Faith Formation for Children & Teens – Register this Month

As your Pastor, I want to encourage all parents and guardians to also make plans for your
children’s ongoing faith formation, as our own programs commence in just a couple of weeks. Your parish stands ready to help you in fulfilling this pledge. Over the summer, our Faith Formation Staff (Lisa, Lerma, Kevin and Cecile) have been hard at work preparing for this new year of learning and living our Catholic faith. We have programs for children in pre-school through high school. Our vision of faith formation is structured to engage children and youth in a process that is engaging, challenging, and fun. Please refer to the Sunday Bulletin or our parish website for more information.

“Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Matthew 26:40)

Bishop Fulton Sheen reminds us that this is the only request our Lord ever made of his followers. The image of an hour with Jesus has been part of our Catholic Tradition since the very beginning. A Holy Hour gives us the opportunity to honor our Lord’s request and place ourselves in his Presence. We join our own prayers, works, joys, and sufferings with His and “by the mercies of God, present [our] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

Bishop Sheen was also fond of saying, “if we truly desire to grow in our likeness of Christ, then we must spend time in his Presence.” This reminds me of a simple story: A visitor to a Catholic church noticed an old man sitting in the back pew with his eyes focused on the tabernacle. After some time, curiosity got the better of the visitor. “What are you doing?” The man replied, “I look at Him and He looks at me.”

“Learn and Observe” - A New Pastor's Perspective

This Sunday concludes my first month as your new pastor. As I have told some of you, a pastor’s first year is spent “observing” and “learning.” Each week gets a bit easier, as I become more comfortable with my new parish, and you become more comfortable with your new pastor. Here are just a few observations and a couple of things I’ve learned so far.

First, Sunday is a very busy and long day around here. From our first Mass at the Villages at 8:15am, until the lights are turned off and the doors locked about 12 hours later at the end of the 6pm Mass—it is non-stop action. Now, I think this is great. I am amazed at how everything goes so smoothly—traffic patterns, choir-set up, preparation for the next Mass, and lots of smiles and hugs. The Good Lord must truly rejoice that so many of his children travel up and down the mountain to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist with us.

Welcome

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Parish website. One of my first goals upon arriving as Pastor is to provide a website that is user-friendly, fresh, interesting, informative, and up-to-date. It is important for our parishioners to have access to upcoming events, current news, and helpful information concerning our many ministries. 

A little bit about me. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 8, 1962. I attended St. Catherine & Immaculate Conception elementary schools through 5th Grade.  In 1972, our family migrated to San Jose.  I attended Vineland elementary school and St. Frances Cabrini. We then moved to San Ramon, CA where I attended Country Club elementary and California High School. In 1977 we moved back to San Jose where I attended and graduated from Leland High School— class of 1980. 

Thank You

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your pastor for the past nine years. This has been a great privilege and a great blessing for me. Thank you for your personal kindness, your friendship and your love. thank you for your support in the different projects that we did together and your day to day support in the activities of the parish. You were always generous with your time, your talent and your treasure. I especially thank those of you who worked closely with me in leadership roles, those who developed our mission statement ("called to serve in the footsteps of St. Francis") and vision statement ("a Christ centered community given to evangelization, service and fellowship") and made sure that we were following them both.