Happy Feast Day! - St. Francis de Sales Church

Dear Parishioners,
I have not been as present
around the parish as I would
like to be.
About two weeks
before Christmas, I received a
diagnosis of a very serious
cancer that is incurable, but
I am presently
undergoing chemotherapy; with
which I am having a difficult
time. Since the cancer has
already spread, surgery or
radiation are not options at
this point.
Mostly I depend on everyone’s
prayers for healing and for
wisdom for the medical staff.
Some of you already know this
information and I thank you for
your promise of prayer, Masses,
enrollments, and cheery cards.
Also, there have been numerous
offers of help, such as rides
and soup making. I thank you
for your generous spirits and
loving hearts. If I don’t take
you up on your offer, it is just
because there have been so many
offers that I can’t use them
all. Some family and friends
are also available to help.
I ask your continued prayer for
I depend heavily on God’s mercy.
If you need some service, you
can reach me by voicemail at the
parish or email.
St. Francis de Sales Church
February 1, 2015
Mass Schedule for the Week
Saturday, January 31, 2015
5:00 PM
The Sick & Homebound of Our Parish
Sunday, February 1, 2015
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Anthony & Gertrude Mirabella
Monday, February 2, 2015 NO Communion Service
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
12:00 Noon
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
9:00 AM
Thursday, February 5, 2015
9:00 AM
Friday, February 6, 2015
First Friday
9:00 AM
10:30 AM Benediction
Saturday, February 7, 2015 First Saturday
[B & M Collection]
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
For Our Parishioners
Sunday, February 8, 2015
[B & M Collection]
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
For Our Parishioners
Parish Schedule for the Week
Monday February 2, 2015
6:30 PM
6:30 PM
PREP Gr. 1-7
First Penance Retreat
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
6:30 PM
First Penance (Gr. 2 ONLY)
Thursday February 5
7 PM
Pastoral Council
Sunday February 8
10:30 AM
2-4 PM
Preschool/K PREP
Open House @ Parish House
Lector & Server Schedule
February 7th at 5:00 PM
Servers: Sadowski, Sadowski
Lector: R. Bates
Ushers: Bross, Ostan
February 8th at 8:00 AM
Servers: Wright, Russell
Lector: Eckenroth
Ushers: Byrne
February 8th at 10:30 AM
Servers: Coleman, Coleman
Lector: Nicotra
Ushers: Moore, Palm
Next Week’s Readings
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39
Sister Mary
Chapel Living Flame
Pray For Our Sick
Harold Anderson, Edward Bellina, Joseph
DeInnocentiis, Veronica Drexler, Judy
Evans, Judith Goeltz, Nicholas Michael
Headley, Lorraine Held, Frank Horvat, Mark Hyde, Joe
Kluscarits, Ann Leszczynski, Thomas McAndrew, Sister Mary,
Carol Moyer, Virginia Snyder, Catherine Suchon, Peggy Swope,
Len Zahurak, Edwin Zeltzer
Our Return to the
Week of Jan. 25, 2015
Weekly Offertory - $
Annual Catholic Relief
Services- $ 1,077.00
Lenten Crab Cake
Lenten crab cake sale sponsored by St. Francis de
Sales Knights of Columbus Council 15778 to
benefit our parish. Orders, along with payment, can
be taken by any Knights of Columbus member
today, through Sunday, March 22.
Representatives will be in the
church vestibule following every
mass. Order forms are located in
the vestibule. Orders will be ready
for pick up on Friday, March 27, here at church
from 4-7 PM. Questions may be directed to Jeff
Chaiko by calling 610-670-1493.
Save-A-Tape Program
Redner's is committed to the communities that it is a part
of, and wants to help out the non-profit organizations
whose members shop in our stores. In this interest,
Redner's developed their 1% Save-A-Tape program; that
is, they donate 1% of the total receipt amount.
Therefore, St Francis de Sales is asking you to submit
your Redner’s Market receipts to earn money for our
parish. For those who have been submitting, we received
a check in the amount of $101.97. So please send in
your receipts!
Thank you!
Choir Schedule
Choir rehearsals for Holy Week will be held on
Monday evenings at 7pm and then Sunday mornings
at 9am. The Monday evening dates include:
February 2 & 16; March 2 & 16.
Sunday morning dates include: February 8 & 22;
March 8, 22, & 29.
Anyone interested in singing with the choir should
contact Carol Anderson.
Thank you for your support.
A Special Thank You
leading our vespers
patron, Saint Francis
de Sales, this past
Sunday. Also, to our
Committee for their
delicious buffet and
all the preparations
to help make this
Salesian Sunday Reflection
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Something Different – Something New
You are invited to an
Open House at the Convent
Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bernardine Franciscan Sisters
Motherhouse Convent
460 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
{adjacent to Alvernia University}
Meet the Sisters – tour the Convent –
enjoy homemade refreshments
Come and bring your family or a friend!
St. Paul tells us in today’s reading “to be free of anxiety.” St.
Francis de Sales gives us some advice on how to cope with
There is a real temptation to become dissatisfied with the world
and distressed about it when we have of necessity to be in it.
We imagine we would feel better if we were on another ship.
That may be, but only if we change ourselves! Solitude has its
assaults, the world its busyness. In either place we must be
courageous since in either place divine help is available to
those who trust in God and who humbly and gently beg for
God’s caring assistance.
One of the sources of our anxieties is our self-centered love.
Why are we surprised by our imperfections? We want nothing
but consolation. When we experience our own misery and
weaknesses, let us do three things and we will have peace. Let
us have a pure intention of seeking in all things, the honor and
glory of God. Let us do the little we can toward this end and
leave to God the care of the rest.
These little attacks of anxiety and sadness that are brought on
by the multiplicity of our responsibilities permit us to practice
the dearest and best virtues that Jesus recommended to us:
gentleness and trust in God. True virtue is not produced by
outward idleness, anymore than healthy fish are raised in the
stagnant waters of swamps.
To protect ourselves from surprise attacks of anxiety, where we
become resentful and ready to flare up if any one crosses us,
we must often arouse in our hearts patience and courage. But
when we do totter and fall, we must not be ashamed of being a
little grimy and dusty. It is better to be covered with dust than
with sores. If we place ourselves in God’s care and let the
heavenly dew of God’s love heal us, all will be well.