Christmas schedule: Saturday, the 23rd -5 PM; Sunday morning, the 24th -10:30 AM; Sunday evening -10 PM; Christmas morning -10:30 AM
NEW WORDS BEFORE COMMUNION "Lord, I was not worthy that you should come to me but you have said the word and I have been healed".
When we say we are not worthy, we are also saying that we do not want the responsibility. When we receive communion, we are stating that we are also accepting the responsibility of being a Christian. We say " I am not worthy. . ." and yet we come up to receive...why if we are not worthy?
ADVENT, THE SEASON OF ANTICIPATION
The season of Advent, along with Easter, are the two great seasons celebrated in the Church. These two seasons are surrounded by what is call Ordinary Time.
The earliest mention of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 is found in the Second Century in the city of Antioch in Asia Minor. It was not until Constantine embraced Christianity that Christmas became a legal holiday. At the Council of Trent in the year 567ce the period prior to the 25th of December, the last four weeks were set aside as a time of fasting and prayer for the preparation for the feast of the Savior’s birth. Purple, the penitential color, like that used during the period of Lent, was the color of the Mass vestments. In some places, Advent was more a penitential time than that of Lent. After the Second Vatican Council, the option of using the color blue, in honor of Mary, was given.
Advent holds several meanings in the Church. First, it is a time of preparation for the Feast of Christmas. Special prayers are said or sung during this time which focused on the Birth of Christ. Second, Advent also focuses on the Second Coming of Christ. Third, Advent also celebrates a new liturgical year starting with the First Sunday of Advent, this year, our New Year’s Day will be celebrated on December 3rd.
After the Second Vatican Council, Advent took on a more anticipatory theme. That is the anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ. It still remains a special time for preparation for the Celebration of Christmas.
The use of the “O Antiphons” or the “Great Antiphons” which the Church song at Evening prayer during the last four Sunday of the year used the great images found in Prophetical writings of Israel as well as the words of John the Baptist in the New Testament.
Starting on the 17th of December, and on the following seven days, the O Antiphons will be presented for your prayer and meditation.
May we use this time, this New Year of Grace, as it is call, to truly prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, but more importantly, to help us look with joyful anticipation for the Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus in all his glory.
May you all have a holy and peaceful ADVENT!
“COME, LORD JESUS, COME”
We are a progressive, catholic community, where ALL ARE WELCOME.
We, the family of the Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare are a Catholic, Christian community that reaches to all God’s people by providing a living witness to all called from various and diverse backgrounds – all are welcome to the table of Jesus. As followers of Francis, we are called to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of every person as God’s gift to us. In the spirit of Franciscan joy , we go forth to proclaim the Good News – using words if necessary.
We want to welcome the entire community enjoy the warmth and love of our parish by participating in the sacramental life of the Church; especially who have been turned away by others.
We are a Gospel based Catholic Community that truly strives through worship, ministry, and service to live, grow, and be challenged by the message of Jesus Christ.
Here all are welcome no matter what your race, language, or creed, no matter what your orientation or marriage situation, no matter where your journey has led you.
You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected at Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare.
Come .. live, grow and be challenged by the message!
We are a progressive, catholic community, where ALL ARE WELCOME.
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OF ST. FRANCIS AND CLARE
• We perform marriages at our church or a location special to you. We work with you to make this the beautiful and blessed event that it is intended to be.
• We officiate at funerals and memorial services, making this sacred time meaningful to those who both mourn and celebrate the passing on of our loved ones.
• We graciously baptize both children and adults and welcome them into God’s family.
• We offer the rite of reconciliation, as well as all the other sacraments.
• A special mission is the blessing of animals and grief counseling for those who have to say goodbye to their long time companions.
"I’m interested in going to church but don’t know where to start.
Getting started with anything new is never easy.
One option would be to go to church with someone you know who does go. You could sit with them and they could help you by explaining what happens and so on. Perhaps they might introduce you to some others who are there.
If you’d rather go on your own then just plan to arrive five to ten minutes before the starting time. If you are feeling shy you can sit near the back or ask the greeter to seat you and you will often be introduced to a couple of people around you.
It’s also good if you’re new to a church to say hello to people you’ve never met before. Churches can be very friendly places and most folks are only too glad to be of help or to answer any questions that you might have.
The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare seeks to actively engage all people in the celebrations of life and community in the Catholic tradition. We take seriously the freedom of faith and conscience of the individual. We strive to be an inviting and participatory Church, open to diversity, accompanying people in their life journey, a gathering of communities that is constantly being renewed, a Church that offers a home and protection, where each person can receive and live out their faith without fear. Our decisions are made by laity, clergy and bishop working together. Our faith is celebrated together, rooted in tradition, open to the future. We warmly encourage you to look at our many resources so that you may better understand our household of faith.
Are you called?
Be an associate of the Franciscans of Fort Lauderdale
Prayer: Join with the friars in prayer, especially for the needs and intentions of Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, and vocations to the community.
Community: Spend time each month with the Friars as spiritual guide through prayer, education and informal activities and discussion.
Service: Become actively involved in a variety of ways to offer assistance to our parish and the surrounding community as examples of Franciscan spirituality.
Growth: Experience your faith more deeply by exploring the joy and richness of a spiritual life led by Franciscan ideals.
This opportunity is offered to all men and women who express a desire to spend more time in prayer, learning and fellowship. Initially, applicants would spend a period of time exploring the purpose, work and goals of this informal religious community. After this ‘novitiate’ members would ‘profess’ annual promises to the community and receive a San Damiano cross as a physical sign of their membership. Persons living outside the parish area are encouraged to remain members. Men and women of ALL ages are welcome.
To inquire more contact Fr Vinnie at church, or send a message.
We come to you, our friends and faith partners to help us in any way possible to achieve our goal. We ask you to think about supporting us in this venture through your prayers as well as your time, talent and treasure.