Dear St Francis of Assisi Parishioners - Peace and greetings from Dodoma! I hope this finds you all well. Today we had the Bishop celebrate the mass for children at St. Ignatius School - in honour of St. Ignatius. We prayed for all of you and thanked God for your generosity and continuous support to our poor children at the school. May the good Lord continue to bless you all! We have mass tomorrow in the Parish church - for the same feast, and later we shall be in the outstation where we have built a small church, and the outstation is under the guardianship of St. Ignatius. We shall again be praying for all of you. Receive our heartfelt gratitude for the $6,035 we received in support for our students at St. Ignatius Prep and Primary School. My prayers and best wishes! Blessings. Fr. Luyembe Sossy, S.J., Airport Parish, P.O. Box 1079, Dodoma - Tanzania
The Diocese of Oakland, in partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the Alameda District Attorney's Office, will partner to open a Safe House for minors (11-17) who have been sexually trafficked. The Bay Area is a nationwide hub for Human Trafficking, and these children are the most victimized and vulnerable. Together, we can bring healing, hope and dignity to their lives. In conjunction with the opening of the Safe House, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the Office of Life and Justice will coordinate a campaign to build awareness and mobilize action in all 84 parishes. If you would like to assist with this work please contact Steve Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cristina Hernandez at email@example.com.
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, September 13th 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.
The St. Vincent de Paul Ministry is again planning to collect SCHOOL SUPPLIES for needy families for the up coming school year. Stores begin advertising sales on supplies in AUGUST (Big Lots, Rite Aid, dollar Tree, etc.) on backpacks, hard cover binders, paper, pencils/pens, crayons/color pencils, etc. If you would like to help with this project, please bring all your donation to the church baskets or the food pantry during regular office hours. Thank you.
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.