In like a lion, out like a lion

Now we are in February…it feels just like January with a minus 14 to start the day. January came in like a lion, ended like a lion and was a lion most every day of the month. At the dollar Store the other day, I saw seed packets and garden gloves…signs of hope that spring will come!

The big event of last week was our Employee Recognition Dinner, program and awards. We congratulate Tim Thomas for being awarded the Francis Award. This award is given each year to an employee who carries out our Franciscan Values in their day-to-day work and service. We have wonderful employees and I’d give each of them a Francis Award, if it were in my power. Robyn and Annie are to be commended for writing the script for the presentation of the years-of service awards. Congratulations to Jan Roering for her 35 years of employment in the Community Relations Department. Here a few pictures from the evening.

Saturday evening we had our Soup Supper. It was great to see so many friends come for soup and stay to visit with their family and friends. We served approximately 365 guests. We thank you for joining us.

Sister Fabian will be celebrating her 80th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister in August. She received her first card and gift this past week. We join you, Sr. Fabian, in rejoicing in the goodness of God to let you reach this milestone.

Yesterday we had the blessing of candles that are used for liturgical services during the coming year. Today is the Feast of St. Blaise. We will have our throats blessed after Mass today. We ask St. Blaise to protect us from diseases of the throat and all other diseases. Pictured is Sister Mary Blasé receiving the blessing from Sr. Elise.

Thursday evening (6 p.m.) we have Taize Prayer in the Gathering space in Chapel. Everyone is invited to this reflective time of prayer and song.

Peace and blessings,
Sister Mary Lou

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