We at Saint Francis of Assisi Church are Catholics who center our lives in the Lord Jesus Christ, His Church and the Sacraments. The humble example of our Patron, Saint Francis of Assisi and his “call” from God to “Build My Church” reminds us how to live the Gospel “Way of life”. 

This Church Website invites you to explore the Spirit and Schedule of our Parish. There are the Sacraments that are the heart of our faith and Church Ministry that serves the community.   It is our hope that our Church Website will motivate and enable you to grow closer to God, as well as invite others to belong and participate in building the Kingdom of God in our midst. Please join us to Welcome, Worship and Witness together.

May God be with each of you, your family, and all the Parishioners of Saint Francis of Assisi Church.      

Sincerely in the Lord,        

Father Richard York, Pastor

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Prayer Against Coronavirus


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May 13, 2020
To Our Faithful Saint Francis of Assisi Parishioners,
As seen in the May 12th letter from the Diocese of Venice, Bishop Dewane has given permission to churches in our diocese to slowly open their doors, taking precautions to continue safe practice policies such as social distancing and limiting the number of parishioners in attendance. Your safety is our highest priority.
Starting Monday, May 18th, we will have daily and weekend Masses in the Church and invite our congregation to join us once again. However, the number of Masses and the capacity will be limited. There are also some guidelines that will need to be followed. The weekend schedule and guidelines will be posted on our website each week for your reference. Please check the schedule for any changes.
All those, as defined by the Health Department, as more vulnerable (i.e. 65+ years of age, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying health conditions, those who are especially anxious about being in a large group, etc.) should be encouraged to stay at home. You should not worry about remaining home if you are concerned for your wellbeing or that of other parishioners. Of course, those who are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19 are to stay at home. Per Bishop Dewane's letter dated May 12th, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed through Sunday, June 28th
Daily Mass
Daily Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 AM on Monday through Friday. Seating will be limited to 25% capacity along with social distancing restrictions (a minimum of six feet between people not living in the same household). There will be a volunteer available to assist with seating.
Weekend Mass
(Saturday, 4:00 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM; 10:00 AM)
Beginning May 23rd, we will celebrate weekend Masses. Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity. You are asked to reserve or sign-up with the Parish Office for the Mass that you wish to attend. You can call the Parish Office at 941-697-4899 and you will be prompted to make your reservation. Make sure that you let them know if you are an individual, couple or family.  
As we continue to develop strategies for our church to open, we will send guidelines for parishioners to follow when they attend Mass during this time. Guidelines will continue to be updated as time progresses allowing us to adjust to the particular needs of our Parish. Our Guidelines, when updated, will be emailed and uploaded to the Church website. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. We want to welcome you all back while balancing it with our concern and respect for your safety. We look forward to seeing all of you to celebrate the Liturgy together again soon.
God Bless,
Father Tony Chermeil, Father Edwin Mathias, Parish Councils and Parish Staff

In an effort to provide our Parishioners opportunities to connect spiritually and to provide you up-to-date information, we offer the following resources and suggestions:
The Parish Office will be open 9 am to 3 pm daily.  We will continue to provide updated information on future activities as it becomes available and communicate them through email blasts and updated information on the website and bulletin.  Please call the Parish Office with questions and we will return your calls ASAP.
We are accepting food donations from 9 am to 12 pm, Monday through Friday. We are also receiving food from the Post Office Food Drive along with many of our faithful followers.  Food is given out daily upon request.  Folks can call the Parish Office between 9 am and 12 pm to set up a pick up time.
We continue to support our Parishioners in every way that we can along with our Parish Outreach Ministry. WE NEED OFFERTORY TO KEEP OPERATIONS GOING!  We are doing the best that we can to take care of the Church and staff, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.  It is important that you know that we cannot continue without your help!  It is easy to continue to support your Parish by using our Online Giving (WeShare) through Our Sunday Visitor.  It is a safe and secure way to ensure that your donations reach our Parish even in this time of the Coronavirus outbreak. Have peace-of-mind knowing that the church is receiving your contribution even if you are unable to attend. You can make your donation through the link above. You may also wish to put your envelope or donation into the mail addressed to: Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, FL 34224 or simply drop it off at the Parish Office during the hours listed above. 
If you would like a Mass offered for a special intention, CLICK HERE to complete the Online Form on the Church Website to request a Mass or contact the Parish Office (Parish Office Email) to schedule the Mass.  In both cases, you can drop off by person or by mail the suggested donation for a Mass of $10.
Our priests, Fr. Tony and Fr. Edwin, continue to say Mass daily.  They pray for the Intentions of the Mass and any Prayer Requests that are received through our website and/or emailed to the Parish Office. CLICK HERE to complete an online Mass Intention Request Form through the website…or email the Parish Office at [email protected].  You may also request a prayer for a special intention or a need by completing the Prayer Request Form on our Church Website.   Of course, at this time, our Masses are not open to the public or parishioners of SFOA per the direction from our Bishop.  All Mass Intentions that were previously submitted will be prayed at the Daily Masses said by our priests. If you have a Mass Intention that you paid for, please know that it is being prayed for and you will be given an opportunity, at a later date, to have the Mass said at a public Mass where you can participate. 
Next, if you would like to participate spiritually in a Mass, you can participate through live streaming or television. Please see below for links to both. 



