St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

Physical Address /

Dirección física
2000 Elizabethtown Road
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358

Contact Information /

Información del contacto
(910) 739-4723 / Fax: (910) 739-5443 

Mission Statement

The Church is the living body of Christ in which all share in various and diverse ways the responsibility for the mission given to the Church by the Lord to: • Worship God in joyous celebration of the Mass and sacraments • Proclaim the Word of God to all people • Witness the love and redemptive healing of Christ • Serve those in need in both Church and society.

Updated Guidance for Masses, Parish Ministries and Celebrations of the Sacraments

During the pandemic we the faithful have made every effort in the Diocese of Raleigh to exercise charity and compassion while safeguarding the health and welfare of one another. These actions have necessarily included separation from one another and limits on how many of us may gather for the liturgy. The pandemic presents a unique opportunity to give even greater witness as a Catholic community of believers. May our continued return to Mass provide us with even greater awareness of the beauty and wonder of our faith and the importance of our relationship with one another as the body of Christ.

Bishop Zarama has continued to dispense the faithful from their Sunday obligation. While this dispensation is applicable to all, it is continued primarily for the elderly, sick, those with pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerable people.

As more of the general population becomes vaccinated and federal and/or state COVID-19 restrictions are eased, parishes are encouraged to do the following:

Refrain from Communion from the chalice and/or shaking hands during the Sign of Peace.
Take additional precautions when distributing Holy Communion, including frequent use of hand sanitizer by Eucharistic Ministers.
Continue to maintain a section of seating in which strict social distancing and mask wearing protocols remain in place to accommodate non-vaccinated or other vulnerable people.
Consider vaccination as an act of charity to help end the pandemic, protect our vulnerable neighbors and keep our communities healthy.
Be mindful of additional local health guidance related to COVID-19.

​Orientación actualizada para misas, ministerios parroquiales y celebraciones de los sacramentos

Durante la pandemia, los fieles hemos hecho todo lo posible en la Diócesis de Raleigh para ejercer la caridad y la compasión al mismo tiempo que protegemos la salud y el bienestar de los demás. Estas acciones necesariamente han incluido la separación entre sí y los límites sobre cuántos de nosotros podemos reunirnos para la liturgia. La pandemia presenta una oportunidad única para dar un testimonio aún mayor como comunidad católica de creyentes. Que nuestro regreso continuo a la Misa nos brinde una mayor conciencia de la belleza y maravilla de nuestra fe y de la importancia de nuestra relación unos con otros como el cuerpo de Cristo.

El obispo Zarama ha continuado dispensando a los fieles de su obligación dominical. Si bien esta dispensación es aplicable a todos, se continúa principalmente para los ancianos, los enfermos, las personas con problemas de salud preexistentes u otras personas vulnerables.

A medida que una mayor parte de la población en general se vacuna y se alivian las restricciones federales y / o estatales de COVID-19, se alienta a las parroquias a hacer lo siguiente:

Abstenerse de la Comunión del cáliz y / o dar la mano durante el Signo de la Paz.
Tome precauciones adicionales al distribuir la Sagrada Comunión, incluido el uso frecuente de desinfectante de manos por parte de los Ministros Eucarísticos.
Continúe manteniendo una sección de asientos en la que se mantengan estrictos protocolos de distanciamiento social y uso de máscaras para acomodar a las personas no vacunadas u otras personas vulnerables.
Considere la vacunación como un acto de caridad para ayudar a poner fin a la pandemia, proteger a nuestros vecinos vulnerables y mantener saludables a nuestras comunidades.
Tenga en cuenta las pautas de salud locales adicionales relacionadas con COVID-19.

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church
Inclement Weather Policy

In order to help ensure the safety of our Parishioners, the Church and other facilities will be closed and religious education, groups, committees and clubs will not meet or use Parish facilities and grounds under the following conditions:

  •  When Roberson County is under a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch, and during the storm.
    • The most common cause of death in our area from these storms is from people trying to drive through flooded areas.  As the rain is falling, please stay home.  When it clears, stay out of the flooded areas on roads and bridges!  We want to see you safe!
  • If there is a threat of ice on the roads or roads are covered with ice and/or snow.
    • Roberson County lacks the ability to clear snow and ice from secondary roads and neighborhood streets.  Please stay home until it melts.  It usually won’t last more than 48 hours.
  • Electricity is out at the Church
    • We will notify you if there is a power outage at the Church through Social Media and the Parish app. 
  • The Governor declares a state of emergency asking people to stay home in Roberson County.

In all cases the Parish Staff will communicate over Social Media to let the members of the Parish know that we have closed and to let them know when we have opened the facilities back up for regular activities.


Reverend Zacharie Lukielo Tati

Deacon / Diácono

Patrick Snyder

Mailing Address /

Dirección de envio
P. O. Box 2249
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358