You Were Born For This - Parish News for Thursday, 6/4/20
A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM FR. DAVE
PRAISE & WORSHIP
Join us in person at the church or
our monthly Eucharistic Adoration tonight at 6:30p.
Our first weekend back in the parish went well. We implemented our plan and provided plenty of space for social distancing and fewer touch points. With a couple of additional tweaks to our plan this week, our normal Mass times continue on
Saturday @ 5p and Sunday @ 8a, 10:45a
(also live-streamed on our
As you prepare to return, here are a couple of tips to help you know what to expect:
Entry to the church can be gained through the
church doors only
Handicap access is available by parking in our rear lot and using the entry ramp between the church and Lamy Center.
Red signs are on pews that are NOT in use. Please see an usher if you need help finding a seat.
Hand sanitizer is available, but feel free to bring your own to help us ensure a long-term supply.
The Return Plan
Last weekend, we will began offering again our 4 weekend public Masses at St. Francis! Below are our guidelines on returning to parish life. Please carefully read these documents as you discern joining us on our opening weekend.
If you're not quite ready to return to a weekend Mass, consider one of our weekday Masses. There are far fewer people, providing plenty of room to spread out within the church. Our weekday Masses are Tuesdays at 12p, Wednesdays at 6:30p, Thursdays and Fridays at 9a. We hope to see you there! Please plan to enter through the church doors as Lamy Center will be closed.
Bringing Eucharist To You
For those not ready to return to public Masses just yet, we are offering to have Holy Communion brought to you at home.
Learn how we're ensuring the highest level of safety in bringing this service to you
, then contact Deb Shelly at 740.366.6924 to add your name to our list to have a Eucharistic Minister come to you!
The Return_Parishioner Guidelines.pdf
Our team invites you to check out
Fr. John Riccardo and the ACTS XXIX Team and their new podcast
, “You Were Made For This" where they will talk about anything and everything aimed at transforming parishes. Be sure to listen to Episode #66 where Father Riccardo gives a shout out to our parish for our pastoral care response during the pandemic.
Jane Stare was born on June 7, 1943 and passed away on June 2, 2020. Please send condolences for the family to
Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, OH.
A Special Thanks
A debt of gratitude is owed to Jack Stickle for his generous donation to our parish to restore and paint our church's interior ceiling. It is indeed a gift to have such a beautiful space in which to worship. Thank you for the blessing our parish!
We hope that you found the increased communication during the stay-at-home order helpful. As we ease back into our "new normal" with the ability to gather, o
ur new schedule for Flocknotes is on Thursdays with parish news and events. A second weekly email will be deployed on Sunday mornings with a Mass link/reminder.
The Return Team
We still have openings for our Sanitation, Greeter, Usher and EM teams for this weekend (and beyond). If you have not already done so,
please sign up to volunteer at your preferred Mass
. If you're new to volunteering for these roles, please contact
to be added to our roster.
New Confession times are
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:15p, Saturdays, 4 - 4:30p
All confessions are now temporarily held in the Dominican Library (inside the Lamy Center). Appointments are no longer necessary during these open Confession times, but we do ask that you practice the following safety guidelines:
Do not come if you are sick or running a fever.
Please wear a mask.
Use provided sanitizer.
Practice social distancing by standing a minimum of 6' apart in the line (the floors will be marked to help you.)
Please remain standing for your confession.
Parish Office Updates
The Parish Office has moved to the new Faith and Family Center building! The office has resumed with summer hours Monday-Thursday, 10a-4p (closed on Fridays) and Sunday, 9a-12n. To avoid crowding and to maintain social distancing, we ask that you please make appointments should you need to meet at length with a specific staff member.
FOCUS Virtual VBS Experience
Summer 2020 may look different than we originally planned, but we’re still excited to partner with you to host the VERY BEST SUMMER! FOCUS VBS Virtual Experience to help kids dive deeper into their faith by putting the FOCUS on God and His amazing plan for us. This online experience is absolutely FREE and will take place the week of July 13! Details and timing to be finalized, but trust us, this is totally flexible and will work with your family's schedule.
Semi-Annual Clothing & Household Item Drive
Join your efforts with others to support St. Francis Outreach in McArthur, OH on Friday, 6/26, 3 - 5p, Saturday, 6/27, 9a - 5p and Sunday, 6/28, 9a - 2p (or when truck is full). Clothing and household items are welcome; furniture cannot be accepted. Please place all items in plastic bags. Volunteers are needed - if you can assist with this effort, contact Sandi at 740.814.1439.
PASSING THE VIRTUAL OFFERTORY BASKET
Father made an appeal during last Sunday's homily, stating that our offertory has been down by 20% over these past few months. We really need everyone to make an ongoing pledge to support our mission. Electronic giving is currently the most consistent way to give, safest and most reliable. Will you consider how you can help us during this time?
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
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For reoccurring gifts, you can set up automatic debit to one’s bank account or charges to one’s credit card. Please fill out this
Offertory Commitment Form
to set up recurring payments.
One-Time Online Donation
If you normally donate by envelopes or the basket, we have set up a link to donate online with a one-time donation by credit card.
Click here to complete the form
. You may use this link as often as you like.
Another option is through our new TEXT-to-GIVE number. Donate simply by texting SFDS to 740.240.6093. You can also use this in place of your normal offertory basket giving.
If you would like to continue using your envelopes, please mail your contribution into the parish office at 40 Granville Street, Newark, OH 43055. Checks are preferred as cash is not a safe or secure way to fulfill your offertory through the mail.
on Thursday, June 4 at 2:00PM