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    fàA YÜtÇv|á Éy Táá|á| Vtà{ÉÄ|v V{âÜv{ Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston 5102 Dabney St. Houston, TX 77026 Phone 713‐672‐7773 Email: s [email protected] Website: s ranciso ouston.org

    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church St. Francis of Assisi Parish Marian Chapel                                                                                  St. Francis of Assisi Parish is served by                                         The Missionaries of St. Paul of Nigeria 

    St. Francis of Assisi Parish Prayer for God’s Protection Almighty God, we acknowledge our sinfulness and un worthiness. In your everlasting love and mercy, you do not judge us as we deserve. We thank you for rescuing us from being swept away by the evil wind of Covid 19 Pandemic. We beseech you to complete your good work in us. Bring to an end the spread of the virus. Heal those infected by it, and those weighed down by other illness-es. Shelter, shield, and protect us, especially those who are at a high risk of being infected by the virus. Save your creation from the Evil One. Grant inspiration and knowledge to our scientists to find lasting cures for the virus and other diseases. Guide the reasoning, discern-ments and decisions of our leaders. Bless all those you are using to save lives. Grant consolation to the griev-ing, hope to the despair, courage to the frightened, guidance to the lost, and help to the needy. May our faith not fail or become weak by these difficult and try-ing times. May we understand that worldly cares, wor-ries and anxieties are useless, and learn to be close and grateful to you. May many people come to repentance, seek your face, and seek first your Kingdom. Grant eter-nal rest to those who died as a result of the pandemic and all the departed. May your love be upon us, O God, as we place our hope in you. We pray in the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, all the angels and saints, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fr. Martin Eke, MSP

     November 22, 2020

    El Shaddai Prayer Ministry 20 Years Anniversary at St. Francis of Assisi Church

    November 14, 2020

     

    Adoration 8:00 AM Mass 9:00 AM

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    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas November 22, 2020

    Need informa on and don’t know who to call? Here is a lis ng of our Ministry leaders who are always willing to help! 

    Altar Servers Ronald Berard  713‐299‐4024   

    Altar Society Mary Robertson  832‐790‐8124   

    Audio/Visual Bonita Taylor  713‐252‐2028   

    Bazaar Commi ee Carla Lewis 713‐534‐3927 Mark Davis 713‐498‐6112  

    Coordinator of Religious Educa on Mrs. Jamie Williams 832‐236‐7316   

    Daughters of Divine Love 832‐445‐0241   

    Disaster Response Commi ee Paul Sloan 281‐734‐7289 

    El Shaddai Ministry Milabel Garing  713‐480‐7223   

    Environment & Sacred Space Abel Rodriguez  713‐658‐5198  

    Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Dr. Clarice Campbell  713‐ 455‐6753   

    Faith Alive Youth Ministry Kory Goodly 713‐598‐9402  Dzondria Jones 936‐223‐6992   

    Finance Council Mrs. Adrian Sloan 281‐831‐8572  

    Hope, Love, & Joy Seniors Ella Ledet  713‐927‐1073   

    Hospitality Frances Baldwin  713‐674‐1629   

    Knights of Peter Claver Council #231 Grand Knight David Livings  832‐724‐8977   

    Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court #231 Grand Lady  Diana Carmon‐Jones 713‐969‐7586   

    Knights of Peter Claver Junior Knights Kory Goodly 713‐598‐9402     

    Knights of Peter Claver Junior Daughters Chiquita Easely 713‐545‐7047  

    Lectors Dorothy Webb  832‐567‐4742   

    Liturgy Commi ee Ma  Ma hews  832‐423‐9335    Liturgical Movement Dena Lavigne  832‐245‐1846   

    Minister of Music Ma  Ma hews  832‐423‐9335   

    Pastoral Council John Goodly 713‐628‐9989  

    Samaritan Ministry/Funeral Repast Mary Robertson  832‐790‐8124   

    Second Family Care Team Rita Bernard  713‐631‐1753   

    Sisters in the Spirit Evelyn Wright 713‐385‐6607  

    Social Ministry/Food Pantry Mr. Lester White, Sr.  713‐673‐7737  or cell 832‐656‐3242   

