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October 18-19, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/20/14

Today is Mission Sunday. There will be a second collection for the foreign missions. Thank you, Bro. Phil, for sharing your 47 years of mission experience at the masses last weekend. You helped us all appreciate the sacrifices made by missionaries around the world. I hope we can all ... Read More »

October 11-12, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/13/14

Thank you for your generous response to our Time and Talent appeal last weekend. Thanks also to the Mens Club for providing the breakfast/brunch on Sunday morning. I hope you made some new friends while enjoying the delicious food. The Discipleship Commission will be sorting through the names of ... Read More »

October 4-5, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/06/14

Our turn to provide for the homeless through the South Oakland Shelter (SOS) will soon be upon us. Please take a moment to see what openings still need your help. The table is in the gathering room. As of this writing, I counted 47 lines looking for your name. ... Read More »

Sept 27-28

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 10/04/14

Franciscans around the world are looking forward to celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th. This year the feast falls on a Saturday, and we will have a morning mass at 8:00am as part of our parish observance. I hope that many of you will ... Read More »

Sept 20-21, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 9/22/14

St. Vincent de Paul part 2Last week I mentioned that a representative of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is coming to speak at all the masses on our Time And Talent weekend (Oct 4-5). Let me offer some more background on the organization to make the presentation more ... Read More »

Sept 13-14, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 9/15/14

Who taught the Catholic faith to you? I wonder how many of us remember the names of the religious sisters, volunteer catechists, RCIA staff and others who worked with your parents to bring you to understand and love our faith? Their names may have faded from our memory, but ... Read More »

Sept 6-7, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/31/14

We have resumed our parish RCIA program on Sunday mornings. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) provides a place for those who are being drawn by the Spirit to become Catholic. Last year we had three young people who joined our faith through the RCIA. We have ... Read More »

August 23-24, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/25/14

Last week's bulletin contained an appeal for religious ed teachers. I am sure that the Lord has blessed our parish with people who have the gifts to assist us in this ministry. Please pray at least that the right people with these gifts will be inspired to step forward ... Read More »

August 16-17, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/18/14

First of all, I am happy to be back here after a relaxing vacation and renewing retreat. Fr. Jeremy is now on his vacation, recovering from all the extra duties that he took on while I was gone. Fr. Bob Weakley OFM, former pastor, enjoyed coming back to lend ... Read More »

August 9-10, 2014

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 8/13/14

Fr. Bill is back! We rejoice! He will be writing next week’s column.Thanks for your response to “Our Doors Are Open. Welcome!” Continue to be alert to helping anyone who may be interested. It might be helpful to review why some people leave and why some come back.People give ... Read More »