Bulletin - Saint Francis of Assisi Parish

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
March 8, 2015 • Third Sunday of Lent
Making Connections
o ma er how many mes I hear the story of the woman
at the well, I am deeply moved, because Jesus comes to
this woman where she is, in all her brokenness, going about her
daily chores, and he invites her into rela onship—and because
she dares to say “yes.” That encounter reminds me that Jesus
offers the same “living water” to me, to all of us. Jesus offers us
rela onship. And we, too, can say “yes.”
We all want to be closer to God—that’s why we gather
here at St. Francis for Mass. We seek rela onship with our
God, whether it’s through Eucharist, or making connec ons
with the people of God who serve, surround, and welcome
us at Mass each weekend, or whether it’s walking consciously
with our God as we go about our daily lives, or taking me for
prayer or medita on—or….
Mee ng people where they are on their faith journey,
where they are in their rela onship with God, and helping to
bring them closer to God—that’s what we strive to do at
St. Francis. It’s what informs our ministries, including those I
help to coordinate.
When I put together the weekly bulle n; or work on a
post for our Facebook page; or design a flyer for a ministry or
event; or work with Peggy or Fr. Ken on their blogs, or with
our webmaster, Ray Ibe, on material for our website, or with
members of our parish staff and Pastoral and Finance Councils
to plan for our Covenant of Sharing Commitment Weekend,
I’m doing my bit to help connect people with all that we have
to offer here at St. Francis—people who are coming to church
already, as well as people who are as far away as the internet
can reach. When I work as part of a team to plan and host
our Welcome Brunches, our Parish Picnic, our Women’s Day
Retreat, our Lenten Retreat, or our Volunteer Apprecia on
Dinner—I have the joy of working with some great volunteers
and fellow staff members; but even more, I get to witness
community grow, as people connect, share their stories, share
a meal....
I am always touched and inspired when newcomers at
our Welcome Brunches share their stories of how they found
St. Francis—o en a er a long and deliberate search for a parish
home, or a er a long me away from the Church, or a er a
terrible loss, but some mes stumbling upon us and feeling at
Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil 5:15 pm
Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, Noon
Weekday Masses
(in St. Clare Chapel)
12:10 pm
home at once. However they find us, they share that they felt
welcomed, and that it ma ers to them that all are welcomed
here. You and I reaching out in welcome, which is such a
simple thing to do, helps bring people closer to God.
Yes, you are part of our ministry here at St. Francis.
Thank you for helping to “pay it forward.”
Blessed Lent,
Fran Anderson, Administra ve Associate
“What are your Lenten plans?”
his ques on—”What are your Lenten plans?” confronted
me at my first Adult Confirma on class many years
ago. Huh? I sat quietly, along with everybody else, because
nobody had a plan beyond giving up chocolate. But the idea
seed was planted, and each year I try to come up with something to give meaning to the season.
This year, I found myself in the library browsing for something to read. I found The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy.
I love Leo. In the introduc on was a quote by Maeterlinck that
I think is profound and appropriate for the Lenten season:
“We deliver death into the dim hands of insƟnct and we
grant it only one hour of our intelligence. It is surprising
that the idea of death, which should be the most perfect
and the most luminous, remains the flimsiest of our
ideas.... To fathom its abysses we wait unƟl the most
enfeebled, the most disordered moments of our life.”
Oliver Stone, the great neuroscien st and writer, has
recently learned that, at age 80, he is terminally ill with cancer,
and he wrote about how he will spend his remaining me.
Why can’t we, too, think about the me le to us—but before
the doctor calls with bad news? How would we re-make our
life? Who would we spend me with, and who would we call
to renew a neglected friendship? For me, the Lenten plan this
year is to walk along with my friend Jesus during his most difficult me. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two about how to live.
—Jacquie Embs, Bookkeeper
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Opportunities and Information
Draw Closer to Me
Be Part of a Life-Saving Partnership
n the Liturgy Team’s discussion and planning for Lent this year we talked about all
the thousands of decisions we make every
day, and how just by changing some of
those decisions we can draw closer to God
during Lent—instead of “adding” or “giving
up” something else or making a “New Year’s type resolu on.”
