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Happening This Week:
This weekend, March 25 & 26, we will have the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your donation will help provide humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families, and advocating on behalf of the vulnerable. Envelopes can be found in the narthex and the church entrances.
This Friday, March 31, we will be gathering in the parish center for Soup Supper at 6:00 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm in the church. The Knights of Columbus will be hosting the soup supper as well as leading the Stations of the Cross.
In observance of Lent, the Knights of Columbus, in conjunction with the Social Action Ministry, have organized the 5th annual parish wide food drive to benefit our Food Pantry and the Oregon Food Bank. The program is called "40 Cans for 40 Days" and asks each family to donate 1 can of food every day of Lent.
There will be a Knights of Columbus breakfast and blood pressure screening after the morning Masses next Sunday, April 2.
We received great feedback from attendees who were at the recent funeral planning presentation sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries. St. Francis is offering one more presentation on Wednesday, April 5 at 11:00 am in the south classrooms. Please consider joining us and RSVP to the parish office.
Itel - Knights of Columbus - Contreras Scholarships - These scholarships are again available to any high school graduating senior who is a parishioner of St Francis. You must have applied to and been accepted by a College or University for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications (one application for all) are available in the parish office or church narthex. The primary criteria for selection are church and school involvement together with financial need. The deadline for submitting your application is Monday, May 1.
The Hope Garden is in need of fertilization. Do you have manure that you would be willing to donate to help us this growing season? Llama, sheep, or cow manure preferred. Contact Anna in the church office if you have manure you would like to donate.
The Hope Garden is in need of a rototiller to help prepare the garden for planting. Do you have one we could use? If so, contact Anna in the church office.
Everyone knows a Catholic who is no longer participating in the life of the Church. At St. Francis, we wish to extend a warm welcome to those Catholics who might rekindle their involvement and deepen relationships within the Church community by inviting them to Mass and to the Catholic Can Come Home sessions which are scheduled to begin April 20. For more information check the bulletin or call the office.
The Spring Adult Education series will begin Wednesday, April 19, and continue on subsequent Wednesday evenings until June 21 at 7:00 pm in the south classrooms of the parish center. The SYMBOLON presentations, titled THE FAITH EXPLAINED, include Jesus, Mary and the Saints, the Church, and the Trinity among many other topics. Join us for interesting video presentations, lively conversation, and community. Check the parish website under Adult Education for more information, or call the office at 503-625-6185.
If anyone is interested in having their feet washed at the Holy Thursday Mass, please contact Deacon Bill in the parish office by Monday, March 27. We need 12 ‘apostles’.
Out of Parish:
St. Cyril Women’s First Saturday, is hosting speaker Rev. Raymond Carey, Ph.D talking about Jesus’ Relationship with Women on Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 – 11:30 am in the Hall Fireside Room. For more information visit www.stcyrilparish.org or call 503-682-2332.
Walk of the Cross for Peace and Justice on Good Friday, April 14 at 10:00 am – noon. Join us for a one-mile interdenominational pilgrimage beginning at Bethel Congregational UCC (5150 SW Watson Avenue) and ending at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (5th and Franklin Ave). Walking between the stations, participants carry a large cross to remind us of the cross that Christ carried over 2000 years ago.