With open
arms for all!
- PARISH STAFF Fr. Jim Scullion, OFM, Pastor
Michele Beck, Music
Theresa Cassata, OFS, FFF
Fr. Kevin Daly, OFM
Fr. John Frambes, OFM
Sr. Patricia Klemm, OSF
Sr. Patricia McNiff, OSF
Jo Anne Reeder, Worship
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
“(The Master) entrusted
his possessions to them.”
- PARISH DEACONS Robert Cunningham
Richard Titmas
George Walker, OFS
Parish Office
(609) 494-8813
Mon. - Fri. 9 AM to 3 PM
(Closed for lunch 12 - 1 PM)
Family Faith Formation
(609) 494-8813 ext. 153
Community Center
(609) 494-8861
Counseling Services
(609) 494-1554
Read our bulletin online at
Daily gospel reflections can
be found on facebook at:
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
is a Franciscan Faith Community of
Holy Name Province
in the Diocese of Trenton.
Find out more about
Holy Name Province online at
Embrace Our Way of Life
Franciscan Vocation Ministry
Br. Basil Valente, OFM, 129 West 31st Street, 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10001-3403
Vocation Office
[email protected]
Vocation Office
[email protected]
Allegany Art
The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY
We are “entrusted” with God’s “possessions”
— love, mercy, kindness, service. God expects
us to use these possessions to increase the
presence of God’s Kingdom in the world.
“How have I used God’s possessions today?”
St. Francis of Assisi, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ
(L) Living +Deceased
9:00 AM +Anne Armstrong, ofs
November 15 3:30 - 4:30 PM Reconciliation
5:00 PM +Eugene Patten
+Patricia Forsythe
+Sandra Menkevich
7:30 AM +Alfred J. Rutkowski, ofs
November 16 8:45 AM +Pauline Colavita
+Anmarie Honan
+Ralph Hagen
10:00 AM +Marc Perugini
+Frank Panzone
11:15 AM +H. Paul Cook
9:00 AM +Ellen G. Wells
November 17
9:00 AM +Jim Mancini
November 18
+Elizabeth Connelly
Wednesday, 9:00 AM +Dolores Bates
November 19
+Peter Doorly
+Marion Roy, ofs
+Kathryn Fiore
9:00 AM +Margaret Taryla
November 20
+Margaret & Dennis McFadden
9:00 AM +Paulette Sinopoli
November 21
9:00 AM +Lillian C. Wirth
November 22 3:30 - 4:30 PM Reconciliation
3 Jn. 5-8;
8:30 AM Men’s Spirituality, Room 212
Lk. 18:1-8
Prv. 31:10-13, 19-20,
1 Thes. 5:1-6;
Mt. 25:14-30
Prv. 31:10-13, 19-20, 10:00 AM RCIA Rite of Acceptance
1 Thes. 5:1-6;
Mt. 25:14-30
Sir. 26:1-3, 15-18, 24;
Mt. 25:31-40
Rev. 3:1-6, 14-22;
Lk. 19:1-10
Rev. 4:1-11;
Lk. 19:11-28
Rev. 5:1-10;
Lk. 19:41-44
Rev. 10:8-11;
Lk. 19:45-48
Rev. 11:4-12;
Lk. 20:27-40
7:00 PM Confirmation Prep. Mentor’s Meeting
9:30 AM St. Anthony Devotion
7:00 PM RCIA, Room 212
6:30 PM Family Path Meeting
7:30 PM Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
7:00 PM Scripture Study, Sr. Lounge
Mass Schedule through November 22/23
Parish Information
Emergency Information: Available on our answering
St. Francis of Assisi, Brant Beach
9:00 AM Daily Mass
Reconciliation: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Saturday, 5:00 PM; Sunday, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 11:15 AM
machine (609) 494-8861 and on WJRZ 100.1 FM; 98.5
FM; The Breeze 107.1 FM; WOBM 92.7 FM;;
and and
St. Thomas of Villanova, Surf City
Evacuation Information: In the event of a hurricane,
St. Clare, Loveladies
St. Thomas Aquinas, Beach Haven
severe weather, or extreme high tides, please do not call
the Parish Office for assistance and note that none of the
parish buildings (churches, community center, residences
or maintenance facilities) has been designated as an
evacuation site. Evacuate as soon as you can, following
the direction of local officials.
Thanksgiving Mass Schedule
St. Francis of Assisi, Brant Beach
Sunday, November 23 - 2:00 PM Spanish Liturgy
Thursday, November 27 - 9:00 AM Special Daily Mass
Page 1 - November 16, 2014
Parish Information
A Letter From The Pastoral Staff...
Parish Registration: The Parish Office is located on the second
floor of St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd.,
Long Beach Twp., NJ. Office hours are Monday through
Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The office is closed for lunch
from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Please notify the Parish Office as soon
as possible if you are moving.
Baptism: The sacrament is celebrated three times a month at
St. Francis Parish. Group Baptisms are the 2nd Saturday at
10:00 AM and the last Sunday at 12:45 PM each month at
St. Francis Church in Brant Beach. Baptisms during Mass are
celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the last Mass in
each Church. Call the Parish Office for availability and
requirements: at (609) 494-8813 ext. 154 or 155.
Faith Formation and Education: For children ages six
through high school. Please call Theresa Cassata, ofs at
(609) 494-8813 ext. 153 for more information.
Marriage: In accordance with the Common Policy of the five
Dioceses of New Jersey, arrangements must be made ONE
YEAR in advance. Couples are required to attend Marriage
Preparation classes. Weddings are performed on Friday or
Saturday. Weddings are NOT performed on Sundays, the
beach, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekends.
Pastoral Visitations: Please notify the Parish Office if you or
any of your loved ones are ill, homebound, in SOMC, nursing
homes or rehabilitation centers.
Good guilt, bad guilt
Parish Collections
Second Collection Today:
Friars & Sisters Stipends
Did you know that the salaries for the Friars and Sisters are paid
for through your donations? Thank you for your generosity.
How can guilt be good? When we have done something bad
or hurtful, we ought to feel guilty because we are guilty. Our
guilty feelings mean that we recognize what we have done.
Next comes repentance and making amends. We hope we have
learned a lesson and have changed our behavior. Guilt like this
is actually a gift, part of the flow of God’s grace. Even mistakes
can bring us closer to God. I think of this as the bright side of
There is another kind of guilt that needs grace and healing,
but not actual repentance. People sometimes feel guilty about
something for which they are not responsible. These people are
wounded. They use the word guilt because it is hard to express
what they feel. They know that something is not right. They
may feel ashamed or unclean or in some way diminished as a
person. This could be the experience of someone who has been
abused or of someone who has been involved in a situation that
had unintended and unforeseen negative consequences. Even
when there was no possible way of knowing an outcome, the
words “I should have” are often spoken by people burdened like
How do we deal with this second “guilt”? Time helps, of
course. More helpful is speaking with someone who is well
grounded and can offer a realistic perspective, the big picture.
A counselor might be appropriate. I also think that, even when
no sin is involved, the sacramental forum (going to confession)
can help. Reconciliation/Penance is a medicinal sacrament. It
is about healing the wounds of a sinner, but I think that it can
also help to heal other wounds. Part of the word spoken by the
priest is “May God give you… peace.” That is what we want:
to be at peace with God, with each other and within ourselves.
Saint Francis used to like the greeting, “The Lord give you
peace.” Good words.
John Frambes, ofm
Last Week’s 2nd Collection
Gift of Warmth
Collected: $5,534
This Week We Need:
Budgeted: $19,000
Last Week’s Collection
Budgeted: $18,500
Collected: $19,101.40
St. Francis Parish now offers Online Giving!
Approved by the Diocese of Trenton.
Parishioners who prefer to donate through automatic draft, Online
Giving is a secure and personalized way to give to the parish. Sign
up by visiting our parish website at:
Be aware that it is not necessary to check the box for an additional
gift to offset fees. Our fee structure using this service is the
typical 2.5% discount charged to credit card usage and is not a set
fee of three dollars. Most of the formats seen on the software
screens are standardized and not subject to our modifications.
The JPIC Corner:
Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation
Fair Trade is a just and sustainable economic system… “just” in
that it is honest and moral… “sustainable” in that it is nourishing
and continuous, to help people lift themselves financially out of
poverty. Fair Trade organizations work directly with the makers
of the products to remove the middleman (keeping the price
down) and to pass more of the price back to the makers. The
makers of the products gain respect by being paid fair wages and
by using “green” criterion. This system of commerce endeavors
to insure greater equality and to build relationships in the global
trading organizations. It is long term efficiency and uplifting!
