Dear Brothers and Sisters,

April 25, 1982 is the anniversary of the founding of our parish.  On Friday, April 27 we celebrated the 30 anniversary of the founding of our parish with a birthday party on the lawn outside of the Assisi Café.  It was a great event with parishioners of all ages enjoying pizza and birthday cake. Earlier in the day the pastoral staff and teachers and staff of St. Francis Preschool and The Franciscan School who serve us so faithfully, enabling us to fulfill our mission, gathered for lunch.  In particular we honored those celebrating anniversaries of employment at St. Francis.  Please join me in offering thanks and appreciation to them.

We also recognized the upcoming retirement of Mrs. Nancy Bourke, founding director of our Preschool.  Nancy has faithfully served for 43 years in education, 25 years in the diocese and 21 years at St. Francis.  Please join in a parish celebration on Sunday, June 3 at the 9:30 Mass where we will gather as a community to honor Nancy and pray a blessing over her.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark