Today, will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The 2018 theme will be "Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry at the 12:30pm Mass. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.
If you did not get a copy of the statement from Bishop Patrick McGrath, Our Path to Reconciliation and Healing, you can read it in this bulletin or its entirety on our parish web site. Click the “News” section.
First Friday Adoration will become Every Friday Adoration A number of parishioners support our desire to offer adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday (9am – 5pm) beginning this month. We will use Garden Room A as our place of prayer. Of course, we need a couple of people to commit to one hour to accompany our Blessed Lord. As our Holy Father has instructed us: this is an opportune time to commit ourselves to prayer and fasting to heal and re-build God’s Church.
Order of Malta – Lourdes Pilgrimage 2019
Each year the Western Association of the Order of Malta goes on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. As part of our mission to help the poor and the sick, we invite those who are sick, affectionately called Malades, to join us on pilgrimage. There is no cost for the selected malade or to your parish for this pilgrimage. Airfare, hotel and meals in Lourdes are paid for by the Order of Malta for the malade. They receive about 150 applications each year; out of those, about 50 malades are selected. In the past, they have selected both religious and lay people, children, teens and adults. The parameters for your nomination are below: A candidate must be a Catholic with a strong faith dimension. As such, a pilgrimage to Lourdes would be meaningful in their lives. They must be currently dealing with a serious health issue or a life-changing illness. Please keep in mind that the trip from the West coast to Lourdes is a long and strenuous trip. Nominees should be physically able to make the trip. The health and well-being of the malades are our primary concern; the pilgrimage dates should not interfere with any ongoing treatment. Nominations should be received by Nov. 1, 2018. Contact Fr. Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a nomination form. The dates for the 2018 Lourdes Pilgrimage are Apr 30 – May 8. 2019
2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal Update (September)
Current Pledges: $322,417 – 775 Pledges – $59,917 Balance Duel
Please keep making your regular payments. When all our pledges have been paid, St. Francis of Assisi can receive a $151,204 rebate to help us pay for improvements to our parish facilities. Thank you for your support of Bishop McGrath and our local Church
HEPATITIS AND LIVER CANCER SCREENING INFORAMTION
Did you know Santa Clara County has a high prevalence of Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer? The Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Program staff and doctors will be available at the patio, next the Fireside Room, after the 10:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 4pm Mass ON SUNDAY, September 30, to give information about screening for these diseases. Take this free opportunity to learn more about screening and prevention. All are welcome.