Mass Times

DAILY MASS
Tuesday - 6:00pm Ascension
Wednesday - 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 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

RSS Reader

Religious freedom in jeopardy as China passes new Hong Kong ‘security laws’

Denver Newsroom, May 28, 2020 / 01:25 pm (CNA).- A Hong Kong cardinal told CNA that changes to Hong Kong’s status in China could threaten the religious freedom of Catholics and other religious believers.

The legislature of China on May 28 approved a resolution to impose new “security laws” on its formerly autonomous region, Hong Kong— a move pro-democracy protestors and Catholics in the country fear will undermine Hong Kongers’ freedoms, including freedom of religion.

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St. Cloud diocese reaches settlement on abuse claims, will file for bankruptcy

CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota will pay $22.5 million into a trust for sexual abuse survivors, under a plan that involves filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The diocese announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with abuse survivors on a framework for settling all abuse claims filed against the diocese and local parishes.

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Transgender athlete policy violates Title IX, Education department rules

CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A Connecticut high school sports policy allowing biologically male athletes to compete in female events is a Title IX violation, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights ruled on Thursday.  

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) adopted a policy in 2017 allowing high school student athletes to compete in sports based on their “preferred gender identity.”

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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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Church Attendance Guidelines

Beginning 3/16/2020

  • 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 125 & St. Francis is 50
  • 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:
    • Ascension & St. Francis – we’ll have 2 Eucharistic Ministers at the front & 2 in the center
    • We'll start from the back of each section working toward the front of each section 
    • 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.

 

Staff

Parish News

Introducing Intern Taylor Sanford

Dear Parishioners,Ascension and St. Francis has once again been asked to host a seminarian ... Read More »

Important Message from Most Reverend Michael Duca, Bishop of Baton Rouge

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

In order to ... Read More »

“Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.”

Pornography has become more prevalent than ever.  Over-sexualization in entertainment has become the new ... Read More »

  • 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