September 2016

We had a wonderful meeting this Saturday and look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on October 8th.

Pax Et Bonum, John


Franciscan News

1) We are now celebrating a NEW Season of Creation that begins with on September 1st (World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation) and ends on the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th. We hope this will also offer a time to help us grow our fraternities and to offer opportunities to foster Franciscan Spirituality.

Season of Creation website


Notes for September

Attendance: Bernie, Sheila, Carl, John, Becca, Melanie, Elizabeth, and Kathleen.

1) Formation -  discussion on Refections 1 & 2 in To Live as Francis Lived

2) Discussion about celebrating the Transitus and Feast of St. Francis October 3-4

• Voted to join together for Transitus service in Manassas, Virginia.  October 3, 2016 —Celebration of the Transitus, 7:00 pm, All Saints Catholic Church Chapel, Manassas, Va. RSVP by September 15 to Peggy Gregory, OFS, at or Rita Colleran, OFS at  Carl will be driving, and others as needed -- please contact Carl or John if you plan to attend.

• Invitation from Carl to have a BBQ at his home in October 4th for the Feast of St. Francis at 4pm.  It will be pot-luck -- please bring a dish. 

4) Planning for the Annual Retreat at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery on October 22-23

• Plans for food and who wants to stay overnight at cabin -- please contact John if you plan to stay overnight to get a head count.

• Retreat will be held from 10am-4pm each day

• Please invite others who may find a calling to be a Secular Franciscan.

• Fraternity will provide Bodos Bagels and Coffee and Juice for mornings, and asking everyone to bring pot-luck for lunch.  Those staying overnight can bring snacks and dinner items for the kitchen.

5) Please pray for our next meeting, as we will be having elections for our new officers serving for the next three years.   Please contact Carl if you are unable to attend this meeting.

Fraternity Milestones:


• Kathleen Cunningham - September 6

• Elizabeth Adams-Eilers - September 17

Profession Anniversaries:

• None for August or September

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S. 

Upcoming Dates:

• August 27th - Trader Joe's pickup at 10am

• September 1st - Day of Prayer for Care for Creation (2nd Annual started by Pope Francis) - Season of Creation Sept. 1 to Oct. 4th

• September 18th 3-4:30pm - Coffee & Conversation organized by Sheila

• September 24th 10am - Trader Joe's Pickup for Food Ministry 

• September 24th 12-5pm - Mosque Open House 

• September 24th 7pm - 40th Anniversary Oktoberfest at Church of the Incarnation

• September 25th - Concerts Across America to Stop Gun Violence - Westminister Presbyterian Church

• October 3rd 7pm - Transitus Service in Manassas

• October 4th 4pm - Feast of St. Francis BBQ at Carl's Home

• October 8th 12:15pm -- meeting and Elections for officers (done every three years -- prayerfully consider)

• October 14-16 - Formation Directors Weekend - Loyola Retreat House on the Potomac 

• Saturday & Sunday October 22-23 - Annual Fraternity Retreat at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet.


November 11-12, 2016 — Regional Chapter and National Visitation, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1800 Seton Drive, Crofton, Md.


Mercy in Action

Our fraternity is beginning a new work of mercy to help our parish food bank each month.  We will be making a monthly pick-up of food at Trader Joe's.  Sheila reports that this ministry is now serving 140 area families, who receive needed food each week.  On Saturday August 27th we filled-up 5 cars with food and delivered to the NEW Food Ministry Area. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, September 24th at 10am


Prayer Wall on our fraternity website

Please check out our new Prayer Wall on our fraternity website:

• You can submit your prayers and view them on the prayer wall.

• Click on prayers to send message that they are prayed for.

• Submissions can also be made anonymously.

• You can check box to get a daily e-mail of how many people prayed for you.

Prayer Wall LINK

Prayer Wall Submissions LINK


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