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19,20 Feb

Bible Study Spring 2019

Fulfilled explores the biblical roots of the Catholic faith. It uncovers God’s consistent design for our worship of him and his relationship with us. Learn how the Old Testament Tabernacle can be used as a blueprint for the Catholic faith and how Jesus fulfilled it in the New Testament. This study focuses on the elements found in the outer sanctuary of the Tabernacle and how they connect to the liturgical calendar, the priesthood, purgatory, baptism, and more.

We are offering this Bible study on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 am in the Emmaus Room and on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm in the Good Shepherd Room. Mary Huebscher will lead Tuesday mornings, and Evelyn Huron will lead Wednesday evenings. We begin on February 19 and 20. The study lasts eight weeks with a week off for spring break. The cost is $25. Questions? Contact Larry Perry in the parish office.

Please register for this Bible study online at https://connectnowgiving.parishsoft.com/f/f2?formid=71ad3b52-cd30-468a-9168-0d2b1e080db6.

19 Feb

Join Our Casino Night Planning Committee

Our next Casino Night planning meeting is on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm in the Emmaus Room. If you are interested in helping with one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and having fun while you are at it, please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Michael Scholl at 210-347-4109.

02 Jul

Fourth Friday for 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 February 22 (Speakers TBD), March 22 (Speakers: John and Paula Trusela; Topic: Managing Your Finances Together), April 26 (Speaker: Fr. Tony Vilano), and May 24 (Speakers TBD). 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.

14 Feb

Archbishop’s Appeal 2019

On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Fr. Tony, we invite you and your family to serve our Catholic community by participating in the 2019 Annual Archbishop’s Appeal, Encounter: Live in Faith, Give in Love. Your prayers and gifts serve all of us by raising up our next generation of priests and deacons, providing sound catechesis and Catholic education for our children, bringing the sacraments to the hospitalized and homebound, broadcasting the Mass and other faith-filled programming to thousands, and bringing Christ’s mercy as it feeds, clothes, shelters, and cares for the most vulnerable.

If you have already responded to the Archbishop’s letter sent to your home, thank you! If you have not yet had an opportunity to respond to this year’s Appeal, please prayerfully consider how to renew your gift, or make one for the first time, to help us reach our parish goal of $151,801.00.

Pledge envelopes and pencils are available in the pews. Once completed, place your envelope in the offertory during Mass. You may also make your gift online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal, or by calling the Office of the Archbishop’s Appeal at 210.734.1604.

If this is your first time making a gift to the Appeal and are unsure of how much to give, consider a gift of 1% of your total household income, $1 for each day of the year ($365), or a gift in any amount that your circumstances permit. You may also make pledge gift payments. Gifts of all size are appreciated and 100% of your gift will go directly to ministries. Share the light of hope and the love of Christ with others through the Archbishop’s Appeal.

Thank you for your prayers and generosity. May God bless you!

En nombre del Arzobispo Gustavo y del Padre Tony, lo invitamos a usted y a su familia a servir a nuestra comunidad católica participando en la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo 2019, titulada Encuentro: Vivir en la Fe, Dar en el Amor. Sus oraciones y donaciones son un servicio a todos nosotros al hacer crecer a nuestra siguiente generación de sacerdotes y diáconos, proveyendo una educación católica robusta para nuestros niños, llevando los sacramentos a los que están hospitalizados y a los que no pueden salir de casa, transmitiendo la misa y otros programas llenos de la fe a miles de personas y llevando la misericordia de Cristo al alimentar, vestir, dar albergue y cuidar a los más vulnerables.

Si usted ya ha respondido a la carta que el Arzobispo mandó a su hogar, ¡se lo agradecemos! Si usted no ha tenido todavía la oportunidad de responder al llamado de la Campaña de este año, por favor considere en la oración cómo renovar su donación, o haga una por primera vez. Hay sobres de compromiso y lápices disponibles en las bancas. Una vez llenados, por favor pongan su sobre en la ofrenda de la colecta durante la misa. Usted también puede realizar su donativo en línea en el sitio www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal, o llamando a la Oficina de la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo al 210.734.1604. Muchas gracias por sus oraciones y por su generosidad. ¡Qué Dios los siga bendiciendo!

