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Happening This Week:
Join us for the “Not So Spaghetti Dinner” fundraiser this Saturday, April 29 at 6:30 pm in the parish center hosted by the High School Youth Group. Please contact the parish office at 503-625-6185 to RSVP by Thursday, April 27.
This weekend, April 29 & 30 we will be having The Catholic Home Missions Collection. Your contribution will help strengthen the Church at home. Your generosity will provide catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training and other pastoral programs in needy dioceses across the United States. Envelopes for this collection can be found in the narthex and the church entrances.
This weekend after all the Masses the Respect Life Ministry and Knights of Columbus will be distributing baby bottles for the "Campaign for Change" baby bottle fundraiser which benefits the Mother and Child Education Center in Portland. Collection will be the weekend of May 20. They are grateful for your generosity and kindness.
Flamingo flocking begins this Monday, May 1! Know of any friends or neighbors who would love to wake up to a flock of flamingos? Check out this week’s insert for details!
Interested in the Strong for Life exercise class? It's not too late to join! Our first class and orientation is this Monday, May 1 in the South classroom. Please stop by and check it out.
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.
Liturgical Ministers and Coffee Social Ministers are asked to contact the parish office before Wednesday, May 3 with your non-availability dates for the next period, June 3 through August 27. This includes the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast Day and holy day of obligation on Tuesday, August 15 at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.
Saturday May 13 is Neighbor 2 Neighbor Day. This is the last week to sign up to volunteer! Please consider joining our St. Francis Team. See the bulletin under Care Ministry for more information.
There will be a Knights of Columbus breakfast and blood pressure screening after the morning Masses next Sunday, May 7.
Catholic Charities 2017 Annual Campaign - Catholic Charities and its member agencies strive to see the face of Christ in each of the 100,000 individuals we serve across Western Oregon each year. Whether it’s a program serving people who are homeless in Portland, reuniting broken families in Salem, helping pregnant mothers living in poverty to get back on their feet in Eugene, protecting the dignity of refugees and immigrants statewide, or providing emergency assistance to thousands, our Church’s charitable agencies represent all of us in service to others. Our special collection will be next weekend, May 6 & 7. To donate online, please call 503-688-2656 or go to www.CatholicCharitiesOregon.org.
Please welcome those who were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. They are Mary Ann Seidel, Vicki Lind, Olivia Huffaker, Shelly Sun, Jennifer Garrison, Brenda Uppiano, and Charon Plumley. You will find their pictures in the narthex. Welcome them as you would welcome Christ.
Out of Parish:
Sacred Heart-St Louis Parish and School in Gervais are hosting their 57th semi-annual BBQ Chicken dinner on Sunday, May 7 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dinner includes ½ BBQ chicken, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, homemade pie or cake and a beverage. The cost is $11 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Food is available as dine in or take out.
Beginning Experience of Oregon is pleased to announce our upcoming 6-week Coping With Life Alone class, starting May 5th at 7 PM at Ascension Catholic Church in Portland. We welcome those grieving the recent loss of a spouse through death, separation or divorce. Our sessions are facilitated by trained facilitators/wounded healers. Childcare can be available upon request. The cost is $35, with a limited number of scholarships available.