The things I found were tremendous which led me to put Christ at the center of my life … I am very fortunate to have a church and a community such as this; a church I can point to and call home.
There isn’t one specific encounter I could narrow it down to, for me it’s just paying attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit, and striving to open my eyes to Christ living in everyone around me.
When my husband, Reid, and I got married in 2014, we had no idea what the Lord would have for our lives, but were ready to take on this new vocation of marriage with Christ at our center.
Being a part of this community has nurtured our marriage, our children, and our faith. Through participation in different ministries, Tim and I continue to discern how to follow God’s plan.
Throughout our nearly 40 years as parishioners, we have served because we always felt our Church work at St. Francis was appreciated and filled a need in our spiritual lives.
Many, many times my fears would melt away while at adoration. The calming and powerful physical presence of Christ would let me know to trust in Him, things will be OK.
Our parish has a special way of welcoming people to its various ministries in a manner that makes one want to be a participant, even though you may doubt that you have the time or talent…each of us just has to make the decision to say “yes”.
The greatest sense of encounter with Christ for me is in other members of this St. Francis community. There is something special here and I want to go deeper into my faith because of it.
At times, St. Francis has been my home, and at other times it’s been my beacon calling me back. I’ve been taught and now share the faith I value and love so much. St. Francis is a gem in the treasure chest of the holy Catholic Church.
Our Young Church program taught me that I didn’t have to be perfect to have a relationship with God, but I just needed to take that small step. Ever since then, my life has completely changed.
Almost every time we are at the parish, another parishioner will come up to us and tell us that they have been praying for us. Believe me, we have felt those prayers…without them, we would not be where we are today.
What we love about St. Francis is the family and community atmosphere. At St. Francis you can feel at home, raise your family and continue to be part of a community that serves God.
We love the special feeling of unity with all of the parishioners when we receive the Holy Eucharist and all the people striving to grow in their faith and being as Christ.
We are glad to be a part of this growing family. The St. Francis Catholic Church is a welcoming environment and spiritual guide meant for all brothers and sisters; it is truly a second home.
I have volunteered at St. Francis Outreach for 9 years. It’s an honor to be able to help others in need. It makes me extremely grateful for what I have and it makes me realize I don’t have to look far to see how many people need help.
We have no doubt that God’s hand is at work in this parish. He is continuously orchestrating different areas of parish life to deepen the faith and community of the current parishioners and to expand and grow his kingdom.
My conversion has been filled with facts, truth, compassion, and love. God is love. St. Francis of Assisi is full of love. RCIA is full of love. I am blessed to have a heart full of love, and I thank all of you, from my overflowing heart.
When we moved to the area, we went to several different churches. We call it the Goldilocks effect – St. Francis was “just right.” The people, Father B, the church building was perfect and continues to be.
The people are what we love most about the parish. We go to both Spanish and English masses and events, and both groups always have a smile on their faces for you and make you feel like family.
The sense of community and the opportunity to grow in the faith with others has made the walk through life with God so much more special then I think any of us could have ever imagined.
Although the parish has changed over the years … it’s becoming a place for our Catholic faith to be nourished and our parish community to be more knowledgeable, faithful and stronger than ever.