MASS SCHEDULE - this weekend (Sunday, Jan 17, 2021)
• 7:30am – Mass on patio in the courtyard of the Parish Center Terrace.
PLEASE NOTE: Social Distancing will be observed. Masks required. Limited seating.
• 9:30am – A Drive In Mass - in the parking lot behind the church
Use the 26th Street gate entrance and follow directions. The Altar will be placed under the Brunsman Hall overhang. Communion will be provided during the Mass.
• WEEKDAY MASS - Monday - Wednesday - Friday - at 12:10 outside, on patio in the courtyard of the Parish Center Terrace. Communion will be provided during Masses. PLEASE NOTE: Social Distancing will be observed. Masks required. Limited seating.
FROM THE FINANCE COUNCIL
Fr. Des and the parish Finance Council are so grateful for the donations that have been offered that enable our parish to continue to operate in spite of Covid-19 restrictions. Thank you for your donations that continue to be delivered to the parish and are counted weekly. Thus far, our offertory (stewardship) donations for this fiscal year (July through Nov.) total $58,865 and are 32% lower than the same months of 2019. Outreach donations total $937 and the Building Fund has received $2,055. It must be noted that our parish continues operating in spite of having spent $83,253.13 more than our income, thus far. Please be aware that all staff and volunteers are conscientiously working to eliminate all unnecessary expenditures. Again, thank you for keeping St. Francis Parish as part of your monthly stewardship responsibilities.
Year-end ONE TIME donations (labeled as "one time" or "for C of Sh") will be gratefully accepted as part of our 2020 Covenant of Sharing. Note that 100% of your one-time donation will be used for St. Francis Parish operations.
Save the date: March 27, 2021 for our first-ever VIRTUAL combined Gala!
St. Francis Parish and Elementary School
are joining forces in celebration of the school’s 125th Anniversary.
Do you have items to donate for the live/silent auctions or raffle? Contact Gala chair Clayton Whitehead at firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 208-6992
to discuss and arrange a pick-up.
Watch for additional information in the weeks ahead.
Bishop Soto has asked that parish churches remain open for those wishing to offer private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Francis Church will be open from 9:00am-3:00pm weekdays for private prayer. Entrance to the church is by the side door in the breezeway. Please check this page for updates.
Individual confession will be offered by appointment only.
Please call Fr. Des directly at (916) 443-8084 (ext 115).
All parish meetings, St. Francis School classes, and parish Faith Formation
programs remain cancelled or on Zoom until further notice. And the Parish Office is closed to the public for the time being.
Please continue to check our website as we will be posting new information as
it becomes available.
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Loving God, grant that your healing grace may flow to all those who are suffering or ill, and that your strength and love may be with all those close to these brothers and sisters, for those who are providing care for them, and for all those who offer prayer on their behalf. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
The St. Francis Communion Visitation Ministry is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please join us in praying the Act of Spiritual Communion during the Eucharist online. In addition, the Ministry is sending prayer cards to anyone who requests them. The cards include the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the new oil painting in the south transept of our church, and the Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Protection from Coronavirus, as provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Honoring our Franciscan tradition, St. Francis Parish is a Catholic Christian Community building the reign of God in the spirit and path of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. We value vibrant liturgy and personal prayer as a way to worship God and celebrate life.
We are an inclusive community respecting the dignity of all persons and supporting the journey of each person. We respond to the command of Jesus to love by welcoming all, evangelizing, supporting spiritual growth, and being Eucharist to each other.
Challenged by the Holy Spirit, we reach beyond ourselves to care for our neighbors, the poor, the marginalized, and those alienated by our Catholic Church. We aspire to be witnesses and prophets advocating for justice in the world and in the church.
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