During the season of Lent we invite you to encounter Jesus once again as we journey towards the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. We offer a number of opportunities to deepen your relationship with the Lord through prayer and learning.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays after the 12:30 and 5:30 PM Masses
Tea with Jesus: Lenten Scripture Sharing
Sundays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 at 4:00 PM Clare Room
St. Francis of Assisi’s LGBT+Ministry and Young Adult Ministry invites you to a scripture sharing about Lenten Gospels. Tea and light refreshments will be served. After our sharing, we will attend the 5:00 Mass together. All are welcome!
Sin, Forgiveness, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wednesdays: March 13 – April 3, 2019 • 6:15 – 7:15 PM
Over the course of its long history, millions of people have come to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi seeking the healing, compassion and forgiveness of Christ—especially in the sacrament of reconciliation. This year, our parish celebrates its 175th anniversary. As part of that celebration, this course will reflect on an experience that is central to the parish’s mission: the graced encounter between us sinners and the God of infinite mercy. The classes will review the biblical understanding of sin and reconciliation, the history of the sacrament of penance, and the opportunities and challenges for the renewal of the sacrament today. Register online HERE or at the reception desk in the Parish House.
Instructor: Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M.
St. Francis Adult Education Center, Classroom 4; Fee: $40.00
Have Mercy, O God, in Your Kindness: Solemn Lenten Vespers
Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Upper Church
Instruction and celebration come together in a “lecture-demonstration” of Solemn Vespers, one of the pillars of the official prayer of the Church. The evening will include an introduction to the Lenten season, to the Jewish and Christian dimensions of the psalms we will be singing, and to the music we will be performing in praise of God “whose mercy endures forever.”
A Lenten Afternoon of Prayer
Saturday, April 6, 2019 • 2:00 – 5:00 PM • San Damiano Hall
Is our cross too small? The central symbol of our Christian faith is often reduced physically to a trinket, spiritually to an object of private devotion, and theologically to the appeasement of an angry God demanding satisfaction for sin. As a preparation for Passiontide, Fr. William will offer two retreat conferences that, hopefully, will widen and deepen the participants’ perspective on the crucifixion of Jesus. The afternoon will include communal prayer as well as time for personal reflection, and conclude, for those who wish to participate, with St. Francis of Assisi Parish’s 5:15 PM Vigil Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Facilitator: Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M. Fee: $15.00
From the Heart of Pope Francis
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 7:30 PM • Upper Church
By his words and actions, Pope Francis compels the global Church to a radically renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Encounter: From the Heart of Pope Francis animates this call in song, story, and prayer, inviting us to risk stepping toward Jesus in both the blessing and the bruising of daily life. Encounter takes us to the front lines of God’s field hospital, calling us to a revolution of tenderness in a world desperate for healing and hope.
Join renowned composers Tony Alonso and Chris DeSilva, together with the widely acclaimed preacher, Monsignor Ray East, along with our director of music, Meredith Augustin, and our music ministry for this powerful event.
For tickets go to stfrancisnyc.org/encounter2019
$20 online, $25 at the door.
The traditional “Thirteen Tuesdays” before the Feast of St. Anthony begin on Tuesday, March 19.
Devotions to St. Anthony are prayed after every Mass starting at 7:45 AM.
Please join us!
The Feast of St. Anthony will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13.
The Ugnayan Filipino Ministry is sponsoring a one-day pilgrimage to Philadelphia on
Saturday, March 30, 2019
to visit the National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal and the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
The cost of the pilgrimage is $60,
due by Friday, March 15.
You can register at the reception desk in the lobby of the Parish House. For more information, please contact Zeny at 718- 672-0596, Princess at 347-850-3558, or Carla at 718-503-4637.
Winter Session 40 Hour Immigration Course
- Based on the Immigrant Legal Resource Center curriculum using
the 21st edition of A Guide for Immigration Advocates
- For those who work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations and for lawyers desiring to practice immigration law
- Non-lawyer participants who successfully complete the course
will receive ILRC certificates
- 42 CLE credits (including 4 ethics credits) for New York attorneys
approved by the New York Continuing Legal Education Board
- Scholarship and tuition discounts are available especially for
staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations
- Tuition assistance based on financial hardship is available for licensed attorneys
14 Tuesdays from February 26 to June 25, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM
Place: San Damiano Hall, 129 West 31st Street
Tuition: $750.00 (includes the 2-volume 21st edition of A Guide for Immigration Advocates which normally costs $350)
For more information and to register, contact The Migrant Center at St. Francis of Assisi (212-736-8500, Ext. 305) or email Rhodora Ratera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for THEOLOGY ON TAP:
Seeking the Truth in the Age of #FakeNews
When: Thurs, Feb 21, 6:00 PM gathering, 6:45 PM talk
Where: O’Reilly’s Pub
54 W 31st St (off 6th Avenue)
Speaker: Fr. Kevin J. Mullen, O.F.M, Provincial Minister
How do we navigate this age of #FakeNews? What is our responsibility to seek the truth? Do we have a moral obligation to truthfulness? What challenges do we currently face in our society with honesty in the public sphere?
Join the Young Adult Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi for a lively discussion.
Fr. Kevin Mullen, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province be speaking on the topic. Fr. Kevin holds a PdD in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. There will be time for discussion and questions.
Join us for a informative lecture on a timely issue and meet other interested young adults. There is time to enjoy food and drinks with friends during the talk.
*This is a Young Adult Ministry Event. It is open to all NYC young adults in their 20′s and 30′s!
While grief is a very private experience, those who have lost loved ones can benefit from the witness and support of others who have lost someone special in their lives.
The St. Francis Bereavement Ministry offers an opportunity for the bereaved to connect with others who grieve, and to seek a path of healing as they come to terms with their loss.
A Bereavement Support Group will meet on eight Tuesdays from:
February 12 to April 2,
from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Please call Fr. Brian Smail, O.F.M. at 212-736-8500, Ext. 204 to inquire. Interested persons should be at least six months into the grieving process.
Pre-registration is required.
In anticipation of the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes (February 11th) we will be celebrating special Mass of the Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 AM
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick brings the presence and healing power of Christ to those who are ill. We invite all who are sick and those who would like to pray for them to come to this celebration.
Is anyone among you sick? They should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. (James 5:14-16)
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