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March 9, 2021

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Special Events

Halloween Movie Night!

Fr. Kevin will host a Halloween-themed movie night on Saturday, October 23 at 6:30 pm. Join Fr. Kevin for an indoor screening of the classic James Whale monster movie, Frankenstein (1931) starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster. The movie will be shown in the Parish Hall.
Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Calling all men of St. Francis!

Our next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will be at 9 am on Saturday, October 30th, at the West Chester Diner (1147 West Chester Pike). The gathering is BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bucks").

While we're eating, we will organize the Advent collection drive for The Bethesda Project's My Brother's House (a.k.a., "The Backpack Project"). For over 25 years, St. Francis has supported this outreach program for adults experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.

This year, we invite our men to work as a team in planning and implementing this incredible ministry. Hope to see you there!
Ingathering Brunch

To celebrate the end of our annual stewardship campaign on November 7, we plan to resume holding our Ingathering Brunch. The brunch follows the 10 am service.

The event will feature catered food, servers will wear masks and gloves, we will call up tables one at a time, and ensure tables are spaced apart. Weather permitting, we may also open windows and doors or you may take your food outside.

If you are comfortable with this setting, please use Sign-Up Genius to let us know you are attending. The link for Sign-Up Genius is in your email. And as a reminder, please return your pledge cards by Sunday, November 7, if you have not done so already, and thank you if you have!!

Weekly Events

Monthly Events

Letters for Rose

Letters for Rose is a volunteer opportunity to bring cheer to residents in retirement communities, and a special project of Sophia Schnackenberg, one of our St. Francis youth. The opportunity is for people of all ages at St. Francis in-the-fields to write letters, cards, notes, or draw pictures that will be delivered to residents at Daylesford Crossing.

Volunteers have the freedom to draw and write about whatever topics they want, as long as it is appropriate, and bring them to a collection box for delivery. Volunteers are encouraged to ask questions which will engage the recipient in active thinking. Please refrain from asking/writing anything about religion, politics, or negative ideas. All letters will be proof-read to ensure nothing inappropriate is sent out.

A collection box is near the Letters for Rose poster in the Narthex, and collections will continue through spring 2022. More information can be found at If you have suggestions for additional retirement communities to receive our creations or have questions, please contact Sophia, who is collecting Letters for Rose at St. Francis-in-the-Fields.
The Great DIOPA Bluejeans Drive

As part of an outreach drive, the Deacons of the Diocese will be collecting new or gently worn jeans. All sizes for men, women, and children, clearly labeled with size and gender. The collected jeans will be brought to the cathedral during the Diocesan Convention and then be distributed to those in need. The deadline for this collection is Thursday, October 21 and a bin will be in the Narthex for your donation. Please contact Diane at the church office with any questions.
Qualified Charitable Distribution

Have you heard of the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)?

The tax laws are confusing to most of us, but there is one rule that should definitely be understood by anyone age 70 ½ or older. The QCD rule allows an individual to make donations directly from their IRA accounts to the church, without having to pay tax on the distribution. A donation done this way can save a considerable amount of federal tax, and this is especially true under the new tax laws. To learn more please see Mike Quinn with any questions.
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls are available in the library for pastoral use. Each one has a cross sewn on the bottom and a card with information about St. Francis on one side and a prayer on the other side: "May you who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love. Blessed Be!"

If you want to give a shawl to someone in need, please take one. Let Barbara Pearse or the church office know that you have done so to help them keep track of the number of shawls available. We can always use more shawls! If you have one to donate, please contact Barbara for the cross and card to attach to the shawl.