Weekly Bulletin October 15, 2017- Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Bulletin October 15, 2017- Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time



8:15 AM – For the Intentions of 2000 Hail Mary’s

5:00 PM – In Memory of Michael Kavalauskus


8:00 AM – In Memory of Fr. Jerry O’Mahony

10:00 AM – In Memory of Zoltan Horosny

12:00 PM – In Memory of Jozef Szymanski

5:00 PM – In Memory of Franco Serra


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of Katherine Sierpinski


8:15 AM – In Memory of Jane Faurot


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of the Victims of the Recent Fires


8:15 AM – In Memory of Conor Lynch


8:15 AM – In Memory of Rosario Penaloza


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of the Parish

5:00 PM In Memory of Joan Boccone





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.


Pray For The Dead  Tom Wolf




Week of 10/05-10/11 Collection.

Collection $13,257.00

Parish Pay $ 1,773.00

Total $15,030.00

Thank you for your

generous contributions.


Non-Discrimination Policy


School Student Non-Discrimination Policy

The school, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, national origin, and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, medical condition, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single-sex schools. While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic, and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.

This Catholic Elementary School publishes the above policy in the staff and parent/student handbooks, public relations/ recruitment brochures and in other publications such as the parish bulletin and school newspaper. The school also publishes applicable grievance procedures in the staff and parent/student handbooks.

40 Days for Life

September 27 – November 5

This fall the San Fernando Valley will again unite with a record-breaking 375 cities across the United States and 24 other countries around the world for the largest and most successful pro-life mobilization in history: 40 Days for Life. Recognizing that “with God all things are possible.” People of faith pray together that this effort will help bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.

How you can share in 40 Days for Life

· Prayer and fasting: believers are invited to join together

for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion

in the San Fernando Valley

· Peaceful Vigil: stand for life during a 40-day peaceful

public witness outside of: Family Planning Associates,

10200 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills 91345

· Community Outreach: help take a positive, upbeat,

pro-life message to every corner of our valley through media

efforts, advocacy and public visibility

The Annual SFDS Harvest Festival & Chili Cook-Off

Scholarship Fundraiser

On October 21, 2017, directly following the 5 p.m. Family Mass, please join us for this fun SFDS tradition, benefiting the SFDS Scholarship Fund. This evening features our annual Chili Cook-Off competition and activities for the entire family, including a delicious chili dinner and hot dogs, amazing silent auction and wine basket items, face painting, pumpkin decorating, the popular SFDS “Cake Walk” game and much more! Should you wish to compete in this year’s Chili Cook-Off please contact Heather McKeon at heathermckeon@gmail.com for contestant information and to reserve your spot. Thank you for your support!

Attention All 8th Grade Girls

     Louisville High School invites you to join us on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for our annual Grade Visit Day. Your parents will drop you off on campus and you will join other 8th grade girls for a fun-filled day at Louisville. Come meet our students, faculty and staff, experience an all-girl classroom and enjoy our hospitality as we showcase our special day designed especially for you. Please register online on the Admissions page at campus and our students. We’ll provide snacks, lunch and entertainment. Don’t miss this special day designed especially for you. Please register online on the Admissions page at www.louisvillehs.org or call us at 818-346-8812. We can’t wait to meet you.

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!! October 14th & 21st and November 11th and 25th.

Understanding You Child’s Behavior

All parishioner and school families are invited to the SFDS Parent Speaker Series, Thursday, October 26th from 6:30– 8 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 $30 each or two for $55 –

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 10/14

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

5:00pm-Mass with Contemporary Folk Group.

Sunday 10/15

8:45am-Confirmation classes.

9:00am-Religious Education classes.

10:00am-Little Church.

Foster Care event after all Masses in the Vestibule.

Tuesday 10/17

7:00pm-Care at End Of Life. School Library.

Wednesday 10/18

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

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

7:00pm-DivorceCare. Parish Center.

Thursday 10/19

9:00am-Bible Study, Parish Center.

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


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

6:00pm-SFDS Harvest Festival. See below.


8:45am-Confirmation classes and Mass.

9:00am-Religious Education classes and Mass.

10:00am-Little Church.

Concern America Craft Sale. See Pastor’s Notes.



