“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Public Masses Resume

Please come and join us to celebrate, next to Easter and Christmas, one of the greatest feasts in the Church. Pentecost is truly the birthday of the Church. We will follow the usual weekend Mass schedule. The only exception will be at the 5 PM Mass on Saturday and the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday. At those times, there will be a second Mass held concurrently in the Family Life Center. We encourage you to arrive early as seating will be limited because of the distancing we must maintain. We have also received calls from members of parishes who are not reopening this weekend inquiring about our Mass schedule.

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. Foot traffic will flow in one direction only. Everyone will enter the sanctuary on the cry room side and will depart on the choir side. At the end of Mass, stay in your pew. We will dismiss section-by-section so there is no 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. 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.
  • Kneelers will not be used during Mass in the sanctuary. We are relying on volunteers to disinfect the pews and chairs after each Mass. This is enough of a task without having to disinfect the kneelers. Your cooperation is appreciated.
  • 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.

RCIA

Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good. The human virtues can be grouped around the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. They inform all the moral virtues and give life to them. Today we commemorate the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and Disciples. What God has given us is defined by the Church as the Gifts and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2) They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. From these Gifts are formed the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the church lists twelve of them: “charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.”  (Galatians 5:22-23)

Excepts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church “Article 7 – THE VIRTUES” 1803-1845

 

In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust

Charles Snapka, parishioner and husband of Margie Snapka

Nancy Stewart, mother of Sallie Ann Inman and Mimi to Stewart, Laura Catherine & Daniel

Margaret Ann Hearst, sister of Jo Pilgrim

Jorge Urenda Amelunge, father of Pilar Terrazas.

Carolyn Larabee, mother of Terry Larabee

Tom Sagar, husband of Sally Sagar

Edgar Sandoval, husband of Maria Sandaval

Let perpetual light shine upon them and our faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Please continue to keep their families in your prayers.

Religious Education

Behold, children are a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3

  • This summer’s VBS will be planned with your input! Please complete this survey at VBS Parent Survey so we can start our treasure hunt!
  • First Holy Communion banners can be brought to the Office of Religious Education in the church office building this week, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or to the church or FLC if attending Mass this weekend.
  • It’s Senior Night at St. Francis! Wednesday, June 3, 5-6 pm: High School Graduates are invited to drive through the circular covered area in front of the church to pick up your graduation gift! We also want to honor you by posting your profile on social media so everyone can congratulate you on your accomplishments and future plans!  Please complete this form at docs.google.com/forms/… this week.
  • We have 2 Live youth night options on Sundays:

    a)Youth can join Life Teen Global Youth Night/Anchored at 4 pm Sunday on Life Teen’s YouTube channel, followed by small group discussion via Zoom.

b)Our parish is signed up to participate in                  Project YM Live, a live streamed youth night            – all your teenager has to do is head to                       ProjetYM.COM/WATCH this Sunday at               7pm Central.

  • Senior Bible Break: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
    at M7 Coffee House.
  • Youth and young adults, if interested in helping with a virtual VBS or summer children’s program.   Contact Mary Catherine. 
  • Contact William Green if you are not receiving Flocknote emails and/or texts regarding Life Teen, virtual youth events, and other options for teens.

New Online Giving Platform

What’s New?
The parish has switched to an online giving platform created by ParishSOFT, the company which provides our accounting software. On the parish side, this will make it easier to integrate online donations with our accounting software. On the user side, this platform offers more flexibility than PayPal. You still have the ability to donate by credit or debit card, as well as direct drafts from your checking account. Now, you will have the ability to designate a purpose for your donation, whether it be for general stewardship, a second collection, or the capital campaign.
Where do I find the new platform? 
ParishSOFT Website:
You can browse directly to the ParishSOFT website by going here.
Parish Websitewww.stfrancismadison.org
Click the “Tithe” button on the home page menu. Next, click the “Give Now” button and you will be re-directed to the online giving platform.
My Parish App:
Click the “Giving” button on the home page menu.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sallie Ann in the church office or email.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE PROTECTIVE MASKS

The COVID-19-related mask shortage has affected not only hospitals but also confined facilities, such as residential mental health facilities, jails and prisons in the state.  People in confinement (both staff and the population) are at heightened risk of being infected and becoming ‘hot spots’ of sudden and high-density infection, likely to quickly overwhelm the state’s finite ICU resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has promulgated “Crisis Capacity Strategies” for use when surgical and N95 face masks are not available; these include the use of cloth masks. These masks  may be reused after daily washing.  Using a template from area physicians, Mississippi Center for Justice has launched an extremely easy-to-use webpage portal that will match requesting facilities with donating mask-maskers. Please consider volunteering and recruiting others, you can find more information on this website: https://www.mscenterforjustice.org/masks or you can call the Parish Office with questions.

 

Communion for the Homebound

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.