To see the Holy Week Schedule click on this link: 2019 Holy Week Schedule
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday April 22nd.
PARISH FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Sunday Collections April 7 = $10,439
Faith Direct eGiving = $4,170
Total Donations = $14,609
The parish needs $16,000 weekly just to meet expenses
Year To Date SHORTFALL = ($6,875)
January - March Expenses for Parish = $326,170Thank you to all who continue to support our parish through your donations.
To see the Report to the Parish on 2018 Results click on this link: Report to the Parish on 2018 Results
The 2019 Bishop's Appeal continues. You will find envelopes in the baptistery area of the Church that can be used to make a one time donation or a pledge. Mail your envelope to the Diocese of Oakland or drop it in the collection basket. The goal established by the Diocese for St. Francis of Assisi this year is $47,700.
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Our value-centered academic programs empower students to be faith - filled people, lifelong learners and problem solvers and globally responsible citizens.
Please feel free to call the school office to schedule to tour and to get additional information about the events above or any of our academic programs.
Peace & Blessings,
Mrs. Patti Calton
Interim Principal, 925-682-5414, www.sfaconcord.org
We will have Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7 PM followed by a Soup Supper at the Pope John Paul II Center
We will have a Holy Week Visiting Speaker Series at 7PM in the Main Church on Monday, April 15th with Christine Watkins –Topic “The Virgin Mary, Miracles and Conversion., Tuesday, April 16th with Michael McDevitt– Topic “The Unseen Power of Prayer: A Catholic Perspective” and Wednesday, April 17th with Nathan Cho – Topic “Devotions and the Mass-What Can we Do To Revitalize Our Spiritual Life?” All programs will be in English and at the same time we will have other programs in Spanish in the Family Center/Gym. We hope that many will come to hear these Lenten Spiritual Messages.
Questions should be addressed to one of the following:
Religious Education in Spanish for children and adults: Scarlett Salaverria (925) 375-1066 or Scarlett@sfaconcord.org
Religious Education in English for children and adults: Nathan Cho (925) 375-1067 or Nathan@sfaconcord.org
Youth Ministry and Teen Sacraments: Kathy De Lemos (925) 375-1057 or Youth@Sfaconcord.org
We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday of the month following the 8:30 am mass until Noon in the Chapel and again from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All are invited.
Our next Senior Luncheon will be on Tuesday, May 14th. All seniors are invited to our luncheons celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from February thru May and September thru December
The Senior Luncheon is still looking for people to help with this ministry. If you could set up or clean up, or even prepare a meal or two, then please contact Marian Morbeto at (925) 6766158
February 18, 2019
Dear parishioners and friends of the Oakland Diocese,
With a heavy heart, I am publishing the names of 20 diocesan priests, 22 religious order priests, deacons and brothers and three priests from other dioceses who have worked in the Diocese of Oakland and have had credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors. The only acceptable number is “zero.” However, there are right now more than 120 faithful, active and dedicated priests serving our 500,000 Catholics in our two-county diocese. We are on duty daily to serve you.
There has been no credible incident of abuse of a minor by a priest or deacon of the Diocese of Oakland since 1988. I can assure that today, no priest or deacon who is in active ministry in the Diocese of Oakland has a credible allegation of abuse of a minor.
My first reaction in seeing the list of names of priests who have abused, is one of deep shame. These are monstrous crimes, committed by priests who are supposed to model virtue and grace, not sin and harm. By publishing this list, I am making an “Act of Contrition” on behalf of my Church.
I promised to publish a list, not to reopen the wounds of survivors, but to declare, “We have nothing to hide.” It is a “living list,” and will be updated as needed.
I hope this will help bring healing to those who have suffered. I renew our offer of counseling, therapy, support and outreach to survivors. The Diocese has worked with survivors of sexual abuse since the 1990s. In 2008, a healing garden was dedicated by Bishop Allen Vigneron on a plaza of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
I have met with survivors personally. I have seen and heard their pain. I have witnessed the damage abusers have committed. A priest is supposed to be a man who leads people to God. But, like some physicians who use their skills to take away life through abortion or assisted suicide, so some priests have used their position of trust to take away faith and destroy a child’s innocence. This is so very wrong.
