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.
May 13 - The Ascension of the Lord
Harold Hughes was a hopeless alcoholic. He reached a point where he had no control over his life. His wife and children left him, and he lost his job. His desperation drove him to the brink of suicide. He describes in his book how he climbed into a bathtub with a shotgun and was ready to pull the trigger, when he experienced what he calls a spiritual enlightenment. That became the turning point in his life that led him to deep spiritual commitments. He began to study the Bible diligently and developed a strong prayer life. He got his life back in order and became the 36th governor of Iowa in 1963 and a senator in 1969.
We are all precious in the eyes of God. He does not want anyone to be lost. It is sad when we are faced with stories like that of Whitney Houston who died losing her battle against her own demons. There is nothing impossible with God’s help. It is He who created us. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “You have not chosen Me. I have chosen you.” In the second reading, John tells us that God is love and that Jesus came to reveal God’s love for us. Jesus says, “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” So all of us are called to love.
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Mary, Mother of the Church: Part 1
On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church. The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3rd in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church—as an obligatory memorial—will have precedence over any other memorial of a saint or blessed.
The Marian title of “Mother of the Church,” was given to the Blessed Mother by Blessed Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council. Pope Paul declared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of the Church—that is to say of all Christian people—the faithful as well as the pastors who call her the most loving Mother. It was also added to the Roman Missal after the Holy Year of Reconciliation in 1975. Subsequently, some countries, dioceses, and religious families were granted permission by the Holy See to add this celebration to their particular calendars. With its addition to the General Roman Calendar, it will now be celebrated by the whole Roman Catholic Church.
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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.