Second Collection for Parish Repairs February 24 & 25
Parish Communal Reconciliation Service Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm
PARISH FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Sunday, Feb. 11 = $11,590
Faith Direct eGiving = $3,465
TOTAL = $15,055
Year To Date SHORTFALL = ($12,171)
The parish needs $16,000 weekly just to meet expenses
January Operasting Expenses for Parish = $85,764
Thank you to all who continue to use their envelopes or eGiving to support their parish.
Please mark your calendars for the week of March 19th when St. Francis will again be volunteering at the Martinez Family Homeless Shelter. Sign-Ups will be held at all masses on Mar. 3 &4. Many food, kitchen, household and personal items are needed. We may also have openings for volunteers to serve on teams purchasing food and preparing and serving dinners. For more information, call 827-3619.
The Parish Office will be closed every Tuesday from 11 am to 1:00 pm. this is to allow the staff to hold meetings and their prayer groups
at a set time and date each week. thank you for your understanding.
During this flu season it is important to promote healthy practices for the safety of all. You are reminded that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply to those who are ill. So please stay home if you are sick. We will have hand sanitizer dispensers in the baptistery for those who wish to use them. Until further notice we are eliminating the communal chalice for the reception of the Blood of Christ. Sacred Communion is fully received by participation in one or both species - the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ.
During the Sign of Peace, handshaking and physical contact should be discontinued. A simple nod of your head to your neighbor and wishing them the peace of Christ is sufficent. We pray for the health and recovery of all who are ill with this very serious strain of the flu this year
We say the Rosary each morning at 8:15am just before our 8:30am Mass. All are welcome to come and pray with us. We also have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday evening at 7:30pm in the Chapel. During this month of May - Mary’s month - come and join with others. The world does need our prayers. Everyone is invited!
We are in great need of new Sacristans here at St. Francis of Assisi. Some of the Sacristan duties include assisting the Priest by preparing the Church before Mass and then cleaning the sacred vessels after Mass. Training will be provided. If you are interested in helping in this most important role, please contact the Parish Office or let one of our Priests or Sacristans know you would like to volunteer.
Catholics, ages 14 and over, are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. Individuals between 18 and 59 are also obliged to fast — eat only one full meal — on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Eating two smaller meals is permitted if necessary to maintain strength, but eating between meals is not. These obligations, however, do not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected. Catholics are also encouraged to do penance in other ways, such as prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving, and through works of kindness and compassion.
On Fridays during Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm followed by a simple Soup Supper in the Pope John Paul II Center. All are welcome!
The Parish Communal Reconciliation Service will be on Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm in the Church.
Bishop Barber has made this a major priority in Alameda and Contra Costa County for the protection of our children. There are 1500 homeless children living on the streets on any given night and they are at risk from predatory sex traffickers who target them to be victims in the heinous sex trade right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Catholic Charities of the East Bay is looking for volunteers to serve a mentor in their new programs– Day Star, Mentoring & CSEC Education. For more information, call Joy Thompson at (510) 773-6159 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be selling raffle tickets after masses this weekend. Please support our parish school and buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win a Dell Inspiron touchscreen laptop, $250 Amazon or Visa gift card or $100 Amazon or Visa gift card. Tickets $5 each or 5 for $20.
The parish is also looking for new Ushers at Sunday and Holiday Masses. if interested call the Parish Office at 925-682-5447 and leave your name and phone number.
We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday of the month following the 8:30 am mass until Noon in the Chapel and again from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All are invited.
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal has begun. The Theme this year is “Lighting the Way”. Starting March 4th, there will be envelopes in the Church for your pledge or donation which should be made directly to the Diocese of Oakland with checks made out to "Bishop's Appeal". This helps support vital diocesan ministries and services provided by the Bishop’s Appeal. Consider a gift or pledge proportional to your means. Your gift makes a difference!
Our next Senior Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th at Noon in the John Paul II Center. All seniors are welcome. Come and join other parishioners for a lovely luncheon and companionship!
Thank you for your generous support for the SVdP Food Pantry at St. Francis — during the holidays, and throughout the year! May God bless all who help us care for those in need in our community!
Most Needed Food Items Every Month: (donation baskets are on the altar stairs) Apple or Grape Juice, Cheerios, Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup. Canned Corn, Tuna or Meats, Saltine or Graham Crackers, Cooking Oil, Rice, Dried Pinto Beans, or any non-perishable, non-expired items you wish to donate. We continue to need, and very much appreciate paper grocery bag donations.
Food Pantry Hours: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Closed on Tuesday and Thursday.
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