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


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