From Our September 2018 Newsletter

Our September Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 9th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Please do your best to arrive on time (or even a little early) so we can begin our gathering promptly at 12:30.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Judy A. – overall health
  • Joe – Kidney testing
  • Lillian Schieman – repose of her soul
  • Betty, John, Bob and family – healing
  • Patti – physical and domestic healing
  • Midge – in hospice
  • Wendy and Vince – healing and grace
  • Bill – repose of his soul
  • Cindy – spiritual and mental healing
  • J – strength and spiritual guidance
  • Anthony – major heart valve leak and strength for his family

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear (especially men’s boxer shorts) — All Sizes
  • Men’s Shoes — All Sizes
  • Diapers — All Sizes
  • Baby Formula & Baby Food
  • Powdered Lemonade & Iced Tea
  • Prayers

Formation Information

In September, our candidate for Profession, Kathy Cerone, will be using the formation session to bring us all up to date with the apostolate she has organized to visit the sick and homebound member’s of our fraternity.

Food for Thought

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

~ Matt. 22:39

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And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

~ Matt. 25:40

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The Beatitudes*

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit,*
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.

6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Insertion into a local fraternity and participation in fraternity life is essential for belonging to the OFS. Appropriate initiatives should be adopted according to the directives of the national statutes, to keep those brothers and sisters united to the fraternity who — for valid reasons of health, family, work, or distance — cannot actively participate in community life.

~ The General Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan Order, Article 53.3

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In addition to being present at regular gatherings we need to be attentive to the needs of OFS members who, for valid reasons, are unable to attend regular gatherings. Councils can design ways and means for communicating with them. Personal visits are made and we keep relationships alive.

Reasons for being absent from gatherings can be quite different. Each person needs special attention from the Franciscan fraternity family. Appointing someone for this ministry can help us avoid any form of neglect. What we learn over and over in the Constitutions is never to neglect the issues that surround us. That certainly applies to caring for fraternity members. Our actions show them that they are truly our brothers and sisters.

~ Lester Bach, OFM Cap, Giving Life to the Words – The Secular Franciscan Constitutions: A Spiritual Commentary

From Our August 2018 Newsletter

Our Next Gathering

We will hold our next monthly gathering on Sunday, August 12th.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing Conway Hall renovations, we will be meeting at a different venue in July and August:

St. Joseph Parish Hall
500 Woodlawn Ave.
Collingdale, PA 19023

Thanks for making these arrangements for us Marie!

We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Br. Kips new group of postulants
  • Kathy C. – healing from bypass operation
  • Gordon – lung problem
  • Paul – employment
  • Sue – health
  • Jacqueline – brain tumor
  • Carol – mental health
  • Steve – finances
  • Rose B.  – health
  • Betty S. – health
  • Anne – health
  • Jaime – spiritual and mental health
  • C – mental health
  • John M. – cancer and family healing
  • Mike – healing from paralysis due to spinal infection

Regional Annual Meeting

This year’s Saint Katharine Drexel Region Annual meeting will be held on November 17, 2018. All are welcome. Details to follow in upcoming newsletters.

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel Size Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Diapers (especially 3T-4T & 4T-5T)
  • Baby Formula & Baby Food
  • Powdered Lemonade & Iced Tea
  • Spray Cleaners (e.g. Formula 409)
  • Bleach
  • Prayers

Formation Information

(Quick note: if you would be interested in helping with our fraternity’s formation activities, please let Lee, Frank, or any of the other council members know.)

For our August formation session we will be  reflecting on St. Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix. In preparation for this, please read and consider the following:

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The Prayer before the Crucifix
(1205/06)

While Thomas of Celano and Saint Bonaventure characterize the early years of Francis’s life as a struggle to discern God’s will, the author of The Legend of the Three Companions, according to two manuscripts, summarizes Francis’s yearnings in this simple prayer and places it on his lips as he kneels before the Crucifix of the crumbling church of San Damiano in Assisi. The prayer may have been influenced by the liturgical opening prayer of the Eucharistic liturgy. This version of the prayer is based on the simple text found in the majority of Latin manuscripts. As it became more popular, the prayer was embellished and lost some of its simplicity.

Most High,

glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart

and give me

true faith,

certain hope,

and perfect charity,

sense and knowledge,

Lord,

that I may carry out

Your holy and true command.

