This is the Day the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it! It is a perfect fall day.
Sunday evening our dear Sister Felix Mushel took leave of us for her heavenly home. She has been sick for some time. We miss her. We will have a Wake for her on Friday evening and the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sr. Felix, pray for us.
Monday was Diocesan Ministry Day, held at the St. Cloud Civic Center. There were 1,000 people in attendance. It was a wonderful day. Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, OP was the main speaker. His first talk was, “The Community of God’s Anointed.” And the afternoon talk was, “The Breathing of God.’ Both were excellent talks. Then we could choose three of 43 one-hour breakout sessions.
Sunday, October 2nd we will have the Blessing of Animals at noon in Washington Park, across the street from the Episcopal Church. We welcome dogs, cats, rabbits, or whatever animal you choose to bring.
Monday evening at 7 p.m., in our Motherhouse Chapel, we will have The Transitus. This is a prayerful enactment of the death of St. Francis,
On Tuesday, October 4th we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, our Community’s patron saint. The Secular Franciscans and Franciscan Associates are invited for the Mass. Sr. Jean’s brother, Father John Schwieters, OFM, visiting from Brazil, will be the presider at the St. Francis Day Mass. In my early teaching career, the Feast of St. Francis was a free-day—so in the afternoon we would drive around looking at colored leaves.
Sister Mary Lou
Saturday evening will have a wonderful concert. The Staples Men’s Choir will be singing in our Sacred Heart Chapel at 7:30 p.m. They are a delight to listen to. It is a fund raiser sponsored by the Prostrate Cancer Group to support training of urologists at a clinic in Haiti.
St. Gabriel’s School of Nursing Class of 1961 will celebrate their 50th anniversary by having tours, lunch and Mass here at the Motherhouse…a day of celebrating ministry and memories. Thank you for your years of service to the sick.
May the Lord continue to bless and care for you.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Our Friend, Larry Anderson from Morris brought us a pickup load of vegetables Sunday…335 pounds of cabbage, pails of green peppers, and boxes of beautiful tomatoes. Next week Sr. Ruth will be make sauerkraut. Thank you, Larry, for your generosity.
Tonight is the first of Sister Maristell Schanen’s 11-part series of talks: Christology in an Evolving Church. The hour-long presentations are at 6:15 every other Wednesday in St. Francis Hall. Just to be present for the talks is an honor…to say nothing of the amount of wisdom she shares with us. We are so lucky.
Saturday and Sunday we have a Campus Ministry retreat at St. Francis Center. And on Saturday is also the Fall Day of Reflection. Then on Sunday, the18th, we have Donor Appreciation Day. For that we are expecting about 200 guests.
This month New Hampshire is the state whose foods are being featured in the cafeteria. Some menu items for today are: McIntosh apple coffee cake, mock lobster salad, maple glazed turkey, and pumpkin mousse.
God bless and continue to care of you.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Wednesday, September 14, 2011
And Labor Day signals the beginning of a new school year for LOTS of students. I always loved the beginning of the new school year—new beginnings, new students and new teachers, new books and curriculum, new challenges and new hopes and joys. God, bless all teachers and students from pre-school through doctorate programs. May the Holy Spirit enlighten and guide you through your studies.
Either I wasn’t too observant or not much happened around here last week. We received a donation of fresh sweet corn that was a real hit for supper the other evening. We had a meeting of about 25 Directors of Nursing from all over the State. But none-the-less, it was a busy and good week.
Sister Julien, Motherhouse administrator, has a birthday today, but we will celebrate it next Monday. She does so much for all of us and she wears so many hats, it is hard to keep up with her.
The 39th Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair is next Saturday and Sunday. We have many vendors stay here at St. Francis Center Friday and Saturday nights. I love the Arts and Crafts Fair because I like to see the many and wonderful ways so many people use their talents to create beautiful items. There will be about 600 vendors in the city for the 2-day event.
God bless you and keep you safe and healthy.
Sister Mary Lou
Posted by Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls at Tuesday, September 06, 2011