Saint Francis News

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!


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 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 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

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!


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.

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.

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. 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

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