St. Francis of Assisi Blog

Pastor’s Points: April 22, 2018

Lent is a very beautiful and powerful liturgical season in our Church and I want all parishioners to have a deeper appreciation for that fact.  The Lenten season is a crucial time for those unbaptized persons who desire to become members of our faith community. 

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How People Drift Away From Our Church

Meet Susan. Susan is a 75 year old widower who’s considered herself Catholic her whole life, even though her and her husband stopped attending church twenty years ago. Last year after the death of her husband a friend invited her to attend a weekend retreat called...

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Our Role in the “Great Commission”

Evangelization. I think sometimes this word scares us as Catholic Christians. Maybe it’s because we think it means standing on a street corner with a sign saying “Have you been saved?” Or possibly we envision having to talk to an atheist co-worker about Church and...

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It Starts At Home

Working in youth ministry for the past few years has been an eye-opening and amazing experience. It’s been beautiful to see the work that goes into a youth night, summer event, the spiritual growth in one of our youth, or the “complete 180” someone has in their...

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Oh, No You Didn’t

*Warning: This post includes a rant and a firm stance on a soapbox. You have been warned.* If you ever want to get my goat, all you need to do is say something like, “Well, they’re just children.  They can’t be expected to care about their faith.” Um, excuse me?  Did...

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Miss Dependent

Dependence is often considered a vice in our society. People are dependent on drugs, on alcohol, on the government, on technology, on their parents. Why are we so quick to desire independence? Teenagers can't wait to turn sixteen to be able to drive or then to go to...

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A Sign Unto Our Generation

I recently started reading the daily readings and discussing them each night with my husband. While it started as a Lenten observance and a way to have some sort of intellectual discussion after the kids are in bed rather than just turning on the TV and tuning out, it...

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Triumphs and Failures

Has anyone else completely failed at Lent already? (hand raised emoji) I've been at this Christian thing, pretty intensely, for almost ten years. And I've never not failed at Lent. Every year begins the same: I think of the myriad of ways that I want to be holy, and I...

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Clear Path of Discipleship

The primary mission of our parish - building a church of missionary disciples by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reaching the poor - has led us to articulate this vision: to Encounter, to Grow, and to Serve. In working to include all persons and groups of...

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