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

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

LIVE STREAM MASS

Sunday Mass at 10:30 am

STATEMENT FROM BISHOP JOSEPH KOPACZ ON COVID-19

REGARDING SUSPENSION OF MASS AND PARISH MINISTRIES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Jackson (March 24, 2020) – The current and anticipated surge of diagnosed COVID-19  infections in Mississippi and throughout the nation compels us to extend the ban on all public gatherings in our churches in the Diocese of Jackson through April 30, 2020.

It is disappointing to accept the reality that we will not be filling our churches throughout Holy Week, Easter, and early on during the Easter season.  Yet, there positive signs that our mission to “proclaim Jesus the Savior by living the Gospel, so that all may experience the crucified and risen Lord,” is alive and well even in the throes of the current austerity.

The Mass is available throughout the day, Lenten devotions abound around the diocese, and the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, adoration, etc. are feeding the flock daily.

The extended time of closure impacts in the following ways:

  • Palms have been blessed in our parishes, but we are not encouraging their distribution until a later date when the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 is greatly reduced or eliminated.

I thank you for your attention to these important matters.  In all corners of the diocese our Catholic faithful are being proactive, and we will continue to nurture and to live our faith as the Lord’s disciples during these lean times.  May our Prayer for one another be faithful and heartfelt.

NOTE: As the concerns continue, you can open this website
https://jacksondiocese.org/public-health-concerns/ for more information.

In an effort to continue to practice our faith, you can join us for Mass, Adoration, Rosary and Stations of the Cross at St. Francis on tv
or computer through these websites:
YouTube or on Facebook StFrancisAssisiMadison.

Once the risk is over, we will re-institute the diocesan norm.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Holy Week Schedule 2020

HOLY WEEK LIVE STREAMED SCHEDULE
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH

Holy Thursday:

Mass   6:30 pm

Good Friday: 

Rosary/Station of the Cross 2:00 pm

Service 6:30 pm

Holy Saturday:

Mass 8:00 pm

Easter: 

Mass 10:30 am

In addition, we will continue live streamed:

  • Daily Mass 7 am
  • Adoration on Thursdays 5–8 pm

If you need confession, please call the Parish office to schedule.

Remember to check our website
http://www.stfrancismadison.org/ for more information, you can have live streamed Mass on our Youtube  or Facebook StFrancisAssisiMadison

Religious Education

  • Ø Holy Week at home is not cancelled! For a complete guide to a creative and meaningful Holy Week while staying home, visit holyweek.pastoral.center.
  • First Holy Communion preparation at home: To assist parents in preparing children for First Holy Communion, an online version of our First Communion series, Blessed, which includes videos, can be found at Dynamic Catholic
  • Keep saving the dates for Discovery Canyon VBS 2020: June 15-19 for children going into Pre-K4-4th grades.
  • We now have 2 Live youth night options on Sundays:1.  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.2.  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 PROJECTYM.COM/WATCH this Sunday at 7pm Central.

    Please let us know if you are not receiving information by email  regarding Pre-K-6th grade Sunday School, Confirmation and VBS.

    Contact Mary Catherine

    If you are not receiving Flocknote emails / texts regarding Life Teen, virtual youth events, and other options for teens.

    Contact William Green

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.

RCIA

What Are the Pillars of Catholic Life? The
foundations or pillars of Catholic life are summarized in the traditional four pillars of Catholic catechisms: faith, sacraments, life in Christ, and prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is an essential guide for any Catholic.  We need to know the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, the sacraments and prayer as well. We need to implement those teachings, relying on the sacraments—the fundamental source of grace in the life in Christ—and an ongoing prayer life in general to grow closer to Jesus and his Church. Frequent reception of the Eucharist and regular reception of the sacrament of reconciliation are highly recommended and a daily prayer life is a must,
including personal prayer and Scripture or other religious reading.

Fidelity to Church teaching is non-negotiable. The authentic formation of our conscience does not give us veto power over any Church teaching. Rather, one should grow in the three theological virtues (faith, hope and love), the four
cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude) and the other virtues as well, and seek the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to aid the cause. If one faithfully uses the CCC as their basic guide to life, they will do well in the life in Christ.

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.