No confessions will be heard in the church. As you know, venial sins need not be confessed. A simple act of contrition remits venial sin. If, however, you are truly in need of confession, you may contact the office at (941) 697-4899 to make an appointment for confession which will be given in front of the main entrance of the Church.
After making your appointment, you will simply drive up to the priest, but do not leave your car. Confess your sins to the priest through the car window. Only one person should be in the car. If you have not committed a mortal sin, please consider refraining from going to confession, since the whole point of these precautions is to limit contact between people.
To pray the rosary online, please select the link on the day that you wish to pray. You will have the opportunity to pray along with others online. This is a perfect time for all of us to pray for God’s protection and we, as Catholics, have a wonderful prayer that has works. Consider praying this wonderful prayer for the protection of all of our Parishioners against this virus. Our Lady of Fatima said “Pray the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace in the world.”
From the link above, select which Mysteries you are praying and select the red arrow button to start the video.
  • Glorious Mysteries (Sunday and Wednesday)
  • Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)
  • Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
  • Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. In this way we shall put into practice the Apostle Paul’s commandment, which is mentioned in our Rule: “Let the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, live abundantly in your mouth and in your hearts; and whatever you must do, do it in the name of the Lord.
There are many more opportunities for you to remain spiritually connected, this is just to name a few. If you would like further help in finding something specific that you are interested in, e.g. bible study, prayer groups, etc. please send an email request to [email protected] and we will respond with some suggestions.

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 17, 2020



Please CLICK HERE to print a copy of this service to use throughout the week leading up to the Third Sunday of Easter.  You can then participate at the Fifth Sunday of Easter Mass being provided this week at the Diocese of Venice website.


Pause for a few moments of silence and enter more deeply into the presence of God.


As you listen to the scriptures be attentive to a word, a phrase, a question, an image, or a feeling that emerges.  Reflect on this quietly or share it aloud.

Scripture Reading:  Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.  With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.  For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.  There was great joy in that city.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy  Spirit.

Psalm:  Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20

R.  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
     sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
     Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
     sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
     his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

He has changed the sea into dry land;
     through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
     He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
     what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
     my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 3:15-18

Beloved:  Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.  Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God.  Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.

Gospel:  John 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.  Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”


"If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  We hear these words in the middle of the great departing speech of Jesus, meant to comfort his disciples before he leaves them.  But here we could almost doubt whether this speech is actually a speech of comfort, or rather an exhortation.  Christ says "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. and he will ask for the gift of the spirit”, and again he says, “he who loves me will be loved by my Father."  It sounds as though the gift of the spirit, and God's love for us, depends on our love for him, depends on our keeping the commandments. But what about when we make mistakes, if we at some point don't keep Jesus' commandments, if we fail in love?  Will we then be no longer loved by the Father? And this is supposed to be a joyful message? What is up with this?

While not entirely off the mark, this would be a misunderstanding of the Gospel message. The Gospel surely presents us here with a call to love, a call that can be, and often is challenging. But above all, it presents us with a gift. In this incredibly complex web of loving and being loved, giving and receiving, a friendship is depicted that actually exceeds all description. Jesus is telling us: God is not a vending machine, in which we throw requests from time to time to get something from him. He is not a fundamental energy of love, that is simply there and radiates blindly, without any interaction. He is a personal lover, and offers us not only his love, but also friendship. This is the great message of the Gospel: we are invited to be friends with God himself! And friendship is always a mutual relationship, which must be accepted and fostered.

