When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

If you or someone you know is in need , regardless of faith, nationality, race, orientation or political opinion, our St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish is here to help. Please contact us at the Parish Office (716-627-2710). Next Collection, January 27 & 28 at all Masses

As the Fall approaches, please consider serving your Faith Community as one of our liturgical ministers. Liturgical Ministries include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Music and Greeter. Serving in one these ministries is a real service to the Community and is also a way of participating more deeply and fully in the Mass. The more ministers we have, the less frequently one is called upon to serve. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to serve, please contact Fr. Ross or call the parish office.

As members of the Catholic Church, we have been entrusted in a special way to promote, safeguard and protect the Sanctity of Human Life. Together we can make a difference and help bring about a change of heart in our society. To be a part of this most important ministry and work, join us every Friday morning, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 AM. For more information, please contact Fr. Ross at the parish office.

Saint Francis of Assisi ( Italian : San Francesco d'Assisi ), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone , informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), [2] was an Italian Catholic friar , deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor , the women’s Order of Saint Clare , the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land . Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. [3]

His example drew others to him. Within a year Francis had eleven followers. The brothers lived a simple life in the deserted lazar house of Rivo Torto near Assisi; but they spent much of their time wandering through the mountainous districts of Umbria , making a deep impression upon their hearers by their earnest exhortations. [2]

For those who could not leave their homes, he later formed the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, a fraternity composed of either laity or clergy whose members neither withdrew from the world nor took religious vows . Instead, they observed the principles of Franciscan life in their daily lives. [3] Before long, this Third Order grew beyond Italy.

In 1202 he took part in a war between Assisi and Perugia, was held prisoner for almost a year, and on his release fell seriously ill. After his recovery, he attempted to join the papal forces under Count Gentile against the emperor Frederick II in Apulia in late 1205. On his journey, however, he had a vision or dream that bade him return to Assisi and await the call to a new kind of knighthood. On his return, he dedicated himself to solitude and prayer so that he might know God’s will for him.

Probably no one in history has set out as seriously as did Francis to imitate the life of Christ and to carry out so literally Christ’s work in Christ’s own way. This is the key to the character and spirit of St. Francis and helps explain his veneration for the Eucharist (the body and blood of Christ) and respect for the priests who handled the elements of the communion sacrament. To neglect this point is to present an unbalanced portrait of the saint as a lover of nature, a social worker, an itinerant preacher, and a celebrant of poverty.

Certainly the love of poverty is part of his spirit, and his contemporaries celebrated poverty either as his “lady,” in the allegorical Sacrum commercium (Eng. trans., Francis and His Lady Poverty , 1964), or as his “bride,” in the fresco by Giotto in the lower church of San Francesco at Assisi. Indeed, poverty was so important to Francis that in his last writing, the Testament , composed shortly before his death in 1226, he declared unambiguously that absolute personal and corporate poverty was the essential lifestyle for the members of his order. It was not, however, mere external poverty he sought but the total denial of self (as in the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:7).

St. Francis of Assisi located at
135 W. 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Between 6th and 7th Avenues

When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

If you or someone you know is in need , regardless of faith, nationality, race, orientation or political opinion, our St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish is here to help. Please contact us at the Parish Office (716-627-2710). Next Collection, January 27 & 28 at all Masses

As the Fall approaches, please consider serving your Faith Community as one of our liturgical ministers. Liturgical Ministries include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Music and Greeter. Serving in one these ministries is a real service to the Community and is also a way of participating more deeply and fully in the Mass. The more ministers we have, the less frequently one is called upon to serve. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to serve, please contact Fr. Ross or call the parish office.

As members of the Catholic Church, we have been entrusted in a special way to promote, safeguard and protect the Sanctity of Human Life. Together we can make a difference and help bring about a change of heart in our society. To be a part of this most important ministry and work, join us every Friday morning, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 AM. For more information, please contact Fr. Ross at the parish office.

