St. Francis Parish Calendar

St. Francis Calendar for December 2017


Move the cursor over an underlined calendar event to view more information. The notes on saints’ days are used with permission.* Events are held at their usual St. Francis location unless otherwise noted. The regular Mass schedule for the current week is also available.

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3
 1st Sunday of Advent

 
 
4
 St. John DamasceneJohn Damascene was born of a Christian family in Damascus in the latter part of the seventh century. Learned in philosophy, he became a monk in the monastery of Saint Sabbas near Jerusalem and was then ordained a priest. He wrote many doctrinal works, particularly against iconoclasts. He died in the middle of the eighth century.

 
 
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6
 St. NicholasNicholas was the bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of Turkey). He died in the middle of the fourth century and, particularly since the tenth century, has been honored by the whole Church.

 
 
7
 St. AmbroseAmbrose was born of a Roman family at Trier about the year 340. He studied at Rome and served in the imperial government at Sirmium. In 374, while living in Milan, he was elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim and ordained on December 7. He devotedly carried out his duties and especially distinguished himself by his service to the poor and as an effective pastor and teacher .of the faithful: He strenuously guarded the laws of the Church and defended orthodox teaching by writings and actions against the Arians. He died on Holy Saturday, April 4, 397.

 
 
8
 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryThe dogma of the Immaculate Conception, defined as part of the deposit of faith in 1854, asserts that in view of her future role in the coming of the Messiah and thus the salvation of the human race, Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin that afflicts the human race. She was therefore “full of grace” from the first moment of her life. This commemoration occurs nine months before the celebration of her birthday on September 8.

 
 
9
 St. Juan DiegoOn December 9, 1531, a native Mexican named Juan Diego rose before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily Mass in what is now Mexico City. Juan lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. That morning, as he passed Tepeyac Hill, he saw a beautiful young woman dressed like an Aztec princess who said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. When Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak, Castilian roses from Tepeyac fell to the ground and a glowing image of the Lady was imprinted on the cloak. Soon after, a church was built on the site where our Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Christianity. Juan Diego died on May 30, 1548, at the age of 74. At his canonization in 2002 Pope John Paul II praised him for his simple faith nourished by catechesis and called him a model of humility.

 
 
10
 2nd Sunday of Advent

 
 
11
 St. Damasus IDamasus was born in Spain around the year 305. He was admitted to the Roman clergy and in 366, during a period of upheaval in the Church, was ordained bishop of Rome. He summoned synods to work against schismatics and heretics and widely promoted the cult of martyrs whose burial places he adorned with sacred verse. He died in 384.

 
 
12
 Our Lady of GuadalupeThe shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near Mexico City, is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimages in North America. On December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian convert, Juan Diego, and left with him a picture of herself impressed upon his cloak. Devotion to Mary under this title has continually increased, and today she is the Patroness of the Americas. Because of the close link between the Church in Mexico and the Church in the United States this feast was also celebrated in the United States and then placed on the calendar for the dioceses of the United States.

 7 p.m., St. Francis Church: Communal Penance Service

 
13
 St. LucyLucy died at Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian. From antiquity her cult spread throughout the Church, and her name was therefore introduced into the Roman Canon.

 
 
14
 St. John of the CrossJohn of the Cross was born at Fontiveros in Spain around 1542. After a number of years as a Carmelite, he was persuaded by Saint Teresa of Avila in 1568 to lead a reform movement among the brothers which brought a new energy to the Carmelite Order. Renowned for his wisdom and sanctity, he died at Ubeda in 1591. His spiritual writings remain a fitting testimony to his life.

 
 
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17
 3rd Sunday of Advent

 
 
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21
 Commemoration of St. Peter CanisiusPeter Canisius was born in Nijmegen, Holland, in 1521. He studied at Cologne, entered the Society of Jesus, and was ordained a priest in 1546. Sent to Germany, he worked strenuously for many years on his writings and teachings to safeguard and confirm the Catholic faith. Of his numerous books, the Catechism is most renowned. Saint Peter died at Fribourg, Switzerland in 1597.

 
 
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23
 Commemoration of St. John of KantyJohn was born at Kanty in the diocese of Cracow in 1390. After his ordination to the priesthood, he taught for many years at the academy in Krakow and then became pastor of the parish at Olkusz. He distinguished himself as an orthodox teacher of the faith, and by his piety and love of neighbor gave Christian example to his colleagues and students. He died in 1473.

