+ St. Francis Mission +

Diocese of Quincy, ACNA

What we believe....

We affirm our faith; joining our voices with Christians throughout the ages,

in the Words of the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into Heaven, And sittith on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets:

And we believe in one Catholic and Apostolic Church: We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And we look for the Resurrection of the dead: and the Life of the world to come. Amen.



Scripture identifies 2 sacraments as grace giving gifts to the Church:

Baptism:

The first of these two sacraments is called Baptism. In Mark's Gospel, the Scripture says that St. John was preaching and baptizing in Judea- "the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."  We believe in the sacrament of baptism.  Christ's followers are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit; and, as it says in our Creed: "We believe in one baptism for the remission of sins."  

Baptism is the sacrament by which salvation is birthed in the soul of the Christian. It has the effect of receiving the individual into the household of God.
 
 If you have not been baptized and have questions about this sacrament, please contact Fr. Dan at: 
info@stfrancismission.net or call 314-552-1298

Holy Eucharist:                                                                                                                              

The second of these two sacraments being the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass, or the Lord's Supper), is the means by which Christ becomes present to the Christian community gathered in his name. It is the central act of the service or mass, renewing the Body of Christ as the Church through the reception of the Body of Christ as the Blessed Sacrament, his spiritual body and blood in the bread and the wine.

"Christ was the word that spake it. He took the bread and break it;
And what his words did make it That I believe and take it." - Queen Elizabeth I

In this sacrament, Christ is both encountered and incorporated. As such, the Eucharistic action looks backward as a memorial of Christ's sacrifice, forward as a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, and to the present as an Incarnation of Christ in the lives of the community and of individual believers. We share in this sacrament at every Mass.

At St. Francis Mission, all those who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to partake of Holy Communion. All are welcome at the Lord's table; Fr. Dan will offer a blessing over those who have not yet been baptized.

The Church identifies 5 "lesser" sacraments, also bringing grace to the believer:

Confirmation:

Confirmation is derived from the Latin word confirmare - to strengthen. In this sense, Confirmation involves the affirming of faith through the strengthening and renewal of one's baptismal vows accomplished through prayer and the laying on of hands; by a bishop.

At St. Francis Mission, we will be forming our fist confirmation class and scheduling confirmations for our Annual visit from Bishop Morales in 2016. If you would like to be a part of this class and confirmation Mass, please contact Miki Kinkead (314)552-1300 or email:  info@stfrancismission.net

Confession and Absolution:

Confession and absolution sometimes called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, is the rite by which one is restored to God when one's relationship with Him has been broken by sin.  Forgiveness is spoken through the words of absolution; accompanied by the sign of the cross. Confession and absolution can be done corporately (the congregation invited to confess their sins, a moment of silent prayer while the congregation does so, a spoken general confession, and the words of absolution). Individuals, however, can and do also participate in oral-private confession, meeting with a priest to confess their sins, at which time the priest can provide counseling, urge reconciliation with parties that have been sinned against, and suggest certain spiritual disciplines.  Anglican clergy often recommend acts of penance after receiving absolution; but such acts are intended only to be a healing and preventative. Absolution, although spoken by the Priest / Bishop; it is God who does the forgiving.  The phrase "All may, some should, none must" is often taken as the Anglican attitude towards the sacrament. The priest is bound by the seal of confession; this binds the priest to never speak of what he has heard in the confessional to anyone.

Holy Matrimony:

Holy Matrimony (Marriage) is the blessing of a union between a man and woman, acknowledging the presence and grace of God in the life of the couple.  Manifested as the vows; the husband and wife seek God's blessing, and bind themselves one to another. Although the couple are thus generally regarded as the ministers of the sacrament through their voluntary exchange of vows, the sacrament must be celebrated under the presidency of a clergyman, who witnesses and mediates the liturgy & prayers.

Holy Orders:

Ordination to Holy Orders is the setting aside of individuals to specific ministries in the Church, namely that of deacon, priest and bishop. Through the laying on of hands by a bishop and prayers; the man is set aside for God's purpose.  Deacons have always had the role of being "the church in the world & the world to the church"; ministering to the pastoral needs of the community and assisting the priest in worship (usually by proclaiming the Gospel and preparing the altar). The bishop is the chief pastor of a diocese & the leader of our Mission.  He, in his kindness appoints priests and deacons to do the local and every-day work of the local church.  The leader of bishops & "First among Equals" is the Archbishop:  Appointment as an archbishop does not involve transition into a new order, but rather signifies the taking on of additional episcopal responsibilities as a metropolitan or primate.  Anglican priests may also marry, and married Anglican priests may be ordained as bishops.

Extreme Unction / Last Rights / Prayers for the Sick:

James 5:14 reads, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."
The Church has the blessing of bringing the healing and peace of God to those suffering illness.  From the slightest "cold" to the very hour of death, the Church will offer prayers of thanks, petitions for healing and prayers for a peaceful transition from this life to the believer's eternal habitation.
The local priest has the blessed duty to be at the bedside of those in need of prayer and to attend the dying.  If you, or a loved one is sick or in need of prayer, please call on the church.  Fr. Dan will be honored to pray with and for you and your family member, at this time of need.