We, the People of God at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, labor to witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our Eucharistic Savior and LORD of all creation; the Lamb of God who shed His Blood to set us free.

OUR PARISH

Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor    l    702 West 11th Street    l    Neligh, NE  68756    l    402-887-4521

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Parish Organizations

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House Of Prayer and Evangelization (H.O.P.E.)

Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

in the parish hall area.

Knights of Columbus

Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday  each month

Rosary Sodality

Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month

Parish Council

Meetings are at 7 p.m.  the third Thursday each month

        August meeting

GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Gospel this weekend tells us, “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’” These are words used during the mass. Does the below sound familiar?

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

We say or sing this at every mass. Also as part of the Communion Rite, the priest while holding up the host, the body of Christ, says:

“Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”

 

Our catechism states, “After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the ‘Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’. By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the multitudes, and also the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel's redemption at the first Passover. Christ's whole life expresses his mission: ‘to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” (CCC 608)

 

This helps us to understand why we refer to Jesus as the Lamb. John the Baptist refers to him as the Lamb, with the connection to the Jewish people at the Passover, the first Passover, during the time of Moses when blood from the lamb was put on the two doorposts and lintel of the house for protection.

 

We also can better understand Jesus as suffering Servant, at the time of his baptism by John. The catechism states, “The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God's suffering Servant. He allows himself to be numbered among sinners; he is already ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’. Already he is anticipating the ‘baptism’ of his bloody death. Already he is coming to ‘fulfill all righteousness’, that is, he is submitting himself entirely to his Father's will: out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. The Father's voice responds to the Son's acceptance, proclaiming his entire delight in his Son. The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to ‘rest on him’. Jesus will be the source of the Spirit for all mankind. At his baptism ‘the heavens were opened’ - the heavens that Adam's sin had closed - and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the new creation.” (CCC 535) A lot of profound meaning, but hopefully gives some insight on why we use the words “Lamb of God”, as we do during the holy sacrifice of the mass.

 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Contact Us

 

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259

Neligh, NE 68756

Phone: 402-887-4521

Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor