I should like you not to let a day go by without...spiritual reading, for that could be like a sermon for you.

upcoming events

monday, January 14 at 8:00pm

Reading Selection For January:

Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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past events

A Conversation With Father Martin:


Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Conversation with Father James Martin Builidng A Bridge St Francis de Sales NYC.jpeg

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of Book Club's first all-parish event! It exemplified how we here at St Francis "Live Jesus"–by opening our doors to everyone and spreading a message of love and acceptance.

Over $500 were raised for the Ali Forney Center towards their work with LGBT homeless youth and 90+ attendees were welcomed into our beautiful church! This event was a Pride Month collaboration with the LGBTQS Catholic Alliance and Social Justice Ministry. Not bad for our little Book Club...

Building Bridges at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in NYC

I was so happy to be invited to speak at the Church of St. Francis de Sales in New York. Believe it or not, even after 20 years here, and helping out at a church right around the corner, I had never been inside. It's beautiful! Even more beautiful are the parishioners and all who came tonight to talk about building bridges with our LGBT Catholic friends. Thanks to Father Philip Kelly the beloved pastor, to Cynthia Bastidas, and the LGBT outreach group for the invitation. Thanks for the lovely reception beforehand too. And thanks to all who came, some from far away, to talk about an important issue in our church, and all who stayed afterwards to have a book signed and to chat. Please keep me in your prayers!—Father James Martin, SJ


about us

Book Club meets on the first Monday of each month in the rectory at SFdS. Come prepared for spirited conversations related to the monthly book selection. Each month, the  group chooses upcoming books which span the genres of fiction, history, current events, politics, theology, spirituality, and even inquiry into other religions.

Cynthia Bastidas and Lydia Serrano founded the Book Club in June 2016 after completing RCIA together. Our intent is for both new and lifelong Catholics to deepen their understanding of faith separate from weekly Mass or bible study.


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