Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
~ St. Francis of Assissi
Fr. Bartholomew Ezenwelem,
Pastor and Administrator
Parish - 914 W. 13th Street
Office - 1303 N. Florida
Anyone wishing to continue sending in their tithes can mail them to:
St. Francis Newman Center
1303 N. Florida Street
Silver City, NM 88061
Thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty ~
Stations of the Cross:
Every Friday during Lent at 6:00
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6
One of the most important parts of true prayer is that it takes place deep in the inner room of your soul. It is there in the inner depths of your being that you will meet God. Saint Teresa of Ávila, one of the greatest spiritual writers in the history of our Church, describes the soul as a castle in which God dwells. Meeting Him, praying to Him and communing with Him requires that we enter into the deepest and innermost chamber within this castle of our soul. It is there, in the innermost dwelling, that the full glory and beauty of God is discovered.
God is not just a God who is “out there” far away in Heaven. He is a God Who is closer and more intimate than we could ever imagine. Lent is a time, more than any other time of the year, when we must strive to make that journey inward so as to discover the Indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity.
What does God want of you this Lent? It’s easy to begin Lent with more superficial commitments, such as giving up a favorite food or doing an extra good deed. Some choose to use Lent as a time to get in better physical shape, and others decide to dedicate more time to spiritual reading or other holy exercises. All of this is good and useful. But you can be certain that the deepest desire of our Lord for you this Lent is that you pray.
Prayer, of course, is much more than saying prayers. It’s not only saying the rosary, or meditating upon Scripture, or reciting beautifully composed prayers. Prayer is ultimately a relationship with God. It’s an encounter with the Triune God Who dwells within you. True prayer is an act of love between you and your Beloved. It’s an exchange of persons: your life for God’s. Prayer is an act of union and communion by which we become one with God and God becomes one with us.
The great mystics have taught us that there are many levels to prayer. We often begin with the recitation of prayers, such as the beautiful prayer of the rosary. From there we meditate, ponder and reflect deeply upon the mysteries of our Lord and His life. We come to know Him more fully and, little by little, discover that we are no longer just thinking about God, but we are gazing at Him face to face.
As we begin the holy season of Lent, reflect upon your practice of prayer. If the images of prayer presented here intrigue you, then make a commitment to discover more. Commit yourself to the discovery of God in prayer. There is no limit and no end to the depth to which God wants to draw you through prayer. True prayer is never boring. When you discover true prayer, you discover the infinite mystery of God. And this discovery is more glorious than anything you could ever imagine in life.
My divine Lord, I give myself to You this Lent. Draw me in so that I may come to know You more. Reveal to me Your divine presence, dwelling deep within me, calling me to Yourself. May this Lent, dear Lord, be glorious as I strengthen my love and devotion through the discovery of the gift of true prayer. Jesus, I trust in You.
As of January 26, 2021:
According to the Governor's order, all houses of worship may meet at 33% capacity.
As of August 27, houses of worship will be operating at 40% of the maximum occupancy load.
Please be sure to bring your mask with you as this directive from Governor Lujan-Grisham remains in place.
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Father's Day Off Monday
Phone: (575) 538-3662
Fax: (575) 534-1059
Mailing Address: 1303 N. Florida Street
Silver City, NM 88061
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Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage are sacred occasions in the Catholic church that are each given according to canon law.
Saturday 5:00 p.m. (vigil)
Sunday 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday 12:00 noon
Wednesday 12:00 noon
Thursday 12:00 noon
Friday 12:00 noon
Holy Days 12:00 noon
Mass 12:00 noon
Anointing of the Sick
First Fridays 12:00 p.m.
(immediately following noon Mass)
Inclement Weather Policy
In the event that Silver Schools are closed, the CCD children will not have classes on that day and the office will remain closed. In the event of a 2 hour delay, CCD classes will run on normal schedule and the office will open at 10 a.m. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.
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