It is the season of giving — and of late-year tax planning. This might be the perfect time to make a donation that will beautify the St. Francis church gardens and make it safer for our elderly and students.
St. Francis is starting a lighting project that will both beautify the church grounds and make the area safer for evening prayer events, as well as PSR students and staff. Approximately fourteen lamp posts will line the sidewalks of the garden including the walkway to Prairie Mission Retirement Village. Light posts will also illuminate the area between the church and rectory.
The Project is Underway ...
... but we still need your help. So far most of the trenching has been done and conduit has been laid between electrical power sources and the post positions. On December 3rd, the Parish Stewardship Council selected a post light head. The decorative heads will be of a Romanesque design that will complement the arches of the church windows, garden bell tower and the steeple. Now, the heads and posts can be ordered, concrete bases can be laid and work will be continued for an early spring completion. Some of the money is in place, but we will need some more financial support to meet the estimated $15,000 project cost.
If You Would Like to Help:
Donations may be mailed to the church rectory or put in the weekend collections. Please be sure to earmark your donation for the "Lighting Project" on your envelope and the check memo line. Envelopes for this may be found in the back of church, or use your own. Out-of-town donations may be mailed to.
St. Francis Catholic Church
208 Washington Street
St. Paul, Kansas 66771
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Remember - Two Masses:
This year, because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, that day is not only the Fourth Sunday of Advent, it is also the Vigil of Christmas. And yes, the Sunday obligation to attend Mass and the Christmas obligation to attend Mass must be fulfilled with two different Masses. The Christmas Mass Schedule is below:
December 23rd & 24th Mass Schedule:
Saturday, December 23rd — 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis
Sunday, December 24th — 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose
Sunday, December 24th — 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis
Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24th — 5:30 p.m.Mass at St. Francis
Monday, December 25th — 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose
Monday, December 25th — 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis
Thursday, December 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ** Changed from 20th **
Saturday, December 23 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am or until all are heard.
Father David will also be in the confessional every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 5:20 p.m.
Quite an Honor to Have Them Here ...
On the weekend of December 2-3 three representatives from the Loretto Archives, Nerinx, Kentucky, visited St. Paul to learn more about their history, and about us. The group consisted of: Loretto archivist, Sister Eleanor Craig; new archivist, Katie SantaAnna and videographer, Neil Tucker. The end destination of their trip is Denver where they will be part of the closing of the Loretto Center on December 8. Along the way they were stopping at important Loretto historical sites including Santa Fe Trail sites near Kansas City and Dodge City.
But the Osage Mission site has been on Sister Craig's mind for several years. During a visit to the Kentucky Motherhouse in 2013, Sister Craig told Rosie and I that the Osage Mission story was one of her favorites. Sister Craig is very aware of the family relationship among the three "Hayden Sisters":
Sister Craig asked for some details regarding the Loretto's time here at Osage Mission - St. Paul. They left with much of the information and more will follow. But more importantly, she wanted to meet some of our parishioners — especially those with ties to the Lorettos or St. Ann's — and we did not let her down. Saturday afternoon and evening several locals joined them during a cemetery tour and at the museum. Sunday morning another group of parishioners greeted them after 10:00 Mass. Sister Craig, Katie and Neil left around 11:30 Sunday and I think everyone believes the visit was a success. It will also open the door for a future exchange of information between the Loretto Archives and St. Francis Parish.
Some Reference Information:
1. Mother Bridget's time at Osage Mission was interrupted by a temporary assignment in Cape Girardeau, Missouri from 1863 to 1866. For more information about Mother Bridget Hayden and her sisters, follow THIS LINK.
2. For more information about the Loretto's St. Ann's Academy, follow THIS LINK.
3. Many thanks to Kelly Standley, his mother, and his crew of workers for getting St. Ann's ready for the Loretto visit.
— By Ron & Rosie Brogan.
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.