The Giving Tree
Sharing God's Love
You can help make someone's Christmas brighter this year by helping Saint Francis as it supports several ministries with Christmas presents. Select an ornament from one of the trees around church, buy the item and wrap it, tying the ornament to the outside. Place your gift in the sanctuary by December 11th.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation, Thursday Dec. 8th
All Catholics should attend Mass today. Mass times: 6:00am, 7:45am, 7:00pm. Vigil Mass Wed. Dec. 7th, 6:00pm. This is also a National Day of Prayer. The church will remain open for Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday evening from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.
Next Advent Holy Hour
Tuesday Dec. 6th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Join Father Pollman as he leads this Eucharistic Holy Hour. What better way to prepare for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas?
If you'd like to listen to past Advent homilies, click here:
Advent by Taillight
Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 4:00pm
The Adult Faith Formation Team invites the men of St. Francis to begin Advent with a special evening of barbecue, beer, and a bonfire on the SFA fields. The evening begins with 4:00 Mass, after which guest speaker Father James Mason will talk about how to combat things that pull us away from God. Contact Bill for reservations (requested, not required): firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday Dec. 9th: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday Dec. 10th: 9:00am to 3:45pm
Sunday Dec. 11th: 8:15am to 9:00am
Priests from St. Francis of Assisi, Queen of All Saints, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque will be at St. Francis to accommodate Christmas Confessions this weekend. The schedule can be found in the bulletin, where there is also an Examination of Conscience for your use. You needn't be afraid to bring any sin to this place of God's mercy. All you need is a contrite heart and trust. If it's been a while, the priest can help you through it. Why not give yourself the gift of His peace and make a commitment to more frequent reception of this great sacrament throughout the coming year?
As the Pope blesses people and their statues of the Baby Jesus in St. Peter's Square, there will also be a special blessing at St. Francis of Assisi. Bring the statue of Jesus from your nativity set to the 9:00 am Mass where it will be blessed. Donuts and family activities in the rectory basement meeting room after Mass.
Sat., Dec. 24th: 4pm, 7pm, Midnight
Sun., Dec. 25th: 7am, 9am, 11am
Everyone is welcome to praise God with us. Who do you know that might be waiting for an invitation? Click here for information on Christmas Music and Liturgy.
Sharing Faith at Christmas
Stop by the Lighthouse Media Kiosk in the back of church (currently at the back of the cry room) for CDs ($4), booklets ($3) and books ($5) that make great stocking stuffers. There are many topics so there's sure to be something for everyone. Don't forget to register to watch free Christmas movies at www.formed.org. The subscription for St. Francis parishioners is pre-paid. Just enter your email and use parish code W3EFPT.