Leaving the Safety of the Boat
If You Want To Walk on Water, You’ve Got To Get Out of the Boat! That’s the title of a popular book written about 15 years ago. That’s what Peter was invited to do. Remember the scene and the conversation. After an exhausting day, Jesus takes some time on the mountain to pray by himself. He sends his disciples ahead to cross to the other side of the sea. After some time passes, in the midst of a storm on the sea, Jesus comes walking on the water towards the disciples. They thought he was a ghost.
Jesus calms them with, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter is emboldened: “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” And Jesus says, “Come.”
We know that Peter succeeds in walking on water, and when he becomes frightened, he begins to sink. When he cries out to Jesus, “Save me,” Jesus extends a hand and catches Peter.
At least Peter tried! He did get out of the boat. He took a “leap of faith,” faltered, and had to ask for help. And he got it!
What are our invitations or “calls” to get out of the boat? Do we get out of the boat when we pray? When we act on some conviction? When we aren’t sure what value or principle is guiding or leading us?
How persistent are we in asking for help? In praying? In acting courageously? What causes us to falter, to lose sight of our goal—that relationship with Jesus that invites us to get out of our comfort zones, the safety of the boat (or whatever structure, belief, value keeps us afloat) to some untested, unpracticed “walking on water” for the first time.
Do I want to walk on water? Do I even want to try?
While your child is participating in faith formation, join us for adult faith formation classes and show by example that you also want to learn more about your faith and grow in a deeper relationship with God. We are glad to offer adult faith formation classes at the following times to coincide with elementary classes.
- Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Emmaus Room, San Damiano Bldg.
- Sunday 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Library, Religious Ed. Bldg.
- Sunday 3:45-4:45 p.m. – Library, Religious Ed. Bldg.
- Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m – Library, Religious Ed. Bldg.
Note: These times coincide with elementary classes. (Minus the Tuesday evening class.)
This year we will be presenting the acclaimed series: Symbolon – The Catholic Faith Explained.
We may be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic Faith … but how does it fit together? And what difference does it make in our lives?
Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained is a stunning video series that systematically presents the BIG picture of the Catholic Faith. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, and in the Augustine Institute studios in Denver, dozens of nationally-known teachers clearly present the beauty and brilliance of Catholicism. Our journey this year will look at the following topics:
- The Journey of Faith
- Divine Revelation
- The Bible
- The Story of Jesus
- Who is Jesus?
- The Holy Spirit & the Life of Grace
- Why Do I need the Church?
- Mary and the Saints
- The Last Things
- The Sacraments
- The Eucharist
- Walk Through the Mass
- Penance & The Anointing of the Sick
- Matrimony & Holy Orders
- A Catholir Moral Vision
- A Love That Lasts – part 1
- A Love That Lasts – part 2
- Catholic Social Teaching – part 1
- Catholic Social Teaching – part 2
The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The study will include a series of 24 videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion.
We will begin The Bible Timeline on Tuesday, September 12 from 9:30-11:30 am and on Wednesday, September 13 from 7-9 pm. We will meet in the Emmaus Room on Tuesdays, and we will meet in the Good Shepherd Room on Wednesdays.
The cost for this Bible study is $30. Registrants can pay online at https://squareup.com/store/st-francis-of-assisi-catholic-church-3/item/bible-timeline or pay in person at the parish office.
It’s that time again! The Men’s Club’s quarterly BBQ Chicken & Sausage Sale will be Sunday, August 20, after both morning Masses. Chicken is $7 and sausage is $5 for a perfect $12 meal deal. Get yours early! Available until they are gone!
If you have not tried this BBQ before, you have to taste this juicy, flavorful staple of the Men’s Club. Our Men’s Club works hard for a full 24 hours before the sale. To prepare to feed our parish family, they fire up the BBQ pits at 2:00 am on Sunday morning. Check out the video below to see just a brief preview of all that is involved. Thanks to parishioner Jeff Stamets who produced and edited this video.
To learn more information about the Men’s Club, or to join, please click here: Men’s Club
I am filled with gratitude, joy, and love! Thank you for your kind and most generous expression of love during the celebration of my 50th Anniversary of Religious Profession. I loved being together as a community, sharing a meal, and having fun. Thank you, Father Tony, for initiating the celebration and everyone for “pitching in” to make it a parish-wide event. Nothing makes me happier!
Everyone at St. Francis has been and will continue to be a most significant part of my faith journey and my faithfulness to my vows. It is a joy to continue to collaborate with you in making God’s providential love known to all. May God continue to bless our efforts in knowing, loving, and serving to the best of our abilities.
