Celebrating St. Francis

Transitus (The Passing of St. Francis)Thursday, October 3rd – 6:30 p.m. in the Mission Church The Feast of St. FrancisFriday, October. 4th – 6:30 p.m. – Serra CenterFollowed by a pot-luck reception Please bring your favorite finger food to share and celebrate with us after Mass.  Bring treats such as meatballs, lumpia, taquitos, mini sandwiches, […]

Transitus: A Story of Compassion

On October 3rd, 1226 at the age of 44, St. Francis of Assisi lay dying in the humble Porziuncola, the first church of the Franciscan order.  He not only was in the loving presence of his brother friars; at this time of his ‘Transitus,’ he was also lovingly cared for by a dear friend and […]

A Special Feast Day

On August 2nd, the Franciscan world celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula. The origin of this feast is a familiar story. One day, as a young man, Francis stopped to pray in a small, tumbled down chapel dedicated to St. Damian. As he prayed before the distinctive image of […]

Rebuilding OUR Church – The Body of Christ

Click here for Pensamiento Franciscano – a copy of this article in Spanish. You most likely saw the devastating news regarding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. At that time, we witnessed the true beauty of the Church – the body of Christ coming together after such a shocking event, right before Easter Sunday. It awoke […]

Franciscan Thought: Hallowed Be Thy Name

Click here for Pensamiento Franciscano – Santificado Sea tu Nombre, the Spanish language version of this article. What is in a name? Our name? God’s name? Our parents gave us names that meant something special to them.  Maybe we were named after a grandparent or one of our parents or their favorite historical person or […]

Franciscan Thought – Reverence

Click here for Pensamiento Franciscano – Reverencia, a copy of this article in Spanish. Reverence is an aspect of adoration. It is recognizing and honoring God and his word with adoring awe, fear and respect.   How we conduct ourselves speaks of our reverence and our relationship with God.  Franciscan spirituality manifests a profound reverence for […]

My God and My All – A Lenten Prayer Service

MY GOD AND MY ALL A Lenten Prayer Service Br. Rufino Zaragoza OFM and Friends Saturday, March 30, 2019 Mission Church | 7:00 p.m. Inspired by Franciscan spirituality, the music of Brother Rufino nourishes those who hunger for a meditative encounter with God. An ensemble of singers and musicians will join him to perform some […]

Franciscan Thought – Compassion

Click here for Pensamiento Franciscano – Compasión, the Spanish language version of this article. On October 3rd, 1226 at the age of 44, Francis lay dying in the humble Portiuncula, the first church of the Franciscan order. He not only was in the loving presence of his brother friars; at this time of his ‘Transitus,’ […]

Franciscan Thought – Death

Click here for Pensamiento Franciscano – la Muerte, the Spanish language version of this article. Death is something that many of us have a difficult time even thinking about.   As our loved ones get older, we come face to face with sickness or tragedies occur. The thought of having to face death head on is […]

It’s Here! Ash Wednesday, March 6th

ON ASH WEDNESDAY…each will be marked with ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads. ON ASH WEDNESDAY… we will remember that God is with us in the everyday places and moments of life. ON ASH WEDNESDAY… The ashes bear witness to the love and mercy of God. Ash Wednesday is, without question, […]