Holy Cross Church of Moorpark is holding its 30th Annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 8th, 9am to 6:30pm, and Sunday, the 9th, from 8:30am to 3:00. Crafters, Grand Prize Drawing of $1,500 cash, homemade Burritos and baked goods. Have your picture taken with Santa on Sunday form 10am to noon. Address: 13955 Peach Hill Rd, off Spring Rd, and Science Dr/Miller parkway. Admission and parking are free.

 


 

A unique Holiday Boutique will take place on Sat., Nov. 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's/Emmanuel Church, 117 N. 7th St., Santa Paula, CA. Find unique gifts, holiday items, Christmas crafts, plants, jewelry and new and used treasures. Proceeds will benefit the community outreach programs of the church. For information please call Marilyn Harvey@805-647-5210.
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Manassas, Va. – Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.

Saint Augustine Academy of Ventura, California has been named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Catholic Education Honor Roll -one of only two Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to receive such a distinction. The Academy also holds the distinction of being the longest ongoing member of the Honor Roll for California schools – achieving Honor Roll status every year since 2007. St. Augustine Academy, located in East Ventura, is a K-12 private Catholic Academy which features a classical curriculum, forming students in the classical liberal arts.

Headmaster of Saint Augustine’s Michael Van Hecke states:
"It is an honor for St. Augustine’s to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence in the United States. This distinction confirms our commitment to the mission of Catholic education. I applaud the parents,students, teachers, staff and supporters for their hard work and commitment to assuring that a strong Catholic identity grounds all we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both society and the Church.”

Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

“Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

This year’s Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, highly selective and those with open enrollment admissions policies, as well as a variety of tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

 

 

Have you ever thought about becoming a Catholic?
You may have-or felt something inside calling you
to look into the Catholic Church. Don't wait! Respond
to God's voice inviting you on a journey of love...

Are you a baptized Catholic,
but have yet to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist
and /or Confirmation?

If you need answers, come to our inquiry night!
No obligations. Just come! We welcome you!
Wednesday, September 3rd
6:00pm room 7
For more information, please contact
the parish office (524-1306)
or call Marie Alviz at 509-0467

 

The Fillmore Church of Christ invites the public to a Food Share distribution each Monday, 4 to 5:30 P.M., 219 Mountain View at Highway 126, beginning July 7. Comida gratis, todos los lunes, 4:00 to 5:30 P.M., Iglesia de Cristo.

 

Time is running out to enroll your children, age 3 to grade 12, in Bardsdale Church's Vacation Bible School which is themed, "Workshop Of Wonders" based on Psalm 77:14a. The week's activities begin Monday, July 14, and concludes Friday, July 18, from 9 am until noon. The cost for five mornings of supervised fun is $15 per child and includes Bible stories, science, recreation, crafts, music and a nutritious snack. Each family also receives a CD of music.

The deadline to enroll a child is July 1. Don't delay because only the first 100 kids are guaranteed enrollment. Call Sharon at 524-0587 for more information or to request an application.

 
Activists accuse Communist Party of ‘barbaric’ campaign against Christianity after demolition teams and police descend on a church that became a symbol of resistance

Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday.

Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the "Jerusalem of the East", made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after plans for its demolition were announced.

Church members... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10792386/China-accu...

 

Written by Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency

JERUSALEM - The IDF has announced this week (Apr. 23) it will begin to send draft notices to all Christian Israelis, offering all Christian Israelis the option to enlist in the IDF voluntarily. Until this change in policy, only those who wished to enlist approached the IDF to be draft. This move comes as part of the conclusive draft law recently passed in the Knesset requiring all Israelis to serve in the IDF, including Ultra Orthodox Jews.

The new program makes information and voluntary drafting options available to the Christian population, and the IDF in coming weeks will begin to distribute to all potential Christian recruits voluntary enlistment forms. The IDF hopes that this new program will make the enlistment more accessible for this population, giving clear and coherent information regarding the voluntary enlistment process, and the different service options they may chose, including combat service or civilian National Service.

The recent change in protocol was implemented following IDF contacts with Israeli Christian community leaders, and with the authorization of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, and the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.

Since the service of the Christian population in Israel is not obligatory by law, potential recruiters are not required to respond to the invitation. Currently approximately 150 Christians serve in various positions and units in the IDF, 50 enlisting every year, and approximately 500 Israeli Christians are enlisted in National Service, an alternative to military service.

Head of the Human Resource Planning and Management Division, Brigadier General Gadi Agmon said: "This change will constitute another step in the integration and connection of the Christian population with the IDF. The purpose of this change is to make information regarding drafting to the IDF more accessible to the Christian population, and in doing so, enable them to enlist and carry out a meaningful service. We are actively working towards integrating all populations and see this as a very important step in that direction."

Not all Israeli Christians Arabs welcomed the venture. MK Basel Ghattas, A Christian Arab of the Balad party, called on the Israeli Christians to tear up the notices when they get them. He claimed the move was an attempt to create division within the Christian community. MK Issawi Frej, of the extreme left Meretz party ,sent a letter of protest the Chief of Staff Gantz attacking the program.

