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.
July 15 - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
During the Korean War, a small village in Korea came under heavy artillery fire. When the battle was over, the pastor of the parish sought the help of some American soldiers to restore a fallen statue of Christ to its pedestal. Since the statue had lost both its hands, the soldiers planned to replace it with two new hands. But the pastor told them not to replace the hands but write the words in front of the statue, “Friend, lend me your hands.”
Sending His apostles as His ambassadors to preach the good news and to heal the sick, Jesus in today’s gospel reminds us that he has no hands but ours to raise the fallen; no feet but ours to seek out the lost; no ears but ours to listen to the cry of the needy and the lonely, and no tongue but ours to speak words of comfort and encouragement to those in sorrow, pain, and failure. God has called and chosen each of us to speak the good news of Jesus. He has called us to bear witness to God’s love and mercy. By our baptism, God has called us to preach the salvation in Christ by our holy and blameless lives. In the second reading of today, St. Paul reminds us that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish and that, in Christ, we have forgiveness of sins and redemption.
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Bishop's Annual Appeal Update
My special thanks to those of you who have sent in your contributions toward the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Your generosity is much appreciated. Our goal for this year is $122,462.00. So far, the pledges that have been made amount to $73,434.00, which is 59.96% of our goal. There are only 227 households out of a total of 1,700 who have participated in the appeal so far. That puts our participation at 14%—which is disappointing.
It doesn’t take a lot to reach the goal if all of us participate. It only takes $72 to reach the goal if all parish families do their part. If you have not sent in your contribution, please consider sending in whatever you can. This is a sacrifice over and above your regular contribution to St. Francis. Redirecting or cutting back your offertory to support the Bishop’s Appeal will definitely hurt us here at St. Francis. As you may have noticed, our offertory collection for June has been very scary. We fell far short of what we need weekly.
Already 16 parishes/missions in the diocese have exceeded their goal, and another 14 parishes/ missions have reached more than 80% of their goal. We are now just about $49,000 away from our Bishop’s Appeal goal.
Your support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is one of the ways to show your love for the diocesan as well as the universal church. Your support goes a long way to enable our Shepherd, Bishop Liam Cary, to spread the Gospel and continue the Mission entrusted to us by Christ in the Diocese of Baker.
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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.