Parish Religious Education
“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3
- May Crowning: All children are invited to bring a fresh flower for the May Crowing procession before the 10:30 AM Mass this Sunday and line up socially distanced in the gathering space at 10:20 AM.
- “God’s Wonder Lab” VBS 2021! VBS will be live and back in action June 21-23 at St. Francis for Pre-Kindergarten -4th graders, but ONLY IF we have enough volunteers. At least 3 adult teachers , 3 adult assistants, 2 adult babysitters, 1 adult music leader, and several decorators and snack preparers are needed by May 12, so we can begin registration for a limited number of children, in-person, modified VBS. Youth in 7th grade up are needed to help also. Please contact Mary Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org this week to offer your assistance in any way. A few things we would love to borrow are lab coats, lab supplies, children’s lab kits, children’s science project displays.
- WOW! All 7th-12th graders are invited to come this Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM for supper plus social and spiritual activities!
- All High School Seniors are invited to a special Senior Recognition Mass on Sunday, May 16 at 5 PM! Our parish wants to honor you, so please don’t forget to RSVP and to complete the senior profile form sent through Flocknote.
Saturday, May 8, 5 PM First Holy Communion Mass in the Church.
Saturday, May 8, 5 PM Vigil Mass in the Family Life Center (Gym)
Local authorities have strongly encouraged that all churches strictly follow safety protocols, or else reconsider opening for public worship. Therefore, we need your cooperation and patience! Here are some things to consider:
- Face masks are mandatory. Love thy neighbor and make a sacrifice for him or her. If this presents an issue, please consider watching the live stream at 10:30 AM next Sunday.
- Maintain social distancing (6 feet) from anyone not in your household. Please do not sit in pews or seats that are roped off. We are closing every other pew in order to maintain a safe distance.
- Please follow the directions of the hospitality ministers as you enter and depart. At the end of Mass, stay in your pew. We will dismiss section-by-section to help maintain distance and also to prevent congestion in the gathering area.
- Apply hand sanitizer as you enter the Church or the FLC. Dispensers will be located at the entrances. No gloves are to be worn.
- Vulnerable individuals, those 65 and older, or with underlying health conditions, should continue to shelter in place. Families with vulnerable individuals are encourage to continue to take special precautions. The dispensation of the Sunday Mass obligation continues until further notice.
- The cry room will remain closed until further notice.
- If you do not feel well, please stay home.
- Holy Communion will be distributed at Mass on the hand only. There will be no Communion on the tongue. We humbly ask for your understanding. Please be seated after receiving communing. This policy must be followed for the safety of our priests and Eucharistic ministers. If you cannot receive communion by hand, please consider the Spiritual Act of Communion.
- Use bathrooms only if this is an emergency.
- Offertory baskets will not be distributed during Mass. There will be one offertory basket in the gathering area of the church and in the Family Life Center. We encourage you to continue giving online.
- We encourage and promote community at St. Francis. There will be a time and place for this to resume, but now is not the time in light of these restrictions. After Mass, we encourage everyone to depart to their vehicles. We promise that at the appropriate time, we will have a fitting celebration together as one Body of Christ! By then, it will be time to re-open our beautiful St. Clare Hall so that we can share it with you. Until then, the safety of you and your loved ones is our top priority.
We covered two topics this week…Marital
Fidelity: Every baptized person is to lead a chaste life according to their particular state in life. Sins against chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography and homosexual practices. The marital covenant is indissoluble. Having children is a good, a gift and an end of marriage. Sterilization, IVF and contraception are morally
unacceptable in family planning. Adultery, divorce,
polygamy and free unions are grave offenses against the dignity of marriage. Purity of Heart: The struggle against lust involves purifying the heart and practicing temperance. Purity of heart enables us to see God. It demands prayer, chastity, purity of intention, modesty, patience, decency and discretion.
We welcome Chris Walker, Melessia Chatmon, Evan Wright, Drew Duncan and Lois Booth into the Catholic Church.
RCIA meetings are now in person every Wednesday at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Wollie Wolcott at email@example.com.
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.