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From Our December 2015 Newsletter

Our December Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, December 13th at 1:00 pm and it will be our annual Christmas party. Please see page 2 of the newsletter for details.

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

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • June: Leukemia (Cancer)
  • Carol: Stroke (Eating Problem)
  • Mary: Spinal Stenosis
  • Jim: Leg Injury
  • Dennis: Lung & Heart Issues
  • Frank (86): Balance (Fall)
  • Frances: Infection (Kidney)
  • David & Angela: Communication
  • Larry: Multiple Health Problems
  • Emma: Cancer
  • Jane: Hospice
  • Janice: Depression
  • Patricia: Fluid In Heart
  • Lisa: Lymphoma
  • Lilly (4): Autism
  • Vincent: Concussion (Fracture)
  • Grace: Breast Cancer

St. Francis Inn Needs

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  • Ketchup
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  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)

Formation Information

Due to the December gathering being our Christmas party, we won’t be having ongoing formation. We’ll start back up in January.

From Our November 2015 Newsletter

Our November Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, November 8th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will have ongoing formation followed by social time. Around 2:15 we will proceed to St. Francis Church for our annual Mass of Remembrance. Father Tran will be our celebrant.

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

Regional Council’s Fraternal/Pastoral Visit

The Pastoral Visit has been postponed and will be rescheduled for sometime in early 2016.

NAFRA Elections

On October 17th, Regional Secular Franciscan leaders met to hold elections for the national executive council of the Secular Franciscan Order in the U.S.

Here are the results: National Vice Minister MARY BITTNER, OFS; National Minister JAN PARKER, OFS; National Councilor JOAN GEIGER, OFS; National Councilor AWILDA GUADALUPE, OFS; National Treasurer JERRY ROUSSEAU, OFS; International Councilor MARY STRONACH, OFS; National Councilor MARY FRANCES CHARSKY, OFS, and Br. BOB BRADY, OFM, president-in-turn of the Conference of National Spiritual Assistants. And I am pleased to announce that our regional minister MATTIE WARD, OFS, has been elected to the office National Secretary.

The SFO constitution requires that Mattie immeadiately reliquish her regional office upon election to national office, so I am also pleased to announce that our own Kate Kleinert will be serving as Regional Minister until the elections take place this January.

Please keep all of these brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Ray – COPD & Kidney Stones
  • Marie – Pulmonary Heart Disease
  • My Adult Children – Conversion
  • Joe To Know God’s Will
  • Frank (Son) – Healing of Wounds
  • My Friend – End Of Cancer
  • Grace – Breast Cancer
  • My Nephew – Return To Church
  • Mike – Employment
  • Lisa Cancer
  • Cynthia – Employment
  • Larry – Health Issues
  • Bill – Repeating Infections

St. Francis Inn Needs

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  • Ketchup
  • Baby Formula
  • Toilet Paper
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  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)

Formation Information

I was taken a little bit by surprise this month when regional asked to reschedule their pastoral visit. I also have unexpectedly been away for work twice in during two weeks leading up to our November gathering. All of this is leading up to me saying that I’m not exactly sure what we are going to be doing for ongoing formation this month. I do know that I think, given we are having our traditional Mass of Rememberence, that perhaps we should talk about the Franciscan approach to death. Please prayerfully meditate on this subject and be prepared to contribute to a lively discussion when we gather.

Food for Thought

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will. The second death can do no harm to them.

~ St. Francis, Canticle of the Sun

Even death itself, considered by all to be so terrible and hateful, was exhorted to give praise, while he himself, going joyfully to meet it, invited it to make its abode with him. “Welcome,” he said, “my sister death.”

~ Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis of Assisi

As he approached his own earthly end, Francis, recalling the love of God made manifest in the gift of creation, looked forward with hope to his share in the resurrection of Christ. There was no longer a need to avoid or exploit death, because death was his sister, closer to him than the fear of the unknown. With arms extended, Francis did not cower from his destiny in fear and anxiety but embraced his sister bodily death with his whole heart and left this world in peace. abode with him. “Welcome,” he said, “my sister death.”

