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Ongoing formation materials for August…

…are now available here.

From Our August 2014 Newsletter

Our August Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, August 10th 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

Don’t Forget

• To sign the attendance log
• Petition slips
• Pennies for missions and flip tops off aluminium cans

St. Francis Inn Needs

• Presweetened Ice Tea and *Lemonade Mix
• M & L Men’s Briefs & Boxers
• 2X & 3X Men’s T-Shirts
• #6 Disposable Diapers
• Deodorant
• Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be Saturday the 16th. 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.

Formation Information

The readings and questions for our August 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 5 of the Secular Franciscan Rule.

Food for thought

“Regarding expenses necessary for the life of the fraternity and the needs of worship, of the apostolate, and of charity, all the brothers and sisters should offer a contribution according to their means. Local fraternities should contribute toward the expenses of the higher fraternity councils.”

~ The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, Article 25

. . .

“lt is true that we do not live “on bread alone,” but the fact of the matter is that the material elements that support and nourish life in fraternity are just as important and critical as the spiritual and psychological elements.”

~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ

From Our July 2014 Newsletter

Our July Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, July 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.

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

Don’t Forget

  • To sign the attendance log
  • Petition slips
  • Pennies for missions and flip tops off aluminium cans

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Presweetened Ice Tea and *Lemonade Mix
  • M & L Men’s Briefs & Boxers
  • 2X & 3X Men’s T-Shirts
  • #6 Disposable Diapers
  • Deodorant
  • Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be Saturday the 19th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We should be done by Noon. Mothers’ Home is right next to BVM Church in Darby and some of our members found it convenient to attend 8:15 am Mass there before digging into work.
We will have a signup sheet at our July gathering so we can call ahead to let them know how many people to expect. Please let Lee know if you have any questions.

Formation Information

As we talked about at our June Gathering, the reading and questions for our July 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 4 of the Secular Franciscan Rule. Now we are really going to be getting into the meat of the rule and I’m looking very forward to our discussion.

Food for thought

“…as Franciscans are not to horde the experience of God’s love and consolation for ourselves but are to share this consolation with others when we see their woundedness and suffering. By sharing, we open the door for others to experience God’s love during a time when they are most open to hearing His Word. This companionship on the spiritual journey is indeed a privileged place in healing as we build up the Body of Christ.”

However, it doesn’t just stop there. Like any sharing, we are changed in the process as we accept another’s burdens. For if we can look beyond our own pain to touch others who are suffering, our own love expands and is enriched by others, and ultimately we find ourselves as the Beloved of God. The Love we gave comes back to us, outpouring and overflowing.”

It no longer seems to me that Francis took pleasure in suffering at all. In fact, I believe he was not welcoming suffering so much as actually welcoming Love Incarnate. He also welcomed the shared companionship and opportunity to live in a community embraced by God. It is Love Itself surrounding us—a wonderful place to be!

Actually, it is a little bit of heaven here on earth!”

~ Francine Gikow, OFS, “Suffering”, Tau-USA (Spring 2014, Issue)

Ongoing formation materials for July…

…are now available here.

June newsletter

June newsletter has been uploaded and is available here. Sorry for the delay.

Ongoing formation materials for June…

…are now available here.

From Our May 2014 Newsletter

Our May Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, May 4th (please note change from the regular date/time) and will celebrating our annual Communion Breakfast.

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike previous years, we will not have access to Conway hall until 11:30 which is when Mass starts so please go directly to Mass. If you are bringing food that must go directly to the hall please bring it no earlier than 11:15 and we do what we can. We will all pitch in after Mass to complete the preparation for the breakfast as quickly as possible.

We should attempt to sit together as a group at Mass. There will be no formation. The Communion Breakfast will take place after Mass around 12:30. We will Crown our Blessed Mother but there will be no rosary. Our speaker will be Fr. Quan Tran.

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Baby Formula
  • Ice Tea Mix
  • Butter
  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Toilet Paper
  • Men’s Underwear (M, L, XL) and T-Shirts (L ,XL, 2X)
  • Men’s & Women’s Socks and Shoes
  • Prayers

May Profession Anniversaries

  • Christine Truitt 1954
  • Jim McDonnell 1961

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be next Saturday the 10th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We should be done by Noon. Mothers’ Home is right next to BVM Church in Darby and some of our members found it convenient to attend 8:15 am Mass there before digging into work.
We will have a signup sheet at our May gathering so we can call ahead to let them know how many people to expect. Please let Lee know if you have any questions.

