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3 Feb

Blessing of Throats

We will have the blessing of throats after all Masses February 3-5 to commemorate St. Blase, bishop and martyr. According to tradition, a mother came to Blase with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blase’s command, the boy coughed up the bone and survived. On St. Blase’s feast day, we take two candles, cross them against the throat, and pray for his intercession.

10 Aug

Volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope

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. 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.

Please email acts@sfasat.org if you are interested in participating.

Date Time Job
February 7 10 am-1 pm St. Stephen’s
February 15 3-7 pm Haven for Hope
February 22 8:30-11:30 am Food Bank Curbside
February 27 1:30-4 pm Food Bank Kitchen

SAFB Community Kitchen:
This program prepares breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks for schools and partner agencies. Volunteers will receive a briefing on the day’s meals to be prepared and assist with portion control and proper storage to be delivered to schools. Volunteers will also assist with general kitchen cleanup duties as requested by the Executive Chef.

Warehouse Sorting and Packing:
Groups and individuals work together to sort and/or pack produce, non-perishable foods, and household items, preparing them for distribution. Duties may include checking for expiration dates, opened packages and spoilage, labeling cans, and packing bags of food or household items. Other duties may include general cleaning of the area, breaking down boxes, etc.

Curbside Pickup:
This program loads carts of food into family vehicles. Duties include product sorting and building of carts, distribution of product builds into vehicles as families arrive, cleanup throughout the duration of shift.

Haven for Hope Community Kitchen:

Volunteers assist with the preparation and serving of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals for residents of Haven for Hope. Other kitchen duties include, but are not limited to: all aspects of kitchen clean up; dishwashing, sweeping, and mopping. Volunteers will also greet the residents as they arrive for their meals. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. An adult must accompany all volunteers between 15 and 17 years of age. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to allow time for security check-in. A state-issued Photo ID is required for all volunteers.

St. Stephen’s CARE Center:

A food pantry and clothing closet located on 2127 S Zarzamora St. Operated under the auspices of Catholic Charities. Clients browse through pantry shelves to pick the items of food that they need for their families. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. An adult must accompany all volunteers between 15 and 17 years of age.

Our inaugural curbside pickup team

21 Feb

Mardi Gras Family Night

We invite everyone to our Mardi Gras Family Night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 21 in Henke Hall. Enjoy fellowship with our parish community and a free bowl of red beans and rice. We will also have crafts for the children. Let’s celebrate together before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent!

If you would like to contribute to this parish event, please click the button below to sign up to bring a dessert or soda. We ask that you deliver your dessert or beverage to Henke Hall by 5:30 pm. Thank you!

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A Mardi Gras Prayer

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28 Jan

Catechism, Coffee & Discussion

We are forming a new group called Catechism, Coffee & Discussion (CCD). This group will listen to and discuss The Catechism in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz. We will be meeting at 10 am on Saturday mornings starting on January 28 in the St. Anthony Room on the first floor of the San Damiano Building.

Can’t make it every week? Come when you can; you are always welcome!

Didn’t have time to listen to the podcast episode? We listen together and then discuss.

Have questions about our faith? Learn about the richness of Catholicism with us!

Want to meet new people? Enjoy fellowship over a cup of coffee!

It’s been said that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the second most important book in our faith after the Bible. The Catechism contains the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith in a complete and summary way. It presents what Catholics throughout the world believe in common. It presents these truths in a way that facilitates their understanding. The Catechism presents Catholic doctrine within the context of the Church’s history and tradition. Frequent references to Sacred Scripture, the writings of the Church Fathers, the lives and writings of the saints, conciliar and papal documents and liturgical texts enrich the Catechism in a way that is both inviting and challenging. You can find FAQs about the Catechism at https://www.usccb.org/committees/subcommittee-catechism/faq-about-catechism.

We hope you will join our St. Francis Catechism, Coffee & Discussion group to grow in our understanding of our faith with us! If you have any questions, please contact Larry Perry or Mollie Wendel.

9 Oct

Spring 2023 Adult Faith Formation Registration

Our Spring 2023 Adult Faith Formation begins on Sunday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 24. We will be studying Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist by Ronald Rolheiser.

