Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter 5, Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

“The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 21, 2018

Help the Children!

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the past several weeks at the U.S.-Mexico border. Help aleviate this humanitarian crisis! The Franciscan Friars at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas are asking us to help them help these children by donating to the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley office which is providing humanitarian assistance during  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 21, 2018

Help Sponsor ‘Sundae Sunday’

We host  ‘Sundae Sunday’ once / month from June to September, and we’d like to invite our parishioners to help sponsor our Sundae Sundays at any gift level. For more information, please email Edward Trochimczuk at or call him at 212-736-8500 Ext. 361.

Categories News | Posted on June 21, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

This weekend we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist. This feast rarely falls on Sunday, but because of John’s importance in the story of salvation, the readings and prayers are from the Mass for his Nativity. We hear the familiar story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, both advanced in years, giving birth to a son  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 21, 2018

The Saint Francis Knitters

New members are invited to join this dedicated group of volunteers who create handmade scarves, mittens and hats for our Breadline guests as well as for sale to the public in our lobby shop. Members meet twice a month at St. Francis, or you can work from home. If you’re unable to knit something, you  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 5, 2018

Treasures from Our Tradition: The Cathedral

The cathedral is a treasure in a diocese and in our tradition. It is not simply a “big church,” as some say; some parish churches are larger. What makes a cathedral is the presence of the chair, called a cathedra (Latin for seat) reserved for the bishop. There are many instances in our country of  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 5, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner: June 10, 2018

This Sunday we return to Ordinary Time in the church year. We are back to wearing green vestments; green the color of hope. In today’s second reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we read: “…although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” These are both discouraging and encouraging words. Unfortunately,  Read more

Categories News | Posted on June 5, 2018

Friars Vote to Recommend One US Province

by Jim McIntosh | May 30, 2018 | ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Voicing their support for the revitalization of Franciscan life in the US, six provinces of the Order of Friars Minor have voted to form one new organization. On May 30, the friars of each of the six provinces voted at meetings in their communities to support  Read more

Categories News | Posted on May 31, 2018

Evangelii Gaudium: Chapter 4, The Social Dimension of Evangelization

“Non-Christians by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live ‘justified by the grace of God and thus be ‘associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ.’ But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in  Read more

Categories News | Posted on May 24, 2018

Treasures from Our Tradition: The Trinity

One of the great treasures of the Eastern tradition is the icon of the Holy Trinity created by the Russian iconographer Andrei Rublev in the 1400s. The Trinity is symbolized by the three travelers to the tent of Abraham and Sarah. They are seated at a table blessing a cup of wine, under the oak  Read more

Categories News | Posted on May 24, 2018