St. Francis Old Catholic Church is a church plant in Midtown Memphis. This means that we are a fairly new faith community.
Our worship is liturgical. We follow a standard order for our worship like all Catholic churches. While our worship would be considered formal the atmosphere is informal. It is not uncommon for us to laugh during service when Fr. Tommy stumbles over a word. We believe God has a sense of humor.
Our dress is casual to formal. Some people come very casual in jeans and tshirt and others dress up. Either is acceptable and you will be welcomed warmly.
Before and After Worship
Most Catholic churches spend time in quiet prayer prior to the service. We differ because we tend to visit with each other and use that time to share with each other about our life. We are small and so we develop strong relationships and enjoy hearing about each other's week. After worship we typically have refreshments with our brothers and sisters of Central Christian Church. Yes, there is coffee.
The Old Catholic Church is a community of faithful people around the world. The faith tradition began with early Christians in the Netherlands who followed the teachings of Jesus. His teachings on justice, peace, compassion, and equality molded the early church and her faith. Old Catholics profess a faith of action. We believe that to have faith requires us to act with compassion and love in all things and to work toward peace, equality, and justice among all peoples, but especially the oppressed and marginalized, poor, and sick. We take seriously Jesus's commandment to, “love one another as he loved us”. All persons are welcome to worship God with us whether gay, straight, black, white, brown....God made us all and desires our worship.
We are a community that gathers together as often as possible to share the Eucharist. To fellowship with one another and to work towards our goal of bringing the Kingdom of God here and now. The Altar is open to all Baptized Christians who seek to encounter Christ. The Old Catholic Church is a church that offers refuge and hospitality to all who walk through her doors. Whether your faith is strong or you have no faith at all, you are welcome here amongst us sinners to worship God through Christ.
St. Francis Old Catholic Church is a Catholic faith community not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Though we share common Catholic theology and liturgical tradition, we differ significantly in many of the disciplines and rules that govern the Church.
We recognize that each baptized person is an equal member of the Catholic Church. No bishop, priest, deacon, or lay person owns the Church, the ministry, or the grace of Christ. All people play an important and prominent role in the governance of the Church. All must respect, as well as actively seek to discern, how the Holy Spirit is motivating the faithful to act.
In our communities all the baptized, men and women alike, are given the opportunity to respond to a genuine vocation and to fully participate in priesthood. As St. Paul writes, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; all are one in Christ Jesus.” We are acting to correct the injustice done by the long-standing practice of excluding women from ordained ministry, which unfairly diminishes women within the Church and also within the current world culture. Presently, within many of our communities, women are actively engaged in the ordained priestly ministry.
Similarly, we affirm those, whether lay or ordained ministers, who are called to serve the People of God in a variety of life states which include people who are single, or have taken promises of celibacy, commitment, or marriage. We embrace and affirm the full and open participation in all the sacraments of LGBTQ individuals. We believe that the gift of sexual union is a source and celebration of love for couples, which allows for the special and safe sharing of intimacy. We consider it a danger to marriage and other intimate relationships to be denied sexual sharing. This has significant implications for Catholic practice, particularly as it applies to divorce and remarriage.
We affirm the dignity of all persons regardless of race, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation. We strive for justice within the universal Church and the whole world.