Weekly Bulletin December 10, 2017- Second Sunday of Advent

Weekly Bulletin December 10, 2017- Second Sunday of Advent



8:15 AM – In Memory of Barbara Kerin

5:00 PM – In Memory of De De Gillsepie


8:00 AM – In Memory of John Gaudioso

10:00 AM – In Memory of Louis Casale

12:00 PM – In Memory of Roberta Bellis

5:00 PM – In Memory of Pedro Guttierez


8:15 AM – In Memory of Nancy Punzalan Marquez


8:15 AM – In Memory of Desideria Muzzarelli


8:15 AM – Anniversary Mass for the Deceased Souls of the San Fernando Mission


9:00 AM – For the Intentions of Zoe & Xavier Singh


8:15 AM – In Memory of Viva Gil & Betty Butts


8:15 AM – In Memory of Enrique Munoz Chocano

5:00 PM In Memory of Mary Lee Gonzaga




Mary Henriksen, James Barnes,Erik Flemming, Dominic Mantei, Edith Reeves, Stefanie Gabler, Katherine Sierpinski, Ramonita Ebro, Jake Patterson,Jeff O’Hara, Rose Rios, Austen Canzano, Tom and Judy King, Roberta Pournelle, Marie Schewe, Jonathan Masse, Gus Tzanetopoulos, Greg Vossberg, Bill Ferguson, Virginia Johnson,Travis Kula, Gus Calderon,  Robert Willing, Joe Hotard, Bobby Mayer, Corazon Somosa Pag-ong, Allison Pinto, Buster Miscusi, Gayle-Lynne Gordon, Richard Shoff, Frances Loffarelli, Ezzie Crenshaw, Eileen Kenyon, Mary Downs,  Maureen Backus, Steve Dee, Robert Rafanelli, Thomas Oliver, Keith Ayers, Rubi Rodriquez, Mary Jane Wileman, Maria Rita Valencia, Philip Graber, Michael Van Oudtshoorn, Ann Marie Interbitzen,David Di Pietro, Maria Schneider, David Bell, Josue Meza, Jake Peters, Claudia Herrington, Marta Collier, Enrique Valencia, Dionisios Nicholas, Crescentia Dedillo, Edward Yi, Jerry Pournelle, Daniel L. Chase, Patrick Healy, Marvin Robbins, Michael Greslie, Rose Ann Amari,  Norma Cuneo, Taylor Smith, Eleanor Cook, Margaret Mayer, Pat Curtin, Brenda Gindon, Hugh Caswell, Piper Collins, Joe Frattini, Dolores Kennedy, Jake Peters, Victor Raymundo, Elmer St.Amand, Breonna Rodriguez, Diane Burnsnide, Katie Matsumura, Bob Welsh, Mary Santino, Candace, George Babyak, Yolanda Salazar, Beverly Fairburn, Christina Lao, Cherie Allan, Pete Beerse, Olga D’Este, George Pitts, Sterling Thomas, Jeanne Burgess, Shirley Landau, Javier Castillo Jr., Stuart Slakoff, Tom Abbott, Estelle Gray,  Evelyn Bush, Charlie Anderson, Patrick Charles Pineda, Glenn Domohoski, Jose Armendariz, Colin McDaniel, Jimmy Brikho, Dylan Macauly, Benjamin Faurot, Jane Faurot, Josephine Ruscigno, Blake Cline, Marie O’Donovan, Ophelia Hernandez, Catherine Lizzo, Catherine Street, Rocco Carter, Alicia Gomez, Margaret Tarin Hensley, Faye Schafuss, Clarita Hernandez, Floyd Romeck, Theresia Hubel, Peter Thompson, Calleigh Stone, Rocco Wren, Cailin Stroyke, Melissa Manning Wilmot, Steve Mccahulk, Emma Ramirez, Cynthia Kotzman, Nellie B. Rodriguez and Teresa Piňa-Jiminez

Visiting the sick is one of the corporal works of mercy. Praying for the sick is a wonderful action of kindness. We wish to respect our brothers and sisters who are sick by praying for them. The one who is ill or one who is able to speak on behalf of the one who is ill must ask to have a name placed in the bulletin. We also wish periodic updates. After three months on this list it is reasonable that the person has improved and the name no longer present. If the prayers for the person need to be renewed please call the Parish Center.