~ Daniel P. Horan, Embracing Sister Death: The Fraternal Worldview of Francis of Assisi as a Source for Christian Eschatological Hope

From Our October 2015 Newsletter

Our October Gathering

Instead of the usual Sunday gathering, our next meeting will be our annual Day of Recollection and will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Divine Providence Village in Springfield. Please note that is a week later than it usually would be. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided. Fr. Dennis Weber will be our Celebrant and Retreat Master. The theme for the day will be “Year of Mercy.”

Schedule:

  • 9:00 am Gathering and Fellowship (Coffee/tea, light refreshment will be available)
  • 9:30 am Prayer (Bring Rosary and Liturgy of the Hours)
  • 10:15 am Conference with Fr. Dennis
  • 11:00 am Mass
  • 12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 2:30 pm Benediction

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

Regional Council’s Fraternal/Pastoral Visit

A group from the regional council with be visiting during our November meeting. We will still be celebrating our annual Mass of Remembrance. The details and schedule are still be finalized. More information will be provided in the November newsletter.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Jennifer: Illness/Medication
  • Carolyn: Pneumonia
  • Frank: Skin Cancer
  • John: Alzheimer’s
  • Rose Marie: Balance Walker
  • Jim: Knee Surgery
  • Mary Louise: Cataracts
  • Danny: Divorce Pending
  • Selma: Vertebrate Pain
  • Christine: Foot Bleeding
  • Jean: Lung Cancer
  • Eleanor: Heart Failure
  • Terrance & Julie: Drug Abuse
  • Sue: Brain Tumor

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Powdered Milk
  • Presweetened Drink Mix
  • Ketchup
  • Baby Formula
  • Toilet Paper
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Underwear (S, M)
  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)

Annual Day of Recollection

Don’t forget that October is our annual day of recollection and our gathering takes place on Saturday not Sunday, see page one of this newsletter for details.

Formation Information

There will be no formal ongoing formation in October during our Day of Recollection, but Fr. Dennis will be speaking about the Year of Mercy.

Food for Thought

The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36).”

~ Pope Francis, homily and announcement of Year of Mercy, *St. Peter’s Basilica, 3/13/2015

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Then Friar Matthew said, “… do you not remember that the mercy of God is greater than all the sins of the world, and that Christ the Blessed, our Savior, paid to redeem us at an infinite price? Be of good hope that for certain you are saved.”

~ The Little Flowers of St. Francis, *Chapter 45

– August, 2015

August and September Ongoing Formation Materials

Ongoing formation materials for our August and September meeting have been uploaded to the site and are available on the archive page. Sorry for the delay on the stuff for August.

We covered Article 9 of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order in August and, in September, we’re covering Article 10.

From Our September 2015 Newsletter

Our September Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 13th 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.

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

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Terry: Better Hearing
  • William: Tumors in Stomach
  • Al & Nick: Drug Addiction
  • Rita: Colon Cancer
  • Eleanor: Brain Cancer
  • Anna & Cliff: Upcoming Marriage
  • Bill: Kidney Stones
  • My Brother: Mental Health Issues
  • James & Keith: Return to Sacraments
  • Karen: Change Negative Attitude
  • Claire & John: Find Nursing Home
  • Steve: Grace To Forgive Friend
  • Bob: Open Heart Surgery
  • Brittany: Safe Delivery (Baby)
  • Larry: Heart Surgery
  • Frank: Back Injury
  • Dominic: Return To Sacraments

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Powdered Milk
  • Presweetened Drink Mix
  • Ketchup
  • Baby Formula
  • Toilet Paper
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Underwear (S, M)
  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)

Annual Day of Recollection

This year’s retreat will be on Saturday October 17th. Our retreat master will be Fr. Dennis Weber. The Day of Recollection will be held at Divine Providence Village in Springfield from 9am to 3pm. We will bring our own lunches. Beverages will be provided. More details to follow.