We could just become more aware of the thousands of decisions we make each day—what me to get up? What to have
for lunch? Where to shop? Who to call on the phone? Who
to spend me with? And then, during Lent, change some or
at least one of those decisions… in order to draw closer to
God. Ahh! That’s the crux of Lent (no pun intended!): to draw
closer to God and grow in that rela onship.
March 21 and 22
After All the Masses
t. Francis has established a
“SOURCE Partners Program” with
BloodSource of Sacramento. Every me
you make a source plasma dona on,
BloodSource will match it with a financial dona on back
to our Parish. Not only will you be saving and changing
lives with your dona on, you will also be contribu ng to
the vital support of St. Francis, as these donated funds
from BloodSource will be used to benefit and support our
Outreach Ministries.
As part of your reflec on during this Lenten season,
consider how dona ng this “gi of life” could be a personal
way of suppor ng our St. Francis mission of being Eucharist to
each other, and reaching beyond ourselves to care for those
who are ill or suffering.
The ques on for the Liturgy Team then became how
could we express this visually, in our church? We talked about
using shi ing colors, to reflect the transi ons and changes
we experience throughout Lent. The large banner that you
see hanging in the church is a result of that discussion. I
designed this Lenten banner by changing the pale e of colors
within a photo to the Lenten shades of violet and purple, and
then Photoshopping it into pixels so it looks like a mosaic—
thousands of li le one-inch fabric squares represen ng the
decisions we make every day—like the mosaic of our lives.
On March 21 and 22, visit the table at the bo om of
the steps of the church and talk with a representa ve from
BloodSource, as well as with our Co-Chair of Ministries of
Care, Kathy Policky, who will answer your ques ons and give
you more informa on about our “SOURCE Partner Program.”
Please stop by and learn more about how your gi can make
a difference in someone’s life and, at the same me,
contribute to the support of our St. Francis community.
On Ash Wednesday we heard God say to us, “Return to
me with your whole heart!” Our God is longing for us, yearning for us, desiring us. What is keeping you from drawing closer
to Jesus? To God?
For more informa on, please contact Galen: [email protected]
s rancisparish.com or 916-443-8084 x114
May the grace and peace of Christ be with you this Lent,
Deborah Jones, Director of Liturgy
Get your seat cleaned for Easter!
Saturday, March 21
Did You Miss the Lenten Retreat?
Caught the Retreat but Want More?
ur presenter, Sr. Mary Beth Ingham,
CSJ has generously provided us with
copies of her presenta ons and handouts.
You can find them on our parish website:
www.s rancisparish.com.
elipe Valverde needs 12 volunteers to help clean and repair
the chairs in Brunsman Hall and the
Church. Please help him get the job
done before Easter. Please call him
to let him know that you can help
(731-4949). Thanks!
Fasting and Abstinence
Little Black Books for Lent
Available at the Parish Center
Abstinence from Meat: Observed on Ash
Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays
of Lent by all Catholics 14 years and older.
Fasting: Observed on Ash Wednesday and
Good Friday by all Catholics 18 to 59 years
old. The tradi onal norm for fas ng is to eat only one full
meal. Smaller meals throughout the day, if all added up,
should not be more than one full meal.
e are once again offering the Little
Black Books as a prayer opportunity
for our Lenten journey! Copies of this very popular Lenten
guide will be available during the week at the Parish Center
until we run out. $1 donation.
Opportunities and Information
Lenten Soup Suppers
Adult Faith Formation...
