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


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


   The Archdiocese has scheduled an Archdiocesan-wide festival event (ArchOmaha Unite) to be held June 8, 2019 at the CHI Health Center (formerly the CenturyLink Center) in Omaha, to help build unity and faith in the Archdiocese. Some of the anticipated highlights of this one-day event is Pentecost Mass, The Great Gathering, Q/A with Archbishop Lucas, Youth Breakout Sessions, and Comedy Keynote - Jim Gaffigan, along with food, music, and videos. More about this event will be coming in the

months ahead from the Archdiocese. The expectation is that more than 10,000 Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese will attend the event. Registration is free and will begin in January 2019. You can find more information on the event website: unite.archomaha.org.

Election-day is approaching, November 6th. It is important to exercise our civic duty. To promote voter education, the Nebraska Catholic Conference conducted candidate surveys, which can be found at www.NebraskaCatholicVoter.com. This information may be of help to be better informed on where candidates stand on a variety of issues. My prayer for our nation and

community is that we will be blessed with good elected officials.

    Month of November: a Book of Remembrance is available near the baptismal font at St. Francis and by the stairs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. You may enter names that will then be prayed for at mass during November. May we remember those who have gone before us.

    A note on the Sunday’s Gospel. We hear about the Greatest Commandments, in short (1) to love God and (2) to love our neighbor as ourselves. One way to consider the greatest commandments is that they summarize the 10 Commandments, as loving God corresponds to the first three of the 10 commandments and to love our neighbor corresponds to the remaining 10 commandments.

   We are to try to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Why? One reason is because doing so provides the path to inner peace and then eternal life with God. It seems that society and the culture can convey that faith, religion, and belief in God as trying to limit freedom or happiness. Although I think the closer we are to God, the closer we are to inner peace and well-being. The farther we are from God, the farther we are from that inner peace and well-being.

   The culture may try to distract or convince us to live life without God. But I think the experience of life can bring one to realize the need for God and that true peace is found with God, through a relationship with God, as ultimately what the world may offer does not bring inner peace or salvation. The commandments are God’s guideposts for us, pointing the way for us. They are for our good, not always easy to live by but they show us the way to a life well lived!!

                   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