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Last Words, First Things

Last Words, First Things

If you knew this was your last week, your last day on earth, what would you tell the people you love? Would it be advice? Your hopes for them? Would it be the dreams you have? Perhaps, the gratitude and love in your heart?  What would be your last words to the ones you love? Beyond the fact we’d really not like to think about it, even if we were ready to do so, this is something difficult, daunting, and delicate. In many of the weekday gospels of Eastertide as well as this Sunday’s gospel we...

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St. Francis House Receives Major Grant

St. Francis House Receives Major Grant

April 25, 2022:  As we all know, finances have been constrained throughout the parish and community due in no small part to Covid-19. As such, the need for the assistance provided by our Outreach Ministry, St. Francis House, continues to grow. In January, a parishioner forwarded information on a grant opportunity to help with COVID-19 relief. The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William County was chosen by the Prince William County government to administer the $10,000,000 of federal...

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Holy Week 2022

Holy Week 2022

Holy Week Schedule – 2022  Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – normal weekend schedule (4/10)Monday through Wednesday - Daily Mass each day at 8:45 am- Confessions at 7:00 pm Wednesday (English and Spanish)Holy Thursday (4/14)- Thursday morning – Morning Prayer with the Friars at 9:00 am- Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm (live streamed - bilingual)Good Friday (4/15)- Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 pm (live streamed)- Outside Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm (Spanish)- Good...

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Annual Car Raffle

Take a chance! For $5 a ticket you can have the possibility of winning one of 4 new 2022 vehicles similar to the ones shown.  And that's not all!   There are also 21 cash prizes available - totaling $40,000.  All unsold and ticket stubs with payment are due no later than April 26th.  The drawing will be April 30th at All Saints Catholic Church, our raffle partner. We need your help for this our largest annual fund raiser! Raffle tickets have been mailed to each family - and we want you to be...

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Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death? Do I recognize the face of Christ in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities? Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened? Call to Family, Community, and Participation Do I try to make positive contributions in my family and in my community? Do my beliefs, attitudes, and choices strengthen or undermine the...

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40 Hour Devotion Spiritual Goals

40 Hour Devotion Spiritual Goals

St. Francis of Assisi parish will hold a 40 Hour Eucharistic Devotion beginning with morning Mass on March 14th and closing with a solemn Benediction on Thursday early evening, March 17th.  The daily schedule will be: Morning Mass (8:45 am) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from after morning Mass until 7:30 pm each day). Hour long segments with a small prayer service and extended periods of silence. Materials in support of prayer will be available. Each day will close with the Repose of...

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40 Hour Devotion Spiritual Goals

History of the 40 Hours Devotion

St. Francis of Assisi parish will hold a 40 Hour Eucharistic Devotion beginning with morning Mass on March 14th and closing with a solemn Benediction on Thursday early evening, March 17th.  The daily schedule will be: Morning Mass (8:45 am) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from after morning Mass until 7:30 pm each day). Hour long segments with a small prayer service and extended periods of silence. Materials in support of prayer will be available. Each day will close with the Repose of...

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40 Hour Devotion Spiritual Goals

Parish 40 Hours Devotion

St. Francis of Assisi parish will hold a 40 Hour Eucharistic Devotion beginning with morning Mass on March 14th and closing with a solemn Benediction on Thursday early evening, March 17th. The Forty Hours Devotion can be celebrated either in 40 continuous hours, or based on the needs of the local parish, can be broken into daily celebrations. Here at St. Francis, we have elected to do the latter. The daily schedule will be: Morning Mass (8:45 am) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from after...

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The Synod: what we need to ask of ourselves

The Synod: what we need to ask of ourselves

In the previous article, we discussed the “nones” - those people who believe but have left organized religion. We asked: “Have the “nones” consciously rejected religion, or have religious institutions failed to involve them and respond to their needs? Do they lack belief in God, or do they no longer see the church as representing the God they believe in? Has a mixture of all of these factors gotten us to where we are today, with both society and the church sharing some responsibility?” If our...

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The Synod: what we need to ask of ourselves

The Synod: Becoming a Listening Community as we Journey Together

Last week we announced that we are holding listening sessions as part of Pope Francis’ call to be a listening community of faith. It is part of “journeying together” the very meaning of the word “synod.” This Synod is a unique gift for our local Church. It is a gift of time - a chance to take a step back and reconnect with our parish communities. It is an opportunity to invite people not only back to Sunday Mass but also to parish life. This invitation to parish life starts with listening....

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