4/18/17

April17, 2017—Easter Monday

HAPPY EASTER

One of the Intercessions from Morning Prayer today is:  Lord, as we begin this week of service, sustain us in the JOY of Easter.  (What a good thing to pray for and to live each day.)  And another intercession is: “Bless all agricultural workers and farmers, especially family farmers, and bless the soil as it accepts the gift of new seed in this hopeful springtime”…  Another very good thing to pray for.

Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Martell, age 89, died Holy Saturday afternoon, April15, 2017, at 4:42 p.m. in her room in Clare Residence, here at the Motherhouse.  Visitation is after 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.  The Franciscan Wake is at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m.  Sister Betty’s sister, Sister Jeanette Martell, died November 14, 2011. 

This week (April 17 to 21) is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  We will be participating in the State-wide Tornado Watch on Thursday, the 20th, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  At 1:45 a Tornado Alert will be announced over the P.A. and the sirens will be sounded.  At that time all who are able will gather in the tunnel until the “all clear”: is announced.  Those who can’t go to the tunnel will go to a hallway away from windows. 

Thursday, April 20th, at 2 p.m. we will have an Earth Day Prayer Service in St. Francis Hall.

Friday, April 21, at 7:30 the Legacy Chorale will gift us with a concert in Chapel.  There will be a preconcert Dialogue starting at 7:10.

On April 22nd the Secular Franciscans will have their spring Retreat in St. Francis Hall.

Sunday, April 23rd is Divine Mercy Sunday.

There will be an Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Chapel.

May 7th at 2 p.m. we will have the Spring Choral Concert  in the Chapel.

Blessings on all of  you this Easter Week.
Peace,

Sister Mary Lou

2/27/17


February 27, 2017

This morning we had the funeral for Sister Mary Evangeline Stanoch, age 95, who died Thursday, February 23, 2017.  She was the last of the 10 siblings to join her parents in heaven.  We had a good “send-off” for her with many nieces, nephews and other family members joining us Sisters for the Mass of Christian Burial.



Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  Tomorrow, Tuesday,  the day before Lent starts, is Donut Day here at the Convent.  It is a long-time tradition in our Community to serve home-made, fresh donuts to everyone this day.  On Wednesday we get serious about Lent—mostly by prayer for the many needs of the people of the world and for peace in the world and amongst the peoples of the world.

March 1st is the anniversary of the Founding of our Community.  This year we will celebrate it the day before because the 1st is Ash Wednesday.  I thank God for those 16 women, who in 1891, got permission from the Bishop to start this new Franciscan community in central Minnesota.  We are now 126 Sisters ministering in 7  States and  in Mexico and  South America.


Last Tuesday we had a party to celebrate the retirement of Sister Jean Schwieters as Liturgist and Choir Director and Sister Joel Bieniek as Sacristan and Flower Arranger for many years.




                      

I recently took pictures of our three eldest elders: Sister Joel Bieniek is 99, Sister Bernarda Sanoski is 100 and Sister Fabian Schneider is 101.


Thursday is the birthday of Dr. Seuss (born in 1904).  This author wrote many books for children-- and that adults also enjoy.  My favorite is To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.  When was the last time you read a children’s book?  It’s good for your heart and your soul.

Peace and blessings as you celebrate Lent.
Sister Mary Lou