St. Francis of Assisi Parish
WORSHIP GOD, BE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND TRUE
& FAITHFULLY SERVE WITH OTHERS IN HARMONY
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
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 MsgrRJA@aol.com. 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
We begin a new Church year with today’s First Sunday of Advent. Due to the way the calendar falls, it is the shortest possible Advent: only three weeks and one day!
Advent is not considered as much a penitential season as Lent, but one of anticipation and preparation for Christ’s glorious final coming. At the same time, though, it should remind us of Christ’s daily coming into our lives. As the prophet reminds us in today’s first reading, hardened hearts are never great welcoming places. If we have closed our minds and hearts in any way to God or our neighbor, NOW is the time, with the help of God’s grace, to set things right, to open ourselves to God’s love and mercy, and to be willing to make amends with anyone to whom we may feel animosity. This will be of great benefit not only to ourselves, but to our families, our community, and our parish. Strive to be at peace with all people, and as the Prayer of St. Francis asks, to be made instruments of God’s peace with others!
Msgr. Richard Arnhols –
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
ALL ARE WELCOME IN THIS PLACE
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 December 6th
in the Lower Church.
Fun, Food, Prayer and Laughter
Welcome back to our 2023/2024 Faith Formation Program! Please note classed begin at 10:45AM
We are so happy to see you all back with us and we welcome the new families.
This weekend we had our first family session.
Thank you all for attending.
Thank you to Deacon Victor Conversano Jr. for leading us in learning about the Eucharist Revival.
This upcoming weekend 12/10 grades 1,2, and 3 will be attending the 11:30AM Mass
We are also having our Advent Craft led by Miss Failth after class at 12:15PM in the gym with snacks. Please return your order form A.S.A.P to hold your spot. Quantities are limited.
From the Food Pantry
Thank you for the Many Food Pantry Donations both monetary and food.
We were truly blessed to have received so many turkeys and the fixings in addition to monetary donations this Thanksgiving.
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,
and paper towels.
Thank you to everyone who helped put together a special dinner for all of our Food Pantry clients.
Click below to read the latest edition of "Rejoice in the Lord" by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. Archbishop of Newark.
2023 Year to Date
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.