Sponsored by Our School
Try Something New for Lent: Living Simply
Wednesday, March 18
Topic: “Stations of the Cross and Resurrection”
5:30pm Dinner (please bring 1 can of soup per person)
6:00 - 7:00 pm Lenten Reflection and Activity
Jesus said to them: Be on your guard against all
kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the
abundance of possessions. – Luke 12:15
ent is a major event in our Chris an community, a me
when many want to “do something more” to cul vate
their spiritual life and make the world a be er place. A conscious de-clu ering of our lives can enable us to live more
simply and in right rela onship with God, crea on and our
en re human family.
oin our school families in Brunsman Hall for a simple
meal and an opportunity for prayer, reflec on, and prepara on for Easter. RSVP not required but greatly appreciated for
a general head count: Tami Gu errez ([email protected]).
Did you know?
If the Earth were divided equally among all of us, each
person would receive 4.5 acres. Everything you need to survive would have to come from these 4.5 acres. It takes 22.3
acres to maintain the average American lifestyle. Do we really
need all the stuff stored in our closets, cabinets and garages?
Stations of the Cross
Fridays in Lent
3:00pm and 6:00pm in the Church
e invite you to join our parish community in
praying the Sta ons of the Cross.
What Can You Do?
Commit to weekly spiritual prac ces of de-clu ering in
order to cul vate the goal of living simply. Each week the
bulle n will provide a prac cal ac on to guide you in various
areas of your life. These ac ons can lead you throughout
your Lenten journey to the grace of Easter which restores
peace and reconcilia on to the world and all its inhabitants.
Prayer for and Assurance of Grace
od of Living Water, you call us to come and drink.
So why do we sit here and complain that there is not
enough water?
Spiritual Practices for the Journey
Week 1. Food
You call us to strike the rocks of our world and let your
Living Water flow.
Go though your cabinets to find food that you have not
used and will probably not use. Check the expira on date and
donate those items that have not expired to a local food bank.
But we do not trust enough that the spring is there. We
want to find the water on our own, using our own wisdom.
You call us to share the Water of Life with the world
around us.
Week 2. Toys: Kids/Adults
Sort through your children’s toys and
donate outgrown items to charity. Look
through your own books, CDs movies,
unused spor ng equipment and donate.
But we believe that the water is limited, not abundant and
so we are tempted to save it for ourselves.
For all the mes we turn away from your Water, for all the
mes we sully the Water by misusing it, for all the mes
we let others go thirsty instead of offering a drink,
Week 3. Clothing
Go through your closets and eliminate
clothing you haven’t worn in a year and
donate to charity.
Forgive us we pray.
... me of silent prayer...
The Water of Life flows with abundance to fill us with
hope, to cleanse us of our guilt, to float us to a new life.
Washed in the Living Water, we are forgiven and set free to
live abundant life.
Week 4. Documents and Papers
Thanks and praise to God. Amen.
Week 5. E-waste
—Rev. Gord Waldie, Northern Alberta, Canada
Donate your E-Waste to EWaste 4
Good, and support our school at the same
me: www.ewaste4good.com, or take your
E-Waste to the Sacramento Food Bank.
Si though your files and eliminate paper clu er. Shred
unnecessary records at local office supply store.
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Your Financial Support
Our Parish
St. Francis Parish is a Catholic Chris an Community
building the reign of God in the spirit and path
of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
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We value vibrant liturgy and personal prayer
as a way to worship God and celebrate life.
Challenged by the Holy Spirit,
we reach beyond ourselves to care for our neighbors,
the poor, the marginalized,
and those alienated by our Catholic Church.
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We respond to the command of Jesus to love
by welcoming all, evangelizing,
suppor ng spiritual growth,
and being Eucharist to each other.
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Francis House (February 2015)
We are an inclusive community
respec ng the dignity of all persons
and suppor ng the journey of each person.
—St. Francis Parish Mission Statement
ONE CAMPAIGN: January 2015 Update
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Prayer Requests
Your 2014 Donations to St. Francis
For Those Who Are Ill or in Pain
hank you to all who shared with
St. Francis from your financial
resources in 2014—every gi ma ered,
helping to build up our community and
support our parish programs
Hyla Carney, Aaron Kelley, Larry Miranda
For Those Who Have Been Called to Eternal Life
Michael Greenberg, Richard Sanchez, Genevieve Lucchesi
2014 summary statements of dona ons have been
mailed out. If you did not receive a statement and would like
a copy, please contact Fran Anderson ([email protected] rancisparish.
com or 443-8084 x102).
