A sign vs. walking by faith…….. My first ex- perience as pastor was at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro. It was a great place to begin learning the way of a pastor. One of the most challenging experiences I had as pastor was the result of a kidnapping. A young family that lived just a block or so from the parish in a large apartment complex was preparing dinner on a Saturday evening. The kids were playing just outside the open front door. Two of the three kids ran into the house for something and when they returned outside to look for their sibling, she was not there. They assumed that she had gone in- side and was with the mother and father who were pre- paring the meal. When they were called for dinner they came inside and were surprised to find that their sister was not with their parents. The parents asked where she was and they explained what had happened. The father than quickly went outside looking for his daugh- ter. After a few minutes he realized something was very wrong. They called the San Diego Police Depart- ment who responded immediately. Unfortunately, no one had seen anything. Over the next week the par- ents went from despair, to anger, to hopefulness that their daughter would return. I met with the parents to pray and try to offer them consolation. It was a very sad and painful time for them, and all I could really of- fer them was my presence in the name of Christ and His church. Returning from grocery shopping one eve- ning in the second week, the mother looked up at a billboard, and in the darkness of the evening with the light shining on it, she felt she saw the face of her miss- ing daughter. She felt it was a “sign” from God that her daughter was alive and would be returned to her with- out harm. Within days people were gathering nightly at the billboard to pray in vigil. Vendors were selling eve- rything from candles to rosaries, and the media was reporting the purported “sign” on the nightly news.
Naturally, because I was the pastor, I was asked about the validity of the “sign”. Fr. Bernie and I went to see the billboard so that we could have a firsthand experi- ence. The lights at the bottom of the sign cast a com- bination of light and shadows on the billboard. It could have been interpreted as a hundred different things, and had been there for months or years prior to the kidnapping of the young girl. We had to help people realize that although we could not say that what the mother experienced was or was not a “sign” from God, we could say that it was not a “sign” for all the many people that were now gathering. That in fact, it was the result of light shining on a billboard. Could God have allowed this to be a “sign” for the mother? Yes. Could the mother have read into what she saw because of
her emotional state? Certainly. In the end, time would tell. Time finally provided the final discernment of the
“sign”. The child was never found; presumed dead to this day. In our own parish there is such a purported sign; the appearing of Our Lady on the trunk of a tree.
I asked Fr. Efrain to go and see it, photograph it, and report back to me. He did, and both of us feel that al- though we cannot judge the original meaning for the member of the family who first saw it, we can say that it is not a “sign” for others. People out of curiosity are going there hoping to be inspired by a “sign”. This is natural. However, it might be good to remember what Jesus said when the people wanted him to produce a
“sign”. He told them no sign, but the sign of Jonah (meaning his death and resurrection), would be given them. In a time of faithlessness it is human nature to want a tangible “sign” of God’s presence. The Lord who lives within us is present in His Word, the Eucha- rist, and whenever two or more are gathered in His name seems happy to call us to the opposite of what
“signs” do; to a living faith!
Rev. Edward “Bud” Kaicher Pastor
Question of the week:
How can I help the Communion I receive on Sunday come alive today?
Cultivating Our Faith
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
First Reading — Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a Psalm — Psalm 147
Second Reading — 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Gospel — John 6:51-58
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Gn 18:16-33; Mt 8:18-22 Tuesday: Gn 19:15-29; Mt 8:23-27 Wednesday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Gal 1:11-20;
Day: Acts 12:1-11; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18;
Thursday: Gn 22:1b-19; Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Dt 7:6-11; 1 Jn 4:7-16; Mt 11:25-30 Saturday: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29; Lk 2:41-51
July 3, 2011
NEXT SUNDAY’S READINGS 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Zec 9: 9-10 Ps 145: 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Rom 8-9, 11-13 Mt 11 ;25-30
Calling all kids entering grades K-5! It is once again that time of the year; to attend the annual Vacation Bible School, which will take place the week of July 11-15.Our theme this year is Son- Surf, which focuses on how only Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There will be two bible schools this year. The English one will be from 9am to noon and the Spanish one will be from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $25 dollars per child and 50 dol- lars for a family of up to 4 children. Registration forms are at each entrance of the church or at the Religious Ed. office. For more information and if you are willing to volunteer, please call Maggie Amezcua at (760) 224-7865 for English or Maria de Carmen for Spanish at (760) 500-1837. Hope to see all you kids
“surfing” for the truth at SonSurf Bible School.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 25-26, 2011
June - July, 2011 Sun. 26 Cooking Contest
Mon. 27 Soup Kitchen - 5:30 pm Marian Mass - 7:00 pm
Tue. 28 Senior Exercise Class - 10:00 am Confessions - 6:00pm
Wed. 29 Legion of Mary - 9:00 am
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena - After 8 am Thur. 30 Contemplative Prayer Group 5:30 pm
Fri. 1 First Friday Adoration Sat. 2 Confessions - 3:00 pm Upcoming Events
June 26………..…….Cooking Contest
Parish Registration/Registro Parroquial
Welcome to The Church of St. Francis of Assisi!
Please take a moment to complete the following form, if appli- cable, and return by mail or drop it in the Sunday collection basket.
¡Bienvenidos a la Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis!
Para inscribirse como miembro de esta iglesia llene esta forma y devuélvala por correo o depositela en la canasta de la colecta dominical.
