Our September Gathering
We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 14th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and, after our regular meeting and prayers, we will proceed to St. Francis Church for Benediction.
IMPORTANT: Please remember that we now gather at 12:30. And please try to get there a little early so we can begin on time.
If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390
“And we will be involved in the monthly meeting as an act of worship and a building of community.”
–from The Lay Franciscan* Monthly Pledge
St. Francis Inn Needs
- Men’s Socks, underwear (M & L), and T-shirts (L & XL)
- Toilet paper
- Travel size toiletries (no dental products nor conditioner)
Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate
Our next visit will be Saturday the 20th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. If you can’t be there in person, we ask that you be there spritually by devoting some of the morning to holding the staff and residence of the Home in prayer.
Annual Day of Recollection
This year’s retreat will be on Saturday October 4th (the Feast of St. Francis!). Our retreat master will be Fr. Dennis Weber. In keeping with the upcoming synod, our theme for the retreat will be the Family and Evangelization. The Day of Recollection will be held at Divine Providence Village in Springfield from 9am to 3pm. We will bring our lunch and beverages will be provided. More details to follow.
The readings and questions for our September ongoing formation session are enclosed with this newsletter. Please review and contemplate this material prayerfully in preparation for our meeting. As planned, we will be discussing Article 6 of the Secular Franciscan Rule.
Food for thought
Called to work together in building up the Church as the sacrament of salvation for all and, through their baptism and profession, made “witnesses and instruments of her mission”, Secular Franciscans proclaim Christ by their life and words.
Their preferred apostolate is personal witness in the environment in which they live and service for building up the Kingdom of God within the situations of this world.
The preparation of the brothers and sisters for spreading the Gospel message “in the ordinary circumstances of the world” and for collaborating in the catechesis within the ecclesial communities should be promoted in the Fraternities.
Those who are called to carry out the mission of catechists, presiders of ecclesial communities, or other ministries, as well as the sacred ministers, should make the love of St. Francis for the word of God their own, as well as his faith in those who announce it, and the great fervor with which he received the mission of preaching penance from the Pope.
Participation in the service of sanctification, which the Church exercises through the liturgy, prayer, and works of penance and charity, is put into practice by the brothers and sisters above all in their own family, then in the fraternity and finally through their active presence in the local Church and in society.
~ The General Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan Order, Article 17