Mass Times

DAILY MASS
Tuesday - 6:00pm @ Ascension
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 7:00am @ St. Francis

SATURDAY VIGIL
Reconciliation 3:00-3:45pm @ Ascension
Vigil 4:00pm @ Ascension

SUNDAY MASSES
8:00am @ Ascension
10:30am @ St. Francis

Office Hours

Office is 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. Pio of Pietrelcina

On Sept. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the Italian Franciscan priest St. Pio of Petrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio” and known for his suffering, humility and miracles.The man later known by these names was originally named Francesco Forgione, born to his parents Grazio and Maria in 1887. His parents had seven children, two of whom died in infancy. They taught the five surviving children to live their faith through daily Mass, family prayer of the rosary, and regular acts of penance. Francesco had already decided at a young age to dedicate his entire life to God. At age 10, he felt inspired by the example of a young Capuchin Franciscan, and told his parents: “I want to be a friar – with a beard.” Francesco’s father spent time in America, working to finance his son’s education so he could enter the religious life. On Jan. 22, 1903, Francesco donned the Franciscan habit for the first time. He took the new name Pio, a modernized Italian form of “Pius,” in honor of Pope St. Pius V. He made his solemn vows four years later, and received priestly ordination in the summer of 1910. Shortly after, he first received the Stigmata – Christ’s wounds, present in his own flesh.Along with these mystical but real wounds, Padre Pio also suffered health problems that forced him to live apart from his Franciscan community for the first six years of his priesthood. By 1916 he managed to re-enter community life at the Friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived until his death. He handled many duties as a spiritual director and teacher, covering for brothers drafted into World War I.During 1917 and 1918, Padre Pio himself briefly served in a medical unit of the Italian army. He later offered himself as a spiritual “victim” for an end to the war, accepting suffering as a form of prayer for peace. Once again, he received the wounds of Christ on his body. They would remain with him for 50 years, through a succession of global conflicts. Against his own wishes, the friar’s reputation for holiness, and attending miracles, began to attract huge crowds. Some Church officials, however, denounced the priest and had him banned from public ministry in 1931. Pope Pius XI ended the ban two years later, and his successor Pius XII encouraged pilgrimages to Padre Pio’s friary.Known for patient suffering, fervent prayer, and compassionate spiritual guidance, Padre Pio also lent his efforts to the establishment of a major hospital, the “Home to Relieve Suffering.” Padre Pio died in 1968, and was declared a saint in 2002. Three years after his death, Pope Paul VI marveled at his simple and holy life in an address to the Capuchin Order.“A worldwide following gathered around him ... because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was – it is not easy to say it – one who bore the wounds of our Lord,” Pope Paul explained. “He was a man of prayer and suffering.”

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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.

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Hurricane Laura - Disaster Relief Appeal

Ascension of our Lord & St. Francis of Assisi Parishes

  1. Buy a gift card in any denomination for a chain store, home improvement center, gas station or Visa/American Express Gift Card
  2. Place it in an envelope marked Hurricane Laura Relief and return it to the office by mail, in person, or drop it in the collection basket

Gift cards will be collected and sent to Churches in the Diocese of Lake Charles to distribute to those in need

Thank you for your generosity!

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Dear Parishioners of Ascension of our Lord and St. Francis of Assisi,

We would like to update our records and need a primary EMAIL ADDRESS for every family, if you have one!  Kindly EMAIL Dana at [email protected] and include your name, phone number, and email address.  

Please share and encourage other parishioners to provide their information as well.

Thank you,
Fr. Matt

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Church Attendance Guidelines - Until Further Notice

  • Face masks required in church
  • Enter Ascension at side entrance under the covered drive through only
  • Holy water fonts are filled with hand sanitizer, please sanitize hands when entering the church
  • Max capacity under guidelines:  Ascension 250 & St. Francis 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
    • Follow the direction of our Ushers
    • Maintain 6 feet social distancing
    • Families can sit together
  • Additional Masses: Tuesdays at 6:00-pm & Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00am
  • Once capacity is met, we cannot congregate in the back of the church
  • There will not be a collection of offerings, place offerings in baskets provide throughout church
  • Communion:
    • Follow direction provided by our Users & maintain 6 feet distance
    • Receiving communion: step away from the Eucharistic Minister, lower your face mask, receive communion and return your face mask
  • After Mass concludes, please maintain 6 feet distance and slowly depart church starting from the back of church for a controlled exit.  
  • Please do not congregate at the back of the church. Visiting should take place outside of the church.

 

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UPDATED HURRICANE RELIEF

Ascension of our Lord/St. Francis of Assisi have been generous in our initial response ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Appeal - Most Reverend Michael Duca

August 28, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am grateful to God ... Read More »

Celebration of First Communion 2020

Celebration of First Communion, June 2020

  • 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