Free Trade is an unrestricted system between countries based on
short term efficiency of reducing wages, costs, environmental
standards and safety…the downward spiral.
Which system best honors JPIC (Justice, Peace, and the Integrity
of Creation)? Which system do you support?
Page 2 - November 16, 2014
Franciscan Spiritual Center
Spiritual Direction
We now have three certified Spiritual Directors and three
Interns offering free Spiritual Direction in our parish. For an
appointment please call:
Maryann Barrek, ofs, (609) 492-7502
Barbara Horwath, ofs, (609) 384-6188
Pat Simmons, ofs, (609) 661-1361
Anne Bock, ofs, Intern, (609) 492-3015
Sharon DeSipio, ofs, Intern, (609) 492-4690
Kathy Egan, PhD, Retired Chaplain, (215) 694-4651
Men’s Spirituality
The Men’s Spirituality group meets on the third Saturday of
each month from 8:30 to 10:00 AM in Room 212. We discuss
a broad variety of topics and share our views on how we can
see the hand of God at work in all things. All are welcome.
Next scheduled meeting: November 15, Room 212
Scripture Study
This group meets every two weeks to learn, discuss and reflect
on passages of the Sacred Scriptures. The group is led by
Tom Troyano and meets from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Center.
No prior experience of Scripture study is required.
Next scheduled meeting November 20, Sr. Lounge
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
“What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?”
“What Is Catholicism?”
a 2,000 year old living tradition?...a mystery?
...a relationship?...a way of life?...a world view?
We invite those who are Catholic, those who want to have your
questions answered, those who want to learn more about the
Catholic Faith, those who are preparing to celebrate the
sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, and
those who are seeking to continue to find God in the everyday
goodness of life to join with us as we continue to journey in
faith with God and one another.
The RCIA is a process that enables us to reflect on our
identity and our mission as people of God.
Classes meet on Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in Rm. 212
unless otherwise noted.
Next scheduled meeting: November 18.
“Happy New Year”
(Liturgy Advent/Christmas Season)
Presented by: JoAnne Reeder
All are welcome!
November 25 - No Class
An Invitation to Contemplative Living
This program calls out to those who desire to live more
contemplatively in the world, to grow in union with God and
others, and to become more aware, intentional and free. God
liberates us and heals us through the practice of contemplative
prayer. Monthly sessions on the practice of contemplative
prayer are scheduled. This group meets from 9:45 AM to
12:00 PM in the Center.
Next scheduled meeting: December 13, Sr. Lounge
Presenter: Sharon DeSipio, ofs, “Dreams.”
Woman’s Spirituality
The Women’s Spirituality Group provides an opportunity for
women to gather and share with other women how they
experience God in their lives in the here and now. They meet
from September through November and January through June
on the second Wednesday from 6:45 to 8:00 PM in the Center.
No December meeting.
Next scheduled meeting: January 14, Room 212
In Memoriam
In Loving Memory of
Kevin Walsh
The Presider’s Eucharistic Bread Vessels
for St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Villanova
and St. Francis of Assisi Churches
have been donated by Linda Walsh & Family
Diocese of Trenton Vocation Office
(609) 406-7449 - [email protected]
Is God Calling You?
Vocational discernment groups meet to assist young men who
are discerning the possibility that God may be calling them to a
life of priestly ministry. These groups are designed to explore a
priestly vocation with other like-minded men through prayer and
sharing vocation stories and experiences. The group meetings
aren’t meant to convince anyone that the priesthood is their
vocation. They are designed to assist you in discovering if the
priesthood is your true vocation and build your relationship with
Christ along the way.
If you are a faithful, single, Roman Catholic man, between the
ages of 18 and 40, and are asking yourself whether God is
calling you to be a priest, you are cordially invited to attend this
month’s discernment meeting on November 23rd, from 4:00 to
6:00 PM at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, 2226 Riverton Road,
Cinnaminson, NJ. Join Very Rev. Peter James Alindogan and
Rev. Chris Picollo, as they share their experiences of the
priesthood, followed by prayer and conclude with conversation
and a meal.
Please register with the Diocese of Trenton Vocation Office at
[email protected] or by calling (609) 406-7449.
Join us at this exciting time as you discover and respond to His
Page 3 - November 16, 2014
Family Faith Formation
Theresa Cassata, ofs, Coordinator of FFF (Ext. 153)
Ellen Halvorsen, Elementary Coordinator (Ext. 150)
Marion Pierri, Confirmation Coordinator (Ext. 177)
Volunteers Needed:
Catechist needed for Grade 2, Tuesday 5:30-6:45 PM.