___I am new to the Parish/Soy nuevo a la parroquia ___Change of Address or Phone Number
Cambio de Domicilo/Numero de teléfono ___I would like to volunteer as:
Me gustaria ser voluntario de:_______________________
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi announces the following job opening: Director, Office of Stewardship and Development
Job Responsibilities: The Director, Office for Steward- ship and Development (DSD) will be responsible for de- signing, implementing and coordinating multiple pro- grams for ongoing Stewardship in the parish and for the parish development process (capital campaign – Prepare Ye The Way). Interaction with committees, ministries and donors is a crucial part of this position. DSD will manage the existing information systems related to recognition, acknowledgement and communication with parishioners and other donors in an effort to maximize the revenue streams for the previously noted campaigns. Design and maintain an ongoing donor relations program. Work ef- fectively with staff and the school development program.
Work closely with and help to maintain the parish minis- tries as a key component of the Stewardship program.
Position reports to the Pastor of the parish. Maintains open communications with the Business Manager and follow guidelines related to the finances of the parish.
DSD will supervise the Coordinator for Development for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
Direct Supervisor: Pastor
Education/Experience required: Candidate should have the following education/experience/abilities:
Stewardship and Development in a religious en- vironment (preferably Catholic).
Previous successful work in a non-profit environ- ment.
Ability to plan, promote and actualize multiple revenue streams.
Capital Campaigns, Planned Giving, Endow- ments, Charitable Gifts and Weekly Envelope Giving.
Communications with varied groups, ministries and staff.
Ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences in English and Spanish.
Fluency in English and Spanish, both oral and written.
Minimum of B.A. in related field.
The ideal candidate will have experience in a Catholic environment with Diocesan contact. They will have been involved with various types of campaigns including Capi- tal Campaigns, Planned Giving and Endowment, Annual Appeals, Weekly Envelope, Charitable Gifts, Event Driven Fundraising and Children’s Faith. They will have had exposure to the International Catholic Stewardship Council or another similar type of organization.
To apply send cover letter and resume to:
“Icebreaker” Have you been a parishioner at St. Fran- cis for at least 2 years? Do you enjoy helping other peo- ple? If so, the “Icebreaker” ministry needs you!!
Icebreakers will assist new families (One on One) who have joined the parish to get to know other people. Cof- fee and Donuts, Soft Tacos or Breakfast Burritos after Mass and some pleasant conversation. Please call (760) 945-8000 to sign up or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pray for an end to abortion!
A group of North County parishioners meets every Monday from 10 to 10:30 am to peacefully pray the rosary in front of the Carlsbad Planned Parenthood Clinic. The clinic is located at 1820 Marron Road, in the shopping center just west of Plaza Camino Real Mall. Please join us in our prayers to promote a culture of life. For more information, please call Richard Hodges at (760) 439-3415 or Jahna White at (760) 586-6356.
eScrip and Vons shoppers!
Your Safeway, Vons, and online shopping can help St. Francis School earn money! Register your debit or Vons/Safeway card online at eScrip.com.
Group ID: 136559856.
Group Name: St. Francis Of Assisi Parish School Sign on today! You must register with eScrip annually
NEW PARKING LOT PROCEDURES New procedures will soon be implemented for the School playground area that we use as a parking lot on weekends. If you do use this park- ing lot, you received notification of these new rules by means of a flyer that was placed on your car. For safety reasons, we ask you to please respect these new rules.
Legion of Mary
Members meet Wednesday morning at 9:00 am for prayer, planning and discussion in the Parish Library Building.
They commit themselves to 2 hours of work each week in pairs such as : visitation of the sick, homebound, nursing homes or religious education. If you are interested please visit a meeting for details.
Collection for week of June 5, 2011
Offertory $21,185.01 Offertory Loose $ 4,948.00
The Women's Ministry Guild is sponsor- ing a cooking contests to find the best foods for our Fall Festival that are cur- rently hiding in our parishoners kitchens.
For a $10 entry fee, you cook up your
secret recipes and your fellow parishoners will judge the
"best tastes". Winners receive cash prizes and will have the opportunity to sell their winning tastes at the Festival.
The winning recipes will also be included in a parish cookbook planned for 2012.
Our first cooking contest will feature guacamole, salsa, pork and horchata recipes. Join us Sunday, June 26th, 4-6pm in the parish halls. Bring your featured item and/
or your taste buds and help us find those best tastes!
See the cooking contest flyers in the bulletin or at church entrances for more information.
The Women's Ministry Guild will also be selling food items to get you through the dinner hour.
Summer Sunday Masses offered for the intention of the Women's Ministry Guild are as follows:
June 26th - 9:30am Mass, July 24th - 7:30am Mass August 28th - 7:30am Mass
The Guild will not meet in July & August. Have a blessed summer!
Birth Choice of San Marcos , a local preg- nancy resource center, needs licensed contractors willing to volunteer for 2-3 days this summer to help in renovating their center. We need electri- cal, HVAC, steel framing, painting, drywall &
drop-ceiling contr actors. Please contact Ted
Ste arns @ 760.672.3378 to volunteer.
Prayers are requested for the recently departed:
Gabriela Sanchez, Ricky Rice, Lois Reams
“May God grant them eternal rest”
We ask, that you remember the sick in your prayers.