November 17, 2018

Edge and Life Teen – Calling all Youth of the Parish!

Calling all the youth of the parish, Grades 7-12 !  Have you checked out our new and invigorated youth teen programs?

Our 7th and 8th grade EDGE program meets at 4:30 with dinner at 6:00 pm.

Our 9th – 12th grade Life Teen program meets for dinner at 6:00 pm, with meetings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Here are some of the events planned for October:

  • Sunday, October 7th – no meeting due to fall break.
  • Tuesday, October 9th – all youth are invited to join us for Mass at 12:00 pm noon.
  • Saturday, October 13th – Saturday Service Opportunity – BINGO at Appling Wood Health Center at 9:30 am.
  • Sunday, October 14th – DODGEBALL and more!
  • Weekend of October 27th & 28th – Greenery Sale  in the narthex after all Masses – proceeds help fund the annual Steubenville trip and first mission trip with Catholic Heart Work Camp.

Check out future events below:

EDGE Fall 2018 Calendar

Life Teen Fall 2018 Calendar

If you are have any questions or would like more information about our youth programs, please contact Julia or Phillip Norton at (901) 756-1213 ext. 124 or email

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Columbus Day is Monday, October 8th – The Church Office Will Be Closed

In observance of Columbus Day, Monday, October 8th, the Parish Life Center and Church Office will be closed.

Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am.  The Parish Life Center and Church Office will be closed.

There will be no 8:15 am or 12:00 pm Mass.



St. Francis Welcomes Fr. Carl Gregorich

Fr. Carl Gregorich is originally from Belleville, IL. He was born on April 29, 1952 and is the oldest of six children.

His calling to the priesthood began at a young age while attending Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in the Diocese of Belleville. His first stirrings occurred in a desire to serve as an altar boy, and soon after, while attending the nightly prayer gatherings during the annual Novena at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on the feast of the dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome.

He suppressed these early yearnings and went on to college and work. He spent 39 years following graduation working in sales and marketing for the BNSF Railroad. Although the spiritual inclinations and yearnings never went away, with the Lord’s persistence he finally answered the call to study for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Joliet, IL in 2005. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2011.

However, the Lord continued His prompting and with the encouragement of family and friends he was accepted by the Diocese of Memphis in 2015 to begin studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Wisconsin. Fr. Gregorich was ordained on June 2nd of this year, and his first assignment is as an Associate Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi, replacing Fr. Rob Ballman.  He will join us July 1st.

Please extend a very warm welcome to Fr. Gregorich!




St. Francis PRE Students Participate in May Crowning

The month of May is traditionally a time to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. The students brought flowers to PRE on April 29th and honored Mary by processing in and laying the flowers at the base of her statue.  Two students, Isabella Wade and Christian Montiel, were selected to crown her with flowers.

Parish Penance Service

Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 PM

There will be many priests available to hear individual confessions.











Lenten Suppers

Join us for Supper each Friday in Lent

February 16 and 23 and March 2, 9, 16, and 23

5:00-6:45 pm

Adults $10

Children (12 & under) $6

Maximum $30 per family

Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 9317


Followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm in the Church




Ash Wednesday – February 14th – Mass Schedule


 8:15 am – Church

9:30am (School Mass – Church)

12:00 pm – Church

7:00 pm – Church

7:15PM (Español) – Gimnasio

Ashes will be blessed and distributed at each Mass.

Mass Schedule for Advent & Christmas

Sunday, December 24th


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday Vigil,  5:00 PM

Sunday, 8:45 AM

Sunday, 10:30 AM

Sunday, 12:15 PM


Note the above Mass times are for December 24th, which this year is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Attending one of these Masses does NOT fulfill your Christmas obligation, but is required for your Sunday obligation.

Christmas Mass Schedule


Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24th

Sunday Vigil, 5:00 PM in the Church

Sunday Vigil, 5:15 PM in the PLC Gym

7:30 PM in the Church

Midnight Mass (12:00 AM) in the Church (Music begins at 11:30 PM)

Christmas Day

Monday,  December 25th

8:00 AM, in the Church

10:30 AM, in the Church

The Parish Office and Parish Life Center will be closed Christmas Week, Monday– Friday, December 25—29, and Monday, January 1st. 



Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God – January 1, 2018

The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God is Monday, January 1, 2018. 

It is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

There will be one Mass at 9:00 AM. 

There will not be an 8:15 AM Mass nor a 12:00 PM Mass.

The Church office and Parish Life Center will be closed. 

Have a safe and blessed New Year!


Installation of Fr. Carl Jude Hood – Sunday, December 3rd, 12:15 PM

Please join us Sunday, December 3rd at the 12:15 PM Mass as Fr. Carl Jude Hood is officially installed as the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D.

A reception will follow immediately after in the Parish Life Center, room 108.