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.
In 2021, St. Francis parishioners participated in a total of 36 San Antonio Food Bank volunteer sessions. Working with other volunteers present during those sessions, we created over 100,000 meals for the San Antonio community.
We are happy to announce that we will continue this program in 2022. Please find a listing of sessions below. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in participating in one of these sessions.
|July 6||5:30-8 pm||Warehouse Sorting|
|July 11||1:30-4 pm||Community Kitchen|
|July 20||5:30-8 pm||Warehouse Sorting|
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.
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.
Our inaugural curbside pickup team
It’s that time again! The Men’s Club’s quarterly BBQ Chicken & Sausage Sale returns on Sunday, July 17. Chicken is $9 and sausage is $6 for a perfect $15 meal deal. Please place your order in advance here by Sunday, July 10. Please make sure that you receive an email receipt confirming your order after you place it. You will pick up your food outside the front entrance of the church between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.
If you have not tried this BBQ before, you have to taste this juicy, flavorful staple of the Men’s Club. Our Men’s Club works hard for a full 24 hours before the sale. To prepare to feed our parish family, they fire up the BBQ pits very early on Sunday morning. Check out the video below to see just a brief preview of all that is involved. Thanks to parishioner Jeff Stamets who produced and edited this video.
To learn more information about the Men’s Club, or to join, please click here: Men’s Club
ACTS Core invites you to spend one hour in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In July, Holy Hour will take place on July 8, not on the usual first Friday of the month. Please join us!
“Retirarme de las criaturas y reposar con Jesús en el Sagrario es mi delicia; allí puedo esconderme y buscar descanso. Allí encuentro una vida que no puedo describir, un gozo que no puedo hacer comprender, una paz como la que se encuentra sólo bajo el techo hospitalario de nuestro mejor Amigo”. -St. Ignacio
Únase a nosotros para una hora de Adoración el viernes 8 de julio de 2022, de 7 pm a 8 pm.
Have you ever wondered what the disciples of Jesus were like in their real lives? Maybe you have felt unworthy to be called a disciple. We will be discussing these issues and more in our weekly summer sessions when we view the television series The Chosen. The series depicts Jesus’ ministry and calling of His disciples by providing (fictional) backgrounds for these all-too-human people. The accompanying devotional/study guide will be provided. Our summer sessions will run from June-August at 9 am on Wednesdays in the JP II Room on the second floor of the San Damiano Building (excluding June 14).
Please contact Lorraine Bedingfield for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.380.8939.
Spring Perennials slowed down and overcrowded? Now is a good time to dig them up, separate them and replant. Pot the excess and donate these to the Plant Booth at the Parish Festival! For more information, please call Ida or Bruce Kujawski at 210-493-0571.
The popular Wine Pull is returning at this year’s Parish Festival! The way it works is you buy a ticket and are guaranteed a bottle of wine with a value of at least $20, and many bottles are worth much more than that! Ticket purchasers are also entered into a drawing for much more expensive “prize” wines.
We are now accepting donations of wines. Whites, reds, champagnes, blends, and blushes are all welcome! The only requirement is that the donated bottle of wine must have a retail value of at least $20 per bottle. Please contact Mike Ezzell at 210.445.8813 or at email@example.com to arrange a time to pick up the wine from you. Thank you for your support!
The 19th Annual St. Francis of Assisi Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for another 1-day event on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 9 am-6:30 pm at St. Francis. This will be the last Holiday Bazaar that Nita, Anne Marie, and Wendy will chair. We are asking for a St. Francis parishioner who is interested in learning the process to walk with us as we put together all the details for this upcoming November 2022 event. Anyone interested in continuing to bring this great event to fruition is encouraged to contact Nita at 210.275.7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Archbishop Gustavo and Father Tony Vilano, we invite you and your family to participate in this year’s Archbishop’s Appeal for Shared Ministries by offering a sacrificial gift. Our theme for this year’s Appeal is Our Journey Together.
What is our Archbishop’s Appeal for Shared Ministries? It is the transformative love that is so critical to the life of our local church. It is the ministry shared between St. Francis of Assisi and the Archdiocese of San Antonio, between Father Tony and Archbishop Gustavo. It is a compassionate love for those most in need.
Let us journey together to financially support the formation of priests and deacons who will serve our parish soon. Your financial support helps prepare lay leaders to serve as catechists, chaplains, and lectors. It offers a Catholic education to families in need. It broadcasts televised Masses and helps expand our reach through other digital media. Your financial support to this Appeal will share Christ’s love as it feeds, clothes, shelters, and cares for the most vulnerable. All these shared ministries, our ministries support our neighbors in need and further the mission of the Catholic Church.
Our parish goal is full participation. To accomplish this, we need your support. Every family should participate by making a gift to this appeal. Any gift, any amount will make a difference in somebody’s life.
Please pray and find it in your heart to make a sacrificial gift to this year’s Appeal. Gifts can be given online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal, by using text-to-give 210.750.6712 keyword APPEAL, or with the Appeal envelope that we will have available in the church. All of these ways of giving to the Appeal are safe and fast. Please make sure to indicate that you are giving from St. Francis of Assisi San Antonio. Thank you and may God bless you for your willingness to share your prayers and financial support to this Appeal.
St. Francis is now on AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our parish every time you shop online at no extra cost to you! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the same selection and convenient shopping experience as the regular amazon.com website. The bonus with AmazonSmile is Amazon donates a portion of your purchase price on eligible items to St. Francis. You can use your same Amazon account on AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, registries, and other account settings are the same.
Once you log in to AmazonSmile, it will ask you to pick your charity. You can also use the direct link for St. Francis, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2146308.
To change your charitable organization if you already use AmazonSmile:
-Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
-From your desktop, go to Your Account and select Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
-Select a new charitable organization to support.
Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.
Acompañanos todos los Lunes a las 6:30 pm a rezar por nuestros hijos; papás, mamás, abuelos, tios, padrinos todos son bienvenidos. Iniciaremos con una pequeña reflexión seguida por el rezo del Santo Rosario. Favor de mandar un correo con tus datos a email@example.com para registrarte y recibir información de la junta presencial y/o Zoom.