~  Francis of Assisi: Early Documents,
vol. 1, p. 40

From Our July 2018 Newsletter

(So sorry for the delay in posting the newsletter to the site.)

Our July Gathering

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


PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing Conway Hall renovations, we will be meeting at a different venue in July and August:

St. Joseph Parish Hall
500 Woodlawn Ave.
Collingdale, PA 19023


Thanks for making these arrangements for us Marie!

We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Patty F. – health issues, physical and mental, emotional and drug rehab
  • Kathy – heart health -double bypass surgery in July
  • John -homeless and destitute
  • Carol – mental health
  • Alice – Recovery from blood clot on brain for brother-in-law
  • Loretta – healing of back
  • Anne F. – physical healing
  • Frank – physical and spiritual healing
  • Dr. Tiangson – spread of PRO LIFE and NAPRO Technology (Creighton Model Fertility Care Instruction)
  • Rita – special intentions
  • Jamie – spiritual and mental health
  • C – spiritual and mental health
  • Mike – healing from paralysis and strength for his family
  • Joyce R – wrist and facial injury after
    a fall

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Travel Size Toiletries (soap,
    shampoo, etc)
  • Men’s (particularly boxers)
  • Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Diapers (especially #3)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Powdered Lemonade
  • Iced Tea
  • Spray Cleaners (e.g. Formula 409)
  • Bleach
  • Prayers

Formation Information

June 24rd marked the 40th anniversary of the Secular Franciscan Rule of 1978; the so called “New Rule.”  To mark this special milestone, our Minister General, Tibor Kauser, has announced the celebration of a Jubilee Year from June 6, 2018, to June 6, 2019 (the rule was actually approved on June 24, 1978, with the apostolic letter Seraphicus Patriarcha).

CIOFS, our international fraternity, has prepared a special gift for us to help us celebrate. It is a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule. A Treasure for the OFS.”  It provides an historical perspective on the Rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

If the audio-visual equipment cooperates, we will be watching this video and will use it as the starting point for a broad discussion about how the Rule has impacted our lives and the ways we have found to live the rule as we have professed we would.

Food for Thought

I, [your name], 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.

~ “Profession or Commitment to the Gospel Life” From the Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order

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To celebrate our Rule is to make it live, only this way will we be faithful to the proposal of Jesus, who invites us to love one another as brothers. Francis of Assisi has given us the example of the grace of conversion as a great gift, which commits us to continue to follow the Franciscan path with courage and love. Our Rule, a truly Franciscan one, helps us to discover, how shall we live our vocation on a daily basis, what should our everyday life be like. We are not ‘Sunday Franciscans’ or ‘afternoon Franciscans’. The Rule has to inspire each moment of our life, so that we get to a kind of behavior, a habit.

~ June 24, 2018 letter from Tibor Kauser, CIOFS Minister General, to all his sisters and brothers in the Secular Franciscan Order, all over the world, celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Rule of Life

From Our June 2018 Newsletter

Our June Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, June 10th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Please do your best to arrive on time (or even a little early) so we can begin our gathering promptly at 12:30.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Clothing Drive

Consistent with our mission to spread love to all, we have committed our Fraternity to a clothing drive for the homeless. Please bring any old, discarded or unused clothing which you have or may secure. The clothing sorted, bagged, and taken to the Kensington homeless area for distribution.

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Ashlyn – safe delivery of baby
  • Repose of sounds recently departed
    in 2018
  • Persia family – healing and financial recovery and finding employment
  • Terrance and Julie – healing
  • Kathy – spiritual intention
  • Terry – conversion of family
  • Anne F.- Recovery from fall
  • Rose B. – Recovery from leg surgery
  • Mary P. – Diagnosed with heart murmur
  • Jamie – Recovery from addiction and anxiety and spiritual growth
  • C – mental and spiritual healing
  • David – success on new job
  • Baby Laura – healing brain tumor and relief from seizures
  • Mike – infection in spine causing paralysis – healing

July/August Meeting Place

The St. Francis Parish is going to be installing air conditioning in Conway Hall this summer so we will not have access to it for our July and August gatherings. We haven’t determined were we will be meeting for those two months but hope to have an update for you soon.

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Men’s (particularly boxers) & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Diapers (especially 3T-4T & 4T-5T)
  • Prayers

Formation Information

Due to some last minute travel plans as well as a number of other calendar conflicts, none of our usual formators will be available to attend our June gathering. I ask that everyone take some additional time for prayer and contemplation and use it to prepare to share ways God has worked in your life since our last gathering. This sharing will be a great way to support and strengthen each other in our Franciscan journey.