Aide needed for Grade 6, Tuesday 5:30-6:45 PM.
Substitute Catechists & Aides, Tuesday 5:30-6:45 PM and
Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM.
Wednesday, November 19 - Family Path Meeting
6:30-7:30 PM.
Thursday, November 20 - Parents of Reconciliation Children
Talk with Fr. Jim. Preparation materials will be distributed.
No classes November 25 & 26.
Scripture Modules
No classes November 25 & 26.
Confirmation Preparation Candidates
Monday, November 17 - Mentor Meeting - All Candidates,
7:00-8:30 PM, Brant Beach Church. Parents please stay for
first 15 minutes.
Monday, November 24 - Workshop #2 - 7:00 PM, Brant
Beach Church - Preregistration required.
Monthly Meetings:
St. Francis Center unless otherwise noted.
Book Club
Tuesday, November 25, 1:00 PM, Room 212
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Catholics Separated & Divorced
Friday, December 5, 7:00 PM, Sr. Lounge
Order of the Franciscans Secular ofs
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 PM, Brant Beach Church
Christmas Luncheon in Church Hall
Survivors of Suicide
Thursday, December 11, 7:30 PM, Room 212
Knights of Columbus Council #3826
2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:30 PM
St. Mary’s Church, Msgr. Reinbold Hall - Barnegat
Family Promise
of Southern Ocean County
Volunteers Needed
Prepare a meal, spend some time with the families, stay
overnight, or help set up or take down rooms at Maris Stella.
We will be hosting families: November 30 – December 5,
Sunday evening thru Friday AM.
Please contact Connie Higgins, 361-2158 for overnights;
Pat Juliano, 978-2746 for meals; or Carole Infante, 978-0645
for more information or visit:
Person qualified to take
every other Monday morning
at the Senior Center in Manahawkin.
Please contact Sr. Pat at (609) 494-8861 ext. 108.
Human Concerns is in need of Volunteers
Help fill refrigerators and freezers several mornings a week.
This task involves some heavy lifting.
Help pick up grocery items from local supermarket once per week.
This task involves heavy lifting and a pick up truck or SUV/mini
van type vehicle.
Please contact Volunteer Services at (609) 494-8861 ext. 118.
On Call Substitute Teacher
$70 per day.
Please contact Katie Opauski at (609) 494-8861, ext. 114 or
[email protected] Applications also available online at and at the front desk.
St. Francis Center is an EOE/AA Employer
Cultural Competency Statement
The St. Francis Center recognizes a culturally diverse
community and makes a commitment to the principles of
multiculturalism as a means of understanding, accepting,
valuing, and supporting cultural diversity. The term
Multicultural is applied broadly to include issues of minority or
marginalized status as it relates to race, ethnicity, culture,
socioeconomic status, use of English as a second language,
gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, spirituality, and
the elderly. The St. Francis Center proposes to develop
programs and practices that assist staff, board members, and
volunteers to recognize, accept, and affirm differences and
similarities among people provide services that are supportive
and inclusive of all members of the community.
Page 4 - November 16, 2014
2015 Special Events
Super “Plunge” Sunday
February 1, 2015
Christmas Craft Show
Saturday, November 22
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 23
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
St. Francis Community Center Gym
This Craft Show should be your first stop for holiday
shopping. Enjoy many delightful new crafts as well as
old favorites.
Breakfast and Lunch will be catered by Order of the
Franciscans Secular.
4th Annual March Madness Free Throw
March 7, 2015
Fish & Chip Dinner
March 27, 2015
St. Francis Counseling Service
(609) 494-1554 -
Chance Auction on Saturday, November 22
Admission: $2
Sr. Kate’s
Crocheted Hand Towels
will be available at the
Christmas Craft Show
Become a Volunteer!
St. Francis Counseling Service is looking for volunteers
for our Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate training
program beginning January 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
every Monday for 12 weeks at Toms River H.S. South.
