Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
Dear Members and Friends of
Saint Francis of Assisi Church,
Welcome to our parish web site.
Whether parishioner or visitor, may you find the peace of Christ and abundant blessings from our parish community. Please explore our website to see how Saint Francis of Assisi Parish can become part of your faith journey. We look forward to meeting you!
In the Peace of Christ,
Father Tien Duong, Pastor
Peace Prayer reflecting the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi
by an anonymous c.1912
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Dear Friends in Christ,
T he Lord is kind and merciful. This is our Responsorial Psalm for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and it reminds us about the God whom you and I believe, love, worship and trust. The Lord is kind and merciful.
More than that, the first reading from the Book of Leviticus tells us that the Lord asks us to BE HOLY as He is holy. We need to be holy as God is holy so that we can climb up the mountain of the Lord and offer Him a fitting worship. (Actually, Jesus also asks us to be holy as our Heavenly Father is holy, and we know God’s holiness is PERFECT.)
With the holiness which we may achieve through God’s help, we can avoid “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” and we are able to “love our neighbor” even when our neighbor becomes our enemy.
Our holiness will be confirmed when we forgive those who harm us, who take advantage of our generosity and kindness, who betray or deceive us, who mock our faith and persecute us.
Our holiness will shine before others when we pray for them, when we extend our love to them, when we continue to “walk” with them (with the hope that they will repent), when we do not intend to have revenge or to hold a grudge.
These things seem not to “exist” in today’s world or were even taken out of mankind’s encyclopedias. Today, if that is the case,
Jesus asks us, as his faithful followers, to put them back in the encyclopedias.
It seems that those who follow the teaching of Jesus Christ are the foolish ones. Paul assures us that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,” and “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”
Dear Friends, if you and I truly believe and trust in God who made heaven and earth, who sent His only begotten Son to save us from sin, then we must willingly and joyfully embrace His teaching no matter what will happen, or no matter if we understand it or not
Absolutely, it is extremely difficult to “offer no resistance to one who is evil,” or let someone “strike you on your right cheek” and “turn the other one as well.”
Why on earth is Jesus teaching us things that are so difficult or do not make sense to our human wisdom? Before you ask Jesus this question, you should answer these questions: Why did Jesus die on the cross for us while we are still sinners? Do we really deserve God’s love? How many times have we been reconciled with God?
“Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Peace in Christ,
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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Thursday: 9:00 am
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First Friday: 8:30 am
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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Wednesday 6:15 pm
Saturday 3:00 pm (EST)
4:00 pm (DST)
Rosary for Life
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Friday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Benediction 3:30 pm
First Friday 10:00 am until
Saturday 8:45 am
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