July 20, 2018

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!




First Friday Eucharistic Adoration – July 6th

St. Francis of Assisi Church will offer exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday of July – July 6, 2018. 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.

Adorers needed!  Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information or to sign up, please call Mary Lou Berner at (901) 754-7945.

Farewell Reception for Fr. Rob Ballman – Sunday, June 24th at 1:30 PM

Please join us for a reception to bid farewell to Fr. Rob Ballman.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

1:30 pm, Parish Life Center

Stop by for a light lunch, and  to honor and thank him for his selfless service to St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Everyone is invited!


VBS – Summer with the Saints – Daily Slideshows


Lace up your hiking shoes and get ready for the outdoor adventure of a lifetime!


Check out our campers daily adventure:


Day 1 – Joy

 Day 2 – Forgiveness

Day 3 – Perseverance

Day 4 – Trust

June is Food Drive Month for the Poor Clare Nuns

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Ministry for the Poor Clare Nuns is asking for your support. 

During the month of June you can leave your donations in boxes located in the vestibule.                               

Please see the bulletin (in the narthex or here under the Communications Tab) for a complete and detailed list of items needed.

Donation deadline is July 1st.

Memorial Day Mass Schedule – May 28th @ 9:00 AM

Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day.  Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am only. 

There will not be an 8:15 am nor a 12:00 pm Mass.

The parish office and parish life center will be closed in observance.

Please remember in your prayers all of those who gave their lives in the service of their country.



SFA School Has a New Principal!

The new principal of St. Francis of Assisi School for the 2018-2019 school year has been named – Mrs. Alicia Brown. Mrs. Brown has served St. Francis School for almost twenty-five years in myriad roles as a teacher, Director of Students and most recently as Assistant Principal. We ask that Christ bless Mrs. Brown and guide her in this new position as she works to build on the strengths of our past and set forth a vision to ensure that St. Francis of Assisi School is grounded in the heart of Christ and in the mind of the Church.

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.

Holy Week Schedule


The Holy Week schedule for St. Francis of Assisi is as follows:

Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon

Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 7:00 pm


Holy Saturday

Confessions 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Easter Vigil 7:00 pm


Easter Sunday Masses

7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:30 am & 12:30 pm (Church)

8:45 am (Parish Life Center)  

 2:30 pm (Mass in Spanish – Church)




Church Office – Holy Week Office Hours


Church Office – Holy Week Office Hours

The church office will close at 1:00 pm on Holy Thursday, March 29th, and will remain closed through Easter Monday, April 2nd.

The church office will reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Easter!