Faith Formation Events

Living the Sacraments: Our Call is to Love & Serve

Living the Sacraments: Our Call is to Love & Serve



Tuesdays in October 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

How do we become what we experience in the liturgy? How can we be living witnesses to the experience of the living Christ in our own lives?  What do the final words of our parish mission statement require of us? These are the guiding questions we will reflect upon together during our 3-session mini-series time together.

Series Schedule & Facilitators:

·        Tuesday, October 3rd: Sacraments of Initiation – Scott Brazil

·        Tuesday, October 10th: Sacraments of Healing – Chris Sorensen & Scott Brazil

·        Tuesday, October 17th: Sacraments of Service – Fr. Tom Krenik

Program Cost: This series will be funded via free will offerings and food donations.

Fill out the online form below to register, or contact Scott Brazil.  Please register by Tuesday, September 26th.

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Vacation Bible School

VBS 2017

VBS Is Full; Registration is closed.

Hero Central VBS

July 17-20, 2017

1:00-4:30 PM Daily.

For Preschool through Grade 5.

Reduced tuition for 2017!  $30 per child for 4 days of faith and fun!  Plus, we will be offering an "invite a friend" promotion - if you bring a friend who has not been to Risen Savior VBS in the past, you will both receive a free gift on Day 1* (while supplies last).


Note: If you are volunteering as an adult Squad Leader, please complete that registration first to receive your discount code.

Contact Dez at (952) 698-1729 or e-mail if you have questions about VBS.

VBS Camper Forms

Each participant will need a signed permission form.  Each family (shared parent/guardian) will need a media release form.  Please also download and read the Parent Letter.

Media Release

Permission Form

Parent Letter


Each VBS family receives 1 free CD.  It's best for kids to have them well before VBS, so they can learn the music before they come.  If you register online, simply stop by the parish office to pick up a music CD for your family.

*Free Gift Fine Print:  1 gift per child.  1 "inviter" per "invitee."  Available while supplies last - we have 24 total gifts.  Gifts will be sent home at the end of Day 1 of VBS.
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Women's Lenten Retreat 2017

Exploring the Desert Within

A Day of Transformation and Renewal

Retreat led by Heidi Busse

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Risen Savior

Click here to download the program flyer.

The story of Jesus' time in the desert is read on the first Sunday of Lent as a reminder that we are each called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us that allow them to flourish. The gospels tell us that it is the Spirit who leads Jesus into the desert to face his demons, and only after this is he able to begin his mission on earth.

The same is true for us. Throughout the season of Lent, the Spirit calls us to self-examination and transformation.

In this retreat, Heidi Busse will explore Christ's temptations in the desert in a modern context and how we are called to growth through prayer, fasting and giving alms. 

All women of the parish are invited to join us for a day of reflection. The participation fee is $40/person, which includes a wonderful lunch catered by Sally Johnson.

Register online now:

Contact Scott Brazil at (952) 698-1724 or e-mail Scott if you have questions regarding this retreat.

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Lenten Prayer Series: The Road to the Resurrection

Lenten Prayer Series: The Road to the Resurrection


Lenten Prayer Series:

The Road to the Resurrection: Exploring the Passion & Resurrection Narratives

Tuesday Evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Begins March 7th - Concludes April 4th


Click here to download a program flyer.

Our pastor, Fr. Tom Krenik, will lead a series of sessions on Tuesday evenings during Lent to help us grow in appreciation of these important parts of our Bible. The death and resurrection of Christ is at the heart of our Christian faith. We call it the Paschal Mystery. We remember and present ourselves to this saving mystery every time we celebrate the Mass and the sacraments. The death of Christ leads to his resurrection. Without his resurrection he would be a martyr but not the Risen Lord.

This series will be a study of these important sacred texts. It will also help us to see how we are drawn into this paschal mystery in our daily Christian living.

Fr. Tom will use images, symbols, and stories as well as his reflections from his own study and experience.

The cost to participate is $20.00 per person. 

All participants will receive a copy of the book,  The Passion & Resurrection Narratives of Jesusby Scripture scholar Stephen J. Binz.

Contact Scott Brazil at (952) 698-1724 or e-mail if you have questions regarding this program.


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Cana Dinner 2017: Marriage Throughout the Years

Cana Dinner 2017: Marriage Throughout the Years



A Celebration of Marriage Throughout the Years


Event: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - Midnight

Holiday Inn & Suites, Lakeville


A Celebration of Marriage Throughout the years . . .

A Celebration of Marriage Throughout the years . . .

What is the "Cana Dinner?"  It is a wonderful opportunity for married couples to take some time out of their busy lives to focus on each other as couples; it is an opportunity to celebrate their marriage by renewing their wedding vows at a prayer service led by Fr. Tom Krenik, and then spend a fun evening together enjoying good food, great music, and lots of dancing! 

This year, we are celebrating Marriage Throughout the Years . . . this means: feel free to dress according to "your" decade, add a piece of jewelry from your wedding to your outfit for the evening. Also, we would love for you to share one of your wedding photos with us, which we will use as part of the decorations for the evening. Just simply e-mail your photo to Marianne Brass at

Remember your favorite tunes from your wedding day or the year you got married? DJ Keith is ready to deliver . . . be prepared to dance to these beloved musical memories. 