If you or someone you know is interested in giving
your time to support survivors of sexual violence in
Ocean County, please call (609) 494-1554 or email:
Erin Borysewicz, Outreach Coordinator,
[email protected] Applications can be
found online at:
Educational Services
American Red Cross
Blood Drive
(609) 494-8861 ext. 185
Southern Regional High School
600 North Main St., Manahawkin, NJ
Wednesday, December 10
1:00 - 6:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall
The need for blood is constant. Your contribution is
very important to maintain a healthy and plentiful
blood supply. When you donate through the Red Cross
you help save lives by giving of yourself in just about
an hour. You may never meet the person who receives
your blood, but you will feel good knowing you helped
change a life.
Appointments are not required but suggested and can
be made at: (Keyword
LBI St. Francis) or by calling (609) 494-8861 ext. 118.
Walk-ins are welcome.
NJ High School Diploma Preparation Classes
Monday & Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (9/10 Bldg.)
ESL Classes
Monday & Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (9/10 Bldg.)
St. Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township
ESL Classes
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, (2nd Floor)
(Free LIMITED transportation will be provided)
All classes are FREE to the community.
Additional Classes are located throughout Ocean County.
Please call for more information at (609) 494-8861 ext. 185 or to locate a
class near you.
Page 5 - November 16, 2014
Senior Services
For information call ext. 108 or 109.
Daily Reassurance Calls
Do you know of a senior who is isolated? Senior Services makes
daily reassurance calls to seniors who have no one to check on
them. Please call the Center and ask for extension 108 to request
that we call them.
Caregiver Support Group
Second Tuesday of every month, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Ocean County Southern Services Center
179 S. Main Street, Manahawkin, NJ.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Substitute Drivers needed for all routes! Call Sherry
today to sign up at (609) 494-8861, ext. 109.
Walking Program
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 - 8:45 AM in the Gym.
Ladies’ Exercise Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Room 99 - All are welcome to attend.
Volunteer Attorney
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
By appointment only for those who qualify.
Cards: Senior Lounge
Call if you have questions or wish to register.
Canasta: Monday, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Mah Jongg: Tuesday & Friday, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Pinochle: Wednesday, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Party Bridge: Thursday, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Recreation & Aquatics
For information please call ext. 105. Visit the Fall/Winter
Brochure online at
or pick up a Brochure at the Center lobby.
2nd Grade Youth Basketball - Ages 7 & 8.
December 5 through February 13;
4:00 to 5:00 PM (Friday’s).
Private Basketball Lessons with Dick Manzo
Appointments made through the Recreation Department at
(609) 494-8861 ext. 105.
Private Baseball Lessons with Tom Natoli
SRHS Boys Varsity Baseball Head Coach
Appointments made through the Recreation Department
at (609) 494-8861 ext. 105.
Personal Training with Joe Perrine
APFA Certified Personal Trainer
Develop and implement an individualized approach to exercise
and health. Workouts may include muscular strength, muscular
endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body
composition. Other components such as speed, power, balance,
etc. may also be addressed. Appointments made through the
Recreation Department at (609) 494-8861 ext. 105.
Birthday Parties
St. Francis Aquatic Center is a great place
to hold a birthday party!
For more information please contact the pool desk
at (609) 494-8861 ext. 187.
Medicare Part D
If you are satisfied with your current Medicare Advantage
or Part D plan, it is still wise to check if there are plans in
your area that offer better health and/or drug coverage at a
more affordable price.
Medicare’s open enrollment period of Medicare Part D
comes only once a year.
This year Open Enrollment is October 15 - December 7.
If you are 65 and over, this is the time to make changes
to your Medicare supplemental drug plan coverage. If
you enroll in a plan during Fall Open Enrollment, your
coverage starts January 1.
Call Senior Services if you would like an appointment
with a State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselor
to discuss your options at: (609) 494-8861 ext. 109 or
(609) 978-6220.
Volunteers Needed
to Assist with Filing Taxes 2014 Tax Season
FREE Income Tax preparation is available to anyone who
needs help filing Federal and New Jersey taxes, with special
attention to seniors. Additional volunteers are needed to work
in the program and to help in the preparation of electronically
filed tax returns. Volunteers must attend approximately 3 days
of training during December and 5 days during January, from
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and to be available at least one half day
weekly from February 2 to April 15, 2015.
This is an AARP program in cooperation with the IRS and the
NJ Division of Taxation. If interested or need more info,
please call:
Lacey to Little Egg Harbor & LBI, (609) 294-0730;
Brick, Pt. Pleasant Beach & Borough, Jackson,
(732) 928-8025;
Manchester, Whiting, Lakewood, Lakehurst & Toms
River area, (732) 793-1806.
Page 6 - November 16, 2014
Family Support Services
Human Concerns and the Food Pantry
are closed on Thursdays.
Children’s Services
Human Concerns new hours are: Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
St. Francis Preschool is an accredited program from the
National Association for the Education of Young Children.
NAEYC-Accredited programs must meet NAEYC’s 10 standards
for high-quality early childhood education. For more information
about NAEYC standards visit:
The Food Pantry currently needs:
Canned Vegetables, Cereal, Soup,
Laundry Detergent, Soap,
Any Size Diapers, & Baby Wipes
Open Enrollment! Full Day, Work Day or Extended Day
Toddlers: Ages 14 months to 2 1/2
Preschoolers: Ages 2 1/2 to 5
Parenting and Anger Management Groups
St. Francis Community Center. Locations throughout Ocean
County. To register, please call (609) 494-8861 ext. 194.
Funded by the Department of Human Services.
Auto Ownership Program
Please consider donating your old car (in fair to good condition)
to St. Francis’ auto ownership program. We are in need of
donated cars to assist clients to make the transition from welfare
to work.
For more information on a tax-deductible donation please call:
Auto Ownership Program Coordinator (609) 494-8861 ext. 190.
Thanksgiving Project
In 2013, Human Concerns provided approximately
300 families with a Thanksgiving Holiday meal.
We are currently planning for our annual Thanksgiving project.
Please continue collecting
Campbell's Soup Can Labels
Did you know that in addition to collecting labels from
cans and boxes you can also register your ShopRite card online?
Any Labels for Education product purchases that you make, we
will automatically receive 1 point for each product. Only residents
of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut or
Massachusetts are eligible to participate. To register your
ShopRite card(s) go to The
following information is needed: Saint Francis Preschool, Beach
Haven, New Jersey, 08008. Please share this information with a
friend. More than one school can be registered on a card. This
will help us in purchasing equipment and materials for Children’s
Collection containers are located in the lobby of St. Francis Center
and Children’s Services hallway. For an updated list of products
please visit: or pick up a copy in the
front lobby of the Center. Thank you for your continued support!
When cutting your labels please only cut the UPC and the points
value. See the pictures below:
The following items are needed: Frozen Turkeys, Yams, Instant
Potatoes, Stuffing Mix, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Canned
Vegetables (Corn & Green Beans).
Please drop off all donations at our Human Concerns office on
or before Monday, November 17th.
Thank you for your continual support! As of March 2014 we have
collected 3662 points!
Shop Rite in Manahawkin will collect Turkeys purchased at
their store for St. Francis Human Concerns.
Blissful Babies
Family Support Services would like to introduce:
St. Francis Gift of Warmth Project
Our focus is to keep the children in our community
warm throughout the winter. We are able to do this
through your generous donations of new warm
clothing and bedding. Please take a tag off a tree in the
Brant Beach Church, Community Center lobby, Mud City
Crab House & The Old Causeway in Manahawkin, Farias
on LBI or Murphy’s Market in Beach Haven and help us
attain our goal of serving the children of 275 families
within our community.
If you would like to sponsor a family please call
(609) 494-8861 ext. 106.
Please return your gift no later than December 12
as distribution is on December 17th and 18th.
"Blissful Babies"
a 5 week group session that provides guidance on the
communication of touch with parent and baby. This
process will be modeled by instructors who have
completed Part 1 in their training with Infant Massage
Training will provide parents with specific, proven infant
massage techniques to promote: bonding and attachment,
healthy sleeping, relaxation for baby and parent and
reduce symptoms associated with colic and gas.
Please call to register for our next available group or
inquire about future group schedules at (609) 494-8861
ext. 197.
Page 7 - November 16, 2014
St. Francis Travel
Call Nancy at Home Town Travel (609) 597-5100
Email: [email protected]
Celebrity Eclipse Trans Atlantic Cruise
April 20 - May 7, 2015
This spectacular package includes airfare from and back to Newark,
overnight at the Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale, 16 night transatlantic
cruise along with port and government taxes. In between some relaxing
sea days, you will have an overnight in Bermuda and visit Ponta
Delgada in the Azores, Lisbon in Portugal, Bilbao in Spain, Le Harve
in France with an opportunity to visit Normandy and disembark in
There are only 4 cabins available. Please contact Nancy at Home Town
Travel for rates. This trip must be booked by November 22.
