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10 Sep

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Doing Faith

My new way of describing “faith in works” is “doing faith.” For me, that is the major theme of the readings we are given for this Sunday. So how do we go about “doing faith”? I like verbs that end in –ing! They are signs that the work is in progress, is evolving, is dynamic, and continues. In other words, it is very ACTIVE! And it has great possibilities—Providential unfolding’s!

In a similar way, Oscar Romero preached: “When we leave Mass, we ought to go out the way Moses descended Mt. Sinai: with his face shining, with his heart brave and strong to face the world’s difficulties.” How well does that describe me? Us?

Isaiah uses the image of a ”face like flint” suggesting that our faces not only shine but that they have the capacity, the potential to set things on fire, to radiantly inspire, to put fire into our whole being. What does it look like and feel like to be on fire for God? To be passionate about our vocation, our purpose in life?

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tells his followers: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up the cross, and follow me.” None of the verbs in Jesus’ invitation are particularly appealing to us—deny self, take up the cross, follow Jesus? We have so many crosses that are part of being alive today. There are even more in being faithful to the gospel. What Jesus asks us to do is often very controversial. It takes brave hearts, courage, and strength to act as Jesus did. It takes the same to give voice to injustices today. How do you name the suffering that is part of life today? How do you handle it? How do you advocate for the suffering? What is your way of doing faith? Listen especially to our Prayers of Intercession this weekend. Listen to the words of the music we sing. Here is a sample:

12 Sep

Adult Faith Formation Registration

God calls each of us to become a saint, and he’s ready to support us along the way by providing abundant blessings. Join us as we seek these blessings by participating in Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD-based program: “Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness.” The first path is “Finding the Center in Christ;” the second is “Knowing You Are a Sinner;” and then the third, “Realizing Your Life is Not About You.”

The study begins on Sunday, September 12 at 10 am and on Tuesday, September 14 at 4:30 pm. You are welcome to attend on Zoom if you prefer. We know that life is busy, so you are always welcome to switch between Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon. We will cover the same content on both days each week.

There is a study guide available to purchase from Word on Fire. This is an optional supplemental material. Please go to https://store.wordonfire.org/collections/untold-blessing/products/untold-blessing-study-guide-1 to purchase the study guide.

Outside of the optional study guide that you can purchase on your own, there is no cost to register to attend Adult Faith Formation. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Perry at lperry@sfasat.org.

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01 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: John Kleffner

May 15, 1930-August 21, 2021

John was called home to join the God he so faithfully believed in on August 21, 2021, surrounded by his children and loving companion at home in Helotes, TX. John was born in Howells, NE on May 15, 1930. He graduated from Conception High School in 1948 and studied four more years at Conception College, then spent a year at St. Paul’s Seminary in Minnesota. He was drafted into the Army and served 2 years. John attended Creighton University where he earned his BA in Education in 1957 and his MS in History in 1959. It was at Creighton where he met his first wife, Mary Ann Janda, studying German in the library.

John began his educational career at Papillion High School. He accepted a position in Oklahoma City to be the Vice-Superintendent of Catholic schools and then served as Superintendent. While in Oklahoma, John earned an Ed.D. in Education at the University of Oklahoma. An opportunity at Our Lady of the Lake University took John and the family to San Antonio in 1970, where he very happily lived, without ever having to pick up a snow shovel again. He took a position at the UT Dental school in 1973 and for many years thrived on his work, writing, and delivering workshops to teach clinicians how to be effective instructors.

John loved being an incarnate soul on this earth. He lived life enthusiastically with a joyful, grateful heart. He loved his family, loved to read and learn, loved to visit with people and always said, “God has been so good to me.” He loved being surrounded by his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed family celebrations, always recognizing the gift of family and God’s many blessings.

John prayed for his family and the world daily and lived a life of service. John was also a devoted volunteer. He was a volunteer at Christus Hospice for 26 years, where he sat with patients so they would not be alone, and then helping as an office volunteer. He was a volunteer with St Vincent De Paul for 17 years and organized the collection of food and delivery of Thanksgiving hampers for several years, always with efficiency and compassion.

John is survived by his children, Eileen, Theresa Funari, Daniel, Anne, and Chris; his grandchildren, Ashli Funari, Kellie, Cory and Maggie Martin, Robert Sinfield, Carson, Madeline and Reagan Kleffner; great-granddaughter, Addison Funari; brother, Don Kleffner (Janelle); sister, Lavina Mestl (Eugene); loving companion, Barbara Bauml; and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Leo Kleffner; his siblings, Stan Kleffner, Mildred Knobbe, Catherine Meister; his wife, Colleen J. Kleffner.

