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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Religious Education

Save the Dates for Vacation Bible School: June 19-23!

All children in First Holy Communion classes are invited to our Breakfast with Jesus activity fair next Sunday, April 2 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Family Life Center.

There will be a Confirmation meeting for all candidates this Sunday March 26th.

After that, our next Confirmation meeting will be on Sunday, April 2nd for Service Circle Presentations. ALL candidates, sponsors and at least one parent should plan to attend. The meeting will begin with supper at 6 p.m. in the FLC.

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!
Please join us in the church at 6:00 p.m. on the 29th for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, followed by supper and activities in the FLC.

Abbey Youth Fest 2016 – Please keep in your prayers the following youth and adults who will be traveling with the Diocese to the Abbey Youth Fest on March 25: Emma Beebe, Clare Harkins, Jacob Harkins, Morrissey Claire Harmon, Max Harmon, Rush Harmon, Erica Chmielewski, Sydni Vandevender, Laura Catherine Inman, Erin McKee, Rebecca Seale, Sydney Shoemaker and adults, Maggie Spence, Fr. Jason Johnston and Stewart Inman.

FF and YY will be hosting a Catholic jewelry, rosary, and crucifix fundraiser after ALL four Masses on March 25th/26th, March 31st after Stations of the Cross, and April 1st/2nd. Many youth volunteers are needed for about 15-20 min. after the Masses to help sell. Please contact Mary Catherine to let us know which day or Mass you would like to help with.

YY and FF will lead the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, this Friday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. Youth are needed at 5:45 to read a Station or lead a decade of the Rosary. Please contact Mary Catherine to volunteer.

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!

Sr. Mary Magdaleva

Sr. Mary Magdaleva, SND, sister of Fr. Al Camp, passed away on the evening of March 18th. She was 96 years of age and served as a Sister of Notre Dame for 77 years. Services will be on Wednesday at the Sisters of Notre Dame, Lial, Renewal Center.
May God grant her soul eternal rest. Please keep Fr. Camp and his family in your prayers.

Youth Jewelry Fundraiser

The YY and FF will be hosting a fundraiser selling unique Catholic jewelry, rosaries, and crucifixes after all the weekend masses on March 25th/26th, March 31st after Stations, and April 1st/2nd. Please consider shopping with us for your First Communion, Confirmation, Easter, Graduation, and Mother’s Day gifts. Cash, check, or credit/debit card accepted!

Assisi Early Learning Center

Registration for openings starting June 1, 2017 will be as follows:

St. Francis Parishioners on March 28 from 7 - 8 a.m.
Other Catholics on March 29 from 7 - 8 a.m.
Others on March 30 from 7 - 8 a.m

Cajun Fest

May 21,2017 from 11am to 4pm.
We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our 2017 Cajun Fest which is held on the church grounds,

Our event features Bingo, children’s games, video truck, hamster ball, food (crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, boiled crawfish, pulled pork, hot dogs, etc.), drinks, desserts, raffle, vendors, live music, general store, book store, and plenty of opportunity to socialize in a family friendly atmosphere.

We are looking for sponsors for our annual Cajun Fest fundraising event. Your sponsorship can be a monetary amount, an in-kind donation, gift card/prize for our BINGO, or helping us to promote and advertise by displaying a poster/flyer in your place of business. Sponsorships of $300 or more will be included on the back of our Cajun Fest T-shirt. Your sponsorship form must be received by April 14 in order to be included on the back of our T-Shirts.

St. Anthony Catholic School

We are pleased to announce St. Anthony Catholic School is the 1st Advanc-ED STEM certified school in Mississippi!!! We are so proud of Stephanie Brown for spearheading this endeavor along with Vicki Moorehead, Cyndie Robertson, and the rest of the STREAM DREAM TEAM! Hard work, dedication, and lots of fun combined with a love of teaching paid off with an official STEM Certification! CONGRATULATIONS to the entire St. Anthony staff! It's a great day to be an Eagle!

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More great news! The Advanc-Ed Accreditation review team confirmed our accreditation through the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools for another 5 years! Thank you again Stephanie Brown for all your hard work and efforts! Congratulations to the entire St. Anthony Staff and thank you for your dedication to our students and our school! It really is a great day to be an Eagle!

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny needs help collecting soft candy filled, tiny toy, and sticker filled eggs. Please bring your donations to the Family Life Center (FLC) collection boxes. Please, no nuts, peanut butter, hard candy, or chocolate.

Live Way of the Cross

St. Francis of Assisi Church is preparing for a Live Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14, at 2 p.m. The drama begins with the scene of the condemnation of Jesus before Pontius Pilate. Eleven of the fifteen stations are performed at different sites, replicating the final journey of Jesus from the praetorium of Pontius Pilate to Calvary.

Rehearsal schedule: Jesus, Soldiers, Pilate, Narrator, Barabbas, Thieves, High Priest, Mary, John the Beloved. Sun., March 26 at 2-3 p.m. Full Cast Rehearsal Palm Sun., April 9 from 2-3 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14, please arrive by 1 p.m. Live Stations at 2 p.m.

We are also in need of someone to sew costumes, especially for the children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 24th will be Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce or Spinach Ravioli with Marinara. We will have both cheese and spinach available.

Prayer Schedule:
March 24: Ladies Auxiliary
March 31: Youth
April 7: L.I.F.T.

RCIA

On this fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Second Scrutiny with our Elect (older children and adults preparing for baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil). To “scrutinize” means to take a long and careful look at the ways we need God to heal and strengthen us. During each Mass this weekend and the next, we will “scrutinize” our relationship with God. While the Elect are singled out for the Scrutinies, those of us who are already baptized can also embrace that same spirit of self-searching and repentance. Let us take seriously this dynamic of scrutiny and conversion, which gives us a richer perspective on Lenten “giving up.” What we are to give up more than anything else is sin, which is to say we are to give up whatever keeps us from living out our baptismal promises fully.

Please keep our Elect and Candidates, who are preparing for the Easter Sacraments, as well as their godparents/sponsors in your thoughts and prayers. Are you or someone you know interested in exploring the Catholic faith? 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. 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.

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.

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.