If you have visited our parish website recently, you may have noticed that things look a little different. We decided to do a little rebranding of the parish to highlight the Franciscan nature of our parish. In our world today, we believe the message Saint Francis taught is even more important now than ever.
Saint Francis taught us to love one another regardless of our health, wealth, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, or creed. He hugged on lepers, sinners, saints, people of all faiths or no faith at all and worked to bring aid to the most impoverished in society. Saint Francis truly believed that when we help the most vulnerable and poor among us we are helping the Christ.
It has become acceptable in our society today to vilify the poor, those from other countries, individuals who identify as LGBTQI and those who do not think or believe like we do. This run against the message of the Gospel, and the basic tenants of being a good human being.
At Saint Francis Parish we take our role of being a beacon of hope and light in the world seriously. We welcome all people to come and celebrate the great mystery of God with us in the sacraments. It is our sacred duty to look out for those who are poor, homeless, sick, as well as those who are rich, in good health, and have homes to spare.
After our wonderful National Synod, Father Matt and I returned to Augusta full of new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose. That is why you will notice a few changes to the way we do things. The first major change was to our name and logos. We are Saint Francis Parish now. This is to highlight the family atmosphere we hope to develop at our Parish. The new logo is a design by one of our in house artist Luna Godsey. Its purpose is to remind us of the simple yet amazingly transformative nature of Saint Francis. An image of Saint Francis will grace our page about his life designed by another of our artists Lilith Chapman.
The second change will be to way we celebrate the Eucharist. The Eucharist is a celebration and as such, we will be celebrating it every Sunday. We will have new mass settings in the very near future thanks to our sister parish in Flourtown, PA. Also during Mass, everyone will be invited to stand around the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer. We are, after all, celebrating the Eucharist as a community or family of believers. As you stand at the altar unite your prayers with ours as we participate fully in the Celebration of the Eucharist.
The third change will come later this year when we introduce a small group to discuss the Old Catholic Faith. We will have more information on that coming soon.
As we work to create a more family centered parish, I hope that you will come and experience a completely different way to be Catholic!
God Bless you all!