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. Alonso Rodriguez

On October 30, the Catholic Church honors a man whose humble occupation gave the world only glimpses of his extraordinary holiness. During his lifetime, Brother Alonso Rodriguez never became a priest, published a book, or advanced professionally. But writings discovered after his death revealed a true mystic, who attended to a rich spiritual life while he worked as a doorkeeper and porter.Born in Spain during 1532, Alonso married at 26 and worked as a cloth merchant, coming to religious life only through a string of crushing tragedies. His wife and two of their children died by the time he was 31, and his turn toward a life of prayer and penance could not prevent the subsequent death of his third and last remaining child -- nor the discouraging failure of his business. Without his wife and children, and having few prospects due to his lack of a higher education, the Spanish layman turned his thoughts to religious life. Even there, however, he faced difficulties. In his early years, Alonso had met one of the first Jesuits, Bl. Peter Faber, and with his old life in ruins, he developed an interest in joining the recently established Society of Jesus. Alonso's lack of education prevented him from pursuing their course of priestly ordination, and he failed to acquire a diploma from the College of Barcelona despite attending for two years. The Jesuit Fathers in Valencia said he was unfit to join. But Alonso's years of prayer had not been in vain: they were answered when a provincial of the society, sensing his dedication, admitted him as a lay-brother.In modern times, Jesuit Brothers work in a wide range of fields, with few limitations apart from their lack of priestly ordination. During the 16th and 17th centuries, however, the lay-brothers of the Society of Jesus were known as “temporal coadjutors,” and assisted the priests of the order by performing its more routine duties such as cooking, construction and farming.The Jesuits sent Rodriguez to the college of Montesión on the island of Majorca, to work as a porter and door-keeper. He assumed the responsibilities of receiving visitors and guests and carrying their luggage, tracking down students or priests when they were needed, delivering messages, and distributing alms to the poor. While other Jesuits traveled the globe evangelizing whole nations, and undertook a vast reform of the Catholic Church throughout Europe, Alonso carried bags and ran errands for 46 years.But students began to seek him out, realizing that their doorkeeper was a man of unusual wisdom and faith. His Jesuit superiors started to take notice as well, and asked him to begin a private record of his life and thoughts.  Rodriguez struck up a notable friendship with one young man, Peter Claver, and advised him to volunteer for the South American missions. Following his advice, St. Peter Claver eventually catechized, baptized and spoke out for the rights of 300,000 slaves in South America.When Brother Alonso died in 1617, his superiors examined the written records he had left behind describing his spiritual life. What they found was the life of a saint and mystic. His approach was simple: Christ was appearing in every person who appeared at the door; the task was to encounter God in any task. From this awareness, he proceeded to a life of contemplation akin to the renowned saints of his era (such as St. Ignatius or St. Teresa of Avila), whose grand achievements are better known.Brother Alonso Rodriguez was declared a saint in 1887. He is buried on the same island of Majorca where he answered the door and carried bags for five decades.

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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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Parish News

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