By order of the Contra Costa Health Department, public Masses are banned until further notice due to the significant increase in the COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County in the past few days. Therefore the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass will be closed to parishioners - private Mass (no one allowed in the church) as well as the Sunday 1 pm Spanish Mass - private Mass (no one allowed in the church) . Parishioners may attend the Sunday 8 am (Spanish) and 10 am (English) Masses in their car in the rear parking lot. All Masses will continue to be livestreamed via SFA Facebook and available as a recording on SFA YouTube.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses continues until further notice per Bishop Barber. Also, those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 (e.g., those who are sixty-five and older or who have underlying health conditions) are advised to continue staying at home.
After Mass, communion will continue to be given to people who do not attend Mass but drive through the parking lot in their car after Mass (see below).
Drive-Thru Holy Communion Sundays: 9:00 am -10:00 am; 11:00 am -12:00 pm; and from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm
Parish Office is now open.
The Parish Office is now open Monday thru Friday from 9 am until 5 pm; closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 pm. For safety, parishioners will remain outside and will be able to speak with the staff at the window to the left of the office door. Anyone coming to the Parish Office is required to wear a mask per Contra Costa Health Services.
Schedule of Masses:
Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am English outside in the School Quad
Tuesday 7 pm Spanish outside in the School Quad
Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm English - private - no parishioners allowed inside the Church.
Sunday Masses: 8 am Spanish and 10 am English - attend in your car in the rear parking lot.
Sunday 1 pm Spanish - private - no parishioners allowed inside the Church.
To View St Francis of Assisi Facebook Mass videos live or past recordings, click on link below - you do not need a Facebook account to view these videos. When you click on the link, a pop-up comes asking you to sign in or join Facebook. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the pop-up and click “not now.”
Video recordings (no live broadcast) are also available at our St Francis of Assisi YouTube Channel, click on link below
Starting on Tuesday July 14th, the Tuesday 6 pm to 7 pm Confessions will be in School Quad prior to the 7 pm Mass there. Also beginning on Saturday July 18th Confessions will return to the rear parking lot from 4 pm to 5 pm.
St Francis Emergency Food Distribution
Food will be available at St. Francis of Assisi, on a first come, first serve basis: To Be Announced. Please drive into the back parking lot, and circle around the gym, food will be placed in your trunk, to have as little contact as possible, for social distancing purposes.
Emergency Food and Meals Information - click on the links below
Everyone coming in to Church to pray is required to wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Also remember to wash your hands frequently.
PARISH FINANCIALS: Due to the Covid-19 crisis, donations have dropped dramatically. We have a SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALL in what we need to pay the monthly bills, in spite of reducing expenditures everywhere we could and the very difficult and sad decision to reduce our Lay staff.
For those who can afford to, you can still mail in your donations to the church or drop them in the white drop-box outside the Parish Office. Better yet, consider donating electronically via our Faith Direct website at https://membership.faithdirect.net/CA762 - you can also text a donation to us. Text $ amount to 925-204-2211 and follow the link to complete a one-time registration. God Bless You!
Thank you to all who continue to support our parish through your donations.
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SEE THE BULLETIN ON THIS SFA WEBSITE FOR THE WEEKLY SCHOOL REPORT
St. Francis of Assisi School is a private Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Through the 8th grade Catholic school.
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 at 925-682-5414 to schedule a tour and to get information about our academic programs.
You can also visit us on our website at: www.sfaconcord.org
Cathy VanderKlugt, Principal
Questions should be directed to the Parish Office at 925-682-5447.
Our next Senior Luncheon will be Tuesday September 8 at 12:15 PM. All seniors are invited to our luncheons celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from February thru May and September thru December. The luncheon are held in the Pope John Paul II Center and all are welcome. No charge for the luncheon, but donations are accepted.
If there is anyone who would like to be part of this ministry, all helping hands are welcome. Clean up; Prepping the meals; Serving the meals. Cooks will be asked to provide one 9" x 13" pan according to the menu set up for that month. Cookbooks are available. Please contact Marian Morbeto at (925) 6766158
The Family Center/Gym has dining capacity for up to 275 and includes tables and chairs and also room for dancing,
Includes AV system: projector with drop down screen, microphones and set-up.
Clean Air HVAC donated one of the units which would have cost us over $9,800. In addition, in 2018 Clean Air HVAC donated one of the two new heaters/ac units installed at the Parish Office which would have cost us $7,000. This represents significant cost savings for the Parish/School. Our Parish Repairs second collections helped pay for the cost of the other HVAC unit.
We are very grateful for the quality of work done by Clean Air HVAC and their continued support of our School and Parish. We wish to thank Roy Branda, one of the owners of Clean Air HVAC and a parishioner and member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. We highly recommend Clean Air HVAC to our St. Francis of Assisi parishioners and School families.
Meets in the Hospitality Room of the Church on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am. The Registration Fee is $20.00 and it includes a Study Guide. Please register with the Parish Office: (925) 682-5447. Each session includes prayer, reading, discussion and snack! All Are Welcome!
We will continue the study of the Gospel of St. Matthew. This is a perfect time to join us.
0 Mary, you shine always on our way as sign of our safety and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the foot of the Cross bound yourself to the suffering of Jesus, keeping strong in your faith.
O Salvation of God's people, you know what we need and we are sure you will provide it for us just as at Cana of Galilee the joy and feasting could return after that moment of trial.
Mother of Divine Love, help us, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took upon Himself our sufferings and is marked by our sorrows and so, lead us, toward the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
By embracing Rebuild My Church, you are contributing greatly to building up the Kingdom of God here in the East Bay. We are asked to pray for our fellow parishioners, clergy, leadership, and those served by the ministries offered by the Church, and for the success of the 2020 Bishop’s Appeal. All gifts to the Appeal are equally important. As stewards of our faith we are asked to make a sacrificial, proportionate and thoughtful gift. Those who are blessed with more are challenged to give more, but everyone is asked to respond.
Imagine what can be done in the name of our local faith community if every parishioner were inspired by Rebuild My Church and participated in our annual Bishop’s Appeal. While parishes rely on the financial support of parishioners through weekly offertory collections, the diocese also relies on these same parishioners to make possible the many services it provides to literally thousands of individuals each year. Jesus Christ promised us at His Ascension: "I will be with you all days until the end of the ages." If Christ has helped you and your family, if He has been generous to you, will you consider sharing some of the blessings you have received with Christ and His Church?
Thank you for your prayers and gifts!
Most- Needed Food Items: Cheerios, Oatmeal, Rice, Dried Pinto or Black Beans, Masa Mix, Cooking Oil, Apple Juice, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Saltine or Graham Crackers. Other Needs: Diapers Size 5-6, Laundry Soap, Paper Products, etc. School Supplies: We will collect donations of backpacks, binders, paper, pencils, etc., through July and August for the new school year.
WE ARE MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRAYERS, FOOD DONATIONS, AND GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING THIS CRISIS!. Financial and Food Donations can be dropped off at the SVdP Office during regular hours.
We regret that we cannot accept used clothing and other donations– please take them to the SVdP Thrift Store on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.
We are in need of bilingual volunteers interested in helping with home visits to families in crisis. We also need help picking up food orders from the Contra Costa Food Bank on Thursday mornings. Please call Jane (939-5978) for more information.
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.
Food Pantry Hours: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Closed on Tuesday and Thursday. Please call 932-5811 for information or to volunteer.
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