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"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”
This Week At St. Francis...
High School Youth-February 10
All High School Students are invited to join us to encounter Jesus together with other young followers of Christ. We will meet in the parish hall at 6pm.
Old Palms For Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, March 6, will be here soon! Please bring your old palms to the church and leave them in the basket in the narthex. These will be used to create the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Mass Intentions Needed
Never are we more closely united with our loved ones, both living and deceased, than at the Eucharist. We have a long tradition of having Masses offered for our loved ones, both living and deceased. If you would like a Mass said as a special intention or for your loved one, living or deceased, please contact the office at (765) 288-6180 to schedule a Mass and pay in person in the office, or place a check in the mail with your name and the name of the intention or person, living or deceased, for whom the Mass is being offered. We ask for a donation of $10 for each Mass Intention.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is in need of the following food items for the month of February: peanut butter... jelly... spaghetti...packets of pasta sauce, chili seasoning, brown gravy...fruit...canned veggies (carrots, spinach, mixed vegetables, chili beans) and pancake syrup.
Gabriel Project is in need of Diapers (Sizes 1, 3, 5, and 6) and Diaper Wipes (sensitive or no scent). We are almost completely out of these items and need your help to re-stock our shelves so that we can better serve our 10 babies.
Did you know that you have been sent by God to evangelize?
Evangelization- Start Where You Are
by Anthony Feola
I remember one of the first times I witnessed the Holy Spirit work through me to bring someone to Jesus. I was a sophomore in high school. My friend and I were talking in the back row of Spanish class and he asked me, “Are you Protestant or Catholic?” At the time, my spiritual journey was all over the map! I literally had no reference point for what he was asking me. Nervously, with no clue what to say, I belted out something like, “
Jesus didn’t say ‘Verily, verily I say unto you; unless a man is Protestant or Catholic he will enter the kingdom of God. He said unless a man is born again he will not enter the kingdom of God
Are you born again?”
I had recently read John chapter 3. I had no idea what “born again” even meant or how to explain it to my friend. All I knew was Jesus had said it and so I repeated it. His face turned red, and he laid his head down on his desk. Without another word, the Holy Spirit came and joined us in the back row of Spanish class.
We talked occasionally in the months that followed. Eventually, we graduated from High School and lost contact. Years later, we reconnected and he thanked me for being such a bold witness to him. He said he never tells his testimony of coming to Christ without mentioning the conversations we had. Unbeknownst to me, sometime after that brief encounter, he knelt alone in his bedroom and gave His life to Christ.
I am so grateful I did not wait until I knew the “right thing” to say to my friend. Sometimes, all you need is a seed. Start where you are with what you know. Say the simple name of Jesus to someone. Ask if you can pray for them. You may be surprised how God can use your simple obedience to lead someone to Christ!
Think about this scripture:
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I said; "send me!"
If the Lord were to ask you, "Whom shall I send?" What would your response be?
Here I am, send Charlie!
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Here I am, but that's not my calling.
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Here I am, send me!
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"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is Spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
on Friday, February 1 at 5:00PM