However, a number of Christian and Israeli groups and veterans have collaborated with the IDF on this project. The Israel Christian Recruitment Forum (ICRF) welcomed the initiative, lauding the attempt to make change and viewing the new program as a victory: "The Israeli Christians have proven to Israeli society, that under the leadership of Father Gabriel Nadaf, a change can be made if there is inner decisiveness, belief in our way and dedication to the cause. We are proud of the Christians in Israel who have finally arisen and have full heartedly decided to shape their own destiny, with a head held high, with a true desire to become part of Israeli society, serving ourselves and the society at large."

 

“One Voice United in Prayer!” Romans 5:6 “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Each year, Christians gather all across our nation to celebrate God’s goodness and to pray for His guidance. This year Fillmore will participate again in the annual National Day of Prayer. Thursday, May 1st is that day. This year’s theme is “One Voice United in Prayer.” Christians from all across Fillmore will gather at this year’s chosen church, Faith Community Church @ 355 D Street. A number of Fillmore area pastors will participate. There will also be singing and some congregational interaction. We will pray for our nation, our national & state leaders, our community & schools and other things related to our nation’s future. Anyone who loves this country and wants to pray for its future is welcome to come. Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. For information call 524-5564 or 524-3344.

 

For more information visit our web page at www.stfrancisfillmore.com

THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY SCHEDULE APRIL 27TH When celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, the faithful are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this way their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world

Principal English Mass for DIVING MERCY AT THE 11:15AM MASS Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 1PM Mass Father Artur will lead A Procession followed by Divine Mercy Conference and Benediction

Divine Mercy Breakfast by the Family of Jim and Mary Stehly following our
9:15 and 11:15AM Mass
Fresh squeezed OJ, coffee, eggs from happy chickens, Chilequiles short of your Mom making them! $5 for Adults and $3 for Kiddos. All parishioners are invited to bring their lovely family to breakfast and celebrate this wonderful day !

GIFT STORE RAFFLE OF THE DIVINE MERCY
Our Saint Francis Gift store is raffling a 38"x30" Divine Mercy Painting.
Tickets are on sale after the Masses for $5.00. The winner will be announced today.

The Respect Life ministry will be selling beautiful orchid corsages at all the masses until they run out on Mother’s Day weekend: Corsages are $5 and the money raised will go to the Life Centers of Ventura County to help pregnant women in need in our community. Learn more atwww.vclifecenters.com or call (805) 486-2721. Thank you for your support.

CATHOLIC !
Ken Hensley a former protestant Minister and now a practicing Catholic and a member of our parish family will offer a series of topics on how God nudged his heart to
became a Catholic and how to better understand our Catholic faith. The
Schedule of Ken’s Tuesday talks;
April 29, May 6, 20 & 27, June 3, 17 & 24. Come and join us at 7:40PM in the church.

Monthly Bible Study First Monday of the Month at 7:40PM in the church Come to this popular bible study on Monday, May 5th. Everyone is invited. If you do not have a Bible we have a variety of them in the gift store along with bible tabs. First communion parents, please sign in using the list on the piano.

Blessings for Couples celebrating a wedding Anniversary in MAY—On the third Sunday of each Month we honor and pray for our couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. To sign up for the MAY 18TH blessing at the 9:15AM Mass, Couples are encouraged to call the pastoral center at the beginning of the month.

Marriage Encounter —Come experience the life giving water of Christ at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekends are in Ventura Apr 25-27 and in Chatsworth July 18-20; for more info. contact Ed and Jo Lara 818-848-6729

SUNDAY, May 18 at 2:30PM Meeting with Father Artur for; First Communion Parents, Children & Nino/a in the Church.

THIS WEEKEND WE WELCOME FATHER JERRY BEAT From Unbound Ministry Father Jerry is a Bilingual priest from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, He will be preaching on how do we care for the Poor this weekend. Welcome Fr Jerry !
For more info. go to WWW.UNBOUND.COM

The Knights of Columbus will be with us next weekend recruiting men to become members or their organization. Let us offer them a warm Welcome !

Retrouvaille Program for Troubled Marriages: Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, in the San Fernando Valley The Retrouvaille Marriage Program helps married couples who are experiencing trouble in their marriage find hope. By providing communication techniques, Retrouvaille works to assist the spouses in restoring a loving relationship, whether they have strained relations or have already separated or divorced. Retrouvaille is a worldwide, non-profit, volunteer-run program. It welcomes married couples of all faiths or no religious affiliation. Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling,marriage self-help, or sensitivity group
- it is a time for healing. The program begins with a weekend stay
followed by a series of post-weekend sessions. The next program will start on Friday evening, June 20, through Sunday evening, June 22, in the San Fernando Valley. For more information, including cost, please call
(909)900-5465

Thank you to all who have made a Together in Mission pledge. If you haven’t had the chance to fill out a Pledge form for T.G.IM. You can pick one up on the table near Saint Francis’ statue and return it in the Sunday Collection or at the Pastoral Center

Holyheroes.com A great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

THIS WEEKEND WE WELCOME FATHER JERRY BEAT From Unbound Ministry Father Jerry is a Bilingual priest from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, He will be preaching on how do we care for the Poor this weekend. Welcome Fr Jerry !
For more info. go to WWW.UNBOUND.COM

The Knights of Columbus will be with us next weekend recruiting men to become members or their organization. Let us offer them a warm Welcome !

