An Advent Sabbath 
 with Mary 
 the Maiden of Nazareth 
 with Joseph her faithful Spouse

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM

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Two Devotional Masses - First Fridays and First Saturdays @ 8:30 a.m.
Come join us not only for the First Friday Devotion Mass; we have now added the First Saturday Devotion Mass every month at 8:30 a.m.
Jesus, from His Cross, gave us His mother to be our spiritual mother.  To know and love our Blessed Mother is to know and love Jesus.  Mary draws us closer to her Son, our Lord and Savior.
Each month, let us gather as a family and offer ourselves to God through these two Devotional Masses: 
-           The First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus  
-           The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Please go to this link for more information on the First Fridays and First Saturdays Devotions. 
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Let yourself be transformed by the Twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

Daily Readings:
For daily readings, please visit the  USCCB website. 
Sunday Homily:

Homily  from Bishop Barron
Saint Spotlight:

(Sunday Homily and Saint Spotlight are courtesy of Bishop  Robert Barron and Word on Fire website. If you would like to find out more, please visit the website    

Elijah Cup Prayers for Vocations
Our parish has a beautiful ministry dedicated in prayerful support of vocations - The Elijah Cup Ministry.  
The Elijah Cup is a consecrated chalice taken home for one week, rotated at each Mass.  There is also the monthly chalice given at every First Friday Devotion Mass.  Each carrying case comes with a chalice, instructions, a selection of prayers, Rosary, book, and spiritual journal to share the experiences felt while praying for those called to religious life.
A receiving family or individual displays the chalice in a prominent place at home and prays for an increase of men and women called to religious vocations:  priests, deacons, seminarians, sisters or nuns.  Knowing that you are praying for them will lift their called hearts ready to serve or to continue as our spiritual leaders bringing us closer to God. 
We always need families and individuals to pray for vocations.   What a blessing let this chalice journey to your home and t hank you for the prayerful consideration!
Please look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.  For more information, please contact:

Dee Hidalgo
Elijah Cup Ministry Coordinator
St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

El Cáliz de Elías
Nuestra parroquia tiene un hermoso ministerio dedicado en apoyo orante a las vocaciones religiosas - el Ministerio del Cáliz de Elías.    
Este es un cáliz consagrado llevado a casa durante una semana, girado en cada Misa.  También está disponible un cáliz en la Misa de Devoción el primer viernes mensual.  Cada estuche viene con un cáliz, instrucciones, una selección de oraciones, un Rosario, y diario espiritual para compartir las experiencias de sentido mientras que ore por aquellos llamados a la vida religiosa.
Una familia de acogida o individuo muestra el cáliz en un lugar destacado en su hogar y reza por un incremento de hombres y mujeres llamados a vocaciones religiosas: sacerdotes, diáconos, seminaristas, hermanas o monjas.  Saber que están orando por ellos se elevará el corazón llamado listo para servir o seguir como nuestros líderes espirituales que nos acercan a Dios.  
Siempre necesitamos familias e individuos orandos por las vocaciones.  Es una bendición... así permite que el cáliz llegue a su casa y gracias por la consideración orante.
Por favor, busque la hoja de inscripción en el Nártex.  Para obtener más información, favor de comunicarse con:
Damarys Hidalgo
Coordinadora del Ministerio del Cáliz de Elías
Iglesia Católica San Francisco de Asís

Vocation Flyers:
Prayer to Know My Vocation download
Six Ways to Discover My Vocation  download
Seven Ways Families can Foster Vocations flyer download

Faith Formation News

A New Bible Study is Beginning!
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom is an incredible journey of the Church's first evangelists as Christ's disciples teaching, preaching, healing and restoring outcasts in the same way that Jesus did on earth. This study also gives an excellent historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. Whether this study is your first or you're a veteran Bible study, you'll enjoy the insights given from this study and other participants. The cost for this 20-week study materials is only $30 and you'll also need a Bible.
Join us Friday evenings from 6pm - 8pm in St. Bartholomew!
Faith Sharing Groups and Scripture Study
Are you ready for deeper fellowship with other St Francis parishioners as you dig into the beauty of the Catholic church deeper than you have before? Join our Small Faith Sharing Groups as we begin a new 2 month study on the Acts of the Apostles. This is an incredible way to dig a little deeper in faith this Advent season with other from the parish. There are multiple times and options available so please contact Debbie Eberhard for details:

Parish Life

As the year is coming to a close, so is the 2017 Archbishop's Annual Appeal. Through your generous donations, St. Francis has the opportunity to receive just over $40,000. I am grateful to those that have made donations thus far. However, I am asking for those who still have outstanding pledges to please fulfill them. If you have not donated but would like to donate, please do so. With these donations, we will be able to support many of our ministries and we will be able to bring more programs to help enrich our parish.

Anyone Wishing to Become a New Member of St. Francis
If you would like to become a member of our Parish, please visit and click on the Forms tab to download our parish registration form. You can also speak with one of our ushers after Mass and they will provide you with a welcome packet.

From the Archdiocese

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This email contains weekly news and updates from our Parish. If you have any questions about any of the activities mentioned above, please contact Laura in our front office at 770-382-4549 and she will be happy to provide any clarification.