Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an integral part of the spiritual life of St. Francis Parish. A eucharistic procession winds through the streets of Staunton on the feast of Corpus Christi. An active adult education program in the parish offers speakers on liturgical, spiritual, and theological topics. Every year in January a substantial number of St. Francis parishioners travel to Washington to witness for life. Icons located in the Blessed Sacrament chapel remind visitors of the company of heaven surrounding them. On the left, the steeple of the church undergoing renovation in 2015-2016; on the right, the completed project Each January members of Youth for Life travel to Washington to witness in the March for Life. The St. Francis Choir leads the congregation in praise at the Saturday vigil Mass and the Sunday liturgies. CCD catechists offer their time and talents to educate the children of the parish in the Catholic faith. In 2007 the Respect Life Committee built a prayer garden in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. At left, a view of St. Francis sometime between the 1920s and the 1960s; at right, the church since the 1988-89 renovation Each summer vacation church school offers St. Francis youngsters opportunities to learn about the faith, pray, and play together. Monsignor Mark Lane administers the sacrament of confirmation for youth of St. Francis and neighboring parishes. St. Francis Church decorated for the celebration of Christmas Msgr. Andrew Cassin and Fr. Joseph Wamala greet parishioners at the front door of St. Francis Church. The choir and musicians offer special music on the occasion of the completion of church renovation in 2016. The Catholic Daughters (with Fr. Joseph Wamala) celebrate the 80th anniversary of the chapter's founding. Francis DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, reconsecrates St. Francis church after the exterior renovation in 2015-2016. The convocation of diocesan deacons was held in Staunton in 2014, with a special Mass and reception at St. Francis. Members of the Haiti Outreach greet parishioners of Our Lady of Pointe-à-Raquette, the twin parish of St. Francis in Staunton. Pilgrims from the Diocese of Richmond join a vigil before the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. Music Director Chris Bono oversaw the repainting of the organ pipes in 2017.
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HAITI CLINIC CHALLENGE

The Bob's Clinic challenge began on August 25 (the feast of St. Louis King of France). Once again, a generous, anonymous parishioner is challenging all of us to raise $5,000 in support of Bob's Clinic in Haiti. This parishioner will then match us dollar for dollar so that the total raised is $10,000. Please dig deep and give what you can. This is a major annual means of supporting the clinic in our twin parish in Haiti.

 

BOY SCOUTS AT ST. FRANCIS

Many parishioners are not aware that there is an active Boy Scout troop sponsored by St. Francis Parish: Troop 33. Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have a track record of producing boys of character and our future leaders. St. Francis has a Boy Scout Troop to meet the needs of boys and families in this growing community. Troop 33 is focused on: Values, Service, and Character Development; Outdoor Adventure and Personal Fitness; Skills Training and Advancement; Camping in Augusta County, the Region, and Beyond.

Boys who are 11 years old, or who are 10 years old and have finished 5th grade or received the Webelos Arrow of Light award, and are not yet 18, are eligible to join. All boys are welcomed, whether a member of St. Francis or from the community. Regular Troop meetings will be every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

The Troop goes on frequent outings at dedicated campgrounds at Camp Shenandoah in Swoope, VA, and throughout the region. The adventure for boys will include camping, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, marksmanship, pioneering and orienteering, historic and civic field trips, swimming, sports, and much more. Troop 33 will also emphasize service to the community.

To join or for more information, contact Bob Young at 301-524-4013 or bobyoung_mail@yahoo.com. You can also visit the Scout website at http://staunton33.mytroop.us/home.