Lent 2017

Lent has begun. In this Franciscan fraternity, we began Lent with a Day of Recollection (March 3rd), a well-spent day.

A Talk and Power-Point Presentation given by Deacon Don Battista (St. Helen Parish, Vero Beach) on Penance and its various forms including prayer, fasting and almsgiving, was very thorough and informative. This was a complete history of Lenten observances over the Centuries. Helen Caldarone, OFS of our fraternity talked about the Beatitudes as seen by the early church Fathers.

In the afternoon, our Pastor, Fr. Kevin Nelson spoke on the Scriptural Foundations of the Sacrament of Penance.

The South Room and Chapel, where the Day of Recollection was held, was packed with our members and a selection of parishioners of St. Helen Church.

We wish all a Blessed Lenten season!


Fred Schaeffer, OFS, Fraternity Minister


A Gift of a New Life
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Divine Mercy Fraternity

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