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

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Religious Education

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

  • Register all Pre-K-12th Grade for our Religious Education programs here.
  • Home-based catechesis: Parents who wish to lead their own family catechetical program at home, please contact Mary Catherine for information and materials.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist in our in-person Sunday School classes, especially in Pre-k/Kindergarten class. Please contact Mary Catherine right away to volunteer.

Life Teen Religious Education

  • Life Night and Edge will NOT meet this Sunday, Oct. 11.  We will resume sessions on Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 PM.
  • Our service to the homeless project with Why Not Now of Mississippi begins this weekend. Your Columbus Day-off project is to create a prayer card. Templates were handed out at last Sunday and sent through Flocknote.  Please bring your completed prayer cards plus new pairs of socks to Life Night or Edge on for the Oct.18 donation box.
  • Youth Prayer and Adoration this Thursday, for all grades, 7th-12th, at 6 PM. Meet outside in the courtyard area for shared prayer requests for the first few minutes, then move inside for silent prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. Face masks are required!
  • Senior Bible Break for the class of 2021. Meet at M7 Coffee House, Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6 PM. Bring your own Bible and face mask.

Confirmation

Confirmation Candidate-Sponsor Session: Please save the date for Sunday, Oct 25th.
If your sponsor is not able to attend, please have a parent attend in their place.  We will meet from
6-7:30 PM starting with a light supper then move to the church. If you have questions, please
contact Melissa Smalley.

RCIA

RCIA classes will begin this Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM in the RCIA room. Please pray for Lois Booth, Melissia Chatmon, Chris Walker, Pat Williams, and Evan Wright.

We are still accepting participants so if you know anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic or just learning more about the Faith please contact the parish office or email Wollie. 

 

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.

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

BOY SCOUT TROOP 716

St. Francis Boy Scouts has started having zoom
meetings on Mondays at 6:30 PM.  If anyone is
interested in being involved please contact
Scoutmaster David Ellis.

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.