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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

Lit 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 church calendar tells us that we are observing the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven today. Our civic calendar adds that today is also Mother’s Day.

  The two observances may be more intertwined than we might first imagine. Jesus, the Son of God, became one like us by being conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. He lived, died, and rose that our sins may be forgiven and ascended to heaven so He could send the Holy Spirit, the divine love of Father and Son for each other, that we may be accompanied in our own journey to heaven.

  Mothers seek not only their own sanctification through faithfully caring for their families, but most often are the ones who show us what true human sacrificial love can be and encourage us to also live in the divine love of God through our celebration of the Sacraments with the goal of one day triumphing in the unending joys of heaven.

   May today be an opportunity to rejoice in God’s Love for us, and to show our gratitude to our moms by our prayers and the way we live!


          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.

Sorry Board Game
Welcome to our 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 May 22nd 2024
in the Lower Church/Gym.

Fun, Food, Prayer and Laughter
with Kate

Keep an eye out for our
fun summer schedule.

School Notebook

            Faith Formation Corner

    Thank you to all the Parents and Teachers for a wonderful year with the children.

          Our LAST class was May 5th. Report cards will be available at the end of June. You will be notified.

      Happy Mother's Day!

         Next weekend

    Saturday, May 18th 2nd grade

First Communion will be at 10:00AM. Please arrive by 9:30am in the lower Church. After Communion, please go to the lower Church for your goody bags, certificates, and pictures

Next weekend

    Sunday, May 19th MSE 2 and Sacrament 1 classes will receive First Communion at the 9:30AM Mass. Please arrive by 9:00am in the lower Church.After Communion, please go to the lower Church for your goody bags, certificates, and pictures

May Crowning pictures

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 


St. Francis Archives

Welcome to a new project our parish is working on! We have over 60 years of archive materials we are finally opening up to our church family! Please check back frequently as new materials will be uploaded.

We are also asking to borrow any items, documents, yearbooks, photos, or other archival materials to display on our page for future generations!

If you would like to participate, please email

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


Please consider donating to our Annual Appeal

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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