From Our September 2019 Newsletter

Our Next Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 8th at 12:30 pm.

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 or 610-202-8965 if  you would like to include a petition in the newsletter. A new list will be generated each month.

  • Alex for a good school year
  • Jim O’Donnell  – recovery
  • Jerry Bichel – repose of his soul
  • Anonymous – health to brother and myself
  • Ken, Rich and Michael – cancer
  • Bill M. – Eye surgery
  • Trish – strength to stay away from drugs
  • Carol – mental illness
  • Tom – osteoarthritis
  • Michelle – anxiety and overall health
  • FA – health issues
  • Velvet – healing from shingles
  • Antoinette – healing from cancer
  • Charlotte – diagnosed with early on dementia
  • CC- family healing

St. Francis Inn Needs

  • Men’s & Women’s Underwear (especially men’s boxer shorts) — All Sizes
  • Men’s Shoes — All Sizes
  • Baby Formula
  • Powdered Milk
  • Oatmeal (not instant or “one minute” please)
  • Spray Air Freshener or Deodorizer
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Spray cleaners (Lysol, Formula 409, disinfectants, cleanser, or similar)
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Towels
  • Prayers

Annual Day of Recollection

This year’s retreat will be on Saturday October 12th and will be held at the Capuchin Friary near Wilmington. More details to follow.

Formation Information

We’re going to try an experiment during our September formation session.  Our regional formation director, Justin Carisio, OFS, provides material every month for fraternities to use during ongoing formation. Please read the attached, two-page handout and prepare for our session by following the suggestions in the “For discussion or reflection” on page 2. St. Francis’s “Praises of God” can be found below.

The Praises of God

You are strong. You are great. You are the most high.

You are the almighty king. You holy Father,

King of heaven and earth.

You are three and one, the Lord God of gods;

You are the good, all good, the highest good,

Lord God living and true.

You are love, charity; You are wisdom, You are humility,

You are patience, You are beauty, You are meekness,

You are security, You are rest,

You are gladness and joy, You are our hope, You are justice,

You are moderation, You are all our riches to sufficiency.

You are beauty, You are meekness,

You are the protector, You are our custodian and defender,

You are strength, You are refreshment. You are our hope,

You are our faith, You are our charity,

You are all our sweetness, You are our eternal life:

Great and wonderful Lord, Almighty God, Merciful Savior.

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