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Welcome to

St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Blue Skies




      We are a Roman Catholic community of believers in Jesus Christ in Ridgefield Park, N.J. and surrounding areas, located in the Archdiocese of Newark.

   Please feel free to visit the pages of our Parish website (and our Facebook page) to learn about who we are as a community of faith and the services our parish provides. 

    If you are thinking about moving to the Ridgefield Park area, we cordially invite you to stop by the Church on the weekend or come visit us at the Parish Center.

   We would love for you to make St. Francis

of Assisi your parish home!

                     All are WELCOME!  in Jesus's name

                                                             Msgr. Richard


Lighting Prayers

All are welcome to join us on the first Friday of each month for our Eucharistic Adoration between 8-9:00AM in the Church

Prayer Candles
We would like to welcome
Msgr. Richard Arnhols to
our Parish Family.
He is currently our Temporary Administrator.
We are blessed to have him guide our flock. 


A Message from Msgr. Richard

  Retiring on July 1st after having served for 25 years as pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish in Bergenfield, I never expected to be called back into official service as temporary administrator here at St. Francis of Assisi, but here I am. Unfortunately, it will only be part-time, since I had already made a weekend commitment to St. Pius X parish in Forked River, not far from my retirement home.

 I started on October 11th here, and I am working weekdays with Fr. Bart and the parish staff, all of whom I have found to be fully dedicated to the well-being of the parish. Should any of you wish to speak with me, please call the parish office to make an appointment, or email me at

  Please be assured that I will do everything in my power to keep this parish moving forward until a new pastor is named. In the meantime, let us continue to pray for one another!

                                        Msgr. Richard Arnhols

                                        Temporary Administrator

Dear Parishioners,

  Our readings today focus on ultimate sacrifices. Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, given by God to him late in his life, if that’s what God asked. Jesus, of course, becomes the perfect sacrifice as God’s only Son, completely obedient to His Father’s Will.               Jesus tries to prepare some of His apostles for their eventual self-sacrifices by giving them this marvelous vision of the Transfiguration.

  Some of us are called to make more dramatic sacrifices than others through the course of our earthly lives. The more we can open ourselves to God’s abiding grace, the more we are able to bear and still be filled with hope and joy. This is sometimes easier said than done, but when we are able to do it, we discover a new level of peace even in the midst of difficulties.

   I am pleased that your response to the Annual Appeal continues to grow, already outpacing last year’s early results. I ask every family to consider a pledge or gift to the Appeal, which benefits so many ministries in our Archdiocese and parish. Your financial sacrifice is an appropriate Lenten endeavor which has positive effects all year long!

                                        Msgr. Richard Arnhols –

                                        Temporary Administrator

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Ping Pong Paddle
Welcome back to our
2023-2024 Youth Group!!! 
I am looking forward to
all of you joining me. 
Every other Wednesday
7:30PM to 9:00PM in the Lower Church.
Bring a Friend or two!!

Save the date,
Wed February 28 2024
in the Lower Church.

Fun, Food, Prayer and Laughter
with Kate

School Notebook

Welcome back to our 2023/2024 Faith Formation Program! Please note classes begin at 10:45AM


This weekend 2/25 

Lenten Craft after class in the gym

and Rice Bowl Distribution will be this Sunday, February 25th.



Regular Classes 10:45-12:00

Grades 6, 7 and MSE 2 will be going to Mass at 11:30AM. Dismissal at 12:30 from Church...

Next Weekend 3/3

Family Session on the Stations of the Cross at 11:00AM.

Family Mass at 5PM grades 5 and MSE 2 are required to attend the Mass. 

Canned Food

From the Food Pantry


Thank you for the Many Food Pantry Donations both monetary and food. 


The food pantry is in need of:

Peanut butter 16.3oz,


Jelly all flavors,


 rice, both regular and Spanish

in small bags,

All kinds of cereal

Pancake Mix and Pancake syrup


and paper products,

toilet paper

and paper towels.

Thank you to the Boy Scouts for their beautiful work on our Food Pantry.

Especially Preston brady 

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Easter Memorial Envelopes

The flowers, plants and decorations which will beautify our church at Easter can be designated as memorials for a loved one.  A donation of $15 is requested per Memorial.

 Please use the envelope in your collection envelope pack or you can use a plain blank envelope marked “Easter Flower Memorial.”

Please PRINT the name or names clearly

 on your envelope. They will be placed

 on the Altar.

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is meant to

prepare us for Easter.

This Lenten season we have our

morning Mass Monday thru Friday at 7:30AM and

an afternoon Mass at 12:10PM now through March 

Saturday and Sunday will remain the same.


We will have our traditional stations of the cross on

Friday nights at

6:30 in English and 7:30PM in Spanish

At the doors of the church there will be baskets with index cards that contain

various Lenten penances and sacrifices.  Please pick one,

read it and put it back for someone else.


Purple Lenten Cross Cutouts are located next to the cross on the Altar.

Write the nature of your burden on the back of the cross, cut it out,

and lay your burden down in the rock which will be located under the cross on the Altar.

Our Lenten Parish Penance Service will take place on

Monday, March 4th at 7:00PM

 here in the Church.


2024 Lenten Regulations

The days of both Fast and Abstinence

during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday. The Other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast. On a day of

Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence. The obligation to observe the laws of fast and abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole, is a serious obligation. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as penance.

The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday of Lent February 18th to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 26th, 2024.

The Code of Canon Law (can 1294) allows

the Pastor to grant in individual cases and for a just cause a dispensation from the

Specified obligations.

Click below to read the latest edition of "Rejoice in the Lord" by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop of Newark. 

2024 Year to Date






Stretch Goal



Number of Donors


The Annual Appeal will fund essential programs and ministries at the heart of our Catholic mission in our four counties – namely to proclaim the gospel, to pass on the faith to future generations, particularly through the celebration of the sacraments, and to care for the poor and those on the margins.

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