The Adoration Chapel at St. Francis The Corpus Christi procession The organ pipes at St. Francis The garden dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn The exterior of St. Francis Church The St. Patrick window The crucifx in the sanctuary of St. Francis The renovated exterior of St. Francis Church One of the ornamented lamps at St. Francis St. Clare House used for parish activities Bishop Barry Knestout and Msgs. Andrew Cassin Mass held in Assisi Hall during church renovation
Mass Schedule

Readings for Mass today

Regular schedule for Mass at St. Francis Church. Note that, because of the current renovation of the interior of St. Francis Church, all Masses are held in Assisi Hall. If you are coming from Augusta Street, the hall is located to the right of the church, across the grassy courtyard.

  • Weekends: Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 5 p.m., Mass on Sundays at 7, 8:30, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Weekdays: Mass on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7 a.m., Thursday and Friday at 12 noon, First Saturday at 10 a.m.

In addition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Check the specific schedule for the current week on the website.


During the month of September Fr. Matthias Lusembo, pastor of St. Francis, will be on vacation, and there will be changes in the weekday Mass schedule: Mass will not be celebrated Monday-Wednesday but will take place on Thursday and Friday (at the usual 12 noon time).


The annual parish picnic will take place at the Frontier Culture Museuim on Sunday, September 24. The event begins with Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by the picnic. Note that there will not be a Mass at 11:30 at the church that Sunday. For more details, see the parish bulletin.

Interior renovation of St. Francis

It has been over 30 years since the inside of our beautiful church has been renovated, and your gift will enable us to restore and reimagine a church interior that maintains the focus on Our Lord Jesus and His Sacraments. This will be a renovation that fixes problems caused by walls’ deteriorations a few years back, long-ago created problems based on previous modifications, and long-term wear and tear associated with age. Floors and walls, plaster and paint, lighting and sound, better accessibility and better use of the existing space we already have are important parts of this transforming campaign.

Your gift gives us an exciting possibility to move forward as a parish. One-time gifts or pledges for a 3- or 5-year period are welcome and can be made at this site.

Welcome to St. Francis

We offer a special welcome to visitors to this site and invite you to learn more about St. Francis Parish. There are several ways to stay in touch with what is going on in the parish:

  • Sign up to receive news and notifications via text or email from Flocknote
  • Read the weekly bulletin, available online
  • Check the news section of this website
  • And you can learn more about the long history of the parish by checking the history section of this site and taking the tour of the church section as well.
  • All parishioners are encouraged to register with the parish. The registration form is available online.
  • To contact the parish staff or find directions to the church, visit the contact page of this site.

Bob’s Clinic Challenge

A generous parishioner has offered to donate $10,000 toward Bob’s Clinic in Haiti if the parish raises a matching $10,000 on its own. So far $1,650 has been raised. We have until October 8th, so if you have been thinking of making a contribution, now is the time! Make checks out to St. Francs-Haiti Outreach and indicate clearly that your donation is for Bob’s Clinic. It takes a village to run the clinic, to help buy the medicine for the pharmacy, to help pay the doctor and staff, to help with the proper protective equipment, and to double this special ministry to the vulnerable in Christ’s name. Mail donations to St. Francis Haiti Outreach at 118 N. New Street, Staunton, VA 24401 or place them in the collection basket at Mass.


Adult Faith Formation meets at 10 a.m. in Columbian Hall. A series on the Eucharist will be led by parishioner Tom Tellson. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be provided. Coluimbian Hall is located on the fourth floor of Assisi Hall.


All St. Francis teenagers are invited to join our Youth Group as we explore and strengthen our faith together. Meetings are typically Tuesdays after the 5:30 p.m. Mass, and there are also weekend social events throughout the year. Grab a slice of pizza and have real discussions with other teens in relaxed and fun way.

Morning Prayer

The St. Francis Schola leads the office of Morning Prayer, including beautiful, contemplative psalm melodies, every Thursday at 7 a.m. in the church. Parishioners are invited to start the day off with the official prayers of the universal Church.


Legacy gifts reveal our faith to our community as a witness of God’s great love for us. The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond is excited about its partnership with FreeWill and the valuable legacy giving resources they provide for parishes, schools, and campus ministries. Through these resources, including an online Will platform, the Foundation can ensure that all practicing Catholics have an updated Will with a parish, school, and/or ministry named as a beneficiary or beneficiaries.

In August, the CCF raised $1,366,000 in bequests through FreeWill for parishes and schools using FreeWill! Parishioners across the diocese used FreeWill’s platform to create their Will and named their parish and/or a school as a beneficiary. As of December 31, there were $12,000,000 in bequests through FreeWill. No one imagined just how many people would use the FreeWill platform to create their Will. It really is a testament to the statistic that more than 67% of Americans do not have a Will.

Find out more at the website.

The Cross of Christ

From the Catecheses by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop

The Catholic Church glories in every deed of Christ. Her supreme glory, however, is the cross. Well aware of this, Paul says: God forbid that I glory in anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! At Siloam, there was a sense of wonder, and rightly so. A man born blind recovered his sight. But of what importance is this, when there are so many blind people in the world? Lazarus rose from the dead, but even this affected only Lazarus. What of those countless numbers who have died because of their sins? Those five miraculous loaves fed five thousand people. Yet this is a small number compared to those all over the world who were starved by ignorance. After eighteen years a woman was freed from the bondage of Satan. But are we not all shackled by the chains of our own sins? For us all, however, the cross is the crown of victory! It has brought light to those blinded by ignorance. It has released those enslaved by sin. Indeed, it has redeemed the whole of mankind!


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