Easter Blessings

HOLY WEEK. May we use this time to reflect on the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the great gift that is to us—for our Salvation.

Last week we celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the St. Francis Music Center. This program was the brain-child of Sr. Cecilia Schmitt, “a mover and a shaker,” to be sure. Robyn Gray has been director for the past 23 years. She says, “It’s a great place to be and work, and we are grateful to the Franciscan Sisters for having this place.” Right now they have 20 teachers and about 400 students a week for lessons, choir, orchestra, dance and gymnastics. The age range is birth to the nineties.

The Morrison County Record this week has an interview that Sister Georgine and I did on Palm Weaving. Just googling the words: “Palm Weaving” gives many ideas and directions.

On Saturday the 10th Annual Seeds of Kindness luncheon was held in St. Francis Hall. Thirty-three tables were beautifully decorated. This Habitat for Humanity is a very successful fun-raiser. This event raises almost enough money for all the materials needed for the ladies to build their Habitat House. Sister Julien serves as a member of the local Board for Habitat. This is the fifth year the event has been at St. Francis. Here are pictures of a few of the tables.

On Saturday, the Planning Committee for the St. Francis High School All-School Reunionmet to get things rolling. The Reunion is the third Sunday of July, July 19, 2015.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be here Tuesday and Wednesday (1-7 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Our goal is 300 units. Knowing our generous donors, we’ll meet that goal.

The March Food Drive collected $1,088.78 and some food for the Morrison County food Shelf. God bless generous Employees and Sisters who made that happen. A worthy cause, indeed.

On Holy Thursday, Mass is at 7 p.m. with Adoration until 10 p.m.

On Good Friday we have the Silent Walk for Peace starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be Stations of the Cross both in Chapel and outside starting at 11 a.m. The Good Friday Service is at 2:00 p.m.

Easter Vigil Service starts at 8:00 p.m. with the Service of Light part in the Gathering Space. You are welcome to join us for any and all of these Services.

A Blessed and Happy Easter to each of you, my readers. Safe travels (and may the Easter Bunny be good to you.)

Sister Mary Lou

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