The Scrutinies and the Reality of Evil

Last Sunday we celebrated the first of the three Scrutinies with our elect who are in their final weeks of preparation for Baptism. The first scrutiny calls them to turn away from the lure of false promises which bombard us offering to quench our thirst, and to drink fully from the life-giving Spirit of Christ  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 23, 2017

Remember your loved ones with a gift of flowers at Easter

The flowers and plants that will decorate our church at Easter are a sign of our joy in the Resurrection of Christ and our hope in the resurrection of those who have gone before us. We invite you to remember deceased members of your family and friends with a donation for our Easter decorations. There  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 23, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

Jesus and the man born blind is the focus for today’s Gospel on this Fourth Sunday of Lent. Reading through this lengthy Gospel, you will notice that it is filled with many people who are blind. Perhaps they may not be physically blind, but their refusal to attempt to understand who Jesus is can be  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 23, 2017

Feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph: Saints of Immigrants and Immigrant Saints.

This weekend we will celebrate two important saints in the life of the Church of New York: St. Patrick, our patron saint, and St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. These two feasts underscore the fact that the Church of New York is essentially a church of immigrants. St. Patrick is  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 16, 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 Asistencia de Inmigración El Centro de Migrantes en la Iglesia de  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 16, 2017

The Cardinal’s Annual Appeal

Goal for St. Francis Church (#068): $98,500 Donations as of March 10: $15,270 Number of Donors: 41 Average Donation: $372.44 Catholic Education either through Catholic Schools or Parish Religious Education Programs has always been a priority for the church. The Archdiocese of New York provides training and ongoing education for those involved with the education  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 16, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

On this, the Third Sunday of Lent, we hear the Gospel of Jesus as he encounters a Samaritan woman at a well. It is an interesting dialogue in addition to the fact that Jesus, a Jew, is talking in public to a woman who is a Samaritan. This is also interesting because he is talking with her at a time of  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 16, 2017

Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration Manifestation

It may seem odd to hear the Gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus during Lent. Wouldn’t it fit better after Easter? An answer is found a few verses after our Gospel selection. Jesus tells the disciples that he will suffer (Mt. 17:12). The vision of Jesus’ glory shared by Peter, James, and John was meant  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 9, 2017

The Pastor’s Corner

We hear the account of the Transfiguration on this Second Sunday of Lent. What a remarkable experience this must have been for those closest to Jesus! No wonder they didn’t want it to end. Although this scene on Mount Tabor is unique, experiences on mountains happen today. Recently, I went on retreat with 45 of  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 9, 2017

First Sunday of Lent: Connections

The second reading this Sunday is not easy to follow, especially when some of Paul’s sentences are more like paragraphs. But you will notice that he makes several important connections: between sin and death, between Adam and Jesus, and between obedience and disobedience. Sin, he says, is the cause of death. Of course, everyone is  Read more

Categories News | Posted on March 2, 2017

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