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  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 47-225 Washington Street

    La Quinta, CA 92253

    Mass Schedule

    Saturday 8:30 a.m. First Saturday

    4:30 p.m. Vigil 6:00 p.m. Espaol

    Sunday 7:30 a.m. English 9:15 a.m. English 11:00 a.m. English 12:30 p.m. Espaol 5:00 p.m. English

    6:45 p.m. Vietnamese

    Holy Days 8:00 a.m. English

    12:00 noon English 6:30 p.m. Bilingual

    Weekday Mass MondayFriday

    8:00 a.m.

    Inside this issue: Readings 2

    Formed 3

    Liturgy 4

    Upcoming events 5

    Office of Adult Formation

    6

    Parish Announcements 7

    Announcements 8

    Liturgia 9

    Anuncios 10

    Vi t Nam 11

    Vi t Nam 12

    Vi t Nam 13 Pastor: Fr. James McLaughlin

    Parochial Vicar: Fr. Johnny Dang Deacons: David Hockwalt and Victor Gonzalez

    Seminarian: Antonio Padilla

    PARISH OFFICE 760-564-1255 Fax 760-564-0763

    www.stfrancislq.com Parish Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Mission Statement

    St. Francis of Assisi Cath-olic Church, united with our Bishop, is dedicated to revealing the love of Christ to our parish and beyond. Strengthened by the Word, sacraments, and vibrant worship, we strive to be a shining light throughout our communi-ty and supportive of all on their spiritual journey. As a parish of diverse back-grounds, we vow that our faith in action and minis-tries will be fruitful and welcoming to all.

    BAPTISMS Apply 3 months in advance

    MARRIAGE

    Apply 9 months in advance

    ANOINTING OF THE SICK Call the parish office to request a visit

    RECONCILIATION Wednesday:

    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday:

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. First Friday:

    After the 8:00 a.m. Mass

    ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Wednesday Devotions: 6:00 p.m.

    First Friday: 8:00 a.m.

    ROSARY

    Monday-Friday 7:40 a.m.

    CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m.

    OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL

    HELP NOVENA Wednesday

    8:30 a.m.

    January 17, 2016

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    TODAYS READINGS

    First Reading As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so God rejoices in the chosen Zion and Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:1-5). Psalm Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations (Psalm 96). Second Reading All the varied gifts and talents found in the Christian community are products of the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Gospel At a wedding festival in Cana, Jesus changes water into wine at his mothers request (John 2:1-11). The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

    SURPRISES

    Life is full of surprises, some pleasant, some not. The scriptures are filled with stories of Gods surprises cropping up when they are least expected: younger children obtaining the inheritance; the lowliest being seat-ed highest up; an itinerant preacher, killed like a criminal, exalted to eternal, heavenly glory.

    Anybody who has planned a wedding or similar event knows that they are filled with opportunities for sur-prises. For the bridegroom in todays Gospel story, who has no direct contact with Jesus, the pleasant surprise came because somebody else paid attention and had faith in Jesus.

    We may think that the point of todays familiar story of the wedding at Cana is that when we have faith in Jesus, our lives will be pleasantly changed. A Christian, however, needs to have a broader perspective and re-alize that to have faith in Christ means that somebodys lifenot necessarily our ownwill be surprised for the better. Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

    TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

    Although our tradition carries a long memory of marriage as a sacrament, it may surprise you to learn that for nearly eleven centuries, there was no single wedding ceremony approved for use in the Church. While we have evidence of priests blessing marriages as early as the second century, in the early period church leaders re-lied on civil authorities to manage marriage for everyone in society. In most cases, society yielded its authority to sanction marriage to the male heads of households.

