Our parish is also active as Christ's hands and feet in the wider community through a variety of organizations:
- Catholic United Financial: This is a fraternal organization that holds fundraisers with the proceeds benefiting our Catholic parish and school. Catholic United sponsors the Living Rosary, May Crowning, America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally, and a "join hands" project that unites the community and church together socially. We also visit the sick, go to retirement homes, and sponsor youth activities. All parishioners are welcome and invited to participate. Contact Justine Folkestad at 763-497-3878 or [email protected].
- Community Education Endowment Fund: A 501(c)(3) organization established in 1991, accepting tax-deductible donations and investing monies to create a perpetual fund to support our Catholic School. Currently we are looking for interested persons who are savvy in marketing and finance. Quarterly meetings are open to all those interested, and are held at the St. Michael Catholic Church. Contact Linda Borchardt at 612-209-1258 or [email protected], or Kevin Rose at 763-221-3468 or [email protected].
- Council of Catholic Women (CCW): CCW provides many charitable services to the parish throughout the year, such as reciting the rosary at members' wakes, hosting a spring luncheon and an annual bake sale, making and distributing quilts for the homeless, distributing Christmas baskets to the parish homebound, donating to those locally in need, sponsoring educational opportunities, holding the CCW annual retreat, sponsoring the graduates' breakfast, and various other events. Each year they support the Appalachian Christmas project by gathering donations, such as clothing, school, baby, kitchen, and bath supplies, as well as many toys and sending them to Kentucky. CCW meetings are generally held after the evening Mass on the third Tuesday of the month from September through May. CCW offers a monthly prayer for our members, families, spouses and children. At the 8:30 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month, CCW members attend Mass together by sitting in designated pews to represent their group. After Mass, they stay briefly to say some prayers. Contact Judy Beaudry at 763-497-4344 or [email protected].
- A men’s Catholic fraternal organization, Knights of Columbus Council 4174 serves the St. Michael and St. Albert parishes through our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We provide volunteer and financial support for numerous family, pro-life, youth and community activities. Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at St. Albert Parish Hall. All practicing Catholic men are welcome and encouraged to join. Contract Grand Knight Gary Frandsen at 612-518-1121 or [email protected].
- Members inform the parishioners of pro-life issues, work with the Archdiocese Respect Life office and attend Archdiocesan quarterly workshops. Some functions include the pro-life newsletter, ecumenical prayer service, County Fair booth staff, Fall Festival booth, Respect Life breakfast and working with the Community Caring for Life Committee (ACCL) and Cornerstone Women's Center. Contact Jim Shovelain at 763-497-3909 or [email protected].
- Serra Club: Serra is an organization of Catholic men and women. For over 70 years, their mission has been to foster and affirm vocations to the ordained priesthood and vowed religious life in the United States. Contact Marian Meyer at 763-497-2371.
- Sharing & Caring Hands. Parishioners are invited, on the second Thursday morning of the month, to help prepare a meal and take it to Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Volunteers help prepare and distribute the food on site along with cakes, cookies and bars. Vans are needed to transport the food and volunteers to Minneapolis. Contact Jodi Gendron at 612-701-8504 or [email protected]
- Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Organized locally, we witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. We collaborate with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, we see the face of Christ. If you are interested in the SSVdP or if you or someone you know would appreciate a home visit, please contact us at [email protected] or call 763-634-1167.