Retrouvaille Program for Troubled Marriages: Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22, in the San Fernando Valley The Retrouvaille Marriage Program helps married couples who are experiencing trouble in their marriage find hope. By providing communication techniques, Retrouvaille works to assist the spouses in restoring a loving relationship, whether they have strained relations or have already separated or divorced. Retrouvaille is a worldwide, non-profit, volunteer-run program. It welcomes married couples of all faiths or no religious affiliation. Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling,marriage self-help, or sensitivity group
- it is a time for healing. The program begins with a weekend stay
followed by a series of post-weekend sessions. The next program will start on Friday evening, June 20, through Sunday evening, June 22, in the San Fernando Valley. For more information, including cost, please call (909)
900-5465

Thank you to all who have made a Together in Mission pledge. If you haven’t had the chance to fill out a Pledge form for T.G.IM. You can pick one up on the table near Saint Francis’ statue and return it in the Sunday Collection or at the Pastoral Center

Holyheroes.com A great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

APRIL / MAY CATECHISM SCHEDULE for children in grades 3, 4, 5, 6
We will not meet on April 29/30 nor May 6 / 7
We will meet for Catechism on May 13 / 14

 

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FAMILY EASTER NEWS AND MASS SCHEDULE EVERYONE IS WELCOME ! "A REST STOP FOR THE SOUL"

For complete Parish Information please visit our WEB SITE www.stfrancisfillmore.com

EASTER VIGIL MASS APRIL 19 AT 7:30PM

EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 20TH, MASS IN SPANISH
Misa de Pascua 7AM 1 AND 6 PM SPANISH

EASTER SUNDAY MASS IN ENGLISH 9:15 AND 11:15 AM
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt follows the 9:15AM Mass. In the name of our Saint Francis children, we would like to thank all who Parish families who brought in Easter Eggs for the hunt. We have around 3,000 Eggs....Parents, please stay in the church after the 9:15AM with your children to receive directions to the age appropriate areas for the Easter Egg Hunt...

The Easter season – beginning on Easter Sunday and continuing for 50 days – is an opportunity for us to cultivate a spirit that defines who we are as Christians. So what does living the spirit of the Easter season mean in practical terms? Here are three concrete suggestions.

Live with Joy
Joy is a deep-down gladness that cannot be taken away, even in the midst of sorrow. The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus teach us that suffering is transformed through faith in the Risen Christ. With this faith, we are able to hold on to an enduring sense of joy even in the midst of the sadness we experience from the loss of a loved one, a failure to achieve an important goal, or a setback during recovery from an illness.

Live without Fear
The Resurrection teaches us that God can overcome anything, even death. When the Risen Christ appears to the women at the tomb and later to his disciples, his first words are “Do not be afraid!” (Mt 28:5,10) These words speak to our hearts, helping us cope with the fear from the loss of a job, a serious illness, or a crumbling relationship. Our faith allows us to trust that God can overcome our most serious problems.

Live with New Eyes
Easter means to live with a sense of newness. Just as the return of spring lifts our spirits and makes us feel like the whole world is new, the Resurrection of Jesus makes “all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) The Easter spirit is a spirit of renewal that enables us to show up at work with a positive attitude, to renew relationships that have been taken for granted, and to express appreciation and affection to those closest to us. It means to see the world through new eyes—God´s eyes.
We can use these 50 days to cultivate an Easter spirit that enables us to be truly Christian: embracing joy, living without fear, and seeing the world again—as if for the first time.

Telephone: (805) 524-1306 ext. 17 FAX: (805) 524-0784
Email: stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

 

In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, giving him the gift of life, and his family and community the gift of faith. When asked, Martha professes her belief that Jesus is the Christ.

What is the basis for our own faith in eternal life in Christ? Or, is our faith buried in a tomb of uncertainty or doubt – confused or challenged by others who do not believe? How might our faith be raised and restored in these Lenten days of fasting, alms-giving and prayer? Without faith, living the Christian life can seem foolish, burdensome or heavy. With faith, we become living witnesses to the resurrection, freely giving our lives, talents and gifts.
WE HAVE A NEW SCHEDULE FOR THE LENTEN MISSION AND AN ADDED WEDNESDAY NIGHT TALK. EVERYONE IS INVITED! BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS !

This Sunday we Welcome Fr Paulson to Saint Francis of Assisi !
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor visited us last year and gave an all day conference on Eucharist. He is a Claretian Missionary from India. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, He is currently engaged in administration, teaching, and research at Saint Claret College, Ziro (India), besides his preaching ministry. Father Paulson was the author of the reflections in the Bible Diary 2013. Father will offer a Sunday Lenten conference and a Monday thru Wednesday Morning Mission after our 8:30AM daily Mass and has added a Wednesday Evening Lenten Talk at 7:40PM in the Church

SUNDAY LENTEN CONFERENCE APRIL 6 from 3:30 TO 5PM in the church, followed by a coffee social.
The Lord’s Prayer: The Summary of the Gospel
One of the early Fathers of the Church, Tertullian of Carthage, called the Lord’s Prayer “the summary of the entire Gospel” and “the foundation of further desires.” Ever since the Lord taught his disciples how to pray, we, the Church, have been praying it every day. However, sometimes the prayer becomes so familiar that we fail to see what it actually contains. What do we mean when we pray the prayer Jesus taught us? The two-hour Sunday Conference will dwell on the richness and beauty of the prayer we cherish and pray most. A coffee social will follow.

