Nov 1 - All Saints Day
Please join us for Mass at the north church on Saturday morning, November 1, to celebrate All Saints Day. This feast honors all the saints, known and unknown. Normally All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. Because this holy day falls on a Saturday this year, however, attendance at the All Saints Day Mass is not an obligation. (Note that the Saturday evening Mass is the anticipated Mass for Sunday, November 2, which is All Souls Day.)
Nov 2 - All Souls Remembrance
Everyone who would like to remember the faithful departed - members of our families or our friends - is invited to our All Souls remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 2 following the 9 a.m. Mass. Please join us in the church hall for light refreshments and the opportunity for fellowship with others who are grieving a loss. So that we are prepared for enough people, please RSVP with the number attending to the parish office no later than Thursday, Oct. 30. Contact the parish office at 377-1070 or send an email.
Nov 2- Pray the Rosary
You are invited to participate in praying the rosary on the first Sunday of each month following the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Borgia. The next rosary devotion will start shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. Weather permitting, we will gather on the plaza and then process to the beautiful, newly renovated Marian Shrine. In the event of inclement or very cold weather, the rosary will be prayed in the church.
The rosary is also prayed on the first Friday of each month at 6 p.m. St. Joseph Parish in Grafton. The next opportunity will be Nov. 7. Please meet in the worship space.
Nov 2 - High school retreat: Living the Inside Out
This retreat is led by the dynamic, faith-filled SPIRITUS team of young adults who travel about the state to inspire and energize young Catholics to renew their life in the Church. Using praise music, challenge activities, witnesses and small and large group discussions, this retreat helps young people to find the meaning in what they know about the Catholic faith in relation to where they currently are on their faith journey. Anyone in high school is invited to attend the event on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 1-5:45 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. Mass here at SFB. Those in 9th and 10th grade, in particular, are encouraged to participate since they can complete their retreat component by attending. The cost is $30 and includes dinner. Register early as space is limited. The permission/registration form is available online. You can also contact the Youth Ministry Office at 377-1070 or send an email.
Nov 2 – Spotlight Series Begins: The Francis Effect
Pope Francis has taken the world by storm. He is sparking the faith and imagination of people all over the world. It’s called the Francis Effect. You are invited to come explore and discuss what effect Pope Francis has had on your faith or the faith of others you know. Join us on Sunday November 2, 9 and 16 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Parish Center Conference Room as we explore the Francis Effect. There is a $10.00 registration fee to cover the cost of materials. (Scholarships are available.) Register online. For questions, contact Director of Adult and Family Ministry Tracy Dereszynski at 262-377-1070, ext. 250, or send an e-mail.
Nov 3 - Adult Formation: Gospel Portraits
This year the Adult Formation/Education piece of the Family Program is about Jesus. Did you ever wonder who really wrote the Gospels or who was the intended audience of each of the Gospels? Why do we only have four Gospels? Why are we still reading these books 2000+ years after Jesus’ death and resurrection? All adults are invited to the church hall on Monday Nov. 3 from 6:25-7:30 p.m. for answers to those questions and more. Tracy Dereszysnki, our director of Adult and Family Ministry, will be presenting. Dates and topics for other classes are:
• Nov. 17 - Prophetic Tradition
• Dec. 1 - Birth Narratives
• Dec. 15 - Baptism - Start of Ministry
Please RSVP to Tracy by 2 p.m. on the Monday that you plan to attend so we can ensure enough resources for every-one. You can reach her at 262-377-1070, ext. 250 or send an e-mail.
Nov 6 – ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ Workshops Hosted by SFB Health Ministry
Are you a caregiver? St. Francis Borgia’s Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County, is hosting “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” - a workshop designed for family members and friends caring for persons impacted by serious illness or injury.
Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent or other family member or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country, it doesn't matter. Care giving for others is rewarding. But, at times, it can also be very stressful and even overwhelming. This class will help you learn ways to help you care for yourself in your care-giving role.