    Stewardship Commi ee Antoine e Goodly 281‐778‐9177  

    Ushers Wilford Victorian  713‐633‐7977     

    Parish Office ‐ 713‐672‐7773 Fr. Mar n Eke, MSP, Pastor ‐ 713‐672‐7773  Stephanie White, Parish Secretary ‐ 713‐672‐7773 Deacon Igna us Joseph (Rtd) ‐ 281‐745‐3005  Deacon Michael St. Julian ‐  713‐256‐8657  

    MASS SCHEDULE   

          Saturday Mass        5:00 pm        Sunday Mass        8:00 am        Sunday Mass             11:00 am  

           The link is:

    https://www.facebook.com/1familyonelove/  

    Dial In Number 425‐436‐6368 ‐  Access code: 579460# 

    BIBLE STUDY Wednesday at 6:00 PM 

    Dial In Number:  425‐436‐6368   Access code: 579460# 

     

    ROSARY Monday ‐ Friday at 8 PM 

    Dial in Number:  425‐436‐6368 Access Code:  579460# 

    ROSARY & BENEDICTION Sunday at 10:25 AM 

    Dial in Number:  425‐436‐6368 Access Code:  579460# 

    BAPTISM For Infants: Bap sm Prepara on (Parents & Godparents), contact Parish Office one month prior to ge ng the child bap zed.  For Children, ages 6‐15, Youth, and Adults contact Parish Office.  Youth and adult Bap sm is done on Easter only.  MARRIAGES A minimum of six months prepara on is required. Contact the pastor before se ng the date.  FUNERALS The death of a loved one can be a trying and unpredictable me. Before any arrangements are made for funerals, 

    please call the parish office to schedule a  me to meet with the pastor.  

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    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas November 22, 2020 SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE, YEAR A

    Our Parish Vision We envision a caring, loving community of men, women and children who possess a genuine Chris an concern for one another, a unified family where the members, aware of God’s presence in each of them and led by His spirit are able to work, pray and play together; a faith filled com‐munity where gospel values are studied, lived, nurtured, shared and celebrated; a community of individuals and groups traveling together on a common faith journey; a community harmoniously working for the kingdom; a community that is ac ve in service and evangeliza on.  

    St. Clement I (pope & martyr d.c. 99) Feast Day: November 23 He is recognized as the third pope in succes-sion to Peter, but little is known about him except that he was martyred in exile. Ac-cording to tradition, he was a former slave of the imperial court. May we follow his teach-ing that “Charity unites us to God. Charity knows no schism, does not rebel, does all the things in concord”.

    from Living With Christ

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    PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may 

    not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; 

    to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; 

    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

    Amen. 

    ft|Çà Éy à{x jxx~ Weekly Offerings for November 15, 2020

    Offerings (Mail In / Drop Off) $2,565.00 Offerings (Mass) $2,117.00 Online Giving Offerings $265.00 Zelle Offerings $515.00 Total $5,462.00

    Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) 2020 Parish Goal: $20,000.00

    Total Amount Pledged: $16.126.00 Total Amount Paid: $15,055.00

    Total Number of Participants: 74 Percent Paid: 75.27%

     Thank you for your generosity

    Monday: Rv 14:1‐3, 4b‐5; Ps 24:1bc‐4ab, 5‐6; Lk 21:1‐4 

    Tuesday: Rv 14:14‐19; Ps 96:10‐13; Lk 21:5‐11 

    Wednesday: Rv 15:1‐4; Ps 98:1‐3ab, 7‐9; Lk 21:12‐19 

    Thursday: Rv 18:1‐2, 21‐23; 19:1‐3, 9a; Ps 100:1b‐5; Lk 21:20‐28 Thanksgiving Day (suggested):  Sir 50:22‐24; Ps 145:2‐11; 1 Cor 1:3‐9; Lk 17:11‐19 

