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Next Regular Gathering

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2-4 PM

St. Patrick's Room, Saint Helen Church, Vero Beach, FL

 

  2:00   Opening, Reports, etc. 
  2:10   Formation Program: All Creatures Great and Small
              St. Francis Animal Stories - Rule 18 (Donna)
  3:00   Social & Refreshments 
  3:20   Liturgy of the Hours: Evening Prayer 
  4:00   Closing prayers and Dismissal — Council Meeting
            follows.
All issues plus February 2020 issue are posted

Since Donna (above) will speak on "St. Francis Animal Stories" I thought of an article I wrote years ago: "Birds and Animals in our Lives" - see: https://www.reflections-dmf-ofs.org/birds-and-animals-in-our-lives

 

A New website is in the making. Eventually the "Reflections" found on this website will be found on the new website https://www.reflections-dmf-ofs.org/

2020 and 2019 is done (we list most recently added Reflections first) /Fred 

For all Franciscan Saints ed. by Marion Habig OFM, see:
 
https://www.reflections-dmf-ofs.org/franciscan-saints

This section is completely done!

Saturday seems to be my new (2020) Reflection writing day. The top one is the latest:

Living the Gospel through our roles
and responsibilities

 

As an Order, we are actively integrated in the life of Christ. We are part of the body of Christ. The promise we made when we were professed requires us to be more pro-active, more focused on Christ’s mission on earth. Further, we have a very specific hierarchical structure centered on having a council at each level which helps to animate and guide the life of Secular Franciscan brothers and sisters – to help us live our Franciscan charism in family, in fraternity and in society.

Let’s take that concept that we are part of the body of Christ a little further. We might consider the Executive Council at each level as Christ’s heart – which pumps life-giving blood throughout the Franciscan body. In order to ensure the health of the heart, the members of the council must be properly formed (on-going formation) and make certain that they fulfill all their responsibilities.

 

Whether we serve as officers at the local, regional, national or international level, we are co-responsible for animating and guiding our fraternities and members.

 

By properly fulfilling our unique roles on the council, we will ensure that the brothers and sisters receive support and guidance to live their Secular Franciscan life as the Rule requires of them. The council should be united in vision and ministry – especially after actions and plans are voted on.

 

One final note: As international, national, regional and local fraternities, we are not islands. We are intricately woven together as a magnificent tapestry that covers the body of Christ around the world – and our councils provide that important thread that ties us together. We are all ultimately united in Christ through our love and attention to each other.      (VOX Franciscana • 22 • Summer 2019)

New website:   https://www.clima-ofs.org/

About the Environment and Climate Change. It is Fred's contribution to JPIC/Ecology and the Order. 

Marie Thomas, OFS, Monthly Meditation
For previous talks and copies, please see FFMR website

 
January 2020 Marie Thomas, OFS talk for the month
Meditation65Jan2020.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [5.0 MB]
Written talk #65
Written Meditation 65 Jan 2020.docx
Microsoft Word document [57.8 KB]

PLEASE PRAY FOR.....

  1. Fred Schaeffer, OFS
  2. Ed O'Donnell, OFS
  3. Helen Caldarone, OFS
  4. Virginia Davis, OFS
  5. Lamar Thomas, OFS
     
Bro. Fred's Reflections
Look for PDF file

Living the Gospel through our roles and responsibilities
(E
mphasis that we are not alone in this large OFS world)

A very special file - helpful in figuring out hymn tones for Liturgy of the Hours
Metrics in Music (Printable Page).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [128.9 KB]

iBreviary - the fool-proof way to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

iBreviary is an app. It works best on smart cell phones (Android or similar)
iBreviary org site gives instructions on use

Don't know the tune to a "Metered tune" in the Psalter? Look it up!

 

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Special PDF files from my big website under the index called "Catholic Resource Index."  - contains some good stuff!

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Remember that all of us belong to four fraternities: local, regional, national and international:

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A Gift of a New Life
A Biography
by Fred Schaeffer, OFS 2019

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL

 

Term expires: 2/10/2022
 

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Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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Helen Caldarone, OFS

Secretary:
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS

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 Jack Reddy, OFS

 

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Donna Haro, OFS

 

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