We sincerely thank you for your contributions to our parish—those of time, talent, and treasure. If you wish to make any financial contributions to our parish for 2019, checks and mailed envelopes must be dated or postmarked by December 31, 2019. Any contributions received after December 31 or postmarked after that date will be entered as a 2020 contribution.
Can you imagine a baby playing with a cobra? Or a wolf or lion welcomed by a lamb? What is Isaiah trying to say to us? The prophet Isaiah’s vision is depicted in an artwork entitled The Peaceable Kingdom. Isaiah’s vision was one where dangerous pairings would make peace and together they would grow in safety.
The word “peaceable” and the reality of dangerous pairings give us lots to think about. How are we today engaged in making peace? Where in our world is peace most needed? Isaiah talks about turning swords into plowshares. Peacemakers and artists today create art pieces from automatic weapons of war. Today’s prophets facilitate conversations where people come to the table to enter into dialogue in order to discover common ground. Such conversations attempt to find harmony and unity rather than protracted discord or hate speech or even the now familiar “agreeing to disagree.”
What sort of dangerous pairings are we encountering in life today? What examples of the “lion and the lamb” or the “baby playing with the cobra” are we familiar with?
And so we pray: God of endurance and encouragement, guide us in imagining a peaceable kingdom. Create in us hearts that welcome the stranger, the person or any way of thinking that we don’t yet understand. Help us to grow in our capacity to be able to make peace (peace-able) and to bear “good fruit” in the process.
More of Isaiah’s vision is described in this musical presentation, “On That Holy Mountain.”
October 17, 1952-November 27, 2019
A private visitation and Rosary will be held for immediate family at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Sunset North Funeral Home.
Public funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 9, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. Following the service, a reception will be held in Henke Hall at St. Francis with light refreshments. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sunset North Funeral Home.
John was born to Mateo and Angela “Lee” (Tarricone) Toscano in Rochester, New York, on October 17, 1952. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1975 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and continued his education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1978. He married Ann on May 24, 1975 in Rochester, New York; they were married for 44 years.
Before moving to San Antonio in 2012, John was a resident of Minnesota and worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 31 years. For his outstanding performance and Federal service, he was honored with the distinguished title “Civil Servant of the Year” by the Federal Executive Board. He also had a love of teaching and was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for 33 years.
John was eccentric and interesting, and extremely smart, caring, and generous. He and his wife belonged to Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville, Minnesota where they served as a Region Representatives of Parish Council for six years, and as Eucharistic Ministers for 25 years. After moving to Texas, John became a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Canyon Lake, Texas and St. Francis of Assisi in San Antonio, Texas. John was passionate about Ham Radio, clinical research, photography, and computers. He also loved the outdoors, reading, and spending time with his family and pets. He was a past member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Twin Cities Repeater Club, and Northern Lights Radio Society, and a current member of the Roadrunner Microwave Group and Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.
John is now reunited with his parents, Mateo and Angela “Lee” (Tarricone) Toscano. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Ann Toscano (Bozewicz); daughter, Kathryn Vo and husband John; son, Michael Toscano and wife Kerry; grandchildren: Benjamin, Charlotte, Adelynn, and Nora; brother, Martin Toscano and wife Shannon; and numerous other relatives and friends.
John had the biggest heart, a sincere desire to help others, and will be forever missed and forever remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi’s Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Habitat for Humanity ministries. The family of John Toscano wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at North Central Baptist Hospital for their excellent and loving care over the many weeks they had him as their patient.
Stay awake! Be ready! Welcome the stillness! Be with us Lord to breathe within us and let us be ready to receive you. Strengthen us! Abide with us! Cleanse our hearts of all that keeps us distant from you and from each other!
God of surprises, shower us with grace to see the light, to see more clearly, to love more dearly and to follow you more dearly. Help us to see the light in all of our human situations. Give us hope!
Wash away our anxieties, especially during the next few weeks. Abide with us in new, profound ways. Help us to have the Best Advent Yet!
Our Children‘s Christmas Choir will practice Mondays, December 9, 16, and 23 at 6 pm in the church. All rehearsals will last one hour. All children in grades 2-6 are invited. There is no need to pre-register. We’ll get your names at the first practice on December 9. This children‘s choir will sing at the 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass in the church. Please contact Don Bernhard in the parish office for more information.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Angel Tree benefiting children from needy families in our community will be located in the gathering space starting November 30 and will be decorated with paper angel ornaments, each with a child’s age and gender written on it. Please take as many ornaments from the tree as you wish and then return them with the purchased gift attached. Please do not wrap the gifts. Thank you for being an angel to a child in need this Christmas!
