Saint Francis
of Assisi
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Contemplative Prayer
labyrinth An ancient tradition in the Church, contemplative prayer is a time set apart to rest in God, to open our minds and hearts — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions.  Quietly consenting to God's presence and action within, we find our attention may also move outward to discover God's presence everywhere.   

  • Evening Contemplative Prayer group
    Mondays at 6:00PM in the Parish Center Chapel

    The Parish Center Chapel is located in the Parish Center (across K Street from the Church).

  • Daytime Contemplative Prayer group
    Tuesdays at 1PM in St. Clare Chapel (following Noon Eucharist).
    All are welcome!

    St. Clare Chapel is located in the breezeway between the Church and the Friary.
  • More info: Please contact the Parish Center at (916) 443-8084 or

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Who Is A Spiritual Director?

“The spiritual director”, Thomas Merton wrote, “is concerned with the whole person, for the spiritual life is not just the life of the mind, or of the affections, or of the ‘summit of the soul’ - it is the life of the whole person... A spiritual director is, then, one who helps another to recognize and to follow the inspirations of grace in their life...”

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Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is the contemplative practice of assisting another in the desire to awaken more fully to the Mystery called God. A person seeking a more conscious connection with God works with a trained spiritual director, usually once a month.

A woman parishioner is participating in the Spiritual Direction Internship offered by the Bread of Life Center. She is available to offer spiritual direction at no cost.

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Tai Chi at St. Francis
Wednesdays at 5:30PM in the back of the Church
Saturdays at 9AM in the Parish Center

What is T’ai Chi Chih? It is a simple meditative movement practice, often done in the company of others. It offers physical, mental and spiritual energy. It is grounding and uplifting.

The Tai Chi Chih Group gathers Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm in the back of the Church and Saturday mornings at 9am in the St. Clare Chapel (enter through the breezeway between the church and friary), or in the park across from the Church, if weather permits.

New members are welcome!  Instruction and encouragement are offered.
Please join us for an hour of gentle movement.

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Taizé Prayer
dove with olive branch Wednesdays at 6PM in the Church
Taizé (pronounced tuh-ZAY) is a small village in western France where there is an ecumenical community of Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox brothers.  The brothers of Taizé have developed a unique form of prayer and mediation using music, readings and silence.  

Every Wednesday evening, St. Francis of Assisi Parish hosts Taizé-style evening prayer from 6-7PM in the Church.  Come share this deeply moving experience with us. All are welcome to participate in this contemplative and spirit-filled service.

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