Join us for THEOLOGY ON TAP:
Seeking the Truth in the Age of #FakeNews
When: Thurs, Feb 21, 6:00 PM gathering, 6:45 PM talk
Where: O’Reilly’s Pub
54 W 31st St (off 6th Avenue)
Speaker: Fr. Kevin J. Mullen, O.F.M, Provincial Minister
How do we navigate this age of #FakeNews? What is our responsibility to seek the truth? Do we have a moral obligation to truthfulness? What challenges do we currently face in our society with honesty in the public sphere?
Join the Young Adult Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi for a lively discussion.
Fr. Kevin Mullen, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province be speaking on the topic. Fr. Kevin holds a PdD in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. There will be time for discussion and questions.
Join us for a informative lecture on a timely issue and meet other interested young adults. There is time to enjoy food and drinks with friends during the talk.
*This is a Young Adult Ministry Event. It is open to all NYC young adults in their 20′s and 30′s!
Winter Session 40 Hour Immigration Course
- Based on the Immigrant Legal Resource Center curriculum using
the 21st edition of A Guide for Immigration Advocates
- For those who work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations and for lawyers desiring to practice immigration law
- Non-lawyer participants who successfully complete the course
will receive ILRC certificates
- 42 CLE credits (including 4 ethics credits) for New York attorneys
approved by the New York Continuing Legal Education Board
- Scholarship and tuition discounts are available especially for
staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations
- Tuition assistance based on financial hardship is available for licensed attorneys
14 Tuesdays from February 26 to June 25, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM
Place: San Damiano Hall, 129 West 31st Street
Tuition: $750.00 (includes the 2-volume 21st edition of A Guide for Immigration Advocates which normally costs $350)
For more information and to register, contact The Migrant Center at St. Francis of Assisi (212-736-8500, Ext. 305) or email Rhodora Ratera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpine Europe with
The Passion Play of Oberammergau
May 16-26, 2020
visiting: Heidelberg • Rhine Valley • Lucerne • Innsbruck • Salzburg Altötting • Marktl Am Inn • Munich • Rothenburg
Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
$3,959 per person from New York
For a brochure and more information, please contact Fr. Andrew at 212-736-8500 or email email@example.com
Below is a table comparing December 2017 collections to our current December 2018 collections.
We are grateful that our collections are up from last year, but as you can see we still are not reaching our budgeted goal.
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.
Although neither the weather nor the calendar indicate that Spring is in the air, Spring 2019 Adult Education courses begin this week at the St. Francis Adult Education Center.
You will find brochures at the entrances of the church that describe the 18 different programs the Center will offer between February and April. Course and registration information is also available online here. Online registration is now open.
Please note that ‘Saints, Mystics and Martyrs: 20th Century Carmelite Women,’ a course offered by Mary Gennuso, Ph.D. and listed in the brochure as a three-hour class beginning at 1:00 PM,
is actually a six-hour class beginning at 9:00 AM on March 22.
Chapter 3: In the Light of the Master
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
This beatitude makes us think of the many endless situations of war in our world. Yet we ourselves are often a cause of conflict or at least misunderstanding. For example, I may hear something about someone and I go off and repeat it. I may even embellish it the second time around and keep spreading it… The world of gossip…does not bring peace. Such people are really enemies of peace…
Peacemakers truly “make” peace; they build peace and friendship in society… The word of God exhorts every believer to work for peace… And if there are times in our community when we question what ought to be done, “let us pursue what makes for peace.”
It is not easy to “make” this evangelical peace… It is hard work: it calls for great openness of mind and heart…it must “face conflict head-on, resolve it and make it a link in the chain of a new process.”We need to be artisans of peace, for building peace is a craft that demands serenity, creativity, sensitivity and skill. Sowing peace all around us: That is holiness.[/tatsu_text][/tatsu_column][/tatsu_row][/tatsu_section]
Yes, Lent will soon be here. It is later than last year when Ash Wednesday was on Valentine’s Day. The book, God for Us, is a collection of writings by various contemporary spiritual authors arranged for each day of Lent. One of the writers says that “Lent…is not about becoming lost in feelings of brokenness, but about cleansing the palate so that we can taste life more fully. Lent and Easter reveal the God who is for us in all of life – forour liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness.”
The book begins with an Introduc- tion by the noted writer Ronald Rolheiser, a section on feasts and fasts of Lent, and an opening chapter on Shrove Tuesday. For each day of Lent, there is a commentary on the Scriptures and a prayer to fit the readings. This is a beautifully assembled source for anyone who wants to understand the season better and for inspiration for each day.
God for Us is available in the lobby of the Parish House.
I believe that we are committed to the sentence from today’s Gospel which says: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” But there’s more to this than what most people do: “love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you” and “stop judging; forgive.”These are some of the characteristics of those who seriously follow Jesus and it is challenging. Our first response and our natural inclinations are the opposite: “get even; get the upper hand; I’ll show you.” It takes a lot of humility to say, “I have a long way to go.”We can all think of those times and places where our automatic response was far from what Jesus expects of us, but just because other people do not show a good attitude or are nasty or pushy or inconsiderate, does not mean that we cannot do better. Carry this Gospel with you this week: in your car, on the subway, on the street and I can guarantee this Gospel will speak to you. Jesus believes in us or else he wouldn’t have given us the words in today’s Gospel.
I wanted to share with you what the May 2020 Pilgrimage is about and why we are advertising it so early and taking reservations. The highlight of this Alpine tour is our attending the Passion Play in the town of Oberammergau, Germany. It is held every ten years and features a cast, an orchestra and a choir from this town. In 1634 the Black Plague was wiping out towns throughout Europe. The people of Oberammergau promised God that if they were spared, they would put on a Passion Play every ten years and so here we are at 2020. It is a six hour enactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. There is a break after the first three hours for a dinner break and then back to the remainder of the play. This play draws people from throughout the world and the play runs only from May to September almost daily. This is why we are advertising and taking reservations now so that we will be guaranteed seats and a tour in addition. This is a beautiful part of Germany and Switzerland: the Rhine Valley, Lake Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich in addition to the play. The price includes your flight, ground transportation, hotels, most meals, tickets to the play, and a tour guide. We’ll arrange for daily Mass. Think about it, but don’t wait too long to put down the required deposit.
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
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