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St. Francis Church Tour - October 9th

In recognition of St. Francis Parish’s 157th anniversary,
St. Francis will provide a tour of the church on October 9th.
We’ll meet in the St. Francis of Assisi, Aviston,
church gathering space after the 9:30 Mass (approximately 10:30).

Do you know the difference between an ambo and an ambry?
What are the Purkinje-Sanson images in the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe?
Where does the word Pieta (as in Michelangelo’s Pieta) come from?
Why do we have fourteen Stations of the Cross?
Come find these answers and more.
Hosted by Deacon Steve, it’s very informal.
You do not have to be a member of the parish, or even Catholic, to participate –
invite your friends and neighbors.

Caution For Parents

A colorful version of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has been introduced to the
illicit drug market and is being referred to as "colored" or "rainbow" Fentanyl.
Colored Fentanyl is showing up in the form of pills closely resembling candy or colorful chalk.
Please talk to your children about the dangers of ingesting unknown substances.
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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. Andrew Dinners

Bishop Michael McGovern will host three St. Andrew Dinners this fall for young men interested in learning more about the Catholic priesthood.
All young men ages 14-32 are invited to attend; parents or guardians are also welcome.

- Sunday, November 6 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Newman Center - 
(This event will begin with their regular Sunday evening Mass at 5:15 PM.)

- Sunday, November 20 at St. Mary Parish in Chester at 5:00 PM -

- Sunday, December 4 at Holy Childhood Parish in Mascoutah at 5:00 PM -

These are terrific opportunities to hear some of our seminarians speak
about preparing for the priesthood; there will also be time for
questions and conversation with Fr. Joel Seipp, Vocation Director.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ms. Patti Warner
in the Vocations Office at (618) 722-5043, or email to: pwarner@diobelle.org.

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 July quilt raffle winner was
Mary Peek of Aviston. Congratulations!

View our Quilters Showcase Page for past masterpieces from our master quilters!

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 -
(now a full-time position)

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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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