Name of Church Historic St. Francis of Assisi Church

Address 494 NW Lava Road (corner of Franklin & Lava), downtown Bend, Oregon (the newer, larger church, with the parish office, is located at 2450 NE 27th Street, Bend, Oregon, about four miles away)

Phone number 541-382-3631


Mass times Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. Morning prayer begins 20 minutes before Mass Monday-Saturday. The church also hosted a bimonthly Latin Tridentine Mass on alternate Sundays at 1 p.m., but the celebrant, Father Szymakowski, has moved away from Bend currently leaving the status of the Mass up in the air.

Confessions Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8 a.m. Saturdays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

(Additional Masses and confessions available in the new church.)

Names of priests Father Julian Cassar, pastor. Father Joseph Kunnelaya, parochial vicar. Father Julian is from Malta, Father Joseph from India. Both are faithful priests; Father Julian maintains a blog: There is also a parish blog:

School Yes, K-8. Visit

Music Piano, with youth choir on the 4th Sundays.

Fellow parishioners A majority English-speaking, Anglo community, with a significant Hispanic community.

Activities and groups Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Bible study, Adoration Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Altar Society, St. Pier Giorgio Men’s Group.

Parking There is a small lot or you can park on the street. Across the street is McMenamin’s Hotel (in the former St. Francis school site), so street parking can be limited.

Cry room No.

Additional observations St. Francis of Assisi has two church sites. The historic church was built in 1920 and staffed for 66 years by Capuchin Franciscans, most of whom were from Ireland (note the statue of St. Patrick and St. Brigit in the decorative altarpiece). The church was built for $50,000; originally spires were planned but never added because of cost. It has a beautiful traditional altar, statues and stained glass. A need for a larger capacity prompted the building of the new St. Francis church, which opened in 2009. The priests shuttle back and forth between them. The original parish school was across the street from the historic church; visit the McMenamin’s and you can see remnants of the old school.