Franciscan Footprints

Snow and Cookies

December 2013 snowAll of a sudden Christmas seems a lot closer.  We had a lot of snow last weekend.  (It was so pretty and the air was so calm that shoveling was a treat.)  It was also our cookie baking weekend at the convent in preparation for Christmas.  One of the many reasons I love Advent is just the anticipation of Christmas.  We get the fun of baking the cookies and the anticipation of enjoying them at Christmas.

We are in the middle of another of my favorite things about Advent, our Christmas Novena.  We begin the evening of December 16th.  I love the candlelit procession, the chanted prophesies from the Old Testament of the coming Messiah, the O Antiphons and other chants and hymns, all before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, all by candlelight, and ending with Benediction.  Advent is a season of Hope.

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Annual Motherhouse Bazaar 2013

Motherhouse Bazaar 2013Our Annual Fall Bazaar at the Motherhouse was a great success this year.  Thank you to all of you who came.  This was the first year that I have missed it since I entered.  (Oh, I missed those doughnuts!)  Sister Teresa Paul was kind enough to take pictures for me.  (Click on the picture for more photos.)  As always, all proceeds of the Bazaar go to our Mission Fund to help the needy.

OSF Holy Family Medical Center Chapel

Franciscan Sisters at OSF Holy Family Chapel DedicationWe finally have the new chapel dedicated in OSF Holy Family Medical Center.  This little hospital joined our family several years ago.  It had not been a Catholic hospital before joining us.  We are so happy to finally have a permanent real chapel in the hospital now. 

Monsignor Merdian, who is the vicar for healthcare in the Diocese of Peoria, celebrated the Mass of dedication on December 2.  Father Timothy Hepner, who is the hospital chaplain, and Sister Judith Ann, Major Superior, both spoke very well.  I should have taken notes I guess, because I can't remember what they said.  But they all gave very good talks.  :)

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NCYC 2013

2013 NCYC Confession LineNovember 21-23 Sister Magdalene and I joined several thousand young people, their chaperones, and other helpers at the 2013 NCYC. (National Catholic Youth Conference)  It was a huge event, well worth our short drive to Indianapolis.  I was very impressed.  Can't say that it was the speakers that impressed me, because we didn't get much of a chance to hear them.  We were kept pretty busy at our booth most of the time.  Can't say that it was the way it was run so much, although that seemed to me to be much improved since we went last in 2007.  No, it was the kids that impressed me.

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As I am sure you've heard, we had a huge storm system pass through Illinois on Sunday, November 17 which spawned a bunch of tornadoes.  An EF-4 went through Washington, IL which is about 10 miles east of the House of Formation and a few miles southeast of the Motherhouse.  We were not directly impacted by it, but many of our employees lost their homes or had significant damage.  It is really just amazing that more people were not killed.  Please join us in praying for the deceased, their loved ones and all those who were impacted by these tornadoes.