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Spreading Love & Hope...

Hello reader,

Please Note: With the advance of Hurricane Florence, please do not risk coming to church if the weather is bad! Stay home and stay safe. Also, sign up for our Emergency Alert System on Remind to keep up with parish closing or mass cancellations. To sign up, text @stfocc to 81010 or by visiting https://remind.com/join/stfocc.

We hope that you will help spread the word about our little parish. Help us to grow and spread the love of God to all we meet!

We hope that you will come and celebrate with us. We are a fledgling Old Catholic Parish in the Augusta, Georgia area. We believe in equality, inclusivity, and love! All are welcome to participate fully in the life of our parish.

If you want to know more about what we stand for, feel free to read our Parish Covenant located at our Saint Francis Covenant Page.

Blessings!

Bishop Greg

Upcoming Mass Schedules

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We hope you will join us for Mass every Sunday at 3:00 PM. We are located at 2321 Lumpkin Road in Augusta, GA.

September 15, 2018 - Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 5:00 PM - Mass will be on Saturday instead of Sunday because of the Bishop's Schedule. There will be a pot luck after Mass. - In the second reading today, St. James has harsh words for those who do not put their faith into action. May we be such good stewards of God’s gifts to us that we can never be accused of having “faith that does nothing in practice.”

September 23, 2018 - Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 3:00 PM - Jesus teaches us that we are called in Stewardship to serve one another. Sacrifice is not a word that many people like to hear. We think it means that we must give up something that we want. However, the literal meaning of sacrifice is “to make holy,” from the words “sacer” = sacred and “facere” = to make. In other words, we make our lives holy by sharing our gifts in the service of God.

Thoughts & Prayers

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Intentions from our own parish:

Please keep Bishop James St. George; Bishop Michael Gifford; Father Brian West; Kelsey West; Father Bryan Wolf and his husband; Ruth St George; Father Ken Nelan; Bishop Godsey's health; Erica; Sam; Kit; Father Rick Romero and Darlene; for those still recovering from the recent gun violence; and growth of our parish in your prayers this week.

Prayer Requests from Saint Miriam Parish in Flourtown, PA:

Please keep Shealyn, Eileen, Maria, Liz, Jessica, Everett, Jen, Ezra and family, Lisa, Wendy, Eileen, Jack, Baby Adam, Maria, Mary Lou, Andrew, Pat, Marie, Shealyn, Celine, Marta, Everett, Cindy, Mehmet, Anne, MaryAnn and Ken, Bridget, Tom, Michael, Bobbette, Shirley, Kevin, Lucia, Ruth, Maia, Chuck, Tom, Lucy, Emma, Abigail, Amina in your prayers.

If you have a prayer request you want added to this list, please send it to Bishop Godsey.

Pastor's Blog

The struggle in the face of hate

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I wake up every day and struggle to do the best I can to help as many people as I can. It is not an easy task. And with my health issues, it makes it very difficult sometimes to continue on. And this week, my family and I suffered a vicious attack by a former friend that made me question …
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If you would like to have a Mass offered at Saint Francis in the memory or in honor of a loved one or friend, you can visit https://saintfrancisoldcatholic.org/calendars/mass-intention/ to schedule a Mass. Right now Masses are offered on Sunday only and we have many Sundays currently without intentions. Mass cards to send to the family or friends informing them that you have asked for a mass to be offered for them or their loved one are available upon request.
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Visit our calendar online to see the schedule for our lectors and other ministry team members: https://parish.saintfrancisoldcatholic.org/mass-events/ministry-team-calendar/
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Our Secular Franciscan Group will begin meeting soon. Please let Bishop Godsey know if you are interested in becoming a Secular Franciscan!

Donations

You might not know this, but here at Saint Francis we do not take up a collection. We believe that when we gather for Mass, we should focus all our attention on the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Stopping to take up a collection diverts our attention from the most important task at hand, spending time with Jesus!

If you would like to donate to our parish, you can do so by leaving a donation in the basket next to the service books in the back of the church or by visiting our website. You can set up reoccurring donations or make a one-time donation at https://saintfrancisoldcatholic.org/support-us/.

As you can see from the link, our site uses state of the art security to protect your financial information from beginning to end.

Amazon Smile

We are also proud to announce that you can support Saint Francis every time you buy something at Amazon.com! You can visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1657061 and every time you shop, Saint Francis will get a small donation.

GuideStar

We are listed in the GuideStar Nonprofit Directory. You can view our information at http://www.guidestar.org/profile?id=47-1657061

iGive

You can also support Saint Francis every time you shop! Sign up for an iGive account and every time you buy something online or with your registered payment source, they will donate to our parish. You can sign up by visiting https://www.iGive.com/SaintFrancisOldCatholicChurc.

Thank you for your generous support! It is your support that keeps Saint Francis moving forward.
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