Mass Times

MASSES are SUSPENDED until further notice in accordance with direction from Bishop Duca and Govenor Edwards.


Tuesday - Friday 7:00am St. Francis

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

8:00am Ascension
10:30am St. Francis

Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS UPDATED until further notice:

Office located at Ascension of Our Lord
Mon-Fri from 8am-12pm

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

UPDATE:  Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Church office hours, until further notice:  Monday-Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

To the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

As is already clear from the continued closings throughout our country and state, the Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly throughout many of our communities.  Several bishops in the United States and in the Province of New Orleans have taken the difficult step with me to offer the faithful a dispensation from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. 

Local leaders, including Governor Edwards, continue to announce aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the virus. These include limiting the size of public gatherings and closing venues such as restaurants and theaters to significantly expand mitigation efforts to slow the progress of further community spread. Action must be taken now in order to protect our communities.

  1. Mindful of these further developments while concomitantly considering the desire of the faithful to receive the sacraments, the following provisions will be in effect in the Diocese of Baton Rouge beginning Wednesday, 18 March 2020:
  2. The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics as long as this threat persists. Further, as was previously announced, public Masses are to be suspended beginning Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Priests may celebrate Mass privately.    
  3. Whenever possible, and at the Pastor’s discretion, the Parish Church is allowed to remain open for some time during daylight hours for prayer until further notice. If opened, times will be advertised by the Pastor. All adoration chapels should be closed until further directed. Appropriate social distancing should be practiced by any visitor to the Parish Church.
  4. Pastors are to cancel all unnecessary gatherings of parishioners for the months of March and April. These include large social events like parish festivals, seated meals, processions and indeed any parish function where more than 10 people would be required to gather in a confined space.
  5. All communal penance services are cancelled. The Sacrament of Reconciliation should only be offered at the request and need of an individual penitent. Regularly scheduled and advertised times of reconciliation should be suspended until further notice.  
  6. All Holy Water fonts should be drained until further notice.
  7. All parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are asked to limit baptisms to private and small family celebrations. Fresh water should be used for all baptisms and drained immediately thereafter. 
  8. Funerals are to be celebrated only with immediate family (parents, spouses, siblings, children, and grandchildren), clergy and funeral staff present. Funeral Masses and services in the Church are not allowed. It is recommended that the Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass and/or the Rite of Committal be celebrated at the graveside or at the funeral home according to pastoral need. 
  9. Weddings are to be celebrated only with the bride, groom, celebrant, two witness and immediate family (parents, siblings, and children) present. Mass should not be celebrated.   
  10. Delivery of communion to those at home, in nursing homes or in other healthcare facilities on a regular basis should be discontinued indefinitely; this does not apply in danger of death or when a person is in need of viaticum. Ministers should take proper precautions to protect themselves and those they serve in any of these visits. 
  11. Catholics believe in the healing power of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Priests should assure that all appropriate hospital protocols are followed, and hospital staff should be consulted before entering a patient’s room. It is crucial that the highest sanitary precautions be considered when visiting the sick!  If a priest is to visit someone exhibiting symptoms, he should wear mask and gloves, wash his hands appropriately, not linger, and wear a gown to cover his clothes. If a priest is asked to anoint someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus or who has its symptoms, please contact the Chancery.  Any minister who has unprotected close contact with someone with the virus must self-quarantine for two weeks minimum.  Ministers may encounter situations where they are denied access to patients.  In such situations, it is recommended that the priest call the individual and pray with them by phone. The faithful should be aware that because of regulations by nursing facilities and hospitals, priests may not in all circumstances be able to anoint a patient, even in danger of death.  
  12. Parish and Diocesan Offices will remain open, though some schedules might be reduced on the parochial level at the discretion of the Pastor. The lay faithful are encouraged to conduct as much Parish or Diocesan business as possible either by phone or email.  This provision remains subject to change pending any future directives.

After Easter, I will make a further determination regarding extending or retracting any of the above provisions based upon the current situation in our community with the Coronavirus. 

I do not make these decisions lightly.  In consultations with leaders in our Diocese, and for the sake of the safety of those to whom we minister, precaution is necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic. Know that I remember all of you in prayer during this difficult time.  We join our sacrifices to others throughout our country during these trying times.

In Christ our Hope,

Most Reverend Michael Gerard Duca

Bishop of Duca

Given at the Chancery of Baton Rouge

17 March 2020

Divine Mercy Chaplet can be prayed in your home:
I will continue to offer private masses, praying for us all and offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for our salvation and the salvation of the whole world and for the faithful departed.  I will try to live stream these masses on Facebook (if I can figure out how) with a prior notice.
Our churches will remain open for private prayer from dawn to dusk.
Keep Sunday a Holy Day for you and your family!  Pray, read scripture, talk about the scriptures, watch the Mass on television, eat a meal together.
Sunday Masses are broadcast on COX channel 15 (local) at 10:00am and 12:30pm and on COX channel 268 (national) at 7:00am and 11:00am.  Make the Mass a part of your Sunday schedule, don’t just “sleep in”.
An Act of Spiritual Communion—
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.
A free resource to use at home:
An emergency that requires a visit by a priest is defined as, “a death has occurred, or someone is in danger of death.” If this situation arises for you and your loved ones, please call 225.473.3176.
Please remember that we are dependent on your generosity—time, talent, and treasure. Please make sure you continue to help us keep the lights on by sending in your weekly contributions, by mail or online.
P. O. Box 508
Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Ascension of our Lord online giving link
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St. Francis of Assisi online giving link
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Welcome to the website of Ascension of Our Lord and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Churches in historic Donaldsonville, Louisiana - A Eucharistic Community since 1772. The establishment of our Catholic faith community pre-dates the establishment of Donaldsonville by 50 years at a time when the United States territory was still served by missionary clergy of the Catholic Church in Europe.


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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