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
Respect Life for October
"Moved by Mercy" is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' theme for the 2016-17 Respect Life activities. October is set aside as Respect Life Month. Pope Francis has told us that "We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us." October 29/30 will offer an opportunity for parishioners to show mercy by donating to a Baby Shower with gifts for moms and babies at Concord Birthright and our parish St. Vincent de Paul. See Parish News item below or the bulletin for more information.
FREE Thanksgiving dinner again this year on November 24th. We need volunteers who can assist us in organizing the event, fundraising, preparing the dinner and clean-up. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful event, please contact Janice at (510) 853-9458 (email: email@example.com), Lucy at (925) 465-4122 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vicky at email@example.com. Let us make this year’s the best Thanksgiving ever!
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, November 8th at 12:15 PM in the Pope John Paul II Center. All seniors are welcome. Come and join other parishioners for a lovely luncheon and companionship!
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.
Brazilian Dinner Dance on Saturday November 12, 2016 From 7:00pm to 12:00am. Contact: Angela DeMello (925) 813-1775 for tickets and information.
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!
SFA School invites you to their “Falcon Fall Classis” annual Golf Benefit, Auction & Dinner on Friday, Nov. 4th at Boundary Oak CC Walnut Creek. All events are open to the entire St.Francis community! Moms, dads, grandparents, friends, neighbors, alumni, teachers, businesses and sponsors are all strongly encouraged to participate. Golfers can participate in a full day of fun and contests. Kid’s buffet dinner is only $15 and they will have their own dining area and entertainment room. Your $40 adult dinner ticket will also allows you to join in the raffle and silent auction! All the proceeds go directly to St. Francis of Assisi School, making improvements that benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Students. Registration begins 12 noon, Putting contest 12:15-12:45 pm, Shotgun Start, Scramble 2 1 pm, Cocktails, No Host Bar 6-7 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm, Awards, Auction & Raffle at 7:30 pm. For sign-up or more information, contact Tim Roberts at (925) 639-6062
You are cordially invited to attend a Baby Shower hosted by the Respect Life Ministry on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 after Masses in the Hospitality Room. Gifts will be offered to the moms and babies who visit the parish St. Vincent de Paul and the Concord Birthright. You are asked to bring new and unwrapped baby items from sizes 3 months old to 12 months old - such as clothes, receiving blankets, crib blankets, hooded towels, and diapers (Size 1, 2, or 3). Refreshments will be served to donors. For information, please contact Liz Froelich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-586-4350.
Covenant of Love –Date Night will be held on Saturday, November 12th at 6:45PM in the Pope John Paul II Center. Date Night is a fun evening of food and fellowship with your spouse and other married couples as we explore the true meaning of Marriage and how to live it out together. Please bring a food item to share. Go to www.sfadatenight.com for more information and to sign up. Questions? Email or call Therese at email@example.com or (925) 683-6227. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Construction is now underway to install a new traffic signal at Oak Grove and Smith Lane. The construction will be ongoing over the next few months on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Please be careful when entering and exiting our parking lots