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.
June 17 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
All great achievements have humble beginnings. In the first reading of today, we hear the word of God through the prophet Ezekiel: “I will tear off a tender shoot of the cedar and plant it. It shall put forth branches, bear fruits, and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it.” In the gospel of today, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a grain of mustard seed. It is the smallest of seeds but when sown in the ground, it springs up and becomes a large shrub, and the birds of the air dwell in its shade. These two readings remind us today that God uses what is little and insignificant to work wonders in the world and in our souls.
Christianity has changed the world in a way that no other religion has done in the history of the world. But it had a humble beginning. The work was begun by 12 men whom Jesus chose. They were mostly fishermen and tax collectors—uneducated, despised by the general public with evident defects, and few material resources. He chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. Looking at things from a human point of view, it is impossible to explain how these men spread the teachings of Christ to the whole world in a short time, with so many obstacles and so much opposition to overcome.
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The Salesian Sisters—Part I: History
The Salesian Sisters, officially known as Daughters of Mary Help of Christians--Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA)—is a religious community of women founded by St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello on August 5, 1872 in Mornese, Italy. Their mission is to provide Christian education and formation to the young.
In 1908, the first Salesian Sisters arrived in the United States and settled in Paterson, New Jersey. From there, Salesian youth and outreach programs spread to Canada and throughout New England, as well as other parts of the country, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In 1987, the province was divided into the Eastern and Western provinces.
The Salesian youth works and outreach programs in Louisiana, Texas, and California formed Mary Immaculate Province, the Western Province of the Salesian Sisters, with its center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1993, the provincial house was constructed and serves as the administrative headquarters for the Western Province, as a retreat and spirituality center, and a meeting and workshop venue. In 2002, the Salesian Sisters of the Western Province began ministries in Colorado. I am very excited that the Salesian Sisters will begin their first community in the Northwest at St. Francis in Bend. We are indeed blessed.
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Happy Father's Day!
Fatherhood is important to a child’s spiritual well-being. Take the time to be a father who is involved in the faith life of your children. “If Dads take faith in God seriously, then the message to their children is that God should be taken seriously.”--Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix
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(FDS stands for St. Francis De Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Baker.)
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.