Contact Elizabeth Hanks at 242-4575, ext. 25 or
Weekday Mass: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 9:00 am.
Communion Service: Wednesday at 9:00 AM
Saturday evening Vigil 5:00 pm.
Sunday morning 8:00 am & 10:00 am
Sunday Life Teen Mass 5:00 pm (October through mid-June).
December Liturgy Calendar
Members of the St. Joseph Circle will collect your donations for Christmas Flowers on the weekend of December 13th and 14th. Thank you for your generosity.
Join us Monday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM for the all Parish communal Reconciliation Service
Help us decorate the church with the Christmas Trees beginning at 9:30 on Tuesday,
We will be decorating the church with flowers on Wednesday, December 24th at 9:30 AM.
The Nativity of the Lord:
Christmas Vigil, December 24th Mass at 4:00 PM
Christmas Midnight Mass
Christmas Day Mass
Usher If you can help Usher at the 4:00 PM Family Mass on Christmas Eve, please contact Elizabeth or sign up on the Usher’s room door. Thank you!
The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord/Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a holyday of obligation; Masses are Wednesday, December 31st at 5:00 PM and Thursday, January 1st at 9:00 AM.
If you are interested in serving our community as a Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Lector or Sacristan for this Mass contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office for more details.
Altar Servers and Acolytes
Altar Servers and Acolytes serve God and His people by helping the priest during daily and weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Any Catholic child, 5th grade and older may be an Altar Server. Any High School student may be an Acolyte. Request an application in the Parish Office.
Laundering of Linens
These ministers wash and iron the small linens that are used during the Mass. This includes corporals, purificators and small towels. Linens are taken home after the last Sunday Mass or on Monday morning and returned by Wednesday. Each volunteer is scheduled approximately 6 times during the year.
Ministers for Church Cleaning
These ministers help keep our church tidy. Only about 30 minutes once a month is required. These volunteers work in teams of two on Friday mornings to prepare for weekend Masses. Responsibilities include cleaning and filling the holy water fonts, dusting the church and straightening the books.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Lay ministers who help with the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass. To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist you need to be Confirmed and actively participating in the Church’s Liturgical Life on a regular basis.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly on weekend, weekday and Holyday liturgies. The Lector proclaims the first and second readings from the Sacred Scripture, the Prayers of the Faithful and the announcements. You will receive a workbook, provided to help you prepare for the upcoming Scripture readings. You must have received the sacrament of Confirmation to be a Lector. I am now looking for someone who would be interested in doing the training and scheduling of the Lectors. Contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office for more details.
The Sacristans are responsible for unlocking and locking the church and setting up for Mass. Set-up includes preparation of vessels, hosts and wine. Sacristans are scheduled to perform their duties for all Masses on weekdays, weekends and Holydays. Sacristans may be called on to perform their duties on other occasions such as funerals. Weekend Sacristans are scheduled on a rotating basis and usually serve once a month. I am looking for someone to Sacristan for the 10:00 AM Mass and someone interested in this ministry for the School Masses. Our school has a Mass scheduled once a month. You would need to be available during the school day and come 30-45 minutes before and stay to clean up after the Mass.
WHAT WE EAT AND DRINK IS THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
Written by Paul Turner
Bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ during the Eucharistic prayer at Mass. The Holy Spirit works this miracle in the presence of the faithful, who join the priest’s prayer in silence and song.
Belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to Catholic faith. In the past some have doubted this belief, but the church has always responded with unwavering conviction, founded on the Bible. “This is my body. . . . This is my blood” (Matthew 26:26, 28). “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:51). “My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink” (John 6:55). “The one who eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:58). “As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor 11:26).
Some of the newest words in the Mass are addressed to communicants when they hear, “The Blood of Christ.”
Most Catholics grew up receiving communion under one form. Many of them continue this practice although the cup is offered on many more occasions. The presentation of the cup has not yet been received with the enthusiasm reserved for the Sacred Host.
