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How are you dating God?

How are you dating God?

I am always somewhat bemused when folks ask me for dating advice. Is it that they see in me a font of wisdom, experience, and a treasure chest of great advice? …yeah…OK…that passes pretty quickly. More apropos is the naval expression: “any port in a storm.” The storm of dating confusion is upon them, and I happen to be the nearest port; and that’s ok. If you are a parish priest long enough, you have had this conversation hundreds of times and often you know how the different stories turns out....

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Perseverance and Freedom

Perseverance and Freedom

When the Fourth of July comes around each year it is quite common to hear quotes, passages, and speeches that invoke the name of Thomas Jefferson the American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later served as the 3rd president of the United States. He wrote a plethora of letters, essays, and more over the course of his life. As you might expect he is a quotable person. In a 1787 letter to William...

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Communion and Covid

In the course of celebrating Mass we come to the distribution of Communion – during these times of the coronavirus pandemic. At my parish many precautions are taken as part of the distribution of Holy Communion: sanitizing hands of the minister, wearing masks, standing behind a plexiglass shield with a hand pass through – and the Bishop has asked that all the faithful please receive in the hand and not on the tongue. Still we try to be accommodating as best we can. If someone want to receive...

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Transitus Service and Francis Fest

Tuesday, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis, a very special day for all of us here at the Parish. In honor of St. Francis we are once again this year sponsoring a series of events, such as the annual blessing of animals and the Transitus. I want to especially call your attention to the Transitus. This is a very moving ceremony that commemorates the passing of St. Francis from this life to eternal life. I hope that you will join us friars and the Secular Franciscans on Monday evening,...

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Francis Fest

On Sunday, October 2nd we will once again celebrate Francis Fest here at the parish. This celebration goes back over 25 years and is a highlight of our parish social life. I do hope that you will join us for an afternoon of great food, fun, and games for all. It’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know better your fellow parishioners— Francis Fest, October 2nd from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on the parish grounds. We friars look forward to seeing you there! Fr. John O'Connor Parochial...

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Thank you to all those who helped with the Labor Day Picnic!

Our annual Labor Day Picnic was a great success with a large turnout of Parishioners. Many thanks to those who helped plan the event; those who set-up and cooked; those who provided the beverages (Knights of Columbus) and music. Last but not least, thank you to those who cleaned up. As we used to say after a fun friar gathering, “A Good Time was had by all”. Fr. John O'Connor Parochial Administrator  

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Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

As Labor Day marks the end of the Summer season, we welcome back those who have been away for vacations and other commitments. When the days of Summer begin in June we notice a decrease in the number of parishioners attending Mass and unfortunately with that a decrease in weekly income for the parish. This summer was no exception. May I ask that if possible you be extra generous these next few weeks to help us make up for the decrease. My experience during the years that I was the Paster here...

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Promoting Peace, Harmony, and Justice

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have included in the bulletin this week a statement from our Franciscan Provincial , Fr. Kevin Mullen. He is addressing it to the Friars but I believe his challenge is a challenge to all Catholics and Christians. We are indeed witnessing a difficult moment in the history of our country. It is only by dialogue and working together to cross the boundaries that divide us that we can overcome the violence that is becoming too common in our society. Sincerely, Fr. John...

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