April5, 2010: Alleluia! Easter Season

Alleluia! May your Easter Season be blest with peace and joy. Alleluia.

Such a long list of things to write about.

Our Sister Deborah died in the early afternoon of Holy Saturday. May she be enjoying Easter Joy with the Lord. May God bless all the Sisters, family members, Associates and friends who sat with her 24/7 for 17 days. Her Wake Service is Tuesday evening and her Funeral is Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of assisting Clare Resident Sisters color Easter Eggs. It was a fun experience. These eggs were blessed Easter Sunday morning and enjoyed by all at brunch.

Holy Thursday evening we had a special Agape Prayer Service before the delicious meal. Our Mass at 7 p.m. was followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

There were three events on Good Friday. First was the Silent Walk for Peace through the city of Little Falls. At the eight stops on the mile long walk, a prayer was said and a song was sung for the following intentions: healing of the earth, veterans (living and deceased), a just economic system, our civic leaders, for those imprisoned and law enforcement officers, for children, senior citizens, the sick and all who care for them. Participants took turns carrying a large wooden cross. We were a group of 28 people.

I do the “chase car” thing in case any of the walkers would need a ride.

Following the Walk for Peace, we had the Stations of the Cross both in Chapel and outside. Many years ago Sister Alice Doll painted Stations that are placed along the path leading to our cemetery. We were a group of about 27 praying the outdoor Stations. This was one of the nicest weather days we’ve ever had for the Peace Walk and outdoor Stations.

We had a full Chapel for our 2 p.m. Good Friday Service. We appreciate the many friends from the local area who join us for all these Holy Week services.

I always like our Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Service. Father Michael always builds a neat little wood tepee for the Easter Fire. The fire burns brightly for a few minutes and by the time the blessing prayers are said and the Easter Candle is lit and the procession is ready to move to the main Chapel, the fire goes out. Following are a few pictures from /Saturday and Sunday.

A special treat for our Easter Sunday Mass was the addition of four Sobania Children who played their string instruments. Their Mom played piano. It was beautiful!!!

Before we ate brunch, Father Michael blessed Easter foods—eggs, bread, ham, etc.

The Bloodmobile will be at St. Francis next week, April 14, 15 and 16th: 2 to 8 p.m. the 14th and 15th and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 16th.

Enjoy these lovely spring days and may the Lord send us needed, seasonable rain. The lawn area above the heated tunnel is covered with many blooming dandelions! They are so pretty…

God bless you.
Sister Mary Lou

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