 We would like to bring Holy Communion to our sick and homebound. Please call the Parish Center at 818-784- 0105 and leave your name and phone number. We can then connect to our sick and recovering and homebound and bring them the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion.



Week of 11/30-12/06 Collection.

Collection $10,588.00

Faith Direct $ 1,773.00

Total $12,361.00

Thank you for your

generous contributions.


Pray For The Dead 

Christmas 2017

Confessions Saturday Afternoon

December 9th, 16th and 23rd from 4-5pm

Penance Service

Monday, December 11th at St. Cyril of Jerusalem at 7pm

Monday, December 18th at St. Francis de Sales at 7pm

Simbang Gabi

(Filipino Tradition of Novena of Masses)

Tuesday, December 19th

Mass at 7:00 pm at St. Francis de Sales followed by

Light refreshment in the parish auditorium

4th Sunday of Advent – Saturday at 5:00 pm

Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 and 12 noon

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th

Mass at 4:00 pm with Children’s Choir

Carols begin at 3:30 pm

Mass at 6:00 pm with Cantor and Organ

Mass at Midnight with St. Francis De Sales Choir

Carols begin at 11:15 pm

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th

Mass at 8:00 am with Cantor and Organ

Mass at 10:00 am with St. Francis De Sales Choir

Mass at 12 noon Cantor and Organ

There Will be a 5:00pm afternoon Mass Christmas Day

New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1st

Mary, Mother of God Mass on

Sunday, New Year’s Eve at 5pm

Mass on New Year’s Day at 8:15 am


Christmas Toy Drive

Cub Scout Pack 74 has started its Annual Christmas Toy Drive for Loaves and Fishes Cub Scout Pack 74 has started its Annual Christmas Toy Drive for Loaves and Fishes! Please bring unwrapped new toys for those children who are less fortunate this holiday season. Giant wrapped boxes are at the back of the Church and in the SFDS Auditorium.The deadline to bring in a toy is December 20th. Thanks for all your prayers, love, and donations this Christmas Season!



2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR





Please inquire in the school office Monday – Friday, between 8:00am and 2:00pm for an admissions packet. You may also go online to: saint francisdesalesschool.com to download an application. If you have any questions please call the admissions office at 818-784-9573. Testing will be on February 9th for all applicants.







Current school families please note: Please bring your

applications in ASAP, as we will start

assigning testing times!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Celebrate the love of God for us and for each other by strengthening, renewing and rekindling your marriages by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on Feb 9-11 in Canoga Park. Contact Ed and Jo Lara at 818 -848-6729 or go online to www.twocanlove.org. We help make good marriages better.

Simbang Gabi

The Filipino Community of St. Francis de Sales invites everyone to come, celebrate and experience Simbang Gabi on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7pm. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition in preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Followed by light refreshment at the SFDS School Auditorium. Volunteers and donations are welcome, please contact Cathy Plattner at Cathy.Plattner@yahoo.com<mailto:Cathy.Plattner@yahoo.com>.

Christmas Giving Tree

There are cards on the Christmas Trees in the front vestibule and the two side chapels. Each card gives the age, gender and size of a child. Please take a card and select a gift appropriate for the card. Wrap the gift and return the wrapped gift to the Parish Center by Tuesday, December 19th. These gifts will be taken and given to the children at the Good Shepherd Shelter for Battered Women.

Contemporary Folk Group

Your St. Francis de Sales Folk Group will help you lift your hearts and minds in song and prayer to the Lord during these Saturday Masses at 5 pm. Join us!! December 9th and 23rd.


SFDS Choir will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17th at 7pm. Join us for a complimentary Welcome Reception in the church vestibule after 5 pm Mass. The concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s beautiful Ceremony of Carols and fun holiday music for all. Concert admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

Understanding You Child’s Behavior

All parishioner and school families are invited to the SFDS Parent Speaker Series, Wednesday, January 17th 2018 from 7–8:30 PM in the school auditorium. Dr. Bruce Gale will be speaking about internalizing and externalizing childhood behaviors, along with specific ways to guide your child to enhance positive behavior. To RSVP, contact Dr. Teresa Young, (818) 784-9763 or tyoung@stfrancisds.org.