Yet, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal encourages us: “Holy communion has a fuller form as a sign when it is distributed under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly evident and clear expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord, as also the relationship between the Eucharistic banquet and the eschatological banquet in the Father’s Kingdom” (281).
At the beginning, of course, sharing the Body and Blood of the Lord was common. Eucharist evolved from the meal traditions of the people. Abstaining from the cup would have been as strange as not taking any drink with the evening meal.
During the middle ages, the sharing of the cup became less frequent. When heretics began denying the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, devotion became stricter. People gradually felt unworthy to receive communion and left that to the clergy. The fear of spilling the cup, the simplicity of not offering it, and the danger of spreading disease all contributed to the practice of giving communion under one form only when people chose to receive. Because we have always believed Christ was present in the bread as well as the wine, people reasoned they did not need both for the true experience of communion.
However, today we think twice about this minimalism. Although Christ is truly present in either species, a fuller light shines on the Eucharistic banquet when we receive both.
When receiving the Body of Christ, as well as, drinking from the cup, first say “Amen” to the minister, in a sincere tone that reveals your faith in the Body and Blood of Christ before you. Then receive the cup with both hands, and take a drink. A good sip. Somewhere between whetting the lips and swallowing hard. Enjoy the full symbol of the Eucharistic banquet with reverence and delight.
Copyright © 2006 Resource Publications, Inc., 160 E. Virginia St. #290, San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 286-8505, Paul Turner, pastor of St. Munchin Parish in Cameron, Mo.
If you do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist or have not yet received the Sacrament of Eucharist in the Catholic Church, we ask that you come forward with the entire community in the Eucharistic procession, cross your arms across your chest as you approach the minister, and you will be given a blessing.
“That Takes Faith” Homilies by Fr. Phil Wallace
Ann Brasher compiled Fr. Phil Wallace’s homilies into a book called “That Takes Faith.” She made the book thru lulu.com
, which is an on-demand printing company – so there’s no big stack of books already made up, they just print them when you order them. You can order any number, from one on up (there are small discounts when you order more copies at one time).
Here is how to order: Go to the home page, lulu.com, and search for “That Takes Faith.” The book is 572 pages long and the base cost is $17.05 per copy, plus shipping. Quantity or other discounts may apply – be sure to use any current discount code shown on the Lulu home page – and sometimes they forget to post them, so also do a google search for lulu.com coupon codes. Most months there’s a 15-20% discount if you have the coupon code. The codes are case sensitive (upper case/lower case). Entering the code and getting it to “take” is sometimes a little squirrely – be sure to hit “apply” after you enter the code, and then wait to see it show up.
I ordered a book and I received it in just a few days. I did not use a coupon code when I orderd my book. If you have any questions or would like to see the book before you order, drop by the parish office and take a look at my book.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.
It is very much the wish of the Church that all of the faithful take full, conscious, and active part in the liturgical celebration which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy to which the Christian people have a right by reason of their Baptism. (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 14)
Please see the "This Week @ St. Francis" for special Masses
“You’ve been missed!” Cards We need your help. If you notice that someone you usually see at Mass has not been here for a while, and you don’t know why or you know that they have been sick or perhaps they are long-time parishioners who can no longer attend Mass because they are home bound, please write their name on the list in the book on the table in the vestibule of the church. We would like to send them a card to let them know that their presence is missed by our community at St. Francis of Assisi.
Book of Special Intentions Did you know. . . Our book of Special Intentions is kept in the vestibule of the church during the week and before weekend Masses. If you have prayer intentions that you would like the community of St. Francis to pray for you can write them in this book. At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the book of Special Intentions along with the bread, wine and offerings for the church are brought to the altar. We pray for the Intentions that are mentioned in this book of Special Intentions during our Prayer of the Faithful.
Spread some Praise and Recognition.
