WELCOME

The St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church was inaugurated in November 2001 by Bishop Bernard Gremoli as part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (formerly Vicariate of Arabia). Our parish is presently pastored by Bishop Paul Hinder. We comprise of many nationalities and diverse communities from around the world united in one body of Christ. Located just off of Sheikh Zayed road behind Al Muntazah Complex in the emirate of Dubai, we are easily accessible from The Gardens Boulevard, Ibn Battuta Metro Station by bus or taxi, and from the Jebel Ali Village Interchange. View our location map.


"The sacred pastors...should recognize and promote the dignity and responsibility of the laity in the Church. They should willingly use their prudent advice and confidently assign offices to them in the service of the Church, leaving them freedom and scope for activity. Indeed, they should encourage them to take on work on their own initiative".

"To the extent of their knowledge, competence or authority, the laity are entitled, and indeed sometimes duty-bound, to express their opinion on matters which concern the good of the Church" — LG, #37


Parish Ministries

ALTAR SERVERS
Meet: 2nd Saturday of the month from 09:30 to 12:30
Parish Priest 04 8845104
CATECHISM
CATECHISTS WANTED
We are in need of new catechists; interested persons please contact the parish or catechism office.
TRAINING INFORMATION AND CATECHIST RESOURCES » jebelalicatechists.com
CHRISTIAN FAITH FORMATION CONFERENCE » avosa-cfcuae.com
Next conference is scheduled for 3–4 February 2016
ENGLISH CATECHISM FRIDAY 09:00
Download the Registration Form (2016 – 2017). Read the Registration Rules and Regulations Registrations for year 2016 to 2017.
Daniel Fernandes (Coordinator)
Dorothy Anne (Coordinator) 04 4519080
Melanie F. (Coordinator)
ENGLISH CATECHISM FRIDAY 10:15
UPDATES, RENEWAL & REGISTRATION INFO » fridaycatechism.com
Kristina Azavedo (Coordinator) 050 4645036
ENGLISH CATECHISM SATURDAY 16:15
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Read the info for 2016-2017 registration
Jyothi Pinto Jhaveri (Coordinator)
ENGLISH CATECHISM SUNDAY 17:00
Download the Registration Form (2016-2017).
Jo Darnell (Coordinator) 050 2925140
Lisa Fernandes (Treasurer) 050 7414595
FRENCH CATECHISM SATURDAY 09:00
Download the Registration Form
REGISTRATION & RENEWAL by mail
Anne-Laure Bustarret (Coordinator) 050 9018408
Sophie Marret (Coordinator)
Servane Nollet (Coordinator)
Sophie Taureau (Coordinator)
ARABIC CATECHISM SATURDAY 10:15
Arabic Office 04 3376113
info@echristian.ae ctjaar@echristian.ae
CATECHISMO ITALIANO SATURDAY 15:00
Alessandra 055 7028130
SPANISH CATECHISM
TUESDAY 17:15 – 18:15
Diana Orellana 050 159 7214
RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS) Venue: Church at the Friday 09:00 Mass
new session commences in April 2017. Duration 12 weeks.
Details
CHOIR
07:30 Mass Friday Yona Fernandes 050 5580492
09:15 Mass Friday Christopher Coutto 050 1018616
10:15 Mass Friday Rajesh Pereira
17:00 Mass Friday Lein 050 6946056
19:00 Mass Friday Alden Paje 055 6072983
17:30 Mass Saturday Arleen D'Souza 050 9405519
19:00 Mass Saturday Declan 050 7399098
17:30 Mass Sunday Delwin 050 7553064
19:00 Mass Sunday Ronnie 050 5684179
20:00 Mass Sunday Jun 055 7915473
EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY
Clement Lobo (Coordinator) 050 3822040
LECTOR MINISTRY
Meet: 1st Monday of the month at 19:30 in Hall No. 11
PARISH FAMILY MINISTRY — promoting the spiritual well-being of the family
Download its Counselors Information and Mission Statement
Karla Becker 050 6400573
Freddy Becker 055 4845573
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened (for him), and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (and) coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17)

A NEW CLASS WILL COMMENCE IN APRIL 2017. Course duration: 12 Weeks. Venue: Church at Friday 09:00 Mass (there is a pew reserved for RCIA candidates).

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which both unbaptized adults and those baptized in other Christian denominations learn about the Catholic faith and way of life. It is a spiritual formation process culminating with entry into the Catholic Church by celebrating the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism (if not previously baptized in a Christian denomination), Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

Like the Christians of the early Church, catechumens will learn the faith not only through structured teaching but also by witnessing the behavior of the community around them. A person takes the first step of conversion when a decision is made to answer the call of the Holy Spirit and a desire is voiced to follow Jesus Christ. This person may be drawn to the faith by hearing the Word of God or seeing the good witness of other believers. The Holy Spirit draws people to the faith in whatever way He sees fit. The Holy Spirit is the driving force that leads people into the Church.

John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit."

Contact the parish office for details
TEEN MINISTRY
all teenagers who have received the sacrament of confirmation and are below the age of 18 are invited to join the Teen Ministry of our parish. Sessions are held every Friday and Saturday. Please contact the parish office for more details. Parents are reminded that catechism is a lifelong process and does not end with confirmation.
USHERS
Roshan Chacko 055 8850262
Jyothi 050 7749619


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To help alleviate traffic while leaving the church, please make use of the alternate route which begins across from the Churches/AlMuntazah/Equestrian Club junction and leads down to the E77. This route is ideal for those heading towards Jebel Ali Port, Abu Dhabi, Green Community, and Sheikh Zayed Road. Please click image for map.