Mass Times

Lent Schedule:

Tuesdays AOL
- Confessions 5:15-5:45pm
- Mass 6:00pm followed by Divine Mercy Chaplet

Wednesdays AOL
- School Mass 8:20am – If no School Mass, Mass at STF 7:00am

Thursdays STF
- Mass 7:00am

Fridays at STF
- Mass 7:00am
- Way of the Cross at 6:00pm


Tuesday - 6:00pm AOL
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 7:00am STF

Reconciliation 3:00-3:45pm AOL
Vigil 4:00pm AOL

8:00am AOL
10:30am STF

Office Hours

Office located at Ascension of Our Lord Church

Mon—Thurs 8:00am-3:30pm
Friday 8:00am-12 Noon
Office closed for lunch 12 Noon-1:00pm

Church Location
St. Francis Church: 818 W. 10th St. Donaldsonville LA 70346
Ascension Church: 716 Mississippi St. Donaldsonville LA 70346

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St. John of God, Confessor

The Catholic Church celebrates the extraordinary life of St. John of God on March 8. The saint lived through decades of sin and suffering before a profound conversion that led him to embrace poverty, humility and charity.

John was born in Portugal during the year 1495 to middle-class parents. Tragically, at the age of 8, he was kidnapped by a stranger and was later abandoned to homelessness in a remote part of Spain.

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Welcome to Ascension of Our Lord & St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Churches in historic Donaldsonville, Louisiana - A Eucharistic Community since 1772.  Establishment of our Catholic faith community pre-dates Donaldsonville by 50 years, at a time when the US territory was served by missionary clergy of the Catholic Church in Europe.


Lent is the 40-day season of prayer, fasting, & almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday & ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms, & we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin & evil, & began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline & fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning & origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts - not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time & talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them & deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

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Church Attendance Guidelines

  • Face masks required in church and please sanitize hands when entering the church
  • Max capacity:  AOL 250 and STF is 100
  • Enter church and go to the front of church and fill from front of church to the back to follow social distancing guidelines
    • Maintain 6 feet social distancing
    • Families can sit together
  • Additional Masses: Tues at 6:00-pm & Wed, Thurs and Fri at 7:00am
  • Once capacity is met, cannot congregate in the back of church
  • Communion:
    • Maintain 6 feet distance
    • Receiving communion: step away from the Eucharistic Minister, lower your face mask, receive communion and return face mask
  • After Mass concludes, please maintain 6 feet distance and slowly depart church 
  • Please do not congregate at the back of the church. Visiting should take place outside of the church.


Parish News

40 Days' Journey

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Introducing Intern Taylor Sanford

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  • Removing hymnals from church
  • Beginning to remove old pews (circa 1960s)
  • Gums attached underneath old pews. Signs of repair.
  • Removing pews
  • All pews removed. Old tile still intact.
  • View from balcony. Tiles still intact.
  • Tiles removed. Removing staples that held down old tiles
  • Tiles completely removed.
  • Tiles removed.
  • Staples to be removed.
  • Beginning sanding of the old flooring dating from 1896
  • 1st pass of sanding
  • 1st pass of sanding at Blessed Mother's chapel
  • Repairing wood steps at sanctuary