Interested in enriching your marriage while building community with other couples in the parish? Come join us each month to foster a community of mutual support through monthly date nights that affirm spousal love, provide continual learning, and encourage spiritual growth. Gain inspirational insights from other couples in our parish on relevant topics that are common in our marriages. Continue to grow and learn about one another as you enjoy a date night with your spouse.
The cost is $25 and covers any and all dates you choose to attend. Childcare is provided with advanced notice. The dates are October 26, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 24. We will begin at 6:30 pm each of these nights in the Emmaus Room with social gathering time, an approximately 20-minute talk, and then an offsite date.
Please register online at https://connectnowgiving.parishsoft.com/f/f2?formid=2570a9fb-c0d9-474c-87e4-804e2ae029de.
Questions? Please contact Jessica Kozak at 732-539-5396.
Our Habitat for Humanity build began in early September and continues every Friday and Saturday until November 3, 2018. Volunteer sign-ups are open online. Many opportunities are available to serve.
We need people to build, paint, hammer, provide water and refreshments for the builders, and support our crew with their excitement and enthusiasm. Get more information at sfasat.org/habitat.
Advent is just around the corner, with Christmas on its heels. Would you like to decorate your home or office with an evergreen wreath, spray, tabletop-sized Christmas tree or beautiful centerpiece (with candle), or to send one of these items to someone on your holiday gift list? If so, please consider purchasing one or more of these items from the Boy Scouts. Members of Boy Scout Troop 498 will be taking orders for these items after Masses in the Gathering Space October 20-21 and 27-28. This annual fundraiser helps support activities which allow Scouts to learn responsibility and accountability and to practice leadership skills and community service. Thank you in advance for your support.
Happy Feast of St. Francis!
We need St. Francis today, in our world, in our community, and in our hearts. Francis was so deeply embedded in the gospel that he was out of step with everything. If we follow the example of our parish’s patron saint, we too would be risking much for the gospel. The invitation is ours! Will we follow?
Many quotes are attributed to Francis. One of my favorites is this:
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received…but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
The 60+ vendors displaying their wares at our Holiday Bazaar on November 3-4 in Henke Hall and surrounding areas on our church’s campus are looking forward to a great weekend! There will be an amazing variety of products, food trucks, and even a couple of surprises! Come shop “small business” while supporting our Knights of Columbus’ Coats for Kids campaign. The hours on Saturday are 9 am-5 pm, and the hours on Sunday are 9 am-3 pm.
We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, vendor move in, and throughout the Bazaar. Please contact Nita Hotard at 210-275-7126 if you are interested or sign up online by clicking the button below. We’re looking forward to another great event!
Prophets, the Holy Spirit, and Change
Do we truly believe that anyone can be a prophet? Our readings for this weekend shed some light on how we sometimes limit God’s work among us when we act as if only some people, or certain people have been “ordained” to be prophets. Moses corrects those who believe that the Spirit is given to a limited number of people.
The same is true in the gospel when John tells Jesus that there is someone that is driving out demons and “does not follow us.” Jesus promptly corrects John and the others: “Do not prevent him” because “whoever is not against us is for us.”
In so many matters today, we are asked and sometimes even forced to choose sides, to join tribes, to be “in” with others in a particular way of thinking, in judging who is right or wrong. We tend to listen to and gather around those who think the way we do, pray the way we do, interpret laws the same way we do, or expect others to act in the way we do.
We also tend to guard our turf. Those of us who were here first might resent new volunteers who come in with fresh ideas, new energy, and offers to help. We like it just the way it is—limited to those who are already here. Pride and tribalism get in the way. And the consequence is that we miss the gifts of the Holy Spirit, found in all.
Our call then is to let go, loosen the reins, make room for others, and accept the gifts of all as they offer and as they contribute to the common good. Painful as it may be, now may be the time to accept new ideas and a fresh vision.
Moses, the prophet, and Jesus by his words and actions, both assure us that the Holy Spirit is given to all. And we are all called to be prophets by virtue of our Baptism.
What would it be like to be on the side of Jesus? Is there room for all of us?
The 2019 calendar for Mass Intentions opens on Monday, October 1. Donations are $5 per intention, and only three intentions per Mass will be allowed. Mass intentions will only be scheduled with payment. Mass cards are also available. Mass intention requests must be done in person at the parish office.
Our Book of Remembrance of the Dead is now available in the church gathering space. Please only write the names of those who have passed away since November 2017. All names that have previously been entered remain and do not need to be reentered. We will especially pray for those entered in the Book of Remembrance at our All Souls’ Day Masses on November 2.
Who is the greatest? The apostles became stuck on that point, suffering from selfish ambition. It can happen to us too. We can become concerned only for our self, willing to do anything to get ahead. We can be filled with pride and a sense of entitlement. We can see others as competition, be jealous and envious. We can use others to our advantage. We can seek great wealth, status, power, prestige, popularity. These are some of the many ways that we can be absorbed by selfish ambition.
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus defines greatness differently. In God’s eyes, Jesus says that to be the greatest, we must serve all—no selectiveness, no choosing. Our love must embrace all, including all that we see as inconvenient, difficult or problematic. In Jesus’ words, one can be the greatest if the heart has room for everyone.
For Jesus, it never mattered who was in or who was out, who was wrong or who was right. What upset Jesus most was injustice, exclusion and seeing people being neglected and hurt. Instead, Jesus asks us to replace jealousy, envy and selfish ambition with love, justice, and peace.
Mother Teresa is an excellent example of embracing and serving all. She embraced the giftedness of all people, including the abandoned. In welcoming them, she recognized God’s mercy and compassion for all. With new gratitude, she became more peaceful and gentle and merciful. May it be so for us too.
August 26, 1929-September 11, 2018
Mary Virginia “Ginny”, age 89, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. Ginny was born to Reginald and Mary Marois in Plymouth, MA on August 26, 1929. Ginny was a loving and generous mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a gourmet chef, an avid gardener, and a tenacious bridge player making her known to her bridge group as “the little barracuda”. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Bastoni, and her former husband, Robert Bastoni. Ginny is survived by her children, John Bastoni (Linda), Ann Marie Randall, Jim Bastoni (Amy) and Pete Bastoni; daughter-in-law, Barbara Kozero; grandchildren, Jake Bastoni (Abby), Ellen Bastoni (Mike Bosch), Cara Bastoni, Lisa Bastoni, Jenifer Bastoni, Greg Spiller, Erik Spiller, Christopher Randall, Nicholas Bastoni (Alexandra), Matthew Bastoni, Brian Bastoni and Mark Bastoni; sisters, Carol Zahn and Marjorie McCarthy.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH
4201 DE ZAVALA RD., SAN ANTONIO, TX 78249