Lord, Help Us!
Those of us who pray the Liturgy of the Hours are very familiar with the opening dialogue: “O Lord, come to our assistance. O Lord, make haste to help us.” And I am pretty sure that each of us cries out “Lord, help us” quite often these days. In each case, we are acknowledging our dependence on God’s help! Perhaps we are dealing with beginning of school busyness and anxieties. Perhaps we are experiencing divisions at work or in our families. Perhaps we can’t stand to watch the “news” anymore because what we see and hear is so depressing.
And then this weekend we hear the words of Jesus in the Gospel. “Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
What? More division? Jesus is reminding us that following him is not easy. When we answer the call to be disciples, to be Christian in word and deed, this sometimes stirs up anger and resentment in family and friends. Sometimes we even wonder how we hear or read the same Gospel and make excuses for our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that are really quite different from what we would expect. To do what Jesus would do—to change oppressive structures, norms, expectations, views of women, strangers, lepers—is to follow a very different and difficult path. It led to Jesus’ crucifixion. For us, the change might be the fire, the one that is to set the earth on fire. We may want to take an easy way out—call it political, none of our business, too hard or expect someone else to do it. Most of the persons and communities that have been responsible for real change realized that the sure way to find peace was in God, not in humankind.
When has living the gospel put me at odds with another person or them at odds with me?
What keeps me from speaking the truth in love when I feel called to do so?
And so we pray: Provident and all-powerful God, you share your light of truth and passionately call us to transform our world. Guide our efforts to live our faith zealously, with fiery passion. Through Christ and with Christ our Lord’s assistance and aid. Amen!
The Men’s Club would like to announce a great big giant THANK YOU to all those who came out in support of Casino Night 2019. This year we raised $37,500!!! As mentioned earlier, all the monies will go to support our sister parishes, Immaculate Conception, St. Timothy, Holy Family and our ministries here at St. Francis, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, and our teen missionaries. We would also like to express warm gratitude to all of our generous sponsors and volunteers, because without their help, we wouldn’t have had such a fun and successful event. For the past few weeks, we’ve taken in and evaluated many constructive critiques and praises for Casino Night 2019, and it’s only inspired us to make next year even better. Thank you again for all your support and generosity, and we look forward to celebrating Casino Night with all of you next year on Saturday, June 6, 2020!
Elfriede Short (nee Hagn) passed away July 31, 2019 at the age of 83 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Munich, Germany in 1935 to Franziska and Alois Hagn. She married William Short in Munich at the age of 18 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. She lived with her daughter Sylvia in Dallas for most of her life, then moved to St. Francis Nursing Home in San Antonio in October 2016.
Elfriede is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her daughters Evelyn Broll (Michael) of San Antonio and Sylvia Benefield (William) of Dallas, Texas. She loved and rejoiced in her five grandchildren—Jeffrey Broll, Matthew Broll, Steven Broll, Trent Benefield, and Lauren Benefield. Elfriede is also survived by her brother Albert Hagn and his wife Ina of Munich, Germany.
Elfriede was fiercely protective and proud of her daughters. She was sassy and direct, with a dry sense of humor. She rescued and enjoyed caring for many cats over the years.
Elfriede’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark Prange and the Seraphic Sisters and caregivers at St. Francis Nursing Home for their loving care of Elfriede.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
4201 De Zavala Road
Encountering the Thief
Locked and secure! That’s how we like to describe our peace and security, right? This week’s gospel tells us about what it is like for Jesus to break and enter into our hearts, yes, to steal our hearts. We usually hear this gospel proclaimed at funerals. “Be prepared.” “Keep your lamps lit.” And we usually think that this is about our being prepared for death, for the final breaking into our hearts and uniting us completely, totally with God’s life—something we anticipate all of our lives.
However, I think that God’s thievery happens all the time. It happens when we are moved to compassion at the sight of anyone suffering needlessly, at the sight of lovers in their 90’s, at the sight of a child going to sit next to someone who is sitting alone at school. If we pay attention, I think we can see that kind of breaking in and entering into our hearts all around us. That’s what I anticipate the coming of the kingdom is like.
That’s exactly what we all need these days in the face of disrespect and even hatred, for those who are different from us. We need breaking and entering, and disarming—not in relationship to possessions and property—but in our connectedness to ALL of God’s creation.
I don’t know about you, but I am praying for God’s breaking in to the chaos of this world. I know that this kind of breaking in will not be violent or destructive. But it will be merciful, loving, and full of tender service! Lord, hear our prayer and move us to ACTION! It begins with me, with my attitude and my action. The Christophers always talked about the power of lighting one little candle.
Online registration until August 31 or until all space is filled.
This year’s Adult Faith Formation will walk through the Liturgy of the Mass with Bishop Robert Barron. This study of the Mass will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life.
There is no charge to participate in Adult Faith Formation; however, there is a $25 charge to purchase the book. If you are not purchasing the book or wish to pay by cash or check, please print out the form and submit it to the parish office.
Elementary Faith Formation is looking for faith-filled, energetic adults who are willing to spend an hour each week forming the children of our parish in our Catholic faith. Serving as a catechist is a great way for you to refresh your knowledge and understanding of our faith. Many people have found that being a catechist with your spouse or as the catechist for your child’s class can help to strengthen your family by introducing more opportunities to pray and focus on God together. All that you need to be a great catechist is a love of our faith and a desire to serve—the rest will be provided for you! Please contact Miriam Flores for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-492-4600.
While we do not advocate divorce, we understand the need for pastoral care for families going through the painful experience of separation and divorce. Our parish will be offering group pastoral care in the form of biweekly group meetings facilitated by the Life Beyond Divorce Ministry Team. We invite anyone interest in participating in this ministry to a brief meeting on Sunday, September 8 at 10 am in the Day Chapel.
We are offering the ENDOW study (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) Discovering the Doctors of the Church/Hildegard Bingen beginning on Tuesday, September 17 with a morning session from 9:30-11:30 am or evening session 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. The study will run through November 5, for a total of eight weeks. This is a very casual, friendly group with no homework! Please consider joining us! We can learn more about some of the most brilliant minds in the Church’s 2,000-year history. All 36 Doctors will be discussed, with more in-depth information on St. Hildegard of Bingen. To register, please visit the website, endowgroups.org/groups/ and select Julie Mellin’s class for AM and Ann Gonsalves class for PM. Questions can be sent to Ann Gonsalves at email@example.com or Julie Mellin at firstname.lastname@example.org.