How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place:
St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 175
As part of our parish’s year-long jubilee celebration, the St. Francis Adult Education Center is offering a three-week summer program that will look at our parish’s past and present through several lenses: the biblical, the historical, the theological and the artistic. St. Francis of Assisi Parish offers a case study in what it means to be the Catholic Church in America and an oasis of spirituality in the secular city.
12:00–1:15 PM OR 6:15–7:30 PM
San Damiano Hall, 129 West 31st Street
Week One: Biblical Perspectives
Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M.
Wednesday and Thursday: July 17 & 18
For centuries, God’s holy temple in Jerusalem was the central shrine of Israel’s faith. It was thought to be God’s dwelling place on earth, God’s “headquarters” for governing his good creation, the meeting ground between God’s space and human space. How did the biblical writers understand the complex inter-relationship between a sacred building, the God to whom it was dedicated, the community of faith that worshiped there, and the larger world which that community was sent out to transform? How might this biblical understanding of temple inform our own understanding of the relationship between a parish church, a parish community, and a parish’s mission to and for the world?
Week Two:Historical Perspectives
Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: July 23, 24 & 25
The 175-year history of St. Francis of Assisi Parish is a microcosm of the Catholic Church in America. From its roots as an immigrant church, through its many adaptations to the shifting fortunes of the neighborhood in which it is inserted, to its pastoral response to radical changes in the Church and society, our parish has endeared itself to millions of New Yorkers as a place of refuge and welcome, of healing and reconciliation, of lively worship and direct service to the poor. Few historians in the United States are more qualified to tell the story and trace the history of the parish within the wider context of American church history than Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., and even fewer can do so in as lively and engaging a way.
Week Three: Theological and Artistic Perspectives
Joseph Nuzzi and Fr. Timothy Shreenan, O.F.M.
Tuesday and Wednesday: July 30 & 31
What does it mean to be a parish today? What does it mean to be the Church in a specific place like West 31st Street in Manhattan, at a specific time in human history like 2019? Whether you are or are not a parishioner at St. Francis, these questions about the role and relevance a local Catholic Christian community offer stimulating points for reflection and discussion about your own experience of welcome, worship and witness in the parish of your choice. The course will conclude with an exploration of the art and architecture of St. Francis Church and how what we see in this church building challenges us to be the church in New York City and beyond.
Please Note: The days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) for week two are correct in the printed brochure, but the dates (July 22, 23, 24) are incorrect. The correct days and dates are: Tuesday, July 23, Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25. The information listed in this online post is correct and supersedes the printed material.
We will hold a Week of Prayer dedicated to Parents and Grandparents in honor of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.
Special prayers will be said after the 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM Masses
Monday to Friday, July 22-26.
Envelopes will be available on which you may write the names of parents and grandparents whom you would like to have remembered on these days.
Thursday, July 4 & Friday, July 5:
Mass at 11:30 AM
No confessions; the church offices and the
St. Francis Adult Education Center will be closed.
Our regular schedule will resume on Saturday, July 6.
We wish everyone a happy and safe Independence holiday!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
::: PRE-PRIDE FESTIVE MASS :::
Saturday | June 29 | 5:15 p.m.
Fr. James Martin, S.J. will be presiding.
::: ALL ARE WELCOME :::
LGBT+ or LGBT+ Ally, all are welcome to attend our beautiful celebration.
::: UNITE IN LOVE WITH US :::
Our LGBT+ Ministry at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is hosting a weekend of inclusion and prayer. Decorations will festoon our beautiful church and reflect our signature, LGBT+ Ministry colors that have a deep meaning behind them.
::: LET’S CELEBRATE :::
We invite you to our United In Love Celebration, reminding you that you’re beautiful in the eyes of God. You are worthy and wanted. Beautiful. Accepted. Needed. And most importantly, you are lovable.
Identifying as Catholic and gay or lesbian and can sometimes be a challenge, however, we accept you #AsYouAre.
As a ministry, together we recognize that all people are truly created in God’s image and likeness.
::: ONE COLOR, ONE PROMISE :::
When celebrating with us, we have four promises that reflect the environment we’re designing—there’s one promise for every color showcased in our icon.
Green = Safety
We promise you a safe, authentically loving environment.
Yellow = Acceptance
We promise you acceptance with a smile and desire to know more about you.
Blue = Inclusion
We promise you inclusion with open arms and a warm hug.
Pink = Support
We promise you support, as your heart opens up through the good times and those times that are challenging.
The Feast of Saint Anthony is just around the corner!
We will celebrate the feast on Thursday, June 13th with Masses and Devotions to St. Anthony at:
7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 10:30, 11:30 AM;
12:30, 4:30, 5:30
6:30 (Creole, Upper Church) and
6:30 PM (Filipino, Lower Church).
Relics of St. Anthony will be available for veneration in the lower church throughout the day.
Blessed St. Anthony’s Bread will be distributed all day long in the 32nd
Street entrance and in front of the church on 31st Street as long as supplies last.
Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Minister Provincial of Holy Name Province will be the principal celebrant at a Mass on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 PM for Fr. Dominic Ternan, O.F.M. on the 75th Anniversary of his death during World War II.
Fr. Dominic’s first assignment was at St. Francis of Assisi from 1937 to 1942. His next assignment was as a U.S. Army chaplain. He successfully landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 where he blessed many dead bodies and wounded soldiers. On June 19th, while ministering to a wounded sergeant, he was killed by a German sniper in Chateau Sevigny, France. Fr. Dominic was the first Franciscan to be awarded the Silver Star.
Members of Fr. Dominic’s family, as well as clergy from Jesuit schools from which Dominic graduated, and a U.S. Army Color Guard from West Point will be present.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
The St. Francis of Assisi LGBT+ Ministry is hosting a lecture being given by Fr. James Martin S.J.
Welcome: Showing Respect & Welcome in the Church to LGBT people.
Monday, June 10 at
in the San Damiano Hall.
Jesus broke down barriers between people and proclaimed the Father’s love for all. He erased the divisions between Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free people, and even male and female (Galatians 3:28). Is the Church prepared to follow the Lord’s lead and continue to break down the barriers that divide God’s children today?
During this month that our society celebrates the life and dignity of LBGTQ people, we gather to consider how we can, and must, do better to welcome and respect all of God’s children.
This is free and open to the public.
Fr. Martin will be signing books at the end of the event.
Pilgrimage: The Shrines of France
11 Days: November 6-16, 2019
visiting: Geneva • Annecy • Lyon • Tours
Loire Valley • Chartres • Mont St. Michel Bayeux • Normandy • Caen • Lisieux • Paris
Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.
$3,199 from New York
For more information email Fr. Andrew at email@example.com
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, a holy day of obligation, will be celebrated on Thursday, May 30.
Our regular weekday Mass schedule will be in effect:
7:00, 7:45, 8:30, 11:30 AM;
12:30, 4:30 and 5:30 PM.
The 4:30 and 5:30 Masses on Wednesday, May 29, will also be celebrated for the Ascension.
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