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Please Pray With Us

Please keep Deacon Charlie and his family in your prayers.
Deacon Charlie was a dedicated and faithful servant at both St. Francis and St. Teresa, Marydale. Deacon Charlie was not only an AMAZING Deacon, but he also was the 8th grade/ Confirmation PSR teacher for 16 years, the CYM Spiritual Moderator, and he also assisted with Pre-Cana. He has performed 284 baptisms, 96 weddings, and 11 funerals at St. Francis Church. Deacon Charlie’s passing is a huge loss to the ministry work in both the parish and community. Please also pray for Father Dan and Deacon Steve during this difficult time.

50th Ordination Anniversary of
Rev Daniel L. Friedman

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Aviston is announcing the
50th Anniversary of Father Daniel Friedman’s ordination into the Priesthood.
A celebration is being planned in his honor for Sunday, June 5th, with a 10:30am Mass
and reception immediately following at the Aviston American Legion Hall.
A chicken dinner will be served at noon.
We are requesting an RSVP by May 22nd.
Please text or call (618) 806-2948 or (618) 772-9267 to make the dinner reservation.
If anyone would like to give Father Dan a gift, we have registered him with EZN Travel.
Call EZN at (618) 526-2201 to use a credit card or
stop by their office at 111 Clintonian Plaza in Breese.

Click the image below to view the Mass & reception invitation.

Priesthood Ordination Annoucement

Bishop Michael McGovern has called the Reverend Mr. Thomas Richard Lugge to be ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  The ordination liturgy will take place on
Sat. June 4, 2022 at 10:30 am in the Cathedral of St Peter. 

All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend.
In the days ahead, please pray for Deacon Lugge, soon to be Father Thomas Lugge,
by the Grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Pleae also continue to pray that young men and women from our parishes will hear and answer God's call to vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life.

Custodian Needed

A full-time Custodian position is available at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
This position preserves the buildings and grounds of St. Francis Parish by performing exterior and interior general maintenance and custodial work; identifying improvements and repair needs; and completing necessary repairs when appropriate.
Benefits included are medical, dental/vision coverage, voluntary life insurance for employee and qualified dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contributions,
and paid time off.
Essential qualifications include a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and experience with building maintenance and repairs of a minor to moderate scope. Ability to identify needs and potential problems and articulate the problem and alternative resolution to the Pastor. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
To apply send a cover letter along with a résumé to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, PO Box 93, Aviston, Illinois 62216-0093, email to parish@stfrancisav.org,
or call the rectory 618-228-7219.

Bible School 2022

St. Francis Parish proudly offers "Rocky Railway: Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through".
VBS is offered for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade.
It will run from 9:00am through 12:00pm, July 11-15. 
Click on the images below to view and print the full documents.
The mailing instructions are provided on the registration form.


2022 Parish Picnic - We Need You!

It's time to start thinking about the upcoming St. Francis Parish Picnic!
 We are in need of more volunteers.
If you are not already signed up for a picnic shift, please complete the  
2022 Parish Picnic Sign Up Form and place it in the offertory basket,
or call Amber at (618) 228-7219.

Respect Life Co-Coordinator Needed

We still urgently need a Respect Life Co-Coordinator to share responsibilities with a person who has already volunteered to be a co-coordinator. The inherent dignity and value of every life - born and unborn - is a deep Catholic belief. This is your opportunity to represent the parish in support of that belief and (icing on the cake) share the workload with another person. To volunteer, or for information, call Deacon Steve AuBuchon at (618) 228-7936.

St. Francis Mission Statement

“We, the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Family,
are a welcoming faith community
that believes in and proclaims
the powerful and loving presence of Jesus Christ.”





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Mass Times
Tuesday: 7:30am  
Wednesday: 7:30am
Thursday: 7:30am
Friday: 7:30am
Saturday: 4:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am & 9:30am

Saturday Evening: 3:15pm-3:40pm
Sunday Morning: 8:45am-9:10am 
(or by appointment)

Weekly Rosary
(before Masses)

Saturday: 3:40pm
Sunday: 7:10am

Full Calendar of Events

The March bi-monthly quilt raffle winners were Jackie & Charlie Chiarolanza of Aviston. Congratulations!

The St. Francis Church Building is open from 7:00am-3:00pm for private prayer and adoration Monday through Friday via the parking lot entrance. Please sanitize your hands as you enter.

Job Announcement
Hispanic Minister
- North Central Vicariate -

Click Here for Details!

Altar Servers
St. Francis Church welcomes volunteers at any time. Please submit the 
Weekend Server Request Form to be added to the servers’ schedule and be eligible for possible incentives or the Master Server summer trip.

Click below to access the Ascension Press Bible In a Year Podcast. 

Televised Sunday Masses
For those who are sick, homebound, or gravely concerned about their health, the dispensation from the obligation to participate at Mass remains, as it has in the past during normal times. No one is morally obligated to attend Mass when doing so presents a grave risk to their health or the health of others. As prior to COVID, there have been, and continue to be, several televised Sunday Masses via EWTN and other stations.
Spiritual Communion Prayer

Mass Scripture Readings
Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) web site 
to view daily Mass readings just as they appear in the Lectionary we use for Mass. 


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