From the author of the bestselling The Holy Longing comes a book about the central expression of faith for hundreds of millions of Christians, the Eucharist.

More so than anything else, the Eucharist is what anchors many peoples’ life, prayer, and ultimately the way they live their lives. In this deeply personal book, Father Ronald Rolheiser delves into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition, drawing upon the insights of various scripture scholars, theologians, and Church teachings. With personal warmth and great insight, he reflects on his own particular Roman Catholic upbringing and the centrality that the Eucharist has within that tradition. At the same time, he looks at other denominations’ traditions around the Eucharist. Our One Great Act of Fidelity is an investigation into the ways people secure their faith and belief and discover true intimacy with God and each other. Ultimately, however, it is a spiritual and a personal statement of how Ronald Rolheiser understands the Eucharist and why he celebrates it every day.

We meet on Sundays from 10 am to 11 am in the JP II Room. We meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Emmaus Room. You are welcome to join us in person or online via Zoom.

We have a limited number of copies of the book available for purchase for $12 in the parish office, first come, first served. The book is available on Amazon.

Please contact Larry Perry at lperry@sfasat.org if you have any questions.

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.

Register Here

 

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Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Tuesday 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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28 Jan

2023 Archbishop’s Appeal for Ministries

Through our baptism, we, disciples of Christ, understand that our vocation is to follow and imitate HIM, who calls us by name. As Christ’s beloved disciples, we are trusted to share HIS love and words with the world. Everything we have is trusted to us to share, so the world knows we are Christians by our love and service.

We, disciples, are invited to be food for others, as Jesus is in the Eucharist. By sharing our Time, Talent, and Treasure, we witness the spiritual nourishment of the Eucharist.

This year’s Archbishop’s Appeal for Ministries invitations to participate will arrive in the mail in a few weeks. Please, check your mail and look for this letter from the Archdiocese. Discern in prayer with your family your participation in this year’s appeal. Our parish goal is full participation. Any gift, any amount will make a difference in somebody’s life.

Gifts can be given online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal. Please make sure to indicate that you are giving from St. Francis of Assisi San Antonio.

May our participation in the Holy Eucharist continue to send us forth to serve those near and far.

A través de nuestro bautismo, nosotros, discípulos de Cristo, entendemos que nuestra vocación es seguir e imitar a EL, quien nos llama por nuestro nombre. Como discípulos de Cristo, se nos confía compartir SU palabra y amor con el mundo. Se nos invita a compartir y servir, dando así testimonio de que somos cristianos.

Nosotros, discípulos, estamos invitados a ser alimento para los demás, como lo es Jesús en la Eucaristía. Al compartir nuestro Tiempo, Talento y Tesoro, somos testigos del alimento espiritual que es la Eucaristía. “El recibir la Eucaristía, nos lanza a servir,” es el tema de la Campaña del Arzobispo para los Ministerios.

La invitación para participa en la Campaña del Arzobispo para Ministros de este año llegarán por correo pronto a su casa. Por favor, este atento y busque esta carta de la Arquidiócesis. Discierna en oración y en familia su participación. Nuestra meta parroquial para esta campaña sigue siendo la completa participación de todos los miembros de nuestra parroquia.

 

16 Aug

Download Our Parish App!

Our St. Francis of Assisi app is available to download for Apple and Android smartphones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, quick access to online giving, Mass and Reconciliation reminders, easy access to our weekly bulletin and homilies, as well as additional features like prayers, saint of the day, and much more. Download our app today at www.myparishapp.com, text App to 55321, or search your phone’s app store for myParish.

For an app download guide, please click here.

We hope for our app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Francis and better engaging the New Evangelization.

26 Mar

Online Giving

St. Francis of Assisi depends on the parishioner support and generosity of the weekend offertory contributions. Your continued financial support is needed for the financial obligations of the Church. You can continue to support the Church by mailing in your contributions, by making an online contribution, or by clicking the “Giving” button in our parish app. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

 

If you have not set up online giving with us, you can also use this alternative online giving link from the Archdiocese of San Antonio. All proceeds will come to our parish. Please be sure to select St. Francis of Assisi – SA – San Antonio.

 

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