statue of St. Francis

Outside the San Damiano monastery in Assisi, Italy, a statue of St. Francis looks out over the beautiful Umbrian valley.

Celebrating Francis during a pandemic

Although we can’t gather in large groups this year, friars around the Province of St. John the Baptist are planning to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis in creative and safe ways. Please join them as they honor their founder, St. Francis of Assisi.


It’s not too late to pray the Solemn Novena to St. Francis with us. Day one began on September 25 and the novena continues through October 3, culminating on his feast day, October 4. Each day you will receive an email with a video reflection and prayer. Use the form below to sign up. If you want to pray the days that you missed, visit our St. Francis Novena page here.


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Holy Family Parish
3027 Pearl St., Oldenburg, IN 47036
Sunday, October 4: Feast Day Masses 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. in church and televised at 8:30 a.m. on ETC Channel 905 (The Good News Channel) in the Oldenburg-Batesville area or available anytime on Facebook.
Annual Parish Festival from 11:00 a. m. – 4:00 p.m. with “drive-thru” chicken dinners, sides available; plus our big, frozen turkeys for sale at $20 each. Have a dear pet you would liked blessed? Bring them along and a friar will pray over them in your car.
Church of the Transfiguration
25231 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033
Saturday, October 3: Pet Blessing in the Prayer Garden at 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Transitus service at 7:30 p.m. live streamed on Facebook.
Sunday, October 4: Feast Day Masses at 8:30 a.m. live streamed on Facebook, 11:00 a.m. outdoors (weather permitting)
St. Anthony Shrine
5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Sunday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 9:30 a.m.
St. Clement Church and School
4536 Vine St, St. Bernard, OH 45217
Sunday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 7:00 a.m. Live streamed on Facebook:
Pet Blessing from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Drive-by or walk-up and your pet will be blessed by a Franciscan priest or Deacon.
St. Francis Retreat House
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA 18045
Friday – Sunday October 2 – 4: Weekend Retreat, “Who are You O God, and Who Am I?” Attendants can choose to participate in person on campus or virtually from home. More information:
Sunday October 4: Feast Day Mass at 9:45 a.m. live streamed on Facebook.

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