At the heart of this is SIN. Sin is real. It is a moral calamity. We as a Church, and as priests, need to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. We need to listen to Him, not the Evil One. Sin is not the last word. We believe in Christ’s power to heal.
I pray the public acknowledgement of the sinful actions on the part of some priests will help many of us to find healing and hope, to restore our trust in the Church, and to repair the damage caused to the reputation of so many good priests. The needs of victims and survivors, and the protection of children and vulnerable adults is our first priority.
The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of OaklandRead more...
Anyone with information concerning an allegation of sexual misconduct by a clergy member or any diocesan employee should contact the local authority, i.e. police or sheriff department and the chancellor for the Diocese of Oakland, Stephen Wilcox on 510-267-8334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 10 years ago, the Diocese of Oakland implemented a “Safe Environment” policy and program to protect our children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse by anyone working or volunteering at our churches or schools. The program requires an FBI background check via finger printing of any person, clergy or staff or volunteers, who work directly with children here at St. Francis of Assisi Church and School. In addition, all volunteers and ministry members are required to take an online sexual abuse awareness class at the www.Virtus.org website every 3 years. This website is now being used by many Dioceses throughout the united States and provides a regional and national database. In addition, a Megan’s Law check is run every year to ensure that none of our St. Francis of Assisi clergy or staff or volunteers are recently convicted sex offenders. Bishop Barber has made it clear that he has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse of minors on the part of anyone who serves the church.
This Lent, you can help our parish save money, provide consistent support for our Church and simplify your giving by eliminating Church envelopes, and embracing eGiving through Faith Direct. We have a program for electronic offertory donations called Faith Direct. This program has already had a positive impact on our Sunday collection. I am hopeful that you will join other parishioners and sign up for this service. There is no charge for you to use Faith Direct.
To enroll in the program, pick up a Faith Direct enrollment form in the Baptistery area of the Church or in the Parish Office. You can also call Faith Direct at 866-5078757 (toll-free) or visit www.faithdirect.net and use our parish code of CA762. You can also access Faith Direct from links on our Church website at www.sfaconcord.com
As I pray for you every day, I ask you to give my Lenten challenge prayerful consideration.
Fast! Pray! Give up your Envelopes! May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly during this Lenten season.
Fr. Ismael Gutierrez - Pastor
Your facilitators are Barbara Lassen, MS and Carmen Scholl, RN,MTS. Our time in class will be spent reading, reflection, praying, and studying with our own Bibles. Different translations of the Bible are welcome. Published resources to enhance our experience are available.
The Parish is planning on purchasing new chairs to replace our broken chairs. The chairs are used for meetings and events throughout our parish facilities. We are asking for a donation of $30 per chair to offset the cost of purchasing these new chairs. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please stop by the Parish Office. You can donate in the name of your family or in memory of a loved one and that information will be placed on a label attached the chair.to the chair.
The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday Is April 28, 2019. We will have a Special Bilingual Mass at 3 pm beginning with the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. A short fellowship will be held at the Pope John II Center. Everyone is welcome to bring food to share. For more information on this, call Krystyna at (925) 357-8444 or Gloria at (925) 848-6227.Divine Mercy Sunday Plenary Indulgence: I. The usual conditions for every plenary indulgence: - sacramental confession [according to previously issued norms, within abut 20 days before or after] - Eucharistic communion [according to previously issued norms, preferably on the day, or the days before or after] - prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff [certain prayers are not specified] II. The specific conditions for this Indulgence On Divine Mercy Sunday: in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy or, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!") Partial Indulgence: A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation. [e.g. Jesus I trust in You. My Jesus mercy. or any other approved invocation]
We provided an emergency supply of food for 77 families (348 individuals) in February. Special Assistance (utility, rent, etc.) was provided for one family
St. Francis Church has four “second collections” each year for the SVdP Ministry. You can also make or send a donation anytime to SVdP here at our Church. We are most grateful for your continued and very generous support. The next church collection for SVdP is scheduled for Feb. 17th. Please be generous
Food Pantry Hours: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Closed on Tuesday and Thursday.
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