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.


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


Father's Message

~~~Monthly Ministers~~~


Parish Organizations


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


     Religious Education classes will start Wednesday, September 4th, 6:00pm start (K-7) and 7:15pm start (8-12). An all Parents Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00pm, including an important Confirmation Parents Meeting to follow that evening. My thanks to the teachers and aides for this year: Lesley Johnson (K), Kelsey Blakeman (1st), Kelly Starman and Terra Kimes (2nd), Sara Muslik (3rd), Jenni Breuer and Simon Beacom (4th), MacKenzie Rudolf (5th), Melissa Henery and Donna Taylor (6th/7th), Tracy Booth and Michelle Carothers (8th), Angie Belitz and Beth Ramold (Confirmation), after Confirmation: Becky Kerkman and Beth Ramold (9th), Trent and Hannah Hoefer, and Angie Belitz (10-12), Natalie Bitney (Music) and Amy Baker (Director). We had a teacher’s meeting in preparation for the new school year on August 21st. One item I mentioned, that I certainly try to apply and remind myself, is the saying “you can’t give what you don’t have.” We can’t impart our faith, unless it is part of who we are, thus teaching includes trying to grow in the spiritual life too. An important reminder for me as a priest, that unless I am trying to stay close to the source, the divine life, to Jesus, my efforts to impart the faith will suffer. Thus, the importance of mass, confession, prayer and including time in front of the tabernacle. Trying to grow in the spiritual life, to be present with the Lord. A good reminder I think for us all!! Gospel – 21th Sunday of Ordinary Time A note on the Gospel: In response to the question, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus responds, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, ...” Jesus does not say strive to enter the “wide” gate or follow the wide expansive path to eternal life. No, Jesus says “narrow” and then continues, “for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” It seems like there is a current thought or impression that everyone, or almost everyone will go to heaven. Our Gospel this week gives a caution or pause I think to that impression. We believe in a loving and merciful God, but considering Jesus describes it as a narrow gate, I think should give us pause, and to increase our desire to fully repent, to make use of the sacrament of confession, to eliminate as much as we can sin in our lives that we may strive to enter through the narrow gate.



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