December  6, 2017

Happy Feast of Saint Nicholas.  He came to visit us in the dining room this noon and gave us each a little bag of peanuts…a nice little treat.  I remember him coming to our home when we were children.  There would be a big racket on the porch, but when we went to look there was no one there, but we’d find a bag of peanuts and apples & oranges in the wood box.

There are many activities come up in the next couple weeks. On Sunday December 10th at 2 p.m. the St. Francis Community Chorale will present their Christmas Blessings, Concert in Sacred Heart Chapel.  There will be a reception in St. Francis Hall.  This group is directed by Barb Stumpf.
The other noon, Jeff and a group of ladies did an enlunchment presentation, telling us about the work a group of them did wile in Haiti.  I am always impressed by the great works volunteers do both in our own country and in other countries.  Thank you for sharing your faith by putting it into action.

On Friday, December 15th at 7 p.m. the St Francis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will give a concert, Joyful Yuletide, in Sacred Heart Chapel.  The concert is directed by Bobbi French.   
The Little Falls Lions Club will come for Christmas Caroling and pizza on Thursday, December 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in St. Francis Hall.

There will be a retirement party in the dining room for Jeff Odendahl at 2 p.m. on December 12th.  Jeff has served as director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation department for the past 13 years.  Thanks, Jeff, for a job well done.  We will miss you.  Do come back to visit.

Friday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the patronal feast of our Community.  It will be a special day for us.  We will have Morning Prayer together at 8:15 followed with brunch.   At 11 a.m. we will have a festive Mass with lots of singing .  Following 4:15 Evening Prayer we will have a special dinner.  A little statistic:  We are 117 living Sisters and 338 deceased Sisters.

The Give to the Max collection was a little over a week ago.  From our generous donors our Community received over $54,000 to support our ministries.  Thank You.  We are grateful and we do pray for you.

We have a bit of snow on the roof tops but not enough on the ground to make mention of.  The temperate is cold—but I guess we should expect that since we are into December.
May your Advent days be peaceful (unstressful) as we get nearer to Christmas.

Peace and blessings,

Sister Mary Lou


November 1, 2017     Feast of All Saints

We have an interesting crew of “characters” around the building yesterday. They bring smiles to lots of faces.

Our week of Community Meetings is now over. We gather again in February 2018. What do I carry with me? I carry a sense of gratitude for the 16 women who founded our Community and a sense of gratitude for the 124 women who now make up our Franciscan Community. 

One day when I was distracted, I took the word “assembly” and found 34 words using the letters in that word!  Now isn’t that profound?

Sister Helen Hassler, age 83, went on to her new life in heaven the first day of our gathering, October 21, 2017. Her funeral was at 3 p.m. the last day of our meetings.  I am sure she was watching over us each day.

I fund this poem among my treasures:


On the table, side by side
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One is well worn, but the other cherished with pride.
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.

One is used daily to help folks decide.
No! It isn’t the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
As pages are turned, what shall we see?
Oh, what does it matter?  Turn on the TV.
So they open the book in which they confide.
No.  Not the Bible, it’s the TV Guide.
The word of God is seldom read.
Maybe a verse when they fall into bed.
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be.
Not from reading the Bible, but watching TV.

So then back to the table, side by side
Are the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, No time for the Word.
The Plan of Salvation is seldom heard.
Forgiveness of sin, so full and free,
Is found in the Bible, not on TV.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow we have a Blood Drive going on. Our goal is 220 units.
We are grateful for all those generous people who come to share the gift of life.
Today is the Feast of All Saints. Happy Day to all you living Saints of God.
Thursday we remember in prayer all the Faithful Departed on  All Souls Day.

Today we had many wonderful volunteers come and help us stuff envelops for the Christmas Appeal.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday. Set clocks back.

Next week is National Vocation Awareness Week. If you are not sure what that means, google it.

Peace and blessings,

Sister Mary Lou