Formation Information

Since we will be having our communion breakfast, there will not be any formation activities during our May gathering. However, we will be handing out preparation materials for the June ongoing formation session. In the meantime, here are a couple quotes related to the Eucharist:

The Latin words sine proprio in the writings of Francis are usually translated poverty, but that is a quite inadequate translation of them. They refer, rather, to a way of living without grasping (and are thus far more about attitudes and values than about intrinsic wealth or the lack of it).

For Francis the Eucharist is a sign of the sine proprio of Christ – he holds nothing of himself back for himself, but pours himself out totally in saving and redeeming grace to us in the Sacrament. And yet the Sacrament is also the means by which we may return all that we are and have to Christ, appropriating nothing of it to ourselves.

• • •

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

From our April 2014 Newsletter

Our April Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, April 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.

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

  •  Tea Bags
  • Butter & Sugar
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pine-Sol
  • Men & Women Gloves
  • Men & Women Shoes & Boots
  • Toiletries (travel size)

April Profession Anniversaries

  • Dorothy Leaf 1950
  • Pat Simon 2012
  • Frances Urso 2012
  • Francis Urso 2012

Communion Breakfast

Don’t forget, May will be our annual communion breakfast and it will be the first Sunday of the month instead of the usual second. We will, of course, attend Mass before a potluck breakfast. Details to follow in the newsletter and at the April Meeting.

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be next Saturday the 19th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We should be done by Noon. Mothers’ Home is right next to BVM Church in Darby and some of our members found it convenient to attend 8:15 am Mass there before digging into work.

We will have a signup sheet at our April gathering so we can call ahead to let them know how many people to expect. Please let Lee know if you have any questions.

Formation Information

By discussing Article 1 during our April gathering, we take the first steps of a journey that will see us through the entire Secular Franciscan Rule. Please be sure to review the readings and questions on the handout which was distrubuted in March. If you didn’t get the handout, and have not been able to download it from the website, please let Lee know and he’ll try to get them in the mail to you in time for the gathering.

There will be no ongoing formation activites during our May gathering as it is out annual communion breakfast.

Here are some additional thoughts to help guide our formation session:

It is therefore quite clear that all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness a more human manner of life is fostered also in earthly society. In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that, following in his footsteps and conformed to his image, doing the will of God in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory God and to the service of their neighbor.

~ Lumen Gentium, 40

• • •

The rule begins by putting things in perspective. It points out that the Secular Franciscan Order is part of a larger family. This is both humbling and reassuring.

~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to * Follow Christ

 

From our March 2014 Newsletter

Our March Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, March 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.

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

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Winter Coats/Jackets
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Shoes/boots
  • Socks
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Powdered Milk
  • Sugar
  • Pine Sol
  • Bleach
  • Feminine Products
  • Toiletries (travel size: deodorant, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be next Saturday the 15th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We should be done by Noon. Mothers’ Home is right next to BVM Church in Darby and some of our members found it convenient to attend 8:15 am Mass there before digging into work.

We will have a signup sheet at our March gathering so we can call ahead to let them know how many people to expect. Please let Lee know if you have any questions.

Communion Breakfast

Don’t forget, May will be our annual communion breakfast. Details to follow in the newsletter and at the April Meeting.

Formation Information

Okay, a change in plans regarding our earlier change in plans. We will cover in March the material we were going to cover during our cancelled February gathering. We will be discussing some broad ideas related to the SFO Rule in order to created a framework for our upcoming discussions of each rule individually on a month-by-month basis. If you didn’t receive the reading assignments at the January gathering, and have not been able to download them from the website, please let Lee know and he’ll try to get them in the mail to you in time for the gathering.

We will not be listening to and discussing a talk from the CD as mentioned in the February newsletter.

February Gathering Cancelled

Due to the weather and the forecast of more snow, we have decided to cancel tomorrow’s meeting. We have members who do not have power so please keep them in your prayers.

The ongoing formation material that we were going to cover tomorrow will be done in March.

Please let Lee know if you will be going to our monthly Mothers’ Home Morning next Saturday (February 15).