February 2016

Happy Valentines Day ! 

We had a wonderful meeting this past Saturday with more details below.  May you have a blessed Lenten Season.  Your input and feedback for this newsletter are very much appreciated, and feel free to submit ideas, stories, links, and photos.  

Pax Et Bonum, John


We welcome Phil Klim to our fraternity !

We welcome Dr. Phil Klim, O.F.S. who lives in Harrisonburg, VA and is transferring from the Portiuncula Fraternity in White Post, VA where he had been serving as Formation Director. Phil shared his amazing faith journey with us that led him to his profession in May 2004.


St. Francis for Lent 

Franciscan Media is offering a FREE e-booklet called Lent with St. Francis


Meeting notes - February 13, 2016

Attendance:  Carl, Rebecca, Phil, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Martha, Anne, Therese, Sheila, Gail, and John

Guests:  Zach & Joan

1) Opening Prayers & Daily Office - Mid-Day Prayer

2) Formation -- reading of SFO Rule #4 & Discussion

• Rule #4 The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.

Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly.
Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to gospel. 

• Fr. Gregory will be at our next meeting to offer us instruction on praying the Divine Office

3) Great fellowship and food -- thanks for all those sharing their bounty, thoughts, and prayers!

4) Secretary's Report:  John will contact Helga arrange a visit with sister Rose in February.  Deposit check was dropped off at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery to secure dates for our Annual Retreat in October.

5) Treasurer's Report - Melanie Bninski

Note:  Melanie was not at our meeting due to her exciting news of the birth of a new granddaughter.  Will have a more detailed report later this month.

Mount La Verna Fraternity

Donations at meeting on 2/13/2016:  $ 356.00


Fraternity Milestones:


• Carl Stacy - Feb. 18th


• 1 Year since Rite of Admission for Sheila Herlihy and Rebecca Gallant (Feb. 2)

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S.


Upcoming Dates:

• February 17th - Catholics in the Capital & Vespers at Cathedral in Richmond  LINK

• February 17th -- Penance Service at Incarnation 7:30pm (Lent Activities at Incarnation)

• February 26th - Social Justice Reflection at Incarnation 7pm

• February 28th - Coffee & Conversations -- helping unite our Latino & Anglo communities

• March 7th - Peace Mass at Incarnation

• March 9th - Lenten reflection for Poustinia 7:30pm LINK

• March 11th - Taize Prayer & Soup Supper at Incarnation

• Social Justice Stations of the Cross on Downtown Mall -- TBA w/ Casa Alma & Pax Christi

• April 2, 2016 - Day of Reflection for Candidates and Inquirers at St. Anthony Shrine

• April 22-24, 2016 - Annual Regional Retreat at Priestfield

• May -- Pilgrimage to Terra Patris -- details TBA

• June 30 - July 4, 2016 - Quinquennial Meeting in St. Louis

• Virginia Gathering of Secular Franciscans - Mid-July at Incarnation PAC

• Saturday, October 8th -- Elections for officers (done every three years -- prayerfully consider)

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


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 February 13th we filled-up 4 cars with food from their generous donation. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, February 27th at 10am



New 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. at MercyHour.org


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