Registration for fall CCD, First Communion, Confirmation
Now is the time to register your children for fall CCD classes as well as for First Communion or Confirmation preparation. Religious Education Coordinator Carol Long requests that parents do so by August 14 to provide time for allocating classroom space.taking COVID-related restrictions into account. Pick up the forms at the parish office or in the church vestibule or, for the first time, download them from this website, fill them out on your computer, then mail or deliver them to the church office.
Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15
The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary occurs on Saturday, August 15, and Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis at 10 a.m.
Masses livestreamed on parish Facebook page
For those unable to attend Mass in person, the liturgy from St. Francis is livestreamed on the parish Facebook page on Sundays at 8 a.m. and also on weekdays (Tuesday at 5:30, Wednesday-Friday at 12 noon). The videos remain posted after the Mass.
Presentation on harpsichord added to website
Music Director Christopher Bono has prepared the first section about music at St. Francis for the parish website. A presentation on the harpsichord is now available. It includes the history of the instrument (with information on how it came to be at St. Francis), an introduction with photos of the various parts of the harpsichord, and a video showing it in use.
Attending weekend Masses during the pandemic
There are three Masses on weekends: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 11:30 a.m. Because of mandated social distancing, the church’s capacity has been drastically reduced, and to allow for equitable ability to attend Mass, the parish has been divided into halves, those with last names A-K and those with names L-Z. The signup forms are available beginning Wednesday afternoons, and links to the forms (which change every week) are distributed only to those who receive notifications from the parish through Flocknotes (click the icon of the lamb at the top of the homepage to jon Flocknote). The signup forms are made available to everyone (the other half of the parish and guests) on Friday at 2 p.m. The links to signing up will show up on the homepage beneath the slideshow at that time. Note that the Sunday 8:00 Mass fills up the fastest, and Saturday at 5:00 is ordinarily the last to fill. The limit for each Mass is in the range of 60-70 people but is fluid since some attendees come as individuals, others as part of a family that can sit more closely together, and the parish staff does its best to adjust the limits as signups continue. If there are any questions, call the parish office (540-886-2262) Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Octave of Service
The Office of Social Ministries of the diocese will be inviting all parishes to celebrate the Octave of Service from September 27, the Feast ofSaint Vincent DePaul, to October 4. Our diocesan patron, St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), is venerated for his compassion toward the poor and his charitable works. In this same spirit, our bicentennial celebration will include seven days of service opportunities for all parishes, schools, and campus ministries from September 27 through October 4, 2020. More information will be available soon! Visit 2020.richmonddiocese.org for additional announcements and activities for the Bicentennial Year.
“Formed” content of the week
Follow this link to see the pick of the week from “Formed,” a collection of Catholic web content from many sources.
News of weekday Masses
Weekday Masses (celebrated Tuesday-Friday and on First Saturdays) are public Masses held in the church, and are open to those wishing to attend—without the necessity of signing up in advance. The Wednesday liturgy is for those in “vulnerable populations” who may wish to avoid larger groups of people. Note that other restrictions continiue to apply, such as the requirement that face masks be worn and worshippers maintain social distancing.
Formed: Catholic content on the web
With a subscription to “Formed,” every St. Francis parishioner has 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone, and tablet with internet access. “Formed” offers video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage, receive Bible studies on a variety of topics, and listen to inspiring audio talks. Presenters include Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. Mary Healey, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron, and many more. It is very easy to begin your free subscription to “Formed”: Go to www.formed.org. Under “How would you like to sign up?” select “I belong to a Parish or Organization.” Enter the parish code: VVW3G4. Enter your name and email address, and that’s it.
All who attend St. Francis urged to update parish registration information
It is important that the parish office have updated information on all St. Francis parishioners. Here is a direct link to the registration form. Please take a few minutes and register if you have done so previously or update the information on file for you and your family.