Parish profile – St. Agnes, Roscoe

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St. Agnes Roscoe

St. Agnes Parish, Roscoe

The church is located in the city of Roscoe, which is primarily of German descent. The present church was completed in the fall of 1928. There are 85 families in this parish; the oldest member is Elizabeth Volz who will turn 104 on Aug. 9. She was the first in the parish to sign up for electronic giving. The following questions were answered by the parish’s pastor, Father Glenn Krystosek.

Q: What is the most interesting facet of your church building?

A: The church has unique stained glass windows, each portraying various aspects of the New Testament times. They were installed in 1947 during the pastorate of Father Joseph Block. There also are a number of other beautiful statues, including the Stations of the Cross, the front of the altar and the Last Supper.

StAgnes interior

St. Agnes Parish, Roscoe – interior view

Q: What is the most popular tradition at your parish?

A: The church has always had an adult choir and, for a number of years, a children’s choir. At the present time, the Sunday Mass is held at 8 a.m. and is well attended. It also draws summer people who visit the area lakes.

Q: What is an interesting anecdote about your parish?

A: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This February we did a calendar raffle and raised a substantial amount of revenue to help make the parish financially stable. Every calendar was sold. It was amazing how the finance and parish pastoral councils came together and took ownership of the fundraiser. The previous year, the Christian Women put together a cookbook, “Heavenly Dishes,” which raised additional revenue that was used to upgrade the floor in the parish hall.


Meet the pastor Father Glenn Krystosek


Father Glenn Krystosek

Father Glenn Krystosek grew up east of Holdingford on the family farm where his home parish was Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opole. He was ordained June 16, 2007, and became the parochial vicar at St. Andrew in Elk River from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2009. From July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009, he also helped with one Mass each Sunday at St. Pius X in Zimmerman and St. Edward in Princeton. After he was reassigned, those parishes became one parish, now known as Christ Our Light. On July 1, 2009, he became pastor of St. Louis in Paynesville, St. Agnes in Roscoe and St. Margaret in Lake Henry.

Q: What inspired you to become a priest?

A: I was privileged to have good pastors at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I lived in Fridley for 15 years and was very active in St. William Parish there. While at St. William we began a $1 million renovation project and, as a member of parish pastoral council, I went door-to-door to raise funds. During this tenure I also experienced two priests who left the priesthood. I worked closely with one in the RCIA program and found that most rewarding. His leaving the priesthood left a void in me and possibly influenced me 18 years later to seek being accepted as a seminarian in the St. Cloud Diocese.

After my move back to the St. Cloud area in 1992, I reconnected with Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Father Steve Binsfeld was pastor at the time and gave me great examples of liturgies and homilies. My parents and family have always been an inspiration to me with their deep faith. Being part of the parish in 1995, when Fathers Gerald Mischke and Anthony Oelrich became pastors of parishes in Opole, St. Anna, St. Wendel and the two in Holdingford, gave me a new dynamic in parish clustering. I was on the committee that worked on collaboration with the five parishes and gained a wealth of information that was useful in seminary and especially now working in a cluster of three parishes.

I learned much from him and Father Joseph Korf, pastor at St. Andrew during my tenure at Elk River. He was great in teaching the administrative side of parish life and gave me good examples in liturgy ideas. During my first summer vacation from seminary, I worked as secretary-bookkeeper for Father Robert Harren at St. Stephen Parish in St. Stephen. I learned a great deal from him and he has continued to be a great source of mentoring for me.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your daily life as a priest?

A: I enjoy working with all aspects of parish life, more so the sacramental aspect. I find ministering to the sick and dying very rewarding. I make a bond with many families when we walk together through the death and grieving process. My father died three months before my ordination as a transitional deacon and I learned from that how to appreciate the experience of death and the process of grieving.

Q: What was the theme of a favorite homily that you preached?

A: My favorite theme for preaching is forgiveness. So many people, including myself, have experienced deep hurt in life, and forgiving is so important. We cannot grow unless we forgive and move on to the light of tomorrow.