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,
We are in the Second Week of Advent Season, and the message we hear from the Gospel of Matthew is: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
If we seriously want to celebrate Christmas with its true meaning and receive the true hope, joy and love that Christmas brings, this week you and I need to look into our heart and our life to see if there is anything that stops us from rejoicing in Christmas.
In the word of the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist, we need to “make straight” our life; we need to “repent.”
I did hear some say, “I do not need to repent or go to confession because I do not sin!” Some will rationalize, “I do not commit mortal sin; my life is good; I am a good person, so I do not need to make my life straight!” And most of time would you say: “He or she is a good person, helping people all the time,” or “He or she is so kind and gentle.”
For the first, I would say: No one was born immaculately, except Jesus our Lord and His Mother - the Blessed Virgin Mary (and actually we will celebrate her feast of The Immaculate Conception this coming Thursday on December 8th.) Remember, no matter how good a person is, he or she sins (not always publicly - that is why we do not see their sins, but privately - we do not see them!)
For the second, they may live constantly in mortal sins, but do not want to accept them; their lives are good, but it is good based on their own perspectives, not on God’s and the Church’s. People might not see their public sins (yet), but surely they do sin privately.
We need to change our life, my dear friends. If your life is already good, make it “BETTER.” If your life is just “OK,” make it more than just “OK.” If your life is NOT good, make it “GOOD.” All of these “ok, good and better” must be based on God’s law and commandments, and on the Church’s Magisterium.
A way to know that we truly repent is to “produce good fruit,” and we need to repent all the time. The trees that bear no good fruit surely will “be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
With the gifts of Holy Spirit we received when we were confirmed and by listening to the voice of God through the Church’s teaching, in our heart and mind, we will make straight the paths for the Lord’s coming. He is coming to us through the sacraments, especially the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, His Eternal Word, the Church.
Surely the Lord is coming, and we will stand before His just judgment. We will present to the Lord our “good fruits” as the evidence of our repentance every time we embrace Him into our souls and hearts through the Sacraments of The Eucharist and Penance.
“A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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Tuesday: 8:00 am
Wednesday: 5:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am
Friday: 9:00 am
First Friday: 8:30 am
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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Wednesday 6:15 pm
Saturday 3:00 pm (EST)
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Rosary for Life
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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
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