From our January 2013 Newsletter

Our January Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, January 13th, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in Conway Hall. IMPORTANT: Please note that we begin with our new schedule at this month and we will now gather at 12:30. A detailed outline of the new schedule is to the right. The ongoing formation session that was previously optional is now a regular part of our gathering and everyone is expected to attend.

Important Schedule Changes

Beginning in January, we will be changing the schedule of our meetings as follows:

  • 10:30 to 12:30 Initial formation for inquirers and candidates
  • 12:30 to 1:30 Mandatory ongoing formation (includes those in initial formation)
  • 1:30 to 2:00 Social time (light snacks)
  • 2:00 to 3:00 Communal prayer & announcements
  • 3:00 to 3:15 Break & move to church for benediction
  • 3:15 to 3:45 Benediction
  • 3:45 to 4:45 Council meeting

In Loving Memory

Our dear sister Mary Ellen Gontaryk OFS went to be with Our Lord on December 21, 2012. A Mass and Franciscan Wake service was held at St. Alice Church in Upper Darby on December 29, 2012.

Formation Quotations

Please note: There will be some changes made to our ongoing formation program beginning in January.

First, as you may have noticed from the new schedule on the previous page, our gatherings now begin at 12:30. Ongoing formation will now be considered an integral part of the meeting rather than an optional preface to the meeting.

Second, we are going to shift gears a bit and begin the new year by reviewing, over a few months, selected readings from a really powerful presentation called Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment by Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap.

Copies of this presentation will be available at our January gathering and is also be available on our website’s Ongoing Formation page (follow link on the menu on top of each page of the site).

• • •

I, N.N.,
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.

~Rites for Entering the Secular Franciscan Order

• • •

They, 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.

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

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