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.
September 16 - Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
[New homilies will be posted upon Fr. Jose's return in early October]
After I came to this country, I realized that I was taking a long time to do my shopping. I would spend an hour in a store, and still there would not be any items in my cart. The reason? Too many choices! In India, milk means there is only one thing and nothing more. Here if you go to get milk, there is 3%, 2%, 1%, fat-free, lactose-free, almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, chocolate milk, coconut milk, etc. So I had to read all the labels to find what I wanted. Here you go to buy bread, and there are a couple dozen varieties of bread. But where I grew up, bread is bread—just one thing and nothing more. So I had a problem of choice. In the gospel of today, the disciples had a choice—either to stay with Jesus or to go away. Peter spoke for all of them when he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
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Moving 7 a.m. Mass and Morning Adoration
After some prayer and consultation, it was decided to change the 7 a.m. Mass from the Historic Church to the St. Claire Chapel on 27th Street from Mondays through Fridays. The move began on Monday, August 27th, with the morning Eucharistic Adoration following the 7 a.m. Mass in the chapel until noon. The 12:15 p.m. Mass remains at the Historic Church with Adoration following until 6 p.m. I know some of you might be wondering, “Why this move?” I strongly believe that having Mass and Adoration at the 27th Street location every day is the key to success in all that we are trying to do for the school. Our school has been blessed with a highly competent staff and two amazing religious nuns. Our enrollment has gone up from 98 two years ago to 135 for this coming school year, with two additional grades.
Think of how many blessings it will bring when there is someone spending time in Eucharistic Adoration, praying for the kids while they are in the school next door. I see it as a huge blessing and the key to our success. I know the move is a bit of a sacrifice for some of you who are used to going to the 7 a.m. Mass at the Historic Church and have houses close to it. I know for sure that it is a big sacrifice for the priests. We could just roll out of our beds and be there for the 7 a.m. Mass at the Historic Church. But, with the move, we have to get over to the 27th Street Church by 6:30 a.m., then maybe get back to the rectory after that for breakfast, and then drive back to the Parish Offices on 27th Street. Nothing happens without sacrifice, right? Blessings accompany sacrifices. Where sacrifices abound, graces are abundant! Those of you who live close
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(FDS stands for St. Francis De Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Baker.)
Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday Vigil at the *Main Church: 5 p.m.
Sunday at the *Main Church: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish Mass),
Sunday at the **Historical Church: 4:30 p.m.
*Main Church is located at 2450 NE 27th Street, Bend 97701
*St. Clare Chapel is located at 2450 NE 27th Street, Bend 97701
**Historical Church is located at 494 NW Lava Rd, Downtown Bend
Weekday Mass Schedule:
St. Clare Chapel: Monday through Friday at 7 a.m.
Historic Church: Monday through Friday at 12:15 p.m.
and Saturday at 8 a.m.
Main Church: Saturday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Church: Tuesday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Historic Church: 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.
For All Catholics Who Have Been Away From the Church
The Returning Catholics program is sponsored by the St. Francis Assisi Church. It is for all Catholics who have been away from the Church for any length of time, regardless of the circumstances. The program can also be a refresher for those who would like to get better acquainted with their Catholic Faith. We will help you understand the basic concepts of the Catholic Faith; and, if you wish, help facilitate your return to any Parish. You will not be pressured or in any way obligated. This program is to use as you wish. If you or someone you know might like to attend, our contact information is given below.
Thursdays Sept. 27 through Nov. 15th 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30
The Door is Open!
An RSVP is appreciated but not required.
Call Judy @ 208-369-0046 or Bob @ 208-477-4740
Right of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA prepares candidates who want to become Catholic for the Sacraments of Initiation, which are Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. The Sacraments are received at the Easter Vigil every year.
Adults age 18 and up: Classes are held on Thursdays from 7 until 9 p.m. (Occasional retreats and other get-together events are also held.)
Every Thursday evening - Now through May.
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