As part St. Francis Parish’s focus on being an Engaged Church, the Liturgical Ministries are working on several goals toward improving Praise and Recognition. Our first goal involves the recognition of Liturgical Ministers by name. Photos of the ministers with their names will be posted in the church so that parishioners can begin to connect names and faces.
Leading Vigil/Rosary for Funerals: Would you like to learn how to lead the Vigil/Rosary Service for Funerals? Call Elizabeth in the Parish Office ext. 25 if you are interested in this ministry. Training is Sept. 11 at 7pm in the church.
Prayerfully consider being a Eucharistic Minister for the 5:00 PM Saturday Mass, 8:00 AM Sunday Mass, or a Sacristan for the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass. Call Elizabeth for details.
Are you interested in serving God and the people of St. Francis of Assisi parish by participating in one of our Liturgical Ministries? Through Baptism, we are called to be active members of our community of faith and share our God-given strengths with one another. There are many opportunities to serve which include: Linens Ministry, Environment, Altar Servers, Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans, Ushers, and Church Cleaners. It takes many hearts and hands working together to insure that our Masses are prayerful and meet the needs of our community. For more information on any Liturgical Ministry, contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office.
Volunteer to become more involved in the life of the parish as a:
Liturgical Minister, Altar server, Acolyte, Sacristan, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Usher/Greeter, Minister for cleaning the church, Minister for laundering small linens, Environment Minister.
You will need to be a Confirmed Catholic to be a Eucharistic Minister or a Lector. Contact Elizabeth for more information.
Altar Servers and Acolytes serve God and his people by helping the priest during daily and Sunday Mass and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Any Catholic child, 7th grade and above may be an Altar Server and any High School student may be an Acolyte.
Care of Linen Ministry: These ministers wash and iron the small linens that are used during the Mass. This includes corporals, purificators and small towels. Linens are taken home after the last Sunday Mass or on Monday morning and returned Tuesday or Wednesday.
Church Cleaning Ministry: These ministers help keep our beautiful church tidy. Only about 30 minutes once a month is required. These volunteers work in teams of two or more, on Friday mornings to prepare for the weekend Masses. Responsibilities include: filling the Holy water, dusting and straightening the books in the pews.
Environment Ministers: Those working on the environment play an important role in the life of the church. They decorate the sanctuary and church for the liturgical seasons and Holy days. Their work reflects and supports the community in prayer and worship.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (Eucharistic Ministers): Lay ministers who help with the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass. To serve as a Eucharistic Minister you need to be Confirmed and actively participating in the Catholic Church’s Liturgical Life on a regular basis.
Lay Presider for Communion Service: The Lay presider prepares a reflection on the readings for the Wednesday Communion service and leads the Communion service.
Lectors proclaim the word of God to the assembly on weekend, weekday and Holy day liturgies. The Lector proclaims the first and second readings from the Sacred Scripture, the general intercessions and the announcements at the end of Mass. You will have a workbook provided to help you prepare for the upcoming readings.
Sacristans are responsible for unlocking and locking the church and setting up for Mass. Set-up includes preparation of vessels, hosts and wine. Sacristans are scheduled to perform their duties for all Masses on weekdays, weekends and Holy days on a rotating schedule.
Ushers: The role of the ushers is to take up the collection, see that the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, pass out the weekly bulletins and assist with other situations that might arise.
Please assist the volunteers who keep our beautiful church clean.
Before you leave Mass. . . kindly take a moment to tidy your pew, replacing books, Mass cards and envelopes neatly in the racks. We frequently have funerals, weddings and gatherings during the week and want to present gracious surroundings for all families. What a perfect opportunity to teach our children to respect God’s house. Thank you for helping.
In the celebration of Mass we raise our hearts, minds and voices to God, but we are creatures composed of body as well as spirit, and so our prayer is not confined to our minds, hearts and voices, but is expressed by our bodies as well. When our bodies participate in our prayer, we pray with our whole person, as the embodied spirits God created us to be, and this engagement of our entire being in prayer helps us to pray with greater attention.
