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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi is a welcoming, intergenerational and multi-cultural Catholic community,
which embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ to foster Spiritual growth.

Contra Costa Health Department bans Public Masses starting on July 13th

By order of the Contra Costa Health Department, public Masses are banned until further notice due to the significant increase in the COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County in the past few days. Therefore the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass will be closed to parishioners - private Mass (no one allowed in the church) as well as the Sunday 1 pm Spanish Mass - private Mass (no one allowed in the church) . Parishioners may attend the Sunday 8 am (Spanish) and 10 am (English) Masses in their car in the rear parking lot. All Masses will continue to be livestreamed via SFA Facebook and available as a recording on SFA YouTube.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses continues until further notice per Bishop Barber. Also, those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 (e.g., those who are sixty-five and older or who have underlying health conditions) are advised to continue staying at home.

After Mass, communion will continue to be given to people who do not attend Mass but drive through the parking lot in their car after Mass (see below).

Drive-Thru Holy Communion Sundays: 9:00 am -10:00 am; 11:00 am -12:00 pm; and from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Drive-Thru Holy Communion Instructions

Parish Office Closed Friday July 31st thru Friday August 7th. Reopening on Monday August 10th at 9 am.

Anyone coming to the Parish Office is required to wear a mask per Contra Costa Health Services.

Schedule of Masses:

Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am English outside in the School Quad

Tuesday 7 pm Spanish outside in the School Quad

Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm English - private - no parishioners allowed inside the Church.

Sunday Masses: 8 am Spanish and 10 am English - attend in your car in the rear parking lot.

Sunday 1 pm Spanish - private - no parishioners allowed inside the Church.

To View St Francis of Assisi Facebook Mass videos live or past recordings, click on link below - you do not need a Facebook account to view these videos. When you click on the link, a pop-up comes asking you to sign in or join Facebook. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the pop-up and click “not now.”

St Francis of Assisi Facebook Mass Videos

Video recordings (no live broadcast) are also available at our St Francis of Assisi YouTube Channel, click on link below

St Francis of Assisi YouTube Channel

Confessions/confesiones

Starting on Tuesday July 14th, the Tuesday 6 pm to 7 pm Confessions will be in School Quad prior to the 7 pm Mass there. Also beginning on Saturday July 18th Confessions will return to the rear parking lot from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Emergency Food and Meals Information - click on the links below

Emergency Food Resources

Emergency Food Program Flyer

Senior Emergency Food and Helping Hand Programs

MDUSD Free Community Meals

Everyone coming in to Church to pray is required to wear a mask and keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Also remember to wash your hands frequently.

PARISH FINANCIALS:

As of July 31st, we have received total income of $529,214 compared to $658,667 for the same time period for last year. That is a shortfall of $129,453. Before the COVID-19 crisis, our weekly donations averaged about $16,000 per week. We are now receiving an average weekly donation of about $11,000 thanks to several large one time donations.

As reported in April, we were forced to lay off 5 of our long time staff and to take all (approximately $129,000) of our money from our Diocesan savings account which was being saved to make repairs at the parish and use it to pay our operating expenses. In addition, we were able to obtain a Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loan in late May of $49,200 which basically covered the wages and benefits expenses incurred for our 2 priests and 2 remaining lay employees for two months. Based on our current donation rate and the money we took from savings we have sufficient funds to pay the current staff and projected bills for the remainder of this year.

We are looking forward to when we can again reopen the church for public Masses. We hope this will happen in the Fall. Once the church reopens, we are hopeful that donations will increase and we can look at hiring staff back.

For those who can afford to, you can still mail in your donations to the church or drop them in the white drop-box outside the Parish Office. Better yet, consider donating electronically via our Faith Direct website at https://membership.faithdirect.net/CA762 - you can also text a donation to us. Text $ amount to 925-204-2211 and follow the link to complete a one-time registration. God Bless You!

Thank you to all who continue to support our parish through your donations.

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