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From Our November 2013 Newsletter

Our November Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, November 10th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will hold ongoing formation until 1:30 followed by a 15 minute coffee/tea break. We will then proceed to St. Francis Church for our annual Mass of Remembrance at approximately 1:45 p.m. Fr. Quan 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

December Gathering: Something New This Year

This year, our December gathering  will be held at Central Park Restaurant on Baltimore Pike in Springfield (next to the Best Buy) on Sunday the 8th from Noon to 3:00. We will begin with a brief fraternity meeting before celebrating our annual creche ceremony. This will be followed by a buffet lunch and party. Spouses, children, and grandchildren are welcome.

November Profession Anniversaries

  • Marie Gilligan 1998
  • Terry Ritter 1998
  • Frances Lay 1996
  • Virginia Drew 2000
  • Carmella Patterson 2006
  • Carmen Lombertino 2004
  • Robert Mulhern 1947
  • Adele Malloy2008
  • Lee Potts 2008
  • Robert Santoliquito 2008

St. Francis Inn Needs:

  • Prayers
  • Enfamil (or any type formula)
  • All types of toiletries (travel size)
  • Cereal = Oatmeal (Quick Oats)
  • Extremely needed  – men’s white socks +
    M & L underwear

Formation Information

During our November ongoing formation session, we will listen to and discussing a talk entitled “’Spirit and Life:’ Francis’s Reading of the Gospel” 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.

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For there are some who long to know for the sole purpose of knowing, and that is shameful curiosity; others who long to know in order to become known, and that is shameful vanity. To such as these we may apply the words of the Satirist: “Your knowledge counts for nothing unless your friends know you have it.” There are others still who long for knowledge in order to sell its fruits for money or honors, and this is shameful profiteering; others again who long to know in order to be of service, and this is charity. Finally there are those who long to know in order to benefit themselves, and this is prudence.

~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 36 on The Song of Songs: The acquiring of knowledge

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For he was not a dull listener of the Gospels, but commending all things he had heard to his compendious memory, he diligently strove to implement them to the letter.

~ Thomas of Celano, First Life of St. Francis

Ongoing formation materials for November…

…are now available here.

From Our October 2013 Newsletter

Our October Gathering

Instead of our usual Sunday gathering, our next meeting will be our annual Day of Recollection and will be held on Saturday, October 12, 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. You will also need to bring your Liturgy of the Hours for morning prayer, your rosary and your ritual book. Fr. Dennis will be our Celebrant and Retreat Master.  The theme for the day will be ”The year of Faith and Franciscan Spirituality.”

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390

October Profession Anniversaries

  • Rita Dourdoufis 2003

St. Francis Inn Needs:

  • Baby formula
  • Toiletries
  • Oatmeal
  • Men’s white socks
  • Men’s underwear
  • PRAYERS!

Formation Information

There will be no formal ongoing formation in October during our Day of Recollection, but Fr. Dennis will be speaking about the Year of Faith and Franciscan Spirituality.

Ongoing formation will continue in November with a selection from a series of recorded lectures by Br. William Short, O.F.M. called St. Francis of Assisi: A New Way of Being Christian. Readings to go with the recording will be distributed at the Day of Recollection and will, as always, be available online at: http://www.stfrancisfraternity.org/ongoing-formation. Please contact Lee if you won’t be at the October gathering and you can’t get it online.

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In Porta Fidei, Benedict listed three reasons for calling a Year of Faith. He hoped Christians would be led to profess the faith more fully and with conviction; to deepen their encounter with Jesus Christ in the Liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, and to witness the faith more credibly by the example of their lives. He stressed that “A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith [involves] choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him.” Therefore faith, “precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes.”

~Archbishop Chaput, from remarks delivered October 1 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as part of a Year of Faith discussion series.

From Our September 2013 Newsletter

Our September Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 8th 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.

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390.

2013 Day of Recollection

Hold the date — October 12th. This year’s Day of Recollection will be held at Divine Providence Village in Springfield. Directions and a program will be provided at our next gathering. You will need to bring a brown bag lunch and Fran and Suzanne are planning other refreshments.

Formation Information

In September, we will continue where we left off in Finding Identity as a Secular Franciscan by Edward M. Zablocki, OFS (at the top of page 3). Our discussion will focus on exploring the secular aspects of our Secular Franciscan spirituality. You should have gotten a copy of this paper as well as the handout with all the information you need to prepare at our last meeting. If you don’t have the handout or the paper but have web access, you can download them from this page on the fraternity’s website: http://www.stfrancisfraternity.org/ongoing-formation. If you don’t have internet, contact Lee and he’ll try to get it to you before the meeting.