During Mass we assume different postures: standing, kneeling, sitting, and we are also invited to make a variety of gestures. These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They have profound meaning and, when done with understanding, can enhance our personal participation in Mass. In fact, these actions are the way in which we engage our bodies in the prayer that is the Mass.
Each posture we assume at Mass underlines and reinforces the meaning of the action in which we are taking part at that moment in our worship. Standing is a sign of respect and honor, so we stand as the celebrant, who represents Christ, enters and leaves the assembly. This posture, from the earliest days of the Church, has been understood as the stance of those who are risen with Christ and seek the things that are above. When we stand for prayer, we assume our full stature before God, not in pride, but in humble gratitude for the marvelous thing God has done in creating and redeeming each one of us. By Baptism we have been given a share in the life of God, and the posture of standing is an acknowledgment of this wonderful gift. We stand for the Gospel, the pinnacle of revelation, the words and deeds of the Lord; and the bishops of the United States have chosen standing as the posture to be observed in this country for the reception of Communion, the sacrament which unites us in the most profound way possible with Christ, who now gloriously risen from the dead, is the cause of our salvation.
The posture of kneeling signified penance in the early Church: the awareness of sin casts us to the ground! So thoroughly was kneeling identified with penance that the early Christians were forbidden to kneel on Sundays and during the Easter Season when the prevailing spirit of the liturgy was that of joy and thanksgiving. In the Middle Ages kneeling came to signify the homage of a vassal to his lord, and more recently this posture has come to signify adoration. It is for this reason that the bishops of this country have chosen the posture of kneeling for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.
Sitting is the posture of listening and meditation, so the congregation sits for the pre-Gospel readings and may also sit for the period of meditation following Communion.
In addition to serving as a vehicle for the prayer of beings composed of body and spirit, the postures and gestures in which we engage at Mass have another very important function. The Church sees in these common postures and gestures both a symbol of the unity of those who have come together to worship and a means of fostering that unity. We are not free to change these postures to suit our own individual piety, for the Church makes it clear that our unity of posture and gesture is an expression of our participation in the one Body formed by the baptized with Christ, our head. When we stand, kneel, sit, bow and sign ourselves in common action, we give unambiguous witness that we are indeed the Body of Christ, united in heart, mind and spirit.
I welcome your questions, concerns and suggestions regarding Liturgy and the environment of the church. If you have ideas for what would make Liturgy at St. Francis of Assisi more life-giving for you, please contact me at the St. Francis parish office, drop by, send a note, give me a call, or send an email. Please sign your name to your suggestions so that I can contact you. Your suggestions are valuable to me and our community.
Thank you, Elizabeth
Is low-gluten bread permitted?
Yes. If, for medical reasons, a person is restricted to the amount of gluten he or she may consume, churches may use low-gluten bread. Pastors and the faithful are reminded that for bread to be valid matter for the Eucharist, it must be made solely of wheat; contain enough gluten to effect the confection of bread; be free of foreign materials and unaffected by any preparation or baking methods which would alter its nature. The amount of gluten necessary for validity in such bread is not determined by minimum percentage or weight, though hosts which have no gluten are considered invalid matter for Mass. In the Roman Rite, the bread prepared for the Eucharist must also be unleavened. The lay faithful who are not able to receive Holy Communion at all under the species of bread, even of lowgluten hosts, may indeed receive Holy Communion under the species of wine only.
As a final note, it is important to recall that through the doctrine of concomitance, the Church teaches that under either species of bread or wine, the whole of Christ is received (cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no.282; Catechism of the Catholic Church, no.1390; Council of Trent, session 21, Doctrina de communione sub utraque specie et parvulorum, 16 July 1562, chapters 1-3: Denzinger –Schonmetzer, 1725-1729). (USCCB website)
If you would be interested in receiving low-gluten hosts, please contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office.
Please continue to pray for our military members and their families. We ask God to protect them from harm and bring them home soon.