Looking Up & Reaching Out

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, a theologically progressive and inclusive Christ-centered community of faith.

St. Francis is known for its welcome and hospitality of the young, old, and the young at heart. We are a community of compassion and acceptance with a commitment to exploring and deepening our faith. Inspired by our patron saint, Francis, we have a hunger for justice and peace in the world.

St. Francis, an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, is nestled beneath a breathtaking canopy of oaks in downtown Novato, in Northern Marin County.

Our Sunday morning service draws on the ancient and modern practices of the Episcopal Church.


St. Clare's, our outdoor chapel, is always open for prayer and meditation.


If you prefer walking meditation, our outdoor labyrinth is the place to still your soul.


This Week's Events

Upcoming Events
  • Message From our Priest(ess)

    Beloved Community,

    I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the changes in our Sunday Liturgy. Please remember that we will be serving the Eucharist from the altar-rail. In addition, the wine will be served from the Common Cup.

    As is the norm, the cup will be wiped with the Purificator after each person is served, but if you wish to partake of the wine by intinction (by dipping your bread wafer into the cup of wine), you are welcome to do so.

    You are also welcome to partake of only one of the Eucharistic elements. If you choose not to receive wine, simply cross your arms over your chest.

    We are still in need of a volunteer to bake real, Eucharistic Bread on Sunday mornings. Please also continue to send in your natural-world pictures to revlisa@stfrancisnovato.com.

    Recently I made the announcement that I would like to facilitate sacred, communal time, mid-week, with Lectio Divina for those who are interested.

    Latin for “divine reading,” Lectio Divina is an ancient, monastic practice that comprises slow, rhythmic reading of Scripture. It allows us to savor prayer, and is purposeful in promoting our communion with God, and can provide special spiritual insight. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this practice. Wednesdays at 11.00am is the proposed time for gathering for this sacred hour.

    This Sunday, our Readings will be:

    1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

    Psalm 20

    2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17

    May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us in our love for each other and of all Creation.


  • Greetings from the Junior Warden

    First of all, I would like to wish all of the fathers within our parish and all of the fathers in your lives, a Happy Father's Day!!  Thank you dear Fathers!

    As I return from a week of splendid music-making in the redwood forest of the Pescadero hills, I feel blessed to have such an outlet for escaping to a magical place filled with love and gratitude, where a diverse group of people come together with one thing in common - to make music together.  It's a place like no other...or is it? On the last day, after the last performance, an elder camper asked for everyone to gather around her, and she gave a closing blessing to the crowd of tired yet elated campers. She asked for everyone to hold hands, to touch the neighboring person, to make a circle of friends. Her blessing was so powerful and moving, that many people, even the younger ones, were in tears. Where else can we be welcomed no matter who we are?

    Our church, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, strives to welcome the stranger, welcomes all to the table for communion, is the gateway to heaven where God and his son, Jesus Christ, is waiting for us, no matter who we are.  

    Please join us this Sunday to gather and create a circle of friends and to share in communion. All are welcome to the table!

  • Greetings from the Sr. Warden

    There are new Access Application & Agreement forms being distributed throughout the campus. If you need access to a door that perhaps you previously had a key to or now have a need for grab one, fill it out and get it to me. Instructions are on the bottom.

    We continue to interview for the position of Admin/Facility Administrator. We have rec out on Indeed but are openly soliciting the community for candidates as well. Forward me any suggestions you may have.

  • 81st General Convention - June 23rd - 28th

    The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese.
    The 81st General Convention will take place June 23 – 28, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky
    If you would like to learn more about the 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church, you can use the link below
    The 81st General Convention Link
    In April, the Episcopal Church’s Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop announced the names of the bishops it will nominate to succeed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
    The four names will be formally submitted to the General Convention during a joint session on June 25, a day before the House of Bishops is scheduled to elect the 28th presiding bishop.
    More details can be found at this link - Four Candidates for Presiding Bishop
  • Who Am I?

    This parishioner has two adult daughters, and is twice widowed.  She was married to an airlines pilot and then a physician.  She was born in Europe and attended university in Heidelberg where she studied the classics.  She worked for a European airline as a Grand Hostess. She then moved with her pilot husband to the United States where she raised in her children.   She was an avid tennis player and skier.   In her later years she retired to Florida, and moved to Novato less than 2 years ago.  She is delighted that her grandson is studying to become an Episcopal priest.  Her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.  Religiously she was raised Catholic but did not regularly attend church.  She enjoys the nature and format of our services. 

    Who is she?  

    June 7, 2024

    Last week’s ‘mystery’ member is Christa Greenwald, who resides now at Atria, with several of our other parishioners.    Stayed tuned for the next chapter!       Yes, it was confusing to have my name, Allison Waterworth, at the bottom of the column. That was intended only to convey me as the author.  

    Best, Allison

  • Vicarage Cleanup

    With Rev Lisa and Ray's arrival we have started a revamp and cleanup of the Vicarage. There are still many boxes and piles of "stuff" from the HUB renovation in various rooms that we need to dispose. If anyone would like to help, has particular feelings about anything or could help us decide what to do with some it, please stop by. Most of the activity will be happening on Sundays and Wednesdays at the Vicarage.

  • Transitus

    Curious about why our weekly e-newsletter is called The Transitus? The name comes from the most important feast day in the life of St. Francis, his death on October 3 and his entrance into the joy of our God. This is known as the Transitus, or Journey. Just as Francis was sent into new life, we pray our community worship, events and education help send you into new life - a journey -  as well!

    Get the latest announcements below.

    Click here to view the entire latest Transitus. Click Here                    

    Click here to view past issues of the Transitus.  Click Here

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  June 2024