Just some water, just a simple meal of bread and wine. But for disciples of Jesus in the Catholic Church, what is simple means much more. Believing is TRULY Seeing! We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion which is also often called the Eucharist. Sacraments are our ritual acts in worship life when the Holy Spirit uses water, bread, and wine to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.
Through water at baptism, God embraces you — no matter who you are — and brings you into Christ's Church. You become vital not only to a local Church, but also the wider Church. You share in the life, dying, and rising of Christ. The church also promises to love, support, and care for you throughout your whole life. Baptized, you now participate fully in the life of the Church and kingdom of God already at hand. Through our baptism we become a community of believers, His Body, and as a community of believers we profess that faith as the parish community of St. Francis of Assisi. We are One in Community!
Experiencing Holy Communion, we share what outwardly appears to be a simple meal of bread and wine. At the Lord’s Table, we experience the presence of Christ again and again. Together, around the Lord’s welcome Table, we recall God's loving acts especially in Jesus; we experience our oneness in Christ and hope for a time when all will be fed, anticipating the fullness of God's love and justice throughout creation. We are One in Communion!
In the 10+ years since we have embraced the name of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, we have yet to gather as One people, disciples of Jesus, to worship together an entire weekend. We came together as six distinct parishes and we still honor that shared history. But we also desire to celebrate who we are growing to be as St. Francis of Assisi.
The weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th, the parish of St. Francis of Assisi will gather at the Manitowoc County Ice Center and celebrate Mass as One community of disciples. We will celebrate the Mass that makes us One in Community. We will share in the Person of Jesus who make us One in Communion. We will celebrate God’s Love for us with a social after each Mass. Masses will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 4 PM and Sunday, September 24th at 10 AM. These two Masses at the Expo Center will be the only Masses held this weekend. Please come, gather, and give praise and Glory to our God!
Frequently Asked Questions:
In the weeks since we announced plans for holding a Unity Mass at the Manitowoc County Expo and Ice Center, we have heard a lot of questions asked about the event and what it means for certain groups within our parish. To relay accurate and complete information, we wish to address the questions most frequently asked.
Why are we doing this? In the 10+ years since we have embraced the name of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, we have yet to gather as One people, disciples of Jesus, to worship together an entire weekend. We came together as six distinct parishes and we still honor that shared history. But we also desire to celebrate who we are growing to be as St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
What is the total cost of this event to the parish? The total cost to rent the Expo and Ice Center is $2,463.50. The parish has paid a deposit of $500 which will be refunded after the event is over. The remaining balance of $1,963.50 was gifted to the parish by a donor.
What accommodations will be made for the elderly and disabled of the parish? We understand that the parking lot at the Ice Center and Expo can be a little tricky in navigating for our elderly parish members, as well as people with disabilities and for people who need walkers or canes to move about. We have secured two golf carts and we are currently working on securing a third cart that will transport people with mobility issues or feel they cannot navigate the parking lot safely. Also, Our Town Taxi is honoring their special weekend church rate of $4.00 round trip to transport you to and from the Expo and Ice Center. Please see the “Connections” for scheduling information.
Will the Mass be broadcast to our homebound parish members? WCUB Radio 980 AM has changed their programming to meet the needs of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. They will broadcast live from the Manitowoc County Expo and Ice Center for the 10 AM Mass.
Should there be any further questions, please call the parish office @ 684-3718 and ask to speak with one of the Planning Committee members. They are: Pat Brandel, Connie Heinzen, Dcn. Mark Knipp, Ruthann Ross, and Katrina Welborn