Some Updates and Reminders About COVID-19 the Situation:
With the Stay-at-Home order now in effect, please do not mail your treasure - tithe. Hold onto your envelopes until we are though this crisis.
Special Anointing Due to Surgery:
If you are going have a significant surgery, please call for Anointing of the Sick before you enter the hospital.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Parish Office is now closed to your physical presence and entrance. To schedule Mass intentions or such, please call Jackie Harmon, our Parish Secretary, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 620-449-2224.
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations Because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood*.
When: Wednesday, April 8; 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. Francis Parish Hall, 1 Block North of Highway 47 & 1st
This blood drive will be run entirely by American Red Cross personnel. Every precaution is assured that the blood drive will be done in a safe and secure manner. **
* As the COVID-19 pandemic has grown blood drive cancellations have grown at an alarming rate. To date, nearly, 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to concerns about congregating at workplaces, college campuses and schools amidst the outbreak. These cancellations have resulted in some 86,000 fewer blood donations.
** There will be no need for St. Francis or St. Ambrose Altar Society or Daughters of Isabella Volunteers.
Weekly Mass Intentions and First "Abbreviated Bulletin."
Mass Intentions for Week of March 29 - April 3, 2020:
DAILY MASSES will be celebrated privately by Father Sam for the intentions that have been scheduled:
As announced last week, the St. Francis, St. Ambrose bulletin has been abbreviated to only one page. As usual, the bulletin is posted on the home page of this parish website; and is also linked below:
TO OUR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TEAM:
Thank you and your family members for securing the signs, and placing the signs and pylons for Confession. Those things are heavy!
Know of my prayers for you and all in our parish and our community at this time
Yours with pastoral love and prayers
in Jesus with Mary, I am
Father Sam Pinkerton
Dear People of Saint Francis and Saint Ambrose Parishes:
Due to the Coronavirus the Parish Office is now closed to your physical presence and entrance.
To schedule Mass Intentions or such, please call Jackie Harmon, our Parish Secretary, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m on Monday through Friday at:
I love you, but God loves you more!
In Jesus with Mary, I remain,
Father Sam Pinkerton
The COVID-19 Crisis Is Causing a Lot of Changes In Our Lives and Within Area Parishes As Well. Here Are a Few Things We Want Our St. Francis - St. Ambrose Parishioners to Be Aware Of. These Changes Are Effective Immediately and There Could be More.
Suspension of Masses and Other Events.
For those who are unaware, on March 17, Bishop Kemme suspended Masses, funeral luncheons, and other gatherings until further notice. There are provisions for limited gatherings for funerals, baptisms, etc discussed in his LETTER.
Beginning Saturday, March 21, St. Francis has Drive Up Confession at the West entrance of the Rectory. The confessions will be heard on Saturday afternoon from 4:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. as long as necessary. Refer to THIS LINK for more information.
Bulletins & Parish News.
The bulletin for Sunday, March 22, is printed and on tables near the entry of both churches. They are not folded and Bishop Kemme's message of March 17 is on the right side of the page. This will be the last printed bulletin until you are otherwise advised. As always, this bulletin is posted on the home page of the parish website, https://www.stfrancis-stambrose.org/.
During the COVID-19 crisis period the bulletin will be reduced to a list of weekly private Mass intentions and special announcements. This abbreviated bulletin will be posted on the home page of the parish website — usually by Friday afternoon, with earlier bulletins. Parishioners who have friends or family without access to computers can print copies of these abbreviated bulletins for them.
Also, much of the recent news or events related to our churches, the diocese or The Vatican are provided at:
Even during this time of suspension and decreased activity, our churches and other facilities are expensive to operate. Air conditioning and heating systems continue to run, insurance premiums come due, maintenance is required and salaries must be paid. We still need your support!
Please place your tithe in your church envelope, then inside of a regular mailing envelope with your return address on that mailing envelope. This allows us to separate donations for the two church accounts, and ensures you are credited for your donation. Mail to St. Francis Catholic Church, P.O. Box 216, St. Paul, KS 66771. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
1. A Note About Facebook:
The Saint Francis-Saint Ambrose Facebook page currently has 535 followers and the number is growing weekly. These followers receive parish notifications regarding church events, cancellations, or the present COVID-19 crisis as they are posted. Facebook is an instant link to parish news releases.
We understand some parishioners are reluctant to use, or are even afraid of, Facebook. There is no reason to fear our application, but some explanation is in order.
Facebook provides three levels of service:
In Order to Restore Some Normality to Our Catholic Religious Lives, St. Francis Will Offer Drive - Up Confessions Beginning March 21 - 22 (SEE UPDATED DATES BELOW*).
Beginning Saturday, March 21, Father Pinkerton will hear confessions from the west Rectory entrance for people parked in the driveway. The spacing from Father to the planned parking spot allows safe distancing to prevent spread of disease. The Confession Schedule is:
* Beginning Saturday, May 16, Drive-Up Confessions Will Be Heard On Saturdays, From 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ONLY. Because of Increased Weekend Mass Schedule, Sunday Confessions Will Not be Heard
Illustrations and instructions below describe the entry-exit procedure; and the use of a waiting area to ensure adequate privacy during confession.
An Announcement of March 17, 2020 Regarding Suspension of All Catholic Masses, and Other Services, In The Diocese of Wichita, Until Further Notice.
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Regarding St. Francis, St. Paul:
Being handed a roll of this candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The familiar Life Saver candy was invented in 1912 by Clarence Crane of Garrettsville, Ohio. He was looking for a hard-candy alternative to chocolate that melted during hot Ohio summers. Their shape was similar to life rings used on boats and around swimming areas. As they became popular, a roll of the candies was a "lifesaver" for the occasional sweet-tooth attack.
A New Meaning.
In recent years, the word "Lifesaver" has taken a more literal meaning. Knights of Columbus members, across the nation, don their familiar aprons and meet parishioners at church doors, after Mass, with the cash-can in hand. Being handed a roll of the candy is a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of women facing crisis pregnancies.
The difference an ultrasound machine makes is frequently the difference between a mother keeping or aborting her baby. It is hard to deny the humanity of an unborn baby when confronted with a face, a nose, a heart, ten fingers and ten toes. In October of 2019, the Knights of Columbus announced that it's Ultrasound Initiative has placed 1,134 ultrasound machines — valued at more than $54 million — in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada and countries in South America and Africa. Thousands of babies have been saved and and the lives of countless mothers, fathers, and families have been enhanced thanks to the work of the Knights.
Closer to home, the Kansas State Council has set a 2019-2020 goal of raising $450,000 in donations for Culture of Life organizations and/or the Ultrasound Initiative. Local Life Saver Sunday proceeds support clinics such as A Better Choice Pregnancy Center in Wichita. 
So remember, when you see a Knight in the apron, with his can, ... digging into your pocket a little deeper will make a difference!
1. Source: Kansas State Council 2019 - 2020 Program & Membership Guide.
Photo is from KofC.org "Building a Culture of Life." (2019)
This is the community website for the St. Francis de Hieronymo and St. Ambrose Catholic Churches in Neosho County, Kansas. Both churches are located in the center of the historic nine-county southeast Kansas area. We share one of the richest Catholic Heritages in Southern Kansas and the Four-State Region. For more information about our churches, history, organizations or programs browse our site including its links.