MORNING LENTEN MISSION Following the 8:30AM Daily Mass on; Mon. April 7, Tues., April 8, Wed., April 9th.
Be Joyful Evangelizers of the Gospel
On the Feast of Christ, the King, 2013, our beloved Pope Francis gave us his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium,” the Joy of the Gospel. During the Lenten Mission, we will reflect together as to how to be joyful evangelizers and share with others the joy that the Gospel brings. For this, we will draw from the exhortation as well as from the numerous teachings the Pope has been giving during his audiences and weekly angelus messages. Some of the themes we will dwell on will be: what is the Gospel and what does it invite us to do?; how do we proclaim the Gospel?; the social dimension of the Gospel; sacraments and the Gospel; and, how to be spirit-filled evangelizers. Hospitality will follow in the parish hall.

A SPECIAL ADDED EVENING TALK AT 7:40 PM IN THE CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH

Bible Study on Monday night, April the 7th at 7:40PM with Jessie Romero

Parish Penance Service On Tuesday, April 8th starting at 6:30PM in the Church.

Blessings for Couples celebrating a wedding anniversary.
On the third Sunday of each Month we honor and pray for our couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. To sign up for the April blessing, Couples are encouraged to call the pastoral center at the beginning of the month.

Marriage Encounter —Come experience the life giving water of Christ at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekends are in Ventura Apr 25-27 and in Chatsworth July 18-20; for more info. contact Ed and Jo Lara 818-848-6729

Stations of the Cross and a bowl of Soup—On Friday April 4th, we pray the Stations of the Cross at 6PM in the church, followed by a simple meal of soup in the parish hall. All are welcome! This is our last evening for Soup as Next week we have the sacrament of Confirmation.

The Knights of Columbus will be with us on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th recruiting Men to restart our council.

Michael A. Lara
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "A rest stop for the Soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015

Telephone: (805) 524-1306 ext. 17 FAX: (805) 524-0784
Email: stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

PAX ET BONUM!
Thank you for your message and for all that you do for Saint Francis of Assisi! God Bless

 
Topics include ‘God, Water and Human Responsibility’

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A prominent religious ethicist will speak at California Lutheran University’s Thousand Oaks campus and at its Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley as part of a state tour dedicated to addressing social issues.

Larry Rasmussen, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and past president of the Society of Christian Ethics, will present “God, Water and Human Responsibility” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in CLU’s Samuelson Chapel. He will discuss “God, Ethics and the Anthropocene” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Chapel of the Cross at PLTS.

Rasmussen is the author of many books and articles, most recently “Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key.”

At CLU, he will explore whether water, the source and sustainer of life on the planet, is sacred. He will also discuss what that would mean for the western United States, where most inland water is dammed and diverted for human use.

Rasmussen’s PLTS talk will focus on what some geologists have christened the Anthropocene, the epoch dominated by human activities. This geological time division has not been officially adopted as the current age but it is moving toward a vote. Rasmussen will discuss what such an epoch would mean for how we conceive of God’s power and presence, or theology, and our power and presence, or ethics. After his PLTS talk, he will speak at a worship service at 11:30 a.m.

Following the Thousand Oaks and Berkeley talks, Rasmussen and Sam Thomas, an associate professor of religion at CLU, will continue on to Sacramento and Davis to meet with lawmakers, activists, pastors and scholars.

The free talks and the tour are sponsored by the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture at CLU in conjunction with the Lutheran Office of Public Policy in California. The Segerhammar Center is dedicated to bringing academics, community members and people of different faiths together to address issues facing society today.

Samuelson Chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane in Thousand Oaks. Chapel of the Cross is located at 2770 Marin Ave. in Berkeley.

For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3693.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO EVANGELIZE AND BRING PEOPLE TO CHURCH OR BRING BACK FALLEN AWAY CATHOLICS? COME TO SAINT FRANCIS ON SUNDAY MARCH 23RD Father Artur, has
invited Mr. Terry Barber as a guest speaker this Sunday from 3 to 4PM In the church, followed by a coffee social in the courtyard. Terry has 30 years experience in evangelization and has recently authored a book entitled, “How to Share Your Faith with Anyone-A practical manual for Catholic Evangelization”. The conference is free. If you wish to purchase a Book,
they will be available for around $17. Everyone is Invited. EVANGELIZE THIS LENT!

Catholic?

Ken Hensley a former protestant Minister and now a practicing Catholic and member of our parish family will offer a series of topics on how God nudged his heart to became a Catholic and how to better understand our Catholic faith. Ken’s talks are scheduled for Tuesdays at 7:40PM in the church

Congratulations to Don and Janice Schieferle who are celebrating 47 years of Marriage this Month. May this fine couple be filled with God’s Blessings and Grace. On the third Sunday of each Month we honor and pray for our couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. To sign up for the April blessing, Couples are encouraged to call the pastoral center at the beginning of the month.

