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!

Wednesday Evening Classes:

Grades 1 through 9:  After much consideration, thought and consultation with many, we have decided to do an AT HOME or distance model for students in our program grades 1 through 9.  Materials will be provided and assembled with pick-up on October 21 from 6:00-8:00 in the church parking lot for those registered for our programs.  The packets will include materials and resources to assist you in your role as the first Faith teachers of your child/children and for our 2nd graders, the preparation materials for Reconciliation will also be included .  It is our hope that as the situation changes, we could safely return to in person classes.  We also hope to bring specific grades on site for a group class with their parent/s at some point within these next months.  Thank you for understanding that your child’s safety is our primary concern but also of concern is your child’s Faith development in the best possible way.  Please contact Betty if you need further clarification or have questions.


Confirmation (grade 11): Will meet on site on Oct. 21 from 6:45-8:00 in the Parish Center (note location change). Masks will be required and MDH guidelines will be followed.  Please bring a photo of yourself. Also please note that a Confirmation "Rite of Calling" will take place during the 10:00 Mass on October 25th at St. Lawrence for our Confirmation candidates from St. Marcus and St. Lawrence.


Confirmation (grade 10): Watch for information via mail regarding your classes.

Faith Formation Registration Form 2020 (click here)

Mass Intentions are as follows:

Oct 4: * For the People

Oct 6: No Mass

Oct 11: + Phil Moeller

Oct 13: + Deceased Parents of

                 Jim & Donna Szczech Family

Oct 18: * For the People

Oct 20: +Michelle David

Oct 25: * For the People

Oct 27: + Janet Hoff



As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.

Sunday Mass has resumed at 10am.

Mass will stay at 10am through the end of December.   

Weekday Mass is Tuesdays at 8am.

Saturday Mass at St Marcus will resume on September 19th. Social distance is in place for Mass and masks must be worn by state mandate.

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

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


The Tenants of the Plantation

Election Resources:

Voting for judges seems strange, and I don’t know for whom to vote. I feel like I might be guessing. What should I do?

Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State Website to see a sample ballot for the upcoming election:

As you review candidate names, search for websites that tell you more about the judicial candidates and their reasons for running. Review their stories and endorsements, and look for linked content from those sites. Also consider following candidates of interest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get a feel for how a judicial candidate thinks and feels about issues related to justice today.

Link to view your sample ballot

Father Joe's Pastoral Nature Notes:

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


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.