SUNDAY CATHOLIC SERVICE 10:30 am.
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ALL ARE WELCOME
Welcome to St. Francis Ecumenical Catholic Church where ALL ARE WELCOME! Come join us in worship and celebrate our Catholic, Christian identity with the seven Sacraments. We are truly "INCLUSIVE" and hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
We believe that the door to salvation is always open to everyone and so are the doors to our church.
To live by FAITH, be known by LOVE, and be a voice of HOPE in order to give ourselves in service and better the lives of others.
St. Francis offers "ALL Loving Couples" the traditional Catholic Sacrament and setting for your most sacred celebration. Noninclusive circumstances, that are so denied by other churches may prevent couples from celebrating a true catholic marriage ceremony; we here, warmly welcome "All" at Saint Francis, to include also the: divorced, same sex, (LGBTQ).
Sunday Morning Mass 10:30 am
Ash Wed Service 2/26 at noon
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REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED
The Interfaith Food Pantry has told us their biggest needs right now for the month of January are individual single meals, canned chicken & miscellaneous vegetables (spinach, beets, all kinds of greens, water chestnuts, sauerkraut, mushrooms, bean sprouts, black-eyed peas, Lima beams, squash, artichokes, 3 bean salad, etc.) These items are either in constant demand or are things we don't very often receive. Of course, all non-perishables are welcome. Thank you all, for your generosity and support of the Interfaith Food Pantry.
Thank You and God's Blessings!
February 23, Sunday
Mardi Gras Potluck
The theme is “Anything Goes”. Bring your favorite dish along to share. We have a flyer and sign-up sheet in the social hall.
February 26 - March 15
Lenten Prayer & Study Group
The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 2/26-4/15, from 7-8 pm here at the church. See Debbie F. for more information.
February 29, Saturday
We will be continuing our RCIA program here at St. Francis for becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
March 2 - 7
2020 Church Cruise
It is a 5 day cruise leaving the port of Tampa. See Mike Heimsath for more information.
March 14, Saturday
You can start to bring in your items which you would like to donate for this year's sale. If you can help out with organizing and sorting out stuff, please speak with Lorraine & Sharon. Stay tuned for more information.
March 18, Wednesday
Aids Partnership Dinner
See Debbie and Terry for more information.
Hope To See You Soon
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time A
“I have not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them.”
Today, Matthew’s Gospel reading is part one and deals with the Law. Part two deals with worship and religious practice and contains the Lord’s Prayer. Part three deals with trusting God and deeds of loving service to our neighbor. When Matthew speaks of “the Law and the prophets” he means the whole Scripture. When the Messiah brings the fullness of the kingdom none of scripture will be done away with. Instead it will be fulfilled. Matthew’s Jesus does not overturn the Law of Moses, nor does he set his followers free from the Law. He requires his followers to go beyond the Law by doing more than the Law requires. The Law condemned murder. Jesus condemns anger. The Law condemned adultery. Jesus condemns even lustful looks. As Jewish Christians who had always been faithful to the Law Matthew’s community needed a way to understand the difference Jesus and the kingdom he brings have made. They affirmed that God had always been at work in history through “the Law and the prophets.” But God’s work goes beyond that to be embodied by the Messiah who reveals the definitive will of God. The written scriptures and their interpretation in tradition are surpassed by Jesus whose life and teaching are the definitive revelation of the will of God.
Michael Maurice, Worship and Religious Education Ministry Saint Francis Ecumenical Catholic Church (Year A, 2/16/2020)