The flowers and plants that decorate our church at Easter are a sign of our joy in the Resurrection of Christ and our hope in the resurrection of those who have gone before us.
They have been donated in memory of:
James Edward Ahearn
Inang at Amang
Vilma Arthur & the Luscombe Family
Bernadette Jean Augustin
Jerome Abellard Augustin
Marion R. & Frank T. Burns
Joan and George Call
Genara Henandez Castro
Orlo R. Clark
Eileen Patricia Collins
Michael & Mary Cosie
Bertha & Charles Degnan
Danilo T. Diaz
Amelia Diaz Manaog
Tom & Tereasa Dolan
Cecilia Astorga Ferraro
Peter, Joanna, Joan, Sheila & Mary Foley
Luisa Lorna Z. Gatchalian
Jose Padilla Genito
Jane R. & Charles Janiak
Karen Lynn Kemp
Mr. & Mrs. George E. Kemp III
Monika and Rainer Klier
Marjorie & David Kraniak
Mitchell J. Krask
Sr. Jo Laurienzo, SND
Lydia & Charles Lawrence
Le, Kane & McCarthy Families
Angela Clyde Lee & Family
Marciano, Jacela, Cirilo & Josephina Lopez
Claudia M. Louis
Bernice F. McCray
Thomas (Al) McCready
Holly Jean McCready
Kam Wong McCready
McGee & Schneider Families
Annelore and Peter Mitchell
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Brien
Onesefedo & Marcelina Pacina
Mary & Bob Paddock
Robert & Frances Pouzar
Michael F. Reilly Sr.
Eric A. Rivera
Jessie Q. & Alfred Sotto
Mr. & Mrs. Chee Tam
Marion & Eugene Thomas
Ruth & Larry Thorne
Cezar Augusto Umadac
Venditti & Rodriguez Families
Carmen & Fernando Virola
Julian, Lourdes, Ben & Ann Young
May & Wilfred
Elle & Sr. Consuela
For the Special Intentions of:
Carla Ann Roudette Brown
Sedfrey & Kathleen
The Paschal Candle and Easter flowers
have been donated for the special intentions of
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A Blessed and Happy Easter!
We hear these words in today’s Gospel: “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark and saw the stone removed from the tomb.” After experiencing the torture and crucifixion of Jesus and having her heart broken through it all, now the tomb was empty. St. John often puts in phrases that we can easily overlook; the phrase that I am referring to is “it was dark.” St. John uses this to show not just the darkness of the night, but the “darkness” in the followers of Christ because of His death. Their faith and hope in Jesus was gone… or was it? His resurrection reassures us that even though there is often “darkness” in our lives, it is the Lord who strengthens and enlivens our hope. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
Congratulations to our Elect who have been baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist. Congratulations to our candidates for completing their initiation into the church. You are an inspiration to us and we are happy that you are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Congratulations to Joe Nuzzi and the RCIA Team for journeying with this group since September. It is always a great joy for me to preside at the Easter Vigil and celebrate the Easter sacraments with these brothers and sisters. May the Lord continue to bless and guide you!
Thank you to Fr. Timothy Shreenan, Director of Liturgy; Edward Trochimczuk, Director of Volunteer Ministries; and Meredith Augustin, Director of Music. A special thanks to all the cantors, organists, choir, musicians, altar servers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and ministers of hospitality who were so helpful throughout the Triduum. You are a blessing to us!
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
The Easter collection makes up an important portion of our annual budget at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Our annual operating budget is about $3,300,000.
This is what it costs to provide the beautiful liturgies by which we worship God, the programs to teach the Gospel to converts and to Catholics seeking to deepen their knowledge of the faith, to be able to provide access to the sacrament of Reconciliation each day as well as the many daily and weekend Masses we offer. This budget also helps us reach out to the poor and those in need through our Migrant Center, Counseling Center and Spiritual Direction. This all comes with costs for security, utilities and the maintenance of our buildings which are over 100 years old.
We pay our bills solely through the generosity of our parishioners and visitors who contribute to this important sanctuary in the heart of New York City.
You can help by making a special offering for Easter.
Thank you and God Bless you at this most sacred time of year.
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion • April 14
Saturday Vigil Masses (April 13): 4:00 and 5:15 PM Sunday Masses: 8:00, 9:15 (Korean), 9:30 (Lower Church), 11:00 AM, 12:30, 5:00, and 6:15 PM
Confessions: 8:30 to 9:30 AM; 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM; 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Holy Thursday • April 18
Masses: 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet and Procession to the Repository: 6:00 PM
Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Korean): 8:00 PM
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Good Friday • April 19
Morning Prayer (Lower Church): 8:30 AM
The Seven Last Words: 12:00 Noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross, A Scriptural Journey: 5:30 PM
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Korean): 8:00 PM
Confessions: 7:30 to 8:30 AM; 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Holy Saturday • April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter: 6:30 PM
The Upper Church will remain closed until 6:00 PM.
There are no Saturday afternoon Vigil Masses.
The Great Vigil of Easter (Korean): 9:00 PM
There will be no confessions on Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday • April 21
Masses: 8:00, 9:15 (Korean), 9:30 (Lower Church), 11:00 AM, 12:30 & 5:00 PM
There will be no 6:15 PM Mass and no confessions on Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday • April 22
Mass at 11:30 AM only
There are no confessions on Easter Monday and the church offices and adult education center are closed.
Note: All Masses are in the upper church unless specified; all Confessions are in the lower church.
Also Note: The 32nd street door will be EXIT ONLY while Holy Week services are in progress. Once the service begins everyone must enter from 31st street. The elevator is for handicapped only.
This is a performance of song, story and prayer inviting all Christians to risk encountering Jesus in the blessing and bruising of daily life.
april 12 / 7:30pm
st. francis of assisi nyc
135 w 31st st, new york, ny 10001
Online ticket sales are now closed. You may purchase your tickets at the door for $25.
During Holy Week the Chrism Mass is celebrated in every cathedral in the world in preparation for the Easter Triduum. Only a bishop can consecrate chrism, pure olive oil infused with rich fragrance, so this liturgy is a sign of the unity of the local Church and the bishop’s ministry to all who will be baptized and confirmed in our parishes in the coming year. Chrism is also used in the ordination of priests and bishops and the consecration of new altars. Two other sacramental oils, the unscented olive oil for catechumens and
for the sick, will be blessed in the same liturgy and transported carefully to every parish by the beginning of the Triduum.
Remember when Noah’s dove returned with the sign of the world’s rebirth? The dove carried an olive branch, a pledgethat God was breathing the world to life again. Yet olives require human nurture. Olives are inedible unless they are cured by human labor. Olive trees grow on sunny slopes, away from the shade of city walls, so they can only be properly tended, cured, and laboriously pressed in peace time. The Chrism Mass with its olive oils expresses God’s deepest desires for us, and our resolve to place our lives in service to God’s saving, healing, loving plan.
© J. S. Paluch Co.
Below is a table comparing March 2018 collections to our current March 2019 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. This comes to a tithe of 2.5%
Thank you to all of you who are already doing your part.
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