Parish Religious Education
“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3
- There will be NO in-person Sunday School classes, Life Teen sessions until group gathering restrictions are lifted. Please see emails for updates on how we will proceed with digital lessons and / or virtual for faith formation. Contact Mary Catherine if you are not receiving emails.
- Until Children’s Sunday School classes and Children’s Church can resume, Worship@Home provides Liturgy of the Word guides and creative ways to celebrate Sunday liturgies and feast days with your family.
- The Celebration of First Reconciliation for children will be held on Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday,
January 13, 6-7:30 PM in the church. Parents are asked to prepare children at home with the information sent via email. All children should have completed Blessed: First Reconciliation, Session 5 videos and lessons before going to confession.
- Life Nights for 9th-12th graders and Edge for 7th & 8th graders will resume with virtual sessions, this Sunday, January 10 at 6:45 PM. Updates and links to join are sent through Flocknote messaging. Virtual sessions will not be held on January 17 for the MLK holiday but will resume on January 24.
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.
This past week we started back our Zoom
meetings covering “Our Eternal Destiny” which expounds on the last four things: Death, .Judgement, Heaven & Hell. In summary, we firmly believe, and dare to hope that, just as Christ is truly risen from the dead and lives forever, after death, He will raise us up on the last day and the righteous will live forever with the risen Christ.
“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love” St. John of the Cross (1542-1591).
Please pray for our inquirers: Lois Booth, Melessia Chatmon, Drew Duncan, Chris Walker & Evan Wright.
RCIA virtual classes are on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Please pray for our catechumens:
Mellesia Chatmon, Lois Booth, Evan Wright and Chris Walker.
ALL Confirmation Candidates will meet virtually this Sunday, January 10, 6:45 PM, for a required session. Links to join the session are sent through Flocknote messaging.
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.