Our 175th Anniversary year will culminate this fall with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th. Please join us as we close our 175th Anniversary!
175th Anniversary Gala Cocktail Party
September 20, 2019, 7:00 PM
Enjoy time with friars, other parishioners and friends of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi with food, music and cocktails as we celebrate this momentous moment in the life of our beloved church.
Tickets: $50 (will be available soon)
175th Anniversary Commemorative Book Release
Capturing our history and vibrant spirit, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi: Welcome, Worship & Witness in the Heart of New York offers readers a colorful keepsake to commemorate our parish’s 175th anniversary.
This handsome limited edition book includes chapters on our history (“Humble Beginnings and a Hopeful Future”), parish life (“We Are St. Francis!”), and the liturgical year (“Times and Seasons”).
Our 175th Anniversary Commemorative Book will be released during the Gala on September 20. Anyone in attendance who contributed a memorial or donation will be able to pick up their complimentary book at the event. Books will also be available for purchase at $20.00 .
These commemorative books will also be available for sale at the reception desk in the Parish House after September 20th.
Or you may purchase your book online and have it shipped to you for $25.00.
Click HERE to order your book today.
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.
Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi
October 3, 2019, 7:00 PM
Each year on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Franciscans around the world commemorate the passing of this beloved saint at a special prayer service called the Transitus. If you have never attended this moving commemoration of St. Francis’ final moments please consider joining us during our 175th anniversary celebrations.
175th Anniversary Festive Mass
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2019, 5:30 PM
Our year will come to a close the best way we know how, with a festive celebration of the Eucharist on the feast of our Patron Saint.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be joining us and presiding at the Mass. He will be joined by Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province, as well as our Pastor, Fr. Andrew Reitz, OFM, our friars in ministry at St. Francis and visiting friars from the Province.
Everyone is welcome to join us as we thank God for 175 years of ministry, grace and love in this sacred place.
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research and the use f the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolves them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and the dignity of the human person.
Gaudium et Spes 1965: Whatever insults human dignity such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children as well as disgraceful working conditions where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons, all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society…
175th Anniversary Gala Cocktail Party
September 20, 2019, 7:00 PM, San Damiano Hall
Enjoy time with friars, other parishioners and friends of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi with food, music, cocktails and dancing as we celebrate this momentous moment in the life of our beloved church.
Click here to purchase your ticket today. Tickets are limited.
Are you interested in exploring Catholicism for yourself? Do you know someone who might be interested in finding out more about our faith? Were you baptized in another Christian church and are thinking about joining the Catholic Church? Are you Catholic but never received Confirmation or First Communion?
Our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM starting September 10, 2019.
These classes are designed for people who may or may not be sure that they want to join the Catholic church. We present a comprehensive overview of Catholic faith and traditions designed for adults. Anyone inquiring into the Catholic faith may attend these sessions with no obligations. The RCIA is free for anyone exploring Catholicism.
If you would like to find out more about our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, please contact: Joseph Nuzzi, Director of Evangelization; 212-736-8500, Ext. 365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vacancy created by the death of Father Anselm Kennedy on June 12, 1929 was soon filled by the appointment of Father Mathias Faust, who was the Guardian of the Franciscan community at 31st Street since 1925. In 1931 he would be elected to serve as Minister Provincial for a third term, but during his two short years as Pastor he managed to plan and complete the lower church known as the National Shrine of Saint Anthony of Padua.
When the construction of the lower church was first conceived by Father Mathias, there immediately arose among the artists the idea of bringing to American soil something of the style of the medieval Franciscan sanctuaries. The execution of this idea in the crypt of St. Francis of Assisi was proclaimed as a work of art unequaled in its beauty.
Shortly after the lower church was dedicated on November 1, 1931, a perpetual Christmas Crib was installed. The glass-encased shrine reproduces three distinct scenes in the life of the infant Jesus: the Nativity, the Flight into Egypt, and the Hidden Life of the Holy Family in Nazareth. In a vault of blue sky over the crib are hundreds of twinkling stars. The alcove is which the crib is set is separated by a large glass panel with a kneeling bench placed before it. Within the crib is a relic taken from the grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The statues of the crib were made by the Liturgical Art Company of Munich, Germany. While it is common for all Catholic churches to have a Nativity scene during the Christmas season, many of the Franciscan churches in Europe have a year-round crib as a permanent reminder of St. Francis’ devotion to the Christ Child and the first Christmas Crib he built at Greccio in 1223. The Incarnation remains central to Franciscan spirituality and devotion, and this is symbolized by the presence of the perpetual crib in the lower church.
This series of articles on the history of our parish is adapted from the writings of Fr. Flavian Walsh, O.F.M., Pastor from 1985-87.
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.
Below is a table comparing July 2018 collections to our current July 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.
Here’s an opportunity to witness our faith in the public square that we are reviving: Saint Francis Walks.
Friars, staff and parishioners of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi plan to walk in solidarity with the people
of New York City in Breast Cancer Walk, Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk, AIDS Walk, as well as many other opportunities to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers.
For more information, contact Fr. Julian Jagudilla, O.F.M. at email@example.com.
St. Luke’s Gospel for today says: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate…” Jesus was responding to a question from his disciples when they asked: “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus invites us all to listen to him, to pay attention to him, to learn from him, and ultimately to choose to follow him and to have that choice show forth in our day to day living. It is a choice; it is a day-to-day choice. This choice makes us who we are. We know, as Jesus knew, that not all people have made that choice, or that they are lukewarm in their following of him. The gate is not narrow for those who have chosen Jesus as their way, their truth and their life. It is interesting that the Lord’s call “Come, follow me” is not a call given only once. Throughout our lives he repeats it, especially when we may find life confusing or difficult or even when we are getting lukewarm. The call is there when we listen.
Please join me in welcoming Bro. James Hamilton, C.F.C., who will be speaking at all Masses for the Society for the Propagation Faith. This Office assists missionaries in bringing the Good News of the Gospel to people throughout the world.
Congratulations to our Franciscan Brothers, Javier del Angel de los Santos, and Roberto Serrano, who made their solemn profession of vows at St. Francis Church this weekend. This is a commitment to live the Franciscan way of life for the rest of their lives.
A new feature in our weekly bulletin for the next few weeks will be Themes from Catholic Social Teaching. These themes come from a treasure of documents that go back to the late 1800’s on various themes that have been dealt with by each of the Popes. They respond to various issues in society from the point of view of what the Scriptures and church tradition have to say. The principles contained in these documents are based on Sacred Scripture. The first of these themes is included in today’s bulletin.
-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M
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