Mass Intentions for this Week
Mar. 7 Sat.
Mar. 8 Sun.
Mar. 9 Mon. 12:15pm
Mar. 10 Tue. 12:15pm
Mar. 11 Wed. 12:15pm
Mar. 12 Thur. 12:15pm
Mar. 13 Fri.
Lawrence Weisser
Pro Benefa (for benefactors)
Pro Populo (for parishioners)
Ted Dang
Gary E. Shoeler†
Lawrence Weisser
Mariam Boulos Tobias†
Doan Tran
Huan Tran†
o request that your loved one be added to our bulle n
prayer request list, contact Galen Unruh (443-8084 x114
or [email protected] rancisparish.com). To request a Mass Inten on,
contact SJeanay Willis Bolden, Parish Secretary (443-8084 or
[email protected] rancisparish.com).
Lost and Found
Lost and Found
very week, someone leaves something
behind in the church—prescrip on
glasses, car keys, sweaters, rosaries.... These
items are taken to the Parish Center on Monday mornings.
“Found” items are kept for one month at the Parish Center.
Usable items are then donated to chari es; other items are
discarded—so call or stop by the Parish Center soon if you
have le something behind!
Dedication of Our New Altar
January Welcome Brunch
“Super Bowl”
Photos courtesy of Bob Knapik and J.D. Warrick
Photos courtesy of Christl Clinton
Ongoing: All Are Welcome
Other Opportunities
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
“Memories Under a Star Filled Night” – MORE THAN S’MORES
Sundays during the Liturgy of the Word at our 9:30 am
Mass, children K-4th grade are escorted from the church to
the Parish Center Chapel by an adult catechist for CLOW. No
registra on required. Parents may accompany their children.
March 14 6:00-10:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist
Parish. Do you remember toas ng marshmallows under the
stars? And then building a s cky, chocolate, graham cracker
treat? “Memories Under a Star Filled Night” is the theme
Friends of Pendola for a fun-filled evening. Proceeds help
to support Camp Pendola. Camp provides children, many of
whom have had li le exposure to nature, with a fun, enriching experience in the mountains in a Chris an community.
Tickets: h p://www.friendsofpendola.org/ and clicking on
the More Than S’mores logo. To donate or provide auc on
items, please contact Molly McGuire (916) 505-0535.
Church Tours: 4th Sundays a er Noon Mass.
Communion Visitation
To request a visit for you or a loved one, please email:
SFCommunionVisita [email protected] Please include your
phone number in your email. Or call Galen (443-8084 x114).
Contemplative Prayer
Mondays 6:00 pm in the Parish Center Chapel.
Tuesdays a er 12:10 pm Mass in St. Clare Chapel.
3rd Annual Holy Saturday Pilgrimage
Gospel Series
Sundays 11:00 -11:45 am in the Parish Center. Reflecon and medita on on the gospel. Sponsored by the Peace &
Jus ce Commi ee. More info: Mary Myrick (536-9753).
The Diocese of Sacramento is organizing our third annual
pilgrimage to seven parishes within the City of Sacramento
on Holy Saturday, April 4, star ng at 7:00 am. We will start
at St. Elizabeth Church and con nue to the Cathedral of the
Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis, Sacred Heart, and Immaculate
Concep on. This year we will add a “new house” in the Food
Bank Center, and we will conclude at the Shrine of Our Lady
of Guadalupe. We will also briefly stop at the Capitol.
This beau ful Hispanic tradi on was adopted two years
ago during the observance of the Year of Faith. It offers the
faithful an opportunity to prepare their hearts for the Easter
Vigil and Easter Sunday. Over 500 people have par cipated
each year.
The pilgrimage is conducted bilingually, but primarily in
Spanish. We extend a special invita on especially to youth
and young adults.
