Upcoming Events

Bishop Marc Handley Andrus Visits St Francis - Sunday March 10th

Bishop Marc Handley Andrus, the Bishop of the Diocese of California, will visit St Francis on March 10th. He will preside and preach at our Sunday service at 10:00 am.  After the service he will have a question and answer session with the parish.  He will share information on the transition that is upcoming at the Diocese with Bishop-elect Austin Rios. We hope you are able to attend since this will likely be his last visit with us before his retirement. Mark you calendars!

2024 Vestry Members and Deanery Reps elected

The 2024 Vestry members and Deanery Representatives were elected at the Annual Parish Meeting. The Vestry members are Robert Tarleton, Evelyn Ellis, Allison Waterworth, Vaggelis Sotiropoulos, Patricia Mei and Sam Crocker. The Deanery Representatives are Tony Mei and Harry Lehmann. Congratulations!


If you have not yet turned in your pledge for 2024, please do so as soon as possible.  Our pledges for 2024 are lagging and we are faced with a  deficit budget --- especially as we pursue calling a part-time Priest-in-Charge. If you have not made your pledge for this year yet, please contact Tony Mei as soon as possible. Your commitment to St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church is very much appreciated! Please leave your pledge card in the collection plate during the collection, leave it in the mail slot at the vicarage, or mail it to the church at 967 Fifth Street, Novato, CA 94945.  If you did not receive a pledge card and wish to make a pledge, please contact Tony Mei at  admin@stfrancisnovato.org

We are thankful for your continued support and encourage any modest increase to help us address the need for calling a Priest-in-Charge in 2024.

Sunday Coffee Hour with Bishop Marc


We will be having coffee hour with coffee (or tea) and snacks in Block Hall after the service this Sunday.  

Donations to purchase snacks and coffee are also welcome!

Please contact Tony Mei (at Admin@stfrancisnovato.org) as soon as possible if you are interested in hosting a coffee hour on March 3rd or later.

Spring Equinox Holy Hike - March 19th

Holy Hikes’ Spring Equinox Service at Church of the Wildwood

Come join Holy Hikes in creating a living liturgy at a Spring Equinox Service on March 19 at 12:30pm in Redwood Regional Park. Bring a prayer! Bring a poem! Bring and instrument and a song to share! We will create this liturgy together in this sacred place— a true living liturgy. 
We will meet at 12:30pm at the parking lot at the end of the road at Canyon Meadow Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park. We will walk together from the parking lot, a 15-min (1/2 mile) walk along the flat, paved Stream Trail to the location of the old Church of the Wildwood at what is now named Old Church Picnic Area. There will be seating available during the service. See the walk here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Szg8ciAL6vDF7avJ6?g_st=im

In 2024, Holy Hikes—San Francisco Bay Area will be offering four gatherings aligning with the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice. 
Meet at: Canyon Meadow Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA
Walk to: Old Church Picnic Area
When: March 19, June 20, September 22, December 21; meet at 12:30pm
Stay up-to-date: Follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/holyhikes


Rev. Rios Bishop Ordination Ceremony - May 4th


May 4th 11:00 am at Grace Cathedral.

Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Austin Keith Rios as Bishop Coadjutor of DioCal.



Curious about why our weekly e-newsletter is called The Transitus? The name comes from the most important feast day in the life of St. Francis, his death on October 3 and his entrance into the joy of our God. This is known as the Transitus,  or Journey. Just as Francis was sent into new life, we pray our community worship, events and education help send you into new life - a journey -  as well!

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Covid Precautions

All are encouraged to get the new COVID-19 vaccine that was approved by the FDA and the CDC and has been available locally since the beginning of October. Per the California State, Marin County, and Diocese of California COVID guidelines, worship participants may choose to wear masks or not, and likewise observe social distancing as they are comfortable.  We will also observe the following:

  • Church windows and doors shall remain open for ventilation to lower risk. 
  • Pew seating shall continue to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.
  • Parishioners who feel ill are asked to attend services virtually to keep others safe.