Special prayers will be said after the
11:30 AM and 4:30 PM Masses on
Monday, July 24,
Tuesday, July 25, and
Wednesday, July 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.
Fr. James Martin, S.J. is coming to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi to discuss his new book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion and sensitivity.
Books will be on sale and Fr. Martin will be available to sign them after the talk.
Join us Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 PM in the upper church.
Here is a description of the book from Harper Collins Publisher, Inc.’s website (https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062694317/building-a-bridge):
About the Book
The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book.
On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. “The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected,” he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics—and people everywhere—to “stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters.” A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support—and a reminder of Jesus’ message for us to love one another—Father Martin’s post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Now, Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics, Building a Bridge provides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God’s children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in a call to end the “us” versus “them” mentality. Turning to the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry—”respect, compassion, and sensitivity”—as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community.
The Migrant Center at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of St. Francis Xavier Immigration Initiative wish to respond to the Pope’s call to be the voices of the poor through Immigration Detention Visits. If you feel called to answer the Pope’s challenge and want to participate in future visits, please join us for an orientation workshop on
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM
in the Mary Chapel of the Church of St. Francis Xavier,
55 West 15th Street, New York City
For more information and to register, please contact Alex Truex at: email@example.com.
Monday, July 3, as well as Tuesday, July 4.
Our summer holiday schedule will be in effect both days with just one Mass at 11:00 AM.
There will be no confession; the church offce and the St. Francis Adult Education Center will be closed both days.
Our regular schedule will resume on Wednesday, July 5.
We wish everyone a happy and safe Independence holiday weekend!
“Inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ, and rooted in the charism of St. Francis of Assisi, we actively welcome all people.”
This is the first declaration in our parish mission statement. It is how our community at St. Francis thinks and acts.
We are again celebrating this radical welcome to all at our United in Love Celebration. This is a Weekend of Prayer for and with our LGBT Brothers and Sisters.
The high-point of the weekend will be a festive Mass at 5:15 on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
This is an opportunity for our whole parish community to remember that the Lord invited all people to follow him, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, gender or sexual orientation.
It is also an opportunity for all of us to invite to Mass any of our friends who many not feel welcome at the table of the Lord for whatever reason, but especially if they are gay or lesbian. Take the opportunity to bear witness to the unconditional love of God by reaching out and inviting back a brother or sister who hasn’t been home in a while.
This weekend is Sundae Sunday! We invite you to stop by the Clare Room in St. Francis House next door to the church after the 4:00 and 5:15 Masses on Saturday and the 11:00, 12:30, 5:00 and 6:15 Masses on Sunday to enjoy a delicious cold treat before heading out!
We are very grateful to those who sponsored this months’ Sundae Sunday.
The relic will be available for veneration in the lower church on the Feast of St. Anthony on Tuesday, June 13th, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Masses and Devotions to St. Anthony on Tuesday, June 13, will be celebrated at:
2:30 PM (Spanish),
6:30 PM (Haitian Creole, Upper Church)
and 6:30 PM (Filipino, Lower Church).
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 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, or as long as supplies last.
We hope to see you there!
The book of Revelation has inspired fear, millennial predictions, and horror throughout Christian history.
And yet, the book is seen by all Christians as part of the word of God and therefore part and parcel of the good news of Jesus Christ.
In this 8 week course we will study the book of revelation to understand the message of the prophet John in his own time and the enduring message of the book for Christians today.
Instructor: Joseph Nuzzi, MA Biblical Studies
June 7, 2017 – August 2, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 PM or 6:30 – 7:30 PM
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