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2018 Lenten Activities

February 12, 2018
  • Choose to go to Mass in the middle of the week. Wednesday, 2/14/18 is Ash Wednesday and we have Mass at 9 am, noon or 6:30 pm.
  • Evening Prayer – Every Wednesday of Lent, at 6 pm, starting 2/14/18, we will gather in the church to pray the Psalms for Evening Prayer.
  • Stations of the Cross will be every Friday of Lent starting Friday, 2/16/18, at 7 pm.
  • Catholic Women’s & Men’s Conference – Saturday, 2/17/18 for Women’s and Saturday, 2/24/18 for men’s. 
  • High School Winter Retreat – 8th grade through 12th, 2/23 – 25/18 at Damascus, an entire weekend to pull away from the world and into God.
  • Parish Mission with Fr. Thomas Blau – 4 evenings (2/25-28/18 at 7 pm) of diving deeper into God, understanding God’s Mercy, and learning to live better & more fully in his ways.
  • Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service on March 6, 2018 – confess your sins and be free. An evening to worship our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration and songs of praise, with many priests on hand to hear confessions. 
  • Sign up for Best Lent Ever by Dynamic Catholic – a daily email that will keep in mind and heart in the Lord through 40 days of scripture, reflections, and prayers. 
  • Holy Spirit Retreat – for all of our Alpha participants, a whole day of growing closer to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Lenten Homily Series – each weekend of Lent Father Dave will preach a series of homilies on the Mass to help us go deeper in our faith as Catholic Christians. This year, we will look at the Mass, how everything we have been doing at the Mass over the past 2,000 years is biblically based.  If you want to know more about the connection between the Bible and the Mass, or if you have family and friends who have stopped coming to Mass, this is series that can help you and them realize that how the Mass is biblical from start to finish. 
  • Listen to 820 am Radio. Deepen your faith or learn more about the Bible.
    • Place a bumper sticker/magnet on your car. An effective way to reach others to encourage them to listen.
  • Let us communicate with you every week, giving you reminders of what is coming up, along with links to sign-up, and videos to watch through our Flocknotes.
    • To sign up, text the letters SFDS to the SHORT 5-digit phone number 84576. SFDS is for St. Francis de Sales. SFDS is all one word, no spaces. And make sure your auto-spelling-corrector on your phone doesn’t mistakenly change the text.
    • You can also sign-up using the link on this website
    • Once you send that in, Flocknote will send you back a confirmation message AND another message asking you to click a link to complete the process.



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EFT Change

December 1, 2017

We have discontinued our previous  Online Giving Service as of December 31st.  We ask that everyone sign up for the new EFT service on the back of the Offertory Pledge form.  Questions can be directed to Maggie Wright, OFS at or 740-345-9874 ext 204. 


November 16, 2017

What is Alpha?  Alpha is a course and a seminar, it is a gathering of believers (and non believers) searching for answers; Alpha is an experience and opportunity to answer together some of the most fundamental questions for believers (and non-believers), folks who are strong in their faith and those who are weak, doubting and struggling, and everyone else in-between.  Alpha is an opportunity ask questions and have open, honest discussion in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. No question is too simple or too deep. 

Elevate – Youth Ministry

September 19, 2016

Sunday’s from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall. Join us as we build community, have some fun, and try to understand the awesome power of God and the universe that He has created. God has written on each human heart the desire to know Him – so what can we know? Find out! All are welcome. You can register online here. Check out event schedule here.   

ABC: About Being Catholic

August 2, 2016

RCIAABC is an introduction to the Catholic faith for inquirers and those seeking to become Catholic, and a refresher course for Catholic adults who wish to go deeper in their faith.



  • “I’m married with a couple of great kids; I have a job I enjoy and
    a nice home… but I feel as though something is missing from my


  • “I was baptized Catholic and even went to a Catholic grade school,
    but I got away from my faith in high school and wasn’t confirmed –
    and I’ve not been back since. But I think I might want to.”


  • “I enjoy being involved in activities with other people who have
    direction in their life. I thought I was one of those people, too… but
    lately, I’m wondering if this is all there is.”


  • “I attended church with my grandmother as a child, but I haven’t
    participated in any kind of religious activity since then. I’m
    wondering if I can recapture some of that childhood joy.”


We all have questions, but few find easy answers. Jesus simply says: “Come, follow me.” We extend this same invitation to you. As you come to know us, you will discover that although Jesus didn’t offer any easy answers, He did give His followers a framework for living and loving the questions. The Catholic Church is a community of believers, who try to live the values He espoused in a world that often regards those values as absurd. Although you might consider the questions you have now your heaviest burden, they actually are your greatest resource! We welcome you and your questions. Contact Lori Mazzone at 345-9874, ext. 222, and ask about the “ABC: About Being Catholic” program; a phone call won’t commit you to the process, but it can give you the information you need to make a personal decision that’s right for you.  


THIS WEEK’S TOPIC:   The Our Father: the Summary of the Gospel A close look at what is contained in the seven petitions of the Our Father, and what this tells us about the prayer of the Christian.


WHEN: 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14th.


WHERE: School Library


Please see our About Being Catholic / RCIA page for more info.

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St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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