St. Francis Catholic School is committed to Catholic education. Our faith is strengthened each day as we begin with morning prayer and each individual classroom shares Scripture stories and lessons about our Catholic faith during a daily religion lesson.
St. Francis strives to model Jesus in the world through faith, respect, community, innovation and learning. The Gospel values of Jesus Christ permeate every aspect of our daily school life. At St. Francis School our faith is shared through daily prayer as a school community.
Our school works in partnership with Our Lady of Hope Parish to ensure that our students experience education embedded with religious values preparing them for their faith journey. The Priest visits our school weekly to meet with classes to discuss our gospel stories and support us to grow in our faith and leads us in mass each month as we come together as a Catholic school community.
Our Lady of Hope
591 Brennan Rd.
Our Patron Saint: St. Francis of Assisi
Feast Day: October 4
Francis grew up in a wealthy family as the son of a store owner. During his youth, he enjoyed all the luxuries of upper class life–friends, money and entertainment. When he was twenty, however, he set off to fight in a civil war. Upon his return, he became quite ill. From this point on, Francis recalled, he experienced steady spiritual growth.
One day, while deep in prayer, he heard the voice of Christ telling him to rebuild a church which had been seriously damaged. Without the permission of his father, who was away at the time, Francis took many goods from his father’s shop and sold them. He took the money to the priest of the church to donate them. His father, however, was furious–he pleaded with the Bishop to insist Francis return the money. The Bishop obliged his father; all of the money was returned to his him. Francis also returned all of his clothing and possessions to his father in order to clear up any debt. Francis told him that his only father was the father in heaven.
From that point on, Francis devoted his life to poverty and humility. He founded the Friars Minor–a group of men living under strict rules opposing the ownership of any possessions other than a coat marked with a white cross. He taught his followers to love all creatures of the earth–rich, poor, man, woman or animal.
Eventually, Francis’ lifestyle led to illness. On October 3, 1226, St. Francis of Assisi passed away in poverty. Many religions recognise Francis as a saint.
Prayer of St. Francis
make me an instrument of Your 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.