Emerald Waterways River Cruise
Prague to Budapest
September 23, 2015
(More information coming soon.)
Donovan Catholic
PTA Harvest Gift Auction
(732) 349-8801
Friday, November 21
Toms River Hotel
Gift Preview 5:30 PM - Dinner 6:30 PM
RAFFLE - Donation $100 to win $5,000/Only 100 tickets being sold
$40 per person
Raffle tickets available at Donovan Catholic Main Office
(732) 349-8801 ext. 2401
For Gift Auction tickets contact Flo Costello (732) 244-3926
It’s A Wonderful Life
Friday & Saturday – December 5 & 6, 7:30 PM
Sunday - December 7 – 2:00 PM
Gepp Gymnasium, 711 Hooper Ave., Toms River
Tickets: Adults -$12.00 Student/Seniors - $10.00
Alumni Reception - Friday, December 5 (Intermission in Guidance)
Call box office at 732-349-8801, ext. 2403 for both events.
All Saints Regional Catholic School
400 Doc Cramer Blvd., Manahawkin, NJ, 08050
(609) 597-3800 or visit
St. Francis is a sending Parish to ASRCS
3rd Annual Wine Tasting & Auction
Sightseeing Trips
Sordevolo’s Passion Play
September 13 - 22, 2015
Itinerary: two nights Rome, two nights Assisi, one night Padua,
two nights Biella and one night Milan. See the play and the Last
Supper. Visit the church/museum where the Shroud of Turin is
vaulted. (You will see a replica and video but you will not see the
original.) A $100 per person (fully refundable once price is
confirmed) deposit is required.
For information on any of the above trips, please call
Nancy at Home Town Travel (609) 597-5100.
Weekly Meetings Always open to everyone!
Al Anon
St. Francis Center
Beginners Meeting, Thursday, 7:00-7:30 PM
Open Discussion, Thursday, 7:30-8:30 PM
Al-Anon is a fellowship of family members and friends of
alcohol/drug abusers, who share their experience, strength and
hope with one another.
Alcoholics Anonymous
SOMC, Sunday, 7:30 PM
Lights Off, Sunday, 9:00-10:30 AM
St. Francis Center, Room 116
St. Thomas of Villanova, Surf City
Monday through Friday, 12:30 PM
Friday (men), 8:00 PM
For Saturday Meetings:
Call the AA Hotline (609) 494-5130
Friday, November 21, 7:00 PM
St. Mary’s of the Pines Parish Center, Manahawkin
50/50, chance, silent & live auction items!
Tickets are $30 per person (ages 21 and up only). Any tickets
purchased after Monday, November 17, will be $35 per person. Please
contact ASRC at (609) 597-3800 or visit our website at
Cocktail fare will be provided by Sweet Jenny’s and Mud City Crab
House, dessert by Café de Ville at Sur La Plage. Proceeds will be used
towards expanding our network capabilities to assist students in the use
of iPads, tablets and Chrome Books.
Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K and 1 mile Jolly Run
Saturday December 20
ASRCS, 400 Doc Cramer Blvd., Manahawkin
1 Mile Kids Jolly Run begins at 8:30 AM; 5K Run begins 9:00 AM
Come to an event where it’s COOL to ROCK your UGLY sweater and
a chance to win the title of THE UGLIEST SWEATER! Awards, hot
cocoa, carolers and fun! Please visit
for all the details and registration information. Please contact us for
more information (609) 597-3800 or visit our website at
Maris Stella Retreat & Conference Center
7201 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
Advent Retreat Day: “Why Did Jesus Come?
An Introduction to Franciscan Incarnational Theology
and Why It Matters!”
Saturday, December 13, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter: Sr. Pat Klemm, osf
Registration due: December 1
Cost: $50 includes lunch.
Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposit: $15.
Franciscan Incarnational Theology focuses on the three principles of the
goodness of God, the primacy of Christ and the dignity of the human
For more information call Sr. Pat: (609) 494-2917
or email: [email protected]
St. Mary’s Perpetual Adoration—Volunteers Needed
St. Mary’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel is located behind the church
in Barnegat. Volunteers are assigned to cover the Chapel 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. These adorers offer one hour a week, however
everyone is welcome to visit with the Lord at any time. New adorers
are always welcomed, as each hour must have an assigned adorer.
Contact Joann Kaczala, (609) 698-6168.
Page 8 - November 16, 2014