Thursday, the 26th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Francis of Assisi
Readings for today’s Mass
Today, the world celebrates the life of Giovanni Bernardone. You know him better as Francis of Assisi. He is also known as the patron of animals, of the environment, of ecology and of the natural world. It is in his memory that the Pope chose his name. It is also for one of the saint's poems that the Pope named his 2015 encyclical on the environment - Laudato Si: On the Care For Our Common Home. If you've never read it, here is a good condensation of the document. Perhaps this is a good time to check it out.
And here is St. Francis' poem that inspired the name of the encyclical. The Canticle of the Sun will give an insight into the soul of Francis:
Most high, all-powerful, all good, Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor and all blessing.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made,
And first, my lord, Brother Sun, who brings the day; and light you give to us through him.
How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sisters Moon and Stars;
In the heavens you have made them, bright and precious and fair.
All praise be yours my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all the weather's moods,
by which you cherish all that you have made.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
so useful, lowly, precious and pure.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
Through whom you brighten up the night.
How beautiful is he, how gay! Full of power and strength.
All praise be yours my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother
Who feeds us in her sovereignty
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through those who grant pardon for love of you;
through those who endure sickness and trial.
Happy those who endure in peace. By you, Most High, they will be crowned.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
from whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those She finds doing your will!
The second death can do no harm to them.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks and serve him with great humility.