Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
Dear Members and Friends of
Saint Francis of Assisi Church,
Welcome to our parish web site.
Whether parishioner or visitor, may you find the peace of Christ and abundant blessings from our parish community. Please explore our website to see how Saint Francis of Assisi Parish can become part of your faith journey. We look forward to meeting you!
In the Peace of Christ,
Father Tien Duong, Pastor
Peace Prayer reflecting the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi
by an anonymous c.1912
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Dear Friends in Christ,
I would like to use this letter first to say thank you to all who contribute to the second collection this weekend for the Priests’ Retirement and Benefits and also to encourage all our parish members to participate in this collection.
You received the letter from the Diocese explaining why we have this collection every year and why it is important, so I will not repeat it here. I believe all the retired priests deserve to be treated, first, with our appreciation for all the good works and sacrifices which they did for parishes in our Diocese, and, secondly, with our care and love which we have had for them as they shepherded us in the past. I say this, not because I am a priest, but because of the love and support that we always have for the Church through our local Church in Franklin: Saint Francis of Assisi.
All of us somehow and at some degree owe gratitude to the priests - some of them may still be active and some of them have retired because of their age or health. I owe a lot spiritually to the priest of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Vietnam, where my family belonged. Fr. Thomas (his baptismal name) encouraged and nourished my vocation since I first realized it as an altar boy. A few years later I came to the United States. When I was still in the seminary in Latrobe, PA, I got the bad news that he died suddenly; no one knew it until people wondered where he was because he was not at Church for Mass in the evening. I never forget to pray for his soul during my morning and evening prayers as well as at Mass.
We should remember and support our priests when they retire, and pray for them if they have passed away. We must also keep in mind that they are not perfect; they carry with them their weakness(es) into their priesthood and ministries. (That is the reason why I always need your prayers and support). They retire from administration, but they do not retire from ministry because they are priests forever: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Dear Friends, this week the Diocese asks us to show our appreciation, love, care and support to the retired priests whom we knew or did not know by contributing to the second collection at all Masses this weekend. As you know, part of this collection from all parishes in our Diocese will be invested for the future retired priests, like me, who, with the will of God, will retire in sixteen years when I will be 70 years old!
If you forgot to bring your contribution for this collection, you can bring it to the Church next week or mail it to the Church. We must reach the assessment of $8,928.00 for this collection this year.
Thank you for all your love and support.
May God continue to bless you and your loved ones, and may He hear your prayers when you come to Him. Amen.
Peace in Christ,
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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