A great devotion to Mary

Happy Birthday Sister Julien!
Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary…a feast on the Church calendar since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Today Fr. Tony Kroll will preside at a Bilingual Liturgy—lots of Spanish hymns. I admit, we are getting better at the pronunciation of the Spanish words in these songs. Many of songs have very nice, catchy melodies.

Last week we celebrated the birthday of Sister Julien, Motherhouse Administrator.

According to the calendar, fall begins on the 22nd, 10 days from today! The look of fall is starting to appear-- tree leaves falling and turning yellow, red and orange, nights getting cooler and day-time temperatures in the 70s. Yesterday’s windy 80 degrees felt a lot like summer! I got a new hair-do every time I went outside.

Well, the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair is now only a memory. It was a great success. Gina, from the Chamber of Commerce told me they estimated 100,000 attendees, over 100 new vendors, and a “VERY Successful” event. Some vendors said it was like the hay-day of years past with lots of sales. Last Wednesday, when the Chamber staff went to the basement of the Chamber building to get the marking supplies for marking the vendor booth spots, they were quite surprised to find a live skunk had taken up residence there. The aroma of the “guest” is still present in the building. Gina said, “Can’t change, only accept.” The weather was great except for the strong winds Saturday afternoon which sent tents flying and tent tops blowing away. One vendor on my block parked his pick-up right behind his tent and tied the tent to the front and back of the vehicle, so his pottery was safe! I watched a demonstration of a lady making glass beads…very interesting.

New this year was a Market Place Fair on the West Side of the River. The Market Place welcomed 35 new vendors to complement the handcrafted items found with the traditional artisan vendors in the Arts and Crafts Fair. The dates for next year are September 7 & 8, 2013.

Kaitlin Depuydt, the new Associate Director of the Franciscan Community Volunteers, e-mailed me that her mother would be at the Fair…so I went looking in Section A until I found the two of them selling Big Leaf concrete ornaments.

On Sunday, we had the Profession of 4 new Secular Franciscans from the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity here in Little Falls. For many Sisters this was the first time they’ve witnessed a Profession for the Secular Franciscans. We had many guests for the Mass and brunch.

At morning coffee break tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of Community Minister, Sister Bea. Happy Birthday and thanks for all you do for us Franciscan Sisters.

The St. Gabriel’s Nursing Class of 1953, will celebrate their reunion here on Sunday, the 16th.

I have several Secular Franciscan gatherings the next few days…a memorial service for our deceased members at the Cemetery at Camp Ripley on Thursday, our regular Fraternity gathering on Saturday in Brainerd, and to Duluth on Sunday to meet with the new Fraternity there that we sponsor.

Peace and blessings,

Sister Mary Lou

P.S. An announcement over the public address system just now was that Sister Mary Claudia died within the past hour. Eternal Life give to her, O Lord. How fitting that she died on a Feast of the Blessed Mother, since she had great devotion to Mary.

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