Our Ministries
13 May

Signup for Mass

You must indicate the number of family members, including yourself, who will attend so that we can adhere to the limit allowed inside the church.

Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before Mass begins. Our attendance numbers are increasing, so you may forfeit your place if you do not arrive on time.

Please be aware that the 11 am and 1:30 pm Sunday Masses will be live-streamed.

 

Sign ups are not required for our weekday Masses, but we will still observe a capacity limit of 180 people. All of our daily Masses will begin at 10 am and will be live-streamed. Our Thursday 10 am Mass will be in Spanish; we will not have an English Mass that day.

 

15 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wake Up Call

What are you looking for? Where are you staying? Come and see! In John’s gospel this weekend we hear about succession and a transfer of power. John transitions his followers into being followers of Jesus by first naming Jesus as Teacher. Jesus then asks Andrew: What are you looking for? Perhaps Andrew was befuddled and like most of us today answers the question with another question—Where are you staying? Jesus responds with strong, but inviting action words—Come and see! And they stayed with Jesus. And Jesus changed their names!

Imagine that Jesus is asking us the same question: What are you looking for? For yourself? For your family? For our parish community? For our country? Can you STAY with Jesus and let Jesus inform you? Where do you go to “come and see?”

This conversation is really about discernment—seeking new information from reliable teachers, seeing and listening with a new, inquiring spirit and the openness to hear challenges, often beyond our understanding at the moment. It is about searching for what God wants of us, for us.

Many of us are overwrought with fear of COVID and with concern for what’s happening in the transfer of power in our country after a difficult election period. These are life-changing times and hopefully we are asking Jesus where Jesus is staying today, in all of this conflict and confusion. Are we taking the time to “come and see” what Jesus is revealing to us in all of this?

In the other “call” narrative we hear this weekend, Samuel hears a call in his dreams. His response is quick and repetitive. Three times he mistakes who the caller is and confidently responds: “Here I am.  You called me.” It is Eli who convinces Samuel to respond differently with “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Eli understood that this call was coming from the Lord. Eli helped Samuel to discern this call and what it meant. Samuel’s response changed and the words he used mattered.

We learn that the young Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Eli’s guidance provides a different perspective, not simply Samuel’s own thinking of what his response should be. Samuel announces to the Lord that he is listening and that he is listening to the voice of God in everything, at all times. He listens with humility and a desire to serve God, rather than his own interests, and the Lord blesses Samuel, “not permitting any word of his to be without effect.”

Can we be like Samuel? After listening and discernment, seeking different perspectives, what words do we choose to use? Words matter! May our words have the Lord’s blessing!

30 Dec

Support St. Francis on AmazonSmile

St. Francis is now on AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our parish every time you shop online at no extra cost to you! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the same selection and convenient shopping experience as the regular amazon.com website. The bonus with AmazonSmile is Amazon donates a portion of your purchase price on eligible items to St. Francis. You can use your same Amazon account on AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, registries, and other account settings are the same.

Once you log in to AmazonSmile, it will ask you to pick your charity. You can also use the direct link for St. Francis, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2146308.

To change your charitable organization if you already use AmazonSmile:

-Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

-From your desktop, go to Your Account and select Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

-Select a new charitable organization to support.

Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.