Food for Thought

The local fraternity is to be established canonically. It becomes the basic unit of the whole Order and a visible sign of the Church, the community of love. This should be the privileged place for developing a sense of Church and the Franciscan vocation and for enlivening the apostolic life of its members.

~ Article 22, Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order

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The fraternity, summoned by the Holy Spirit in Christ’s name, is an aspect of penitential life that is both highly meaningful and irreplaceable. (They) each other to grow in the love of God through reciprocal love, encouragement, fraternal correction and so forth. Together they overcome difficulties, are freed from selfishness, and give witness of conversion to God.

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The local fraternity is the basic living organism of the whole SFO. It is the center for spiritual growth, apostolic outreach and loving union among members. Fraternity should be a place where we are offered an opportunity for conversion, for spiritual growth. There are two facets of Fraternity Life. One is internal calling, and the other is external calling; internal spiritual growth and external apostolic works. Both are important for the life of SFO. The Rule of SFO calls Secular Franciscans to go from Gospel (conversion) to life (apostolate).

~ Fr. Irudaysamy OFMCap, Fraternity as a Fundamental Element of St. Francis Spirituality (FUN Manual)

From Our May 2018 Newsletter

Our May Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, May 6TH at 11:00 am in Conway Hall. PLEASE NOTE: This will be our annual communion breakfast and it will be the first Sunday of the month instead of the second to accommodate Mother’s Day. We will meet at Conway Hall at 11:00 to set up then and proceed to the Church for 11:30 Mass. We should try to sit together as a group. There will be a pot luck breakfast after Mass around 12:30. Be sure to bring your special dish to share. We will sing a hymn and crown the Blessed Mother.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Mrs. Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if
you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated
each month.

  • M. Lorro – bladder cancer and leukemia
  • Lorro family – healing and strength
  • Jean W. – Breast cancer
  • J.W. – addiction healing
  • J – cousin and friend battling cancer
  • Deborah – Job search
  • Paul – hernia surgery
  • Gary – Recovery from knee surgery
  • Bill – knee problems
  • Ray J. – Lung problems
  • Eve – hearing loss and overall health (3 months old)
  • CB – Spiritual, Physical and
    Mental health
  • Jerry – Healing from cancer surgery and destruction of home from storm
  • John – Positive outcome of upcoming hearing
  • C – Mental and physical well being

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Men’s (particularly boxers) &
    Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Diapers (especially 3T-4T & 4T-5T)
  • Prayers

Formation Information

There will be no formal ongoing formation session in May. Fr. Quan Tran will be speaking to us during our communion breakfast. Plans for June formation are not set yet but details will be in the next newsletter

Food for Thought

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

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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

From Our March 2018 Newsletter

Our March Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, March 11th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Please do your best to arrive on time (or even a little early) so we can begin our gathering promptly at 12:30.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Annual Fair Share

Please remember that this year’s Fairshare contribution of $30 is due by our March meeting.

The Fair Share is not meant to be a hardship on anyone. If your financial circumstances makes it difficult to contribute please let a council member know.

Clothing Drive

Consistent with our mission to spread love to all, we have committed our Fraternity to a clothing drive for the homeless. Please bring any old, discarded or unused clothing which you have or may secure. The clothing sorted, bagged, and taken to the Kensington homeless area for distribution.

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Men’s (particularly boxers) & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Diapers (especially 3T-4T & 4T-5T)
  • Prayers

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated  each month.

  • Terri – conversion of family, healing and diagnostics for Marybeth
  • Sue – Teresa’s recovery from surgery and Carols’s return to sacraments
  • Marie – special intention to do God’s will for your family
  • Ray J. – breathing problems
  • Maryann S. – healing for liver cancer, healing of breast cancer
  • Sean – healing
  • Mary P.– healing
  • J & R Norton – healing from brain tumor surgery
  • Jeffrey – healing from Stage 4 cancer spread to liver, colon and lungs.
  • M – prayers for strength and healing in the family

Formation Information

We have a special treat for our March ongoing formation session. Four of Br. Kip’s postulants will be joining us and they will share with us a reflection looking at the famous story of St. Francis and his meeting with the leper; a central event in his life and spiritual development.

Food for thought

The encounter with the leper made
St. Francis.

