Praying for the Church

Last Sunday a member of the parish asked: “Why did we include St Peter at the end of eucharistic prayer?” Great question – it shows someone is paying attention! You probably know that some Eucharistic prayers include a line like the one we will use this coming Sunday:
In the fullness of time bring us, with St Peter, St Paul, St Francis, and all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.

This is a eucharistic intercession. We are asking God to gather us as a local church with the saints from all places, all races, and all times into communion with Christ. It is particularly appropriate that do so this week since this is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This Octave, eight days, takes place between February 17th, The Confession of St Peter (see Mt 16:13-19) and February 25th, The Conversion of St Paul (see Acts 9:1-18). We should always be praying for the church, but in these days, when so many churches struggle with issues of Covid, financing, and changes in the culture, the church needs the grace of the Lord. We must renew the priorities of confession of faith and conversion as exemplified by Peter and Paul as we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I urge you to pray for the church. Pray for St. Francis as we approach our annual meeting on January 30. Pray for our Vestry, Profile and Search Committees as they prepare our church for the future. And pray for Christians everywhere. We are all part of the body of Christ and “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). Please join us in person or online this Sunday as we pray that God will gather us all to the heavenly banquet.

Mary's Farewell
As we announced last week, we are saying farewell to Mary Sanchez as our Office Administrator who will retire this month after many years of faithful service. We thank Mary for her ministry among us.

You are invited to bring cards, notes, and a love offering in thanksgiving for Mary. Please mail them to, or leave with, Elaine Mistele in the office at 2200 Via Rosa, PVE, CA 92074.
Annual Meeting
Sunday January 30th, 11:30am, Zoom
The Annual Meeting is all of us and once again we will hold it on Zoom.
On January 30th, after the 10am Sunday worship, at 11:30am, the Annual Meeting will involve the entire parish. Please link into the Zoom meeting.

We shall vote online and provide for nominations and comments as needed. It will be a unique, real, faith-filled meeting of the family of St. Francis. We shall hear reports from our clergy and lay leadership, elect a new Vestry Class of 4, and elect Delegates and Alternates to the Diocesan Convention. We shall review the operating budget approved by the Vestry and share in the vision of a new year.

Let us gather to conduct the annual business of our parish family! The link will allow for video/audio if you have a camera on your device, or audio only if you do not.

Here is your link to the meeting:
Time: Jan 30, 2022 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial-in number - +1 669 900 9128
Sunday School
Sunday School is temporarily suspended due to the Omicron Covid variant. We'll let you know when we're back!
And ... just around the corner ... Lent!

And with the coming of Lent comes the publication of our Annual Lenten Devotional Booklet, a collection of short reflections written by our parish family, for our parish family.

Will you consider writing one yourself? No experience necessary!


Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - temporarily on hiatus. Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with two hymns (for those fully vaccinated). This service is not live-streamed.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music. Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Masks required: LA County mandate requires masks worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:15am -12:45pm - Level 1/2 Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:15am Level 1 Gentle Yoga
Parish Hall (masks must still be worn). No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from Nov 4, 9:30 - 10:30 am. Library
Meditation, followed by a quiet time of conversation.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
The password is Romans12:4-5
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
In a later email we will tell you how to access the Member Portal so you can edit details of your own listing.
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268
Mary Sanchez 310-375-4617

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!