Today’s gospel says, “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Come experience the life giving water of Christ at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekends are in Ventura Apr 25-27 and in Chatsworth July 18-20; for more info. contact Ed and Jo Lara 818-848-6729 or go online at www.twocanlove.org We help make good marriages better.

Stations of the Cross and a bowl of Soup—On Fridays during Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross at 6PM in the church, followed by a simple meal of soup in the parish hall. All are welcome! on April 11, we have confirmation.

The Knights of Columbus will be with us on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th recruiting Men to restart a council at Saint Francis of Assisi. All Catholic Men are encouraged by Fr. Art to join this wonderful organization.

All parish men are invited to go to Facebook and Like this page MEN living for Greatness— that has excellent tools and resources for living a life of greatness in their Catholic Faith. For internet users go to www.MenLivingForGreatness.com Men living for greatness, is continually coming out with
new tools and resources that are simple to use and extremely effective. Visit the site regularly. Enjoy !

On Sunday March 30th all are invited to our Parish Hall for a nice Breakfast of; Pancakes, link sausages,
scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The family of Rosa Morales
will sponsor this event 4 times a year and all proceeds will go to the Parish. Thank you Morales Family !

An invitation to experience God’s Mercy and Forgiveness

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
As part of our Lenten journey, we invite you to join us for a special time of prayer,
reconciliation and healing. Individual confessions will be held. Come by yourself, come as a family, or invite a friend who has not experienced the Sacrament of Reconciliation in some time. Join us as we experience the gracious mercy of God!

TUESDAY, APRIL 8TH AT 6:30 PM

Welcome Fr Paulson !
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor visited us last year and gave an all day conference on Eucharist. He is a Claretian Missionary from India. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, He is currently
engaged in administration, teaching, and research at Saint Claret College, Ziro (India), besides his preaching ministry. Father Paulson was the author of the reflections in the Bible Diary 2013. Father will offer a Sunday Lenten conference and a Monday thru Thursday Morning Mission after our 8:30AM daily Mass.

SUNDAY LENTEN CONFERENCE
APRIL 6 from 3:30 TO 5PM in the church
The Lord’s Prayer: The Summary of the Gospel
One of the early Fathers of the Church, Tertullian of Carthage, called the Lord’s Prayer “the summary of the entire Gospel” and “the foundation of further desires.” Ever since the Lord taught his disciples how to pray, we, the Church, have been praying it every day. However, sometimes the prayer becomes so familiar that we fail to see what it actually contains. What do we mean when we pray the prayer Jesus taught us? The two-hour Sunday Conference will dwell on the richness and beauty of the prayer we cherish and pray most. A coffee social will follow.

MORNING LENTEN MISSION
Following the 8:30AM Daily Mass on; -Monday, April 7, -Tuesday, April 8,
-Wednesday, April 9 & -Thursday, April, 10.

Be Joyful Evangelizers of the Gospel
On the Feast of Christ, the King, 2013, our beloved Pope Francis gave us his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium,” the Joy of the Gospel. During the Lenten Mission, we will reflect together as to how to be joyful evangelizers and share with others the joy that the Gospel brings. For this, we will draw from the exhortation as well as from the numerous teachings the Pope has been giving during his audiences and weekly angelus messages. Some of the themes we will dwell on will be: what is the Gospel and what does it invite us to do?; how do we proclaim the Gospel?; the social dimension of the Gospel; sacraments and the Gospel; and, how to be spirit-filled evangelizers. Hospitality will follow in the parish hall.

Safeguard the Children—How Old Does a Child Need to Be in Order to Stay Alone? Do not assume that when your child understands what you are saying, he is ready to walk out the door by himself. Besides the fact that many states have laws against leaving children of certain ages alone (for example, younger than 12), experts say children should not be left by themselves until they are capable of fighting off an abductor or handling a crisis situation. Experts also say children do not have the mental maturity to cross busy streets by themselves until they are about 10 or 12 years old. Finally, parents who are certain their young children would never walk away with a stranger will be shocked to learn that studies show they probably will. Stay alert and vigilant, even if you believe your child is aware of possible dangers from others. For particular help, call the Archdiocese’s Victims Assistance
Ministry, (213) 637-7650.

Holyheroes.com A great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

Michael A. Lara
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "A rest stop for the Soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015

Telephone: (805) 524-1306 ext. 17 FAX: (805) 524-0784
Email: stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

PAX ET BONUM!
Thank you for your message and for all that you do for Saint Francis of Assisi! God Bless

 

Stations of the Cross and a bowl of Soup
On Fridays during Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross at 6PM in the church, followed by a simple meal of soup in the parish hall. All are welcome! The soup kitchen will not meet on April 11, we have confirmation.

This Sunday Parishioners are invited to the courtyard for some fellowship time in the Come and pick up some Carne Asada Tacos or some Baked goods. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the parish.

