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New Website and Blog…finally!

April 24, 2013

:D Yes, it has finally happened.  Thanks be to God!

Our new website is up and running.  The blog will now be part of the website, instead of being separate.

Much of the content is new.  It was really a complete re-write.

We hope you like it.

www.franciscansisterspeoria.org

 

God Bless his Holiness, Pope Francis I!

March 13, 2013

We were delighted to hear the news!

Quite a surprise to have our first Pope from the Americas, our first Jesuit Pope, and our first Pope Francis.

May God bless him abundantly and guide him.

Lenten Devotions – Seven Last Words

February 21, 2013

Pax et bonum!

Just thought I would drop a little note in here to share a lenten devotion that we have a t the convent.  It is called the Seven Last Words and it is a meditation on the passion of Christ, focusing on the last seven”sayings” of Christ.

I scanned a copy of the booklet we use if you would like to pray it too.

God bless.

Seven Last Words

Items of Interest

January 23, 2013

Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila –Archbishop of Denver

Here is the link to a letter written by the Archbishop of Denver, Samuel J. Aquila yesterday regarding his experience with abortion.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo– Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

And, here is the link to a letter published in Daniel Cardinal DiNardo’s blog.

These are a few of the letters sent out by our Bishop’s and Archbishop’s. Let us show our gratitude for their courage in standing up for the truths of our faith & for voicing it in the public square. Let us pray for them that our Lord protect and guide them always!

Sister M. Veronice, OSF

40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

January 22, 2013
**Image part of the public domain**

**Image part of the public domain**

 Excerpt from Cardinal DiNardo’s Letter Marking 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade:

“On Tuesday, we will remember the somber 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, that legalized abortion in our country, a decision that has unleashed the death of over 50 million unborn children, nameless to many but not to the Lord, and caused great brokenness to the mothers and fathers and extended families of those same children. The Gospels are exact in describing Jesus Christ’s work beginning at his Baptism in the Jordan as bringing a new reconciliation that does not “break the bruised reed or extinguish the smoldering wick.” The Catholic Church remembers January 22nd each year as a day of voluntary fast and abstinence; there is a special Mass in the Missal with its proper Scriptural Readings assigned for that day. I ask, most especially this year, that all of our priests, clergy, religious and faithful make a major effort to stop that day, to pray more fervently for a rebirth of a culture of life, to fast and abstain from food as a mark of solidarity for all those affected personally by the scourge of abortion, and to make space and time to participate in prayer at Mass.”

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Please pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and all forms of violence that put an end to human life or violate the dignity of human life. Let us work toward justice for all–those born & unborn.

Sister M. Veronica, OSF

Christmas at the Convent

December 26, 2012

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, and the season leading up to it I like almost as much.

On the night of December 16th, we begin our Christmas Novena.  We process into chapel by candle light, singing advent hymns.  Before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament, we chant the old testament prophesies, sing canticles and the O Antiphons.  It ends with Benediction, if we have a priest available.

Christmas Eve we finish all the decorating and baking.  Evening Prayer begins the Christmas celebration.  After supper we bless the Christmas tree and the nativity scene and light the Christ candle.  Then we get ourselves ready for the Mass at 8:30.  Some of the Sisters also go down to the Motherhouse for the Midnight Mass.  They have a full crib service there before Mass, beginning at 11:40 pm.  (Yes, it is really a Midnight Mass.)  And after Mass they welcome every to come for a reception afterwards.

Christmas morning we begin as always with prayer, we have breakfast and open gifts and then go the Mass at our hospital Chapel.  We have a main Christmas dinner after Mass.  In the afternoon, some of our Sisters go out to visit our other Sisters or friends.  Those who have gone to both night Masses usually go have a nap, or should I say, collapse from exhaustion.  The rest is as usual on Sundays with Exposition and Benediction with Evening Prayer.

Creche blessing.Sister Lays the Infant in the manger.

Creche blessing.Sister Lays the Infant in the manger.

Christmas night Mass at our hospital Chapel

Christmas night Mass at our hospital Chapel

Navitiy at our hospital Chapel

Navitiy at our hospital Chapel

Christmas gift opening

Christmas gift opening

Christmas group pic

Christmas group pic

Fall and Winter 2012 Gallery

December 24, 2012

Sorry we have not been keeping this up.  I did just post a new photo gallery.  Also, there is a new newsletter out which you can view here, in case you are not already a subscriber.

Have a Wonderful Christmas!  And may the joy and hope of our new-born King fill your new year.

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