Formation Information

In September, we will be continuing our journey through the Secular Franciscan Rule with a discussion of Article 10. Readings and questions for comtemplation are included with this newsletter and are available on our website. Please be sure to take time to prayerfully review this material in preparation.

Food for Thought

This life-style is basically typified by littleness and openness on a personal level (obedience, poverty, and purity of heart), together with others (community), and in an out-reach of service after the example of Jesus Christ the “Man for Others.”

“Littleness” is the quality which expresses the Secular Franciscans’ desire to be conformed to Christ in his self-emptying and to follow the Lord in humility and meekness, at the service of everyone, even to the point of taking the lowest place, not vying for power or prestige, and out of boldness risking ‘misunderstanding and non-acceptance for the sake of the gospel.

“Openness” is the quality which expresses the Secular Franciscans’ desire to be receptive and adaptable to the creative, inspiring, and transforming power of God’s presence revealed to us in the word and sacraments, the Church and the Social situation, other people and all of nature.

~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM

• • •

As Franciscans we are called by God to love. This love is a total surrender to God, manifested in how we serve God in one another, even those who are not one of us (cfr. Mark 9: 38). Our availability to respond “yes” whenever we are called by God’s will depends on how much, little, or not we are attached, subject, and ultimately controlled by persons, places, things in our life. They become the “center” and the “focus” of what we do and at times who we believe we are. Our “Center” must always be God, the Lord, Jesus!

~ Fr. Francis A. Sariego, O.F.M.Cap., From the Desk of Fr. Francis – August, 2015

From our August 2015 Newsletter

Our August Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, August 9th 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.

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

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Rich — Return To Sacraments
  • Mary Louise — Broken Hip
  • Terry — Healing: Left Eye
  • Charles — Dialysis: Cycler
  • Pat — Lungs: Fluid
  • Christine — Dementia
  • Michael — Lime Disease
  • John — Alzheimer’s
  • Cathy — Back Pain
  • Mary — Leg Pain
  • Kathleen — Peace: Acceptance
  • J & T — Sobriety: Drugs
  • Fraternity Sister — Grief: Brother’s Death
  • Rose — Left Shoulder: Surgery
  • Frank — Skin Cancer

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Powdered Milk
  • Presweetened Drink Mix
  • Ketchup
  • Baby Formula
  • Toilet Paper
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Underwear (S, M)
  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)

Formation Information

In August, after a six month break we will be continuing our journey through the Secular Franciscan Rule with a discussion of Article 9. Readings and questions for comtemplation are included with this newsletter and are available on our website. Please be sure to take time to prayerfully review this material in preparation.

Food for Thought
On the left side of the Basilica of the Assumption of the Madonna at the sanctuary of La Verna there is a beautiful work by Andrea Della Robbia that depicts the scene of the Annunciation. Mary is portrayed seated on the left meditating on the Word of God, shown as an open book on her lap. The angel Gabriel is kneeling before her while God the Father is pictured in the upper right with His hands raised in supplication and surrounded by angels while He stares intently at Mary. The Holy Spirit is hovering in the air between Gabriel and the Virgin. The artist is trying to portray t he time in the Annunciation after the angel had explained God’s plan to her and was waiting for her response. Every one in the scene is in state of tense expectation – even God and the angels seem to be holding their breath in suspense. The most important event in salvation history awaits the response of a young girl in Nazareth. What will her answer be? It is a wonderful way of portraying the essential interaction and cooperation between God and humanity in the work of salvation. God expects and await s a human response before acting in the world – even the great event of the Incarnation required a simple yet radical human willingness to cooperate with the Divine will. The caption under the masterpiece provides Mary’s answer to God: “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk. 1:38). The Incarnation took place as a result of an incredible interplay between the Divine and the human.

~ Letter of the Minister General and General Council to All The Brothers and Sisters of the Third Regular Order of Saint Francis on The Occasion of the Solemnity of Nativity, 2011

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Holy Virgin Mary, among the women born into the world, there is no one like you. Daughter and servant of the most high and supreme King and of the Father in heaven, Mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us with Saint Michael the Archangel, all the powers of heaven and all the saints, at the side of your most holy beloved Son, our Lord and Teacher.

~ St. Francis, The Office of the Passion of the Lord, Marian Antiphon

From our July 2015 Newsletter

Our July Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, July 12th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall.

A Profession!
Yes, this is what I want.

After a brief gathering, which may include the Franciscan Crown Rosary, we will proceed at around 2:00 to St. Francis Church for the Profession Mass of Mary Meade. Refreshments will be served after Mass in Conway Hall.

Please be sure to keep Mary in your prayers as she makes her final preparations for this important moment in her life.

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

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Tommy: Healing Cancer
  • Lilly: Another Ear Surgery
  • Lisa: Healing Cancer
  • Annette: Arthritis, Knees
  • Terrace & Julie: Addictions
  • Terry: Cataract Operation
  • Geri Anne: Safe Pregnancy
  • Mary Lou: Bones Disease
  • Ann: Healing Car Accident
  • Vincent: Broken Femur
  • Dennie: Heart Condition

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Powdered Milk
  • Presweetened Drink Mix
  • Ketchup
  • Baby Formula
  • Toilet Paper
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Underwear (S, M)
  • Men’s Undershirt (L, XL)
  • Men’s T-Shirts (L, XL, 2X)
  • Prayers

Formation Information

We may or may not have a formal ongoing formation session at out July gathering, but please prayerfully contemplate the following in light of the Profession we will be celebrating.

Profession and Commitment *to the Gospel Life

I, ______, by the grace of God,
renew my baptismal promises
and consecrate myself
to the service of his kingdom.
Therefore, in my secular state
I promise to live all the days of my life
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Secular Franciscan Order
by observing its rule of life.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit,
the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and our holy father Saint Francis,
and the fraternal bonds of community
always be my help,
so that I may reach the goal
of perfect Christian love.

— — — — —

If I pause to think about it, such a declaration is enough to take my breath away. In consecrating ourselves “to service in His Kingdom,” we change our relationship to God’s infinite and eternal creation, which in itself is something that is always changing, always new, always becoming. We are no longer simply along for the ride, as it were. We can no longer live our lives as we have, focused solely on ourselves and our families and our careers and the countless irritations that make up modern life. In making our formal and public professions, we declare that Christ is the center of our lives, the balance point, the focus, the prime mover–our “All.” In consecrating our lives, we make Christ, as He is revealed in the gospels, the measure of all that we do.

~ Andrew Sapp OFS, Reflection: Profession & Our Franciscan Life

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The moment of Profession is a specific moment. It doesn’t just happen. It is prepared for and is joyfully anticipated. It is specific, so that we know exactly what is happening and why. It is a moment not to be forgotten, whose impact is transformational and dictates all we do and say from the moment of profession on. Fr. Felice [Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap in Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment] says that it is the “foundational moment in the identity of the Professed.” This moment changes everything.

~ Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M., “Profession and the Secular Franciscan: Theological and Liturgical Foundations”

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Profession in the Secular Franciscan Order, as a promise to live the gospel in the manner of St Francis, aims to put before us the radical, light-filled and joyful style in which Francis listens to the gospel and commits himself to live it.

~ Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap, Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment

From Our June 2015 Newsletter

Our June Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, June 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.

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

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Ray, COPD
  • Jerianne, 2 Miscarriages
  • Jim, Dom & Keith, Guidance
  • Christine, Nursing Home
  • Carol, Gastritis
  • Tim, Find Another Job
  • Sale: Mom’s House, Resolve Tension
  • Father, Peace: Depression
  • Jim, Cracked Knee
  • Charlie, Kidney Dialysis
  • Lily (4), Ear Operation
  • Terry, Cataract: Left Eye
  • Marie, Coping: Stress
  • Dottie, Arthritis: Knees

St. Francis Inn Needs

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Formation Information

Lee isn’t going to be able to attend the June meeting so Marie has been kind enough to agree to facilitate a discussion about a story called “The Rabbi’s Gift.” This story was used by Rosie Viragh, our regional formation director, in a session during the recent regional retreat in Easton.