 
 
24
 4th Sunday of Advent

 8:30 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for 4th Sunday of Advent (no 7:15 Mass)

 11:30 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for 4th Sunday of Advent

 4:30 p.m., St. Francis Church: Carols by Children’s Choir

 5 p.m., St. Francis Church: Children’s Mass for Christmas

 10 p.m., St. Francis Church: Festival of Carols with St. Francis Choir

 11 p.m., St. Francis Church: Vigil Mass of Christmas
25
 Nativity of the LordToday the Church celebrates the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Born humbly in Bethlehem, where there was no room for the family in an inn, the infant was visited by shepherds who, while keeping watch over their flock, had been told of his birth by angels. The Gospel of John, proclaimed at the third Mass of this feast, highlights the theological significance of the day: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

 9 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for Christmas

 11 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for Christmas
26
 St. StephenThe martyrdom of Saint Stephen is recounted in the Acts of the Apostles, where he is described as “a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit.” His preaching and miracle-working stirred up his hearers to attack him for blasphemy. “But [Stephen], filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God....’ They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.... As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.... Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’”

 
 
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 St. JohnBrother of Saint James, Saint John became one of the apostles of Jesus and was with the Lord at the most significant events of his ministry. He is referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” in the fourth gospel and was the only apostle to remain with Mary at the foot of the cross on Calvary. After the crucifixion John took Mary into his home and cared for her. Tradtion credits Saint John as the author of the gospel that bears his name and also of three epistles and the Book of Revelation. Because of the soaring imagery used in John’s Gospel, his symbol in iconography is the eagle.

 
 
28
 Holy InnocentsMatthew’s gospel recounts the slaughter of the Holy Innocents: King Herod of Judea was “greatly troubled” when astrologers from the east came asking the whereabouts of “the newborn king of the Jews,” whose star they had seen. They found Jesus but, warned by an angel, avoided Herod on their way home, and Jesus, Mary, and Joseph escaped to Egypt. Herod became furious and “ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” The horror of the massacre and the devastation of the mothers and fathers led Matthew to quote Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children.”

 
 
29
 Commemoration of St. Thomas BecketThomas Becket was born in London in 1118. A cleric of the diocese of Canterbury, he first became chancellor to the king and then in 1162 was chosen bishop. His tireless defense qf the rights of the Church against Henry II prompted the king to exile Becket to France for six years. After returning to his homeland, he endured many trials and in 1170 was murdered by agents of the king.

 
 
30
 Octave of Christmas

 
 
31
 Holy FamilyThis feast, celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas (or on December 30 in years when Christmas falls on Sunday), commemorates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The readings for Mass emphasize the importance of family life in the Christian faith, and the gospel readings for the day speak of events that involved the Holy Family: the flight into Egypt, the presentation of Jesus in the temple, and the finding of the young Jesus speaking with the doctors in the temple.

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
1    Friday
 
2    Saturday
 
3    Sunday
 1st Sunday of Advent
4    Monday
 St. John DamasceneJohn Damascene was born of a Christian family in Damascus in the latter part of the seventh century. Learned in philosophy, he became a monk in the monastery of Saint Sabbas near Jerusalem and was then ordained a priest. He wrote many doctrinal works, particularly against iconoclasts. He died in the middle of the eighth century.
5    Tuesday
 
6    Wednesday
 St. NicholasNicholas was the bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of Turkey). He died in the middle of the fourth century and, particularly since the tenth century, has been honored by the whole Church.
7    Thursday
 St. AmbroseAmbrose was born of a Roman family at Trier about the year 340. He studied at Rome and served in the imperial government at Sirmium. In 374, while living in Milan, he was elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim and ordained on December 7. He devotedly carried out his duties and especially distinguished himself by his service to the poor and as an effective pastor and teacher .of the faithful: He strenuously guarded the laws of the Church and defended orthodox teaching by writings and actions against the Arians. He died on Holy Saturday, April 4, 397.
8    Friday
 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryThe dogma of the Immaculate Conception, defined as part of the deposit of faith in 1854, asserts that in view of her future role in the coming of the Messiah and thus the salvation of the human race, Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin that afflicts the human race. She was therefore “full of grace” from the first moment of her life. This commemoration occurs nine months before the celebration of her birthday on September 8.
9    Saturday
 St. Juan DiegoOn December 9, 1531, a native Mexican named Juan Diego rose before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily Mass in what is now Mexico City. Juan lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. That morning, as he passed Tepeyac Hill, he saw a beautiful young woman dressed like an Aztec princess who said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. When Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak, Castilian roses from Tepeyac fell to the ground and a glowing image of the Lady was imprinted on the cloak. Soon after, a church was built on the site where our Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Christianity. Juan Diego died on May 30, 1548, at the age of 74. At his canonization in 2002 Pope John Paul II praised him for his simple faith nourished by catechesis and called him a model of humility.
10    Sunday
 2nd Sunday of Advent
11    Monday
 St. Damasus IDamasus was born in Spain around the year 305. He was admitted to the Roman clergy and in 366, during a period of upheaval in the Church, was ordained bishop of Rome. He summoned synods to work against schismatics and heretics and widely promoted the cult of martyrs whose burial places he adorned with sacred verse. He died in 384.
12    Tuesday
 Our Lady of GuadalupeThe shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near Mexico City, is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimages in North America. On December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian convert, Juan Diego, and left with him a picture of herself impressed upon his cloak. Devotion to Mary under this title has continually increased, and today she is the Patroness of the Americas. Because of the close link between the Church in Mexico and the Church in the United States this feast was also celebrated in the United States and then placed on the calendar for the dioceses of the United States.

