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.
As we approach a busier time of year with our Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Christmas Angel Tree project, the St. Francis of Assisi Vincentians would like to reach out to fellow parishioners to consider joining our ministry. We’ll have Vincentians in the church gathering space after each Mass on the weekend of October 20 and 21 to provide information and answer any questions that you might have. Those interested will then be invited to an information meeting on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 pm in the Emmaus Room on the first floor of the San Damiano Building.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Overview
Inspired by Christ’s words “whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren you do also for me,” the SSVdP is an international Catholic lay charitable organization established in 1833, with volunteers now exceeding 800,00 worldwide.
Here in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Vincentian volunteers number over 2,000 and operate in 63 parish ministries throughout the Archdiocese’s 166 parishes. At St. Francis of Assisi, our ministry involves three dozen volunteers who operate our office for two hours each weekday, offering help to those in need of food and/or financial assistance with rents & utilities. The generous donations of our parishioners, through the monthly Black Bag collections, food donations, and the Angel Tree project, enable us to help between 90 and 125 families each month. Volunteers can assist in clerical work, casework, home visitations, or pantry operations, and in whatever capacity one’s schedule permits.
For additional information, please visit us after Mass on October 20 or 21 or email Twneubert@aol.com.
All are invited to a Holy Hour of Adoration in the Day Chapel on Thursday, October 25 immediately following the 6 pm Mass. Adoration “exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil” (CCC 2628). Please join us.
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 Common Home is a new parish organization designed to bring together those with an interest in environmental stewardship. Named after Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, our aim is to share spirituality, information, and practical actions to be better stewards of God’s great creation, as our patron, St. Francis, was. We hope you noticed an increased presence of recycling at the Parish Festival two weekends ago. Our first parish-wide meeting will be Wednesday, October 24 from 7-8:30 pm in the Martha Room on the first floor of the San Damiano Building. This will be a family-friendly organization, so children are welcome. Please bring your creativity and ideas!
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!
Our new St. Francis of Assisi app is now available to download for Apple and Android smartphones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, quick access to online giving, Mass and Reconciliation reminders, easy access to our weekly bulletin and homilies, as well as additional features like prayers, saint of the day, and much more. Download our app today at www.myparishapp.com, text App to 88202, or search your phone’s app store for myParish.
For an app download guide, please click here.
We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Francis and better engaging the New Evangelization.
Join our pastor, Fr. Tony, and your fellow parishioners on a 13-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, scheduled for March 23-April 4, 2019. We will visit sites central to the ministry of Jesus—from the Cradle of Bethlehem to the Cross of Jerusalem and the great mystery of God’s overwhelming love. For more information, contact Celina Ríos Mullan at 210-385-8518 or at email@example.com.