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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.

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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”

— — — — —

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

  • Travel-Sized Toiletries (Especially Deodorant)
  • Stainless Steel Dinner-Sized Forks & Spoons (No Knives)
  • Baby Wipes
  • L & XL Adult Underwear-Style Diapers
  • Prayers

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
  • Baby Formula
  • 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
  • Pine Sol (Not Pine Glo)
  • Prayers

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.

• • • •

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

• • • •

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

From our February 2015 Newsletter

Our February Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, February 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.

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.

  • Cynthia – Knee Surgery
  • Fran – Strength: Family Needs
  • Mike – Find New Job
  • Stella – Pain: Right shoulder & Left Hip.
  • Lisa – Strength: Husband Died
  • Jaine – Serious Illness
  • Jack – Mental Breakdown
  • Fred – Parkinson Disease
  • Sue – Vertebrate Surgery
  • Bill – Another Spot: Cancer

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • 4,5,6 Diapers
  • Sugar
  • Toilette Paper
  • Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be Saturday the 13th. 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 residents of the Home in prayer.

Formation Information

In February we will continue our journey through the Secular Franciscan Rule with a discussion of Article 8. 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. Special thanks to Marie Gilligan for leading the January session.

Food for Thought

A serious life of contemplative prayer is very important for the times in which we live. The traditional structures of support that have made our lives comfortable and easy are presently engulfed in confusion, but transformation is slowly taking place.

God is moving us away from clinging to things, people and institutions. He is calling us to detachment, to the desert, to the journey into the night of naked faith. He is calling us to cling to him, and only him. This journey is difficult, frightening at times, and even risky. But, those who embark upon the journey will be trans-formed into living witnesses of the God *of love.

. . . . .

~ Fr. James Farfaglia, Prayer Is the Only Way

As Francis indicated in his Admonitions, the heart must not turn away from God under “pretexts” of occupations. Too often today in our busy world we hear complaints of “I do not have enough time” to pray, or “I am too busy to pray.” We are burdened by appointments, commitments, respon-sibilities or simply overloaded with the demands of daily life, journeying through life in the fast lane of a complex culture. When we arrive at “burnout” and wonder why life is so empty, we may recall Francis’ admonition that our hearts may turn from God under the disguise of being “too busy.”

. . . . .

~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer

We must meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: “I will pray, and then I will understand.” This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.

~ Saint Charles Borromeo

From our December 2014 Newsletter

Our December Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, 14th at 1:00 PM and it will be our annual Christmas party. Please see page 2 of the newsletter for details and RSVP info.

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390.

Prayer Petitions

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

  • Lily A.(3) Autism
  • Frank F. Kidney Transplant
  • Frank S. Dementia
  • Josh H. (17) Cancer
  • Eric S. (17) Complete GED program

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Pull Ups for Children
  • Toiletries (Travel Sized Items)
  • Thermal Underwear (Adult LG & XL)
  • Paper Towels & Toilet Paper
  • Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

We won’t be visiting the Mothers’ Home in December. Current plans have us starting this apostolate up again in January.

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 2014 Newsletter

Our November Gathering

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

2014 Christmas Party

Our December gathering will also be our 2nd annual Christmas celebration. This year it will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant in the Drexeline Shopping Center (4990 State Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19026) on Sunday December 14th from 1:00 to 3:00. We will, of course, be celebrating our annual creche ceremony. There wil be music, a visit from Santa as well as a buffet lunch. We will be asking guest from the Mothers’ Home as well as members of other local fraternities to join us. Spouses, children, and grandchildren are also welcome.

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Thermals (L & XL)
  • Plastic Grocery Handle Bags
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be Saturday the 15th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We ask that you make every effort to participate in this important apostolate, in person. If you can’t be there in person, please be there spritually by devoting some of the morning to holding the staff and residence of the Home in prayer.