Saint Francis of Assisi ( Italian : San Francesco d'Assisi ), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone , informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), [2] was an Italian Catholic friar , deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor , the women’s Order of Saint Clare , the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land . Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. [3]

His example drew others to him. Within a year Francis had eleven followers. The brothers lived a simple life in the deserted lazar house of Rivo Torto near Assisi; but they spent much of their time wandering through the mountainous districts of Umbria , making a deep impression upon their hearers by their earnest exhortations. [2]

For those who could not leave their homes, he later formed the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, a fraternity composed of either laity or clergy whose members neither withdrew from the world nor took religious vows . Instead, they observed the principles of Franciscan life in their daily lives. [3] Before long, this Third Order grew beyond Italy.

When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

If you or someone you know is in need , regardless of faith, nationality, race, orientation or political opinion, our St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish is here to help. Please contact us at the Parish Office (716-627-2710). Next Collection, January 27 & 28 at all Masses

As the Fall approaches, please consider serving your Faith Community as one of our liturgical ministers. Liturgical Ministries include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Music and Greeter. Serving in one these ministries is a real service to the Community and is also a way of participating more deeply and fully in the Mass. The more ministers we have, the less frequently one is called upon to serve. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to serve, please contact Fr. Ross or call the parish office.

As members of the Catholic Church, we have been entrusted in a special way to promote, safeguard and protect the Sanctity of Human Life. Together we can make a difference and help bring about a change of heart in our society. To be a part of this most important ministry and work, join us every Friday morning, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 AM. For more information, please contact Fr. Ross at the parish office.

Saint Francis of Assisi ( Italian : San Francesco d'Assisi ), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone , informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), [2] was an Italian Catholic friar , deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor , the women’s Order of Saint Clare , the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land . Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. [3]

His example drew others to him. Within a year Francis had eleven followers. The brothers lived a simple life in the deserted lazar house of Rivo Torto near Assisi; but they spent much of their time wandering through the mountainous districts of Umbria , making a deep impression upon their hearers by their earnest exhortations. [2]

For those who could not leave their homes, he later formed the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, a fraternity composed of either laity or clergy whose members neither withdrew from the world nor took religious vows . Instead, they observed the principles of Franciscan life in their daily lives. [3] Before long, this Third Order grew beyond Italy.

In 1202 he took part in a war between Assisi and Perugia, was held prisoner for almost a year, and on his release fell seriously ill. After his recovery, he attempted to join the papal forces under Count Gentile against the emperor Frederick II in Apulia in late 1205. On his journey, however, he had a vision or dream that bade him return to Assisi and await the call to a new kind of knighthood. On his return, he dedicated himself to solitude and prayer so that he might know God’s will for him.

Probably no one in history has set out as seriously as did Francis to imitate the life of Christ and to carry out so literally Christ’s work in Christ’s own way. This is the key to the character and spirit of St. Francis and helps explain his veneration for the Eucharist (the body and blood of Christ) and respect for the priests who handled the elements of the communion sacrament. To neglect this point is to present an unbalanced portrait of the saint as a lover of nature, a social worker, an itinerant preacher, and a celebrant of poverty.

Certainly the love of poverty is part of his spirit, and his contemporaries celebrated poverty either as his “lady,” in the allegorical Sacrum commercium (Eng. trans., Francis and His Lady Poverty , 1964), or as his “bride,” in the fresco by Giotto in the lower church of San Francesco at Assisi. Indeed, poverty was so important to Francis that in his last writing, the Testament , composed shortly before his death in 1226, he declared unambiguously that absolute personal and corporate poverty was the essential lifestyle for the members of his order. It was not, however, mere external poverty he sought but the total denial of self (as in the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:7).

St. Francis of Assisi located at
135 W. 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Between 6th and 7th Avenues

Saint Francis of Assisi changed the world during his brief life, and he is still remembered worldwide today for the miracles people say God performed through him and the compassion he showed to the vulnerable -- especially poor people, sick people, and animals .

Here’s a look at Francis' remarkable life and what the Catholic text " The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi " (1390, by Ugolino di Monte Santa Maria) says about his miracles:

The man who became known as Francis of Assisi was born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone in Assisi, Umbria (which is now part of Italy) around 1181 into a wealthy family. He lived a life of leisure in his youth, but he was restless, and by 1202 he had joined a militia group. After a battle between soldiers from Assisi and the town of Perugia, Francis (who had taken the name “Francesco,” or “Francis” in English, as his nickname) spent a year as a prisoner of war . He and devoted a lot of time to seeking a closer relationship with God and discovering God’s purposes for his life.

