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Cross Rock News & Events

Cross Rock ACC Board Members:
St. Stanislaus, Bowlus: Gene Bechtold and Margie Benusa
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opole: Katie Knettel & Pat Maciej
Holy Cross, North Prairie: Peter Borash & Rich Zabinski
Immaculate Conception, Rice: Chris Van Heel & Greg Frank
Holy Trinity, Royalton: Cody Neu & Gary Opatz

Father Sauer and Father Helmin will be on retreat October 2nd, 3rd and 4th. There will be NO Daily/Morning Masses these days. Daily Mass will resume Thursday October 5th in Royalton.

ACC Pastoral Council Our Cross Rock ACC Pastoral Council is in need of a few new members. We are in need of representatives from St. Stanislaus, Immaculate Conception and Holy Trinity. The other parishes members are current. At the weekend Masses on September 23-24, we will be asking you for nominations for parishioners that you believe would be a good representative from your parish. The ACC Pastoral Council is an advisory council to help make decisions about our ACC. Please take time to pray about who you believe would be a good fit.

Current ACC Pastoral Council members:
Holy Cross: Rich Zabinski, Peter Borash
Holy Trinity: Gary Opatz, Cody Neu (term ended)
Immaculate Conception: Chris VanHeel, Greg Frank (term ended)
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Katie Knettel, Pat Maciej
St. Stanislaus: Gene Bechtold, Margie Benusa (term ended)

Parish Ministry
Do you feel called - Called to help make a difference? Called to serve? Called to share your faith? If you can answer yes to any of these...we are looking for you. We are looking for Ushers, Lectors, Altar Servers (3rd grade – adult), Cantors, Eucharist Ministers and Sacristans. Please reach out to the Office or Ben Borash if you are interested in helping in any of these areas or if you would be willing to be a sub and we will get in contact with the right person from each parish. If you are interested in one of these ministries but attend another church in the Cross Rock ACC other than your home parish due to Mass times that is ok we can get you scheduled at the parish that works best for you.


Damien Bishop will be installing a campfire ring for his Boy Scouts Eagle Project at Holy Trinity Church. The ring and brick surround has been donated in memory of Heidi Quinlan. He is requesting donations to cover the cost of a concrete slab surround and benches. The approximate cost of the project is $2500. Any additional funds collected will go toward additional seating.
If you would like to donate to the project, checks can be made to Holy Trinity Church with "Campfire Pit" in the memo. It can be dropped in the collection basket or at the parish office.
If you have any questions or would be willing to donate your time and talent contact: Damien Bishop 320-412-0750, or

Cross Rock ACC Bible Studies - Beginning Monday, October 2nd!
Monday Mornings, 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Chosen, Season Two It's no longer hidden. The word is spreading that Jesus is the Messiah. Increased fame brings growing crowds, new disciples, and more miracles. It also brings trouble. Mary is confronted with old demons. The tension between Simon and Matthew explodes. James & John battle their prejudices and fiery tempers. But they all continue to passionately pursue the man they don't always understand but will always follow. The Chosen Season Two includes 8 episodes of the global phenomenon that is changing tens of millions of people one episode at a time.
Monday Evenings, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Oremus: Catholic Guide to Prayer - Do you find it easy to pray? Do you hear God’s voice in your daily life and know how to respond? For most of us the answer is no, and we struggle to find even a few minutes every day to pray. The good news is that you can overcome these difficulties. Oremus teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over eight weeks you will learn the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer. Following Church Tradition and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn to talk to God and hear his voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments. You will become more aware of his close presence, will learn to overcome distractions and dryness, and will recognize desolation and consolation as normal prayer experiences. As you grow closer to God, you will also grow in your relationship with those around you.

Mark your Calendars… Future ACC Events
October 5th: Confession/Benediction/Evening Prayer Royalton
October 6th: First Friday - Contact Catie Daly for location
October 15th: Youth Group Breakfast in Royalton
October 19th: Middle School Lock-In Royalton
October 27th: Opole Family Fun Night
ACC Parish Mission with the Fathers of Mercy: Week of December 3rd.
December 9th: Rice Cookie/Candy/Gift Sale
February 10th: Youth Group Hotdish Cook off in Rice.