    Friday: Rv 20:1‐4, 11 ‐ 21:2; Ps 84:3‐6a, 8a; Lk 21:29‐33 

    Saturday: Rv 22:1‐7; Ps 95:1‐7ab; Lk 21:34‐36 

    Sunday: Is 63:16b‐17, 19b; 64:2‐7; Ps 80:2‐3, 15‐16, 18‐19;  1 Cor 1:3‐9; Ps 80:2‐3, 15‐16, 18‐19; 1 Cor 1:3‐9; Mk 13:33‐37 

    Readings for the Week

    Mass Intentions The link is:

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    Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:00 PM † Manuel Laxina, Sr. requested by Milabel L. Garing † Milagros B. Laxina requested by Milabel L. Garing † Souls in Purgatory requested by A Friend Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:00 AM † Doris Arceneaux requested by Robert & Eusebia Lewis † Nedia Virginia Haydel requested by Mrs. Helen Mitchell † Charlene Thierry requested by Jamie Williams Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:00 AM † Shelton Joseph requested by Betty Jelonek † Aaron Zenon, Sr. requested by Enola Zenon & Family † Joseph Vu requested by Jeannie Vu Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:00 AM † Andrew & Ursula Thomas requested by Jamie Williams Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:00 AM St. Francis of Assisi Parishioners Living & Deceased Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:00 AM † Olga Mitchell requested by The Family † Taj Sean Bentley requested by Adrienne Senakwe Wright Friday, November 27, 2020 7:00 AM Private Intention

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    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas November 22, 2020

    Announcements

    Please pray for God’s blessings on our bene‐factors and benefactresses, for the healing and renewal of our parish and for St. Francis of As‐sisi School.  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

    PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for the Archdiocese of Gal‐veston‐Houston and the Catholic Church in the United States of America during this trying  me that God may pro‐tect his Church. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Drive Thru Holy Communion Service is now available at St. Francis of Assisi Church.  Please call Fr. Mar n’s cell phone to book an appointment. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    OFFERINGS & DONATIONS: Weekly Offerings and Dona ons may be mailed, dropped off at the parish or completed online through ParishSOFT Giving or Zelle. 

    Weekly offerings and/or dona ons dropped at the parish may be put in the rectory’s mail box.  The mail box is safe because it has a lock.  The church gate opens daily at 9:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.   

    Online offerings and/or dona ons may be made through:  ParishSOFT Giving:   ‐ h ps://giving.parishso .com/app/giving/s rancisofassisi   Zelle:  ‐ Email:  s [email protected]  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    GOOD SHEPHERD GRANT PROGRAM: We thank the bene‐factors of this program.  Twenty‐five St. Francis of Assisi families received $1,200.00 each.  We would also like to thank Donna Pierson for coordina ng this program for our parish.  We are grateful to God.    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

    SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING FOR ADULTS REMINDER:   As mandated by the Archdiocese of Galveston‐Houston’s Office of Child and Youth Protec on, all volunteers must complete the CMG Connect “Safe Haven‐It’s Up to You” online training before they can volunteer.  Also, all volunteers’ training must be up to date to volunteer.  You may call the parish office if you need to know the status of your training or need help with logging on to complete the training. Remember, educa on is the key element of the Safe Environment program and protec on of our children and other vulnerable adults is very important to us. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Thanksgiving is Thursday, Novem‐ber 26th.  Adora on will be at 8:00 am followed by Mass at 9:00.  Come let us give thanks to God for his many blessings. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

    PARISH OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING: The parish office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

    CHRISTMAS FLOWER OFFERING ENVELOPE: There is a Christmas Flower Offering envelope in our current set of offering envelopes.  This envelope is to donate to the Christmas Flower Fund in memory of loved ones.  We will have poinse as  that can be pur‐chased in memory of loved ones to decorate the altar for Christ‐mas.  Details about the poinse as will be coming soon.  You may call the parish office if you have ques ons.   Thank you, your Environment & Sacred Space Team.  

