November 2016

We had a wonderful meeting and Open House on November 19th, as well as a refreshing retreat in October.  We have much to be thankful for this past year.

Pax Et Bonum, John

2nd Annual Retreat at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Virginia October 22-23


Notes for November

Attendance Nov. 19, 2016: Sheila, Carl, John, Becca, Jon, Therese, Martha, Janet, and Steven.

1) Elections:  The elections were scheduled for October, but have been postponed until January's meeting.  Please keep Rita Colleran in your prayers, and keep carefully discern a calling to leadership and service.

2) Open House:  We had a great open house on November 19th were pleased to welcome two visitors, Janet Centini and Steven Sisman, both are parishioners at Church of the Incarnation.  Please keep Janet and Steven in your prayers.

3) Formation:  Discusssion about Regional Meeting and Blessed Virgin Mary's fiat, and about the Rule of St. Francis and general formation experiences with inquirers.

4) Next meeting will be on December 10th at 12:15pm 

5) 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.

6) Thanks for all you doantions -- $60.00 in our free-will offering at this past meeting.


7) St. Margaret of Cortona Region -- newletters -- November issue just released 

Up To Now Newsletters

Fraternity Milestones:


• John Clem - November 18

Profession Anniversaries:

• Carl Stacy - December 11 (6 years)

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S. 

Upcoming Dates:

• Saturday, November 26th at 10am - Trader Joe's Food Ministry

• Saturday, December 10th at 12:15pm - next monthly meeting


April 1, 2017 — Seventh Annual Day of Reflection for Inquirers, Candidates and Newly Professed. St. Anthony Shrine, Ellicott City, Md.

• April 28-30, 2017— Regional Retreat. PriestField Retreat Center, Kearneysville, W.Va.

• October 6-8, 2017 — Formation Directors Weekend. Loyola Retreat House, Faulkner, Md. 


St. Francis' Stations of the Cross at retreat Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.

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 October 22nd we filled-up 5 cars with food and delivered to the NEW Food Ministry Area. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, November 26th 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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