When examining the data available on abortions in the United States, it becomes clear that the circumstances leading to a woman’s unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion remain with her long after her baby dies. The pro choice community largely ignores this reality. Abortion defenders have long treated the issue solely as one of a woman’s immediate choice to terminate her pregnancy. In so doing, they do a great disservice to the woman, the father of the child, and their unborn child. Women facing difficult pregnancy decisions are not given the help they need to see beyond their immediate situation into the possible ramifications of their decisions. Abortion eliminates the baby, but not the poverty, sexual abuse, and relationship difficulties the mother faces that often lead her to consider abortion. Once her abortion is complete, the abortion clinic’s service and assistance end. Pro life people have the opportunity to confront the realities of unplanned pregnancy and abortion head on. This requires embracing and sharing the transformative message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with compassion, hope, and help to those facing pregnancy decisions so that they are empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.

-Roland 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


Beyond the myth of the ‘bathing suit’ rule

In the past, child abuse prevention programs focused on teaching children and young people that their “private body parts” are those parts of the body covered by a bathing suit. Teaching the concept of “total body safety” has become the latest practice. It is important for children to understand that their entire body is private. Parents should be watchful of adults who might be “grooming” a child by constantly tickling, kissing or hugging them. It is important to listen to a child and respect their wishes if they do not want to hug or kiss someone. For a copy of the VIRTUS© article “Beyond the myth of the bathing suit,” visit: http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx or call (213) 637-7508.


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

          Care and Prepare-Finding Loving Care at the End of Life

     Growing old is not easy. We and our loved ones realize we cannot do what we once could and that our minds and memories are not what they once were. While we long for peace and serenity in our advancing years we discover there are many new issues which demand our attention and decision – and none of them easy.

For example:

· What is the difference between a hospital and a hospice? Who decides on the medical treatment of an ill patient? What isa durable power of attorney for healthcare?

· When do the rigors of medicine and technology cross from being helpful to becoming a burden?

· How long are we obliged to prolong life?

· What is the difference between a living will and an advance directive?

· What is the difference between terminally ill and permanently unconscious?

· Does the Catholic Church require the use of all available technology to preserve life? What is the difference between “ordinary” and “extraordinary” means? When is it permissible to refuse medical treatment?

· Can a terminally ill patient refuse a feeding tube? What is the Church’s teaching on keeping unconscious people alive?

· Isn’t a morphine drip just another way to hasten a terminal patient’s death? What is the difference between that and assisted suicide?

     These are thoughtful questions that many people have about how to find the best care and ensure that they and their loved ones are treated well and ethically. Please attend the Archdiocese of LA’s “Care and Prepare: Finding Loving Care at the End of Life” seminar.

     This session will provide vital information on: Church Teaching on End of Life, How to Find Accessible and Affordable Healthcare, Protecting Loved Ones With Advance Directives and Caring Pastorally at the End of Life. The Office of Life, Justice, and Peace is hosting a training session at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday, October 17th beginning at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm.

     Please call the Parish Office at 818-784-0105 to say you will attend for us to prepare the handouts. This is not a financial presentation. Rather this session explores the medical and ethical issues as one enters the golden years. Come and learn much at this helpful seminar.

Foster Care

     Los Angeles County has 21,000 children in foster care, the most in the country. Most of these children have experienced abuse and neglect in their families and instability as they are moved frequently in the foster care system. As children age out of foster care without a family, a third will become homeless, a fifth will be incarcerated and perhaps most shocking of all, 70% of trafficked youth come from the foster care system. Just 1 in 10 foster children will go to college.

     On Sunday, October 15th we will offer a Foster Fair at St. Francis de Sales. Representatives from Foster Care Programs, CASA of Los Angeles, Home Forever and Family Recruitment will be here with information and the invitation for you to become a foster parent.

World Mission Sunday

“Mission at the Heart of the Christian Faith” October 22, 2017

     Since 1926 the Society of the Propagation of the Faith has organized as special collection supported by the universal Church to evangelize all over the world. World Mission Sunday not only raises mission awareness, but also provides the opportunity to develop a commitment in support of over 1,100 mission diocese and religious communities

     Mission dioceses – about 1,100 at this time – receive regular annual assistance from the funds collected. In addition, these mission dioceses submit requests to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for assistance, among other needs, for catechetical programs, seminaries, the work of Religious Communities, for communication and transportation needs, and for the building of chapels, churches, orphanages and schools. These needs are matched with the funds gathered in each year. The world’s national directors of the Propagation of the Faith vote on these requests, matching the funds available with the greatest needs. These funds are then distributed, in their entirety, to mission dioceses throughout the world.

     Next week, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Each year, the entire Church is invited to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the poorest of the poor. This year, we are invited to “Chat With The Pope” to learn more about his missions. Scan this year’s World Mission Sunday poster using Facebook Messenger for your mobile device, or learn more at ChatWithThePope.org.

