Hidden Treasures

What a great weekend! The 43rd Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair is now a memory. The 600 vendors have all gone home and the city is all cleaned up so that you’d never know we had 100,000 guests in town the past couple days. Gina, from the Chamber of Commerce Office, and I both agree that it was another great success. Vendors were pleased with their sales and buyers were happy with their purchases. The weather was perfect both days, but the extra wind later Sunday afternoon was causing a little stress. I spent many hours with the vendors on Kidder Street and at all other places. The new batteries on my scooter served me very well. I think I saw almost every one of the 600 booths. Sixteen vendors stayed at St. Frances Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. I marvel at the creativity of the artisans who make such beautiful items. Thanks to all who attended the Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair.

There was also a car show out at the Fairgrounds. There were 400+ antique cars to look at. And the cooks made over 900 hamburgers for lunch. That, too, was a lot of fun.

This is International Housekeepers Week. For all of us, I wish to thank our housekeepers who keep the place sparkly clean…and for all the setups and takedowns they do for all the meetings and events that go on around here. We’d never be able to make it without you. God bless you

The Diocesan Pastoral Council had their meeting here on Saturday…so we were privileged to have Bishop Kettler here to preside at Mass on Saturday.

Tomorrow we have a bilingual Mass honoring Dom Helder Camera, Brazilian Archbishop, who was martyred for his Catholic Faith. We have many such martyrs in our own day who die because of their belief in Jesus Christ. All you holy martyrs, pray for us.

This coming Saturday is the Fall Day of Reflection—a retreat day. The presenter is our own Sister Carmen Barsody. Her topic is: Acknowledging the Worth and Dignity of “The Other.”

Sunday, September 20, is Donor Day. Speakers are Sr. Carol Schmit and Jeff Odendahl. Their topic is “Care of Creation” and some of the things the Franciscan Sisters do to care for creation. I hope you can make it. Mass is at 11 a.m.

Next Monday is International Day of Peace. Would that peace could reign and war be no more. Let’s each do our little piece for peace in our part of the world.

God bless you.
Sister Mary Lou

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