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, former 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. The Most Rev. Barry Knestout, named Bishop of Richmond in 2017, visited St. Francis in 2014 to celebrate Monsignor Cassin’s ordination anniversary. Members of St. Francis Youth for Life participated in 2017 in the 40 Days for Life witness outside an abortion clinic.
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Haiti Outreach Week: February 1-7. This week encourages us to reflect on H.O.W. we can meaningfully ENGAGE with our twin parish of St. Louis in La Gonave, Haiti. The theme of the week is Lespwa Fe Viv, Hope Makes One Live. The Haiti Outreach Ministry celebrates our relationship with them and hopes you will ENGAGE in these activities:

1. Saturday, Feb. 1, following 5 p.m. Mass: Hope Makes One Live Movie Night. All are invited to a simple Haitian beans/rice and salad supper followed by a film, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

2. Join us on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. during the Adult Faith Formation hour for a presentation.

3. Pray with us Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.: Hour of Adoration for Haiti in the Adoration Chapel.

4. Enjoy the calendar insert in the bulletin for ideas on H.O.W. to actively ENGAGE throughout the week. The people of Haiti need our prayers especially.

5. Attend the First Friday Holy Hour on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. to pray for the families of Haiti and join us for appetizers and drinks at Holy to Happy Hour in Assisi Hall.