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Month of January, 2022
Solemnity, Mary Mother of God Mass

No reconciliation this morning. Nursery will be closed.
Jan 4
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Serra Room

All ladies of our parish (over 21) are invited to the WINGS meeting. Please click the title or contact wings@saintfrancischurch.org if you would like more information.
Jan 5
9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Serra Room

See Jesus through the eyes of Peter in this 18-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, for more information or to register.
Jan 9
12:00 PM
Wedding Music Info Meeting
Zoom

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding at St. Francis! Couples getting married at St. Francis must meed with Emily Schmid, Director of Liturgy and Music. This information fulfills that requirement. Please contact Emily at eschmid@saintfrancischurch.org to RSVP and receive the zoom link or to learn future dates.
Jan 10
6:00 PM
Parish Hall

Please click the above title for more information.
Jan 10
7:00 PM
Parish Hall

Please click the title above for more information.
Jan 12
9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Serra Room

Mark: The Gospel Through the Eyes of Peter
Jan 13
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Serra Room

Join us for this 9-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, or click the title above for information and to register.
Jan 14
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Our January meeting will be a two-part meeting. First, Matt Willkom, Iowa Catholic Radio’s Executive Director, will join us to launch our 4th year of ManUp West Power Lunch. A discussion of Lenten activities will follow. Register for this event at https://www.iowacatholicradio.com/events.
Jan 15
January 15–16

Bishop William Joensen invites us to help a sister Parish, St. Mary of Hamburg, that is rebuilding a religious education center for its youth. The diocese has established the Parish Solidarity Fund so that parishes may assist each other in a time of need. You can go directly to www.dmdiocese.org/hamburg to make your contribution today.
Jan 15
5:30 PM
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
Gymnasium

The Knights of Columbus will be conducting their Annual Free Throw Competition in the St. Francis of Assisi Gymnasium on Saturday, January 15, 2022 beginning with registration/check-in at 5:30 p.m., competition will begin at 6:00 p.m. All St. Francis Parish boys and girls who on January 1, 2022 are between the ages of 9 and 14 years are eligible to enter this competition. Children interested in competing can obtain an entry form from Mr. Hazel, SFA Gym Director. Entry forms will also be available on the date of the competition.
Jan 18
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us for Alpha-a great way to connect, grow, and explore Christianity. Alpha is enjoyed as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by the regular church-goer. Click the title above or contact Alison Zirbel, Parish Alpha Coordinator at SFAAlpha@saintfrancischurch.org for more information or to reserve your spot.
Jan 19
9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Serra Room

See Jesus through the eyes of Peter in this 18-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, for more information or to register.
Jan 20
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Serra Room

For seniors 55 and older. We will be offering red and white chili and crackers. We would appreciate your contributions to the meal. Seniors with last names beginning A-C please bring cornbread, garlic bread, breadsticks or cinnamon rolls; D-G please bring desserts, H-Z please bring a hot dish or salad.
Jan 20
6:30 PM
Third Thursday
Church

Have you encountered the Holy Spirit recently? Looking for a way to adore and worship our Lord? Join us for Third Thursday! Third Thursday is an evening of Mass, Adoration, prayer, and music provided by First Encounter. This event is organized by Immerse, an organization working to empower people to experience the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son through an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
Jan 20
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Serra Room

Join us for this 9-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, or click the title above for information and to register.
Jan 22
January 22–23
Bring your Bibles to Mass to be blessed!

This weekend we will celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God as declared by Pope Francis in 2019. All parishioners are encouraged to bring their Bibles to be blessed at Mass this weekend. "It is fitting, then that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness. Consequently, I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God." - from Pope Francis's Apostolic Letter “APERUIT ILLIS”. Read the entire letter at https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio-20190930_aperuit-illis.html For more resources, visit https://www.usccb.org/committees/divine-worship/sunday-word-god
Jan 23
1:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Annual Spelling Bee
St. Francis School

All parish boys and girls in grades 4 through 7 are eligible to participate in this competition. Children interested in competing can obtain an entry form at the school office. Entry forms will also be available on the date of the competition in the school library. Use the main school entrance.
Jan 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us for Alpha-a great way to connect, grow, and explore Christianity. Alpha is enjoyed as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by the regular church-goer. Click the title above or contact Alison Zirbel, Parish Alpha Coordinator at SFAAlpha@saintfrancischurch.org for more information or to reserve your spot.
Jan 25
6:00 PM
St. Clare Room

We have a great lineup of speakers- Bryan Gonzalez will explain new directions in the life-saving work of InnerVisions Healthcare. Laura Limmex will speak on her post-abortive experience and her ministry, Restored By Grace. Fresh from the March for Life, in Washington DC, Maggie DeWitte and St. Francis students will speak about lessons learned and about Pulse Life Advocates. Discussion will also focus on how to bean effective prayer volunteer for life. Bring a dish to share. We have a great evening planned for you!
Jan 26
9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Serra Room

See Jesus through the eyes of Peter in this 18-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, for more information or to register.
Jan 27
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Serra Room

Join us for this 9-week study. Contact the Faith Formation office, 515-440-1030, or click the title above for information and to register.