The Rabbi’s Gift

There was once a long time ago a monastery where monks lived that had fallen on hard times. They sold wines, soaps and made preserves for the monastery and just could not keep it up any longer. They were part of a great order that began to fade.

Deep in the woods surrounding the monastery was a little hut that the rabbi from a nearby town used for a hermitage. One day, the abbot was feeling so blue that he decided to visit the rabbi.

The rabbi welcomed the abbot and commiserated with him.

The abbot explained now they use to sell goods from the Monastery to keep it going and now it was slowly dying.

The rabbi told the abbot how strange it was that he came to his door, because while he was in prayer he said Elijah came to him and said the Messiah lives over there in the Monastery.

The time came when the abbot had to leave.

They embraced.

“It has been wonderful being with you,” said the abbot, “but I have failed in my purpose for coming. Have you no piece of advice that might save the monastery?”

“I am sorry,” the rabbi responded, “I have no advice to give except to tell you that the messiah is one of you.”

When the other monks heard the rabbi‘s words, they wandered what possible significance they might have.

“The messiah is one of us? One of us here, at the monastery? Do you suppose he meant the abbot? Of course it must be the abbot, he has been our leader for so long. On the other hand, he might have meant brother Thomas, who is certainly a holy man. Or maybe he meant brother Elrod, who is very grumpy, but also very wise. I don’t think that he meant brother Phillip, he’s too passive, but then he always seems to be there when you need him.

As they contemplated the possibilities, the old monks began to treat each other and themselves with extraordinary respect, just in case one of them was the messiah. They began again to work to help build up the Monastery and began to grow in number.

In this session we were asked by Rosie to think about the following: “How can we apply this story to our Franciscan way of life? Could we not see the gift in each person? After all, our Rule 13 says As the Father sees in every person the features of his Son, the first born of many brothers and sisters, so the Secular Franciscans with a gentle and courteous spirit accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.”

From Our May 2015 Newsletter

Our May Gathering

PLEASE NOTE: Our May gathering, our annual communion breakfast, is the FIRST Sunday of the month — May 3rd.

We will meet at Conway Hall and proceed to the Church for 11:30 Mass. We will sit together as a group. There will be a pot luck breakfast after Mass around 12:30. We will sing a hymn and crown the Blessed Mother. Our speaker will be Fr. Quan Tran.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Camille – Lung Function
  • Mary – Peace of Mind
  • Husband – Alzheimer’s
  • Kathleen – Health
  • Rita (Another) – Cancer
  • Brother – Mental Issues
  • Mother – Alzheimer’s
  • Young Man – Depression
  • Carolyn’s – Granddaughter
  • Christine -Broken Ankle

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • New or Gently Used Men’s Jeans
  • New or Gently Used Men’s Tee Shirts
  • New or Gently Used Women’s Underwear
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Deodorant
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  • Assorted Furnishings for All Saints Bldg: Lamps, Tables, Upholstered Items, and Household Items; i.e. Brooms, Dinner Ware, Flat Ware, Cooking Utensils, Etc. (Please contact Bro. Fred or Kevin at SFI, 215-423-5845, for details.)
  • Prayers

Formation Information

We will not be having a formal ongoing formation session this month. Fr. Quan Tran will be our communion breakfast speaker.

Food for Thought

Article Eight of the rule directs all Secular Franciscans to stress the primacy of worship in their lives – the interior prayer of contemplation as well as the exterior liturgical prayer of the Church. The article also urges Secular Franciscans to have an active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, above all the Eucharist, and in the Liturgy of the Hours. When this article is lived fully, each Secular Franciscan will be a true worshipper, always involved with Christ and conscious of his presence in oneself and in others.