Safeguard the Children—Parents and teachers can prevent abusive behaviors. Children, in particular, may have difficulty channeling their feelings appropriately and can easily pick up negative or demeaning cues given by adults around them. Given the diversity of America’s schools, some students may become targets of hostility and blame. Bullying and harassment are never acceptable, but they can be especially damaging at this critical time in our nation’s history. Parents and school personnel need to be prepared to quickly and effectively prevent and stop abusive behaviors that are directed toward any students.
For a copy of the VIRTUS® article, “A National Tragedy: Promoting tolerance and peace in children,” email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Holyheroes.com A great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary: Theology Day, “The Suffering Servant and Discipleship,” with
Fr. Michael Patella, O.S.B., Saturday, March 29, in Mission Hills next to the San Fernando Mission. Fr. Michael Patella, O.S.B., is Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology and Seminary at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, as well as seminary rector and director of its Holy Land Studies program. His areas of specialty as a New Testament scholar include Mark, Luke-Acts, and Paul. He will present “The Suffering Servant and Discipleship” on Saturday, March 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the San Fernando Regional Pastoral Office in Mission Hills. In this presentation, he will explore and discuss that when the earliest Christian missionaries went forth to proclaim the Good News of Christ, they did so by drawing on Sacred Scripture. Their Gospel proclamation of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection was, for the early Church, the culmination of the Law, Prophets, and writings found within the Old Testament. This presentation is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Registration can be made by calling (320) 363-3570. If you would like to carpool, please call Michael Lara at the Pastoral Center by April 24th.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO EVANGELIZE AND BRING PEOPLE TO CHURCH? COME TO SAINT FRANCIS ON SUNDAY MARCH 23RD To help get you started in your life of evangelization (or assist you if you are already active) Saint Francis will be bringing Mr. Terry Barber as a guest speaker on Sunday afternoon, March 23rd from 3 to 4PM in the church, followed by a coffee social in the courtyard. Terry has 30 years experience in evangelization and has recently authored a book entitled, “How to Share Your Faith with Anyone-A practical manual for Catholic Evangelization”. The conference is free. If you wish to purchase a Book, they will be available for around $17. Everyone is Invited. EVANGELIZE THIS LENT!

All parish men are invited to go to Facebook and Like this page MEN living for Greatness— that has excellent tools and resources for living a life of greatness in their Catholic Faith. For internet users go to www.MenLivingForGreatness.com Men living for greatness, is continually coming out with
new tools and resources that are simple to use and extremely effective. Visit the site regularly. Enjoy !

On Sunday March 30th all Parishioners are invited to our Parish Hall for a nice Breakfast of; Pancakes, link sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The family of Rosa Morales will sponsor this event 4 times a year and all proceeds will go to the Parish. Thank you Morales Family !

Good Catholic reading is free and available at the pamphlet rack in the main entrance to the church. Start your Lenten journey learning more about your faith in short and easy pamphlet form that will inspire, inform, and help you to evangelize others. Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Lenten Season!

The Metropolitan Tribunal has an online course, “How to Navigate the Annulment Process,” for parishioners who may be considering approaching the Tribunal about a prior marriage. This short, online course (free and open to the public) will introduce people to the annulment process, in which people (already civilly divorced) approach the Marriage Tribunal and inquire about the possibility of receiving a declaration of nullity. Starting with a theological foundation for the Tribunal's ministry, this course will then explore the parts of a formal trial, introduce terms used, answer frequently-asked questions, and offer guidance for working with Tribunal staff who are assigned to the cases. It also includes a sample brief, so people can see the personal aspects of the final report. The Moodle software used for the creation of this course prefers the use of the Firefox browser. Google Chrome is also acceptable. It does not favor use of Internet Explorer. The course can be accessed at: http://archla.org/annulmentprocess

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. What does it mean to fast? According to Canon Law, the law of fasting allows only one full meal and two small meals a day.

What does it mean to abstain from meat? According to Canon Law, the law of abstinence forbids the use of meat. (this includes chicken) Roman Catholics who are 14 years of age and older are bound to abstain from meat. Disabled or feeble, pregnant women and nursing mothers are exempt.

Why should we fast? The earliest and most often cited purpose of fasting is penance, that is, atonement for sin. Through fasting we humble ourselves before God – setting aside that which sustains us and gives us pleasure – and turn ourselves toward our merciful Lord.

Families of Nazareth meet on Tuesday nights in room 4 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. For an evening of prayer and reflection, come join us. All are welcome!

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend for Healing after Abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future. Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness. All inquiries and registrations are confidential. April 4-6, Duarte, CA Cost: $215. per person. For registration or more information please call: 866-272-2435

Saint Francis of Assisi Children's Ballet Folklorico (Mexican Folk Dance) - Our dance group is accepting new members from ages 8—up. Practice is on Sunday’s at 2PM in the church hall. For more information, contact Liz Hernandez at flwr2k@hotmail.com

Forty Days for Life ends on April 13. Please join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood from 7am-7pm. 7 days a week. You can go to www.40daysforlife.com/ventura website and sign up for a scheduled time. Also you can remember this cause in your daily sacrifices and prayers too.

2nd Sunday Children's Choir!!! Come make a joyful noise!!! It is never too late to join. Please
call Marie Alviz at 509-0467 if your children are interested in singing. We have a lot of fun singing and playing instruments together

CHILDREN’S MASS—Second Sunday of the month at the 9:15AM MASS
Our next Eucharist is on April 13, Palm Sunday. After Mass, everyone is invited to the courtyard for a coffee, hot chocolate and doughnut fundraiser, all proceeds go to the parish.

