October 28th is a double celebration for us. It is the feast day of our Major Superior, Sister Judith Ann, O.S.F. (The feast of St. Jude) and it is the death anniversary of our foundress, Mother M. Frances Krasse, O.S.F.
Mother Frances passed on to her eternal reward early in the morning of October 28, 1885, while the sisters prayed around her bed. Her last words to her sisters were: "Dear Sisters, keep yourselves in strict accord with the rules and statutes. Live in meekness and obedience. Nurse the sick with the greatest care and love, then will God’s blessing be with you.”
We always celebrate our Major Superior's Feast day with special festivities and gifts, even if her feast day doesn't land of Mother Frances' death anniversary. With Sister Judith Ann's we just get to celebrate double. :)
During the year many of us work on crafts, or "fancy work" as our older sisters call it, to be sold at our Annual Bazaar. These items we give to the Major Superior on her feast day. Of course it is entirely up to her whether she keeps them, gives them away, or puts them in the Bazaar. Just thought I should explain a bit about the gifts, in case they seemed excessive.
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By the way the Motherhouse Annual Bazaar is Friday, November 22, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be baked goods, doughnuts, handmade items, plants, used items, jewelry, religious material, etc. Come early because things go fast. It is worth the trip for the doughnuts alone. The motherhouse is off Illinois Route 116 west of Germantown Hills, on access road 14 or St. Francis Lane. (See on map.) You can see some pictures of last year's bazaar here, starting about halfway down the page.
The evening of October 3, we, and Franciscans around the world, celebrate what we call the Transitus. It is the remembrance of the death of St. Francis and his entrance into eternal glory. St. Francis of Assisi had strived with all his being to be close to Christ so, while it was hard for his followers to see him go, they also rejoiced to see his happiness. So on the eve of his feast day, we current day followers of St. Francis tell the story of how he died and honor this great disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a good example of the Transitus service, not exactly as we do it but close enough.
We had eight wonderful young women join us for the St. Therese Discernment Retreat, September 20-21, 2013. I think we all had a good time and I think the retreatants found the retreat to be helpful to them in their discernment.
You can click on the image to view more pictures. I didn't get any pictures of the bonfire. If anyone from the retreat wants to email me some pictures of that, or anything else I missed, I can add them to the gallery.
We haven't picked the date for the next St. Therese Discernment Retreat, but I will post it as soon as we have it.
God bless you all.
All our Sisters got together on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 2013 to have a community picnic.
It is always a special time when we can all get togther. It is a special day for Franciscans too because of our devotion to the Cross and Christ Crucified, and because it was on or around that feast day that St. Francis received the stimata.
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It has been a full summer. So much so that I am only writing about it at the end of October. (shame on me.)
We have gone to several events this past summer. We wrote earlier about the Totus Tuus Camp in Rapid City, SD.
The Midwest Catholic Family Conference was another first for us. We were really impressed. They had separate trackes for all the kids, so the parents could attend the talks. Sister Faustina and I, and several volunteers, had one of the groups of 3-4 year olds. They were so cute. They had a great curriculum worked out for all the kids. They had a young adults track in the evenings. It must have been a tremendous amount of work to get it all together and set up and it is all run by volunteers.
The Heart United Rosary Rally was another good event. The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate, that ran the rally, has a number of different groups and events. There seems to be a lot of good things going on there up in Milwaukee. Another we heard about was Arise Ministries which is a group of young adults that do parish missions.
There were a couple good Catholic events that I think you may want to look into for the future.
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