Celebrating St. Francis

As you see from this weekend’s bulletin, we are preparing our annual St. Francis Celebrations. I invite you to come to our special Transitus Commemoration—the Passing of St. Francis, on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Mission Church.  This is a very moving ceremony recalling the final hours of St. Francis life. Then, […]

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 […]

Did You Know: Los Angeles was named after a Franciscan feast day in August?

Everyone knows that Los Angeles, California, is named after the Angels. It was once known as the “City of Angels.” But did you know that the original city name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula” (in English, “City of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the little […]

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 […]