“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

  • Sunday School for Pre-K -6th graders, Life Teen for 7th-12th graders are scheduled to begin on September 27. Both home-based and in-person sessions will be offered. Please register Pre-K – 12th graders by this Monday by submitting this form.
  • Sunday School for Pre-K-6th graders begins next Sunday, 9-10:15 AM.  Parents will bring children to their designated classrooms. Children will need a facemask, their own supply kits (see emailed list), and a large towel. More Volunteer Catechists are needed right away to teach children’s in-person Sunday School classes. (Kindergarten; 3rd-6th grades) Please contact Mary Catherine to volunteer.
  • Life Teen, Life Nights (9th-12th graders) and Edge (7th & 8th graders) begins next Sunday, 6-7:30 PM with A Castaway Comeback Kick-off! Weather permitting, supper will be served outside in the courtyard, followed by small group sessions. Supper in the gym if raining.
  • WOW! Welcome Back, 7th-12th graders this Wednesday, September 23, 6-7:30 PM! Prepare to get wet! We will meet every other Wednesday this semester, and we will meet outdoors when the weather permits. Bring your own beach towel for seating (inside if raining).
  • Youth Prayer and Adoration Night this Thursday, September 24 at 6 PM: Juniors and Seniors will meet at 6 PM outside in the courtyard area for shared prayer requests for the first few minutes, then move inside for silent prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.
  • Senior Bible Break is back for the class of 2021. Meet at M7 Coffee House, Wednesday, October 7 at 6 PM. Bring your own Bible and facemask.

1st HOMEGROWN HARVEST GALA AND FUNDRAISER SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS!

Six men are currently studying for the priesthood in our diocese. They are the fruit of parishes around the state, including Immaculate Conception West Point, St. Richard Jackson, St. Paul Flowood, St. Joseph Starkville, and Holy Cross Philadelphia.

To support the education of these men the Department of Vocations is hosting the 1st ever Homegrown Harvest Gala and Fundraiser on October 9th at 6:30 PM. This will be a LIVE broadcast. To check it out, all you have to do is log on here.  Our keynote speaker will be Fr. Jim Wehner, Rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, and throughout the evening you will hear from Vocation Director
Fr. Nick Adam, our seminarians, and more!

Thank you for your prayers and support of Vocations in our diocese. To give, log onto the website above, and click on “purchase tickets” or “sponsorships” on the menu on the left hand side of the screen. Pray that the Lord sends more laborers into his harvest.

Contact Fr. Nick Adam, Vocation Director with any questions 601-969-4020 or by email.

 

Baptism Class

October 11th 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.

Support the Merciful Saviour Monastery

Those of you who know Fr. Peter Luckett (son of
our parishioners Michael and Pamela Luckett) will be happy to know that All Merciful Saviour Monastery has the CD and download available for chants that are meditative and beautiful on this website.  Fr. Peter grew up in St. Francis parish, and is currently a Monk at the monastery.

All proceeds from the purchase goes directly to the support of the monastery.  All Merciful Saviour Monastery is located on Vashon Island, Washington outside of Seattle.  It is a Russian Orthodox community.  There is an example of the chants on the website.  Pamela and Mike Luckett want to thank you to all of you who have been supportive of Fr. Peter.

RCIA

The council of Toledo (589) added the Latin phrase filioque (“and the Son”) to the Nicene Creed to read: “the Holy Spirit…who proceeds from the Father and the Son.” Because of this the Catholic and Orthodox churches of the East split from communion in 1054. The Councils of Ephesus (431) and Calcedon (451) forbid additions to the Nicene Creed. Eastern theology speaks of the Holy Spirit as being from the Father through the Son since the Father is the source of both the procession of the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit (from the Father and the Son) expression was accepted at the Councils of Lyons (1274) and Florence (1439). Sources indicate we may be close to a solution to this problem. Pray for a resolution of this rupture to bring about the unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17.

RCIA begins Wednesday evening, September 30th.  If you know  anyone interested, please contact the parish office 601-856-5556 or Wollie Wolcott.

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.