    From ancient times, marriage had been a family affair, managed by the father of the family, who acted as priest and guardian of family tradition. Each head wanted to keep the family gods alive, and so he would arrange for brides for his sons, paying a bride price as compensation for the loss of a skilled household worker. As creepy as that sounds, it was a step up from the kidnapping practice of earlier years. Even after the kidnapping raids stopped, the customs remained. Every wedding contained the ritualized kidnapping of the bride, the hus-band abducting his bride from the festivities, carrying her over the threshold to prevent her fathers gods from following her into her new religion. There, he fed her a piece of sacred cake, initiating her into a new way of life. Its fascinating to see how customs endure, long after we have completely rejected the values and attitudes they originally expressed! Rev. James Field, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co.

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    Sat Jan. 16 4:30 p.m. Thomas Geno-vese,

    6:00 p.m. Jorge Luna Moreno,

    Sun Jan. 17 7:30 a.m. Parish Community

    9:15 a.m. Rosa King,

    11:00 a.m. Walter Czerny,

    12:30 p.m. Jesus Toledo,

    5:00 p.m. Phyllis Bender, 6:45 p.m. Parish Community

    Mon Jan. 18 8:00 a.m. Alexander Dragonczy,

    Tue Jan. 19 8:00 a.m. Robert Stearns,

    Wed Jan. 20 8:00 a.m. Maria Lona Munoz,

    Thu Jan. 21 8:00 a.m. Kit Meyer,

    Fri Jan. 22 9:30 a.m. Thomas J. Ward,

    Mass Intentions for the Week Intenciones de la Misa de la Semana

    symbolizes Mass for the Deceased.

    A NEW Grief Group to be offered WEEKLY at St. Francis on Tuesdays at 11:30 beginning JANUARY 19. The grief process involves reconciling a new identity. It is often helpful to embrace our feelings of denial and anger in a group process, and to receive help from others who are experiencing the same pain of loss in their life. The power of the group authors life. After the loss of a loved one, friends due to a move, a job, or whatever, the temptation is to survive rather than thrive again.

    Sr. Mary R. Schumacher, RSCJ, LPC will facilitate Grief group. She is a licensed professional counselor and has personal and professional experience with this issue. Sr. Shoe facilitated Grief Groups at the Betty Ford Center and has journeyed with several people through their process of grief.

    To register please call the parish and give your phone number and email address to the receptionist at 760-564-1255.

    READINGS FOR THE WEEK

    Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23;

    Mk 2:18-22

    Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89:20-22, 27-28; Mk 2:23-28

    Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10;

    Mk 3:1-6

    Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Ps 56:2-3, 9-13; Mk 3:7-12

    Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11; Mk 3:13-19, or any

    of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer

    Saturday: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 5-7;

    Mk 3:20-21

    Sunday: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-

    30 [12-14, 27]; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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    St. Francis of Assisi Youth Ministry (F-AYM)

    All students are welcomed. God Loves you and so do we. For more information contact Debbie Ribera 760-564-1255.

    Middle School next FAYM Nights 1/18/16

    6th, 7th, & 8th Grades High School next FAYM Nights 1/25/16

    9th12th Grades

    Follow the Youth Ministry at www.stfrancislq.com

    Please join us as we begin this Wednesday, January 6th and

    every Wednesday evenings for Devotion and Adoration of the

    Blessed Sacrament.

    The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with confessions followed by the

    service at 6:00 p.m.

    The whole month of January will be dedicated to the Year of Mercy.

    Devotions/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

    The parish office will be closed

    Monday, January 18 in observance of

    Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    St. FRANCIS OF ASSISI WOMENS PRAYER GROUP

    Praying the Psalms!! All are welcome

    Our Next Gathering will be on JAN. 28TH AND Feb.11TH and 26th

    We will gather in the hall after the 8:00 AM Mass

    This week you should have received information about the 2016 DDF Annual Appeal. Once a year, our bishop invites each of us to make a commitment to support the work of our diocesan programs and ministries that enhance our church by helping all of Gods children build deeper and more meaningful relationship with Him.

    This effort is a means by which we can all work to-gether to car for the church by sharing the gifts God has granted us. Our parish goal is 100% participa-tion. We welcome you to join us in joyfully support-ing the DDF Annual Appeal. Please take time this week to reflect and pray about the blessings you are called to share with your Catholic family.

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