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Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation – Gaudium Evangelii: Chapter 1

“A Church which ‘goes forth’ is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 27, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter: Emmaus Amazement

Today’s Gospel has some surprises for the disciples going to Emmaus. The  first is that Luke tells us Jesus appeared to them, “but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him” (Luke 24:16). Now I don’t think Jesus was wearing glasses like Clark Kent. More likely, they were prevented by their lack of faith. They knew  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 27, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say: “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!” In these weeks after Easter the reaction of the followers of Jesus to the news that he is risen is repeated several times. For many of them, it cannot be. They saw  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 27, 2017

Photos of the Easter Vigil at the Church of St. Francis

At 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2017 the Church of St. Francis of Assisi gathered in darkness to begin the great Vigil of Easter.  The celebration begin with the kindling of the Easter fire and the blessing of the new Paschal candle, while the church burst out in song to celebrate our salvation through  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

St. Francis welcomes 18 newly initiated Catholics

At the Easter Vigil, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi welcomed 18 newly initiated Catholics into our Catholic faith.  Our seven elect were baptized and eleven other adults joined them in the celebration of Confirmation.  Our pastor Fr. Andrew Reitz, OFM baptized and confirmed our candidates after their preparation through our RCIA ministry. It  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

Immigration Assistance

The Migrant Center at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi provides assistance to all immigrants regardless of status. If anyone needs assistance or has concerns about immigration matters, please contact the Migrant Center at the Church at 212-736-8500, Ext. 305/377 or email migrantcenter@stfrancisnyc.org. Asistencia de Inmigración El Centro de Migrantes en la Iglesia de  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

Second Sunday of Easter: X-treme Christians

You may notice that Acts of the Apostles is the source of the  first reading during the Easter season. This book describes how Christianity grew from a handful of disciples to a major religion. Today’s reading about an ideal Christian community is meant to show ordinary believers how to be extraordinary, using three examples I  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation – Gaudium Evangelii: Chapter 1

“The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great  flexibility, it can assume quite different contours…The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

Most Sundays, the rst reading for Mass is taken from the Old Testament, but during the Easter season it is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. In these readings we hear of some of the happenings in the early church. We hear of great numbers being converted and baptized. We hear of the enthusiasm  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 20, 2017

Easter Flower Donations

During the Easter season, the sanctuary is filled with plants and flowers to celebrate the glory of Christ’s resurrection. We are grateful to those who have donated towards the cost of these decorations. IN MEMORY OF: Carlina Apolinaris Acevedo Cyril, Twalib, Viola Agnes & Family James Edward Ahearn Francisco Castro Astacio Margarita N. Atua JJ  Read more

Categories News | Posted on April 12, 2017

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Subway to Herald Square Station

Subway to 7th Ave 34th Street

Subway to 34th Street / Penn Station

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NJ Transit to Penn Station

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St. Francis of Assisi located at
135 W. 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Between 6th and 7th Avenues