Formation Information

During our November ongoing formation session, we will listen to and discussing a talk entitled “’The Incarnation, the Eucharist and the Church” by Br. William Short, O.F.M. from the CD collection  St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian. This CD has been provided to all the fraternities in the St. Katharine Drexel Region by the regional council.

Food for thought

“Francis’ highest intention, his chief desire, his uppermost purpose was to observe the holy Gospel in all things and through all things and, with perfect vigilance, with all zeal, with all the longing of  his mind and all the fervor of his heart, “to follow the teaching and the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He would recall Christ’s words through persistent meditation and bring to mind His deeds through the most penetrating consideration. The humility of the Incarnation and the charity of the Passion occupied his memory particularly, to the extent that he wanted to think of hardly anything else.”

~ Thomas of Celano, First Life of St. Francis

“The Incarnation then for (St.) Francis becomes the first moment of experiencing the greatest love possible and becomes the one single and most important event in all human history. God is  physically with us as one of us, able to touch and be touched and showing us our salvation. God’s love continues without condition all the way to the cross, where not even life is more precious than the continued outpouring of unconditional love which does not fade in the face of diversity.”

~ Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS, “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” (FUN Manual)

“The only Son becomes human as a poor child, and lives in obscurity, without wealth or position. Francis recognized in this event of the incarnation the generosity of God, who does not hold onto  anything, even divine status. In coming as a human being, the Son gives away exalted position and embraces with love human limitations, suffering, labour and even death. The life of Jesus is a moving picture (in both senses of the word) of God’s life.”

~ William J. Short, OFM, Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition

 

From Our October 2014 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 11, 2013 at the Divine Providence Village in Springfield. We will gather 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 ”The Family and Evangelization”

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

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Thermals (L & XL)
  • Plastic Grocery Handle Bags
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Prayers

Mothers’ Home Mornings Apostolate

Our next visit will be Saturday the 18th. Please plan on meeting there at 9:00 am sharp. We ask that you make every effort to participate in this important apostolate, in person. If you can’t be there in person, please be there spritually by devoting some of the morning to holding the staff and residence of the Home in prayer. 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 family and evangelization. Ongoing formation will continue in  November, details to follow in the November newsletter.

Food for thought

Every moment of every day, a mother and father are teaching and guiding each other and their children, while witnessing about their love to the world beyond their home. The structure of  marriage if lived faithfully naturally points a man and woman outward toward the world, as well as inward toward one another and their children. As Augustine once said: “To be faithful in little things is a big thing.” Simply by living their vocation, a husband and wife become the most important living cell of society. Marriage is the foundation and guarantee of the family. And the family is the foundation and guarantee of society.

It’s within the intimate community of the family that a son knows he is loved and has value. In observing her parents, a daughter first learns basic values like loyalty, honesty and selfless concern  for others, which build up the character of the wider society. Truth is always most persuasive, not when we read about it in a book or hear about it in a classroom, but when we see it incarnated in the actions of our parents.

Marriage and family safeguard our most basic sense of community, because within the family, the child grows up in a web of tightly connected rights and responsibilities to other people. It also protects our individual identity, because it s urrounds the child with a mantle of privacy and personal devotion. Most of the laws concerning marriage in our culture were originally developed  precisely to protect family members from the selfishness and lack of love so common in wider society. The family is the human person’s single most important sanctuary from mistaken models of  love, misguided notions of sexual relationships and destructive ideas about self fulfillment.”

~ Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, Weekly Column, May 15, 2014

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: October Day of Recollection

Our annual Day of Recollection is no longer scheduled for October 4th. The date has been changed to October 11th.

Details to follow at our next gathering and in the October newsletter.

From Our September 2014 Newsletter

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

  • Coffee
  • Men’s Socks, underwear (M & L), and T-shirts (L & XL)
  • Toilet paper
  • Travel size toiletries (no dental products nor conditioner)
  • Prayers

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.

Formation Information

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