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

From Our July 2017 Newsletter

Our July Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, July 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.

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 & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Dinner-size Forks
  • Deodorant
  • 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.

  • Mary – pain relief
  • Tom- surgery
  • Sue – neck surgery
  • Pereira family – healing
  • Ken – repose of his soul
  • Raven – repose of her soul
  • Scotting family – peace and healing
  • Kathy – special intention
  • R – conversion of his family
  • Amanda – addiction
  • Psych Choices – mental health of patients
  • John and Diane – family healing
  • John Gallagher – repose of his soul
  • David – stage 4 cancer

Formation Information

During our July ongoing formation session, we will continue looking at the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order with a discussion of Article 15. Please ponder these passages, we well as the rule itself, in preparation for our gathering.

The ministry of promoting justice and peace must, therefore, touch the attitudes and actions of every Secular Franciscan. As important as it is, it is not enough merely to pray for social justice to happen. We have to make it happen! “Individually and collectively” the Secular Franciscans are called to be in the front lines in securing rights for the common good.

~  Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ: Short reflections on the SFO Rule

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A vast field for the apostolate has opened up on the national and international levels where most of all the laity are called upon to be stewards of Christian wisdom. In loyalty to their country and in faithful fulfillment of their civic obligations, Catholics should feel themselves obliged to promote the true common good. Thus, they should make the weight of their opinion felt, so that civil authority may act with justice, and laws may conform to moral precepts and the common good. Catholics skilled in public affairs and adequately enlightened in faith and Christian doctrine should not refuse to administer public affairs, since by performing this office in a worthy manner they can simultaneously advance the common good and prepare the way for the gospel.

~ Vatican II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

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Above all, we must be informed. Our fraternities should be studying questions of peace and justice and deciding what Franciscan positions must be. If those positions seem to encroach on our comfortable way of life, nag at our prejudices, perhaps it is only a sign that the positions are good and true-Christlike. We have to be prepared to sacrifice. When decisions and their carrying-out seem hard, perhaps we can be buoyed up as Francis often must have been-by contemplation of the cross carried on the aching shoulder of a great King crowned with thorns. Then our sacrifices in the name of peace and justice may come to seem small indeed.

~  Adelaide N. Sabath, OFS, Called to Make Present the Charism: Ongoing Formation for Secular Franciscans Based on the Footnotes of the SFO Rule

Scripture: Isaiah 58:6-14 (this is part of the passage in last month’s newsletter that Br. Kip used to talk about what it means to be a Franciscan penitent.

From Our June 2017 Newsletter

Our June Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, June 11th 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.

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 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.

  • Walt – heal shoulder
  • Frances – heart health
  • Frank – dental health
  • Larry – heal ribs
  • KC – conversion of family
  • Anne – left eye
  • Cloud – mental health
  • Jeannette and Bill – health
  • McDonald Family – Grieving/healing
  • Stefanie, Annabella and Ed – Recovery from sickness
  • Carol and Joan – good health
  • Vince – transplant/health
  • Betty – Clean bill of health
  • Arnold – leukemia
  • Carol – mental and physical health
  • Mike and Betty – conversion of family and healing from loss
  • Julie and Gregg – divorce/healing
  • Pat -Physical health deteriorating from botched surgery
  • David – stage 4 cancer

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Dinner-size Forks
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Prayers

Formation Information

At out June gathering, Brother Kip will be talking about expectations related to the role of a Fraternity’s Spiritual Assistant as well as what it means to be a Franciscan Penitent. In preparation for his talk, please review the material below.

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I speak to you, as best I can, about the state of your soul. You must consider as grace all that impedes you from loving the Lord God and whoever has become an impediment to you, whether brothers or others, even if they lay hands on you. And may you want it to be this way and not otherwise. And let this be for you the true obedience of the Lord God and my true obedience, for I know with certitude that it is true obedience. And love those who do those things to you and do not wish anything different from them, unless it is something the Lord God shall have given you. And love them in this and do not wish that they be better Christians. And let this be more than a hermitage for you.

~ St. Francis, A Letter to a Minister

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3  “Why do we fast, but you do not see it?
afflict ourselves, but you take no note?”
See, on your fast day you carry out your
own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.

4  See, you fast only to quarrel and fight
and to strike with a wicked fist!
Do not fast as you do today
to make your voice heard on high!

5  Is this the manner of fasting I would choose,
a day to afflict oneself?
To bow one’s head like a reed,
and lie upon sackcloth and ashes?
Is this what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

6  Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose:
releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
breaking off every yoke?

7  Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry,
bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own flesh?

8  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

9  Then you shall call, and the LORD
will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: “Here
I am!”
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the accusing finger, and malicious speech;

10  If you lavish your food on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then your light shall rise in the darkness,
and your gloom shall become like midday;

11  Then the LORD will guide you always
and satisfy your thirst in parched places,
will give strength to your bones
And you shall be like a watered garden,
like a flowing spring whose waters never fail.

12  Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins;
the foundations from ages past you shall
raise up;
“Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
“Restorer of ruined dwellings.”

13  If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
from following your own pursuits on my
holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
the LORD’s holy day glorious;
If you glorify it by not following your ways,
seeking your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs—

14  Then you shall delight in the LORD,
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;
I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

~ Isaiah 58:3-14

From Our May 2017 Newsletter

Our May Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, May 7TH 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.

  • Mary and Tom – health and employment
  • Marie – mental and spiritual health
  • Fr. Kozak – physical, spiritual and emotional health
  • Holmes Family- peace and acceptance
  • Rita – cancer healing
  • Bill – repose of his soul and peace within his family
  • Bill – health issues
  • Frank – dental problems
  • Rosa – ankle surgery
  • Jim – broken foot
  • Marie – clean bill of health
  • Anne – dental health
  • Terry- conversion of family
  • Nicole – repose of soul and family healing
  • Cindy – family healing
  • JW – physical, spiritual and emotional health

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear
  • Men’s Shoes
  • Dinner-size Forks
  • Deodorant & Toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • 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