This is a 6-session series on Pope Francis’s recent book “Let Us Dream.” In “Let Us Dream” the pope addresses the current state of our world: Covid, the economy, the environment – and discusses these current issues in light of the eternal good news of the gospel. The pope writes, “To come out of this crisis better, we have to see clearly, choose well, and act right. Let’s talk about how. Let us dare to dream.”
Fr. Steve and Fr. Michael will facilitate group discussions of Pope Francis’ vision and dreams
Participants should come with their own copy of the book available online or at local bookstores.
Instructors: Fr. Steve Patti, OFM and Fr. Michael Carnevale, OFM
Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM
October 6, 2021 – November 13, 2021 (no class October 13th)
Covid regulations: we ask that participants wear masks during class
Flowers bring so much joy and beauty to all celebrations!
Help us celebrate the feast of our patron saint, Francis of Assisi.
As we celebrate St. Francis on October 4th, the church will be decorated with magnificent flowers. All of his teaching, preaching, healing and seeking what was lost gave glory to God. He used his gifts well. Let us fill the church with the beauty of God’s creation in honor of a saint who loved nature so much.
You are invited to donate flowers in memory of a loved one or for a special intention.
Type your intention in the space below and it will be listed in the worship aid for the feast and on our website. The names and intentions must be received by September 29, 2021.
Click here for a complete list of FRANCIS WEEK 2021 events.
Continuation of the spring course where we will examine the parables and the messages they contain, particularly considering various types and themes, especially the advent of the kingdom of God, reversal elements in the parables, and the action and response they evoke. The parables contain many layers for review and reflection, including core words of Jesus, other narrative characters, and early church views. In addition, we will look at scholarship and commentaries on the parables and examine similarities and contrasts in the parallels between the various versions. Finally, we will consider the relevance of these scriptures for our current lives and how we can respond to the parables.
Required Text: Bible.
Instructor: Mary J. Gennuso, Ph.D.
Saturday Oct 16th
Time: 9AM-12 noon
This is a ZOOM Meeting only
We will begin by reading Silas Marner, the third novel by Mary Ann Evens, published under the pen name of George Eliot. This classic story of a somewhat solitary weaver is also a tale of sin and redemptive love. Considered one of the masterpieces of Victorian literature, Middlemarch was initially published in installments between 1871 and 1872. Detailing frustrated aspirations and the difficult marriages of Dorothea Brooke to Edward Casaubon and Tertius Lydgate to Rosamond Vincy , the novel also provides, as its subtitle suggests, a multifaceted examination of provincial life.
Course Texts: Silas Marner and Middlemarch. (Middlemarch was revised in 1874; most available texts will include those revisions.)
Instructor: Sr. Fran McManus, RSM
Thursdays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 18, 2021
This is a ZOOM course only
Fr. Mychal Judge was the FDNY Chaplain who lost his life at World Trade Center on 9/11 2001.
We Honor FDNY, NYPD, PAPD Heroes of that fateful day. We honor those who now serve and protect us.
This Walk was founded by NYPD Detective Steven McDonald. Steven passed from line of duty injuries in January of 2017.
He said we must never forget what happened on 911. He had the knowledge and foresight to see the importance of this Walk. The 911 Walk Team carries on this mission.
We honor the memory of those lost on 911 as we trace the path of Father Mychal Judge in the spirit of prayer and remembrance!
- 8:00 AM Mass, Church of St. Francis of Assisi (upper church)
- 9:30 AM Rosary at St Francis of Assisi Church (outside the main entrance)
- 10:00 AM Walk begins at E1L24 FDNY (across street from St. Francis on 31st street)
- circa 12:00 PM Walk concludes at St Peters Church on Barclay Street
All are invited to walk the route down 7th Ave that Father Mychal and so many other travelled that day.
FDNY, NYPD, PAPD will be honored as we pray and remember!
A new song cycle commemorating the life, ministry and death of FDNY chaplain Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, “The Saint of 9/11”
Music by Kevin Salfen
Libretto by Rick Davis
Richard Novak, Tenor
Ames Asbell, Viola
Joey Martin, Piano
For more information see: www.stationsofmychal.com
Performances at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi
7:00 PM, Friday, September 10, 2021 and
1:30 PM, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Free and open to the public. Free will donations accepted for Mychal Judge Charities.
The government has made available rent relief and additional food relief through the P-EBT program for parents who have children ages 5-15.
Please inform yourself about these support systems if you need them.
The St. Francis Adult Education Center will reopen sometime after Labor Day this year. The renovation is now complete and we are waiting to order new furniture: chairs, desks and conference tables, for the building to be ready to be used again. This project was funded by funds made available through our Renew and Rebuild campaign and we want to thank all of the donors to that campaign who made this project possible and others possible.
The Center is used for Adult Education courses, ministry meetings, catechesis of children and we also host a variety of 12 step groups.
Obviously space is limited and we are committed to welcoming back those groups who have a history of meeting at St. Francis of Assisi. They will be giving priority as we rebuild our schedule. After those groups who were meeting at St. Francis have a chance to request their days and times, we will then take new requests if we are able.
The below form is intended only for those groups who were meeting at St. Francis prior to the shut down due to the pandemic. We ask those groups to submit their requests no later than August 18, 2021.
Please note: while our goal is to open as soon as possible we have not yet set a definitive date for reopening. Reopening will depend on when the new furniture arrives.
We invite all of you to join us this Saturday, August 21 at 11AM as the Holy Name Province welcomes three brothers for their Solemn Profession.
It will be a beautiful celebration that takes place in the upper church.
It is especially special for us here at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, as one of the men came from our pews, Brother James Bernard.
If time allows, please plan to join us for this special day.
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