Please join us every Friday of Lent:
6:00 pm ROSARY
6:30 pm STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FASTING: The norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18 until 59 of age. The law of fasting allows only 1 full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening.
ABSTINENCE: Catholics 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Fridays of Lent and
Good Friday; unless health is an issue.
PRAYER: A sincere conversation with God with a promise to be better and clean from sin during Lent.
Are you longing to deepen your prayer life this Lent? Be sure to pick up your free book after mass called “I Heard God Laugh”. This gift to you from our parish is by Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic. It’s a great resource to help you increase your daily prayer habits. Join with others in our parish in reading this book during Lent. You can also sign up at www.dynamiccatholic.org to receive a daily email reflection during Lent. Also be sure to pick up your missalette, Living Faith book and liturgical calendar after mass. See our website and the bulletin for more Lent resources to help you have your best Lent ever including a study guide to go along with the book.
Parish Religious Education
“Behold, children are a gift from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3
- Sunday School for all Pre-K-6th graders continues to meet in person, 9-10:15 a.m.
- Semester Service Project for the Homeless Week #2 item request is new pairs of adult-size socks. Please bring socks to the collection boxes in the gym. Reusable shopping bags are still needed.
- WOW! (Worship On Wednesday)- Everyone is welcome to join us for Sports Night with light supper this Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM!
- Life Teen: All 9th -12th graders are encouraged to attend Life Night and 7th & 8th graders are welcome to participate in Edge this Sunday, 6-7:30 PM in the FLC!
- Senior Bible Break has moved days, time, and location for now. All seniors are welcome to attend on Sundays, 4-5 PM in the FLC Lounge to break open the Sunday Scripture.
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.
“The devil left him to return at the appointed time.” The battle with evil was not over for
Jesus. For us, too, the battle against evil never stops. The selfishness, greed, anger and hostility, jealousy and resentment, the desire to have rather than to share, to control rather than to serve will continually dog us. That is why we need this purifying period of Lent every year.
Please pray for those in RCIA: Melessia Chatmon,
Drew Duncan, Lois Booth, Chris Walker and
RCIA meetings are now in person every Wednesday at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Wollie Wolcott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation Mini-Retreat for ALL candidates is
Sunday, March 7, 3:00-7:30 PM.
*ALL 10th grade- Pre-Confirmation candidates will join the 6-7:30 PM segment.
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
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.