May 13, 1964 – June 19, 2017
Jeffrey Dreesen, born on May 13, 1964, went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2017. A funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Jim Henke with music by the St. Francis of Assisi Choir will be held at the AT&T Center on Monday, June 26 at 2 pm. All are invited to celebrate Jeffrey’s life. Please park in Lot 3 Gate C off of Houston Street and enter the building through the SE VIP Entrance.
Have No Fear!
Certainly the hairs on my head matter so much to me right now. My vanity is high! Even as the volume of my hair matters to me, I matter so much more to God. That is the message of the Gospel this weekend. God knows and loves me so much, so much more than the number of hairs or the value of sparrows.
Jesus tells us that we should fear nothing. Jesus knows that the last instructions he is giving to the Twelve Apostles before they are sent on a mission will leave them vulnerable to the scorn of civil authorities. He assures them that the Holy Spirit will give them words to speak. Even when the situation is dire, they should be full of hope because God knows even the number of hairs on their head.
This Sunday we have the opportunity to reflect on what it is that we fear. The loss of hair may be one. But seriously, whom or what do we fear? And then we recall that we are always in God’s presence. We can take a deep breath and give those fears to God as we release each breath. And when we take in a deep breath, we take in the immense presence and love of God.
Have no fear! Let no fear have power over you! Trust God’s promise to be with us to find a way to face whatever comes.
Being the Body of Christ for Others
In every celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. How does reception of the Body and Blood of Christ transform us? How do we become the Body and Blood of Christ given to others? What is it that we give to others when we leave the Mass each Sunday?
Perhaps the answers to those questions require other questions? What is it that we hunger and thirst for each time we gather for Mass? What are the hungers of the world today? Who is available to feed those hungers if not us? St. Teresa of Avila reminds us:
Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
The Trinitarian Dynamic of Love
God as Trinity! God as mystery! God as love! This weekend we have the opportunity to explore the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Easter season ended with the sweeping in of the Holy Spirit, and this week we reflect on the meaning of Trinity—three persons, one God!
Pope Francis in his Angelus address on May 26, 2013 said, “The Most Holy Trinity is not the product of human reasoning but the face with which God actually revealed himself,…walking with humanity…with his people in the history of the people of Israel and Jesus has always walked with us and promised us the Holy Spirit who is fire, who teaches us everything we do not know and from within us guides us, gives us good ideas and good inspirations.”
The Father so loved the world—what did he do to tell us that? And how did Jesus, the Son, do that loving? And how do we, in response to God’s and Jesus’ love, because we are inflamed, infused with Holy Spirit, tell the world of God’s immense love?
It is in relationships, in communion with each other, in making room for others at the table, in reflecting God’s goodness in every conversation, in every action and in every thought. God is love—shown through each of us because we know that we act in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Let our next sign of the cross be a sign of how we live God’s LOVE! And may the Holy Spirit give us lots of good ideas and good inspirations!
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March 17, 1943 – May 8, 2017
Patricia Colleen Calmbach entered eternal life on May 8, 2017. Born to Walter and Patricia Calmbach on March 17, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, Colleen delighted in cooking, sewing, gardening and organ/piano performance. Her passion for music was second only to her love for her children and grandchildren, whom she adored with her every breath. Colleen is preceded in death by her mother and father, and nephew, David Reynolds. She is survived by her sister, Leslie (Calmbach) Reynolds and husband, Dr. Brian Reynolds of Dripping Springs, TX; four children from her first and only marriage to Richard Natalicchio (also surviving) including Cayce and Patrice (Natalicchio) Powell of Brentwood, TN, Barry and Dawn (Natalicchio) Hutcherson of Denton, TX, Ricky (Natalicchio) and Courtney Calmbach of Round Rock, TX, and Tony Natalicchio of Dallas, TX; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017, 11 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. A time to visit with the family will begin at 9:30 am. Light, bright colors should be worn to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the National Mental Health Support Organization (NAMI) of San Antonio – https://nami-sat.org/.
July 3, 1925 – May 31, 2017
Almedia, a beloved St. Vincent de Paul volunteer and Silver Stars member, entered eternal life on May 31, 2017. Almedia is remembered for her strength in dealing with health issues. She had a beautiful smile and always cared for others before herself. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 3 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A reception will follow in Henke Hall.
Pope Francis at Pentecost in 2013 provided these reflective questions:
Let us ask ourselves today: Are we open to “God’s surprises”? Or are we closed and fearful before the newness of the Holy Spirit? Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us, or do we resist, barricaded in transient structures which have lost their capacity for openness to what is new? We would do well to ask ourselves these questions all through the day.
At Mass this Sunday, we have the opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to provide us with a deeper understanding of what it means to be sent, to be hurled to all corners of creation, to explore the new paths that God sets before us, without resistance, without fear, without barricading ourselves with defenses. The Holy Spirit is breath, is wind, is active, and is dynamic. Let it be so among our community.
A Painful Goodbye Turned to Joy?
Jesus is “lifted” from the presence of the disciples to be at the right hand of the Father. According to Ron Rolheiser, “the Ascension names and highlights a paradox that lies deep at the center of life, namely, that we all reach a point in life where we can only give our presence more deeply by going away, so that others can receive the full blessing of our spirits.”
Think of what that means for us today. Many of our children are graduating from high school and preparing to “leave home.” While we celebrate their achievements, we are already thinking of what life will be like without them. We tend to cling to them. Others of us are burying loved ones and wondering what life will be like without them. How can we live as adult orphans?
When Jesus was preparing to leave this earth he kept repeating the words: “It is better for you that I go away! You will be sad now, but your sadness will turn to joy. If I don’t go away you will be unable to receive my spirit. Don’t cling to me, I must ascend.”
Why is it better sometimes that we go away? What is that spirit that makes itself known only in the absence of the one we love? Read more here: http://www.liturgy.slu.edu/AscensionA2017/reflections_rolheiser.html
Send us your Spirit, Lord! Turn our sorrow to joy, even in leave-taking!
The 2018 team consisted of the following St. Francis of Assisi parishioners: John Trusela, Paul Trusela, David Cantu, Kyle Cantu, Beverly McClure, Ken McClure, Jeff Clarady, Kristin Clarady, Kyle Unruh, Bebe Duchamp-Unruh, Gary Griffith, and Naliya Martin.
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