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The secular world is the place where lay people exercise their leadership most naturally. It’s the environment of their everyday lives and their primary mission field. Bishops can counsel and teach, but their role in practical political affairs like the fight for religious liberty can only be indirect and secondary.

If lay people don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.

~Archbishop Chaput

Ongoing formation materials for September…

…are now available here.

NEW NATIONAL STATUTES APPROVED….

From our regional minister:

Peace to each of your hearts!  Through the kindness of our brother, Vince Iezzi, OFS, Minister of St. John the Evangelist Fraternity and Barbara Miller, OFS, a member of the Fraternity, we have learned that our National Statutes, proposed by the National Fraternity on October 30, 2010, were approved by CIOFS earlier this month.  Please see the links below for the Decree approving the Statutes and the Statutes themselves.  This information will soon be posted on our website

Blessings and every good,
mattie

 

Read the Decree

http://olangels.tripod.com/OFS_National_Statutes_2010_Decree.pdf

Read the National Statutes

http://olangels.tripod.com/OFS_National_Statutes_2010_Final_Signed_1.pdf

From Our August 2013 Newsletter

Our August Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 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.

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390

2013 Day of Recollection

Hold the date — October 12th. This year’s Day of Recollection will be held at Divine Providence Village in Springfield.

Formation Information

All right folks. In August, I hope to finally be able to begin focusing on the first two pages and the first paragraph of page three of the paper Finding Identity as a Secular Franciscan by Edward M. Zablocki, OFS. We will discuss the rest of the paper in September. If you were at the meeting way back in May, you should have gotten a copy of this paper as well as the handout with all the information you need to prepare. If you don’t have the handout or the paper but have web access, you can download them from this page on the fraternity’s website: http://www.stfrancisfraternity.org/ongoing-formation. If you don’t have internet, contact Lee and he’ll try to get it to you before the meeting.

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Some other quotes of interest:
The fruits of holy obedience are so abundant that those who are charged with its need never lose their time; even the moment may become extremely fruitful to them.
~ St. Francis

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A servant who does not promptly execute a command in the spirit of obedience does not fear God nor respect men.
~ St. Francis

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Obedience proceeding from faith is the test of true hope, the sign of charity, the mother of humility, and of the peace of God.
~ St. Francis

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The truly obedient soul looks not to the greater or less difficulty of the order, but to the authority of him who commands and the merit of obedience.
~ St. Francis

Our July 2013 Newsletter

The current newsletter is now online and can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Due to the council’s meeting with our regional leadership, July’s gathering will start at 1:30 NOT the usual 12:30.

From our June 2013 Newsletter

Our June Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, June 9th, 2013 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.

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390

Formation Information

Our June ongoing formation session will focus on the first two pages and the first paragraph of page three of the paper Finding Identity as a Secular Franciscan by Edward M. Zablocki, OFS. We will discuss the rest of the paper in July. If you were at the May meeting, you should have gotten a copy of this paper as well as the handout with all the information you need to prepare. If you don’t have the handout or the paper but have web access, you can download them from this page on the fraternity’s website: http://www.stfrancisfraternity.org/ongoing-formation. If you don’t have internet, contact Lee and he’ll try to get it to you before the meeting.

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Some other quotes of interest:

Article 7 of the Rule: United by their vocation as “brothers and sisters of penance” and motivated by the dynamic power of the gospel, let them conform their thoughts and deeds to those of Christ by means of that radical interior change which the gospel calls “conversion.” Human frailty makes it necessary that this conversion be carried out daily. 

On this road to renewal the sacrament of reconciliation is the privileged sign of the Father’s mercy and the source of grace.

From The General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order: 

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Article 13

1. Rule 7 Secular Franciscans, called in earlier times “the brothers and sisters of penance”, propose to live in the spirit of continual conversion. Some means to cultivate this characteristic of the Franciscan vocation, individually and in fraternity, are: listening to and celebrating the Word of God; review of life; spiritual retreats; the help of a spiritual adviser, and penitential celebrations. They should approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently and participate in the communal celebration of it, whether in the fraternity, or with the whole people of God [12] .

2. In this spirit of conversion, they should live out their love for the renewal of the Church, which should be accompanied by personal and communal renewal. The fruits of conversion, which is a response to the love of God, are the works of charity in the interactions with the brothers and sisters [13] .

3. Traditional among Franciscan penitents, penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence should be known, appreciated, and lived out according to the general guidelines of the Church.

Ongoing formation materials for June…

…are now available here.