The Annual Parish Picnic sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will take place on Sunday, August 10th, starting at noon at Strother Park in Arroyo Grande. ALL PARISHIONERS are invited in appreciation for your support of the K of C activities in the past. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from noon until 2:00 p.m. Activities will include the presentation of the Knights of Columbus Scholarship winners. There will be fun and games for all. Please come as the guests of the Knights of Columbus.
Parish Library—Fully Operational
Many parishioners may not know that there is a library in the rear hall. The library is easily accessible after the Sunday morning Masses. The various sections of the library are clearly marked as to the kind of books that are available to be checked out. Come and visit.
Friends of Francis Dinner and Auction
Please save the date. The former Evening Under the Oaks will take place at the San Luis Obispo Country Club on Saturday, September 6th. There will be baseball memorabilia in this year’s auction. Call 489-1012, ext. 23, for information.
Volunteers for Faith Formation K-8
Preparations are being made for the beginning of the Faith Formation programs for our students who are in grades K through 8. If anyone has an interest in participating as an aide or back-up instructor, please call the rectory.
Annual Ministries Appeal
The Annual Ministries Appeal is still very much in progress for this year. Many aspects of the operation of the Diocese of Monterey have no direct connection to the parishes. The Bishop coordinates a number of offices and ministries that are available to all the parishes and schools of the Diocese. This special appeal addresses these needed activities of any diocese. The registered parishioners have received information about the appeal in the mail. For those who haven’t received the brochure and response envelope, these are available in the rear of the church. We encourage ALL parishioners to participate as each one is able to participate. PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE DIOCESE OF MONTEREY AND RETURN ALL RESPONSE ENVELOPES TO THE PARISH OFFICE.
Parish Goal $25,600
Amount Pledged $23,870
Amount Paid $21,645
Families Participating 90
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Therese Lawrence, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, McKenzie Tompkins, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Tyler Borges, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Judy Wedin, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, David Sterling, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Stephanie Liles, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Kathy Moritz, Simona Giovando, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Theresa Fulbright, Joan Gaugush, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Wayne Tompkins, Leandro Tompkins, Roger Boggs, Martha Hosier, Lawrence Wedin, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, Amanda McQueen, Art Hanlon, Patrick Matthias, Mary Avila, James Willette, David Jungclaus, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Anatol Jordan, Richard Becerra, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Myrtle Nunes, Mark Gil Go, Jimmy Harrington, Carla Silva, Philip Avila, Jeff Williams, Sr., Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Anselma Apilado, Judy Marine, Sister Carol, Alvin LeVeque, Lorinda Toscas Manheimer, Anita Landry, Ray Tezzoli, Betty Waite, Steve Skibinski, Virginia Rarig, Florence Kotlarek, Patty Maechtle, Mary McDonell and Theresa Ramirez.
Pray for Those in the Military
There are several members of the parish family who are in the military. Please pray for Matthew Owen, Christopher Valine, Jarod Alexander Souza, Nicholas Villegas, Richard (Richie) John III, Jessie Davis Long, James F. Maloney, Antonio P. Ramos, Mitchell Howard, Maria Kuhnes, Nicholas Cabansag, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine and Grace Anderson.
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and donuts will be available Sunday morning in the hall. Please join your fellow parishioners after the Sunday morning Masses. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9,16bc-17,21,23;
Tuesday: Mi 7:14-15,18-20; Ps 85:2-8;
Wednesday: Jer 1:1, 4-10; Ps 71:1-4a, 5-6ab, 15, 17;
Thursday: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 26:6-7ab, 8-11;
Friday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Saturday: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sunday: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119:57,72,76-77,
127-130; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52 [44-46]
PATIENTLY AWAITING JUDGMENT
Matthew, more than any other evangelist, talks about Jesus leaving and returning home. Often Jesus leaves the house because crowds have assembled outside and want to be taught. Today, after having taught and dismissed the crowds, his disciples follow him home, seeking further explanation of what seem to be, at least to us today, pretty straightforward parables. For both Matthew and Mark, when Jesus is in the house with his disciples it signals a special teaching moment, and it should cause us today to perk up our ears. Usually it is Jesus giving commonsense advice about what it will mean to follow him. Today is no different. To follow Jesus means to be ready to encounter the followers of evil, to have to live and work and preach among them. It means patiently awaiting the judgment that can only come from God, the judgment of justly deciding who will be thrown into the flame and who will live to be a brightly shining saint. Let us heed this house-teaching, for it will be the same for us who follow Jesus Christ today.
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TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION
Charlemagne, crowned Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800, had a major interest in shaping the worship life of the church, and began a long period of reform and regulation. We owe many confirmation policies and practices to his rule. A baptized person was required to be confirmed as soon as the bishop’s presence made it possible. Priests were expected to do their best in seeing to it that a newly-baptized child received the Eucharist. One twelfth-century ritual insists that if the child is not yet capable of eating or drinking, then the priest might give him or her some of the Precious Blood on a leaf or a finger. Despite the best efforts of the Empire to hold liturgical life together, the rules were not always lived out with great beauty. St. Richard of Chichester of thirteenth-century England, for example, was canonized for his holy life as a bishop. One of the remarkable signs of his sanctity was his willingness to climb down from his horse to confirm “merely baptized” layfolk who crossed his path! This praiseworthy practice points a finger of blame at less zealous bishops, whose casual attitudes revealed a sacrament in need of rescue. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.