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 24 - Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
In today’s liturgy, we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. This feast was celebrated from the 4th Century. There are only three birthdays celebrated liturgically: (1) the birth of Jesus, (2) the birth of our Blessed Mother, and (3) the birth of John the Baptist. The Church always celebrated the feasts of saints on the day of their death because on that day they were reborn to eternal life. We celebrate the birth of John the Baptist because of his uniqueness as a prophet. He was sanctified in his mother’s womb and was filled with the Holy Spirit even before his birth. Before his birth, he was visited by Christ who was in Mary’s womb. As Luke says, when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the babe in her womb leapt for joy. John the Baptist was a great prophet also inasmuch as he was the precursor of Jesus and had a chance to see the Messiah.
John the Baptist’s parents were Zechariah and Elizabeth. Zechariah was a priest who descended from Aaron, the first high priest. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, also descended from the line of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous and devout. John was a child of promise. When Zechariah was offering incense in the Sanctuary, an angel appeared to him and said that God had heard his prayers, and that his wife would bear a son whom he was to name John.
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The Salesian Sisters—Part II: Spirit and Charism
Understanding and recognizing the Salesian charism involves understanding and recognizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, St. John Bosco founded the Salesian Religious Order for Men and, with the help of St. Mary Mazzarello, the Salesian Religious Order for Women for the education and formation of the young. The key characteristics of the Spirit and Charism of the Salesians find its expression in the Eucharist, Confession, devotion to Our Lady, fidelity to the Pope, pastoral charity, joy and optimism, hard work, and community living.
Don Bosco had a comprehensive concept of education. It entailed helping the young person to develop and grow as a human being and a Christian, so that he/she could find his/her proper place in society—a good citizen and a good Christian, as Don Bosco would say. Don Bosco regarded every situation in which he came into contact with young people as an educational situation. Don Bosco stated clearly, “Education is a matter of the heart, of which the Lord is the master.” What sets Salesian education apart from other ways or systems of education is the fact that relationships are of prime importance in the Salesian educational process.
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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.