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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

We are looking to expand our group of volunteers for this important outreach ministry.  Risen Savior participates in this program on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  The time commitment is approximately 1 1/2 hours, from 10:30 a.m. to NoonIdeally, we send out 4 teams of two volunteers, delivering 6-8 meals each.  

Contact Scott Brazil for more information, or simply fill out the online form below.

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Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

Twin Cities Prison Ministry

MISSION: We strive to provide an active and meaningful Catholic presence to those affected by imprisonment.  “I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:36

Icon used with permission from the Orthodox Prison Ministry

Icon used with the permission of "Within & Beyond the Prison Bars," a Re-Entry Christian Orthodox Prison Ministry

Click here to download a Twin Cities Prison Ministry brochure.



You are invited to attend a monthly meeting of “Families of the Incarcerated Support and Hope” (FISH) group on the 2nd Thursday of every month at St Joseph Church, Room 115, Rosemount.  This sacred space was created for those experiencing life and the difficulties encountered from having a family member incarcerated to share and support one another’s struggles and successes. 

We begin with a meal and community at 6pm and end at 8:30pm.  The program is under the Spiritual Direction of Julie Lebeis, Program Director and Marjie Menard, Youth Director and Early Childhood Teacher.  For more information, please contact;;  Fay Connors 952-250-7613. 




Eucharist. Mercy. Brotherhood. Restoration. Action. Compassion.  Encouragement.


A dedicated group of volunteers from St. Thomas Beckett, St. Joseph, and Risen Savior are now working to assist a young man named Jayson, who will be released from incarceration in December 2017.   

We are currently collecting clothing and personal hygiene items for Jayson.  Specifically:

  • Jeans and Pants: Size 36
  • Shirts: Size XL
  • Boxer Shorts: Size L
  • Shoes: Size 11
  • Jackets & Winter Coats: Size XL or 2XL
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouth Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shaving Cream

Click here for a printable donation list.

A Collection Bin will be placed in the Commons Area beginning November 11th for easy drop-off of donations.  Contact Scott Brazil for more information.




ABOUT REC: Residents Encounter Christ (REC) is a two-day retreat based on the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Participants experience the message of Christ through
participation in music, discussions, talks, prayer, Scripture,
liturgy and celebration.

Each of the three parts of the retreat has a central theme,

  • "Die Day" centers on the death of Jesus Christ.

  • “Rise Day” is a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • “Go Day” explores the continuous call to spread the Good News.

PARTICIPATION: Retreat Team positions are open to adults (21 or older) who have participated in TEC, Koininia, or Cursillo. Individuals who participated in REC while incarcerated are also invited to apply. The team is predominantly staffed by Catholics, howevernon-Catholics are warmly welcomed.

UPCOMING RETREATS: For the past two years, volunteers from Risen Savior have participated in the Great Twin Cities (GTC) REC program, serving the incarcerated at MCF-Lino Lakes and MCF-Stillwater. Upcoming retreat weekends include:

  • October 28-29, 2017 at MCF_Lino Lakes

  • December 2-3, 207 at MCF-Stillwater

Click here to access the R.E.C. program page, or contact Scott Brazil.


Angel Tree Project: Advent 2017

Click here to visit the national Angel Tree website.


For 2.7 million children in the U.S., that story may be filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration. Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives you an opportunity to share God's love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. 

Risen Savior has committed to providing gifts to 20 children of incarcerated individuals.  We will receive input from the insiders as to what type of gift their son or daughter would like.  We are now recruiting look volunteers for the following minsitries:

  • Call the caretakers of the children in advance of the project, to ensure we have the correct address and that we purchase an appropriate gift.  A script that includes all of the questions to ask and information needed to be collected will be provided.
  • Gift Donations (approximately $20-25).  Ideally, we will collect at least two gifts per child served by our parish.  We ask that the gift be returned to the parish, wrapped, by December 10th.
  • Gift Delivery.  All of the children served by our parish are currently residing in the Burnsville/Apple Valley area.  Some of the children are siblings and live at the same residence.  Volunteers may choose to deliver to one home or to multiple homes.  Volunteers will contact the families before delivering the gifts, which will take place between December 11-20.  

Registration as an Angel Tree Volunteer is easy!  Simply fill out the volunteer form directly below and we will contact you.

Name *
Phone *
Volunteer Minsitry *
Please select the ministry or ministries you are interested in volunteering for. You will be contacted about your inquiry as soon as possible to confirm your volunteer spot, as well as share additonal information with you.


Please fill out the form below and specify if you would like to get connected with other Prison Ministry volunteers in our parish, and/or if you have a question regarding this outreach effort. We will respond as quickly as possible. Thanks!

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Haven Housing

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For thirty-six years, Haven Housing (formerly Ascension Place, Inc.) has provided women in crisis or transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future. They have done this through three programs in Hennepin County:

  • St. Anne’s Place, an emergency shelter for women-led families experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness

  • Ascension Place, a transitional housing program where women stabilize, recover and rebuild their lives

  • Next Step Housing, a permanent supportive housing program for women and women-led families working to maintain housing stability.

Haven is defined as “a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions” and Housing is defined as “something that covers or protects.” These definitions fully encompass their three programs: Ascension Place, St. Anne’s Place and Next Step Housing, and the community of Risen Savior takes pride in our support of their work.

NEW: October 2017 Collection in Support of Haven Housing

Haven Housing is currently in need of new or gently used blankets, sheet sets (twin or full size), and towels.  A collection bin will be in the Risen Savior Commons during the month of October 2017.  Contact Scott Brazil if you have questons, and/or Haven Housing directly at 952.588.0861.



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