St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a vibrant faith community of approximately 700 households located in the lower St. Croix River Valley that welcomes Catholics to worship and practice their faith with reverence and joy. We are rooted in tradition and growing in faith. Through our celebration of the sacraments, faith formation and outreach we offer opportunities for ministry and service.



Sunday, August 7, 2022
C OT 19
Father Mark's Musings
Vol 8 No 6

            In Luke’s gospel on this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus counsels us to trust and not be afraid for “the Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” However, we are warned to be ever ready and vigilant, for we do not know the time or day when the master will return to hold us accountable. A simple lifestyle, unattached to the goods of this world and striving always for heavenly treasure, is the best form of readiness, for “where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Jesus relates two parables that stress the need for vigilance in waiting upon the master’s return. All are to be ready, but disciples will be held to greater standards of accountability since they have been entrusted with much. Any abuse will be punished while loving attention to and service of others will be greatly rewarded.

            The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is August 15, and this year is not a Holiday of Obligation because it falls on Monday; however, Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am in the Chapel. The Assumption is a traditional day to bring the first fruits of the harvest to Church for a blessing. You are welcome to bring a basket of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits to church for the blessing after communion.

            Join us for a family evening of spiritual poetry & campfire songs on Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 pm around the firepit. All are welcome and invited to join us for an informal evening of prayer, singing and fellowship. Limited bench seating will be available so bring your own lawn chair. You are welcome to bring a munchie to share. You also welcome to BYOB. We will have a few some wine, beer, lemonade, water too.

            In the interim following Kate’s death, I will be coordinating the Prayer Network, please forward prayer requests to or leave me a vmail at 651-436-7817

            I am very happy to announce that Lynn Dewall has joined the St. Francis of Assisi ministry team as our new Music Director, serving as principal accompanist and choir director effective August 1, 2022. Lynn comes very highly recommended as several parishioners recommended her. Lynn is known to the St. Francis community as she was available as Lawrence's primary sub at the 5:00 Mass for many years. Originally from southern Minnesota Lynn and her husband John, her sister and brother live in the area and worship at St. Francis. Lynn comes to us from Memorial Lutheran Church in Afton where she served as the Music Minister for several years. She has taught, performed, and been immersed in music her entire life and has been involved specifically with church choirs, instrumentalists, and ensembles for over 30 years. Lynn will start with us on the weekends the beginning of September.

            Helping Local Kids Succeed! The cost of school supplies that comes with sending a child to school can be very expensive. Community Thread and United Way of Washington County recognize the importance of helping all kids succeed by providing them with the basic tools needed to start the year off right in class. We are collecting school supplies thru this Wednesday, August 10. There’s a list of supplies needed in on the display table in Berg Hall. Thank you for your generosity!

            Registration for our 2022-23 Faith Formation year is open. Registration information was sent via email to returning Faith Formation families. If you are new to the community or have a new first grader registration information can be found below the bulletin board in Berg Hall. New this year we are FAMILY EVENTS. Families, grandparents and even friends and neighbors are invited to attend these events with their children. Start the evening off right with supper, (served every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 6:15) for $3 a person and then stay to help support your child’s faith journey. An example of our first event is the Living Rosary in October for the Month of the Rosary. Come pray the rosary along your child and the rest of your family. A little rusty, not to worry we have all the prayers and rosaries for everyone! Hope to see you there.

            Men are you looking for a peaceful getaway? Let God meet you at a beautiful retreat location in Lake Elmo, MN. Join us for a men's silent retreat at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House September 1 – 4. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. Free will donations are accepted. For more information, call Demontreville at 651-777-1311 or check out our website Other retreat days are also available.

            Save the date for this year’s St. Francis Celebration Sunday, October 2 from 10:30-2:00 pm. Building on the success and community building experience of our lenten food pack-a-thon for Haiti, we would like to incorporate a service component to our festival. Our next planning meeting will be Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 pm in Berg Hall. If you would like to be a part of the planning of this year’s celebration, please let me know.

            PAX ET BONUM

                        Fr. Mark



Giving / Stewardship

                                    July 2022                     June 2022                   July 2021

Weekly Envelopes:     $16,670.00 * **          $21,989.00                  $20,673.00

Plate (Loose Cash):     $1,114.00                    $2,679.00                    $5,564.00       

Total:                          $17,784.00                  $24,688.00                  $26,237.00


July 2022 Compared to Budget                      $10,000.00 Envelope and $1,250.00 Plate

Difference:                                                      $6,670.00                           $136.00


* Includes Auto Contribution

** Does not contributions revenue(grant) of $300.00 for July 2022


Additional Giving Totals July 2022

Maintenance/Building Fund:                         $5,000.00

Peter’s Pence:                                                 $500.00

Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperation Plan: $2,479.00

Sisters of St. Joseph Peru Mission



Weekly Schedule

Sunday, August 7

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Shirley Swan

Monday, August 8

9:00 am Quilters (Rooms 1 & 2)

Tuesday, August 9

9:00 am St. Pius X Staff Retreat (Berg Hall & Chapel)

Wednesday, August 10

9:00 am Mass (Chapel))

Mass Intention

+ Barb Chaffin Wyzykowski


9:30 am Hospitality (Berg Hall)

Thursday, August 11

7:00 pm AA Group (Room 1 & 2)

Friday, August 12

9:00 am Mass (Chapel)

Mass Intention


Saturday, August 13

4:00 pm Confessions (Vestry)

5:00 pm Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ Roger Moe

Sunday, August 14

9:30 am Mass (Church)

Mass Intention

+ James Swan IV