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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi is a welcoming, intergenerational and multi-cultural Catholic community,
which embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ to foster Spiritual growth.

FATHER, I WANT TO KNOW…

Some people have questions about the Catholic Faith and the priests here at St. Francis of Assisi have offered to answer these questions.

Q: Explain what is meant by: HE WILL COME AND RISE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.

A: The phrase Eschatological times or Parousia comes from the Greek, just in case you run into it in some text. It refers specifically to the end of times.

First of all, there are three levels of belief:

1) Jesus already came 2000 years ago, died, resurrected and ascended into heaven. –This was the First Advent: the waiting for the Messiah was over;

2) He will return – let’s say that this is the Second Advent within which we live, and move, and have our being. We are now waiting for the return of the Lord;

3) He will come to judge the living and the dead. No reason to be frightened when we read the verb ‘to judge’ because the Lord is just and merciful. We can find this text in I Thessalonians, but especially in Chapter 4: 13-17. Please read the entire text. The most important aspect is the fulfillment of union with Christ. It focuses on hope for the departed faithful. When our Lord returns, the souls/spirits of dead believers will be reunited with their bodies. The ones left behind will join them in the Lord. (See also Mt 24:40-41 and Lk 17:34-15). This is exactly what it means although, as it is common in anything theological, we will find different interpretations.

Hope that this explanation has been of help. 

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8th

December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, and Mass times are 6:30 am, 8:30 am, 7 pm (Bilingual) and 8:15 pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12th

December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and at 5 am is Mananita and Mass times are 6 am (Spanish), 8:30 am, 4:30 pm (Spanish) and 7 pm (Spanish).

 

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