Celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with joy
LENOIR — Parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lenoir celebrated their patron saint's feast last weekend with numerous events – all aimed at glorifying God and giving thanks to Him.
First, the faithful gathered for the blessing and dedication of a new sacristy at the church on Oct. 4. A Mass celebrated by Father Julio Dominguez, pastor, initiated the parish's Forty Hours Devotion.
Each faith formation class (led by their catechist) took an hour of Adoration in the course of the 40 hours to pray for their families. Later on Oct. 4, Deacon Stephen Pickett led the blessing of the animals, and then parishioners gathered for a potluck supper that evening.
On Oct. 5, nearly 150 women from the parish went to a nearby camp center for an Emmaus retreat, while their husbands stayed home and took care of the children. On Oct. 7, the parish welcomed the women home with a closing Mass.
Throughout the Forty Hours Devotion, a relic of St. Francis of Assisi was on display in the church. Overall, it really was a wonderful feast!
— Photos provided by Sister Joan W. Pearson, SSJ
FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy