Monthly Archives: May 2019

Take Time To Look Back on the 2019 FilAm Easter Egg Hunt

It’s time to take a look back at the 2019 SFC Parish Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Filipino American Group.

The Filipino American Group would like to thank everyone who donated plastic eggs and candy.

We filled up more than 7,000 eggs and made more than 200 kids happy because of your generosity.

Special thanks to our Fil-Am bunnies, the kids and their parents, and of course, Nikki, Sue, Jean, and Fr. Michael for their support.

Music Credit: Always Be My Unicorn — Freedom Trail Studio


For more information of the Filipino American Group see

See the 2019 Easter Egg Hunt at


SFC Parishioners Honored at Saint Pius X Awards Banquet

In early May 2019 the Diocese of San Jose held the 49th annual “Saint Pius the X Awards Banquet” at the Villa Ragusa in Campbell.
Supporting Catechetical Ministry in our own parishes we show our appreciation of our hard working catechists.
These men and women intentionally dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel to children, youth, young adults, RCIA, music ministry, Sacrament preparation, and much more.
The program consisted of a delicious dinner followed by awards going to many of volunteer catechists within the DSJ Churches that joined in the event this year.
All awards were presented by our new Bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop Patrick McGrath and many parish priests were in the audience.
Father Gabriel and Joan Schenck joined in the celebration and are very proud to say that the following parishioners were honored:
Grace Triunfante and Lisa Koen both received a five year award for all their work with “The Children’s Liturgy of the Word” program on Sundays at the 9:30 am Mass.
The 25 year award was presented to former professional teacher, Linda Brady, who finds it is a rewarding experience to bring children towards a closer relationship with God. An original Red Barner, making her Sacraments here, Linda enjoys giving back to SFC parish children.
Special recognition for 35 years award was presented to four of our Cabrini volunteer catechists. John and Jennifer Donnelly can be seen and heard weekly at the Saturday
5:00 PM Mass, Sunday 9:30 AM Mass, plus Praise and Worship on First Fridays, Masses for funerals, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and much more. Together they lead their family in music ministry and with other musicians and singers year after year.
Donna Tkach has taught Baptism Preparation classes for 21 years, followed by teaching RCIA, and currently preparing older children for first communion. Donna also led adult Bible studies for 35 years and still does. She loves informing both children and adults of the wonders of the Catholic Faith.
Margie Schillage, another Red Barner, enjoys teaching her 5th grade students and feels that they have such an innate love for God. She has a wonderful gift of spreading the
Good News to her students and feels a strong connection that manifests after class feeling touched by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Truly, St. Frances Cabrini has been blessed with these hard working, faith-filled Catholics giving their best to our parish children, teens and adults.
For more on the SFC Religious Education Program see

Young Adults Group To Meet, Discuss Christus Vivit This Summer

The St Frances Cabrini Young Adults Group presents a Summer 2019 study program of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit. Join the Young Adults at any or all of the sessions planned.

The Study Group kicks off June 19 and will also gather on June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24. Sessions begin at 7:00 PM with Evening Prayer followed by Discussion at 7:30 PM and a Social at 8:30 PM. We welcome new members ages 18 to 39.

Pope Francis writes: “With great affection, I address this Apostolic Exhortation to all Christian young people.It is meant to remind you of certain convictions born of our faith, and at the same time to encourage you to grow in holiness and in commitment to your personal vocation. But since it is also part of a synodal process, I am also addressing this message to the entire People of God, pastors and faithful alike, since all of us are challenged and urged to reflect both on the young and for the young. Consequently, I will speak to young people directly in some places, while in others I will propose some more general considerations for the Church’s discernment.

I have let myself be inspired by the wealth of reflections and conversations that emerged from last year’s Synod. I cannot include all those contributions here, but you can read them in the Final Document. In writing this letter, though, I have attempted to summarize those proposals I considered most significant. In this way, my words will echo the myriad voices of believers the world over who made their opinions known to the Synod. Those young people who are not believers, yet wished to share their thoughts, also raised issues that led me to ask new questions.”

A copy of Pope Francis’ Christus Vivit can be seen at  

For more information on the SFC Young Adults Group, see

ICF Frank Guidace Memorial Bocce Tournament Set for July 13

The 17th Annual Frank Guidace Memorial Bocce Tournament is set for July 13th and we hope to have 12 teams or more.
The Tournament Schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM – Coffee/Donuts/Registration
9:00 AM – Tournament Start
12:00 PM – Lunch included with entry fee
1:00 PM – Resume Tournament Finals
• 8 – 12 team maximum, 2 or 3 team minimum play
• 4 person teams
• Round Robin, 3 – 4 games per team minimum play
• Time limit on game, 45 minutes (so all can play)
• Abided by the U.S. Bocce Western Open Rules
• $50.00 fee per player
• $15 fee for lunch “non-players” & all volunteers
• Prizes for 1st Place $170.00, 2nd Place $90.00 and 3rd Place $50.00
• Perpetual trophy
Mail Payments: ICF Bocce Tournament 2853 Via Carmen, San Jose CA 95124 with checks payable to ICF Branch 191
Deadline to enter is July 5, 2019

Religious Education Wrap Up: Thank You Catechetical Team!

The Religious Education Program has now ended the 2018 – 2019 school year!
It’s been a busy year and ending with an explosion of big changes coming our way for next year!
Thank all of our hard working catechetical team: Grace Triunfante, Lisa Koen, Trang Tran, Melissa and Matt Shafer, Joann Allegretti, Michelle and Kelly Dodds, Donna Tkach, Mary Ellen Poirier, Margie Schillage, Jancy Vincent, Sue Keller, Pedro Aguilar, and Linda Brady. Not to mention the teens that regularly helped us with CLOW on Sunday mornings — Shannon and Aiden Miranda, Leona and Max Sawaya, Kelly and Michael Dodds, and Nick Metz.
We have already met our new Bishop Oscar Cantu, as he confirmed 82 Confirmandi from SFC school & ReligiousEd. on May 4th. Fr. Michael Hendrickson and Fr. Gabriel celebrated First Holy Communion this past May 18th for 66 young students. Fr. Michael will be leaving us, and we wish him all the best at his new assignment at St. Mary’s in Gilroy. This July 1st we will have a new Pastor, Fr. Joe Galang, let’s give him a warm welcome!
Certificates & Photos From Sacrament Masses are Coming
Our certificates and photos from the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be ready very soon. Just see and ask us at the 9:30 am Mass.
Registration for 2019 – 2020
Registration for the new school year will begin in mid-September, classes begin the first Wednesday of October — October 2nd, from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM in the school.
Have a great summer and be sure to keep Christ in it, by going to visit him at Church.