The 2 1/2 hour class meets once a week for six weeks. It will be held on Thursday afternoons (except for Thanksgiving) from Nov. 6 through Dec. 18 from 2-4:30 p.m. here at SFB in classroom C in the church hall. Registration is open to parishioners and the community, so please share this information with any caregivers you may know. For more information or to register, please contact the parish office.
Nov 9 - NO Bingo in November
Due to a low number of attendees, there will be no Bingo on Nov. 9. But, please mark your calendars for Bingo during Lent! Attend the Friday Fish Fry on Feb. 27 and Mar. 27 and stay after for Bingo fun. Hope to see you there!
Nov 18 - Baptism Preparation Session
Are you expecting a new bundle of joy during or after the holiday season? Have you recently welcomed a new bundle of joy into your family? If you would like to have your child baptized, there will be a Baptism Preparation session on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 7-8 p.m. in the North Church gathering space. This will be the last session before the New Year.
Every family needs to attend a preparation session before their child can be baptized. Please contact Tracy Dereszysnki, Director of Adult and Family Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 250 or send an e-mail if you have questions or need more information.
Nov 22 - “Stations of the Crib”
Life is a mixed experience. At no time is this more evident than during the holiday season. People in the midst of loss – such as death of a loved one, divorce or job loss – often dread the holidays.
“Stations of the Crib” on Saturday Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the SFB church hall will explore Mary and Joseph’s own journey through the birth of Jesus. We can find in their experience joy and sorrow, hope and fear. They had a real need for support along their way to the crib.
We have that same need for support today. As we follow them through their “Stations of the Crib” we will apply it to our own experiences of loss. We will explore issues such as coming to acceptance, who are our Elizabeths, our angels and/or shepherds, the mystery surrounding birth and more. In the midst of sorrow and fear we can find reason to hope!
Whether you are someone in the midst of a loss (recent or past) or supporting someone experiencing loss, or simply interested in the topic - all are welcome!
For more information or to RSVP please contact Tracy Dereszysnki, Director of Adult and Family Ministry at 262-377-1070, ext. 250 or send an e-mail.
Nov. 23 - New Member Registration
If you’re new to St. Francis Borgia Parish - or have been attending Mass here for a while but have never officially registered - we’d be delighted to have you join our family. Come to classroom D in the church hall after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 23. In addition to registering, the short presentation (about 30 minutes) will share information about SFB parish and school. Hope to see you there!
If you’re unable to attend, please stop by the parish office during business hours to obtain registration materials. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Nov 27 - Thanksgiving Day
Happy Thanksgiving! The parish office is closed today. Please join us for Mass at the north church at 8:30 a.m. How lucky we all are to have an opportunity to come together and give thanks for our many, many blessings! Let’s make “standing room only” our goal for this year!
Nov 27 - 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Mark your calendars! The 6th Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday, Nov. 27. Mass at 8:30 a.m. (at the North Church) will be followed by a 10 a.m. Turkey Trot start! As always, we will have coffee, hot chocolate and Thanksgiving treats following the Trot.
We look forward to celebrating Mass as a community on Thanksgiving morning. How lucky we all are to have an opportunity to come together and give thanks for our many, many blessings! Let’s make “standing room only” our goal for this year!
On-line registration is now open! To register for the 2014 SFB Turkey Trot, go to SFB Turkey Trot, or pick up a registration form in the back of church.
Dec 6 & 7 - St. Francis Borgia Women’s Guild Cookie and Bake Sale
Christmas is coming up quickly! And so is the Women’s Guild Annual Cookie & Bake Sale! Mark your calendars for the weekend of Dec. 6-7.
There will also be a raffle of a beautiful handmade afghan that has been crafted by our Knitting Ministry. Raffle tickets will be sold after all of the Masses in November and early December. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will take place after the 11 a.m. Mass on Dec. 7. You need not be present to win.
The SFB Women’s Guild thanks you for supporting their only fundraiser for the year.
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