Introduction to the summer seminarians
Introduction to the summer seminarians

Two diocesan seminarians have been assigned to St. Francis for the summer of 2020, and we are pleased to have them introduce themselves to the parish.

Photo gallery on RCIA candidates

Those who have been in the RCIA program, with their baptism and confirmation delayed because of the coronavirus, finally received the sacraments on Sunday, June 28. Thanks to parishioner Shelley Haug, we have some photos of the ceremony, now available in this gallery.

Seminarians host St. Francis youth nights

The seminarians assigned to St. Francis Parish for the summer are hosting events on Tuesdays, 6:15-8:30 p.m. for youth of high school age and up: prayer, food, activities. Meet in the church at 6:15. For more details, email John Paul Shanahan. Additional information is available.

Fr. James Waalkes at St. Francis
Fr. James Waalkes at St. Francis

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi (June 14), newly ordained Father James Waalkes celebrated the 8 and 11:30 Masses at his home parish, St. Francis in Staunton. In his homily he spoke of how he came to believe in the truth of the Catholic faith while praying in the parish’s Blessed Sacrament chapel. He entered seminary while in the Diocese of Arlington and will serve in that diocese, but he has spent many Holy Weeks and other times at his home parish in Staunton. Click to view photos of his visit.

Notes on recent music for Masses
Notes on recent music for Masses

Since restrictions stemming from the coronavirus do not allow for congregational singing, Director of Music at St. Francis, Chris Bono, has arranged for a varied program of instrumental music and vocal soloists/cantors. We offer a list of links to the programs and Youtube videos of the music used at recent Masses.

News of weekday Masses
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.

Vacation Bible School cancelled for 2020

Unfortunately, because it remains uncertain as to when the parish will be able to host large gatherings, it is not possible to schedule and organize Vacation Bible School this summer.

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.

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.

Boy Scout leader honored

Congratulations to Scott Eaton, who has received the John Bosco Award in recognition of his outstanding work with the Boy Scouts at St. Francis. Scott has provided leadership for Troop 33 and helped the troop grow by 100%.