The Saint Francis De Sales Parish Cookbook

E-mail your order in to sfdsrecipes@gmail.com

Mail in your check to school with ‘Attn: Cookbook Orders” on the envelope to Saint Francis De Sales, 13368 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks, California 91423.

Cookbooks are $10 each

Thursday Evening Bible Study

Is the Bible confusing? Is the Bible mysterious? Challenged by those who quote the Bible?

Come and become more familiar with the Bible as it is meant to be read, in a group, sharing insights with others on Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM and every other Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center (except in observance of Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation).

Deepen your understanding of the Bible and Catholic faith by enjoying interactive sessions with fellow parishioners. In addition to using the assigned text, the group also uses, among other things, The Catholic Study Bible, Personal Study Edition: New American Bible, Jean Marie Hiesberger, Ed., Oxford University Press, 2007. Please join us.


Saturday 12/09 Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

9:00-10:30 am-Legion of Mary, Parish Center.


5:00pm-Mass with Contemporary Folk Group.

Sunday 12/10 Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

8:45am-Confirmation classes.

9:00am-Religious Education classes.

10:00am-Little Church.

Wednesday 12/13

7:00pm-WCCM Meditation meeting, Parish Center.

7:00pm-Welcome Back to the Catholic Faith. Parish Center.

7:00pm-DivorceCare. Parish Center.

Thursday 12/14

9:00am-Bible Study, Parish Center.

7:00pm-Evening Bible Study, Parish Center.

Friday 12/15

Saturday 12/16

9:00-10:30 am-Legion of Mary, Parish Center.

Sunday 12/17

7:00pm-Choir Concert, see below.



Over the last few years, there has been a debate in the prolife movement concerning whether or not our messaging should be more focused on women or the unborn. In the midst of this debate, many have embraced a primarily woman- centered messaging that highlights abortion’s effects on women. After several years of this messaging, progress is still needed to overcome the constant refrain in the media and Washington that abortion is a fundamental right of feminism. More importantly, if we are not careful, this message can substitute one oversimplification of the issue for another. Instead of primarily talking about abortion’s impact on the unborn, it talks about abortion’s impact on women. Rather than choosing to focus on either babies or women, a more effective message is one that recognizes how abortion affects women, men, families, and the unborn. Solutions to abortion must address all of its causes, consequences, and victims if they are to be successful.

Roland C. Warren-Human Life Review


The best way of describing the experience of meditation is as a “returning to the center”, a coming home. This home is the Kingdom of Heaven -the kingdom within the heart of each of us, where His Spirit dwells in communion. We must make contact with this Spirit at the Heart of all creation – where All is One. This is wisdom. Discipline, focus and above all -we must, be silent – and then let go. This is the way to the center. Every WEDNESDAY at 7:00 PM we meet in the Parish Center. We welcome you to join us. All information about this Global Organization is on line at wccm.org.

SFDS contact, Ms S. Eggar. senotme3@gmail.com


Practice situational awareness as part of your holiday travel plans

At Christmastime, families come together to spend this blessed season surrounded by their loved ones, and for many families, this involves some travel. Parents with young children who are hitting the roads or the airways should be practicing situational awareness to ensure their children’s safety. Situational awareness means staying alert and knowing what is going on around you. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and know where your family members are at all times. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by your phone or other electronics—it only takes a minute for a child to disappear from your eyesight. For more holiday travel tips, visit http://www.catholic.org/travel/story.php?id=65521.



New parishioners, and/or parishioners wishing to update your registration information, may fill out this online form.

Your personalized envelopes will be mailed to you from the printing company in about 8 TO 12 weeks after your registration has been processed.

If you use the envelopes in the pews, please make sure that you mark your first and family name and your envelope number. Please inform the Parish Center of any changes, i.e., your address or e-mail so that we may keep our

This Week’s Pastor’s Notes

This Week’s Pastor’s Notes

Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

     Help Care for Senior Religious—December 9 – 10

     Donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious support more than 32,000 senior religious and their communities. Most older sisters, brothers, and religious order priests worked for small stipends, leaving a large deficit in retirement funding. Each year, proceeds from the annual collection help hundreds of religious communities furnish medications, nursing care, and other necessities. A portion also underwrites assistance for retirement planning and education. This support helps communities address funding challenges so they can care for elder members while continuing important ministries to the People of God. Thank you for your generosity to our retired religious in their various religious orders/communities.

