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Once again Saint Francis de Sales Parish has been entrusted with the responsibility of hosting one of our seminarians for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  Please make Michael Aiello feel welcomed and encouraged during his 7 weeks with us.  He is from Charleston and has completed one year of seminary.  He will arrive May 28.


Fifth Sunday of Easter

They are called the Paradoxical Commandments. People wrongly credit these words to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. They were written by a man named Kent Keith, but she had them framed and on display. I’d like to share them with you: • “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. • If you are [...]


Baccalaureate Speech 2019

Hello. My name is Isabella Rotellini. I attended St. Francis De Sales School from Montessori to eighth grade and now I am a senior graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. Like my fellow seniors here with me today I am experiencing many emotions: happiness for how far we have come; sadness because it’s the end [...]


Third Sunday of Easter

It is generally believed that so-called Fish Stories usually include at least some — if not a whole lot — embellishment and exaggeration.  The teller of the tale wants people to know what a spectacular fisher he or she is.  Today’s gospel, however, is different.  Peter and some of the apostles are in the right place, with a proper boat, using good equipment, and drawing upon the [...]


With Appreciation…

The family of Deacon Don Wise would like to thank the Saint Francis Parish community for all of the heartfelt condolences and prayers.  The expressions of sympathy through Mass cards, flowers, food, and attendance at the vigil and funeral were very much appreciated.  The love and support will never be forgotten.


Homily for the Funeral of Deacon Don Wise

Homily Notes from Father Paul on the Occasion of the Funeral for Deacon Don Wise (April 23, 2019) Helen Keller learned a great deal about trust in her life as one who was both blind and deaf. She learned to trust people, upon whom she was often dependent. She learned to trust herself and lived [...]


Deacon Don

Saint Francis de Sales Church, the City of Beckley and Raleigh County lost a giant on Good Friday morning when God called Deacon Don Wise home to that place Jesus has prepared for those who love Him. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Deacon Don spent countless hours fulfilling the challenge of Jesus to “Love [...]


Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction With the Divine Mercy Chaplet Sunday April 28, 2019 at 3 PM "A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and pray for the intentions of the Pope) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday in a complete detachment from [...]


Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt

This popular event for kids 7 years old and under is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 10 AM at the Parish Center.  As always, the Knights will be hiding eggs around the grounds, but if the weather turns wet, the eggs will be hidden in the Parish Center.  See you then!