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.
August 12 - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In her book, “The Road to Santiago,” Kathryn Harrison shares her experiences of her 400-mile pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a sacred site where a shrine honoring the apostle James welcomes those who complete the journey. Harrison wrote that she was looking for an experience that would be both physically and psychologically demanding. She set off with a heavy pack, very little Spanish, no hotel reservations, and a willingness to go where the road would lead her. On her way, she ate whatever was available—strawberries, bread, jam, and sunflower seeds. Even though it was simple food, it was delicious because every morsel made her journey possible, along with the kindness of strangers who became her companions on the way and helped to make the journey a life-altering experience.
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Catholic Education: Part 4
Catholic schools have the unique capacity to academically connect reason and faith, science and religion. This is an especially important feature for our young people today. Indeed, the Center for Applied Research (CARA) at Georgetown University suggests the same. St. Mary’s Press recently published the CARA research study that it commissioned in a publication entitled, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. Its findings note that the average median age when formerly Catholic teens and young adults left the faith was 13. Just under half (45%) said their disagreement with the Church’s stance on a political issue important to them was at least “somewhat” important to their decision to leave.
This is not surprising—given the cultural wars, social issues, and divisive political polarization in our wider society. But, what was very surprising, was that 36% said that the perception that their Catholicism conflicts with their scientific learning was at least “somewhat” important in their decision to leave the Church. Thirty-six percent!
This is due to public education in which God has no role—or even the mention of God or of prayer—have become an abomination. A Catholic education is the answer to this. When confronted with a science that is competitive with their Catholic faith, many young people simply leave their faith instead of delving deeper into it. Our young people don’t know that their Catholicism and their science actually go together. They complement each other.
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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.