Friday, October 28, 2011

Day of Recollection

All are invited on Saturday, November 5, 2011
for a day of prayer, teaching and witnessing
led by Fr. Anthony Baetzold, C.F.R. and 5 Novices
of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Order, Bronx, NY.

St. Leo the Great Church
167 Lake Avenue, Hilton 14468

The day will begin with Mass at 9AM
and will conclude with the Divine Mercy Chaplet
and Benediction at 3PM.
Free will donations will be accepted in support of
the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Bring your own brown bag lunch!
And a beverage, fruit or snack to share.
Sponsored by local Secular Franciscan Orders:
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hilton, NY
Glory of the Most High, Rochester, NY.

Pax et bonum

Upbuilding God's House

Upbuilding God’s House
Marty Lynch SFO

While reading accounts of the Pope’s four day visit to Germany, I saw that, as usual, he has some wonderful things to say for the upbuilding of the Body of Christ and the re-conversion of a grossly secularized Europe. One comment stands out among the many that epitomizes the mission of his pontificate. I thought it was worthy of sharing with our Franciscan community. Here it is:
"I encourage the Church in Germany to pursue with resolute confidence the path of faith which leads people back to their roots, to the heart of the Good News of Christ. It will be small communities of believers -- and these already exist -- whose enthusiasm spreads within a pluralistic society and makes others curious to seek the light which gives life in abundance.
"Wherever God is present, there is hope: new and often unexpected horizons open up beyond the present and the ephemeral."
Just a little gem from a good shepherd’s heart that is a message, not just for all of Europe, but for our small community of believers also.

Pax et bonum

Maureen Madonia, SFO: Rest in Peace

"Eternal rest grant her O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
by the mercy of God, rest in peace"

Rest in God's merciful love, Maureen Bees Madonia,
October 12, 2011.

Pax et bonum