which embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ to foster Spiritual growth.
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Treasures From Our Tradition
Today is an exceptional event on our calendar:
the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time is
eclipsed by a solemnity honoring two saints who didn't spend much time together in their earthly ministry, and who have distinct feasts so they probably don't mind sharing this one. Yet each suffered a similar fate in the same city, Rome, during the persecution of the Emperor Nero. Nero probably ordered the destruction of many of the residential neighborhoods in service to his building projects, and when the homeless began to look for someone to blame for the fires, Nero targeted the Christians. Soon, Peter was crucified, upside down, on the Vatican hill. Excavations (called scavi) under the Vatican basilica have proven the authenticity of his burial place near the place of his death. Paul, a Roman citizen, was later granted a swifter execution by sword, and is remembered at a vast basilica on the city's outskirts.
Peter and Paul were just about polar opposites. Peter rough and ready, Paul poetic and
polished. Peter carried a burden of regret for his denials, Paul had his own issues with which he struggled. Peter leapt over barriers to go to the Gentiles, Paul strove with and surrendered to the same call. True, they spent very little time together in this life, but the same Spirit filled their hearts and by their witness changed the face of the earth.
—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
Looking For Help!
Last Thanksgiving was a time of family, friends and
lots of good things to eat...but not for everyone.
Right here in our community there were people who
had no one to be with, nowhere to go and no Thanksgiving
We would like to make sure everyone here at
St. Francis has the companionship and traditional Thanksgiving meal that most of us take for granted by providing a FREE Thanksgiving dinner for those who are alone or in need. Our goal is to make that happen this year if possible, but if not, certainly next year. However, we need help from people who have the knowledge and experience to organize a Thanksgiving meal for possibly 100+ people. We need volunteers to form some committees to start the planning and organizing of such an event.
If you are willing to help, please call Janice Mazibrook at (510) 853-9458 any time after 5:00PM. Based on the support we have by this April 15th, we will make a decision as to whether to move forward.
Annual Bishop's Appeal - 2014
"Set the World on Fire" St. Ignatius' Prayer for Generosity Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as your deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will .AMEN The Annual Bishop's Appeal began last Sunday. The total budget for the Diocese of Oakland in 2014 is approximately $17 million, and of that the budget for diocesan- wide ministries and services is roughly $7 million. While income is generated to support the budget through parish assessments, rent collection on property, service fees and interest on the diocesan investment, the income does not full meet the budgetary needs for providing all diocesan level ministries, programs and services.
Through liturgical gatherings, faith formation, and the grace of the Holy Spirit, we confidently live out the Gospel message
in service to the community and to the Diocese of Oakland.