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”


  • 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

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