    Vocation Events ADORATION BY CANDLELIGHT ‐ Join other young adults 18 and older and pray in Adora on of the Blessed Sacrament with Fa‐ther Richard McNeillie. Every 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 PM (November 23). Experience the peace of Christ and the joy of a community in prayer. Pray in silence and with music at the Chapel of St. Mary's Seminary, 9845 Memorial Dr., Houston TX 77024.  Sponsored by Serra Clubs of the Archdiocese of Gal‐veston‐Houston and the Office of Voca ons.  

    RESOURCES FOR PARISHIONERS IN NEED: Catholic Chari es of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston con nues to serve people in need during the COVID‐19 pandemic through all of its programs. Food pantries are open for drive‐through food distribu on at three loca ons: Guadalupe Center in Houston; Mamie George Community Center in Richmond; Beacon of Hope Center in Galveston. For hours and other informa on, visit:   h ps://catholicchari es.org/covidfooddistribu on/ or call the COVID Assistance Line at 713‐874‐6521.    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    CCE REGISTRATION: It’s time to begin CCE for the new year. We will begin accepting registrations for all grades, sacramen‐tal preparation and for adults in need of Confirmation.  I also invite our sisters and brothers coming from other faith tradi‐tions to come and learn about our faith in hopes of becoming Catholic.  For more information, please contact the CCE Coordinator,  Mrs. Jamie Williams at 832‐236‐7316. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Although the month of October is behind us, Breast Cancer Awareness never goes away.  During this  me of Covid 19, we must be reminded to schedule our mammogram tests. Remem‐ber that men are not totally immune from this dreaded 

    illness.  Self‐check is important for both women and men. So, as a team, let’s remind our friends and loved ones to schedule yearly mammograms and follow through with the doctor.   For more informa on on how to get started, you may call  THE ROSE CENTER for more informa on at 281‐484‐4708. 

    Upcoming Events

    Date Event Time November 26, 2020

    Thursday Thanksgiving Day 9:00 AM

    Mass

    Rosary Monday - Friday at 8 PM BENEDICTION & ROSARY Sunday at 10:25 AM Dial in Number: 425-436-6368 Access Code: 579460#

    "Contemplating together the face of Christ with the heart of Mary, as we pray the Rosary, will make us more united as a spiritual fami-ly and will help us to overcome this trial."

    - Pope Francis  

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    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas November 22, 2020 Anna Lou Demouchet, Annie Marie Joubert, Rose Broussard, Mercedes Arline, Marie Murphy, Dorothy Meyers, Corine Beard, Mary Aguilar, Iris Charles, Gustave LaBlanc, Joseph Gallagher, Arthur Baldwin, Joel Richards, Tracy Maloney, Melanie Jones, Anna Bell Lewis, Barbara Calhoun, Enola Zenon, Brandi Torres, Augus ne Dauphine, David Colbert, Kate Garza, Lester White, Freeman Johnson, Emma Filer, Calvin Labbe, Joseph Williams, Alan St. Julian Sr., Stephanie Woods, Alsie Gee, Laura Anne Charles, Melvin Charles, An‐thony Wiltz, Roberto Llanas, Ron Lewis, and Irene Flores.

    Growing in Faith Together Homily of Thirty-Fourth Sunday, Christ the King of Year A, 2020

    Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46 The feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, not long after the end of the First World War. The pope established the feast as a statement of faith against the prevailing ideo-logies of communism and secularism at that time. The two ideologies attempted to exclude faith, religion and God from humanity. This feast is even more relevant to us now that we face many anti-Christian and anti-Catholic ideologies like secularism, materialism, relativism, anti-clericalism, and persecution of Christians. By celebrating this feast, we are upholding the teachings of the Scripture, the teachings of the Church and to contin-ue to proclaim Jesus Christ as our leader and king. The kingship of Jesus is clearly stated in the Scripture: The King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15); the ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5); he is the Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14). Je-sus declared in Matthew 28:18, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” In Philippians 2:9-10, St. Paul writes, “God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” The people of Jesus’ time did not understand that the earthly kingship of Jesus was not political but spiritual. His disciples asked him before he ascended into heaven, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). The Pharisees had, also, asked him when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus’ reply gives us a good understanding of his earthly kingship we are celebrating today: “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21). This means that the universal kingdom is not remote in a distant land, or in the heavens, or across the sea. The universal kingdom is within us, around us, and among us; in our homes, our parishes, our churches, our neighbor-hoods, our institutions, our work places, our business places, our market places, our gatherings, our environ-ments, and so on. The first reading is Prophet Ezekiel’s prophecy of Jesus’ universal kingship. He came to the cloudy and dark world to die in order to save the scattered sheep. He came to seek out and bring back the strayed, to bind up the injured, to heal the sick. Jesus is no longer physically with us; but by his Spirit, Word, and Sacraments he em-powers, us, his followers to continue his saving works. Jesus confers his power and authority on his followers by declaring in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.” Mark 16:17-18, “These signs will accompany those who believe in my name: in my name they will drive out de-mons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” As his Christians, we are kingly people (1 Peter 2:9); we are co-heirs of the kingdom with Jesus (Romans 8:17); and we are to reign with him (2 Timothy 2:11). Jesus can only rule the universe through us if we take up this power and use it. As we read in the Gospel, it is with this power we are able to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and care for the sick and prisoners. The accolades in the above paragraph (kingly people, co-heirs, reign with him) bestowed on us, Christians, must not be for nothing, especially, in the face of so much affliction in the world; further polluted by non-Christian vicious lies, deceptions, and ideologies. We must respond, positively, to this urgent invitation from Jesus: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force” (Matthew 11:12). St. Paul challenges us to cast away the spirit of cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7), and take up the power and the force Jesus has given to us, to stand firm as kingly people and co-heirs, to reign with him, and to confront the sufferings, the ills, the decadence, and the violence in our world. It is by so doing, the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe is meaningfully celebrated. Fr. Martin Eke, MSP

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1 fàA YÜtÇv|á Éy Táá|á| Vtà{ÉÄ|v V{âÜv{ Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston 5102 Dabney St. Houston, TX 77026 Phone 713‐672‐7773 Email: [email protected] Website: sƞrancisoĬouston.org St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church St. Francis of Assisi Parish Marian Chapel St. Francis of Assisi Parish is served by The Missionaries of St. Paul of Nigeria St. Francis of Assisi Parish Prayer for God’s Protection Almighty God, we acknowledge our sinfulness and un worthiness. In your everlasting love and mercy, you do not judge us as we deserve. We thank you for rescuing us from being swept away by the evil wind of Covid 19 Pandemic. We beseech you to complete your good work in us. Bring to an end the spread of the virus. Heal those infected by it, and those weighed down by other illness- es. Shelter, shield, and protect us, especially those who are at a high risk of being infected by the virus. Save your creation from the Evil One. Grant inspiration and knowledge to our scientists to find lasting cures for the virus and other diseases. Guide the reasoning, discern- ments and decisions of our leaders. Bless all those you are using to save lives. Grant consolation to the griev- ing, hope to the despair, courage to the frightened, guidance to the lost, and help to the needy. May our faith not fail or become weak by these difficult and try- ing times. May we understand that worldly cares, wor- ries and anxieties are useless, and learn to be close and grateful to you. May many people come to repentance, seek your face, and seek first your Kingdom. Grant eter- nal rest to those who died as a result of the pandemic and all the departed. May your love be upon us, O God, as we place our hope in you. We pray in the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, all the angels and saints, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fr. Martin Eke, MSP November 22, 2020 El Shaddai Prayer Ministry 20 Years Anniversary at St. Francis of Assisi Church November 14, 2020 Adoration 8:00 AM Mass 9:00 AM
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