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.
WHY PEOPLE WHO PRAY ARE HEALTHIER THAN THOSE WHO DON’T”“It doesn’t matter if you pray for yourself or for others, pray to heal an illness or for peace in the world, or simply sit in silence and quiet the mind — the effects appear to be the same. …prayer and meditation increase levels of dopamine, which is associated with states of well being and joy. …one group of people who suffer migraines to meditate 20 minutes each day repeating a spiritual affirmation, such as “God is good. God is peace. God is love.” The other group used a nonspiritual mantra: “Grass is green. Sand is soft.” The spiritual meditators had fewer headaches and more tolerance of pain than those who had focused on the neutral phrases.
WORLD IS TIRED OF “CHARMING LIARS” AND “TRENDY PRIESTS AND BISHOPS”“Do not let yourselves be tempted by numbers and by the quantity of vocations; rather look for the quality of discipleship. Neither numbers nor quantity: only quality…
SUMMONING THE DEMONS: PLAYING 'CHARLIE CHARLIE' GAME POSES REAL DANGER, WARNS VATICAN EXORCIST
A Vatican-approved exorcist has warned against the dangers of playing the game known as "Charlie, Charlie," which whipped up a hype among young people on social media. » more
CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT DOGMAThe poet Robert Frost once said that writing free verse was like playing tennis without a net. It’s the same for those who would like their Christianity to be free from dogma. Dogma, for those who have forgotten, are the doctrines that are specified as necessary to be believed. By their very nature, dogmas are intellectual propositions that spell out certain Christian beliefs. They’re mandatory--like the net is for tennis. » more
BLACK MASS ORGANIZERS FACE LAWSUIT OVER STOLEN HOST“Our legal theory is very simple,” he continued, “a Consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.”“The Church has exercised dominion and control over the Eucharist for 2000 years. The Satanists procured the Consecrated Host by illicit means, by theft or fraud. We are simply asking the Court to return the stolen property to its rightful owner, the Roman Catholic Church.” » more
CATHOLIC, ORTHODOX PATRIARCHS VISIT IRBIL TO SUPPORT DISPLACED IRAQISA delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. » more
PRAYER A STRONGHOLD IN LIFE, DEATH OF CATHOLIC JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEYAbout how he turned to prayer, specifically the Rosary, during his captivity, and how the prayers of family and friends also gave him strength. “I began to pray the Rosary.” he wrote. “It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”» more
WHY DO CHILDREN LOSE FAITH IN GOD?Why is it that some people are able to know God and believe in Him until the end of their days, while others lose their faith while still young ? How does this loss of faith occur and by what means can faith be preserved or renewed? » more
GOD IS IN THE DETAILS Three thousand were killed at the first Pentecost; at the New Pentecost, occurring after the definitive Passover of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, three thousand were not just restored, but in a real sense were brought back to life (Rom. 6:4).
So, how do you train yourself to pick up on these details? Perhaps the easiest way is to follow along while the lector is reading at Mass. Focus not just on the main storyline but on the small points the sacred author includes. Ask yourself questions. Why did Jesus say what he said in just that way? Why is this precise detail mentioned? If the homily is engaging, save your questions to think about later, perhaps during post-Communion meditation. If you find yourself bored during the homily, then focus on your questions and think about them instead.
POPE'S LENTEN MESSAGE 2014 So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff).» more
IMPORTANCE OF CONFESSION Francis has personally directed his closest collaborators, the cardinals and archbishops of the Roman Curia, to take turns hearing daily confession in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, an ordinary Roman church outside of the Vatican.» more
PARISH PRIESTS KNEW THE NAME OF YOUR DOG Pope fondly recalls the days when parish priests knew the names of all their parishioners, and even the name of the dog in each family.» more
POPE FRANCIS MEETS YOUTH IN ASSISI Having a living relationship with Our Lord, he said, is like keeping an open window so that we can hear God calling us and telling us what he wants us to do.» more
POPE FRANCIS GREETS MUSLIMS He urges both Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect. He sent greetings to Muslims, our brothers, throughout the world who had just finished celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.» more
WHY YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR BABY TO CHURCH Don’t do mass in shifts. The Mass is for families. When parents say they aren’t “getting anything out of Mass” when they bring small children they are missing the point. What you get out of Mass when you have small children is the joy of passing your faith on to them. That’s what you signed up for when you became a Catholic parent. Yes, it can be tough, and yes, you may certainly do other things to get your spiritual needs met, but Sunday mass is for your family. Go as a family.» more
VATICAN BANK CLEAN-UP INTENSIFIESReligious and judicial specialists on Tuesday said the Vatican had forcibly shed two long-serving chiefs who survived the unceremonious eviction in May 2012 of the former head, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, purportedly for poor management but amid reports of money-laundering. » more
VATICAN APPROVES SECOND MIRACLE FOR JOHN PAUL IIVatican officials confirm that Pope John Paul II is now just one step away from sainthood after a Vatican commission approved a second miracle attributed to the late Holy Father. » more
CHRISTIAN BY CHANCE?being Christian is a response to the voice of love, to a call to become children of God. There is a call, “by name, and with a promise,” the Pope said, “Go ahead, I am with you! I walk beside you.” This, he said, Jesus knew as well: “Even in the most difficult moments He turns to the Father”. » more
ST. PAUL'S CHURCHMussafah, Abu Dhabi. On 29 June 2013, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Bishop Paul Hinder blessed the foundation stone on the site of the future St. Paul's Church in the presence of many priests and sisters, about 300 faithful as well as the architects, engineers and contractors. » more
100 DAYS OF FRANCISPope Francis is approaching 100 days as our Holy Father. The beginning of his papal service has drawn massive attention and offered new ways of carrying out the leadership of the Universal Church. » more
POPE SENDS CLEAR SIGNALA last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life. » more
BE PASTORScandidates must be “close to the people, fathers and brothers…gentle, patient and merciful; animated by inner poverty, the freedom of the Lord and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life” » more
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