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All Public Masses Cancelled

Adoration & Stations of the Cross Cancelled

March 27, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Archbishop Hebda announced this last Tuesday that all Church are to follow the 2-week MN Stay-at-Home order.  This means all parish gatherings, including public Masses, are suspended at least until Saturday, April 11.  

Even though all public Masses are cancelled, St. Joseph church will be open for private prayer  and the sacrament of confession will still be available.  See the below schedule for further details.  Know that St. Joseph’s door handles and other commonly touch surfaces will be sanitized at least twice a day.   Unfortunately, St. Francis Xavier will not be open so long as Masses are cancelled.  

Also, blessed Palms will be available at St. Joseph’s from Saturday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 8.

In Christ,

Fr. John Drees

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Archdiocese’s Resources on COVID 19/coronavirus

Letter from Archbishop Hebda on the coronavirus (March 18, 2020

To Religious Education Parents  (March 27, 2020)

Letter from Fr. Drees on the coronavirus (March 14)


Some of our parishioners may be receiving phishing emails or texts that appear to come from their priest telling them:

“[name of parishioner] I need a favor from you. Text me back as soon as possible. Father Drees.”

If you have received such emails or texts, please discard them immediately. If you have questions or concerns you can always contact the Fr. Drees at:612-234-1345


Religious Education 2019-2020 Registration forms



Welcome to the Roman Catholic Churches of St. Joseph in Taylors Falls, MN and St. Francis Xavier in Shafer, MN.