October 18, 2017

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration – October 6, 2017

St. Francis of Assisi Church will offer exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday of October – October 6, 2017.  Exposition will begin in the chapel immediately following the 8:15 am Mass and will continue until Benediction at 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to join us in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  First Friday Adoration would be a wonderful opportunity to pray for them.

Adorers needed!  Drop-ins are welcome.  For more information or to sign up, please call Mary Lou Berner at (901) 754-7945.

Room in the Inn

St. Francis is joining with other churches in the Memphis area to serve those experiencing homelessness. You can help by inviting the homeless to be our guests at Room in the Inn, every Thursday night, from November 2nd through the end of March, 2018, at the Ozanam Center (St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen), 1306 Monroe. We will be offering food and shelter to those in need of our aid. You can assist in this endeavor by preparing and serving dinner, sharing in fellowship, arranging sleeping quarters or serving as a Laundry Angel. There is a job for everyone.

Please stop by the Room in the Inn table in the Narthex, Saturday & Sunday, October 7th and 8th after Mass.  For more  information, please call Jim Burge at (901) 254-1595.

You may also help by donating much needed items, a complete listing of which will appear in an upcoming bulletin.

If Thursdays are not convenient, you can find out the host locations of all other nights during this five-month period by visiting www.roomintheinn-memphis.org.


Hurricane Relief!

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, announced an emergency second collection for Hurricane Harvey on the weekend of September 9 and 10. Collected funds were to be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB.) Per Bishop Holley, “our hearts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this devastation. We pray for all those who have lost their lives and been injured.”

If you missed this second collection,  or would like to donate for all those affected by recent disasters, you may donate online by clicking on either the green giving link or the Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief link to your right.

Please be generous in support of this humanitarian effort.

Labor Day is Monday, September 4th

Monday, September 4th is Labor Day.

Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM.

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

The Church Office and Parish Life Center will be closed.



Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – A Holy Day of Obligation

This Tuesday, August 15, we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

As it does not fall on a Monday, it is a holy day of obligation and Masses will be celebrated at 8:15 AM, 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The Church Office and Parish Life Center will be closed.  Solemnities  are celebrations that mark the most significant events in the life of Jesus, his Mother, and those most closely united to him in the work of salvation, such as St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, and Sts. Peter and Paul. Solemnities take precedence over other liturgical celebrations, except the Sundays of Advent, Lent, Holy Week, and the Easter season, when they are generally transferred to the following Monday.  The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is the teaching that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory [Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44].


Are you interested in learning about or joining the Catholic Faith? Are you Catholic and wish to have a deeper knowledge of your Faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process through which adults become full members of the Catholic Church. There are several stages involved in the process beginning with a period of inquiry to find out more about Catholicism.

If you are interested in RCIA, please visit our website to complete an inquiry form: www.stfrancismemphis.org; click on “Becoming Catholic,” scroll down to the form and submit after completion. A team member will contact you.

RCIA meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm in Room 108 of the Parish Life Center, September through Easter.

Please call or email the church office with questions:901-756-1213 or  office@stfrancismemphis.org.


Back to School Parish Picnic and Ice Cream Social – Saturday, August 19th

Complete the kickoff of the new new school year by attending St. Francis of Assisi’s annual back to school parish picnic and ice cream social, sponsored by our wonderful Knights of Columbus, on Saturday, August 19th at 6:00 PM, on the athletic field.  Bring your family, bring a blanket, and bring a hearty appetite!  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and more will be served and enjoyed! 

So, mark your calendar and plan to spend some quality time with your own family as well as your extended parish family.  Enjoy some good food, some good company and some much needed relaxation before the the busyness of the school year ensues.  Come one…come all… to the parish picnic!  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!








Wine Tasting – Saturday, August 26th – Sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary

Room 108, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Come and sample wines provided by Stellar Cellar and enjoy light appetizers.

Cost—$25.00 per person.

Limited seating.

Sponsored by The Ladies Auxiliary.

Proceeds to benefit local charities.

Tickets on sale in the Narthex after Masses on August 19 & 20

and in the church office during regular office hours.

Oktoberfest 2017 Needs You!

Planning is underway for our 2017 Oktoberfest (September 29 & 30). Thanks to all of the parishioners who have already volunteered this year, but we still need additional help!  If you are willing to offer your assistance in any way to make Oktoberfest a success, please contact our 2017 Oktoberfest chair Chris Brooks at chris.brooks@sfawolves.org or 901-490-4833.  Helping with Oktoberfest is a great way to meet other parishioners and you are guaranteed to have a good time!

If you own a business, or know of anyone that owns a business, and would be interested in being an Oktoberfest sponsor,  please contact our sponsors’ chairman, James McGuffee by email at jwmcguffee@gmail.com or call 901-321-3482.

With your help, Oktoberfest 2017 WILL be a success!

Parish Religious Education Classes Have Resumed

Parish Religious Educations (PRE) classes resumed Sunday, September 10th, but it is not too late to register your child. 

Preparation for sacraments is a two-year process.  This means in order to receive First Communion and Penance in 2nd grade, the child must be enrolled in Catholic School or PRE in both 1st and 2nd grades.  In order to receive Confirmation in 8th grade, the child must be enrolled in Catholic School or PRE in both 7th and 8th grades.

 Has your child missed receiving his/her sacraments at the traditional time?  We can help!  We have classes for older students that will prepare them for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.


PRE Registration forms are available in the Church office and also online under the tab Registration for PRE Classes.

 For more information, please contact:

Betty Siano, Director of Religious Education betty.siano@sfawolves.org or 381-2545

Yissel Carroll, Administrative Assistant  yissel.carroll@stfrancismemphis.org or 435-3616