~ Adelaide N. Sabath OFS, Called to Follow Christ: Commentary on the Secular Franciscan Rule

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It was because Francis saw the humility and poverty of Christ, this pattern of living without grasping, so clearly expressed in the Eucharist that he had such a great veneration of it and urged his brothers to hold it in the same veneration. The Eucharist was, if you like, the symbol of so much of what he held to be at the heart of the Gospel. And the Eucharist lies at the heart of Franciscan spirituality still for the same reasons. It puts us in touch with the living Christ as nothing else can do. In the Eucharist we see expressed Christ’s pattern of living through dying, a pattern that we are also called to make our own. And as we do that we are following Christ after the example of St Francis in a particularly powerful way.

~ Gordon Plumb, St. Francis of Assisi and Eucharistic Adoration

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We can affirm that the Gospel calling which Francis felt to the apostolic life was born exactly within the context of the celebration of Mass. He was not a deaf hearer of the Gospel, and therefore he opened his heart, and in the living presence of Christ who speaks in His Word, Francis felt his inner calling, strengthened by the context in which he was finding himself at that moment, namely the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice.

~ Noel Muscat O.F.M., Look at the Humility of God: The Eucharist in the Writings and the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi

From our March 2015 Newsletter

Our March Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, March 8th 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.

Fair Share

A second envelope for the Fair Share is enclosed. The Fair Share will remain the same at $30. The Fair Share is not meant to be a hardship on anyone. If your financial circumstances makes it hard to pay please let a council member know.

Communion Breakfast

Don’t forget, May will be our annual communion breakfast. Details to follow in the newsletter and at the April Meeting. As usual, our May gathering will be the first Sunday of the month instead of the second to accommodate Mother’s Day.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Antoinette if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Charlie – Kidney Transplant
  • Thomas – Employment
  • Suzanne – Test: Upper GI
  • Rosa – Brain Tumor
  • Al & Nicole – Heroin Addition
  • Bob (90) – Poor Health
  • Frank – Kidney Surgery
  • Mary – Hip Surgery
  • Theresa – Return to the Sacraments
  • Joe – Aeorta Surgery

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • #4, 5, 6 Pampers
  • Toothpaste
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Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

After giving careful consideration to this apostolate, the council has decided that our monthly visits to the Mothers’ Home are not the best fit for the capabilities of our fraternity. We are prayerfully considering possibilities for other apostolates and would appreciate any ideas you might have. We will continue to find ways to help meet the Mothers’ Home’s material needs and will continue to invite their residents and staff to our Christmas celebration.

Formation Information

In March we will take a little break in our journey through the Secular Franciscan Rule and try something a little different. Please take time before our gathering to prayerfully comptemplate these three passages that recently came up during our candidate’s formation.

The moment of Profession is a specific moment. It doesn’t just happen. It is prepared for and is joyfully anticipated. It is specific, so that we know exactly what is happening and why. It is a moment not to be forgotten, whose impact is transformational and dictates all we do and say from the moment of profession on. Fr. Felice says that it is the “foundational moment in the identity of the Professed.” This moment changes everything.

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Cangelosi puts it this way, “ They, [the candidates] by promising to live the Gospel life, make themselves entirely available to God and place their own bodies (persons) on the altar of Christ’s sacrifice, as a holy victim pleasing to God.” Whew! I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty heady stuff! When was the last time you even thought that’s what you did on your Profession day? The connection between the act/event of Profession and the dynamic of the Eucharist are very clear. These two sacrifices — that of Christ the priest and that of the newlyProfessed — are lives offered to God, and they are made real at one and the same time. I underlined the phrase — “entirely available to God” because that’s where the sacrifice comes in. Day in and day out, both when convenient and inconvenient, in good times and in bad – the Professed Secular Franciscan is to place him/herself at God’s disposal.

~ Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M. Profession and the Secular Franciscan Theological and Liturgical Foundations

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Dearest brothers and sisters, just think of the decisive influence we could have for changing the world if all the 500,000 Secular Franciscans, scattered around the world in some 111 countries, lived their vocation to the full.

~ Fr. Benedetto Lino, A Specific Vocation for a Particular Mission, OFS General Chapter 2011