News and Updates
Rome does not speak for all Catholics
(10/26/2015) Our pastor, Bishop George responds to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark's recent promulgation of new norms for Roman Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark to refuse the sacrament of the Eucharist to Catholics they deem unworthy. You can read the article here.
Glen Ridge opinion: Life Lessons from St. Francis
(10/13/2015) Bishop George Lucey, FCM, the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi ANCC has been invited as a guest columnist for the Glen Ridge Voice. The artile is entitled "Glen Ridge opinion: Life Lessons from St. Francis". You can read the article here.
St Francis Embarks Upon Capital Campaign
The parish council of St. Francis of Assisi, the cathedral parish of the American National Catholic Church, has begun a forward-looking capital campaign, to acquire a facility in the communities it serves. The ambitious goal of the capital campaign is $125,000, whereby all funds raised will be earmarked into a restricted fund, whose proceeds can only be used for building and growth projects of the parish. more...
Welcome to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Website!St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is an all embracing parish community of the American National Catholic Church, conducted by the Religious Order of the Franciscan Community of Mercy. St. Francis of Assisi parish is a faith community in the Catholic tradition which embraces all into full participation in the sacramental life of the church.
We are a viable option for those seeking to feel at home in a valid Catholic community which strives to teach and live the gospels of Christ. We try to fulfill Christ's admonition to love one another as God loves us. We at St. Francis affirm with Archbishop Willibrord van Os of Utrecht, who in 1823 reiterated adherence to the unchanging doctrine of Catholicism in the following words: "We accept without any exception whatever, all the Articles of the Holy Catholic Faith. We will never hold nor teach, now or afterwards, any other opinions than those that have been decreed, determined and published by our Mother, Holy Church..." Thus, we along with other Catholics, trace our Apostolic Succession through the Roman and Eastern Catholic Churches to the Apostles, and invite all to participate fully in the sacramental ministry of the Church. The Rule of Faith, which forms our parish life, is our belief that we are called into existence by God to give witness to the inclusively of God’s love found in the Catholic teaching, and our faithful adherence to Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a place for Contemporary Catholics, seeking to learn about God and God’s will, to reach out and share what they have learned and experienced. Together with you, we want to:
• Celebrate God’s love for us,
• Form our children in the Love of Christ,
• Reach out to our neighbors,
• Build up the people of God, and
• Rejoice, worship and believe.
The parish community of St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic Church provides sacramental and pastoral services in the following facilities:
• Arden Court
• Essex County Hospital and Institute for Policy and Research
• Essex County Correctional Facility
• Bloomfield Assisted Living Facility in West Orange.