Stations of the Cross

February 24th at St. Lawrence at 6:30pm
March 3rd at St. Marcus at 6:30pm
March 10th at St. Lawrence at 6:30pm
March 17th at St. Marcus at 6:30pm
March 24th at St. Lawrence at 6:30pm
March 31st is Holy Week, No Stations of the Cross

Annunciation of the Lord Mass at St. Lawrence on March 25th at 8am

Parish Office Guidelines:

Just a reminder at this time we are requesting you call ahead 320-968-7502 and make an appointment if you need to stop at the Parish Office.

Thank you!

Parish Hall Rentals:

Due to MDH COVID-19 safety guidelines, Hall events are currently not allowed, and we are unable to take reservations at this time.

Council Meetings:

Next Meeting, Mar, 1st 7:00pm

Wednesday Evening Classes:

Our Bishop has lifted the suspension of gatherings, effective Jan. 31, 2021, with guidelines from the MN Dept. of Health and St. Cloud Diocese still in place. See details on the diocese website.

Students in grades 1-9: Continue at-home studies for the present time and should continue their studies as outlined in the assigned textbooks. The season of Lent has begun (Feb.17th), a season of opportunity for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. A suggestion: the 1st Reading this weekend is the familiar story of Noah’s Ark and God’s promise to “set a bow in the clouds...”The rainbow could be a perfect symbol for the 6 weeks of Lent. For week 1, you could use the color purple (the color associated with Lent) and in a drawing or even painted on a window, the first arc of the rainbow would represent the beginning of your Lenten journey. You might use this 1st week of Lent to think about and act on ways to be better at being a disciple (helping others, food shelf donations, looking for missed opportunities). We’ll build on the rainbow theme throughout Lent. Stay tuned! Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Wednesday of Lent at 6:30 in church. Please contact Betty if you need assistance or have questions..

Grade 10 Confirmation Students: You should have received information regarding your course of studies. If you did not, please contact Betty. Please note a little change: Class will begin at 6:30 in church for the Stations of the Cross. Then we will gather for class in the Pastoral Center (masks and social distancing required) Feb. 24 from @7:00-7:45 pm.

Thank you to those families who picked up their study packets.  If you still need to do this, contact Betty.  Arrangements will be made for you to safely do this.

Faith Formation Registration Form 2020 (click here)

Mass Intentions are as follows:

Feb 7: + George Tischbirek

Feb 9 + Richard Kutz

Feb 14: *+ For the People

Feb 16 + Ricky Turner

Feb 17: *+ CCW Members Living & Deceased

Feb 21: + Virginia Peschl

Feb 23: + Fr Sylvester Kleinschmidt

Feb 28; + Bill David

Regular Sunday Mass time will remain at 10am until further notice.   

Weekday Mass is Tuesdays at 8am.

For public weekend Mass.

Masks are required as per MN Governor's Executive Order 20-81

Ushers will provide direction and help you find a seat.

Please review Fr Joe's updated announcement, as well as our Reopening for Mass Plan that are available below. If you are not ready to return to Mass yet, all Catholics are still dispensed from their obligation to attend Mass until further notice.

June 10th Pastoral Announcement

May 20, 2020 Minnesota Bishop's Letter

Reopening Sunday Mass at St Lawrence (click here) updated 8/25/2020



We have the opportunity to honor Jesus by visiting the Blessed Sacrament after Tuesday Mass 8:30-11:00AM.


At least 2 or 3 people should be present during adoration times. We are in need of regular weekly adorers, so that others who may not be as available can stop and pray when they are available.

Please prayerfully consider this special time with Jesus.

Our Diocesan televised Mass reaches nearly all households in our diocese through network programming on KSTC-45 at 11:00am each Sunday morning. Featuring local priests, musicians, and lectors, this Mass is a wonderful opportunity for our homebound parishioners to enjoy their faith with the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Those who can’t watch the Mass on television are invited to view it online below.

Mass On-line

Reopening Guidelines:

Reopening Daily Mass at St. Lawrence - posted June 1, 2020

Rules for Personal Prayer and Adoration at St. Marcus

Diocese of St Cloud COVID_19 Updates







The Tenants of the Plantation

Father Joe's Pastoral Nature Notes

Son's Dogs new! January 19, 2021

Winter's Tracks new! December 15, 2020

Masked Bandit

Nimble Nuthatches

Black-capped Chickadee

Madam Marble Eye

Whispering White Pines

Thorns of Eden

Wondrously Mysterious Whitetails

Glorified Charcoal

Magnificent Easter Grass

Bluebird Easter Food

Kahnawake - The Water Speaks

Elegant Trumpeting Waterfowl


Current Events

Below is a link to the, ancient city of Nineveh, now known as Mosul.  Pictures taken of Mosul before and after ISIS:  Iraqi photographer contrasts how ancient city’s landmarks once looked and how they appear now after fanatics’ reign of terror.

Mosul Link


Confessions are by appointment only at this time. You can call 320-743-2481, extension #2 and leave a message for Fr. Joe.  You can also try: 320-743-6220. 

Link for appointment only instructions

Welcome to
St. Lawrence Church​​

Fr. Joseph Backowski


Welcome, and thank you for visiting the new St. Lawrence Catholic Parish website.


St. Lawrence Parish is located in Duelm [Foley], Minnesota. We  are a community that began in 1863 and are a community of 350 families. We are twinned with St. Marcus Parish of Clear Lake.


We welcome all visitors to share in our times of prayer.


God bless you.

Fr. Joseph Backowski

Mass & Reconciliation


8:00 AM – St. Marcus

10:00 AM – St. Lawrence



Monday & Wednesday,

8:00 AM – St. Marcus



8:00 AM – St. Lawrence



St. Lawrence – Duelm

by appointment

St. Marcus - Clear Lake:

by appointment

About St Lawrence

We have been welcoming people through our doors since 1888.

Maybe you would like to join us for one of our liturgies, through our youth ministry or education programs, possibly through one of our social events? Or might you be in need of one of our many services that we provide?

Our helpful staff and many volunteers are here to make your experience at St. Lawrence one that characterizes our small town personality, warm, friendly and welcoming.


*During these times of fear and uncertainty, now more than ever, we need to cling to the hope we have in Jesus. Please consider tuning into Spirit 92.9 and K-yes on AM 1180 or 93.5 FM for messaging of hope and encouragement. We know that many people are seeking positivity during this time, and you will find exactly that on these two Christian stations. See below for where to listen on the radio, with live streaming.

Contemporary Christian music: Spirit 92.9 FM / / 

Catholic Talk Radio: K-yes on AM 1180 or 93.5 FM / /

Electronic Contributions

The Church of St Lawrence offers parishioners the choice to make contributions; once a month, electronically. No more messing around with envelopes or writing checks! It’s easy to set up. Call the office at 320-968-7502 for more information.

Bulletin Information

If you wish to put some thing in the bulletin, we need the information 1 week before the bulletin actually comes out. Please give St. Lawrence related information to Ann. Please give St. Marcus related information to Peggy.