The event will again be held at the Holiday Inn in Lakeville with Rudy’s Red Eye Grill catering.  For the Cana Dinner guests' convenience, you can book a room at the Holiday Inn.  Call the Holiday Inn at (952) 469-1134 and mention "Church of the Risen Savior Cana Dinner." 

Book your room today and make the Cana Dinner a mini-vacation. Rudy's Red Eye Grill offers a Sunday brunch buffet from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The cost is $16.95 per adult and $7.95 for children (ages 4-12 years; 3 years and under eat free).

Below is this year's delicious menu for the evening:

Caesar Salad (Crisp Romaine Lettuce Mixed with Parmesan Cheese, Croutons and Caesar Dressing) 

Signature Dinner Rolls with Butter


  1. Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken (Seasoned Chicken Breast filled with Wild Rice Blend and
    topped with Pancetta and Chopped Bacon) OR
  2. Walleye (Signature Pan Fried Walleye served with Tartar Sauce and Lemon) OR
  3. Vegetarian Option: Pasta Primavera (Fettuccine Pasta tossed with Fresh Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce)

Cheddar Cheese Crusted Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Green Beans

Assorted Cheesecakes


Cana Dinner tickets are $85/couple. Purchase tickets online right here by clicking the button below and at the parish office during office hours. After Mass sales begin on Sunday, January 22, 2017, which coincides with the annual Cana Dinner Silent Auction during the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast downstairs in Resurrection Hall. Plan to have breakfast at Risen Savior that day and do some bidding on a a variety of fun itmes at the same time, for example 'breakfast at the pastor's house.' 

Tell your friends about this wonderful opportunity for married couples to escape for one evening to enjoy romance, dinner and dancing with a Champagne welcome to boot!

Contact Marianne Brass at or (952) 698-1714 if you have questions regarding the Cana Dinner.

To learn more about Living the Sacrament of Matrimony, click here.

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Catholicism & Other World Religions

Catholicism & Other World Religions

Catholicism & Other World Religions:

Monday Evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning September 26th

Click here for a program flyer.

We are excited to offer to our parishioners the opportunity to learn about the other major religious traditions in the world (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam), with the objective of helping the participants appreciate the world view each one offers to its adherents, as well as help them to develop a deeper understanding of their own Catholic tradition by focusing on the common areas of belief and practice.  

Proposed Schedule (Subject to Change)

Monday, September 26th: Why Study Other Religions? (Facilitated by Scott Brazil).

Monday, October 3rd: Buddhism featuring Bussho Lahn from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.

Monday, October 17th: Islam featuring Owais Bayunus from the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

Monday, October 24th: Hinduism featuring Ned Mohan from the Hindu Temple of Minnesota.

Monday, November 7th: Judaism featuring Marshall Mintz from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

 There is NO COST to participate, though a free will offering will be made available to help us offset the speaker honorariums.  

Questions or comments should be directed to Scott Brazil.

Additional Resources:

Nostra Aetate: Declaration of the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Second Vatican Council, 1965)

Jubilee Year of Mercy: Practicing Reconciliation & Dialogue (USCCB: Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs)

Catholic Update Article "World Religions: A Primer for Catholics."

Article: Catholicism & World Religions (Saint Mary's Press, 2010)

Catholic Update Article "Islam: What Every Catholic Should Know."

Living Buddha, Living Christ (Chapters 1 & 2) by Thich Nhat Hahn

Session 1 Power Point Slides

Major Points of Convergence Among the Great Spiritual Traditions (Fr. Ron Rolheiser)

Centering Prayer Brochure

Buddhism 101: Life of the Buddha & Core Teachings

What is Buddhism? (Handout from Bussho Lahn)

Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

A Story of Encounter with a Buddhist Monk (Jeanne Specht)

A Brief Introduction to Islam (Handout from Owais Bayunus)

Power Point Presentation on Islam (Prepared by Owais Bayunus)

Selected Passages from the Quran

Selected Passages: Hadith, Sufi Wisdom, and Malcom X

Understanding Islam: A Guide for Catholic Educators (Excellent Overview of the Tradition)

Revelation: Catholic & Muslim Perspective

Hinduism Resource: A website created by Ned Mohan

Hinduism 101: The Basics (Hindu American Foundation)

Power Point Presentation on Hinduism (Prepared by Ned Mohan)

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Trunk Or Treat

Trunk Or Treat is back!

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the

Risen Savior Parking Lot

Ages 2 through grade 4 are invited to trick-or-treat. There will also be a snack to enjoy and a craft activity. (Children do not need to pre-register for Trunk Or Treat)

Adults and Teens are needed to hand out treats from your vehicle (you provide the treats). In order to keep the event safe, we ask that those wishing to hand out treats pre-register yourself and your vehicle (we will need your license plate number).

Click here for informational flyer and vehicle registration slip

Contact Dez at (952) 698-1729 or for questions regarding this fun children's event.

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Faith Formation Registration 2017-2018

Faith Formation Registration 2017-2018

Faith Formation Registration for 2017-2018 starts on April 1, 2017. Please contact Rae Ann Konkol at (952) 698-1727 or e-mail if you have questions about Faith Formation or Faith Formation Registration.

To download the 2017-2018 Faith Formation Registration Form, click here.

To download the 2017-2018 Faith Formation Program Flyer, click here.


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