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The Pastor’s Corner

The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent always focuses on the temptations that Jesus experienced in the desert. Today’s version from Mark is a little different in that Mark mentions that Jesus was in the desert for forty days and was tempted by Satan, but doesn’t go into any details about the temptations as  Read more

Categories News | Posted on February 15, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

In today’s Mass, both the  first reading from the Book of Leviticus and the Gospel from Mark deal with leprosy. In Biblical times, not much was known about this disease and because of what it did to people, it was greatly feared. You can see this from Leviticus where it says, “He shall dwell apart,  Read more

Categories News | Posted on February 8, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

Today’s Gospel speaks clearly about Jesus’ mission: “…they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door.” I often wonder if Jesus was ever overwhelmed at times like this. It would seem that he would be. The Gospel continues: “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted  Read more

Categories News | Posted on February 2, 2018

Evangelii Gaudium – Chapter 4: The Social Dimension of Evangelization

“With respect to the autonomy andculture of every nation, we must never forget that the planet belongs to all mankind and is meant for all mankind; the mere fact that some people are born in places with fewer resources or less development does not justify the fact that they are living with less dignity. It  Read more

Categories News | Posted on February 2, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

Last Sunday we heard Jesus say, “the kingdom of God is at hand.” In today’s Gospel he shows that the kingdom is indeed at hand: he teaches with authority and he drives out an unclean spirit from a man in the synagogue. The kingdom is happening before the very eyes of his listeners. Jesus is  Read more

Categories News | Posted on January 25, 2018

Treasures from Our Tradition: Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

This is the year of St. Paul, and so one of the most visited churches of Rome is also one of the most beautiful: the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Like so many other churches, it was founded by the master-builder (or financier) Emperor Constantine about the year 315. Paul was martyred outside  Read more

Categories News | Posted on January 25, 2018

A New Year’s Resolution for the Church

Make a new year’s resolution for the Church, join the hundres of parishioners and visitors who use our online giving tool to financially support the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Since our appeal this fall encouraging all parishioners to consider making their sacrificial giving to the church online, our online collections almost doubled!  This  Read more

Categories News | Posted on January 10, 2018

Treasures from Our Tradition: Ordinary Time

“Ordinary Time” began for us this week. On the old calendar, the feast of the Presentation, still more than two weeks away, was the last day of the Christmas season. Sadly, Bethlehem is hardly a place of peace on earth these days. The ancient Christian community has been largely uprooted by political strife. The Church  Read more

Categories News | Posted on January 10, 2018

Change to Mass Schedule in New Year

Starting this month we made a small change in our weekday Mass schedule: The noon-hour Masses are now celebrated at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM (the 1:15 Mass will be eliminated). So since Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the Mass schedule for Monday to Friday is: 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 11:30 AM, 12:30, 4:30 and 5:30 PM.

Categories News | Posted on January 10, 2018

The Pastor’s Corner

We are back to Ordinary Time and it is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear about Samuel being called by the Lord, but it takes Samuel a while to know that it is the Lord calling him. In today’s Gospel, Andrew hears John the Baptist say “Behold the Lamb of God” as Jesus walks by. This causes Andrew to  Read more

Categories News | Posted on January 10, 2018