Some people have questions about the Catholic Faith and the priests here at St. Francis of Assisi have offered to answer these questions.
Q: “WHAT IS THE HISTORICAL/RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ADVENT WREATH? WHY IS A PINK CANDLE INCLUDED?”
A: The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus which means ‘the coming’ or ‘arrival’. It consists of a wreath of evergreen, shaped in a perfect circle, which represents the eternity of God and His unending love for us. It also symbolizes eternal life which is ours through faith in Jesus Christ. The wreath started in Germany in the time of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther back in the 16th century. However, it did not become popular until the 19th.century. One candle each week focuses on one of the four virtues that Jesus brings to us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. First Candle: (purple): The Prophecy Candle – The Candle of Hope (Romans 15: 12-13). Second Candle (purple): The Bethlehem Candle – The Candle of Preparation (Lk. 3: 4-6). Third Candle (pink): The Shepherd Candle – The Candle of Joy (Lk. 2: 7-15). Fourth Candle (purple): The Angel Candle – The Candle of Love (Jn 3: 16-17). Fifth Candle (white): The Christ Candle (Not all churches use a white candle; when used it means the purity of Christ, and is lit on Christmas Eve). Symbolism: The color violet (purple) means a time of penance, sacrifice, and waiting. The color pink is used on Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin “to rejoice.” Each of the four weeks of Advent represents 1,000 years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Even until the birth of our Savior. We go from darkness to light: the Advent wreath and its prayers provide a way to prepare for Christmas and to remain vigilant, and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and at 5 am is Mananita and Mass times are 6 am (Spanish), 8:30 am, 4:30 pm (Spanish) and 7 pm (Spanish).
St. Francis of Assisi School invites the Parish Community to join them on Saturday morning, December 17th for their “Breakfast with Santa”. The Family Center/Gym will be open from 8-11 am for a pancake breakfast. Santa will be there for pictures – bring your cameras and cell phones. There will be a raffle, craft stations and cookie decorating as well as lots of holiday cheer. Tickets are $40 per family (up to six members with $5.00 for each added); $20 for a single ticket; children under 4 years are free. Tickets are on sale at the School office (682-5414). Tickets will be available at the door. Come and share the holiday fun!
The Parish is now accepting requests for Fund Raisers for our new AV/Sound System for the Family Center/Gym from your groups for the 2016 - 2017 Season. If you or your group wants to request an evening or afternoon to host a fund raiser, please call the Parish Office and send in your request to the Attention of the Facility Manager as soon as possible.
Our next Senior Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at Noon in the Pope John Paul II Center. All seniors are welcome. Come and join other parishioners for a lovely luncheon and companionship!
Most-Needed Food Items Every Month: Spaghetti Sauce, Apple Juice, Cheerios, Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup, Canned Tuna or Meats, Canned Corn, Saltine or Graham Crackers, Cooking Oil, Rice, Dried Pinto Beans.
New Food Pantry Hours: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Closed on Tuesday and Thursday. Thank you for your support!
Construction is now underway to install a new traffic signal at Oak Grove and Smith Lane. The construction will be ongoing over the next few months on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Please be careful when entering and exiting our parking lots