You are invited to the Beyond Cana Reunion on Saturday, April 14 from 4-6 pm in the JP II Room. This event is an opportunity for all couples who have attended Beyond Cana to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and hear a short program on Beyond Cana. There will be a guest speaker on marriage enrichment, a quick update on where the Beyond Cana program is today, and a summary of our future efforts. While you are here, we encourage you to share with each other how the tools you learned as a couple during your retreat have helped you recognize the importance of keeping the communication between each other open and flowing. In addition, there will be an opportunity to renew your marriage vows and once again strengthen the bond you have with your spouse. Childcare is available. Please go to http://evite.me/FrE6F3Qpea to RSVP. If you have questions, please call Jo Anne and Dave Dimitriou at 210-618-6672.
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.
Have you looked at our liturgical environment and wondered why the banners are not evenly distributed on either side of the crucifix or why the whole thing is a little off center? It’s all intentional! Liturgical environment is meant to be more than just decoration. The design of the liturgical environment should help to foster an environment of prayer and even lead you into a deeper experience of the liturgical season and the liturgy itself.
Our Lenten environment on either side of the crucifix is made up of banners of purple in various shades and textures of fabric. The left side represents our journey with Christ toward the cross. We enter into the season of Lent with the baggage and burden of sin.
What did you carry with you into the Lenten season that you would like to leave at the foot of the cross? What burdens, habits, or grudges can you hand over to Jesus throughout this season so that you may truly know the liberation and joy of his resurrection?
Notice that Jesus appears to be reaching out toward these five banners, offering to take on our suffering. These five banners are closer to the crucifix to help to emphasize the image of Christ taking on our sin. The right side of the crucifix has only three banners, which should call to mind the many “threes” that we encounter in this season: the three days of the Triduum, the three crosses on Calvary, Peter denying Christ three times, and Jesus’ three days in the tomb. These three banners get shorter as the eye moves away from the crucifix, symbolizing the hope in this season of Lent. We sacrifice, we repent, we atone, and all of these draw us closer to experiencing the true joy of the resurrection.
The season of Lent is often compared to a desert. It is time that we set aside to remember to spend time in prayer the way that Jesus did—denying ourselves of some of our “guilty” pleasures perhaps, but mainly intentionally taking time to refocus our relationship with the Lord. The dead potted trees should remind us of this desert and awaken in us a thirst for Christ’s Living Water. The green plants represent the hope that drives us through the season and also remind us that God’s presence never leaves us.
Finally, the area in front of the ambo continues the themes of desert and the liturgical color purple. There are a variety of symbols in this area: the water jar to remind us of the woman at the well, an oil jar to call to mind the anointing that Lazarus received before his burial, and plenty of dirt (thanks to the large tree stump), which calls to mind the mud used to heal the man born blind.
It is our hope that the liturgical environment will draw you into deeper reflection on the Mass and the season.
We are selling Easter lilies for $10 each. These lilies will decorate the church sanctuary during the Easter season. After the Easter season, those who purchased a lily may take any lily home. Registered parishioners who receive offertory envelopes should have received their Easter Flower Offering envelope. These envelopes can be dropped off at the parish office or in the collection basket during Mass. If you are not receiving envelopes, you can purchase lilies at the parish office.
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
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!
The Knights of Columbus are conducting the 40 Cans for Lent drive to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. We ask everyone to set aside one can each day of Lent for this effort. You may bring in your cans to each weekend Mass and place them in the bin in the church hallway. If you come to the Fish Fry on Fridays during Lent, you may place cans in the available grocery cart. Our goal is to top the number of cans we collected during the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Blessings to you for helping those in need.
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!
CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) is a family ministry that supports our children in sports. St. Francis currently supports fall sports (soccer and flag football), winter (basketball and track) and spring sports (baseball and softball).
St. Francis’ team of 27 young boys and girls participated in the Track Zone Meet on Saturday, March 3 at Central High School. The day was a little wet but fun was had by all. We have 12 of our youth who finished in the top three who will proceed to represent St. Francis at the City Meet on Sunday, March 25 at Antonian High School. Congratulations to the team!
T-ball and baseball/ softball registration is now closed. Games begin the weekend of April 6.
For the Sports Schedule and additional information, please go to www.stfranciscyo.org. A family account can be created to receive emails on upcoming sports and registration. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lutton at email@example.com or 210-862-8532.
Career Transformation Ministry provides practical guidance to support job seekers in finding and transitioning to a new position. We tie our discussions to scripture. Examples of topics include: resume assistance, best practices for networking, and interviewing skill development. We invite you to join us anytime for meetings on Mondays from 7–8:15 pm in the Good Shepherd Room. While we discuss scripture as it pertains to those looking for their next career, this ministry is open to anyone regardless of faith. For more information, please visit www.crossroadscareer.org.