This month we are introducing a new and exciting way for you to support our parish Sunday offertory and second collections: Faith Direct. Faith Direct replaces our current Online Giving program effective September 6th. Faith Direct enables parishioners to make their Church contributions through either direct debit from their checking/savings account or through their credit/debit card. No more writing checks or searching for envelopes on the way out the door. Now you can apply the convenience of direct debit to your parish offerings in much the same way as you may now use it to make your mortgage, car or tuition payments.
All of our second collections during the year are listed in Faith Direct. Faith Direct also offers you personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes for the collection basket.
Please enroll now by responding to the mailing you will soon receive or visit www.faithdirect.net to enroll securely online. Our parish code is CA762. You can also fill out an enrollment form located in the Church Baptistery area and mail it in to Faith Direct or return it to the Parish office and we will mail it for you.
God Bless You!
Fr. Ismael Gutierrez
St Francis of Assisi 10th annual International Festival. MARK YOUR CALENDAR – October 2nd from 12 noon to 6 pm. FREE ADMISSION! Mass starts at 10:30 am in the Church.This is a fantastic family event with wonderful entertainment, tasty food and great fun and games for all ages. Participate in the raffle drawing to win $500, $1000, or up to $2000 in a cash prize. Raffle tickets are available for purchase after each weekend mass: $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 chances to win.
The Parish is looking for new people wanting to be involved at Mass. We are in dire need for more Ushers for the English Masses on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to help in this ministry, we ask you to call the Parish Office and leave your name and phone number so we can reach you. We are mostly in need at Saturday and Sunday at the 5:30PM and the Sunday 7:00 am.
Our next Senior Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at 12:15 PM in the Pope John Paul II Center. Come and join other parishioners for a lovely luncheon and companionship during the summer months too!
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.
Religious Education & Communion Programs: For grade school (Grades 1-6)
Adult Confirmation Program: A program for adults 18+ who have already received Baptism and Communion, but need to be Confirmed.
R.C.I.A.: For people converting to Catholicism, people baptized in another denomination, etc.
Forms to register for all the above programs will be available starting July 18th, 2016 for the upcoming school year.
Volunteer Catechists and Classroom Aides are needed for the upcoming year. Note: all volunteers need to undergo the new Safe Environment Project and be background checked in order to volunteer in the children’s programs.
During this Year of Mercy all the staff at St. Francis of Assisi has offered to pray for all your special needs and intentions. There are index cards in the Baptistry near the Chapel for you to fill our a request for prayers and one of the staff will ensure that your requests are included in the special book on the altar each week.
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!
St. Francis of Assisi’s Teen Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion is a two-year program. To begin this process, you need to be in the 7th –12th Grade in the Fall of 2016. If you have successfully passed our Teen Sacrament Year- One Program, you are eligible for Year -Two to receive the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion. Registration packets will be available in the Parish Office beginning July 18th and completed packets must be turned in anytime up to Thursday, Sep. 22nd when registrations close.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #1934 St. John Baptist de la Salle invites all women to come and join them. CDA is a national Catholic organization dedicated to prayer, good works and the helping of others less fortunate. CDA is an opportunity to engage in spiritual activities, along with helping others. Also, you will make new and dear friends and have fun while enriching your life and others. For more information, contact Pat Fegan at (925) 934-1059 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. They meet on the 2nd Thursdays of the month
If you are interested in becoming a full and active participant in the Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Confirmation, and if you have been baptized and have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, and if you ‘ll be a sophomore, junior, or senior in High School in the fall of 2016, PARENTS & TEENS must attend one of the following Parent and Teen meetings to obtain information and registration materials: Wed. July 20th from 7-8:30 pm in the Youth Room or Mon. Aug. 1st from 7-8:30PM in the Youth Room or Sun. Aug. 21st from 2:30-4PM in the Youth Room or Mon. Aug. 29th from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room or Tues. Sep. 6th from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room. There will not be any Teen Confirmation registration packets available on-line or in the Parish Office, only at the above meetings. Completed registration packets for Teen Confirmation, can be turned in to the Parish Office anytime up to 7:00pm on Wed. Sep. 7th, when registration closes.