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.
March 18 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
There is a true story of an Indian Christian named Sundar Singh. He was brought up in the Sikh religion but later embraced Christianity. He lived close to the Himalayan Mountains. One cold winter day, he was traveling by foot with a Buddhist monk to a monastery that was about a four-hour walk. After two hours of walking there was a snow storm. It became dark and cold. The journey became dangerous, and they were afraid they were not going to make it. As they walked through the rocks, they heard someone calling out for help. They found another traveler who had fallen and broken his leg. The Buddhist monk told Sundar, “Do not stop. God has brought this man to his fate. He must work it out himself. That is what our faith teaches. We must hurry on before we die.” Sundar said, “It is my faith that God brought me here to help my brother. I cannot abandon him.” So he stayed to help the injured man while the monk hurried on. He bandaged the man’s broken leg, carried him on his back, and continued his journey to the monastery. When he had reached the vicinity of the monastery, he stumbled over something. He looked down at it and found that it was the body of the monk who accompanied him and who now had frozen to death. As he brushed the snow away from the monk’s body, he remembered the words of Jesus in the gospel of today, “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, and anyone who wishes to lose his life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.”
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Any Lenten resolution should include a determination to deepen our love for the Sacrament of Penance—Confession (or Reconciliation). This is a Sacrament, instituted by Jesus Christ, to be used frequently in our lives. It is the normal means for the forgiveness of our sins. Frequent reception of Confession is also an important means for growing in holiness and in virtues. The requirements for Catholics going to Confession are simple: we must be a sinner; we must have sorrow for our offenses; and we must be open to the amendment of our lives.
Preparation: Begin by briefly asking God the Holy Spirit to help you know your sins. Pray for the grace of sorrow for your offenses against God and neighbor. There are many worthwhile pamphlets and/or aids that provide for an “examination of conscience.” While this proximate examination for the Sacrament of Confession is necessary and helpful, the best long-term help for making a good Confession is a daily examination of your conscience. The daily examination of your conscience is perhaps the best help to making a good Confession.
Confession and Absolution: Jesus entrusted the holy work of forgiving sins—on behalf of God and the Church—to the ordained priest. The Church ritually established this in the Sacrament of Confession. We must acknowledge our particular sins with honesty and completeness as best we recall, and express our sorrow through some prayer of sorrow, such as ....
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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.