ILM Graduates

We congratulate the following members of our community who have recently graduated from the Institute for Leadership in Ministry: We thank them for completing this course of study and for coming back to use their skills and knowledge ministering in our community.

We have six other people continuing to study in the Institute and we are now accepting applications of those of you who may consider  studying there  as well. Contact one of the priests or one of the staff to let us know of your interest.​

Happy Easter

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is a great privilege for me to invite you, once again, to celebrate the big feasts of our church during Holy Week and Easter at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Already we have been preparing and practicing for the liturgies that are based around Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection and we look forward to sharing prayerfully in them. They tell their own story of what happened, and through the Liturgy, what happens now in our presence. Taking part in them is a transforming experience that draws us into an intimate relationship with Our Lord, and also with one another, as his followers.

We invite you to be with us for these liturgies and share in the joy, hope and love that Catholic Christians experience at Easter time.

We enclose an Easter Offertory envelope for your consideration for your Easter Gift to the Parish as well as a schedule of services for your convenience.

May the Risen Christ be the source of Peace, Joy and Hope in your life and in the lives of your loved ones.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gene

Thank You

We thank the organizers of our SOLD OUT St. Patrick’s Day Dinner that also
included Guinness on Tap, Irish coffee and entertainment by the Green School of Irish Dancers.

Those who worked on the event were the following: Kathy and Larry Lohman, Vince and Barbara Sunseri, Jim Castle, Aurora Estrada, Stella Rodriguez, Mary Kolb, Dan and Barbara Gould, Linda Wright, and the entire committee and volunteers who worked so hard on our event.

We note that they are the same people who organized the sold out Crab Feast (plus another set of amazing staff, committee members, and volunteers) .  This dinner was also a sold out event and a few extra, last minute places had to be added for special guests.

Thank You

I spoke in most of the Masses this past Sunday letting people know that Bishop McGrath had given me permission to retire at the end of June, 2018.  I wanted people to hear this news directly from me. Many of you were surprised and I am sorry for having caused you  sadness and uncertainty. It is natural to grieve and be sad when attachments that we have are threatened, but we leave all in God’s hands, and are grateful for the life that we live each day.  I will continue to minister and, along with the Parish Staff, the Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Leadership help bring about the transition for the new pastor who will be named shortly. I thank you for your patience and understanding. In the meantime we keep each other in our prayer.

Gun Violence

The shooter in the school massacre in Parkland, Florida was probably physically and emotionally abused as a child.  This would account for his rage, anger and acting out and his using of innocent school children as his victims. His rage and anger could be seen as his unconscious response to his own cruel upbringing. This in no way excused what he did but it might help understand his
mindset.

Of course there is no excuse for giving him access to an AR 15 or any other gun. And, maybe, tighter background checks would have put him on a prohibited list for buying a gun. Months ago, I gave material to our Social Justice Committee to come up with ways that we can help to promote better laws around gun ownership while also respecting the Second Amendment. We are far too lackadaisical about responding to the issue of gun violence in society. There are groups that are promoting saner and safer gun laws that we can join and gradually bring about change.