In addition to the liturgical celebrations, our parish hosts several annual events to celebrate our history, our patron saint and our faith.
St. Francis of Assisi was established as a parish in April 2004 and remains the newest parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. As a Total Stewardship Parish, the founding parishioners were very generous in their stewardship offerings to create the parish community and worship space we have today. We are proud of our strong faith community in Nixa and celebrate our anniversary each year, typically with a special meal on a Sunday close to the anniversary date of August 22.
St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is a special day for our parish. As the patron saint of animals, we offer a special blessing of animals. The celebration is held on a Sunday close to the anniversary date of October 4 and provides an opportunity for fellowship. Festivities in past years have included Mass under a tent on the lawn, a potluck lunch, children's games and a pie-making contest.
Lent is a time for everyone to reflect on the sacrifice of the cross and rejoice in the resurrection. Each year we host several events to bring our parish together for worship and fellowship.
The Lenten Eucharistic Adoration and Potluck Dinner is held toward the beginning of Lent. Adoration begins immediately after Sunday mass and ends in time for a parish potluck dinner.
The Lenten Fish Fry is hosted by the Knights of Columbus every Friday evening during Lent, immediately followed by Stations of the Cross.
Then on Easter Sunday, an Easter Egg Hunt is held for the children.