Dear Sisters and Brothers:
In this month of January, we celebrate the New Year of 2018 and pray for peace throughout the world. We honor our Blessed Mother as the Holy Mother of God on the 1st day of the new year and end the Christmas Season with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on the 8th. We join in a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children on the 22nd and celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on the 25th.
In addition, we celebrate the birthday of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 15th.
During the month of January, Pope Francis asks us to keep his prayer intention in mind: Religious Minorities in Asia. “That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”
Below are some reflective words for the month of January from Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM from his book: “Peace and Good: Through the Year With St. Francis of Assisi (page 1).”
“Perhaps no other virtue is more associated with St. Francis of Assisi than peace. He made peace with people, with animals, in the Church and within civil society. This peace grew out of his honesty about his relationship to God, others and himself. Before seeking peace with people and creation around him, Francis had to find peace within himself. That was a challenge faced with times of deep prayer.”
In this Month of January, we also acknowledge the birthdays of the following members of our Fraternity: Kate Asselin on the 13th,
In this month of January, we also acknowledge the profession anniversaries of: Donna Brauchle, Roberta LeGassic, Emily Marcelli and Mary Ann Riccitelli on 1/3/2009.
Finally, I want to wish all of you, along with your families a Blessed month of January and a Joyous and Happy New Year 2018!
Please keep Mary Ann Riccitelli and her friend Bob in your prayers.
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