News and Updates
Our parish is involved in doing acts of charity to the homeless people by supporting M.E.S.H. (Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless). For more information about this organization, visit their website at www.meshmontclair.org.
ANCC continues to use the Novus Ordo
The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has issued a Pastoral Letter regarding the recent liturgical language changes by the Roman Catholic Church and our decision to continue to use the New Order of the Mass (Novus Ordo). Please click here to read the pastoral letter.
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 Ecumenical 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.