Immaculate Conception Parish CAN TOP TAB UPDATE: Thank You to everyone that brought in their can top tabs, the Knights of Columbus were able to bring in 142 pounds for the Ronald McDonald House. 142 pounds adds up to about 179,000 tabs, keep bringing them to the bucket in the coat room and we will turn them in next year. This helps a lot of people that can use the support of the Ronald McDonald House.

ACC Youth Group is looking for donations of Nerf Guns - used in good condition with all parts or new. Please drop off in Holy Trinity basement or the ACC Office by October 15th.

Kyes Sponsorship
Cross Rock ACC has an ACC sponsorship with Kyes. Tune in to Kyes radio at 93.5 FM or 1180 AM.

Office Reminders:
*Bulletin Deadline is Tuesday each week.
*Office hours are Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
- Lunch from 12:00pm-12:30pm
*When writing a check for giving, please write it out to the individual parish, as the bank will not cash/deposit a check written to Cross Rock ACC.
*Mass Intentions - $10.00 each.
*If you have any changes to your household such as a phone # change, address change, member change please contact the office so we can update our programs.
*We keep children on their parents' registration until they are 24 if they want to remain members, they will need to contact the office or they will be taken off the census program.

Sign-In: Select Cross Rock ACC in the parish/organization drop down menu. Enter your email. You can also install the APP on your phone or tablet. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Borash.

The Lord of the Rings, Part 3 The last of our discussions on the Lord of the Rings is here! Some of my favorite parts of the books take place in this last book and I am very excited to be discussing it with all of you! We will be discussing the Return of the King on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm at the Holy Trinity Rectory in Royalton. If you missed the first two discussions, do not let that stop you from joining us for the last one! Not only are we planning to talk about the final book, but the entire series in general. You are encouraged to have read The Lord of the Rings or at least have watched the movies. Please bring a snack or beverage to share. Hope to see you there! ~ Fr. Sauer

Ministry as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - A workshop presented by the Diocese of St. Cloud’s Office of Worship as part of the Eucharistic Revival Year in the Parish.
All present Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as well as those interested in this ministry are encouraged to participate. History of this ministry, theology / spirituality for those who minister, and practical considerations will be covered. This event is FREE. Registration will be onsite.
September 23 – 9:30-11:00am Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls
September 30 – 9:30-11:00am St. Mary’s Alexandria
October 5 – 7:00-8:30pm Our Lady of Lourdes, Little Falls
October 7 – 9:30-11:00am Seven Dolors, Albany
October 14 – 9:30-11:00am Holy Spirit, St. Cloud
October 17 – 6:30-8:00pm Seven Dolors, Albany
October 18 – 6:30-8:00pm Holy Cross, Onamia
October 21 – 9:30-11:00am Church of Mary of the Visitation, Becker
All workshops will take place inside the church.
Questions may be directed to: Sr. Jeanne Wiest, OP, Director of Worship or (320) 255-9068.
This is a great opportunity for our Eucharistic Ministers!

Religious Education/Faith Formation - Update on the Religion Programs in the ACC: North Prairie is looking for a teacher for 7th/8th, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade, Opole is looking for a general teacher/helper.
Please reach out if you are able to help out. As a teacher you are provided with everything you need and lots of support from the director. Classes will be starting soon, and volunteers are needed to get the program started.

Sacristan Training: If you are a Sacristan or would like to learn more about becoming a Sacristan there will Sacristan Trainings in each parish. The following are the dates:
Holy Trinity: Sunday October 1st, after 8am Mass
St. Stanislaus Kostka: October 1st, after 10am Mass
Immaculate Conception: October 7th, after 5pm Mass
Holy Cross: October 7th, after 8pm Mass
Immaculate Conception: October 8th, after 8:30am Mass
Our Lady of Mt Carmel: October 8th after 10:30am Mass

Saint Stanislaus Maintenance: We are still on the search for a new maintenance person to take for Bob Maciej. If you have any interest in any part of the position, please reach out to Father Sauer. Some duties can be split or done by volunteers. Our main concern is to find someone to be in charge of caring for the church.

*Bowlus Prayer Line Leader: Rita Trettel
- Royalton/North Prairie Prayer Line Leader: Janice Breth
- Rice Prayer Line Leader: Colleen Burton
*Bulletin Prayer List: Let Jean in the Office know. We need permission from the individual or family to list in bulletin.

ACC Youth Group Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm

Pastoral Associate: Baptisms, Baptism Preparations, Weddings, Communion at Home, Visits, Funerals Contact: Ben Borash, Pastoral Associate or 320-412-9342.

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