Labor Day is Monday, September 4, 2023
Here is our Holiday Schedule:
Mass at 12:00 PM
There are no confessions on Labor Day
Church offices and the Adult Education Center will be closed for the day.
Have a restful and safe holiday!
Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation, along with Baptism and First Eucharist. Most Catholics in the US receive Confirmation in their teen years. Some Catholics, for one reason or another, find themselves needing to receive this sacrament as an adult. This is totally fine, and we can help!
At St. Francis of Assisi we regularly assist Catholic adults who want to receive Confirmation.
Here are some reasons why you should complete your Confirmation:
Our confirmation preparation will begin Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM. Classes are held every Tuesday at 6:30.
To find out more about our Confirmation preparation please call or email Joseph Nuzzi at 212-736-8500 x365 or email@example.com
or fill out this form below:
Can you sponsor our Ice Cream Social?
We are looking for people to sponsor our Sundae Sunday for the 3rd Sunday of September after the 5:00pm mass. The cost of 3 flavors ice cream, toppings and cups is $150.00.
If you can help, sponsor any part or all of the social please contact Edward Trochimczuk (212)-736-8500 x361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To All at St. Francis,
Matthew 16: 21-28
Why would anybody want to be a Christian? Denying yourself. Carrying your cross. Following Jesus? Why would anyone want to do that? Today’s Gospel is about the difficult task of following Jesus. Why do we do it? Why do we encourage others to do it?
Look at the Book of Acts, the believers are persecuted and even killed and yet the church continued to grow! Why would anyone want to be a Christian? Why would anyone want to be part of a. group that was being persecuted, jailed, and killed? What was/is it about Christians that would make others want to join them-even with the threat of suffering? What is (or should be) so attractive about Christians that others are willing to share in those benefits in spite of the difficulties?
Jesus’ scandalous call, then to take up the cross and follow is a call to martyrdom, to die as Jesus does. Such is the risk of continuing Jesus’ countercultural work of proclaiming and demonstrating God’s kingdom here on earth.
Peter who we thought he knew who Jesus is You are the Christ, Son of the living God but fails to believe that Jesus would have to suffer and die. Jesus’ rebuke Get behind me Satan, indicates the Peter here, like Satan in the temptation story, is trying to lead Jesus away from the suffering and death of the cross.
So why be a Christian? Because we are not afraid of death or dying. We know that the power of the Resurrection is stronger than death. We are sons and daughters of the living God.
Peace & All Good,
WALK DUBLIN WITH JAMES JOYCE
We will read Dubliners in which readers will find no plainer English, humanity, humor or genius as Joyce sets out to paint a vivid picture of Dublin. The course concludes with a viewing and discussion of John Huston’s “The Dead,” the last story in Dubliners and possibly the finest story in the English language.
Students can purchase a copy of Dubliners from booksellers or online.
Instructor: Edward Kent, O.S.F., M.A.
Mondays, Oct. 16 – November 20
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
CATHOLICISM 101: THE LITURGICAL YEAR
This seven-week course is designed to give participants an introduction to the Church’s liturgical year. We will study the Church’s calendar of feasts and celebrations. Using the axiom: “We celebrate what we believe” we will study the structure, history and meaning of the most important celebrations and seasons on the Catholic calendar. We will study how the fundamental beliefs of our faith are all contained in our church calendar and what priority each is given.
Textbook: The Liturgical Year: It’s History and Meaning after the Reform of the Liturgy by Adolf Adam (The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN: 1990).
available here: The Liturgical Year: Its History and Its Meaning After the Reform of the Liturgy: Adolf Adam;
Instructor: Joseph Nuzzi, M.A.
Wednesdays, October 11 – November 29, 2023 (no class Nov. 22)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Clare Room (in person)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Clare Room (in person and on ZOOM)