For the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi the Chamber Choir of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi directed by Fr. Giuseppe Magrino, O.F.M.Conv. performed a Concert entitled "Francis is Alive" Friday October 2, 2015 at 9 pm in the Lower Basilica, performing the “Petite Messe Solennelle” of Gioacchino Rossini.  

For more information in Italian on the Concert click here

The Program in Italian

In preparation for the Solemnity of St. Francis October 4, as is the tradition, the Novena in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis will begin September 24 involving the faithful of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino.  

Each day prior to the Feast pilgrims will arrive at 6:00 PM (on Sunday September 27 at 5:00 PM and Tuesday September 29 at 4:00 PM) to participate at the Novena Mass, representing various parts of the Diocese.

While the Vicars Forane or Deans will preside at the Eucharistic Liturgy, Fr. Marco Moroni, O.F.M.Conv. of the Sacred Convent will preach each evening of the Novena. 

To see the Novena Mass live in Italian via internet streaming: click here (6:00 PM Assisi Time / 12 Noon U.S.A. E.S.T.)

Diocesan and Parish groups will participate according to the following schedule:

Thursday September 24: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Saint Maria of the Angels  

Friday September 25: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Nocera Umbra  

Saturday September 26: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of Rivotorto and Capodacqua.  Also present a pilgrimage of the Assisi City Administration for the 18th Anniversary of Earthquake of 1997. His Excellency Bishop Domenico Sorrento will preside. 

Sunday September 27 at 5:00 PM:  Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Assisi with the Chapter of the Canons of the Cathedral and Confraternities.  

Monday September 28: Pilgrimage of the Religious and the Religious of the Diocese: USMI AND CISM. The Episcopal Vicar for the Consecrated Life will preside.

Tuesday September 29 at 4:00 PM: Pilgrimage of the Patients and Elderly of the Diocesan Caritas and Institutes A. Rossi, Serafico, Casoria  

Wednesday September 30: Pilgrimage of the Pastoral Unities of Petrignano, Building, Torchiagina and Valfabbrica, Casacastalda  

Thursday 1 October: Pilgrimage of the United Parish of S. Michele Archangel, S. Marco Evangelist of the Vicariato of Bastia Umbra  

Friday 2 October: Pilgrimage of the Parishes of the Vicariate of Gualdo Tadino  

Saturday 3 October: Basilica of S. Maria of the Angels at 5:30 PM: Solemn commemoration of the Transitus of St. Francis  

Novena in English.

Other Prayers in English.

Novena and Feast Schedule in Italian.

The second edition of "Courtyard of Francis" modeled after the ancient "Courtyard of the Gentiles"  will begin Wednesday, September 23 with a presentation by the Custos of the Sacred Convent, Fr. Mauro Gambetti and the President of the Region of Umbria, Catiuscia Marini.  

Five days of dialogue, round tables, workshops, visits and concerts to take place in Assisi in and around the  Basilica of St. Francis and the Sacred Convent, and throughout Assisi will have the theme: "Humanity. Dialogue between Believers and Unbelievers."  

The "Courtyard of Francis" is an opportunity to listen to and interact with persons in politics, art, culture and religion.   

The events in Assisi, part of the greater project of the "Courtyard of the Gentiles", began as an invitation to today's men and women, believers and unbelievers, to keep alive the question of God as part of their personal search. 

At the suggestion of Pope Benedict XVI made in a discourse to the Roman Curia in 2009, Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, with the Sacred Convent, the Franciscan Families, the Association Oicos Riflessioni in collaboration with the Episcopal Conference of Umbria and the Diocese in Assisi, has initiated this five-day program.

The full program in Italian can be found HERE.

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