Book of Angels

     St. Francis de Sales School Memorial Book of Angels serves a marvelous dual purpose. It is a touching way for your to memorialize a deceased loved one and at the same time assist a deserving child attend our parish school. The Book of Angels, bearing the names of those so memorialized, will be carried in procession prior to Mass on Thursday, November 2nd at the 8:15 am Mass. As the Book of Angels is carried in procession the names of all those enrolled in the Memorial Book of Angels will be read aloud.

     If you wish to enroll a loved one in our Book of Angels please contact Jeannie (sfdschurch@sbcglobal.net) or Lisa (lsanders1@sfdsparish.com) or telephone the Parish Center at 818-784-0105 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday or Ms. Jerri at jford@stfrancisds.org.

Announcement for the Red Mass

     The St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles invites you to attend the 35th Annual Red Mass on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels located at 555 West Temple Street in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, the Red Mass is an ecumenical event which honors Federal and State judges, lawyers, legislators, legal professionals and public officials. Members of all faiths and traditions are encouraged to attend. Archbishop José H. Gomez will be the celebrant; Rev. Robert T. Walsh, S.J. will be the homilist and Carol Costello, formerly of CNN and now with CNN HNL in Los Angeles, will be the lector. California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar will deliver the closing remarks. For more information, please visit www.laredmass.org.

World Apostolate of Fatima

     St. Francis De Sales Parish has brought the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima Devotional and will be celebrating the First Saturday Devotional Masses in the Parish Crying Room, from 8:00AM (opening prayer), Mass at 8:15, and the Holy Rosary with 15 minutes of silent mediation to follow. These are the dates: NOVEMBER 4th with Monsignor Timothy O’Connell, Spiritual Advisor for the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, LA Archdiocesan Div. to celebrate the this Devotional Mass; DECEMBER 2nd; and JANUARY 6, 2018. (Prayer books provided.) If you have questions, please contact Richard Guzman, Coordinator, at: SFDSbiblestudy@gmail.com or leave a message and your number for Richard at the Parish Center, (818) 784-0105.

Seeking Housing

     Jeannine Wagner, our beloved choir director, must change residences by the end of the year. She is looking for a small guest house or a room in a larger house and is having trouble finding something suitable. The owner must be willing to accept cats. She can pay up to $1700 a month. If you have any recommendations for her, please email her directly at wagner.jeannine8@gmail.com.

Concern America

     On Sunday, October 22nd, after all Masses. volunteers for Concern America will be at St. Francis de Sales Church with a craft sale featuring unique quality handcrafts. Purchasing these gifts helps fund impoverished communities in developing countries. Crafts from Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. Concern America is an international development organization based in Santa Ana, CA. Please visit their website to see the crafts that will be on display www.concernamerica.org.

Women of St. Francis de Sales –Save the date-Saturday, December 2, 2017

Back by popular demand, Ms. Christine Knudson and Ms. Maria Pollia of Immaculate Heart High School, will offer a time of reflection to help lead you into the season of Advent. The theme for the morning will be “Be It Done Unto Me”– a reflection on the Blessed Mother.

     This time of quiet will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the school library. The call time will be 8:00 am, the start time 8:30, Mass at 11:30, followed by lunch and will end by 1:00.

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SFDS Calendar

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St. Francis de Sales Church and School Map

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Weekly Mass Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule



5:00 PM – Fr. Larkin


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Emmanuel

12:00 PM – Fr. Ron

1:30 PM – Fr. Mike – Baptisms

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel


8:00 AM -Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Ron

12:00 PM –  Fr. Larkin

3:00 PM – Fr. Mac – Los Milagros

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 – Emmanuel


5:00 PM – Fr. Larkin


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Ron

12:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Larkin


8:00 AM – Fr. Mike

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel

5:00 PM – Fr. Mike


5:00 PM – Fr. Larkin


8:00 AM – Fr. Emmanuel

10:00 AM – Fr. Mike

12:00 PM – Fr. Mike

1:30 PM – Fr. Mike – Baptisms

5:00 PM – Fr. Emmanuel

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Mass Intentions for October 7, 2017

Mass Intentions for October 7, 2017


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of Brian Campaign

5:00 PM – In Memory of Patti Campbell


8:00 AM – In Memory of John Gaudioso

10:00 AM – In Memory of Louis Casale

12:00 PM – In Memory of Virginia Papile

5:00 PM – In Memory of Louisa Jeanne Bewley


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of Amanda Harvey


8:15 AM – In Memory of Viencen Guevara


8:15 AM – In Memory of Franklin Williamson


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of Megan & Patrick Mayer


8:15 AM – In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima


8:15 AM – For the Intentions of 2000 Hail Mary’s

5:00 PM In Memory of Michael Kavalauskus