The Church of St. Francis of Assisi will be holding a special liturgy for people affected by suicide. This will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 6pm.
This liturgy is for anyone that may have been affected by suicide – those of all faiths or none, you are welcome.
People of all races, ethnicities, social classes and gender take their lives. At times there are warning signs while other times there are not. But no matter what, nothing can prepare us for the loss of a beloved family member or friend from suicide. It leaves us with so many questions as well as feelings of guilt and loss. While we will never fully know why a person ends his or her life, we can turn to prayer for comfort. Through prayer we can voice our pain, loss, anger and confusion. In prayer, we must also remember to lift up those who battle depression, isolation and hopelessness. Everyone is fighting a battle of their own, some are visible and others are not, let us come together and pray with one another.
If you would like to have someone remembered who has been affected by suicide we will speak their names during our prayer of the faithful at this Mass. Please feel free to fill out the form below with their first name.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
All are welcome.
Join us for prayer on World Aids Day,
Tuesday, December 1, 5:30PM.
(in person and on livestream)
On this day, we remember all who have died from HIV and AIDS and those who continue to be affected. We also take this day to raise awareness and recommit to a faithful and dedicated response.
Come and worship with us.
All are welcome!
Join Father Michael Reyes as he walks us through the steps to make your very own advent wreath.
On Saturday, November 28th at 2:30pm
We will be posting a list of supplies very soon, so you can be well-prepared. In addition, the live video will stay up on our website and Facebook. If you aren’t available that day, stop back another time to join in the fun.
HISTORY OF ADVENT WREATHS
The word “Advent” is from the Latin word “adventus”, meaning arrival or coming. The Advent season is a four-week journey to the Christmas event and is a time of quiet growth, eager preparation and joyful anticipation. The Advent wreath itself is an enduring celebration of hope. In olden days, when snowy roads became impassable, farmers would bring their wooden wheels inside and hang them up to keep them from warping. Some people even decorated them with greens or lights as a prayer of hope that the dark winter would soon become a brilliant spring.
MEANING IN ADVENT WREATHS
Our modern Advent wreath is still a symbol of hope, rich with Christian meaning:
- CIRCLE – We use a circle wreath that has no beginning and no end to remind us of God’s unending presence – God was, is and always will be. As a symbol of eternity, we are also reminded that there is no end to God’s love for us and no darkness that God’s light cannot penetrate.
- EVERGREENS – the wreath circle is covered with branches from an evergreen tree that remind us that all life comes from God and that even in the cold grips of winter, life survives in unexpected places.
- CANDLES – adorn the wreath and represent the light of Christ, who said “I am the Light of the World” and came to bring God’s light to all of us.
- COLORS – The traditional colors for Advent candles are purple or blue, which represent both penitence and the kingship of Christ. A pink/rose candle for the third week of Advent to represent joy (Gaudete Sunday). The optional large white candle in the middle is the Christ Candle and represents purity.
Below are three different options for wreaths for you to choose from. Fr. Michael Reyes will demonstrate all three:
Advent: Hope and Healing… Small Scripture Sharing Groups
Advent begins a new liturgical year full of possibilities to deepen our spiritual outlook and intimacy with God. The season encourages us to awaken new hope in God’s plan and promises. Advent can be a season of healing through profound appreciation that the Christ Child longs to be born once again in us. The Savior arrives to free, heal, and deliver us. His coming is personal.
We invite you to journey with the Friars throughout this Advent season by delving deeper into the prophetic texts from the Sunday’s in Advent. This year, we have several schedule options via zoom, to aid in making prayerful introspection a priority in your life this Advent and beyond.
Schedule options for 2020 Advent Small Groups:
- Tuesday Evenings, beginning Dec. 1st | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
(to meet the demand there will be two, Tuesday evening groups)
- Wednesday Midday, beginning Dec. 2nd | 12:30–1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday Evenings, beginning Dec. 2nd | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
(This group is now full. Please chose another option)
- Saturday Mornings, beginning Nov. 28th | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
(Due to lack of demand for this time, this option has been moved to a second Tuesday evening group)
All Sessions are conducted via zoom. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with a personalized link to the zoom session.
We ask that links not be shared.
To register for a group, please fill out the form below. Registration cut-off date: November 30th.
Join us for Advent Vespers (evening prayer) each Monday of Advent as we take time to slow down and pray during this sacred season of hope and expectation. Add some extra time to tend to spiritually prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
Vespers, 5:45 PM in the upper church and on livestream.
Monday, November 30th
Monday, December 7th
Monday, December 14th
Monday, December 21th
What are you waiting for…?
In this time of pandemic…
During these days of division within our nation…
When feeling isolated…
God with us…
God’s love is remembered…
Jesus’ birth is celebrated…
The homeless child radiates hope…
We are reborn…
Will you know him when he comes…?
Will you allow yourself to bask in his love…?
Can you rest in him…?
He lives in you…
Come and join us for a short time of retreat. We will consider the scripture, reflect on our lives, and share in some sacred time together. You can do all this from the comfort of your home. You can be alone or with others. You need not worry about how you are dressed or how you look. Take the time to relax in the Spirit of God’s goodness. Breath in the Spirit of Christmas. Behold. Consider. Contemplate. Long to be transformed in Christ.
Presenter: Fr. Tom Gallagher, O.F.M.
Music by: Meredith Augustin
Friday, December 4th, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
This is a FREE event, but registration is required:
At Mass we remember people, living or deceased, in a special way when a someone offers a Mass intention for their loved one. The Mass intentions are now published online so you can see when your loved one will be remembered at Mass.
If you would like a loved one remembered with a Mass intention, please visit the front desk or call 212-736-8500 ext. 0
The UGNAYAN Filipino Ministry is hosting An Advent Afternoon of Prayer with Fr. Michael Reyes, OFM.
With the advent season coming up, this event gives us an opportunity to see his presentation, pray with the community, meditate quietly and to join the rest of the parish community to celebrate mass at 5:00 pm.
The event is FREE but you must register to attend as we have a limited number of seats.
To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-advent-afternoon-of-prayer-tickets-126468200793?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
We are building a team of volunteers to help us with our livestream of the daily 12 noon mass and our Sunday 11:00am mass. Soon we will begin streaming our 5pm mass on Sunday evening. In addition we have special celebrations throughout the year, like Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and other Masses, which we want to make available to everyone via livestream.
We are also available to livestream your wedding or a funeral.
We are looking for volunteers who want to help with our media ministry tech team! This is a great way to use your tech-savvy gifts for the Church and meet others who are interested in this ministry.
Please consider joining our team.
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