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 26 - Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
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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Blessing and Grand Opening
We will be blessing the parish convent house for the Sisters next Saturday, September 1st, after the 5 p.m. Mass, followed by a Knights of Columbus-sponsored barbeque dinner.
Although we are deeply saddened by the reports of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury and the cases involving Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., we have reasons to rejoice and be grateful to God here at St. Francis Parish. It has been an incredible journey for us, where God has surprised us every step of the way, and now we are realizing another one of our dreams. Your generosity has been amazing in furnishing the convent house, and the Sisters are already working hard in the classrooms, getting them ready for the new school year.
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Catholic Education: Part 5
And Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said” (Lk. 10:39). I’ll be taking some time away from parish activities to sit at the feet of the Lord and listen. Members of the clergy who have worked in the diocese for 10 years are encouraged to take three months away for continuing education. With the approval of our bishop, I will be spending an entire month at the North American College in Rome, starting September 2nd. I am very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to it. I will be attending the one-month course offered by North American College on Saint Paul, with one week of my course spent making his missionary journey in Cyprus. My course will also include celebrating Masses at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s and a general audience with Pope Francis. I promise to remember each of you while I am celebrating the Masses there, and I ask for your prayers while I’m away. You will be in my thoughts and daily prayers
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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.
St. Clare Chapel: 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.