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


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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










Gospel - 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time


A note on the Gospel: Jesus heals ten lepers. Only one returns to Jesus, to convey thanks for the healing. An important message of gratitude, conveying thanks for blessings, as Jesus states, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?” 


In thinking about gratitude, it brought to mind the holiday of “Thanksgiving”. Maybe given the colder weather we have been having too. Getting to that time of year. “Thanksgiving” is a good tradition, with its focus on being with family and giving thanks for blessings. To slow down a bit, to focus on what is truly important. I think and hope it also includes for many giving thanks to God. An important message from the Gospel, giving thanks. 


Why didn’t the other nine lepers return to thank Jesus? We don’t know from the Gospel, maybe some were just concerned about getting healed, no matter how it happened. An interesting aspect of the Gospel is Jesus tells the lepers to go show themselves to the priests. To my understanding, lepers lived in isolation and to be declared clean, to be able to go back and live with the community, they were to be declared clean by the priests after confirming they were healthy and making prescribed sacrifices. 


A commentary I read on this Gospel presented a comparison between physical leprosy and spiritual leprosy. Sin can be a kind of spiritual leprosy. As Jesus sent the lepers to the priests in regards to physical healing, our belief through the sacrament of reconciliation we gain spiritual healing. God’s mercy through the sacrament to overcome spiritual “leprosy”, to be declared clean. May we have thanks for this too, the sacrament of reconciliation. 


Candidates for Confirmation: 

Simon Beacom, Jacob Behnk, Garret Belitz Reed Bennett, Carney Black, Josey Booth, Cody Booth, Layne Bullock, Chole Carothers, Nathan Decker, Brooke Frey, Ethan Frey, Leevi Frey, Jesse Green, Derek Hahne, Ashton Higgins, Andrew Jacobsen, Dawson Kaup, Brock Kester, Lynae Koinzan, Talon Krebs, Aiden Kuester, Andrea Maldanado, Layton Meyer, Ben Ofe, Blake Ofe, Caleb Payne, Kaylee Ramold, Austin Rudolf, Grace Shabram, Shilo Shabram, Tanner Sparr, Trey Svatos, Merinee Vaughn, Claire Whitesel, Carson Whitesel. 


Please remember to say a prayer for the candidates for Confirmation. They will be confirmed this Monday by Archbishop Lucas at St. Francis. 


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

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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