.org/regional-gatherings.

 


Regional Ministry Gathering

posted 4/23/19

Called to be… Prepared to do…
Llamado a ser… Prepardo para hacer…

Gather with Catholics from your area of the Diocese!!  All are invited for an evening of learning, faith sharing and fellowship. Monday, May 6 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew, 566 4th Street NW, Elk River.

Based on the feedback received from parishes in your region, Diocese of St. Cloud offices have collaborated to bring you an evening of praying together, networking and learning from one of 3 breakout sessions:

  1. Exploring the essential elements of a vibrant parish
  2. Future of the Hispanic/Latino Ministries: V Encuentro Reflections and Actions to Take in our Diocese
  3. Living Out Our Catholic Identity: How our Faith Supports us through the Challenges and Celebrations of Life

This event is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  For more information and to register, please visit:  www.stcdio.org/regional-gatherings.

 


Regional Ministry Gathering

posted 4/23/19

Called to be… Prepared to do…
Llamado a ser… Prepardo para hacer…

Gather with Catholics from your area of the Diocese!!  All are invited for an evening of learning, faith sharing and fellowship. Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary, 420 Irving Street, Alexandria.

Based on the feedback received from parishes in your region, Diocese of St. Cloud offices have collaborated to bring you an evening of praying together, networking and learning from one of 3 breakout sessions:

  1. Estate Planning and Taxes
  2. A New Era in Catholic Youth Ministry
  3. The Who, What and Why of Annulments

This event is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  For more information and to register, please visit:  www.stcdio.org/regional-gatherings.

 


Bishop’s  Annual Appeal for April 2019 Parish Bulletins

posted 4/6/19

The following are bulletin announcements for the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal in April.  Please include them in your bulletins for the weekends indicated. Attached are three different sized graphics that can be used to accompany the announcements in your bulletin. You can drag them off onto your desktop or document. Please feel free to contact Anna Kampa the Development Office with any questions at 320-258-7654 or email akampa@gw.stcdio.org.

Please use the following in your April 13 – 14, 2019 bulletin:

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Appeal.  As of April 8, 5,572 parishioners have donated $785,403 in gifts and pledges.  That is 60% of the Diocese’s goal of $1,300,000.  Every dollar raised goes directly to diocesan ministries like Catholic Education and TV Mass, and is not used for any other purpose.

 

Please use the following in your April 20 – 21, 2019 bulletin:

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  Diocesan Ministries are here for YOU!  Visit our webpage to learn more about how the appeal supports ministries at the very core of our church’s mission. Visit www.stcdio.org and click Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

 

Please use the following in your April 27 – 28, 2019 bulletin:

Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  The Bishop’s Annual Appeal proudly supports respect-for-life efforts in the diocese.  Your generosity helps make this possible.  To donate, visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal or mail to:  Bishop’s Annual Appeal, PO Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

 


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 www.fcvonline.org or www.fslf.org 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 pflicker@fslf.org. Tickets purchased at the door are $35; advance tickets $30.


“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: amayers@fslf.org; www.fslf.org.


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 rebecca.calderone@centracare.com.


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.