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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: “WHAT IS THE HISTORICAL/RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ADVENT WREATH? WHY IS A PINK CANDLE INCLUDED?”

A: The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus which means ‘the coming’ or ‘arrival’. It consists of a wreath of evergreen, shaped in a perfect circle, which represents the eternity of God and His unending love for us. It also symbolizes eternal life which is ours through faith in Jesus Christ. The wreath started in Germany in the time of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther back in the 16th century. However, it did not become popular until the 19th.century. One candle each week focuses on one of the four virtues that Jesus brings to us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. First Candle: (purple): The Prophecy Candle – The Candle of Hope (Romans 15: 12-13). Second Candle (purple): The Bethlehem Candle – The Candle of Preparation (Lk. 3: 4-6). Third Candle (pink): The Shepherd Candle – The Candle of Joy (Lk. 2: 7-15). Fourth Candle (purple): The Angel Candle – The Candle of Love (Jn 3: 16-17). Fifth Candle (white): The Christ Candle (Not all churches use a white candle; when used it means the purity of Christ, and is lit on Christmas Eve). Symbolism: The color violet (purple) means a time of penance, sacrifice, and waiting. The color pink is used on Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin “to rejoice.” Each of the four weeks of Advent represents 1,000 years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Even until the birth of our Savior. We go from darkness to light: the Advent wreath and its prayers provide a way to prepare for Christmas and to remain vigilant, and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

 

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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