Letter from our Pastor

Dear Friends:

Welcome to Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania and to this website meant to be a “window” into our Parish’s community of faith.

Our vibrant faith family is ready and eager to welcome you and your family with open arms. Whether you are a long time parishioner, newly registered, or a visitor to the Allentown area, I am sure you will find this website full of useful information. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a parish of over 1500 families in the western end of Allentown, where a genuine love of the Lord is alive and well. I invite you to explore this website as well as our school’s website at www.StJohnVianneySchool.org.

As Catholic Christians we understand our need for one another. When we join together in a common purpose and vision, we find ourselves in the presence of God, Who is the source of our hope and Who supports and sustains us. All are welcome at Saint Francis, wherever one may be on their faith journey: a practicing Catholic, a seeker for truth with no church affiliation, a Christian of another denomination investigating Catholicism, or someone who has been away from the Church or from our Parish for whatever reason.  Our parish is a welcoming one, and we truly want everyone to feel at home here.

We seek to proclaim the Word of God faithfully. We seek to celebrate our communal prayer and worship, in particular the Eucharist, reverentially and joyfully. We seek to envelop our love for Christ in works of charity, in service to the poor and needy and to each other. We seek to mark our faith for our children and ourselves with study and action. We seek to demonstrate Christian hospitality at all times. We seek to offer our gifts of time, talent and treasure at the Altar of the Lord. And above all, we seek to live the Greatest Commandments: first to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds; and secondly, like the first, to love our neighbors as ourselves.

I warmly and gladly welcome you to Saint Francis Parish and to this wonderful website which portrays in just a small fashion who are and what we aspire to be!

God’s Blessing upon you and yours,

Reverend Monsignor Victor F. Finelli, J.C.L.




Shown below is a close-up view of the new murals:

San Damiano Mural         The above mural depicts St. Francis in the ruin church of San Damiano engaging in prayer where he was told by God to “rebuild my church.”

Stigmata Mural

The mural of St. Francis receiving the stigmata wounds.

 St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine master; grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.