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Totus Tuus Camp 2024

Give your children the gift of a closer relationship with Christ while creating life-long memories and friendships along the way!  We encourage you to have your children attend our annual Totus Tuus Camp at St. Francis of Assisi. Click HERE for more details.

Summer 2024 ACTS Retreats

Our Summer ACTS Retreats for both Women and Men are coming up! ACTS stands for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. Interested in learning more about ACTS and how to register?

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Part 6: An Ideal Parish is Pneumatological

Some words are just freaky looking. Like "onomatopoeia" or "kakorrhaphiophobic." See? Freaky! (Yes, both of these are actual English words.) Theology has its own share of "freaky words" too. Recently we saw the word "kerygma" which is a fancy way of referring to the basic message of the Gospel: God's love Redeems us from sin so that through the Advent of Christ all who Confess his name may receive Eternal life (G.R.A.C.E.).

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Part 5: An Ideal Parish is Kerygmatic

Popcorn is a funny little food. Good corn gets so old that it completely hardens with a seemingly impenetrable shell. But if you take that same corn and subject it to heat, the inside of the kernel gets so hot-and-bothered that not even the hard shell can contain the pressure! Then pop-you've got popcorn! What was once so hard you could not bite it without chipping a tooth now is so soft you could smoosh it with your fingers.

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Part 4: An Ideal Parish is Missionary

There is a certain appeal to being a missionary. Perhaps you, like me, have fantasized about going to a foreign country to preach the Gospel. St. Thérèse of Lisieux did. She said, “I would travel to every land to preach Thy name, O my Beloved…I would spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth…I would be a Missionary” (The Story of a Soul, pp. 181–182). But the truth is, if we do not have a missionary heart in our own home, workplace or parish, being a missionary anywhere else will only ever be a fantasy.

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Part 3: An Ideal Parish is Communal

It’s kinda like four-year-old soccer. I’m referring to our instinct for community. I’m sure most people have seen four-year-old soccer. It’s cute. Tedious, but cute. All the kids know is that the game has something to do a ball, a net, and an opposing team. Outside of that, it’s pretty much a mosh-pit of little legs, distracted looks, random kicks, and the occasional pouting lip.

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Part 2: An Ideal Parish is Christological

I like dipping bread in oil. It’s yummy! Especially if the bread is fresh and the oil has some seasoning in it. So, it struck me the other day: our parish should be like bread dipped in oil. Sure, I know that sounds kind of weird, but let me explain.

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This is My Home

Recently, our teachers and staff started a string of appreciation emails for why we are grateful for working (ministering) here at St. Francis. That has been playing on my mind ever since, and so, here is my response…

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Part 1: An Ideal Parish is Trinitarian

Every vehicle has a carburetor, a central piece of the engine. Every computer has a Central Processing Unit (CPU). Every arch has a central keystone. But what is the central mystery of our faith?

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Introduction to Characteristics of an Ideal Parish

It never hurts to return to the basics. This is an introductory article to a fifteen-part series called “The Vision of an Ideal Parish” based on an article Dr. Peter Williamson published in 2016. Our buildings serve our mission—now let’s return to the basics of our identity as a parish and reignite ourselves in our mission to save souls!

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Repent and Believe in the Gospel

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! The Christian confession of faith is unique in many ways; but one stands out among others: God came to earth searching for us. Think of that! God sought us. This is the Good News. We call it the kerygma.

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Morality Matters

Protecting Our Children from Sexual Perversion

In today's digital age, children are exposed to various influences much earlier than previous generations. Among these are sexual perversion and inappropriate content media, which can have lasting impacts on their understanding of relationships and sex. As parents and guardians, it is crucial to guide our children properly and supervise against their exposure to such content, ensuring a healthy development.

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Evangelization and the Wildfire Ministry

Christians are called to Evangelize. In Luke 24:46-47, it is written: "that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations." The season of Easter is a perfect time to recall, celebrate, and share this good news. For many reasons, however, people feel uncomfortable with sharing.

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Theology of the Body

The Theology of the Body is a series of teachings by St. John Paul II that explore human identity, the role of our bodies, and the purpose of our sexuality. Delivered from 1979 to 1984 over 129 papal audiences, these talks delve into biblical representations of the human body and marriage, offering a detailed theological framework that addresses questions about human dignity, sexuality, and relationships.

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The Loss of the Dignity of Sex

Sex is difficult to speak about, and that makes sense. Not because sex is something to be ashamed of but because sex has lost its dignity. A loss of dignity occurs when something with inherent value is perceived or treated as having little or no value and is treated as such. This is what has happened to sex in our culture.

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The Messiness of Divorce

In all my years of ministry, teaching junior high, high school, college, and adult formation, it has been my experience that the Catholic teaching on divorce is one of the most misunderstood teachings. Both in the practical teaching of the subject and the pastoral care, divorce quite simply, is messy.

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Marriage: A Reflection of Christ’s Love and Faithfulness

Ephesians 5:21-31, There is infinite beauty in these words from Ephesians! We loved this reading and its message so much that my husband and I chose it for one of our readings at our wedding. In our modern times, however, the message has been misconstrued to be something different. In Roman times, women were seen as property.

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Journey to a Life of Faith

Easter stands as the pinnacle of the liturgical calendar, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This sacred season calls us to plunge into the vastness of God's mercy, it is interwoven within our worship, sacramental rites, and particularly evident in the transformative journey undertaken by the Elect through the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA).

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Be His Light

At Baptism we received a candle, lit from the Paschal Candle, with the words, “Receive the Light of Christ”. The rite continues: “This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He is to walk always as a child of the light. May he keep the flame of faith alive in his heart. When the Lord comes, may he go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom.”

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Fighting Against Lukewarm Faith

We have often heard this passage from revelation and the warning that comes from having a lukewarm faith; let us take this moment as we near the end of Lent to reflect on what that means and how we must apply it to our lives as Christians. To be lukewarm is to be neither cold nor hot, and we often experience this in many aspects of our lives; it is the mundane, the banal, the ordinary, the routine. In our Christian life, we can experience this as well.

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