Welcome to Our Parish Website!
Homilies by Fr. Jose
I am very happy to welcome you to our exciting St. Francis of Assisi Parish Website. Our intent is to reach you wherever you are. This will help us to stay connected as a Church family even when you cannot be physically present in the Church with the rest of the Church community. The Website will give you an amazing overview of the Church and its activities. I hope you will find it useful and can find all the information you are looking for. We have tried to make it as informative and user-friendly as possible. I want to invite you to browse through the various pages of our Website.
Our Church offers a number of ministries in which you can get involved in the Church. It is my prayer that all the parishioners who browse through this Website will be inspired to get involved in one or more ministries in our Church. Please give it some thought and prayer. All that we have comes from God. Let us give back to Him as good stewards by sharing our time, talent, and material resources with the Church. "Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing will be poured out into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you” (Lk. 6:38). Have a great time browsing through the pages of this Website.
April 15 - Third Sunday of Easter
There is a true story of a judge in Yugoslavia who had an accident. He was electrocuted when he reached up to turn on the light while standing in the bathtub. His wife found his body on the bathroom floor and called for help. Friends and neighbors showed up. He was pronounced dead and taken to the funeral home. In the middle of the night, he regained consciousness and when he realized where he was, he rushed over to the night security guard. But thinking that it was a ghost, the security guard ran off terrified. Then he thought of calling up his wife. But when he said “Hello, honey, it is I, your husband,” she let out a scream and fainted. Then he tried calling his friends, but they thought that someone was trying to play some tricks on them. Then he called a friend in the next town who had not yet heard of his death. It was that friend who finally convinced his family and friends that he was alive.
Jesus faced a similar situation as we heard in the Gospel of today. He had to convince His disciples that He was not a ghost but had truly risen. He showed them His hands and feet, invited them to touch Him, and even ate with them.
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Resurrection and God's Mercy – Part II
The first person to see the risen Christ was Mary Magdalene. Why did Mary receive that privilege? In Jesus’ first appearance to Mary Magdalene, God’s story of love and mercy continues. Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God’s mercy and grace.
The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her. She was certainly a sinner whom Jesus saved, giving us an example of how no person is beyond the saving grace of God. Mary Magdalene was present when Christ rose from the dead. She was the first witness to the resurrection. Mary loved Jesus very much. She was the first to visit the tomb. She would not wait for the Sabbath to pass to visit the tomb of the one she loved to anoint his body. Visiting his tomb, she found the stone rolled away and Christ, very much alive, sitting at the place where they laid him. She was the first to communicate the message that Jesus had risen. She stayed behind in the tomb weeping while the other disciples left. In Mary and in every sinner who repents, Jesus’ words, “I tell you there is great joy in heaven when one sinner repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons . . .” (Lk. 15:7) find fulfillment.
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Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday Vigil at the *27th St. Church: 5 p.m.
Sunday at the *27th St. Church: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish Mass),
Sunday at the **Historical Church: 4:30 p.m.
*27th Church is located at 2450 NE 27th Street, Bend 97701
**Historical Church is located at 494 NW Lava Rd, Downtown Bend
Weekday Mass Schedule:
Historic Church: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.;
Saturday at 8 a.m.
27th St. Church: Saturday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Historic Church: Tuesday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and Saturday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Any other time, please contact a priest.
A Stewardship Prayer
Heavenly Father, creator and giver of all we have,
bless our parish and strengthen our faith.
Help us to be intentional disciples of your Son, Jesus, and imitators of St. Francis of Assisi, our patron saint, through a lifestyle of stewardship.
Help us, by your grace, to give more generously of our time, talent, and treasure to spread your kingdom here at our parish and throughout the world.
We offer this prayer through Christ, your beloved Son. Amen.