23 Feb

Register for Liturgical Minister Training

Are you interested in increasing your participation at Mass? Have you considered serving as a liturgical minister? Training sessions for new ministers are coming up soon! Training for altar servers and communion ministers is on Saturday, February 23 at 9 am, and training for readers and hospitality ministers is on Saturday, March 2 at 9 am. We highly encourage families and couples to serve together, especially in hospitality or as altar servers. Read a short description of each ministry and register for a training session below. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Hassenger at kahassenger@gvtc.com or 210-602-5476.

Communion ministers help the priest by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. These individuals are also called Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist because it is truly an extraordinary service. Communion ministers must have received the sacrament of confirmation.

Readers proclaim the Word of God at Masses by reading the first and second readings during the Liturgy of the Word. They also lead the prayer of the faithful.

Altar servers assist the priest during Mass by performing various tasks, from leading the procession with the crucifix to lighting the candles. Children who wish to be altar servers must have received their First Communion.

Hospitality ministers and greeters are responsible for welcoming parishioners and visitors into the church, helping them find seating, taking up the collections, and distributing bulletins at the end of Mass.

Liturgical Ministry Training Registration



9 March

Sick and Homebound Minister Training

On Saturday, March 9 from 9 am-12 pm in the Good Shepherd Room we will train people interested in the Sick and Homebound Ministry. This ministry takes communion to people in their home, nursing homes, assisted living, and hospitals. To register, please call Mary Huebscher at 210-265-5764, or email her at huebscher45@gmail.com

6 March

Ash Wednesday Distribution Times

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is on March 6, 2019. We will only be distributing ashes at the following times:

6:30 am Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

8:30 am Mass

12:00 pm Liturgy of the Word

7:00 pm Mass

Please remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

11 March

Parish Lenten Mission with David Kauffman

Our Parish Lenten Mission, “A Call to Hope” led by David Kauffman, is March 11-13, 2019. “A Call to Hope” is an amazing opportunity for renewal. Through story and song with the St. Francis of Assisi choir, David will invite us to live the heart, to live the sacraments, and to allow ourselves to be drawn in to journey with Christ to the foot of the cross.

7 pm on Monday, March 11: “A Call to Hope: Living the Heart”

7 pm on Tuesday, March 12: “A Call to Hope: Living the Sacraments”

*7 pm on Wednesday, March 13: “A Call to Hope: Living the Presence of God”

*Wednesday, March 13 is our Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service. In addition to the service at 7 pm, we will also have priests available to hear confessions at 10 am.

17 Dec

Endow Study On the Christian Meaning of Suffering

Endow stands for Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women. Join women to read and learn together our Catholic faith and Church teachings in a casual and friendly environment. Study is done completely in class…no homework!

Our next class beginning on Wednesday, January 16 from 9:30-11:30 am is on Salvifici Doloris (On the Christian Meaning of Suffering). Having familiarized ourselves with the person of John Paul II, his thinking and writings, this apostolic letter invites women to approach the question of why God allows suffering and how we are to understand it and participate in it as a means to our sanctification.

Register online at https://endowgroups.org/groups/julie-mellin-s-group-3. The cost is $34.95. To learn more about Endow, please visit www.endowonline.org.

Babysitting is available with advance RSVP to Julie Mellin. You can contact her at 210-416-4536 or at mellinjulie@hotmail.com.

30 March

Natural Family Planning Classes

Learn Natural Family Planning as taught by The Couple to Couple League. NFP is not the old Calendar Rhythm method! Come learn about the beauty of fertility through the eyes of JP II’s Theology of the Body.

In the classes, couples learn to track their natural cycle without harmful artificial hormones. This method is equally effective for couples who want to avoid or achieve pregnancy. It’s scientifically-based, medically safe, and 99% effective, and it is the only method morally acceptable by the Catholic Church. Build intimacy and increase communication in your marriage. Share the responsibility for your family planning.

There are two class options starting on March 30: a live class at St. Francis of Assisi with onsite babysitting available with prior registration — contact Cara or Victor Argumedo for more information at 603.731.9014 or cara.conlan@yahoo.com — or a virtual class — contact John and Cathy Nix if you have questions at 210.695.8020 or jandcnix@gmail.com. Registration for both is online at https://register.ccli.org.