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


    My installation as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Francis of Assisi parishes occurred last Sunday,

Sept. 2nd at the 10:00am Mass at St. Francis. I appreciate that Archbishop Lucas was able to make it. In the picture

below are my parents, Jerry and Kathy who came in from Omaha, it was good to have them here. My thanks to the

Rosary Sodality for their efforts and work in providing the refreshments and rolls for the reception afterward.

   My thanks for their support on this occasion.

To the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and

St. Francis of Assisi, please know my door in always open and of my hope and desire to serve the parishes well.

   Thank you for your warm welcome! Already starting on my third month!

   A brief word on this Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus has

compassion for the struggling and suffering. A man is unable to hear and to speak. Through the touch of Jesus, his ears are “opened” and his speech impediment removed. As the Gospel states Jesus “has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Many times Jesus cured the sick and brought relief to the suffering. Through original sin, death, sin and suffering entered into the world. The Good News of Jesus includes that he has conquered suffering. And, importantly, Jesus has power over sin and death. Interestingly, our Catechism points out that Jesus did not heal all the sick:

Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases." But he did not heal all the sick.

     His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced a more radical healing:

the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the "sin of the world," of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion. (CCC 1505)

     Jesus came for a more radical healing, our spiritual healing, to break the bonds of sin and death. My

understanding is God wills spiritual healing (i.e. turning to God and rejection of sin, to lead to eternal life) over physical healing. Prayers may bring physical healing, but only I think as it supports and helps to bring about spiritual healing.

                 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