Dear St. Francis Faith Family,
It seems unreal that this weekend will be our fourth after our church was reopened for public worship. I would like to thank everyone who has worked to make our celebrations safe and all who have come to Mass; you have adjusted to this new circumstance well. We will continue to go forward with faith, hope, love and patience. As we look forward, we are waiting to hear about dates for the celebration of Confirmation; as soon as this information is available we will let you know.
As we celebrate this 4th of July and recall our nation’s birth it seems important that we pause and look at what has been happening recently. We remember that our greatness is that we are “One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all”. When we fall short of that truth we need to acknowledge our shortcomings and work to correct them; but we also must never forget who we are as a nation and as a people of faith. Jesus reminds us this weekend that we should come to Him with our needs and burdens and He will refresh us. Our faith reminds us that violence is never the answer; the answer lies in acknowledging that we are all created in God’s Divine image and that we are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, and only Jesus Christ, can fulfill the deepest needs of our heart as the Prince of Peace; He alone can give true and lasting peace. The Great Commandment still is true: “You must love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself.”
Happy Birthday America!
Please visit our website under announcements to view a statement from Bishop Lucia dated 5/31/20 and a letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called “Open Wide Our Hearts-the Enduring Call to Love”.
God Bless you all,