Children are on Spring Break from School No Catechism on March 18/19 & 25/26.

Parents If you missed the First communion meeting please call Michael at 524-1306

An invitation to experience God’s Mercy and Forgiveness

LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
As part of our Lenten journey, we invite you to join us for a special time of prayer,
reconciliation and healing. Individual confessions will be held. Come by ourself, come as a family, or invite a friend who has not experienced the Sacrament of Reconciliation in some time. Join us as we experience the gracious mercy of God! TUESDAY, APRIL 8TH AT 6:3PM

Michael A. Lara
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "A rest stop for the Soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015

Telephone: (805) 524-1306 ext. 17 FAX: (805) 524-0784
Email: stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

PAX ET BONUM!
Thank you for your message and for all that you do for Saint Francis of Assisi! God Bless

 

This Sunday we are reminded how the Spirit led Jesus into the desert where he fasted for forty days and forty nights. Fasting can be a form of prayer as it focuses our attention on things that matter. What are the things we must personally focus upon during these Lenten days?

The devil tempts Jesus to doubt his relationship with God, to doubt God’s providence, and then to use his power to save himself. Jesus resists, but each one of us face temptations to mistrust our experience of God’s love in our lives or to lose sight of the common good. Our Lenten fasting and prayer offer an opportunity to refocus on the Word of God and resist temptations.

Here are some web sites for you to visit during Lent
pray.com.ua
loyolapress.com - A three minute invitation to have a retreat each day
americancatholic.org - A variety of Roman Catholic books to order, Lenten Reflections & lots of great info.

pray-as-you-go.org -A series of meditations in the Ignatian Traditions of Imaginative contemplation. These reflections provide you with an opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal, unique way.

We have Daily Mass at Saint Francis in English Monday through Friday at 8:30AM and on Saturday Morning at 8AM followed by coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall. Everyone is Welcome. Misa en Español durante la semana de lunes a viernes es a las 7PM.

On Tuesdays at 10AM in the Parish Hall we reach out to those in need by offering a large bag of fresh vegetables, bread and canned goods. Around 100 families come in each week for a bag. On the First Friday of the month at 12noon, food bags are given out through the food share truck. All are welcome !

SAINT FRANCIS YOUTH GROUP
Contact Vidal Morales at 524-4408

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During the season of Lent we use the popular devotion of praying the Stations of the cross on the Fridays
of Lent. Each station is a meditation on Jesus' last walk along the Via Dolorosa towards Calvary . As a community we will gather in the church at 6PM each Friday of Lent to pray and walk the Stations of the Cross just as Jesus did. Last year 14 families donated the out door Stations of the Cross in our meditation Garden . In preparation for Lent 2014 we had L.E.D. lighting installed to illuminate each station and walkway for evening prayer. On the first Friday of Lent, March 7th we will turn on the new lights as we pray The outdoor Stations of the Cross at 6PM followed by a bowl of soup in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!

THIS LENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO EVANGELIZE AND BRING PEOPLE TO CHURCH OR BRING BACK FALLEN AWAY CATHOLICS BACK HOME? COME TO SAINT FRANCIS ON SUNDAY MARCH 23RD - To help get you started in your life of evangelization (or assist you if you are already active) Saint Francis will be bringing Mr. Terry Barber as a guest speaker on Sunday afternoon, March 23rd from 3 to 4PM in the church, followed by a coffee social in the courtyard. Terry has 30 years experience in evangelization and has recently authored a book entitled, “How to Share Your Faith with Anyone-A practical manual for Catholic Evangelization”. The conference is free. If you wish to purchase a Book, they will be available for around $17. Everyone is Invited. EVANGELIZE THIS LENT!

All parish men are invited to go to Facebook and Like this page MEN living for Greatness— that has excellent tools and resources for living a life of greatness in their Catholic Faith. For internet users go to www.MenLivingForGreatness.com Men living for greatness, is continually coming out with new tools and resources that are simple to use and extremely effective. Visit the site regularly. Enjoy !

OUR CHILDRENS MASS IS CELEBRATED EVERY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH AT THE 9:15AM MASS After Mass, everyone is invited to the courtyard for fellowship. We will have Irish music and a dancer or two. A coffee, hot chocolate and doughnut fundraiser will be served and all proceeds go to the parish.

On Sunday March 30th all are invited to our Breakfast in the Parish Hall. The family of Rosa Morales will sponsor this event 4 times a year and all proceeds will go to the Parish.

Good Catholic reading is free and available at the pamphlet rack in the main entrance to the church.
Start your Lenten journey learning more about your faith in short and easy pamphlet form that will inspire, inform, and help you to evangelize others. Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Lenten Season!

Gift Store News we are open on Sundays from 10AM to 3PM and Monday thru Saturday during our Pastoral Center Office Hours, listed on the cover of the bulletin. Come in and visit !

Families of Nazareth meet on Tuesday nights in room 4 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. For an evening of prayer and reflection, come join us. All are welcome!

Holyheros.com great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

Forty Days for Life begins March 5, through April 13. Please join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood from 7am-7pm. 7 days a week. You can go to www.40daysforlife.com/ventura website and sign up for a scheduled time. Also you can remember this cause in your daily sacrifices and prayers too.

