::: PRE-PRIDE FESTIVE MASS :::
Saturday | June 29 | 5:15 p.m.
Fr. James Martin, S.J. will be presiding.
::: ALL ARE WELCOME :::
LGBT+ or LGBT+ Ally, all are welcome to attend our beautiful celebration.
::: UNITE IN LOVE WITH US :::
Our LGBT+ Ministry at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is hosting a weekend of inclusion and prayer. Decorations will festoon our beautiful church and reflect our signature, LGBT+ Ministry colors that have a deep meaning behind them.
::: LET’S CELEBRATE :::
We invite you to our United In Love Celebration, reminding you that you’re beautiful in the eyes of God. You are worthy and wanted. Beautiful. Accepted. Needed. And most importantly, you are lovable.
Identifying as Catholic and gay or lesbian and can sometimes be a challenge, however, we accept you #AsYouAre.
As a ministry, together we recognize that all people are truly created in God’s image and likeness.
::: ONE COLOR, ONE PROMISE :::
When celebrating with us, we have four promises that reflect the environment we’re designing—there’s one promise for every color showcased in our icon.
Green = Safety
We promise you a safe, authentically loving environment.
Yellow = Acceptance
We promise you acceptance with a smile and desire to know more about you.
Blue = Inclusion
We promise you inclusion with open arms and a warm hug.
Pink = Support
We promise you support, as your heart opens up through the good times and those times that are challenging.
Join the celebration of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi’s 175th Anniversary and help secure many more years of sharing the Gospel, celebrating the sacraments and reaching out to those in need in midtown Manhattan by becoming a sponsor for our 175th Anniversary Commemorative Book.
This will be a keepsake book containing the history of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the life and ministries of our community today as well as ads and commemorations from donors.
All ads and donors will receive a complimentary copy of the book.
Only one complimentary copy per person.
Ideas for full pages, half pages and quarter pages:
Advertise your business and show your support for your local community with a full color custom ad of your design
Offer congratulations on your behalf or on behalf of your family to the Church and / or the Franciscan Friars.
Remember your loved ones with an ad in their honor and in support of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. You can include photographs, dates, scripture passages or messages of love.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, PATRON SAINT OF ANIMALS, PET ADS
St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals, so for the first time, we will dedicate a section of ads to celebrate the special pets in your life.
You may also be listed as a donor, or memorialize individuals or families in our
Donor / In Memoriam lists.
$50.00 per name, couple, or family name
(i.e. John Smith, John & Jane Smith, or The Smith Family)
click here to order online
Click the button below for a .pdf of our order form with instructions and to place an ad.
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place:
St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 175
As part of our parish’s year-long jubilee celebration, the St. Francis Adult Education Center is offering a three-week summer program that will look at our parish’s past and present through several lenses: the biblical, the historical, the theological and the artistic. St. Francis of Assisi Parish offers a case study in what it means to be the Catholic Church in America and an oasis of spirituality in the secular city.
12:00–1:15 PM OR 6:15–7:30 PM
San Damiano Hall, 129 West 31st Street
Week One: Biblical Perspectives
Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M.
Wednesday and Thursday: July 17 & 18
For centuries, God’s holy temple in Jerusalem was the central shrine of Israel’s faith. It was thought to be God’s dwelling place on earth, God’s “headquarters” for governing his good creation, the meeting ground between God’s space and human space. How did the biblical writers understand the complex inter-relationship between a sacred building, the God to whom it was dedicated, the community of faith that worshiped there, and the larger world which that community was sent out to transform? How might this biblical understanding of temple inform our own understanding of the relationship between a parish church, a parish community, and a parish’s mission to and for the world?
Week Two:Historical Perspectives
Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: July 23, 24 & 25
The 175-year history of St. Francis of Assisi Parish is a microcosm of the Catholic Church in America. From its roots as an immigrant church, through its many adaptations to the shifting fortunes of the neighborhood in which it is inserted, to its pastoral response to radical changes in the Church and society, our parish has endeared itself to millions of New Yorkers as a place of refuge and welcome, of healing and reconciliation, of lively worship and direct service to the poor. Few historians in the United States are more qualified to tell the story and trace the history of the parish within the wider context of American church history than Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., and even fewer can do so in as lively and engaging a way.
Week Three: Theological and Artistic Perspectives
Joseph Nuzzi and Fr. Timothy Shreenan, O.F.M.
Tuesday and Wednesday: July 30 & 31
What does it mean to be a parish today? What does it mean to be the Church in a specific place like West 31st Street in Manhattan, at a specific time in human history like 2019? Whether you are or are not a parishioner at St. Francis, these questions about the role and relevance a local Catholic Christian community offer stimulating points for reflection and discussion about your own experience of welcome, worship and witness in the parish of your choice. The course will conclude with an exploration of the art and architecture of St. Francis Church and how what we see in this church building challenges us to be the church in New York City and beyond.
175th Anniversary Raffle
$1,000 First Prize
$500 Second Prize
$250 Third Prize
Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00
On sale at the reception desk in the lobby of St. Francis House
The drawing will be held at the Gala on September 20
You do not have to be present to win.
Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Minister Provincial of Holy Name Province will be the principal celebrant at a Mass on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 PM for Fr. Dominic Ternan, O.F.M. on the 75th Anniversary of his death during World War II.
Fr. Dominic’s first assignment was at St. Francis of Assisi from 1937 to 1942. His next assignment was as a U.S. Army chaplain. He successfully landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 where he blessed many dead bodies and wounded soldiers. On June 19th, while ministering to a wounded sergeant, he was killed by a German sniper in Chateau Sevigny, France. Fr. Dominic was the first Franciscan to be awarded the Silver Star.
Members of Fr. Dominic’s family, as well as clergy from Jesuit schools from which Dominic graduated, and a U.S. Army Color Guard from West Point will be present.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Below is a table comparing May 2018 collections to our current May 2019 collections.
As you can see our collections have gone down and we are not making our budget.
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.
We wish all fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!
From Sunday, June 16, through Monday, June 24, we will remember all fathers, living and deceased, enrolled in our Father’s Day Novena of Masses.
We take this special occasion to say “thank you” and pray that God will always guide and bless those who gave us life.
A Blessed and Happy Fathers’ Day! Thank you for your Fatherly care!
“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” How many times have we made the sign of the cross in our lives? It is such a basic, yet important prayer that we learned at a young age along with “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.” This describes not only the relationship between the Three, but it describes a relationship of love, of giving, and of sharing this with humanity. You and I are recipients of the outpouring of love that comes from the Trinity. Be mindful today as you worship and throughout the week when you make the Sign of the Cross that you pray the words with gratitude.
Television programs and news articles on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day make us aware of the bravery and sacrifice our young people showed in destroying the evil powers that were taking over Europe in the 1940’s. If you have ever been to the cliffs and beaches where our troops landed, you are overcome with admiration for what was done there. On June 19, 1944 one of our young Friars, Fr. Dominic Ternan, was killed in action. Fr. Dominic had served here at St. Francis Church before going into the service as a chaplain. We will honor the 75th Anniversary of his death at the 5:30 PM Mass this Wednesday, June 19. All are invited.
A special thanks to all those who worked on the Feast of St. Anthony! Thank you so much for the time you gave and the love that you showed the many people who came here that day. God bless you!
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
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