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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Religious Education

There will be a Confirmation Covenant Ritual on Sunday, March 5th at the 5 p.m. mass for all Candidates and Sponsors; please meet in the chapel at 4:00 p.m. for a brief informational meeting and rehearsal. There will also be a Candidate/Sponsor meeting immediately following mass on March 5th in the FLC; dinner is included.

Yahweh’s Youth and Faithful Followers

WOW! All 7th-12th grade youth are welcome to our Wednesday night youth group sessions from 6:30-8pm in the FLC. We hope you make WOW! a part of your new routine! All are welcome!
No WOW this week! Everyone is encouraged to attend Ash Wednesday Mass at either 7 a.m. or 6:30 p.m

Toby Mac, Matt Maher Concert! On Sunday Night, Feb. 26th. You can join us downtown at the MS Coliseum for the Toby Mac Concert, featuring 5 other Christian artists as well. Our group rate is $20 per ticket, Registration due by February 17th, also open to other parishioners. Contact Lindsey Binion for details. Lindsey.binion@stfrancismadison.org or 601-856-5556.

Mark your calendars for Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28th, for the return of our Pancake Supper! Youth will be needed to cook and serve, and all monies raised will go to benefit our youth group activities. Make plans to be there and volunteer, it will be a lot of fun!

Abbey Youth Fest 2016 – “Be It Done Unto Me” – Saturday, March 25th at the St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA. All youth ages 13 and up are invited to attend! Cost is $40 plus meals and includes bus transportation and t-shirt. Registration and fee are due by February 17. Contact Lindsey Binion in the parish office with any questions.

All current 8th-12th-graders, SAVE THE DATE for this year’s Summer Retreat and Rafting Trip! The trip is July 7-11 and will include a huge, fun-filled retreat and a day of white water rafting. More details on the trip and available fundraising efforts to come!

Pancake Supper

Please join us for the return of our annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28th! The Yahweh’s Youth and Faithful Followers will serve pancakes and other items from 5:15 -7:00 PM, and all donations will go to support our youth group activities and retreats. It is sure to be a good time!

CRS Rice Bowl

Join our faith community - and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Please pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the tables at the back of the church entrances starting this weekend, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! You may also get ideas, recipes, inspirational stories, etc. at www.crsricebowl.org. May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God.

Lunch & Learn

Will be held in St. Thomas Hall on March 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Come learn about St. Catherine’s Village and the great health benefits in volunteering. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the St. Francis Church office at 601-856-5556.

Best Lent Ever

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent. This program begins Ash Wednesday and is based on Matthew Kelly’s book, "Resisting Happiness." For more information and to sign up, go to www.bestlentever.com.

Bishop John Joseph Chanche Award

Congratulations to Wes Williams who is the recipient of this year’s award. The honor was bestowed on Wes by Bishop Kopacz on February 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Jackson. This award is given annually by the diocese to lay people who have dedicated their time & talent to their parish or the church at large.

Bishop’s Statement on SB 2710

See the statement from Bishop Kopacz on the "Sanctuary Cities" bill: SB 2710.

Lenten Season

Begins with Ash Wednesday, on March 1 and ends on Holy Thursday, April 13th.

Ah Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 7am and at 6:30pm. The Collection will go towards Habitat.

Catholics 18-59 are required to Fast & Abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to Abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.

During Lent, flowers are not used to decorate the altar (with the exception of the Fourth Sunday of Lent and the Solemnity of St. Joseph). Musical instruments are only to be played in order to support the singing, with the same exceptions for the Solemnities.

On Fridays during Lent we will have our Parish Rosary at 6:00 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. and Lenten Meal at 7:00 p.m.

Our Parish Reconciliation will be on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. Please note: This is at 6:00 p.m. and not 6:30 p.m.

Martha & Mary Group (M&M)

Sr. Michele Doyle will lead a study of the Biblical BOOK OF RUTH in the Family Life Center from 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. “M & M’ is a group of women interested in furthering their understanding of various aspects of the Catholic faith. All women of the parish are invited. Bring a friend. The book for the study is The Story of Ruth, Twelve Moments in Every Woman’s Life by Joan Chittester.

Friday’s During Lent

We will pray the Rosary at 6pm and the Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm. Followed by a Lenten Meal prepared by the KC.
The meal on March 3rd will be Shrimp Scampi.
Prayer Schedule:
March 3: KC
Match 10: RCIA
March 17: Christ Life Team
March 24: Ladies Auxiliary
March 31: Youth
April 7: L.I.F.T.

Protection of Children

All volunteers working with our youth must attend an initial training session with the Protection of Children. Our next session will be held on Wednesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm in St. Clare Hall (you only need to attend one training session). Please call the church office at 601-856-5556 or email sallieann.inman@stfrancismadison.org to register for a training session.


Come and See. Are you or someone you know interested in exploring the Catholic faith? Do you know someone who is searching for a Church to call their own? Invite them to explore what Baptism in the Catholic faith means; invite them to attend Mass with you and encourage them to inquire about the RCIA process.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey of conversion to God and what he intends for us. RCIA is the process by which persons who were never baptized, or were baptized in another Christian tradition, become members of the Church, a people on pilgrimage to our Heavenly Father. This process is
intended for adults and older children, as well as adult Catholics who were never confirmed. Meetings are held every Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the RCIA Room. Childcare is available but you need to contact the church office during regular hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We welcome new inquirers year round. Individuals move at their own pace. Please contact Deacon Denzil Lobo in the parish office at Denzil.Lobo@stfrancismadison.org.

Matthew Kelly

For Christmas this year, St. Francis Parish is giving parishioners' Matthew Kelly’s most recent book
entitled Resisting Happiness, we hope you will enjoy it. You may pick up a copy of his book in the back of the church.

In addition, Matthew will be coming to Madison on March 11th. He will give a presentation on everyday living with his book, Passion and Purpose. This event will be held at Madison Central High School, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $39 each and are available at the chancery and online at dynamiccatholic.com. They will also be sold after each Mass this weekend.

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.