~  Mother Teresa

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The poverty and deprivation Francis chooses to suffer for the rest of his life is really a kissing of the leper’s hand, a further putting on of the mind of Christ that enables Francis to become poor, to see the world as God sees it.

~ Murray Bodo, O.F.M.

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Francis, in embracing the leper, demonstrates yet another example of breaking ties with his social class and previous worldview. It demanded something of him, more than he might have realized early on in his conversion experience. What would ultimately culminate with the public rejection of his father began with the smaller breaks with a way of life, with a culture, with a worldview that separated people from one another and supported a system of willful ignorance in the face of the plight of others.

What Francis reminds us today is that, in order to follow more perfectly the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (as the Franciscan Rule begins), we might have to stand against our culture by standing with others, the lepers of today: the forgotten and the voiceless and the poor.

~  Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Embracing the Leper: Standing Against the Culture By Standing With Others

 

From Our February 2018 Newsletter

Our February Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, February 11th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Please do your best to arrive on time (or even a little early) so we can begin our gathering promptly at 12:30.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Annual Fair Share

Please remember that this year’s Fairshare contribution of $30 is due by our March meeting.

The Fair Share is not meant to be a hardship on anyone. If your financial circumstances makes it difficult to contribute please let a council member know.

Clothing Drive

Dear Brothers and sisters:

Consistent with our mission to spread love to all, I have committed our Fraternity to a clothing drive for the homeless.

Beginning with the February 2018 meeting, please bring any old, discarded or unused clothing which you have or may secure. I will have the clothing sorted and bagged. My daughter, her friend and I will then take the clothing to the Kensington homeless area for distribution.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and assistance.

Pax et bonum,
Frank

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Sugar
  • Diapers
  • Large Cans of Coffee
  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Travel and Regular Sized Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Prayers

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Terri – conversion of family, healing and diagnostics for Marybeth
  • Sue – Teresa’s recovery from surgery and Carols’s return to sacraments
  • Marie – special intention to do God’s will for your family
  • Ray J. – breathing problems
  • Maryann S. – healing for liver cancer, healing of breast cancer
  • Sean – healing

Formation Information

Since we’re about to start the season of Lent, let’s have an open discussion about what special, personal devotions, practices and observances you have to help you prepare for Easter.

Food for thought

Despite all of this trouble, this overthinking, the potential for scrupulosity, I must confess: I love Lent. I love the sense of possibility the season implies. I love the symbolism that comes along with it. I love that it compels me to act, to change, to rethink how I am living, in a way that is more purposeful than at any other time of year.

~   Kerry Weber, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job

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Every year God offers us this great season of humility as a chance to remember who we are as believers, reflect soberly on our actions and refocus ourselves on the source of our hope, the only real hope of a bloody and despairing world:  Jesus Christ.  We do this through prayer, silence, the sacrament of penance, seeking out and reconciling with those whom we’ve hurt, forgiving those who’ve hurt us, generosity to the poor, and fasting, not just from food, but from all those many things that distract us from the God who made and loves us.

~  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., Preparing for the journey of Lent, 2013 via Catholic Philly

From Our December 2017 Newsletter

Our December Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, December 10th 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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Casey Family – Family strength and survival.
  • J and C – continued spiritual strength and healing
  • Terry – conversion of family
  • Charles – scope test
  • Marie – strength and grace to cope
  • Carol – return to sacraments
  • K – healing of infection
  • Frank – healing
  • Betty S.- health
  • Terry – health – testing
  • Stella – strength and healing
  • Rose – health
  • Patty – health and family healing
  • Eileen Cannizzaro, repose of her soul
  • Loretto Reilly – bad fall
  • Mary Piccone – health

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, especially #6)
  • Sugar
  • Large Cans of Coffee
  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Travel and Regular Sized Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Prayers

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 October 2017 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 14, 2017 at the Divine Providence Village in Springfield. We will gather at 9 am and will conclude with Benediction at 2:30. Please remember to bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Fr. Dennis Weber will be our Celebrant and Retreat Master. See next page for full schedule.

