Nazareth Catholic Community

October 4, 2020 - Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Greetings Everyone,

Today, October 4th, the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - my favorite saint! Francis, born in 1182, was the son of a very wealthy textile merchant in the medieval town of Assisi, Italy. In his late teens, Francis was known in Assisi for his excessive lifestyle of expensive clothing and partying. He dreamed of knighthood and longed for power and influence. In pursuit of that dream, he joined in the war between the Italian cities of Assisi and Perugia at the age of 20.

Francis was wounded in battle and taken prisoner; he spent a year imprisoned in a dungeon where he contracted malaria. He was freed after his father paid a ransom and he returned to Assisi. However, Francis had changed; his experiences of war and prison caused him to reevaluate his life and his priorities. Francis felt an inner emptiness and his heart longed for something more.

One day not too long after returning to Assisi, Francis had an awaking experience in prayer when he felt God calling him to do more with his life – God called Francis to “Go and rebuild my church.” Francis turned away from his materialistic lifestyle and embraced a life of simplicity and service – where he found great joy!

Francis found the fulfillment his heart desired by living life, not as others and culture thought he should, but rather by living simply focusing on what really mattered in life. Francis serves as a wonderful inspiration for all of us. Francis, while only in his early 20’s, started a movement that changed the world. He was able to do this because he lived simply and let God’s voice – found deep within his and all of our hearts – guide him along his life.

Francis heard God’s call and responded wholeheartedly. As we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi this week, ask yourself: How is God calling me? What am I being called to free myself from? Where do I find joy and fulfillment? How are you being invited to respond with your life?

Pax et Bonum,

~ Jamie

Please know that all NYS and Nazareth Covid-19 safety protocols will be practice to ensure you have a safe prayer experience. At this time, attendance at our campus Masses are only open to Nazareth students, staff, faculty and trustees. Our Sunday 7:00PM Masses will be able to be viewed by everyone via a live feed at

St. Francis' Canticle of the Sun

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Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours,

all glory, all honor and all blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and

no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,

especially Sir Brother Sun,

Who is the day through whom You give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,

Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,

In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,

And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,

by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,

So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,

through whom You light the night and

he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,

Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,

producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praise be You my Lord through those who

grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace,

By You Most High, they will be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,

from whom no-one living can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin!

Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.

No second death can do them harm.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,

And serve Him with great humility.

~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

Do you know the story behind our processional cross we use at Mass?

Our processional cross is a replica of the San Damiano crucifix, which is known to be the icon that inspired St. Francis of Assisi to begin his life of service to the poor.

The original San Damiano crucifix hung in the little church of San Damiano , which was outside the walls of Assisi, Italy. When Francis stopped by the church to pray, he found the church to be “collapsing from old age…No one went down the worn staircase into the church: But Francis did, and with that act, the Franciscan Order was born.”

As Francis knelt in prayer before the painted Byzantine Cross, “Suddenly it seemed to him that Jesus’ gaze was fixed upon him…They were speaking and expressing a burning passion…Francis distinctly heard his name being called…‘Francis, go repair my house, which, as you see, is falling into ruin.’”

Francis stood up, frightened but moved. Believing that the message of the San Damiano Cross was to be taken literally, Francis began to repair the church by begging in Assisi for stones. Other young men came out to help with the renovation of the little church with the painted Cross. In time, Francis and his followers came to believe the message of the painted image on the wooden San Damiano Cross meant that Francis should rebuild the gospel church in the world through charity and service.

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies Presents:

Puerto Rico & Charlottesville: White Supremacy & the Task of Decolonial Theology

Dr. Teresa Delgado

Co-sponsored with Community & Belonging and Nazareth College Latinx Heritage Month

Puerto Rico & Charlottesville: White Supremacy & the Task of Decolonial Theology

Thursday, October 15

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Zoom Webinar - Open to the wider Rochester community

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: Naz2020

How to be a Community of Solidarity in the Face of White Supremacy

First-Year Student Workshop - Open to the Nazareth community only

Friday, October 16

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Via Zoom (see Nazareth App for Zoom link)

“Send Them Back’?...” Puerto Rico, Charlottesville, and the Task of Decolonial Theology

Friday, October 16 - Open to the Nazareth community only

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Via Zoom (see Nazareth App for Zoom Link)

Teresa Delgado, Ph.D., is director of the peace and justice studies program and professor and chairperson of the religious studies department at Iona College. Deeply influenced by the trailblazing womanist theologian, Delores S. Williams, Delgado's scholarship is driven by an ethical vision that prioritizes justice for racially, ethnically, and sexually marginalized persons.

This vision shapes her work whether mentoring doctoral students of color in theology and religion or lecturing across the U.S. That her commitment to social justice activism is propelled by an urgency to seek social transformation now – and not tomorrow — is made clear in her book, A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology: Prophesy Freedom (2017) and her 2019 essay, "For the Beauty of the World: The Moral Imaginary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s World House."

Are You Free on Wednesdays at 12:30? Come to Mass!

Every Wednesday, we will celebrate Mass at 12:30PM in Linehan Chapel. Don't worry, you have the time! This Mass is shorter than a Sunday Mass, only about 25 minutes! What a wonderful way to find balance and spiritual nourishment in the middle of your busy week!

Nazareth College Catholic Community Pastoral Team:

Nazareth College Catholic Community

Sunday Mass 7:00PM
Wednesday Mass: 12:30PM
Gluten free hosts available upon request - Please contact Jamie Fazio.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please e-mail one of our priests to schedule an appointment.

Jamie R. Fazio, M.Div. (he/him/his), Catholic Chaplain, Office: GAC 160

The Nazareth College Catholic Community is part of the Nazareth Center for Spirituality. All are always welcome!