Our semi-annual Week of Prayer to Mary, Untier of Knots, will be held
Monday to Friday,
February 4-8, 2019,
after the 11:30 and 4:30 Masses.
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:00 AM Mass.
To the Church of St. Francis Community,
Your warm welcome for Fr. Brian and me, when we came to preach about the Franciscan Challenge, was truly an example of the wonderful Franciscan hospitality for which your community is known.
Your care and support of the Franciscan Friars who serve you now, and those to come in the future, is evidence of the love you have for those who have served you in the past.
Thank you for your participation in our annual Provincial fundraising event. Your gift ensures that the Franciscan spirit will endure in our world and in our church.
Thank you for supporting the Friars and the people that we serve. You make our Love at Work possible for so many in need!
A special thank you to Fr. Andrew and all the friars, who faithfully serve this community, for welcoming us in such a wonderful, fraternal way.
Fr. David Convertino, OFM
Office of Development
The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
Please visit our website for more information or to donate to the Franciscan Challenge at: www.TheFranciscanChallenge.org
When you hear today’s second reading, you may think that you have heard this reading before…and you have – probably at a wedding.
St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is famous for its use at weddings, but it is also very appropriate for our daily lives: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude…” (Read the rest yourself.) Where did St. Paul get this if not from Jesus?
In the Gospel for today, Jesus is in the synagogue and many were amazed at his words and teaching while others could not understand where this came from and even said in an insulting way: “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” It is amazing how Jesus does not react to this, but as the Gospel goes on to say: “…Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.” Love is patient, love is kind, it is not rude.
Last weekend our Franciscan brothers spoke to you about the Franciscan Challenge and asked for your assistance in providing funds for the education and training of our friars in formation,
care for our retired and sick and infirm friars and assistance to the charitable works of our ministries. We don’t receive any funds from any Diocese or Archdiocese, and over the years your support has made all these things possible. Thank you and all of our benefactors for your support over the years. I received my seminary education through these funds and in my old age will depend on them for the health care that I may need. Every day at Morning and Evening Prayer in the Friary we pray for our benefactors, living and deceased. May the Lord bless and keep you!
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
Why do the Franciscan Friars need financial support?
The Franciscan Friars ask not for themselves, but for the sake of others, and often do so with some embarrassment and hesitation. However, there are times that need a stronger call, and that is now. The Friars, in our “tradition of begging,” are asking for money for three very important causes:
1. For young men who desire to become Franciscan Friars
We need your help for education and all its related costs, plus their room and board and intern expenses.
2. For our work with the poor and desperate
Saint Francis traced the beginning of his conversion to the moment when God led him to live among lepers and serve them. Ever since that time, direct service to the materially poor and marginalized people of society has been a hallmark of Franciscan ministry. We have continued that tradition for more than 800 years. An example is the daily Breadline here at St. Francis Church.
3. For our sick and elderly Franciscan Friars
These Friars have served so many for so long – and are now in need of care themselves. The cost of their care has risen drastically, while the quality of their care depends on those whom they have served so well.
Chapter 3: In the Light of the Master
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
The world tells us exactly the opposite. Entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness or sorrow in the family or all around him: he averts his gaze. The world has no desire to mourn; it would rather disregard painful situations, cover them up or hide them. Much energy is expended on fleeing from situations of suffering in the belief that reality can be concealed. But the cross can never be absent.
A person who sees things as they truly are and sympathizes with pain or sorrow is capable of touching life’s depths and finding authentic happiness. He or she is consoled not by the world but by Jesus. Such persons are unafraid to share in the suffering of others; they do not flee from painful situations. They discover the meaning of life by coming to the aid of those who suffer, understanding their anguish and bringing relief… They feel compassion for others in such a way that all distance vanishes…
Knowing how to mourn with others: That is holiness.
Please welcome our Franciscan Friars who will be speaking about the Franciscan Challenge at all the Masses this weekend. The Challenge is important since it helps support so many aspects of our Franciscan life and ministry: care of our sick, aged and retired Friars, education and formation of our younger Friars and how we Friars care for the poor and marginalized in society.I wanted to share with you what the Vicar General from our Archdiocese wrote about having to miss Mass because of inclement weather:
Very Rev. Joseph P. LaMorte
Vicar General & Chancellor
Archdiocese of New York
“…Remember that if weather conditions on any Sunday are so severe that your parishioners cannot make it safely to Mass, then they have a legitimate excuse for missing Mass without offending God and incurring any serious sin. That is when they truly become ‘shut-ins’.
Encourage the faithful to use their time to keep the Sabbath holy by spending some time in prayer with the Lord, meditating on the Biblical readings of the Sunday liturgy, or making an act of spiritual communion. These are easily found on the Internet. They may also watch the televised Mass, pray the Holy Rosary or make use of other devotional prayers.
Advise everyone to check on neighbors, friends, and relatives – especially the elderly and those with disabilities.”
Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
Below is a table comparing December 2017 collections to our current December 2018 collections.
As you can see our collections this year were below last year.
We need everyone to do their part to keep St. Francis on firm financial ground. The best way to use this is to make your offering using our online giving system.
We ask all of our members and visitors to offer the equivalent of ONE HOUR of their weekly salary per week to support the mission of the church.
Thank you to all of you who are already doing your part.
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