The Saint Francis Korean Community invites you to the 21st Annual Bazaar
on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 10 AM to 5 PM on Broadway between 31st & 32nd Streets
A drawing will be held at 4 PM and winners will be announced on our website, stfrancisnyc.org. Raffle Tickets are on sale now at the Reception desk: 1 for $2 & 6 for $10.
Below is a table comparing April 2018 collections to our current April 2019 collections.
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.
“Lord… help me to know that I am following in your footsteps.”To act in this way presumes a heart set at peace by Christ, freed from the aggressiveness born of overweening egotism. That same peacefulness, the fruit of grace, makes it possible to preserve our inner trust and persevere in goodness, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”… Standing firm in the Lord, the Rock, we can sing: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Christ, in a word, “is our peace”; he came “to guide our feet into the way of peace.” As he told St. Faustina Kowalska, “Man- kind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy.” So let us not fall into the temptation of looking for security in success, vain pleasures, possessions, power over others or social status. Jesus says, “My peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world gives peace.”
Goal for St. Francis Church: $113,500
Amount pledged to date: $38,971 (last report: $29,221)
Number of Gifts: 58 (last report: 51)
Number of Potential Givers: 1,665
Since the last report, 7 people have contributed gifts totalling nearly $10,000 to make a significant movement toward our goal. If you were not able to give to Renew and Rebuild, this is an opportunity to help support the various services which come from the Archdiocese to help parishes run smoothly, as well as Catholic education, priestly formation and emergency aid for poor parishes for capital improvements such as roof and boiler repairs.
Please designate your gift for “St. Francis of Assisi, New York” where it says “parish.”
We have been hearing sections of the Book of Revelation for several Sundays and today we hear this beautiful passage: “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes…” Reading this over and over, allowing it to sink into our minds and hearts has a very calming and reassuring effect on us. This is where and what God chooses to be, and this is the relationship that God chooses to have with us. The reading also says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Our celebration of this Easter season and what we are offered is what we need during these unsettling times. When we are more attentive to this, we are different and if the world were more attentive, many things would be different.
I hope to see you at the Korean Bazaar this Sunday afternoon. It is held on Broadway between 31st and 32nd Street just a short walk from the church. You will find many wonderful Korean food specialties, drinks, tents filled with items to buy, and a raffle.
The Korean drum group will lead a short parade to Broadway and perform for everyone. It is only one day, so don’t miss it. The Bazaar takes much planning and many people to set it up and take it down and work throughout the day. See you there!
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
We wish all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day!
From Sunday, May 12, through Monday, May 20, we will remember at daily Mass all mothers, living and deceased, in our Mother’s Day Novena.
We take this special occasion to say “thank you” and pray that God will always cherish those who gave us life.
Chapter 4: Signs of Holiness in Today’s World
Humility can only take root in the heart through humiliations. Without them, there is no humility or holiness. If you are unable to suffer and offer up a few humiliations, you are not humble and you are not on the path to holiness. The holiness that God bestows on his church comes through the humiliation of his Son. He is the way.
Humiliation makes you resemble Jesus; it is an unavoidable aspect of the imitation of Christ. For “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” In turn, he reveals the humility of the Father, who condescends to journey with his people, enduring their infidelities and com- plaints. For this reason, the apostles, after suffering humiliation, rejoiced “that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for [Jesus’] name.”
Here, I am… speaking…about the daily humiliations of those who keep silent to save their families, who prefer to praise others rather than boast about themselves or who choose the less welcome tasks, at times even choosing to bear injustice… ” If when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.”
“We should glory in the Cross
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered.”
“Behold the wood of the Cross on which hung the salvation of the world.”
Jesus Christ, yesterday and today,
you are the Beginning and the End,
the Alpha and the Omega.
All times and all ages belong to you.
To you be glory and power through every Age,
forever and ever! Amen!
Christ is Risen!
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