Online Bulletin

The Growing Seed

06-13-2021We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 46, No. 2

It’s really miraculous that every tree, shrub, and plant starts out as a little seed. But it would be a mistake to assume that everything they become is contained within the seeds themselves. Seeds need the nutritive environment of the soil. They need moisture from rain. They need long days of warm, bright sunshine. They need fresh clean air suitable to their climate. They will not grow just sitting at the bottom of a sack of seeds. Nor does the kingdom of God grow without a nourishing environment to feed and sustain it. In Ezekiel’s vision, God takes a tender shoot from a cedar’s crown and replants it on a mountaintop. The small sampling becomes a majestic tree, providing shelter for birds and inspiring awe in humans. The Lebanon cedar is well-known for its longevity, sometimes living up to two thousand years. A sprig replanted in Ezekiel’s lifetime could have provided shade for Jesus and his disciples. A seed planted then could produce a tree still alive today. As incredible as either possibility is, the growth of the kingdom of God can be even more wonderful. But it needs our nurturing love to grow.

What are you doing to give the kingdom of God the nourishing environment it needs to blossom and thrive?

La Semilla que Crece

Es realmente milagroso que cada árbol, arbusto y planta comience como una pequeña semilla. Pero sería un error asumir que todo en lo que se convierten está contenido dentro de las propias semillas. Las semillas necesitan el entorno nutritivo del suelo. Necesitan la humedad de la lluvia. Necesitan largos días de sol cálido y brillante. Necesitan aire fresco y limpio adecuado a su clima. No crecerán simplemente sentados en el fondo de un saco de semillas. El reino de Dios tampoco crece sin un ambiente nutritivo que lo alimente y sostenga. En la visión de Ezequiel, Dios toma un brote tierno de la copa de un cedro y lo vuelve a plantar en la cima de una montaña. La pequeña muestra se convierte en un árbol majestuoso, que brinda refugio a las aves e inspira asombro en los humanos. El cedro del Líbano es bien conocido por su longevidad, a veces viviendo hasta dos mil años. Una ramita replantada durante la vida de Ezequiel podría haber proporcionado sombra a Jesús y sus discípulos. Una semilla sembrada entonces podría producir un árbol todavía vivo hoy. Por increíble que sea una de las dos posibilidades, el crecimiento del reino de Dios puede ser aún más maravilloso. Pero necesita nuestro amor cariñoso para crecer.

¿Qué estás haciendo para darle al reino de Dios el ambiente nutritivo que necesita para florecer y prosperar?

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Announcements and Events

11 Day Escorted Pilgrimage with Fr. Cyril Offiong, SDV

Fr. Cyril will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Sun, Mar 13- Thu, Mar 24, 2022. For more information please contact the Parish Office at 407-886-4602.

Amazon Smile

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “St Francis of Assisi Catholic” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app

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Food Pantry

The St. Francis Food Pantry is a non-profit non- denominational voluntary organization that reaches out to families in need in the Apopka area by providing food and limited other services if available and deemed necessary.

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Parish Gift Store Hours

Current Gift Store hours are Sundays, 9:30am- 2:00pm. Volunteers are needed to tend to the store before and after the weekend Masses

El horario actual de la Tiendita Parroquial es los domingos de 9:30am- 2:00pm.

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St. Francis Choirs (English)

We are looking for members of our community who like to sing! If you are interested in praising the Lord through song, we would love to have you!

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Construction Mission in the Dominican Republic

Add Sat, May 29 - Sat, Oct 30

Help the Mission Office with building 41 houses in our Sister Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana.

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Alter Servers Meeting/ Reunión de Monaguillos

Add Fri, Jun 25

All current and prospective alter servers are invited to attend the meeting in the Church.

Todos los monaguillos actuales y futuros están invitados a asistir.

Pray for our Deceased Priest

Add Mon, Jun 28 @ 10:30 AM

Please keep our priests that have passed away in your prayers and we will be holding our Monthly Memorial Mass on Mon, Jun 28 at 10:30am.

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First Friday Adoration / Adoración Del Primer Viernes

Add Fri, Jul 2 @ 8:30 AM (every first Friday of the month)

First Friday Schedule: 8:00am Mass in English followed by 8:30am Adoration/Exposition of Blessed Sacrament ending at 7:00pm with Spanish Mass. Jesus awaits!

Misa en inglés a las 8:00am seguida de Adoración/Exposición del Santísimo Sacramento a las 8:30am culminando a las 7:00pm con Misa en español. ¡Jesús los espera!