April 2016

We had a wonderful meeting this past Saturday with more details below.  May you have a blessed Easter 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


Care for Creation this Spring!

There are some local events of interest for Caring for God's Creation:

1) April 24Sunday EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR  Charlottesville Earth Week. Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more! CharlottesvilleFamily and Charlottesville Healthy Living Directory are proud sponsors. Charlottesville Downtown Mall and Pavilion.  11am-5pm.

2) April 30Saturday PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS AND TREE STEWARDS ANNUAL PLANT SALE.  Piedmont Master Gardeners and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.Get ready for Spring with a Horticultural Event designed for the whole family! The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards offer their annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners Help Desk with a HUGE selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants ALL GROWN by the Piedmont Master Gardeners! The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be on hand with a wonderful selection of young trees and advice on how to make them thrive! Decorative garden items. FUN FREE Activities for Kids. IX Complex, 944 Second St. SE.  9am-12pm.  $Free admission.

3) Also opportunities to help three community gardens that help serve those in need:

• Church of the Incarnation - serving Food Ministry -- contact Sheila

• Casa Alma - Charlottesville Catholic Worker -- contact Laura Brown  http://casa-alma.org/

• Piedmont House -- contact John


Meeting notes - April 9, 2016

Attendance:  Carl, Kathleen, Therese, Rebecca, Melanie, Fr. Gregory, and John

Guests:  Anna (Carl's daughter) 

1) Opening Prayers 

2) Formation with Fr. Gregory Kandt

• Instruction on praying the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) for individuals and as a group

• Fr. Gregory recommends the Daughters of St. Paul single volume edition -- BUT sadly it is now OUT OF PRINT.  It did not even come up in Amazon search.

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

4) Carl shared video from Brother Casey Cole, O.F.M. on "Who is the real St. Francis"


5) Sheila just went with group from Incarnation to Haiti.  Sheila was unfortunately hospitalized with illness during her visit and was still recovering during our meeting, but reports now that she is feeling much better.  We heard at 5:30pm Mass that they visited many areas of the community we support in clinics, nursing school, and employment & farming, and our donations are very much appreciated.  Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers.

6) John shared news that he met with Sister Patty Chappell, S.N.D., who is the president of Pax Christi, USA.  John met to talk about solutions for peace for the issue of community tensions about Robert E. Lee statue and the issue of gun violence.   Please consider coming on Monday, April 11th at 7pm to the Pax Christi meeting at Incarnation in Room #8 to help us work for peace in Charlottesville.  John also got a great guide for voters -- Pope Francis' guide for voters -- and based on Catholic Social Justice teachings.  Will be offering at meeting and after all Masses on April 16-17.

7) Looking at adding a suggested Wake Service for the Secular Franciscan Order to our regional website  -- working with Patrick Martin our regional minister.  Good to be prepared as we never know when Sister Death will visit, also keep Deacon Tom Bello and his family in your prayers.  

8) Secretary's Report:  John will contact Helga arrange a visit with sister Rose in April.  Working with region to have a Franciscan Wake Service added to our website for future needs.  Review of upcoming dates and planning.

9) Treasurer's Report - Melanie Bninski

March 2016:
Beginning Balance: $1035.13
Income: $220 in donations
Expenses: $100 for spiritual assistant
$15 for CWS
Net increase of $105
New balance: $1140.13

Melanie also paid the fair-share for this year to region.

10) Carl is contacting a person who may be able to lead our Fall Retreat, and also a new date for the Virginia fraternities gathering -- stay tuned...


Fraternity Milestones:


• Gary Cook - April 9th

• Rebecca Gallant - April 9th

• Therese Auger - April 20th

• Helga Fallis - April 27th

• Sheila Herlihy - May 8th (Mother's Day)

Profession Anniversaries:

• Gail Barber - 9 years

• Helga Fallis - 9 years

• Phil Clem - 12 years

• Gary Cook - 15 years

• Elizabeth Eilers-Adams - 35 years

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S. 


Upcoming Dates:

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

• April 23rd - Trader Joe's pick-up at 10am

• May 14 - Next Meeting at 12:15pm w/ formation starting at 11am

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

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

• Virginia Gathering of Secular Franciscans - Looking for a new date.

• 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.

Pope Francis' new Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)

Vatican link to download the pdf document

New Video series by Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. on "The Joy of Love"



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 March 26th we filled-up 5 cars with food from their generous donation including many Easter flowers. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, April 23rd 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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