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Stewarship: Collections for September 2018

Below is a table comparing August 2017 collections to our current July 2018 collections. As you can see our collections fell short of our budget. We need everyone to do their part to keep St. Francis on firm financial ground.  The best way to use this is to make your offering using our online giving  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 18, 2018

The Friars of Thirty-First Street, Part 1 – New Beginnings

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street in New YorkCity stands as a living memorial of the missionary vanguard of Franciscan friars from Europe who sailed to New York to care for the spiritual needs of the immigrants of the mid-19th century. Saint Francis Church and Friary have been intimately related  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 18, 2018

Gaudete et Exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis – Chapter 1: The Call to Holiness

The Letter to the Hebrews presents a number of testimonies that encourage us to “run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” It speaks of Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Gideon and others. Above all it invites us to realize that “a great cloud of witnesses” impels us to advance constantly toward the goal. These  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 18, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

Misunderstood. We see in today’s Gospel that Jesus is again misunderstood. James and John seem to believe that Jesus’ kingdom is going to be about worldly power and prestige and they want a high position in this kingdom. This sets the stage for Jesus to clarify what he means. Being great in Jesus’ kingdom means  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 18, 2018

A Franciscan Plea for the Soul of America

On October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Franciscan (O.F.M.) Ministers Provincial of the United States issued a joint statement in response to the current challenges facing us in the United States. We would like to share this important message with you. Justice for the poor, respectful care for the environment and  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 11, 2018

Gaudete et Exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis

Over the past several years, we have excerpted the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium. Last week’s column was the last of this document from Pope Francis. Now, we turn to another Apostolic Exhortation that was released earlier this year, Gaudete et Exsultate: “Rejoice and be glad” Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake.  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 11, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner – October 14, 2018

“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” This question is asked of Jesus in today’s Gospel. Jesus then lists the Commandments and the response is: “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus then challenges the man to do more. When you think about it, there is not just one  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 11, 2018

Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

Today, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Our Patron Saint. Join us to celebrate our beloved St. Francis! Festive Mass on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 PM Additional Masses at 7:00 • 7:45 • 8:30 • 11:30 AM 12:30 & 4:30 PM    

Categories News | Posted on October 4, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner – October 7, 2018

The readings from Genesis and the Gospel reading today are very familiar to all of us: in Genesis, the creation of a partner for man, and Jesus’ teaching on divorce in the Gospel of Mark. Understanding the culture at the time they were written is important, especially the reading from Mark. Remember that at the time  Read more

Categories News | Posted on October 4, 2018

Evangelii Gaudium – Chapter 5, Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

Keeping our missionary fervor alive calls for firm trust in the Holy Spirit, for it is he who “helps us in our weakness.” But this generous trust has to be nourished, and so we need to invoke the Holy Spirit constantly. He can heal whatever causes us to flag in the missionary endeavor. It is  Read more

Categories News | Posted on September 27, 2018