Effective March 31, 2021, the Archdiocese of San Antonio has informed parishes that we may reduce the social distancing requirements in the sanctuary from six feet to three feet and discontinue roping off every other pew.
It is to be emphasized that mask usage and thorough facility sanitation are still required in accordance with previous proclamations. Those protocols remain unchanged. Masks must be worn at the parish.
We are no longer using SignUpGenius to reserve spaces for people attending Mass in person. You may enter the church on a first-come, first-served basis from any of the front doors. It is especially important that you arrive early with all members of your family present. If the pews fill up with the three feet of spacing between households, hospitality ministers will direct you to other areas of the church, such as the gathering space. When Mass is over, you may exit from any of the doors.
Please make sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter (http://sfasat.org/enewsletter/) and parish app (Text App to 88202, or search your phone’s app store for myParish), and follow our social media for the latest updates.
Archbishop Gustavo’s dispensation remains in effect, and we will continue our live streams.
A partir del 31 de marzo de 2021, la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio ha informado a las parroquias que podemos reducir los requisitos de distanciamiento social en el santuario de seis pies a tres pies y todas los bancos estarán abiertos.
Se debe enfatizar que el uso de mascarillas y el saneamiento completo de las instalaciones todavía son necesarios de acuerdo con proclamaciones anteriores. Esos protocolos permanecen sin cambios. Las máscaras deben usarse en la parroquia.
Ya no usamos SignUpGenius para reservar espacios para las personas que asisten a misa en persona. Puede ingresar a la iglesia por orden de llegada desde cualquiera de las puertas de entrada. Es especialmente importante que llegue temprano. Si los bancos se llenan con el espacio de tres pies entre las familias, los ministros de hospitalidad lo dirigirán a otras áreas de la iglesia, como el espacio de reunión.
Asegúrese de suscribirse a nuestro boletín electrónico (http://sfasat.org/enewsletter/) y a la aplicación parroquial (envíe un mensaje de texto al 88202, o busque myParish en la tienda de aplicaciones de su teléfono) y siga nuestras redes sociales para obtener las últimas actualizaciones.
La dispensa de la obligación de la misa del Arzobispo Gustavo sigue en effecto.
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.
Since its inception in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank has been a major force in the fight against hunger in the San Antonio community. As a member of the Feeding America national coalition of food banks, the San Antonio Food Bank serves as a regional hub for food distribution to 200 partner food pantries scattered throughout Bexar and 15 surrounding counties in Southwest Texas. In 2020 alone, it collected and distributed 80 million pounds of food, providing meals to 120,000 individuals each week. To provide such a large degree of food assistance, the Food Bank requires the help of more than 100 volunteers each day to sort, package, and distribute the donated food items. Many of these volunteers participate as organized church groups who regularly assist the work of the Food Bank.
ACTS Core of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is currently reviewing ways to better advance the Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service missions of the ACTS movement within the St. Francis community. As part of the Service mission, ACTS Core is organizing groups of St. Francis volunteers to assist in the vital work provided by the San Antonio Food Bank.
In talks with Food Bank volunteer coordinators, their main need for volunteers is on Monday morning and afternoon. Thus, St. Francis volunteers would initially be scheduled to help with the sorting and packing functions of the Food Bank Warehouse on the following dates:
- Monday, April 19th, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
- Monday, May 3rd, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Monday, May 17th, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Please contact Jim Legler via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign up for one of these times.
Are you yearning for conversations with others in the parish, for reconnecting to parish life? As we look ahead to the great celebration of Pentecost, we invite parishioners to attend one of our Parish Reconnect sessions as our community enters into a time of new possibilities. These sessions will provide opportunities to share stories of how this time has affected you, your family, and our parish community. What have we learned about ourselves and our community as a result of this past year? We will envision together what parish life can be as we move to post-COVID times.
We will have three in-person sessions in Henke Hall and two online sessions on Zoom. The in-person sessions are 12-1 pm on April 25, 10:30-11:30 am on May 3, and 7-8 pm on May 6. The virtual sessions are 7-8 pm on April 27 and 7-8 pm on May 12.
ACTS Core invites everyone in the parish to two hours of prayer and reflection on the first Saturday of every month. The Zoom link is posted below. Please invite your family and friends! All are welcome. No cost or registration required!
Larry Perry and Mandi-bre Watson will lead a discussion on “Life in the Risen Christ” from 9-11 am on May 1.
Please contact Larry Perry if you have any questions.
Our Spring 2021 Adult Faith Formation study will be dedicated to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti. The study begins on Sunday, February 21 at 10 am and on Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm. We will gather on Zoom for one hour for each meeting. You do not need to register to attend. We know that life is busy, so you are always welcome to switch between Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon. We will cover the same chapter on both days each week.
Please do not hesitate to join us if you have not had a chance to read the chapter in advance. We will summarize the chapter we are covering at the beginning of every session.
There is no cost to register to attend Adult Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Perry at email@example.com.
St. Francis of Assisi depends on the parishioner support and generosity of the weekend offertory contributions. Your continued financial support is needed for the financial obligations of the Church. You can continue to support the Church by mailing in your contributions, by making an online contribution, or by clicking the “Giving” button in our parish app. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
If you have not set up online giving with us, you can also use this alternative online giving link from the Archdiocese of San Antonio. All proceeds will come to our parish. Please be sure to select St. Francis of Assisi – SA – San Antonio.
On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Fr. Tony, we invite you and your family to offer a sacrificial gift of love by participating in this year’s Archbishop’s Appeal for Ministries, “Resilient in Faith and Service.” Your gift will support the formation of priests and deacons to serve you, your families, and individuals locally; support the formation of lay leaders to serve as catechists in our parish religious programs; offer a Catholic education to families in need; broadcast the televised Mass; and share Christ’s love as it feeds, clothes, shelters, and cares for the most vulnerable. The Lord wants us to trust Him completely. The practice of stewardship and giving selflessly in love helps us to grow in trust with our Lord. We are not owners of anything, but rather caretakers of God’s gifts. We are called to share those gifts to make Christ’s love present through ministries serving our community.
Please pray and find it in your heart to make a sacrificial gift to this year’s Appeal. Gifts can be given online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal, by using text-to-give 210.750.6712 keyword APPEAL, by calling 210.734.1604, or with the Appeal envelope that we will have available in the church. Please make sure to indicate that you are giving from St. Francis of Assisi San Antonio so that your gift can go towards our parish goal of 25% participation. Thank you and may God bless you and your loved ones.
A side effect of COVID-19 is the displacement of workers. If you are one of the displaced, underutilized, or just looking, consider joining Career Transformation Ministry. We tie your career search with scripture and provide resources like job search strategies in a recession environment, resume reviews, and mock interviews. Career Transformation Ministry meets every Monday at 7:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
For more information, visit the Career Transformation Ministry page.