Guided by the words of our patron saint St. Francis of Assisi, we are a welcoming community formed around the Eucharist and open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be a people of prayer, serving our faith through the principle of Christian stewardship.
This Sunday, called Palm or Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are called the Triduum, three days that are the highlight of the Church year. Throughout Holy Week, we will continue to reflect on the events of Jesus' passion and death. As we meditate on the cross, we ask again and anew what it means to make the statement of faith that Jesus, in his obedient suffering and dying, revealed himself to us as God's Son and brought to fulfillment the Kingdom of God. ... See MoreSee Less
A Week Like No Other Today’s Gospel account of the Passion seems to combine stories of joy and suffering, mistakes and successes, which are part of our daily lives as disciples. Jesus enters the city surrounded by his people singing and shouting. That outcry is the spontaneous joy of all those left behind and overlooked, who, having been touched by Jesus, can now should with joy: “Blessed is he who come in the name of the Lord.” How could they not praise the one who had restored their dignity and hope? Theirs is the joy of so many forgiven sinners who are able to trust and hope once again. What contradictory feelings might I have when reflecting on the events of Holy Week? ... See MoreSee Less
REMINDER St. Francis of Assisi will stream Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays on Facebook. This will continue while our parish is closed. Please know that Fr. Tom and Fr. Colby are also privately celebrating all our Masses, keeping our Mass intentions and parishioners in their hearts.
On Sunday, you can watch Mass at 9 a.m. with Bishop Rice at the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau page and at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton page at 11:15 a.m. with Fr. Tom or Fr. Colby. ... See MoreSee Less