When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

If you or someone you know is in need , regardless of faith, nationality, race, orientation or political opinion, our St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish is here to help. Please contact us at the Parish Office (716-627-2710). Next Collection, January 27 & 28 at all Masses

As the Fall approaches, please consider serving your Faith Community as one of our liturgical ministers. Liturgical Ministries include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Music and Greeter. Serving in one these ministries is a real service to the Community and is also a way of participating more deeply and fully in the Mass. The more ministers we have, the less frequently one is called upon to serve. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to serve, please contact Fr. Ross or call the parish office.

As members of the Catholic Church, we have been entrusted in a special way to promote, safeguard and protect the Sanctity of Human Life. Together we can make a difference and help bring about a change of heart in our society. To be a part of this most important ministry and work, join us every Friday morning, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 AM. For more information, please contact Fr. Ross at the parish office.

Saint Francis of Assisi ( Italian : San Francesco d'Assisi ), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone , informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), [2] was an Italian Catholic friar , deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor , the women’s Order of Saint Clare , the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land . Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. [3]

His example drew others to him. Within a year Francis had eleven followers. The brothers lived a simple life in the deserted lazar house of Rivo Torto near Assisi; but they spent much of their time wandering through the mountainous districts of Umbria , making a deep impression upon their hearers by their earnest exhortations. [2]

For those who could not leave their homes, he later formed the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, a fraternity composed of either laity or clergy whose members neither withdrew from the world nor took religious vows . Instead, they observed the principles of Franciscan life in their daily lives. [3] Before long, this Third Order grew beyond Italy.

In 1202 he took part in a war between Assisi and Perugia, was held prisoner for almost a year, and on his release fell seriously ill. After his recovery, he attempted to join the papal forces under Count Gentile against the emperor Frederick II in Apulia in late 1205. On his journey, however, he had a vision or dream that bade him return to Assisi and await the call to a new kind of knighthood. On his return, he dedicated himself to solitude and prayer so that he might know God’s will for him.

Probably no one in history has set out as seriously as did Francis to imitate the life of Christ and to carry out so literally Christ’s work in Christ’s own way. This is the key to the character and spirit of St. Francis and helps explain his veneration for the Eucharist (the body and blood of Christ) and respect for the priests who handled the elements of the communion sacrament. To neglect this point is to present an unbalanced portrait of the saint as a lover of nature, a social worker, an itinerant preacher, and a celebrant of poverty.

Certainly the love of poverty is part of his spirit, and his contemporaries celebrated poverty either as his “lady,” in the allegorical Sacrum commercium (Eng. trans., Francis and His Lady Poverty , 1964), or as his “bride,” in the fresco by Giotto in the lower church of San Francesco at Assisi. Indeed, poverty was so important to Francis that in his last writing, the Testament , composed shortly before his death in 1226, he declared unambiguously that absolute personal and corporate poverty was the essential lifestyle for the members of his order. It was not, however, mere external poverty he sought but the total denial of self (as in the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:7).

When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

If you or someone you know is in need , regardless of faith, nationality, race, orientation or political opinion, our St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish is here to help. Please contact us at the Parish Office (716-627-2710). Next Collection, January 27 & 28 at all Masses

As the Fall approaches, please consider serving your Faith Community as one of our liturgical ministers. Liturgical Ministries include: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Music and Greeter. Serving in one these ministries is a real service to the Community and is also a way of participating more deeply and fully in the Mass. The more ministers we have, the less frequently one is called upon to serve. If you would like more information or would like to sign up to serve, please contact Fr. Ross or call the parish office.

As members of the Catholic Church, we have been entrusted in a special way to promote, safeguard and protect the Sanctity of Human Life. Together we can make a difference and help bring about a change of heart in our society. To be a part of this most important ministry and work, join us every Friday morning, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by prayers and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 AM. For more information, please contact Fr. Ross at the parish office.

When Swansea Public Schools cancel school due to a weather related event, Mass and faith formation classes are also cancelled for that day. 

Faith formation class cancellations, whether weekday or weekend, will always be posted on our website and on WSAR.com and announced on WSAR radio 1480 AM.  

About Us:   We are in the Diocese of Fall River.  The former parish of Our Lady of Fatima merged with St. Michael's in 2005, thus forming St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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