The Miracle and Magic of Relationship: Making Love Matter
Back by popular demand! Drs. David and Margie McKeon are dynamic presenters who will leave you with a whole new understanding of relationship. Come to this one-day retreat to acquire skills that enable the development of a viable, vibrant, and life-giving relationship. David and Margie will show us how the most powerful place to heal and grow is in a committed love relationship.
All couples—those married, engaged, or considering marriage—are invited to participate.
This day retreat will take place in Henke Hall on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 am-4:45 pm. There is no more availability for childcare at this time. The cost for this day retreat is $35 per couple and includes lunch for the couple and childcare if needed. If you will be using our childcare, please pack a lunch and snacks for your children. Registration forms will be available in the Gathering Space, or you can register online using the form below. You can make your payment in the parish office or pay online at https://squareup.com/store/st-francis-of-assisi-catholic-church-3/item/marriage-enrichment.
We invite all women of the parish to join us for a life-changing weekend at our Women’s ACTS Retreat April 26-29 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 $75 deposit secure your place on the retreat. To pay online, please visit https://squareup.com/store/st-francis-of-assisi-catholic-church-3/item/wacts-retreatant-fee. For more information, please contact Emily Marshall at 210-862-2961, Adeline Facundo at 254-289-9367, or Sandy Cervantes at 210-367-8840.
Deaf Faith & Fellowship (DFF) provides a place and the space for the deaf community to come together to deepen their relationships with God and one another. Because of your support in the past, and thanks to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, this year we are able to gather every month instead of every 2-3 months! We have also, in collaboration with folks from Pilgrim Center of Hope, been able to participate in conferences that have allowed for wonderful encounters with the Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As we did last year, we are selling Fiesta medals again this year in order to raise funds to keep our mission alive. This year’s medal is a static representation of the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “celebrate!” Indeed, there is much to celebrate: God’s love, a new year and new opportunities for DFF, and of course, you! For $10, you can “Celebrate!” Fiesta in style and “Celebrate!” DFF with us! DFF medals and T-shirts will be sold after the 11:15 am Mass on April 15 and 22.
The parish office will close at noon on Friday, April 27 for the Battle of Flowers Parade. The office will reopen at 8 am on Saturday, April 28. Viva Fiesta!
Calling all castaways! It’s almost Vacation Bible School time and you won’t want to miss out on Shipwrecked VBS: Rescued by Jesus. Each day we will focus on Bible stories and a Bible point that will lead us closer to understanding God’s great love for us.
Children 4-years-old to those finishing 4th grade can join us in elementary VBS. We wouldn’t leave middle schoolers stranded, so middle school VBS is for children finishing 5th grade to those entering 8th grade. Are you older than that? Join the castaway crew! We need 9th graders all the way up to adults. It takes a crew of about 100 to make VBS a magical experience for our kids.
VBS is the week of June 18-22 from 9 am-12:15 pm. Online registration for participants and volunteers will begin May 1.
Do you want to help make VBS successful, but you’re unavailable to volunteer? Consider donating supplies! Keep an eye out for the VBS supply list (coming in May) in the church gathering space and in the bulletin. Every donation helps us to make VBS an amazing experience for all of our kids and volunteers. If you have questions about VBS, please email Miriam Flores at email@example.com.
All are invited to our Confirmation Mass on Sunday, May 27 at 5 pm. Archbishop Gustavo will celebrate the Mass and confirm our teens. Please pray for them as they continue to prepare to receive this sacrament.
Come join us for another impactful international Habitat for Humanity trip. This year we will be traveling to Cumpana, Romania August 5-12. We are very pleased that St. Francis of Assisi has helped support these outreach efforts, both financially and with parishioner participation. Please contact Ken Koch for more information at 210-867-0993 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous international Habitat for Humanity trips
You’re invited to an evening Centering Prayer group that meets every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Good Shepherd Room. Join us to pray and read the book Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating. No prior experience with Centering Prayer is necessary. Please join us! Everyone is welcome! For more information, please call or text Karen at 210-854-7818.
The 2018 Archbishop’s Appeal has begun with a theme “In the Spirit of Love” and an overall Appeal goal of $4.5 million. Our 2018 Appeal parish goal is $148,558.29. The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual ongoing effort of the Catholic community, which supports more than 40 ministries that evangelize Christ’s people locally in the faith and serves those in need.
Pray on how you and your loved ones may consider renewing your gift or making a gift for the first time. Your support is essential to ensuring that we as the local church are able to continue providing the Catholic Appeal ministries that aid homeless women and children, care for our retired clergy, clothe and feed the poor, support the education and spiritual formation of men preparing to serve our parish communities as a priest or deacon, comfort the hospitalized, share our mission of faith with the incarcerated, provide Catholic tuition assistance to families in need and so much more!
Please pray for the success of the Archbishop’s Appeal and make your gift today by completing the Archbishop’s Appeal pledge card sent to your home, here in the pew on the weekend of January 20-21, online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal or by calling the Office of 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. Your gift will also help us to meet our 2018 Appeal parish goal.
Thank you for your prayers and generosity. May God bless you!
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!