Dear Sisters and Brothers:
In this month of March we continue in our Lenten Journey towards Easter Glory. We turn our clocks ahead as we begin Daylight Savings Time on the 11th. We welcome the season of Spring on the 20th and enter into Holy Week with Palm Sunday on the 25th.
In addition, we celebrate the Feasts of two of our most popular saints. St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and St. Joseph’s Day on the 19th.
During the month of March, Pope Francis asks us to keep his prayer intention in mind: Evangelization – Formation in Spiritual Discernment. “That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.”
Below are some reflective words for the month of March from Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM from his book: “Peace and Good: Through the Year With St. Francis of Assisi.”
“The life of Francis of Assisi certainly had its dramatic moments. But these were not isolated events; they were an integral part of a faith journey that lasted forty-four years! The early conversions prepared Francis for later and more costly ones (pg. 67).”
In this Month of March, we also acknowledge the birthdays of the following members of our Fraternity: Matt Garamone on the 1st, Joe Wilson on the 12th, Jean Haddad on the 20th, Sr. Janice Jolin and Patricia Sharp on the 25th.
Finally, I want to wish all of you, along with your families a Blessed month of March and a Blessed Holy Week and Easter!
Here is a link to a site containing pictures from our Fraternity 90th Anniversary Celebration of October 7, 2016: https://goo.gl/photos/qGS9m5bMrWUJvv2z7
I promise to remember you and your loved ones in prayer and at Mass. Thank you for all your prayers and support of our Fraternity. May Our Lord grant you his peace.
With prayers and warm regards,
Fr. Sam Monaco, ofs