Grocery Gift Cards to Loaves and Fishes

     Ms. Barbara Ausburn , the director of Catholic Charities Loaves and Fishes II in Van Nuys, is grateful and appreciative of the food donations from the parishioners of St. Francis de Sales. The Monday after Thanksgiving I took many bags of Thanksgiving food items to Loaves and Fishes. Barbara thanked me and then mentioned that the new home of Loaves and Fishes is considerably smaller than its previous place. Storage is at a premium.

A wonderful alternative to donations of food items are donation of grocery store gift cards of $5.00 – $10.00 to Loaves and Fishes.

Are you 18 or over and not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Now is the time for you to prepare for Confirmation.

     There will be 7 preparation sessions on Monday evenings: January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19 and 26 and March 5. The time of these sessions is from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in the Parish Center. Please call the Parish Center at 818-784-0105 to say you will join this time of preparation for Confirmation and leave your name and phone number. Bishop Curry, will be here for Confirmation on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the 12 noon Mass.

St. Francis High School Open House

     St. Francis High School in La Canada-Flintridge will hold its annual Open House for prospective parents and students on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You are invited to learn more about the benefits of a Capuchin Franciscan college preparatory education. Take a campus tour, interact with the students, teachers and coaches, watch live teaching demonstrations and participate in panel discussions. Unable to attend this Open House? Take a virtual campus tour and watch the Admissions Video online at www.sfhs.net.

     St. Francis High School is a Catholic, college preparatory schools for boys in grades 9 – 12. Since its founding by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars in 1946, it has been committed to enriching the mind and heart, strengthening respect through service and humility, creating a brotherhood and envisioning men of virtue and peace. It offers a challenging curriculum and many opportunities for extracurricular involvement. St. Francis is fully accredited by WASC and WCEA. For more information please call 818-790-0325.

LA’s Walk for Life, the Fourth Annual OneLife LA, will take place on January 20, 2018.

     We hope you join us in pursuing our call to greatness by celebrating, protecting, and embracing the beauty and dignity of all human life. Sign up today, and stay tuned for updates about the featured speakers, service, music, food, and more.

Schedule: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Place: The event will begin with a one-mile walk in downtown Los Angeles starting at El Pueblo at La Placita Olvera on Olvera

Street. The walk ends at Los Angeles State Historic Park, the main event location with the featured speakers, musicians, and food.

Speakers and Presenters:

Karen Gaffney, the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities.

Damon Clarke Owens, international speaker and evangelist, is the founder and executive director of Joy To Be (joyTOB.org) a new 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith centered on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Myrka Dellanos, with over one decade in front of the camera, is a two-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who has gained credibility and the love of millions in the United States and Latin America. A dedicated humanitarian, she founded a nonprofit 501(c )3 organization MROC (Missions Reaching Out Compassionately) whose mission is to help underprivileged women and children in South Florida and Latin-America.

Bishop W.C. Martin earned a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Religious Education degree in 1986 and 1988 respectively from Union Baptist Bible College & Seminary. He has served as the Pastor of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church since 1985 while simultaneously pastoring Open Door Baptist Church from 1999 to 2001.

Jimmy Lopez is a survivor of labor trafficking. He was born in La Paz, Honduras. Jimmy really wanted to go to school but his family couldn’t afford it. He thought coming to the US would allow him to go to school and make enough money to help his family. He also feared that if he didn’t leave he would be forced to join the local gangs. At age 12, he left his home and started his journey toward the US. It took Jimmy over a year to reach the US/Mexican border. Jimmy now works full time and is also working on getting his GED. His dream is to one day join the Air Force and be able to serve the country he now calls home.

Save the date: LA Religious Education Congress – not only for teachers and catechists!

March 15 (Youth Day) and March 16-18 (Adult Days) 2018

Anaheim Convention Center

Registration Guidebook – www.RECongress.org or 213-637-7348

Save the date: Annual Requiem for the Unborn

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles

Save the date: LA’s Walk for Life, the Fourth Annual OneLife LA, will take place on January 20, 2018.