2nd Sunday Children's Choir!!! Come make a joyful noise!!! It is never too late to join. Please call Marie Alviz at 509-0467 if your children are interested in singing. We have a lot
of fun singing and playing instruments together

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend for Healing after Abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future. Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness. All inquiries and registrations are confidential. April 4-6, Duarte , CA Cost: $215. per person. For registration or more information please call: 866-272-2435

Michael A. Lara
Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church "A rest stop for the Soul"
1048 W. Ventura Street Fillmore, CA. 93015

Telephone: (805) 524-1306 ext. 17 FAX: (805) 524-0784
Email: stfrancisoffice@sbcglobal.net

PAX ET BONUM!
Thank you for your message and for all that you do for Saint Francis of Assisi! God Bless

 

Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.

Navy Lt. Marissa Greene told Stars and Stripes she only... http://theweek.com/article/index/257285/speedreads-gay-and-lesbian-troop...

 

We begin the Holy season of Lent with the imposition of Ash on our fore heads as the following words are spoken to us, Repent and believe in the Gospel. This invitation to Change, is what Lent is all about and what we are called to do. Take some time before Ash Wednesday and let God talk to you, let him speak to you about what's going on in YOUR life that needs some change that will allow the Gospel to live and be proclaimed through YOU!

ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE- MARCH 5TH

8:30AM English Daily Mass
Imposition of Ashes 12noon & from 3:00 PM until 8PM

On Ash Wednesday adults fast by eating only 1 meal & 2 smaller meals. We also abstain from chicken and meat on Ash Wednedsay, Good Friday and every Friday of Lent.

MIERCOLES DE CENIZA - Marzo 5

7AM Misa en Español Al Medio Dia Servicio
De las 3PM hasta las 8PM se dara ceniza continuamente

Here are some web sites for you to visit during Lent
pray.com.ua
loyolapress.com - A three minute invitation to have a retreat each day
americancatholic.org - A variety of Roman Catholic books to order, Lenten Reflections & lots of great info.

pray-as-you-go.org -A series of meditations in the Ignatian Traditions of Imaginative contemplation. These reflections provide you with an opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal, unique way.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During the season of Lent we use the popular devotion of praying the Stations of the cross on the Fridays of Lent. Each station is a meditation on Jesus' last walk along the Via Dolorosa towards Calvary. As a community we will gather in the church at 6PM each Friday of Lent to pray and walk the Stations of the Cross just as Jesus did. Last year 14 families donated the out door Stations of the Cross in our meditation Garden. In preparation for Lent 2014 we had L.E.D. lighting installed to illuminate each station and walkway for evening prayer. On the first Friday of Lent, March 7th we will turn on the new lights as we pray The outdoor Stations of the Cross at 6PM. All are welcome.

FIRST MONDAY BIBLE STUDY AT 7:40PM IN THE CHURCH, MARCH 3RD
This popular bible study will look at Why Lent is 40 days and how that number is a traditional number of discipline, devotion and preparation in the bible. Moses stayed on the Mountain for 40 days (Ex 24:18 and 34:28) Nineveh was given fort days to repent (Jonas 3:4) Jesus spent forty days praying and fasting (Matthew 4:2) Following the bible study we will have a coffee social in the Parish hall. Bring a desert to share

Good Catholic reading is free and available at the pamphlet rack in the main entrance to the church.
Start your Lenten journey learning more about your faith in short and easy pamphlet form that will
inspire, inform, and help you to evangelize others. Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Lenten Season!

Families of Nazareth meet on Tuesday nights in room 4 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. For an evening of prayer and reflection, come join us. All are welcome!

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend for Healing after Abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future. Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness. All inquiries and registrations are confidential. April 4-6, Duarte, CA Cost: $215. per person. For registration or more information please call: 866-272-2435

Holyheros.com great website for kids of all ages. So many great Catholic teachings!

Saint Francis of Assisi Academy- is now
accepting applications for the upcoming school year 2014/2015 This is a Pre– K program (must be 4yrs. by December 31st del 2014). Program is from 8:30am to 11:30am From September 2014 to Mid June 2015 For applications or more information please come to the Parochial Center, or call Maggie at 805-524-1306

Forty Days for Life begins March 5, through April 13. Please join us in prayer in front of Planned Parenthood from 7am-7pm. 7 days a week. You can go to www.40daysforlife.com/ventura website and sign up for a scheduled time. Also you can remember this cause in your daily sacrifices and prayers too.

2nd Sunday Children's Choir!!! Come make a joyful noise!!! It is never too late to join. Please call Marie Alviz at 509-0467 if your children are interested in singing. We have a lot
of fun singing and playing instruments together

2014 TOGETHER IN MISSION CAMPAIGN:
March 1—2 Commitment weekend (in pew)
March 8—9 Follow-Up Weekend

As part of the Annual Catholic Appeal, Together in Mission provides substantial financial support to 37 parishes and 56 schools in our Archdiocese. Your gift enables us to provide essential resources and ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen families, advance Church leadership and inspire and educate future generations of our faith.

Saint Francis Gift Store is open every Sunday from 10AM to 3PM and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 8PM and On Fridays from 10AM to 1PM. We have a lot of religious art and beautiful jewelry, devotional books and bibles. Come in and Visit!