Attention all St. Francis of Assisi ACTS alumni, please take a moment to go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZ5YL65 and fill out your information. This will help us update our ACTS records and identify people who would like to serve on team. Thank you!
Our annual concert of Advent and Christmas music will be on Friday, December 15 at 7 pm in the church. Join us and listen to our outstanding choirs and our talented instrumentalists as we celebrate the holiday season.
The Posadas (Spanish for inn, lodging, or shelter) are an Advent candlelight procession and celebration. In Mexico and some parts of Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, it is traditional to hold Posadas during the nine days before Christmas, beginning December 16 and ending December 24. The Posadas are a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s long, frustrating search for a place where Jesus could be born. The tradition reenacts the story told in Luke 2: 1-7, but with a twist: a happy ending with the “innkeeper” welcoming Mary and Joseph into the home. We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus into our midst. (See Matthew 25:40.)
We will celebrate La Gran Posada at St. Francis on Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 pm. We will meet under the bell tower of the church and then begin our journey around our campus. We will end with a celebration with delicious foods like tamales and fun games for the kids like piñatas. Please join us!
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Angel Tree Program benefitting children from needy families in our community has begun. The Angel Tree is located in the Gathering Space of the church. The Angel Tree is decorated with paper ornaments, and each ornament has 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. Return them to the Angel Tree by Sunday, December 17. Be an angel to a child in need this Christmas!
This year Christmas Eve falls on the 4th Sunday of Advent. We are still required to fulfill our Sunday obligation by going to a Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Our Mass times for the 4th Sunday of Advent are Saturday, December 23 at 5 pm and Sunday, December 24 at 8:30 am, 11:15 am, and 1:30 pm (Spanish).
Our Christmas Eve Mass times on December 24 are 4 pm in Henke Hall, 4 pm with the children’s choir in the church, 6 pm, and 11 pm. Our Mass times on Christmas Day are 10 am and 11:30 am (Spanish).
Please carpool and arrive early for our Christmas Masses to aid the flow of traffic in the parking lot. Please move to the middle of each pew to ensure those arriving later will be able to sit. Let’s really show our welcoming spirit this Christmas season!
Please note that there will be no 5 pm Mass on Sunday, December 24 and no 8:30 am Mass in the Day Chapel on Monday, December 25. We will not have child care December 23-25 or December 30-31.
We invite all men of the parish to join us for a life-changing weekend at our Men’s ACTS Retreat January 25-28 at the beautiful Moye Retreat Center in Castroville, Texas. It will be an opportunity for spiritual renewal and the making of many wonderful friends. You can download the registration form by clicking here, or you can fill out the form below to register online. A completed registration form and a $50 deposit secure your place on the retreat. To pay online, please visit https://squareup.com/store/st-francis-of-assisi-catholic-church-3/item/macts-retreatant-fee. For more information, please contact John Knape at 830-931-5215 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, Carlos Contreras at 210-373-3353 or at Cjcontrerasiii@gmail.com, or Mike Hutzler at 210-336-6275 or at Mike.Hutzler@cmc.com.
Life After Loss is designed to give you an opportunity to understand the process of grief, assess where you are in this process, discover how your loss can transform you into becoming a better person, and plan for how you will continue to heal and live a good life. Life After Loss is particularly helpful for those who have lost parents, as well as other types of losses. Our sessions will be on Wednesdays from January 10 through February 14 from 6:30-8 pm in the Emmaus Room. Attending all six sessions is most beneficial; therefore, no new participants are accepted after the second session. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Sr. Rose in the parish office.
Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth is the story of a 20th-century saint, a German-Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism, became a Carmelite nun, and was eventually martyred in Auschwitz. Her life story is that of a scholar searching for ultimate truth, about which John Paul II said in his homily at her canonization “…she finally discovered truth has a name, it is Jesus Christ.” This challenging and engaging study is perfect for the modern woman who shares Stein’s longing for the uncompromising truth found in the beauty of Church teaching.
The morning study, facilitated by Julie Mellin, begins on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:30 am in the Good Shepherd Room of the San Damiano Building. The study should run eight Tuesdays. Please register at https://store.endowonline.org/julie-mellin-p4012.aspx.
The evening study, co-facilitated by Joan Meaney and Ann Gonsalves, begins on Tuesday, April 3 from 6:45-8:15 pm in the Good Shepherd Room of the San Damiano Building. The study should run eight Tuesdays. Please register at https://store.endowonline.org/categories.aspx. For questions, please contact Ann Gonsalves at email@example.com.
St. Francis of Assisi’s Knights of Columbus Council 15240 is now selling tickets to the 5th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 7 pm to 12 am. Tickets are $40 per person. The meal will be served from 7 pm to 8 pm. Music will be provided by Bandango. For tickets, please call Sam Alvarez at 210-279-8792, Juan Cruz at 210-625-0742, Bob Bonner at 210-833-2556, or Raul Salas at 210-854-7381.