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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:

¨ Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday will be live streamed from the Cathedral and in many churches throughout the diocese.

¨ Palms will be 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.

¨ Penance Services can be live-streamed, and all can ask and receive God’s mercy from our hearths and homes.

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:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ6_RZsxN8NAce5qV3cPd-A or on Facebook StFrancisAssisiMadison.

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

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Religious Education

  • Various options for digital learning, activities, prayer, and other materials for teaching children and engaging in virtual events at home have and will continue to be emailed to parents.
  • If you are not receiving information by email, please contact Mary Catherine at mc.george@stfrancismadison.org regarding Pre-K-6th grade Sunday School and also Confirmation class updates.
  • If you are not receiving Flocknote emails regarding Life Teen, virtual youth events, and  other options for youth. Please contact William Green at william.green@stfrancismadison.org.
  • First Holy Communion preparation at home: Information to assist parents in preparing children at home for First Communion, an adapted version of Breakfast with Jesus,” and an online
    version of our First Communion series, Blessed, has been sent by email to parents of communicants. If you have not received these emails, please contact Mary Catherine.
  • Save the Dates for Discovery Canyon VBS 2020: June 15-19 for children going into Pre-K4-4th grades. Many volunteers are
    needed, so mark your calendars to teach, assist, decorate, babysit, lead music, and work in the kitchen! Contact Mary Catherine to volunteer.

Yahweh’s Youth and Faithful Followers

  • 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.

RCIA

St. Roch, also known as St. Rocco (c. 1295-1327), was a nobleman from Montpellier, France, the only son of the wealthy governor of the city. He gave his inheritance to the poor, handed the government of the city over to his uncle, and began a new life as a poor mendicant pilgrim. St. Roch set out on a pilgrimage to visit and pray at the holy places in Rome.

He came upon the town of Acquapendente north of Rome, badly struck by a plague. St. Roch cured many people by simply making the Sign of the Cross over them. His miraculous healing power evidenced itself in the same manner in every
plague-infested town that he passed through on his way to Rome, and also in Rome itself. He finally contracted the deadly disease in the leg. Instead of burdening anyone with his sickness, he
commended himself to God and awaited his death in a remote and abandoned forest hut. A local count’s hunting dog found and befriended him, bringing him food daily and licking his wounds. A spring arose nearby providing St. Roch with fresh water.

He returned to his native Montpellier, found the city at war and was accused of being a spy disguised as a pilgrim. St. Roch did not defend himself against these charges and was cast into prison by his own uncle, who failed to recognize his nephew’s altered appearance. According to legend, St. Roch was forgotten and abandoned in prison. He died there five years later.

Nearing death, Saint Roch asked that a priest might come and administer the last sacraments. The priest, on entering the prison, beheld it supernaturally lighted up and the poor captive surrounded with special radiance. As death claimed its victim, a tablet appeared on the wall on which an angelic hand wrote in golden letters the name of Roch, and the prediction that all who would invoke his intercession would be delivered from the plague. St. Roch is often depicted as a pilgrim with a walking staff and seashell (the symbol of a pilgrim), an open sore on his leg, an angel by his side, and a dog at his feet. He is the patron saint of dogs, dog owners, knee problems, surgeons, invalids, bachelors, diseased cattle, and against cholera, plague, skin rashes and diseases,
contagious diseases, pestilence, and epidemics. His feast day is August 16th.

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.