Saint Francis Messenger

JANUARY/FEBRUARY  -  2014  -   Las Vegas, NV

The January Fraternity Meeting is on SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th at 12:30 pm
The February Fraternity Meeting is on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 12:30 pm

 Due to the passing of our Sister, Grace Hunter, we will be saying the Wake Service that is in the Secular Franciscan Companion Prayer Book at our January Meeting.  Due to the Wake Service and the fact that we will be having Julia Occiogrosso from Catholic Worker speak to us, we will not be using The Franciscan Journey book this month.  Please bring the Secular Franciscan Companion if you have it to the meeting along with your Ritual and Liturgy of the Hours prayer book.

Please bring your Ritual and Liturgy of the Hours prayer book and The Franciscan Journey book to the February meeting.  Please be prepared to discuss the questions at the end of the chapter.  We will be studying Chapter 10 for the February meeting.

 May the Soul of Sister Grace Hunter rest in peace. 


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, St. Francis and St. Clare,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wish everyone a Happy New Year!!
Our Pope Francis’ homily on December 31, 2013 focused on the sense of history that permeates the life of those whose lives are signed by faith in Jesus Christ.  “The biblical and Christian vision of time and history,” he said, “is not cyclical, but linear:  It is a path that leads towards a conclusion.”  He explained that the passing year does not represent an end in itself, but a step on the way towards a reality that is to be completed - another step toward the goal that lies ahead of us:  a place of hope and happiness, because we will meet God, the Reason of our hope and Source of our joy.  Pope Francis went on to say that, as the year 2013 comes to an end, we collect, as in a basket, the days, the weeks, the months that we have lived, to offer everything to the Lord.  Pope Francis concluded, inviting everyone to look toward the new year, in a spirit of gratitude for that which we have received, repentance for that in which we have failed, and resolve to work with God’s grace to better our lives, our communities and ourselves.  May we all do as Pope Francis calls us to do this coming year.       
I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a most Blessed Christmas!
  May the Lord bless us and keep us all safe.                  ~    Peace and joy, Ann   ~

BIRTHDAYS:   Happy Birthday !
January 8th - Frank Laverty.   

February 9, 1986 Patricia Stang

PLEASE PRAY FOR:  Rita Angelotti, Juanita Arias and her daughter Maria, Frank Laverty and his wife, Marilyn, Madge Lange and her husband, Joe, Karen Mitchell and her husband, Mike, Ceres Fernandez’ son Carlos, Vivian Egle, Mary Kowalski, and the rest of the Fraternity Family and their needs.  V

~~~Be sure that you notify someone on the council if you cannot attend the fraternity monthly meeting.  If you don’t it is recorded as an unexcused absence.~~~

Our Fraternity has a new website!

  Please remember the Poverello House women and men especially now that it is cold.  They need:
Gently used  *  Clothes  *  Blankets  *  Personal Hygiene Products  *  

***Thank you all for the wonderful food and gifts that everyone brought to the December meeting!  It was a nice relaxed time for all.***

***Thank you Karen for bringing the wonderful baskets for all to put food into them.  And thank you all for bringing the food.  They went to three deserving families.***

From Pope Francis’ Address, World Youth Day, July 27, 2013

“Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup!  Jesus offers us the possibility of a fruitful life, a life of happiness; He also offers us a future with Him, an endless future, in eternal life.  That is what Jesus offers us.  But He asks us to pay admission, and the cost of admission is that we train ourselves ‘to get in shape,’ so that we can face every situation in life undaunted, bearing witness to our faith.”

Reflection:  What’s your “World Cup”?  What competes with Jesus in your life?  Where do you need to “get in shape”?