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O God, be Merciful to me a Sinner

Today's Gospel graces us with a beautiful prayer that can make every day of our lives a jubilee of mercy: "O God, be merciful to me a sinner" (Luke 18:13). Religious Israelites despised the tax collector who prayed it, for collaborating with Gentile occupiers and handling currency that bore the "divine" emperor's graven image. But the Pharisee's long-winded self-congratulation, mixed with self-righteous condemnation, was no "prayer" at all. "The Pharisee…spoke this prayer to himself" (18:11, emphasis added). Praying the tax collector's simple, sincere, succinct cry for mercy acknowledges our own sinfulness, and "welcomes" other sinners as brothers and sisters with whom we can identify, even empathize, echoing Pope Francis' famous comment about not being the one to judge. Indeed, the tax collector "went home justified" (18:14), that is, restored to God's friendship, for God's mercy is not prize achieved but gift received. "Let your prayer be brief: for tax collector, prodigal son, and dying thief were all reconciled to God by a single phrase!"(Saint John Climacus, 7th century).

—Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

Dios mío, Apiádate de mi, que soy un Pecador

El Evangelio de hoy nos favorece con una oración hermosa que puede hacer de cada día de nuestras vidas un jubileo de misericordia: "¡Dios mío, apiádate de mí, que soy un pecador" (Lucas 18:13). Los hombres religiosos israelitas (los fariseos) despreciaban al publicano (cobrador de impuestos) que estaba orando. Lo despreciaban por trabajar para los romanos que usaban una moneda que tenía grabada la imagen del emperador "divino". Pero el fariseo arrogante se elogiaba así mismo; una mezcla de auto condenación, pretendiendo hacer "oración" con frases que no lo eran para nada. "El fariseo...oraba así en su interior" (18:11, énfasis añadido). En cambio, la oración del cobrador de impuestos era sencilla, sincera y suplicando misericordia. Una oración que reconocía nuestra propia pecaminosidad e invita a todos los pecadores tanto hermanos como hermanas con quien nos podamos identificar o incluso asemejar, haciendo eco al famoso comentario del Papa Francisco de no ser el que juzgue. Evidentemente, el cobrador de impuestos fue "a su casa justificado" (18:14), es decir, fue restaurada la amistad con Dios. Porque la misericordia de Dios no es un premio al que se tiene derecho sino un don otorgado. "Que tu oración sea corta: porque el cobrador de impuestos, el hijo prodigo y el ladrón crucificado al lado de Jesús, todos fueron reconciliados con Dios con una sola frase" (San Juan Clímaco, siglo VII).

—Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.

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Candle Memorials

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St. Francis of Assisi's 50th Anniversary

We are planning on many different social and spiritual events to take place throughout the year.

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MyParish App

This app will help you keep updated with parish news and events.
Este app te mantendrá informado con noticias pertinentes a nuestra parroquia.

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Bishop Noonan's Letter for Respect Life Month

Respecting life from conception to natural death involves each person's entire lifetime, not just at the beginning or the end. All of us are called to respect life and care for it. God's love is unitive not divisive.

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Hope Community Center Needs Volunteers

Help children or adults practice reading, writing, English, math, or technology skills.

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Youth Nights

Sundays 6:00-7:30pm

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OCT 22

Faithful Citizenship

Learn how your faith informs your vote and your participation in the political process!

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OCT 22

Annual Collection for Catholic Charities

Donation prevents families from being evicted from their homes, pays for emergency expenses, and provides case management and educational programs that transform lives.

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OCT 22

Book of Remembrance

Our parish will offer a special remembrance for all that have died in the LAST 12 MONTHS.

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OCT 25

Pray the Rosary during October

English: Tuesdays at 1:30pm in the Chapel
Spanish: Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Chapel

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OCT 27

Confirmation Rehearsal

OCT 28

¿Te esta llamando Dios para servir a los demás?

OCT 29

Morning of Reflection

Learn to Share your Faith Story by Writing your "Spiritual Autobiography"

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OCT 29

"Keep Christ in Christmas" Magnets for sale

OCT 30

Date Change: Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

OCT 30

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation


Holy Day of Obligation - All Saints Day

Mass times:
Mon, Oct 31 7:00pm in English in the church
Tue, Nov 1 8:00am English in the church, 7:00pm Spanish in the church

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All Souls Day Mass

Bilingual Mass at 7:00pm to remember all of the faithful departed.

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Santa's Workshop Meeting

Calling all "Elves"!

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NOV 11


NOV 19

Reboot! Live!

with Catholic Author & Speaker, Chris Stefanick, and renowned musician and recording artist, Jon Niven

at Annunciation Catholic Church,1020 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs

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Donations Needed for Santa's Workshop

We need your donations in order to fill the shelves with items the children can purchase.

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