O Come, O Come Emmanuel!" This familiar hymn reminds the church of the season of Advent, a time marked for preparation and consecration prior to the coming of the Messiah.
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and, when used with Christmas, it calls us to preparing the way of the Lord. We are called to make ourselves ready to receive the Hope offered to us in the incarnation of Christ, the Son of God.
Together this Advent, our parish will explore the Hope offered to us in the coming of Jesus Christ both in His birth and His second coming in a series called “Hope is on the Way”. The themes of this series is noted below. The goal of the series is the help guide our parish in prayerful reflect of the scripture together. Our priests will be focusing on these themes in their homilies, our bulletin will include resources to use at home with family and friends, and our small groups will be using them as a guide in their reflection of the Sunday readings. May God bless our time of preparation and anticipation and guide us to a more profound relationship with His son Jesus Christ.
First Week of Advent, November 27
Christ Interrupts: Pour the Coffee
Second Week of Advent, December 4
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand
Third Week of Advent, December 11
Hope in the King
Fourth Week of Advent, December 18
God’s Promises are a Sure Thing
Use the links above for our weekly resources throughout Advent including a question of the week, advent lighting prayer, and prayer intention. Click here to access small group resources.
Fr. Robert Barron's Advent Reflection (sign up for emails)
USCCB's Advent Page (includes video and audio reflections)
Loyola Press' Advent Page for Families
Catholics Welcome Home
Advent Wreath Coloring Page
Join us each weekend at our regular Mass schedule plus for our special celebrations.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2016
12:10 p.m. (English)
& 7:00 p.m. (bilingual)
Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12, 2016
7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a rich tradition from Mexico where she appeared to a poor native 1500 years ago. Here at St. Francis, we keep this tradition by praying a novena from December 4 through 12 each year. Click here to view our schedule and learn more.
God’s mercy is limitless. He calls each and everyone of to be humbled and seek the healing we need. We will have various opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Advent Season. Come receive the grace of God’s Mercy found in this sacraments.
(December 2—December 17)
Fridays—12:00 to 1:00 pm
Saturdays—4:00 to 4:45 pm
Wednesday, December 14th—7:00-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17th - 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20nd—6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21rd—6:45 to 8:30 pm
Our Giving tree program is a long tradition here at St. Francis where parishioners are able to donate Christmas presents to families in need. Please consider picking up an ornament in the gathering space the weekends of November 26/27 and December 3/4.
The gifts need to be returned to the gathering space no later than December 11th in order to be processed and given out December 17th.
Our parish has a very active ministry to the homebound. If you or someone you know is homebound and could benefit from a visit, please contact Tom Eggleston in the parish office.
All those who visit someone in their home or in a care facility can pick up a present for the homebound parishioners after mass in the Gather Space the weekend of December 19/23.
...are available in the gathering space or the parish office. The book offers daily reflection throughout the Season of Advent.
Christmas Wreaths to support Youth Ministry activities will be on sale leading up to Christmas. Contact Kevin Hilgert, Director of Youth Ministry, in the parish office for more information.
St. Francis de Sales will host a Posada on Friday, December 16, 2016. We will begin with Mass @ 7:00 p.m. (Spanish) in the church followed by a procession with prayers and songs (in Spanish) that represents the journey of Joseph and Mary looking for lodging. All are welcome.
Join us as we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Christmas Eve and Day schedule can be found below. More details are available on our parish website.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016
Christmas Day, December 25, 2016
Mass, 10:30 am (English) & 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)