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Happy Anniversary Father Jim

Everyone knows Father Jim. If they don’t, he will leave an impression soon after the first time they meet him or see him say mass. As those who work closely with him say, “Father Jim’s compassion, humility, authenticity, inclusivity, sense of humor, spiritual guidance, and accessibility contribute to his popularity at St. Francis of Assisi, endearing him to parishioners and making him a beloved figure within the community.“ But as we celebrate his 25th anniversary as a priest, we discover he didn’t feel destined for parish work.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Sutton

Jim Sutton says he was fortunate to have the opportunity to explore his faith deeply as a teenager. “We were blessed to have a priest in my small hometown who started a youth center and was also responsible for developing the altar server ministry,” he recalls. “I was involved in the youth center, first as a member, then as a leader, and as a server at daily and Sunday masses, weddings, and funerals, and especially the feasts of Christmas and Easter, where I was a Master of Ceremonies.”

These experiences led him to where he finds himself now at St. Francis. “It was there that I developed a deeper understanding of liturgy,” he says, “and that led me to music ministry as a guitarist and singer.” He strongly advocates ‘Full, Conscious, and Active Participation.’ Jim believes,” This is never more evident than in music ministry as it is an integral part of the liturgy that invites people into a more active engagement in the Mass.”  He also embraces the giving of ‘time, talent, and treasure.’ “If God gives you a decent voice and an ability to play guitar,” he says, “shouldn’t those gifts be used to fulfill the call to full, conscious, and active participation?”

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Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:30 pmSunday: 7:15am, 9:00am (also livestreamed), 11:45am, and 5:30 pm

Morning Weekday Mass 9:00am:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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