VISITATION is 6 pm on September 2 with ROSARY at 7 pm, Mission Park Funeral Home, 3401 Cherry Ridge.

FUNERAL MASS is September 3 at 11 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 13715 Riggs Rd, Helotes, with the burial to follow at Helotes Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christus Hospice or Catholic Charities.

1 Oct

Holy Hour/Hora Santa

On the first Friday of each month, ACTS Core is hosting an hour of adoration between 7 and 8 pm. The next one will take place on October 1. We hope you can join us.

El primer viernes de cada mes, ACTS Core ofrece una hora de adoración entre las 7 y las 8 pm. La próxima tendrá lugar el 1 de octubre. Esperamos que puedan acompañarnos.

19 Apr

Volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank

Since its inception in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank has been a major force in the fight against hunger in the San Antonio community. As a member of the Feeding America national coalition of food banks, the San Antonio Food Bank serves as a regional hub for food distribution to 200 partner food pantries scattered throughout Bexar and 15 surrounding counties in Southwest Texas. In 2020 alone, it collected and distributed 80 million pounds of food, providing meals to 120,000 individuals each week. To provide such a large degree of food assistance, the Food Bank requires the help of more than 100 volunteers each day to sort, package, and distribute the donated food items. Many of these volunteers participate as organized church groups who regularly assist the work of the Food Bank.

ACTS Core of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is currently reviewing ways to better advance the Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service missions of the ACTS movement within the St. Francis community. As part of the Service mission, ACTS Core is organizing groups of St. Francis volunteers to assist in the vital work provided by the San Antonio Food Bank.

St. Francis volunteers will be scheduled to help work on the following dates:

Date Time Job Type
September 17 10 am-1 pm Home Delivery Driver
September 21 1:30-4 pm Community Kitchen
September 24 10 am-1 pm Home Delivery Driver
September 27 9-11:30 am Warehouse Sorting and Packing
October 1 1:30-4 pm Warehouse Sorting and Packing
October 4 8:30-11 am Community Kitchen
October 6 5:30-8 pm Warehouse Sorting and Packing
October 13 5:30-8 pm Warehouse Sorting and Packing
October 15 8:30-11 am Community Kitchen
October 26 1:30-4 pm Community Kitchen

“Home Delivery Driver” is a half-day session to deliver 50-pound boxes of food to recipient homes and apartments. It is a great way to actually meet the people we serve.

Please email acts@sfasat.org if you would like to sign up.

2 Sep

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Opened!

Do any of us have speech impediments? A loss of hearing? I can admit to both! In this week’s Gospel, Jesus heals—yes, using spit! He heals a man who does not hear and does not speak. This year, I am thinking about my own speech impediments—what keeps me from speaking and when do I feel muted. At times it is fear! At other times, it is a very real silencing—a dismissal by others of what I have to say or the way in which I say it. These too are impediments to my speech. And as for hearing, there are some times when I just want to say, “I don’t want to hear it!” The hearing often has consequences; I become responsible in some way for what I have heard. At other times, I know how someone needs to hear me say the words, “I hear you!” All three words are emphatically important. We all need and want to be heard. We all need and want to be acknowledged.

Ears to listen and hear, mouths and tongues to speak and advocate!  When we gather each weekend as a community, we come to participate whole-heartedly—with open ears and bold voices. We aren’t mere spectators. We participate. And our participation does not end when we leave the church. That’s when following the Way of Jesus begins anew, just as it did for the disciples in Jesus’ time. When we witness a Baptism, we hear the words “May the Lord soon touch your ears to receive his word, and your mouth to proclaim his faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father” (Rite of Baptism for Children, #65). Perhaps we have forgotten this anointing we all received.

When I listen to the voices of our brothers and sisters in other parts of our city, I hear the inequities. Zoom meetings and virtual learning work for some of us. But if you don’t have access to Internet services, or you get a message like “your Internet connection is unstable”—everyone becomes frustrated. We become muted by a lack of access to technology. In this case, it doesn’t help to say, “Unmute yourself!”

I am more aware of how that declaration “Unmute yourself” isn’t as simple as a keystroke.  In many ways, we are all called to be healers—like Jesus! We have the call to give voice to the voiceless, to hear God’s voice in new ways from unexpected places and persons. We have the call from our Baptism to open our ears to the voices of all our sisters and brothers throughout the world. This weekend let’s ask for healing. Free our mouths to speak words that invite justice, freedom, and healing just as Jesus did. (And we don’t have to use spit!)