 7 p.m., St. Francis Church: Communal Penance Service
13    Wednesday
 St. LucyLucy died at Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian. From antiquity her cult spread throughout the Church, and her name was therefore introduced into the Roman Canon.
14    Thursday
 St. John of the CrossJohn of the Cross was born at Fontiveros in Spain around 1542. After a number of years as a Carmelite, he was persuaded by Saint Teresa of Avila in 1568 to lead a reform movement among the brothers which brought a new energy to the Carmelite Order. Renowned for his wisdom and sanctity, he died at Ubeda in 1591. His spiritual writings remain a fitting testimony to his life.
15    Friday
 
16    Saturday
 
17    Sunday
 3rd Sunday of Advent
18    Monday
 
19    Tuesday
 
20    Wednesday
 
21    Thursday
 Commemoration of St. Peter CanisiusPeter Canisius was born in Nijmegen, Holland, in 1521. He studied at Cologne, entered the Society of Jesus, and was ordained a priest in 1546. Sent to Germany, he worked strenuously for many years on his writings and teachings to safeguard and confirm the Catholic faith. Of his numerous books, the Catechism is most renowned. Saint Peter died at Fribourg, Switzerland in 1597.
22    Friday
 
23    Saturday
 Commemoration of St. John of KantyJohn was born at Kanty in the diocese of Cracow in 1390. After his ordination to the priesthood, he taught for many years at the academy in Krakow and then became pastor of the parish at Olkusz. He distinguished himself as an orthodox teacher of the faith, and by his piety and love of neighbor gave Christian example to his colleagues and students. He died in 1473.
24    Sunday
 4th Sunday of Advent

 8:30 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for 4th Sunday of Advent (no 7:15 Mass)

 11:30 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for 4th Sunday of Advent

 4:30 p.m., St. Francis Church: Carols by Children’s Choir

 5 p.m., St. Francis Church: Children’s Mass for Christmas

 10 p.m., St. Francis Church: Festival of Carols with St. Francis Choir

 11 p.m., St. Francis Church: Vigil Mass of Christmas
25    Monday
 Nativity of the LordToday the Church celebrates the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Born humbly in Bethlehem, where there was no room for the family in an inn, the infant was visited by shepherds who, while keeping watch over their flock, had been told of his birth by angels. The Gospel of John, proclaimed at the third Mass of this feast, highlights the theological significance of the day: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

 9 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for Christmas

 11 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass for Christmas
26    Tuesday
 St. StephenThe martyrdom of Saint Stephen is recounted in the Acts of the Apostles, where he is described as “a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit.” His preaching and miracle-working stirred up his hearers to attack him for blasphemy. “But [Stephen], filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God....’ They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.... As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.... Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’”
27    Wednesday
 St. JohnBrother of Saint James, Saint John became one of the apostles of Jesus and was with the Lord at the most significant events of his ministry. He is referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” in the fourth gospel and was the only apostle to remain with Mary at the foot of the cross on Calvary. After the crucifixion John took Mary into his home and cared for her. Tradtion credits Saint John as the author of the gospel that bears his name and also of three epistles and the Book of Revelation. Because of the soaring imagery used in John’s Gospel, his symbol in iconography is the eagle.
28    Thursday
 Holy InnocentsMatthew’s gospel recounts the slaughter of the Holy Innocents: King Herod of Judea was “greatly troubled” when astrologers from the east came asking the whereabouts of “the newborn king of the Jews,” whose star they had seen. They found Jesus but, warned by an angel, avoided Herod on their way home, and Jesus, Mary, and Joseph escaped to Egypt. Herod became furious and “ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” The horror of the massacre and the devastation of the mothers and fathers led Matthew to quote Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children.”
29    Friday
 Commemoration of St. Thomas BecketThomas Becket was born in London in 1118. A cleric of the diocese of Canterbury, he first became chancellor to the king and then in 1162 was chosen bishop. His tireless defense qf the rights of the Church against Henry II prompted the king to exile Becket to France for six years. After returning to his homeland, he endured many trials and in 1170 was murdered by agents of the king.
30    Saturday
 Octave of Christmas
31    Sunday
 Holy FamilyThis feast, celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas (or on December 30 in years when Christmas falls on Sunday), commemorates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The readings for Mass emphasize the importance of family life in the Christian faith, and the gospel readings for the day speak of events that involved the Holy Family: the flight into Egypt, the presentation of Jesus in the temple, and the finding of the young Jesus speaking with the doctors in the temple.

*Hagiographical information from the English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours © 1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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