October 2016

We had a wonderful meeting on October 8th with our Spiritual Assistant Friar Matt Hindelang, O.F.M. Cap. and look forward to seeing you all at retreat Oct. 22-23 and our next meeting on November 19th at 12:15pm.  

Pax Et Bonum, John

Great visit with five area fraternities in Manassas for the Transitus Service at Holy Family Church on October 3, 2016.


Notes for October

Attendance: Sheila, Carl, John, Becca, Melanie, Kathleen, Phil, Brother Matt, and Jon & Carolyn Hexter.

1) Elections:  The elections were scheduled for this meeting, but had to be postponed due to our Area minister, Rita Colleran, was ill and unable to make the meeting.  Please keep Rita in your prayers, and we will rechedule the election in the upcoming months.

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

• Please contact John if you plan to stay overnight to get a head count. jclem@catholicws.com

• Saturday 10am-12pm Trader Joe's Food Ministry

• Saturday 12:30-1:30 Lunch

• Saturday 1:30 - 3pm Retreat with Bill Bouffard

• Sunday 8am Mass with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels

• Sunday Breakfast 9-10am

• Sunday Retreat with Bill Bouffard 10am-12pm

• Sunday Lunch 12-1pm

• Sunday Open Retreat 1-4pm

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

• Mapquest Map for Directions:  http://mapq.st/2eJwFJW   Note:  The cabin driveway is just 1/4 mile past the monastery entrance on the right.  Will have a sign posted for turn.

3) Next meeting will be on November 19th at 12:15pm and will be an Open House to invite others to fraternity life-- Note this is a change, because Carl will be attending the Regional Mats Meeting on November 11th & 12th.

4) John will be organizing the showing of the new series, The Pivotal Players on the saints from Bishop Robert Barron this Winter at Incarnation.  John is hoping for your help, and the first part of the series is on St. Francis of Assisi and will be an opportunity for vocations awareness for the OFS at these events.



Fraternity Milestones:


• Anne Dean - October 19

• John Clem - November 18

Profession Anniversaries:

• None for October or November

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S. 

Upcoming Dates:

• Saturday October 22 at 10am - Trader Joe's Food Ministry

• 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.

• November 19 at 12:15pm - next fraternity meeting

• November 20th - End of the Jubilee Year of Mercy


Photo:  retreat at cabin at Our Lady of the Angels Fall 2015.

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 September 24th we filled-up 5 cars with food and delivered to the NEW Food Ministry Area. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, October 22nd 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


Please follow the wonderful daily reflections from Deacon Tom Bello, O.F.S. and other writers in our Franciscan Family at MercyHour.org


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