Friendship means meeting each other, sharing experiences with each other, spending time together.  If I were to never chat with my friends, never do anything with them, never communicate with them, our friendship would gradually dissolve.  Here Jesus makes a truly great promise.  He promises that this meeting with him and his Father is possible, even after he has gone from us.  "He who loves me… I will manifest myself to him."  “He will remain with us, and we shall even see him." … “The world will see me no more, but you will see me."

This meeting with Christ occurs in different ways.  We meet him in the daily contact with one another.  We will all, every one of us, be surprised and astonished how truly, how literally Christ meant, "As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."  We meet Christ through faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, who "remains with us and will be in us", as we have heard today in the Gospel. We also meet him in prayer.

In normal times and in a special way we encounter Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist.  There is fulfilled in a special manner Jesus' words of comfort:  "You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."  In this celebration we anticipate the future, actually unimaginable meeting that "God has prepared for those who love him."  In this life we will never wholly reach the peace and happiness that we really desire, but when we receive Jesus lovingly in the Eucharist, we already participate in a mysterious fashion in this infinite happiness. We can have an inkling what it means to be embraced by an infinite love that never abandons us and that also unites us most closely to one another. Let us pray for the grace to ever more realize and appreciate this gift of the Eucharist, this veiled encounter with Jesus Christ, and thereby to grow in friendship with him.  Take this time as we fast from Mass to really develop that friendship with God.  There’s still time!


  • Jesus is aware that the imminent loss of his physical presence will be a big blow for his disciples. He reassures them “‘I will not leave you orphaned”. The loss of his physical presence will be made up to them by the sending of the Holy Spirit, who will be with them permanently.
  • In our changing and increasingly secularized society, one can easily feel a sense of loss and abandonment, but the Holy Spirit continues to guide and inspire us into new and creative forms of communicating the Good News in ways that are relevant to today’s world.
  • I do not need to rely on my own resources but turn to God who promises to help me, ready to send the Holy Spirit. To be open to the spirit, I must quieten first my body, then my heart. In this time of quiet God teaches me to see my world differently; I don’t act in it alone but am accompanied by God’s ever-present Spirit.


  • This week Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit, whom he calls the Spirit of Truth. This is the Spirit who reveals to me the truth of who I am - a child of God within whom God lives. I hold within myself a spark of the Divine! I sit quietly with this thought in the presence of God.
  • How does this knowledge make me feel about myself? How does it affect my relationships – because within everyone is that same spark of the Divine. How does it affect my relationship with God? I talk to Jesus about these things.


Give thanks to God (aloud or silently) for new insights, for desires awakened, for directions clarified, for the gift of one another’s openness and sensitivity. Conclude with the following:

Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Mass Times

Sunday Masses

Sunday Vigil (Saturday)
First Saturday in January up to Easter Vigil - 3:00pm, 4:30pm
After Easter thru December 31 - 4:00pm

First Sunday in January thru Easter Sunday - 7:30am, 9:00am,10:30am,12:00 Noon
After Easter Sunday until December 31 - 8:00am, 10:00am

Weekday Masses
Monday thru Friday 8:15am

Holy Days
8:15am and 6:30pm

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Daily Readings

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:

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Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, priest

Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27

From Miletus Paul had the presbyters

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Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,

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Pastors and Deacon


Father Richard R. York, M Th., M.A.

Parochial Vicar

Father Tony Chermeil


Deacon Robert Godlewsky

Office Hours

June, July, August
Monday thru Thursday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 12:30pm

September thru May
Monday thru Thursday: 9:00am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 12:30pm

Parish Leaders

Parish Mission
  • Bob Barrett - Chair, Parish Pastoral Council
  • Mary Nuzzi, CPA - Chair, Parish Finance Council
  • Robert Clark - Business Manager
Parish Ministry
Parish Ministry Council - Penny Fleming, Pastoral Assistant
  • Nadine Goodrich - Director, Parish Liturgical Ministry and Choir
  • James Brantner, DRE - Director, Parish Catechetical Ministry
  • Matt Egan - Director, Parish Outreach Ministry
  • Gerry Chesney - Director, Parish Women's Guild Ministry
Parish Administration
  • Robert Clark - Business Manager
  • Janette Ash - Administrative Assistant
  • Bert Ballentine - Maintenance and Facilities Manager
  • Chris Lewis - Bookkeeper
  • Leo Haney - Custodian for Church
  • Linda Kinkeade - Custodian for Rectory




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