Parish Religious Education
“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3
- “God’s Wonder Lab” VBS 2021 is scheduled for the week of June 21. Planning committee members and volunteer teachers are needed now, so we can begin organizing a modified in-person VBS. Please contact Mary Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org this week to offer your assistance in any way.
- Sunday School for all Pre-K-6th graders resumes this Sunday, April 11, 9:00-10:15 AM.
- A First Holy Communion parent meeting will be held in the gym this Sunday, April 11 at 9:15 AM. Communicants banners are due this Sunday.
- First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8 at 11 AM, 2 PM, and 5 PM for families of communicants.
- Week #5 item request for the homeless is lip balm and sunscreen. Collection of socks, throw blankets, and large towels, rain ponchos, and lotion continues. Please drop items in the collection boxes in the gym.
- WOW! (Worship On Wednesday) for all 7th-12th graders is this Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM!
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.
“Like a mighty oak tree which has stood for
twenty centuries she bears fresh green foliage for each new age, that the age may come and enjoy the
refreshing benediction of its shade. The flowers that open their chalices of perfume this spring are not old things, but new things on an old root. Such is the Church. She is reborn to each new age, and hence is the only new thing in the world. She will go on dying and living again and in each recurring cycle of a Good Friday and an Easter Sunday her one aim in life will be to preach Christ and Him
Crucified.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Congratulations to Melessia Chatmon, Chris Walker, Jesse Barragan, Evan Wright and Drew Duncan who received the Sacraments of Initiation last weekend at the Easter Vigil Mass.
RCIA meetings are now in person every Wednesday at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Wollie Wolcott at email@example.com.
Required Confirmation session for all 11th grade
Confirmation candidates and at least one parent is this Sunday, April 11, 6-7:30 PM. This session will include presentations of family service projects. Candidates’ letters to the Bishop are due.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at the 5 PM Mass, Saturday, May 1st.
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.