“And we will be involved in the monthly meeting as an act of worship and a building of community.”
~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

Prayer Petitions

  • Ellen C. – health healing
  • Carolyn granddaughter – safe baby delivery in Florida
  • Rita A. – knee replacement complications
  • Larry – strength to work after surgery
  • Jim C. – splenectomy healing
  • Terry L. – gastric problems
  • Betty – kidneys – radiation healing
  • Charles – asthma – healing
  • Marylou – healing
  • Denise – rehab healing (hip)
  • Kim – conceive
  • Padre Pio Center – Frankfurt – N. Philadelphia
  • Molly – hospice
  • Kathy – anxiety
  • Larry -lung problems
  • Debra’s grandchildren – stabilization
  • Steve – physical health
  • Mary Stenson – repose of her soul
  • Marsha – heart surgery and kidney problems
  • Kathy Howard – anxiety over loss of husband

A Franciscan Prayer

(Thanks Marie Gilligan)

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of my Secular Franciscan vocation and pray You will help me to value it as much as You do. Bring my heart back to the day of my Profession when the fervor for my Secular Franciscan vocation burned brightly.

Through the intercession of St. Francis and my Holy Mother Mary, I pray for the strength and courage to embrace the promises I made on the day of my Profession.  Remind me each day to live the Gospel, knowing that doing this involves my total commitment by:  observing the Rule; faithfully attending my Fraternity’s monthly gathering as an act of worship and a building of community; developing a greater awareness, understanding and responsiveness to the needs of my sisters and brothers in my local Fraternity as well as the Regional, National and International Fraternities; and wearing the Tau as a symbol of my commitment to the Secular Franciscan Order and it’s Rule of life.

Dear Father of Mercies, I pray for your grace.  Keep always before me my holy purpose as a “witness and instrument of the Church’s mission.”  Enable me to renew afresh the precious gift of this vocation.   I make this prayer through Your Son and my Brother and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

From Our September 2017 Newsletter

Our September Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 10th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, have some social time with our fraternal family, and then recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Please do your best to arrive on time (or even a little early) so we can begin our gathering promptly at 12:30.

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.”

~ The Lay Franciscan Monthly Pledge

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Men’s and Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Coffee
  • Deodorant
  • Travel size shampoo
  • Sugar
  • Prayers

Prayer Petitions

Please contact Fran Urso at francesurs@aol.com or 610-202-8965 if you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Emily Maxlowe – surgery
  • C.B. – spiritual guidance and growth
  • T.L. – addiction and overall health issues
  • J.W. – growth and direction
  • Marilyn – divorce and guidance, mental healing
  • Bayleigh – healing from epilepsy

Formation Information

It looks as if I’m going to be missing the September gathering but Brother Kip has been kind enough to offer to do the ongoing formation session. In order to prepare, please read the handout included with the newsletter. It is a  transcript of the third in a series of lectures Pope Benedict XVI gave about St. Bonaventure. Brother Kip’s talk will be on Renewing the Rule in Your Heart.

Food for thought

For those who are “called to follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi” (Article #1), particularly through the Secular Franciscan Order, the rule of life becomes the central focus and basic font for setting forth the evangelical goals of life, for unraveling the meaning of the gospel commitment, and for detailing the means to be evangelized and to evangelize others with the supportive context of life in fraternity.

For this reason, the rule needs to be read, understood, digested, and absorbed into the personal and communal existence of every Secular Franciscan.

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

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Perhaps, you will not be required to pour out your blood as a martyr, but you will certainly be asked to give a coherent and steadfast witness in fulfilling the promises made at your Baptism and Confirmation, which you renewed and confirmed with your profession in the Franciscan Secular Order. By virtue of this profession, the Rule and the General Constitutions must represent for each of you the point of reference for daily living, based on your explicit vocation and special identity (cf. Promulgation of the General Constitutions of the SFO). If you are truly driven by the Spirit to reach the perfection of charity in your secular state, “it would be a contradiction to settle for a life of mediocrity, marked by a minimalist ethic and a shallow religiosity” (Novo Millennio ineunte, n. 31). You must be sincerely dedicated to that “high standard of ordinary Christian living” (ibid.), to which I invited all the faithful at the end of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

~ John Paul II , Address to the Secular Franciscan Order, Friday, 22 November 2002

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Living the spirit spelled out in the Rule and Constitutions is the criterion that proves the legitimacy of our calling. Our vocation expects us to give flesh, in daily life, to the words of our Franciscan profession. Love of people, conversion, reconciliation, forgiveness, contemplation, love for all of creation, prayerfulness, etc. become normal for us.

~ Lester Bach, OFM Cap, The Franciscan Journey: Embracing the Franciscan Vision