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

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Baptism Class

August 9th  at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Parents who want to Baptize their child must take the Baptism Class.

In order to keep families social distanced, you need to call the parish office

Public Mass Guidelines

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.

Religious Education

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

  • Parents are encouraged to lead Liturgy of the Word for children and their family to prepare for Sunday Mass attendance or before participating in live streamed Mass at home. Worship@Home, an engaging and easy to follow Liturgy of the Word guide, can be found at https://worship.pastoral.center/   More resources for all ages can be found The Pastoral Center and Formed.
  • Children’s Sunday School, Sacramental prep, and Life Teen are still being considered in light of social distancing restrictions, the changes that are required for holding smaller sessions safely, and in adding virtual and at-home options. Please pray for guidance in all our planning.
  • Youth can find some great weekly Life Teen video series, such as Summit Teaching each Monday for studying the upcoming Sunday readings, Lectio Live, reflections on the Sunday readings led live on Wednesday evenings, Here’s the Thing, Catholic takes on current happenings, plus recent Global Life Night replays, all on their YouTube channel.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    If you have questions regarding not receiving Flocknote emails/texts regarding Life Teen, virtual youth events, and Religious Education, contact Mary Catherine.

RCIA

In each sacrament Christ himself is at work; it is He who baptizes, He who acts to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayers of his Son’s Church which expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. (Excerpts from CCC 1127)

Next Saturday, August 8th, through Baptism we will welcome into the Church, Caleb Clark, from the RCIA program. He will receive the other sacraments of Initiation along with Luis de Jesús Díaz (Confirmation), Wanda Jones (Confirmation), Phillip Duckworth (Confirmation & Eucharist),
Suzanne McDaniel (Confirmation & Eucharist), and Rondel Grissom (Confirmation & Eucharist).

Hayden Gardo (Baptism & Eucharist), and Zachary Dilati (Baptism).

 

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.

Fraud Prevention Hotline

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

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.

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.