All young geniuses going into Pre-k4 – 4th grade are invited to participate in “God’s Wonder Lab” VBS to be held Monday, June 21- Wednesday, June 23, 9 AM – noon! Please register and volunteer now using the digital sign up. At least 2 more adult teachers , 3 adult assistants, 1 adult babysitter, 2 adult music leaders, and several decorators and snack preparers are needed immediately. Please contact Mary Catherine this week to offer your assistance in any way. A snack sign up list to donate items will be provided on the VBS table in the church. May we borrow lab coats, microscopes, lab supplies, children’s lab kits, children’s science project displays, and pop-up canopy tents by Monday, June 14.
VBS Volunteer sign up: 7th graders and up are needed to help before, during, and after VBS. VBS will be held June 21-23. Please sign up by June 9 at this link to assist with decorating and setting up, presenting daily skits, leading music, technology/ audio visuals, supervising and leading children’s projects and activities, cleaning up. VBS Decorating and preparing will be this Thursday, June 10, 10 AM -1 PM in the FLC. Youth VBS volunteer training meeting is this Wednesday, June 9, 5:30-6 PM in the FLC lounge.
June 13th at 3:30 p.m. in St. Clare Hall.
Parents who want to Baptize their child must take the Baptism Class.
In order to keep families social distanced, you need to call the parish office.
In light of the recent CDC announcement that vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks, the bishop has issued some revised
- Please follow the directions of the hospitality ministers.
- Apply hand sanitizer as you enter the Church.
- Face masks are no longer mandatory, but encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated, or for anyone who has a compromised immune system. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you are welcome to do so. Eucharistic ministers are required to wear a mask while distributing Holy Communion.
- Maintain 3 feet social distancing. With the exception of one section of pews, the yellow caution tape has been removed. You may sit in any pew but maintain 3 feet of separation from anyone not part of your family/group.
- As you face the great cross, the section of pews to the left is reserved for those individuals/families with compromised immune systems or who want greater social distancing. Every other pew in this section will be marked with yellow caution tape. The Daily Chapel will be reserved for this as well. Masks should be worn in these areas.
- Eucharistic ministers will no longer walk through the pews distributing Holy Communion. We will return to our traditional style of distribution with the exception of the marked off section and the Daily Chapel. Holy Communion will be distributed at Mass in the hand only.
- The cry room is open. However, parents are encouraged to wipe down/spray any furniture used by their family so that the space will be sanitized for the next person.
- Offertory baskets will continue to be in the gathering area and you are encouraged to give online.
- With the exception of the reserved area and daily chapel, hymnals are back in the pews. Once we receive our next shipment of Missalettes, those will be put in the pews too.
- We will continue to dismiss by section at the end of Mass.
- The Dispensation from Sunday Mass will end on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Saturday and Sunday, June 5/6. The Sunday obligation will be restored on this great feast when we can satisfy our hunger for the Bread of Life, in Word and Sacrament with the reception of Holy Communion. Keep in mind that the Church always dispenses from the Sunday obligation when any of the faithful are confronting
serious health concerns. Therefore, someone can validly make the decision to attend Mass during the week, if able, and to participate in the Mass on the Lord’s Day through live streaming.
Thank you for your faith and we appreciate your cooperation during this time of many changes. I want to express my gratitude to the many
volunteers that have guided us and assisted us. Step by step we will get back to normal. Pray for healing and one another.
Peace, Fr. Albeen
We have time and prayer backwards. We think time determines prayer, but prayer determines time. Prayer multiplies time only if and when we sacrifice our time, offer it up. The point is very simple: in order to create time to pray, we must destroy time to do something else. We must kill something, refuse something, say no to something. The first rule for prayer, the most important first step, is not about how to do it, but to just do it; not to perfect and complete it but to begin it. So stop reading and start praying. Right now. [Excepts from “Time and Prayer” by Dr. Peter Kreeft.]
If you know someone who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith please contact the parish office 601-856-5556.
St. Francis Boy Scout Troop 716 is currently
recruiting boys to join our troop. We are also searching for adult volunteers. To be an adult
volunteer you do not have to have a boy in the troop. If interested, please contact the Scout Master David Ellis at email@example.com or call 601-856-5556 at the parish office.
The Diocese of Jackson’s Department of Temporal
Affairs has engaged Lighthouse Services to provide an anonymous financial fraud, compliance, ethics, and human resources hotline. This hotline allows for an appropriate method to report occurrences related to the temporal administration within parishes, schools, and the chancery office.
For more information call English speaking USA:
888-830-0004. Spanish speaking USA: 800-216-1288 or visit the website www.lighthouse-services.com/jacksondiocese
If you or someone you know is in a nursing home or assisted care facility and needs communion brought to them please contact the office at 601-856-5556.