Get Ready!! Great year-long celebration coming your way!
Fact I: The 150th anniversary of the First mass in “The Church on the Hill” or Stone Chapel, December 25, 1866 at 5 am is the centerpiece of our parish history.
The We Are St Francis Jubilee year will officially begin with Mass January 24, 2016 the Feast of St. Francis de Sales in the Worship Center. In the following months of 2016 culminating January 22, 2017, there will be many parish activities, events and reminders of our rich and varied development over a century and half: being a Mission Church, designation as a parish 50 years ago, the opening of the Worship Center 25 years ago, multiple expansions of buildings/programs and refinement of our vision and commitment to the people of our community. Remembering God calls us to be a welcoming, worshiping, caring community of faith, hope and love. Save the dates for a year of reflection on our past, focus on our present and visions for our future.
Check future bulletins and with Jubilee Committee Members: Susan Gallagher, Sylvia Brokos, Stasia Baier, John Fisher, Kathy Glover, Nikki Gorski, Rob Hardy, Iris Hernandez, Diane Lewis , Julie Lindner, Alice Long, Elizabeth McFadden, Mary Ann Palmer, Erin Perkins, Patrick Perkins, Sally Raphel, Angie Rebbert, Mary Rose, Deacon Jim Sullivan, Brennan Traube, Ray Traube, Carolyn Webster or Tami Zavislan for updates and ways to actively participate.
Remember We are Saint Francis Faith Community and have a lot to celebrate!!
This rendering of the Stone Chapel titled St. Francis de Sales 1866-2015 comes from a local artist William F. Turner of Churchville. The original sketch of St. Francis de Sales done by Mr. Turner is among 375 he has done of Harford County buildings. St. Francis de Sales Church pen sketch was published in Picturesque Harford County: The Artistic Impressions of William F. Turner, Nov 1997. He described our church as a “lovely old stone chapel… built in 1886 by members of that parish who donated their time, talent and money.” Named a historic landmark, described as a “Romanesque, fieldstone, cruciform structure, it is truly unique, gives a strong visual impression and is a charming church building.” We are grateful for Mr. Turner’s permission to use his wonderful picture.
You will find multiple occasions to see this sketch during the Jubilee Year and can have your very own copy, such as note cards of the sketch available beginning at the Parish Picnic and after all Sunday Masses in September. The Jubilee Committee will be selling packets of ten note cards, printed with a sketching of our Stone Chapel. For only $10.00, you can own these limited edition cards and help support the Jubilee Year events.The cards make perfect gifts for those who have or had a connection with our caring community.
Remember, We Are St. Francis de Sales!