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

World Apostolate of Fatima

Blue Army

St. Francis de Sales Parish has brought the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima Devotion to our parish. The First Saturday devotions of Our Lady of Fatima are in the daily Mass chapel (cry room). We begin at 8:00 am with opening prayer followed by Mass at 8:15, followed by saying the holy rosary and then 15 minutes of silent meditation following. The next First Saturday is January 6, 2018 and the series of First Saturday devotion follows each month. Prayer books are provided. Any questions please contact Richard Guzman at sfdsbiblestudy@gmail.comor leave message for Richard at the Parish Center at 818-784-0105.

Annual Requiem for the Unborn

     In January of each year we have the opportunity to participate in some very special pro-life events. At the Requiem for the Unborn, we as an archdiocesan family: archbishop, the auxiliary bishops, priests, religious, deacons and faithful, affirm and proclaim our belief in the sanctity of all human life.

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels –

555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles


Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence, Siena and Rome

     Plan your calendar with this: SAVE-THE-DATE for the October 2018 SFDS Pilgrimage to Italy Kick-off Informational Meeting, Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:00PM in the St. Francis De Sales Parish Center. It will be an Informational Meeting about our upcoming 12-day pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence, Siena, and Rome, under the Spiritual Direction of Father Mike. Flyers will be available throughout the parish showing trip highlights. In addition, we will hear from Scott Scherer, President of Catholic Travel Centre in Burbank to speak about the trip and answer questions. There will be refreshments too. This meeting is open to all that are interested, so please join us.

Christmas Schedule 2017

Christmas Schedule 2017

Confessions Saturday afternoons, December 9th, 16th and 23rd from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Penance Service – Monday December 18th 7:00 pm in the Main Church

Simbang Gabi ( Filipino tradition of Novena of Masses)

Mass at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 19th followed by dinner in the parish auditorium

4th Sunday of Advent – Saturday at 5:00 pm – Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 and 12 noon

Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th

Mass at 4:00 pm with Children’s Choir- Carols begin at 3:30 pm

Mass at 6:00 pm with Cantor and Organ

Mass at Midnight with St. Francis de Sales Choir – Carols begin at 11:15 pm

Christmas Day – Monday December 25th

Mass at 8:00 am with Cantor and Organ

Mass at 10:00 am with St. Francis de Sales Choir

Mass at 12 noon with Cantor and Organ

There WILL be a 5:00 pm afternoon Mass on Christmas Day

New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1st Mary, Mother of God Mass at 8:15 am

St. Francis de Sales Choir presents: Christmas Around the World

St. Francis de Sales Choir presents: Christmas Around the World

2017-2018 Choir Calendar

2017-2018 Choir Calendar

SFDS Calendar

SFDS Calendar

Something good is always happening at St. Francis de Sales Parish. Click here to view our current interactive calendar of events.

St. Francis de Sales Church and School Map

St. Francis de Sales Church and School Map

Weekly Mass Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule



5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel

5:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel


5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Larkin

12:00 PM – Fr. Ron

1:30 PM – Fr. Mike – Baptisms

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Larkin

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Larkin


8:00 AM – Fr. Emmanuel

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Ron

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


8:00 AM – Fr. Emmanuel

10:00 AM – Fr. Ron

12:00 PM – Fr. Larkin

4:00 PM – Fr. Mike

6:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel

12:00 Midnight – Fr. Mike


8:00 AM – Fr. Emmanuel

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Larkin

5:00 PM – Fr.  Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Mike

Click here for the St. Francis de Sales December  lector schedule ReadersDec2017

Click here for the St. Francis de Sales Ministers of the Eucharist schedule for December EMDec2017

Mass Intentions for December 16, 2017

Mass Intentions for December 16, 2017


8:15 AM – In Memory of Enrique Munoz Chocano

5:00 PM – In Memory of Mary Lee Gonzaga


8:00 AM – In Memory of Jack Rush

10:00 AM – In Memory of Zoltan Horosny

12:00 PM –

5:00 PM – For the Intentions of a wonderful couple I married 15 years ago


8:15 AM – In Memory of Catalino Punazalan


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of Augustine & Veronica Singh


8:15 AM – In Memory of Sarah Welsh


9:00 AM – For the Intentions of David Singh and In Memory of James & Patricia Murray


8:15 AM – In Memory of Teresa Montojo


8:15 AM – In Memory of Agustine Collazo

5:00 PM In Memory of Mike Goossen





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