St. Francis 2017
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Mt 5:5)
Lenten Almsgiving for INDIA
Each week through bulletin articles we learn about the great work done by the Diocese of Kottapuram, India. Through this project our parish is supporting the small business loans for family owned businesses. Please return your cash and/or check contributions Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Join a SMALL GROUP this Lent
This Lent, we will be reading My Other Self: Conversation with Christ on Living Your Faith by Clarence Enzler.
My Other Self, explores the meaning of the Christian life: detachment, virtue, prayer, avoidance of sin, and the Eucharist. Small Groups meet on different days and times, choose one that works best for your schedule.
Lenten Evening Prayer on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Church:
March 2 Taize Prayer with Benediction
March 9 Byzantine Rite Prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos)
March 16 Byzantine Rite Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts (Vespers with Communion)
March 23 Taize Prayer with Benediction
March 30 Evening Prayer with Benediction
April 6 Communal Penance Service
Fridays, March 3 – April 7. Engage in conversation on the Mercy Scriptures over breakfast on Friday mornings during Lent by a different speaker each week. Begin your Lenten Fridays with Mass at 8:15 am followed by talk at 9:15 am. Learn more and sign up to attend. Or, Sign-up to volunteer hospitality and food.
Friday Stations of the Cross
in English at 7 pm;
in Spanish at 8 pm, preceded by talks at 7 pm in the Chapel by Dr. Lopez around the theme: “Conversion” (childcare available in Nursery).
Lenten Fish Dinners
Every Friday, March 3 – April 7, anytime between 5-7:30 pm in the Parish Activities Center. Cost: Adults $10.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Kids (6-11) $5.00, Free for age 5 and under. Takeout available! Dinner includes: Fried cod, baked tilapia, homemade macaroni & cheese, sautéed green bean, roasted red potatoes or French fries, roll with butter, full salad bar, lemonade, punch, tea or coffee. Kids menu: Fish sticks, homemade macaroni and cheese , grilled cheese sandwiches, French fries, carrots and ranch, fruit cup, punch and lemonade. We also need your help serving! Sign-up to help.
Food Drive during Lent: March 11-19.
Food & groceries are needed for those who use the food pantries in our area. Please help us distribute the empty bags with the shopping list after a Mass on the first weekend. Then, help deliver the grocery bags Sunday, March 19. Sign-up to help.
Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the P.A.C. All are invited to come listen to Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet, authors of Divine Mercy for Moms, as they share the message of Divine Mercy and the practical application for today’s moms. Come learn from their personal testimonies as Catholic mothers, how to say ‘yes’ to God and bring mercy into our own families. SIGN UP HERE
Consistent Life Ethic
Join us Thursday, March 16, 2017,
7 pm in the Parish Activities Center (PAC), our speaker, Aimee Christine Murphy, of Life Matters Journal, will help advance our parish Consistent Life Ethic Project to highlight the pro-life issues at every stage of human life. Learn more…
Men’s Ministry: Learning to be faithful men, husbands, and fathers through the example of St. Joseph
Sunday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. Join us on the feast of St. Joseph for dinner and fellowship. St. Joseph is the guardian of the Holy Family and the Church. We will discuss how we can learn to be faithful men, husbands, and fathers through the example of St. Joseph. SIGN UP HERE
Eucharistic Holy Hour & Rose Procession
Saturday, March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation!
9:15 am Holy Mass; 10 am Holy Hour and Eucharistic Adoration; 11 am Rose Procession to Planned Parenthood. As part of the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign, join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour in the church and a Rose Procession to Planned Parenthood. Learn more…
Prodigal Son (and Daughter):
The Role of Women (and Men) in the Church
Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Activities Center (PAC). Sign-up here.
SPIRITUALLY INTERACTIVE with Fr. Shaun Lowery
Tuesday, March 28, at 10 am in the St. Francis Parish Activities Center (PAC), with meal and talk. Prepare yourself by writing down 1-2 questions to ask Fr. Shaun. (It’s Fr. Shaun’s birthday-eve.) Organized by Seniors @ St. Francis. Please RSVP & sign-up.
Coffee & Chat with a Priest and maybe confession:
Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center (PAC). Are you Catholic and been thinking of returning to the Church again? Or maybe its just been awhile since you experienced the Lord’s kindness and mercy in the sacrament? Maybe there are things that you would just like to chat about with a priest? Stuff from the past or present that you would like to get off your chest? If so, then come and have a cup of coffee and maybe use the opportunity to chat with a priest. Remember no wrong is greater than the Lord’s love for you! Help as a Greeter During our All-Day Confessions.
Pilgrimage: Our Lady of Guadalupe
For two days April 4th – 5th, join our family pilgrimage, with Fr. James Conlon, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near Chicago, in Des Plaines, Illinois. Our pilgrimage is bilingual (Spanish and English) and will include visits to other spiritual sites. Pilgrimages are times of prayer, shared experiences, reflections and retreat which focus our attention on “the one thing that is necessary (Luke 10:42).”
Communal Penance Service
Thursday April 6, 7 pm to 8 pm