King of Our Hearts
When I was very young, the feast of Christ the King was special. All the girls wore their white First Holy Communion dresses again and strewed flowers, often picked from their grandmothers’ gardens. We were at the head of the procession, followed by a hand-carried canopy over the priest who carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. My grandmother grew rows of flowers in the vegetable garden, right next to the beehives. Pollinators galore! Sometimes we would see flowers in her house. Most of the time, she grew them to be admired from her back porch or from the large kitchen “picture window.” Ultimately they were grown to be included in the liturgical environment of the church.
The procession went outside to all the church grottos, also all decorated with flowers. We sang and inhaled lots of incense. It was the feast of Christ the King!
Kings can be rulers, monarchs, lords of lands. By contrast, our Scripture readings describe Jesus on the cross flanked by thieves. And we learn about the good thief who simply asks, “Remember me.” Jesus promises him good company among those who enter heavenly bliss.
Several years ago, Ronald Rolheiser described Christ as the good king: “strong enough to be weak…who has a heart big enough to accept pettiness, who cares enough to accept humiliation, and who is faithful enough to do what’s right even when it’s misunderstood…who is tall enough to let himself be small, secure enough to disappear in anonymity, and mature enough to not be put off by immaturity…who is selfless enough to absorb selfishness, loving enough to be gracious towards what’s bitter, and forgiving enough to bless what’s killing him…who makes those around him feel safe, who carries others rather than ask them to carry him, who feeds others rather than feeds off of them, and who affirms others rather than asking them to affirm him. A good king looks more like Christ on the cross than like an earthly superstar in his glory. But that is what made Jesus’ life and death redemptive.” (Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, In his Reflection for Christ the King, in Give Us This Day, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500; Nov. 2012; pp. 266f)
May this be the King who reigns in our hearts on this great feast.
December 26, 1930-November 13, 2019
Joan Patricia Bohl was born on December 26, 1930 on the family ranch in Whitsett, Texas to John and Ruth McCowen. She passed from the arms of her loving family to the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 13, 2019. Joan graduated from The University of the Incarnate Word in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Joan was a servant-hearted professional, starting her career with the San Antonio Health Department, followed by a nearly 40-year career as the Head Nurse for the Harlandale Independent School District, which allowed her flexibility to spend time with her family and passion to work with children. Joan and her husband cherished their association with many friends, especially the St. Luke’s Catholic Church “Holy Spirit Family Guild” that was founded in 1961. Joan will always be remembered for her unconditional love for her family, kindness, strong work ethic, and seeing the best in everyone.
Joan was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy, of 45 years, and her parents, John and Ruth McCowen. She is survived by her children, Mark Bohl (Darla), Cathy Scales (Steve), Patricia McLeod (Doug), and Ann Bohl Deacon (Charlie). She is also survived by her grandchildren whom she adored, Troy Bohl, Brittany Smith, Tina Haden, John Housman, Samantha Mooty and Michael Karpienski, and her treasured great-grandchildren, Noel Bohl, Camden Bohl, Crew Bohl, Chapman Bohl, Gwen Smith, Emma Haden, Elijah Haden and Carter Haden. She is also survived by her two loving sisters, Marjorie MacMurdo and Lucy Krouskop.
10:30 AM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH (4201 DE ZAVALA ROAD)
The family would like to invite friends and family to a celebration of life reception in St. Francis of Assisi’s Henke Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UTHSCSA Mays Cancer Clinic (Family Services).
January 5, 1934-November 10, 2019
He is preceded by his son, Joseph Douglas. Joe will be greatly missed by his wife, Irene Meneses Castillo, sons David, Michael, Richard, and five granddaughters.
Visitation at 5:00 pm and Rosary at 6:00 pm on November 24, 2019
Mission Park Funeral Chapels North at 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio, Texas.
Mass at 1:00 pm on November 25, 2019
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78249
Internment at 2:30 pm on November 25, 2019
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Reception at Fort Sam Golf Course Club House
Están cordialmente invitados a una fiesta en honor a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Patrona de las Américas, el jueves 12 de diciembre. Misa bilingüe a las 6:30 pm, seguida por una serenata a Nuestra Santísima Madre y finalmente una recepción en Henke Hall. Todos están invitados a traerle flores a Nuestra Señora y presentárselas después de misa. Si esta interesado en ser voluntario, favor de comunicarse con Nina Morales 210.475.2535.