The 2017 Mobile Loaves & Fishes annual school supply drive will be collecting school supplies the weekends of August 12-13 and 19-20. Please drop off new school supplies in the donation boxes placed around the Gathering Space. These supplies will be handed out to the children we serve on our meal delivery stops. A basic back to school kit includes: backpack, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, folders, glue sticks, markers, notebooks, pencils, ruler, and scissors. For additional information, please email Lynn Cruz at email@example.com. We hope to collect enough supplies to make 100 school kits for the children we serve.
Are you 50 years old or older? Join the Silver Stars! Our membership drive will be in the Gathering Space after all the Masses on August 19-20 and August 26-27. For only $10 per person, you can enjoy monthly events, delicious food, dancing, social life with friends, and much more! Membership forms are also available in the parish office or can be downloaded by clicking here. Members must pay their dues by October 1 to be subsidized for the Christmas party. For more information, please call Judy Nicastro at 210-240-0013.
May 4, 1916 – July 31, 2017
Captain Dominador L. Soriano (Dom as he was fondly called), U.S. Army, Infantry Division, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. He was 101 years old. He was born May 4, 1916 in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patrocinia J. Soriano, whom he was married for over 63 years, baby son, Oscar Soriano, and great-grandsons Brendon Higuchi and Roman Haverly. He is survived by his 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandsons.
In 1938, Dom was a 20-year-old draftee, and in June 1939, he was commissioned as captain for the Reserve Force, Philippine Army for the duration of the war and 6 mos. thereafter. On September 1, 1941, he was inducted in the USAFFE (United States Army Forces, Far East) as a 2nd Lt. and served as Commander of E.CO.83rd Infantry Regiment. In 1942, he was wounded in action in Cebu (Pacific Theatre), Philippines, and after the USAFFE capitulation, he helped organize a “guerilla unit” called the Blue Force, which joined the Liberation Army and fought until the surrender of Supreme Japanese Army General Yamashita. In July 1944, he was arrested and tortured by the Japanese at Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was honorably discharged from the Philippines Army in May 1946. In July 1946, he was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the United States Army and participated on the “Victory Parade” in Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines. He served the United States Army until 1948.
In 1949, Dom graduated from the Philippine Law School using his GI Bill benefits and became a lawyer in 1950. In 1952, he assisted in organizing the Veterans Federation of the Philippines under President Magsaysay. He became a member of the Executive Board, in which he represented the Philippines Scouts. He earned a scholarship and attended Harvard University specializing in Labor Union. He became involved in the Philippines Labor Movement and entered politics. He was elected City Councilor in 1963. He immigrated to California in 1974. In 2016, he attended San Antonio’s City Council Chambers for the City Resolution recognizing the heroic act of WWII, Filipino and American veterans. He became the Filipino community’s voice and champion in “Military City USA”. He eventually witnessed the enactment of Public Law 114-265 – “To award a Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the Filipino Veterans of WWII, in recognition of their dedicated service during the war”.
Dom Soriano was very active in his Church’s ministries such as being a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15240, the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (he was assigned to count 125 snack bags of potato chips and 125 bags of bit size carrot sticks during food preparation, and he has his own personal bin of condiments [mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper] to pack into 200 snack size plastic bags), and the Silver Stars (he loved dancing even though he was wheelchair bound). He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Dom Soriano was truly a devoted Christian, family-man, a great warrior, patriot, and loved his countrymen.
Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service/Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78230. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. with the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas 78249. A reception will follow at the Henke Hall at the Church from 12:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. A procession will depart the Church at 1:45 P.M. for an Interment with Military Honors at 2:30 P.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dom Soriano’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; contribution cards will be available at the Vigil Service/Rosary on Tuesday, and at the Church on Wednesday.
We welcome back our missionaries who traveled to Nicaragua from July 23-29 to drill a well that will provide clean, running water to Nicaraguans in need. In addition to drilling the well, our missionaries taught about hygiene education. The lessons the Nicaraguans learned from our missionaries will make a lasting improvement in their quality of life. Thank you again to everyone who donated to our Pipe Tree before the mission began and for all who contributed to another successful mission trip with Living Water International!
Each July a group of teens from Dallas lives on our campus for one week while they perform outreach ministry around San Antonio. They group is called F.I.S.H. (Forever I Serve Him). This year F.I.S.H. prepared for the trip by studying Catholic social teaching before arriving on our campus the week of July 17. The teens sacrificed a week of their summer to get up bright and early each day to help people improve their lives by assisting in a variety of service activities including home repairs, landscaping, and service at food pantries. Each evening the teens spent time in prayer and worship and vocation discernment. The hard work during the week not only improved the lives of San Antonio residents in need, but it was a life changing experience for the teens as well. We were honored to host F.I.S.H. for an unforgettable week that challenged, inspired, and awakened a desire in the teens to continue to serve God by serving others.