Mass Available In Person Again!

We are happy to announce that in-person Mass is available again per the regular Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. Seating is limited to accommodate social distancing.

Many activities at the church are still on hold due to COVID-19. Watch the bulletin and parish Facebook page for regular updates.

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Participate in Mass during this time of social distancing. Masses will be live streamed on Facebook. You can also watch on television or listen on the radio.



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9:30 am Sunday

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Meaningful Mass Monday | Step 1: The Sign of the Cross
(Explaining Mass, one step at a time.)

The Mass starts with the Sign of the Cross - "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The Sign of the Cross is not simply a way to begin praying. It is itself a powerful prayer that is meant to pour out tremendous blessings on our lives.

Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross - whether at Mass or in our private devotions - we enter a sacred tradition that goes back to the early centuries of Christianity.

Ezekiel 9:4-6 and Revelations 7:3 tell of an X being marked on the foreheads of believers. From a biblical perspective, every time we trace the Sign of the Cross over our bodies we are doing two things. First, we are expressing our desire to be set apart from the corrupt ways of the world in our own day. Second, we are invoking God's protection for our lives to guard us from all harm and evil.

In the Sign of the Cross, we pray that our whole lives may be lived in ever greater harmony with God - that all we do, we may do in his name. This is why we should make every Sign of the Cross with careful attention and reverence. Given all that this means, we should avoid signing ourselves in a hurried, sloppy way.

When we cross ourselves, let it be a real Sign of the Cross. Instead of a small cramped gesture that gives no notion of its meaning, let us make a large unhurried sign, from forehead to breast, from shoulder to shoulder, consciously feeling how it includes the whole of us, our thoughts, our attitudes, our body and soul, every part of us at once, how it consecrates and sanctifies us.

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Interested in learning more? Join us Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for the Book Study Group, currently meeting via Zoom. Contact the parish office for more information. office@stfrancisnixa.org

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Summary derived from "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy" by Edward Sri (available at Desales Catholic Bookstore in Springfield)
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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

844 S. Gregg Road

P.O. Box 1920

Nixa, MO 65714

(417) 725-1975

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“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

~ St. Francis of Assisi