This message is  heard over and over again: remembrance, kindness, thoughtfulness.  Messages like this will be posted as they come through the e-mail.  If there is a Felician Franciscan sister in your life, a former teacher, friend, relative, that you would like to send a message to, please follow your heart.

Names will be withheld for posting,  The original e-mail will be forwarded to the sister mentioned.

Hello Sister A!

I’ve been thinking about you a lot recently. Anxious to hear how you are doing. I’ll be sending Christmas (and Birthday!) Greetings soon. I hope all is well with you as we enter Advent on the way to Christmas. You are in my prayers always. The rosary you gave me in 1958 at Graduation from St.Joe’s is with me always and used before daily Mass with group prayer. Hopefully I can get up to visit sometime if that would be O.K. Love and Peace.

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Advent – Week 1



1Lectio Divina a way of praying as you journey with us during this Advent Season.

What is Lectio Divina?  Simple explanation and guide for anyone, beginner or experienced “prayer”.  There will be daily posts on the reflection page for those who may wish to follow along.  The prayers are taken from various sources.  May your journey through Advent bring you closer to Our Lord by reading the scripture of the day.  May the Holy Spirit be your guide.
Step one – reading the  Word of God, slowly and reflectively..
Step 2 – think about the text we have chosen and  take from it what God wants to give us.
Step 3 – simply let our hearts speak to God. This response is inspired by our reflection on the Word of God.
Step 4 –  We simply rest in the Word of God. We listen at the deepest level of our being to God who speaks within us with a still small voice. As we listen, we are gradually transformed from within.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath


1Blessing of an Advent Wreath

The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.

When the blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64  (lines 2-7) is read:

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says:

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:

O come, desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of humankind;
bid ev’ry sad division cease
and be thyself our Prince of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

Advent is the quieter


Advent is the quieter, more reflective liturgical season, right? Advent is a season of anticipation and hope. However, Advent 2016 unfolds in the aftermath of contentious, alarming U.S. elections just a few weeks ago. Many see election results as a vindication of their unheeded outcry about being excluded from the economic system, some see the election as confirmation of their bigotry, and many see the results as a train wreck, especially for vulnerable communities including immigrants, refugees, Muslims, LGBTQ persons, and those with needed health care under the Affordable Care Act. (