The coronavirus is not keeping our Elect and Candidates for Confirmation from preparing to receive the sacraments this year. The RCIA ministry is still going strong. To do our part for the common good we too are staying home.
Our RCIA community is physically apart but we are virtually together, and more importantly, together in spirit. Our candidates continue to meet at our regular time on Tuesday evenings with Joseph Nuzzi, our Director of Evangelization, and with the RCIA Ministry team. We follow the same format we would in class, with prayer, lecture, small group discussions and large group discussion.
On Sunday we continue to meet online for the Breaking Open of the Word where we study and discuss the Sunday scripture readings together. The ministry team and the candidates are committed to continuing their formation and preparation to celebrate the sacraments at Easter.
Please continue to pray for those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
We invite you to join us for our annual Pardon & Peace service of penance and reconciliation on:
Friday, March 27, at 6:30 PM.
Fr. Dan Kenna, OFM will preach on the story of Zaccheaus’ encounter with Jesus and the call to be better Christians.
Several priests will be available to hear confessions during the service.
Join us as we gather together on this Friday of Lent to prepare for Holy Week and Easter through the celebration of the Word of God and this great sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Archdiocese of New York and other dioceses throughout the United States have implemented precautions in response to the spread of the Coronavirus, urging that we should prepare for its spread in communities across the country. These are the guidelines that are given by archdioceses and dioceses:
- Washing our hands thoroughly, not coughing near one another and not touching our mouth, nose or eyes without first washing them are the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease.
- We will not be offering the Blood of Christ from the cup until further notice.
- Parishioners are strongly encouraged to receive Communion in the hand to prevent saliva from possibly touching the minister’s fingers and being passed onto the next person. This happens very frequently.
- The sign of peace will be given by waving, bowing, a nod of the head. We recommend no physical touching.
- Those who have symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose or feeling unwell are asked to stay home from Mass. Missing Mass when you are sick is not a sin; coming to Mass when you are sick is a sin. You may be spreading your illness to others.
- Please sanitize your hands before coming to Mass. All priests and Eucharistic ministers already wash their hands before Mass.
We will observe these precautions during until further notice. We offer prayers for those have come down with this virus, for health care personnel, and for those working to find an antivirus.
The traditional “Thirteen Tuesdays” before the Feast of St. Anthony begin on Tuesday, March 17.
Devotions to St. Anthony are prayed after every Mass starting at 7:45 AM.
Please join us!
The Feast of St. Anthony will be celebrated on Saturday, June 13.
WHY ARE WE ASKING EVERYONE TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE GIVING?
The simple answer is that online giving is the best way to give to the church. That is because it fits with how we pay for things today. We use our credit card to pay for purchases online. We pay for our metrocard with a credit card. Many of us use our credit card for our gym membership, or if we support the museum, or public radio, or whatever we pay for daily and monthly. It’s how we live today.
But we also have found that people who use the online giving tool are generally the most serious about their financial support of St. Francis. Our average donation online is $25.00 per week, whereas our average in pew weekly donation is only $4.00.
This is because people who give online take their support of the church seriously. They think about what they can afford to give, and they commit to it. This is what we all need to do as members of the church.
SIGN UP TODAY:
You can sign up for online giving and create a recurring weekly or monthly donation. You can sign up right now by clicking HERE.
If you have any questions about our online giving tool, or about our stewardship campaign in general please email Joseph Nuzzi at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed WHY we are called to give, here it is again:
JESUS DID NOT CALL CONSUMERS… HE CALLED MISSIONARIES.
As followers of Jesus we are called to continue his Mission. This means living the Gospel and bringing God’s love to our families, among our friends, and in our places of work. But it also means making sure that our community is able to be fed by the Word of God and the Eucharist, and to make sure that the Gospel is preached in word and action in our local church. When we financially support the church, we are not simply paying bills, we are also fulfilling the demands placed upon us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH HAS ITS PRIVILEGES AND IT COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITY
We are all called to be good stewards of the material blessings we receive from God through our hard work, talents and abilities.
Part of that stewardship, since biblical times, has been understood to include using a portion of our income to support our religious institutions and some to help the poor and disadvantaged. In the Bible, we are asked to contribute 10% of our income as our tithe. Today at St. Francis we ask our members and guests to contribute ONE HOUR of our work week to support the church. This comes to a tithe of 2.5%. This is the sacrificial giving we ask our people to commit to.
Many people do not understand how the finances of Church work. Here are some FAQ’s of questions we commonly hear at St. Francis that might help clarify some questions.
But the bottom line is this: each parish community in the US must raise the funds it needs to pay its bills from the people who attend the church. That means here at St. Francis it is our responsibility to contribute to the budget to keep our parish church running.
Unfortunately today, many people who attend Mass regularly simply never think about their financial responsibility to the church. We see often at Mass people who search in their pockets or purses for whatever they can find during the collection. This should not be.
Each of us, as a full fledge member of the Church, should know and commit to what we can afford do give to support the Church. And that support should be a sacrificial offering. It should not be an afterthought.
If you simply cannot effort to give 2.5% then look at your budget, and decide what you can give, and commit to it. That is what we are all called to do. But without each of us doing our part, our church cannot survive.
Below is a table comparing February 2019 collections to our current February 2020 collections.
Our collections are up from last year, which is great, but as you can we are still 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 want to thank everyone who supports the Church of St. Francis throughout the year. Our income comes only from our members and visitors who financially support our community. Click here to read some FAQ’s about our finances.
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%
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