Please pray for the sick…. Jane Ruiz, Kathleen Hall, Carlene Ileto, Jackie Roebuck King, Marguerite Glusing, Angel Andrada, Jean Smith, Louise Keenan. (Names will remain on this list for four (4) consecutive weeks, but can be repeated by calling the Rectory. Please notify the Parish Office if you or persons whose names you submitted no longer need to be on this prayer list. Thank you for your cooperation.)
“THE MOST HOLY TRINITY”
“The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 261) Since it is a mystery, a helpful process for us would be to highlight what each Person has done for us. The Scriptures attribute creation and the beginnings of salvation to the Father. The Son of God became man in the mystery of the Incarnation. As Jesus Christ, he taught and healed as part of his public ministry. The final acts of his life, the Paschal Mystery, were his death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father.
The continuation of the work of our Lord was given to the Holy Spirit. Jesus had promised at the Last Supper, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (John 14:26) Last week we celebrated the birthday of the Church, Pentecost. The Holy Spirit was not only given to the Church, but to each and every Christian. The sacrament of Confirmation is an important day in the life of every recipient of that great sacrament.
A clear text concerning the Most Holy Trinity occurs in Matthew’s Gospel. As Jesus commissioned the eleven disciples, he said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) This Gospel was written about AD 85. So we have been using this wonderful baptismal formula for some 22 centuries. The Greek text means “immersing” them into the life of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The “name” indicates the unity of the Trinity. The mention of Father, Son and Holy Spirit teaches that there are three distinct and equal persons in the Trinity.
The importance of baptism is stressed by the Church’s insistence that everyone be baptized. Even Saint Paul was baptized after Christ’s appearance to him on the road to Damascus. Every baptized person is expected to live out her or his baptismal commitment, especially love of God and neighbor. As Christians try to live out that commitment, they can find consolation in the parting words of Jesus, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
~ Fr. Ralph
WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE STUDY - We meet on Wednesday evenings, 8 – 9:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Our next meeting is May 29th. We started a new book, “The Year in Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. All are welcome to join us! For additional information please call Sue Madison (301) 977-6854 or Mary Dixon (301) 330-4382.
LAMB OF GOD PRAYER MEETING - Join the Lamb of God Prayer Group for worship and the study of Scripture on Tuesday, May 28th, 7:30 p.m., St. Clare’s Chapel in the Rectory. For details, please call Louise, (301) 977-5217.
POOR BOX DONATION - The donations for next weekend will go to Gaithersburg Help. Thank you for your generosity.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRAYER CHAIN If you have a prayer request, please contact Marianne Bullen, (301) 963-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.
JUNE LUNCH - The St. Francis Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, June 5th, 12:00 Noon at Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffet, 8 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, (301) 208-7305. If you are planning to attend, please contact Mary Lou Habib, (301) 417-0243 and she will reserve a seat for you.
Come see and experience the acclaimed DVD Series CATHOLICISM produced by Word On Fire & hosted by Fr. Robert Barron. On Thursdays in the Youth Room at 9:45a.m. and 7:30 p.m., starting Thursday, May 30th. The ten episodes will be shown thru Thursday, August 8th (skipping Thursday, July 4th). Questions? Please contact Laura Ponce, (240) 246-4275.
ALTAR SERVER PRACTICE
New Altar Server Practice Sessions are now being scheduled. The next practice will be on Friday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Church. If your son or daughter is going into 5th grade or above, please encourage them to volunteer for this most important service at the altar and come on Friday.
Faith Direct - Working on your spring cleaning list? Add e-giving through Faith Direct. Faith Direct is the easiest way to be sure that your gift of treasure reaches us, even when you can't be with us at Mass. Once you have enrolled, you can relax knowing that St. Francis of Assisi will continue to receive your gifts throughout the year. Enrollment forms are available in the church office or you can visit Faith Direct's secure web site at www.faithdirect.net to enroll online. Our parish code is: MD110. As always, know that your generosity is truly a gift from God.
SFA ANNIVERSARY ART IS STILL AVAILABLE!
The beautiful St. Francis 40th Anniversary ornaments and prints are available for sale and pick up at the parish office, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MASS ON EWTN - Daily and Sunday Mass is broadcast on EWTN from Our Lady of Angles Chapel in Irondale, AL at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon (encore of the 8:00 a.m. Mass). The EWTN channel is available on Comcast, Verizon FIOS, Dish and Direct TV.
Thank you to our catechists and volunteers who have helped to make this a successful year for our Religious Education Program. This parish is blessed to have so many wonderful catechists who volunteer their time each week to teach and share the faith. We pray that God will continue to bless each of them with his gifts of joy and peace!
As we look ahead to next year’s Religious Education program, please consider whether you can serve as a catechist for our children and young people. If you would like to learn more about this important ministry, please contact Susan Anderson, Director of Religious Education, (301) 258-9193.
Religious Education Registration for 2013-2014
We are now accepting registration for next year’s Religious Education Program! Our program offerings for children and youth include:
Since the curriculum of the Religious Education Program is designed to be taught in sequence and each year builds on the content presented in previous years, families should plan for their children to participate in Religious Education classes each year.
Registration forms were mailed home to families with children currently attending RE classes. For those new to our program, and if additional forms are needed, blank forms are available on the parish web site (www.sfadw.org), in the Gathering Space of the Church, and in the Parish Offices. Completed forms can be mailed or brought in to the Parish Offices. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete and return the registration forms as soon as possible!
Registering for Sacramental Preparation
Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Christian Initiation for Children/Teens (CIC/CIT) is not grade specific and involves preparation in addition to grade level Religious Education classes. At minimum, children are expected to have participated in religious education in the year prior to preparing for a sacrament. Please note: students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will attend their grade-level Religious Education classes as well as monthly Confirmation sessions. Families requesting sacramental preparation for their child are asked to mark their registration form accordingly so that additional information can be provided. Please note that there is a separate materials fee for sacramental preparation programs. More details will be provided at the parent meetings next year. If you have any questions, please call the Religious Education Office, (301) 258-9193.
WOMEN OF PRAYER – St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg invites all women of the parish, aged 18 and above to join them, as they gather as Catholic women to learn more about our faith and support each other on our daily journeys through friendship and prayer. They meet on Saturday mornings once a month at 9:00 a.m. The next scheduled gathering is June 8th. Please visit their website www.thewomenofprayer.org for meeting updates or contact Mary Eustice, email@example.com.
Living Catholic and Faith Foundations Do you want to enjoy a closer walk with the Lord, but don’t have time to attend a weekly parish meeting? Would you like to be able to answer the honest questions of faith but need the flexibility of online faith formation? Living Catholic and Faith Foundations offer you the opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ in the context of prayer and learning, while growing in a common vision of what Catholics believe and what it means to live as a Catholic today. To learn more and to sign up for these programs, visit the Archdiocese of Washington adult formation page at www.mycatholicfaithdelivered.com/adw. You may also contact Sara Blauvelt, archdiocesan Director for Catechesis, at (301) 853-5368 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Annual Quo Vadis Camp The 5th Annual Quo Vadis Camp for high school men will be held at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary on July 14-17. Led by Father Rob Walsh, Assistant Director of Priest Vocations, the four-day camp includes prayer, talks, sports, and much more. Registration is required. Please encourage the high school young men of your parish to visit www.dcpriest.org for more information and to register. Questions may be directed to the Office of Priest Vocations, email@example.com; (202) 636-9020.