Healing Prayer
Healing Prayer ministers are available to pray for you or
your loved ones. Email your prayer pe ons to [email protected]
s rancisparish.com, or call the parish office (443-8084).
High School Youth Ministry
1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parish Center.
Light dinner provided. Bring a friend!
Sundays a er 9:30 am Mass. Join us for coffee and donuts
in Brunsman Hall.
Library Hours: Thursdays, Noon - 2:00 pm and
1st and 3rd Sundays, 8:30 - 11:30 am in the Parish Center
Lenten Day of Silent Prayer for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgendered People
Nursery Program
Sundays: Child care for children ages 1-3 during 9:30 am
Mass in the room opposite the cafeteria on the first floor of
our school. Registra on is on-site.
Saturday, March 21 at San Damiano Retreat in Danville.
Presenter: Br. Mike Minton, OFM. As Chris ans, gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgendered people have their own unique
experience. This day will use common prac ces of Lent to
explore, heal, and understand these experiences in a deeper
way as followers of Jesus. More info: www.sandamiano.org.
Prayer Service: Led by our school children Mondays at 8:10 am
in the church (when school is in session).
Taizé Prayer: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm, in the church.
T’ai Chi Chih
Saturdays: 9:05 am in St. Clare Chapel or, weather permi ng,
in the park across from the church.
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm in the church (during Taizé Prayer).
Weekly Readings
Thomas Merton Circle: Meets bi-monthly. Refreshments
provided. More info: John (482-6976).
Young Adults (20’s-30’s)
Come try out our young adults groups called Chris an
Life Communi es (CLC), where you will become part of a
young adult community (approximately 4 - 10 people). There
is no commitment—just a end once and go from there. Our
CLCs are based on Igna an as well as Franciscan spirituality
and are a place for growth, companionship, and transformaon. More info: Patrice at [email protected] rancisparish.com.
Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8;
Jn 4:5-42 [5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42]
2 Kgs 5:1-15b; Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4; Lk 4:24-3
Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9;
Mt. 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20;
Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23
Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17; Mk 12:28-34
Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-21ab; Lk 18:9-14
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14;
Jn 9:1-41[1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]
Parish Information
St. Francis Parish Center Ofϐices: 1066 26th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 • Phone: 916.443.8084
Fax: 916.443.7356 • Website: www.stfrancisparish.com • Office Hours: MON-FRI, 9AM-5PM
St. Francis Elementary School: 2500 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 • Phone: 916.442.5494
Website: www.stfranciselem.org • Office Hours: MON–THUR, 8AM–4PM and FRI, 8AM-2PM (during the School Year)
Associate Pastor
Pastoral Associate
Director of Liturgy
Director of Faith Formation
Director of Outreach
Administrative Associate
Plant Manager
Office Assistant
Parish Secretary and Wedding Coordinator
Communion Visitation Ministry Coordinator
Infant Baptism Coordinator
Library Coordinator
Membership Coordinator
Parish Council Chair
Young Adults Ministry Coordinator
Youth Ministry Coordinator
In Residence at the Friary:
Ken Laverone OFM
Sebas an Sandoval, OFM
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Sebas [email protected] rancisparish.com
Ivan Hrga
[email protected] ranciselem.org
Peggy Chambers, OMC
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Deborah Jones
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Skip Bacon
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Galen Unruh
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Fran Anderson
[email protected]
Joe Prassa
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Pamela Caballero
[email protected] rancisparish.com
SJeanay Willis Bolden
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Jacquie Embs
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Peggy Briggs
SFCommunionVisita [email protected]
Carol Spinella
InfantBap [email protected] rancisparish.com
Pat Pavone
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Christelle Cobian
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Michelle Hernandez-Flores
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Patrice Clemons
[email protected] rancisparish.com
Traci Bean
[email protected]
Ray Bucher, OFM • Ken Laverone, OFM • Sebas an Sandoval, OFM
Mark Schroeder, OFM • John Summers, OFM
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