To see the Holy Week schedule click on this link: HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Dear Parishioners: Each year during Lenten season, the Church invites us to focus on three areas as disciples of Christ; fasting, prayer and almsgiving, so as to live and practice our faith. After reflection, consultation and prayers last summer, I presented to the Parish Staff and Parish Council the possibility of “Adopting a Refugee Family” in a response from Pope Francis’ invitation of all Catholic Dioceses and Churches to welcome refugee families. Both the Staff and Parish Council agreed on taking this project for St. Francis. So last November, I presented the project to all of you on a weekend, and we took a second collection on November 20th for that purpose.
Well, my brothers and sister, we have been working with Catholic Charities during this time, and now we do have a family from Afghanistan. They arrived in the U.S.A. and California early February of this year and I have had the pleasure to meet the family and welcome them. The family consists of seven members; Mom & Dad, three boys and two girls. At this time they are all living with a family member (Dad’s brother) who lives in Brentwood with his family. Dad had worked with the American Army and Navy for over 14 years while in Afghanistan. So as a Parish and with Catholic Charities, we are going to help this family to settle in and feel welcome to the USA and fulfill their dreams. My brothers and sisters, I am asking all or you to please pray for this family, as they go through this transition to their lives.
If you are willing to help support this family, here are some of the things we are still in need for them: 1. We are looking for a house or an apartment to rent for them. 2. We are collecting living-room furniture, lamps, TVs, and games for the children (age 7-17) 3. Cookware 4. We would like two sturdy bunk beds, and bedding 5. Bath towels and toiletries. 6. Gift card to purchase food, clothing, shoes & socks 7. If you, or someone, you know has a mini-van that you could offer or sell at a low cost to help provide transportation, that would help a lot.
I will ask if you are planning to donate or give them something, that you contact the Parish Office (925) 682-5447 and let us know what you have for them, so that we do not duplicate too many items. I want to thank you in advance for your prayers and support to this family that is in need.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ismael Gutierrez
On Fridays in Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm followed by a simple Soup Supper in the Pope John Paul II Center. All are welcome.
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They are also requesting White Calla Lilies for HOLY THURSDAY April13th and Easter April 16th. We ask you to bring them from your gardens if they are in bloom. Please bring the Holy Thursday Calla Lilies here to St. Francis on Wednesday, April 12th after the 8:30 am Mass. The Easter Calla Lilies should be here on Saturday, April 15th after the 8:30 am Morning Prayer Service.
Anyone interested in helping to decorate the Church for Holy Week and /or Easter Sunday is invited to contact either Barbara (685-9242) or Jessie (825-5849). Thank you!
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.
Our next Senior Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th at Noon in the St. Pope John Paul II Center. All seniors are welcome. Come and join other parishioners for a lovely luncheon and companionship!
Food Pantry Activity for the month of February: An emergency supply of food was given to 90 households (388 individuals); Food Maxx gift cards were given to 40 eligible families; Special Assistance (utility, rent, etc. ) was provided for three families.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.
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