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.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

 

The beginning of the first reading of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time from the Book of Sirach says: “My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.”

 

Humility, humility and humility, how difficult and challenging it is!  This virtue, I think, is the foundation of other virtues.  If we truly achieve this virtue, other virtues will automatically come along.

 

Jesus continues calling to learn from Him who is “meek and humble of heart.” We are called and taught and encouraged to learn and practice the virtue of humility, but it seems that we just know about this virtue, how important and precious it is.  Practicing it is so difficult and challenging.

 

No matter how difficult and challenging it is, we must “achieve” this virtue.  I believe that you might ask me: “What is the first step to do in order to achieve/earn this virtue?”  And you might receive the answer from others, the wise ones. 

 

The first step to earn or achieve this virtue and others as I experienced is, “to drop to your knees before the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle, pray, meditate, ask for God's help.”  You have to do these constantly, for achieving this virtue at one point does not mean that we will have it all the times. 

 

Why?  You may ask.  This is why, I think.  Do you think the devil will let us “possess” this virtue all the time?  Remember the fall of our ancestors Adam and Eve.  They were tempted to “be like God,” and they really wanted to be “like God.”  They fell into the “ordinary temptation” from the devil. 

 

What were the consequences of this fall? If you do not know, I invite you to come to the R.C.I.A. class which will begin on September 12th to learn more about your Catholic Faith which is so precious!  This is how we practice the virtue of HUMILITY, knowing that we do not know.

 

It is easy to fall into the trap of “being prideful” and not being humble ourselves.  We know it, but we constantly fall into this trap, don’t we?  So, let us drop to our knees before the Lord, and ask for help and also be determined to practice that virtue whenever our “egos” wants to come to the surface.

 

“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find FAVOR with God.” (Sir 3:18)

 

Peace,

Fr. Tien

 

P.S. The balance still due for our DSA assessment is $7,798.50 which represents 69 families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil:

            4:00 pm (EST)   

            5:00 pm (DST) 

Sunday: 9:00 am (English)

            11:30 am (Spanish)

Daily Mass

Monday: 9:00 am

Tuesday: 8:00 am

Wednesday: 5:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am  

Friday:  9:00 am 

First Friday: 8:30 am

Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m. Fridays during Lent

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Wednesday 6:15 pm

Saturday 3:00 pm (EST)

             4:00 pm (DST)

Rosary for Life

Saturday: 3:30 pm (EST)

              4:30 pm (DST)

Sunday:  8:30 am

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

     Benediction 8:45 am