The Pope’s Dream – For a Synodal Church

Your bold and honest input is needed.

Our Holy Father has initiated a Synod (Council) to which every member of the Church, the Holy Spirit and the Bishops are invited. Pope Francis wants your bold and honest input about your experience of Church. In walking together, listening to one another and discerning, the Holy Father trusts that the Synodal Process will lead us to proclaim the Gospel in a powerful new way.

The Pope’s dream is that among the People of God this process will plant dreams, draw forth prophecy and vision, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave relationships together, awaken the dawn of hope, learn from one another and create bright resources that will enlighten our minds. It is not about changing teachings or doctrines of the Church.

As members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, we are invited into this process. 
Bishop Crosby wants us to give our input, our observations, our experience, our insights and our concerns.  All our input must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2021. There are three ways you can give input:

  • Online Group Meetings – We are offering three evening online meetings, Nov. 23, 24 and 25 at 7pm, with a possible afternoon meeting if required. These groups would be no more than 15 people each so everyone has time to share.
  • In Person Group Meetings – If people prefer to meet in person rather than on zoom we will arrange this, following all COVID protocols, hopefully also from Nov. 23 – 25.
  • Diocesan Survey – If you prefer to give input individually you can fill out a survey from the Diocese online, or by calling the parish office and we will get you a printed copy. Access the online survey by clicking here.

I invite you to watch the introductory video below, and learn more on the Diocesan webpage by clicking here. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are willing to participate and which dates work for you so we can put a plan into action.

Blessings and Best Wishes to all!      
~ Fr. Murray C.R.

Christmas Mass Registration

Our parish team wants to make sure our parishioners are able to attend Mass at St. Francis this Christmas. With the increasing number of parishioners joining us at weekend Masses (yay! Welcome back!) we believe it is important to have registration for each Christmas Mass:

  Christmas Eve – Friday December 24

      4:30 pm,   7:00 pm,   9:00 pm

  Christmas Day – Saturday December 25

      10:00 am

To make everything simpler at these Masses we will be giving you a “ticket” you will show at the door on Christmas. Please visit, call or email the parish office to reserve your seats and get your “tickets”.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Please enjoy a few pictures from our Feast Day celebrations! Rain did not dampen spirits, and even cleared in time for the Bishop to bless our statue. Thank you to all who helped make this day happen!

We also received greetings from our sister churches Forest Hill United Church and Calvin Presbyterian:

Good Morning Good Folks of St Francis of Assisi Parish,
As I begin worship this morning my heart and mind are filled with gratitude for your presence in our community.  You have been a place of welcome, love and care for 60 years and we at Forest Hill United pray that the next 60 years will equally be filled with service to Christ and the world he loves.
Blessings for your day and celebration, 
Rev. Gary Clark

on behalf of Forest Hill United Church.

This beautiful arrangement was given to us by Calvin Presbyterian in celebration of our anniversary. Thank you!

As part of our Feast Day celebrations and to conclude our 60th Anniversary “year” we were very happy to welcome Bishop Crosby to preside at a special Mass on Sunday October 3 at 2pm. Bishop Crosby will bless our new statue, St. Francis in Exultation, created by Timothy Schmalz, following Mass and those attending were invited to stay to enjoy a cupcake and refreshments on the church grounds.