Sunday, May 19, 2019

Profession of Kathy McGuirk, OFS

Our May meeting was the Profession Mass of Kathy McGuirk, OFS.  We celebrated at the regular 5:30pm Sunday evening Mass with the Holy Family community.

Our Vice Minister, Horace, read the introduction before Mass began.

Deacon Brian and Deacon Bill assisted at the Mass with Fr. Jose

Just after the Gospel, Kathy requested formal admission in the fraternity from Minister Steve and Formation Director Steve.

Fr Jose conducted the actual Rite of Profession prior to the Final Blessing.

Kathy kneels receiving a blessing.

Kathy was then presented with the traditional profession gifts:  Book of the Gospels, Cross, and Candle.
Everyone in the congregation stayed through the entire Rite.
Afterward, we went downstairs to celebrate.
We had a nice celebration cake from the fraternity.
Actually we had two cakes.

There was plenty of food...
... and lots of people to help celebrate.

Congratulations, Kathy.
What a special occasion for us all!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Happy 100th Birthday Cecile!

After the 10:15 Mass at Holy Family on the Second Sunday of Easter, we celebrated a special birthday for one of our parishioners.  Cecile Aubin is not only a member of Holy Family, but also an Active/Excused member of our Fraternity.

Although she can't make fraternity meetings anymore, we  see Cecile almost every week at the 10:15 Mass.
With a birthday crown on her head, Cecile gets a little help cutting her birthday cake.
If you waited in line, you could get a picture with the birthday girl. 
Betsy asked what her secret to long life was: 
"I don't drink and I don't smoke", and she goes to Mass every Sunday. 
The small amount of cake left gives you an idea of how many people were there to wish her well.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday - Palm Origami

This year, our April Fraternity Meeting fell on Palm Sunday.  In order for us to work around the schedule for  Capilla Santísima Trinidad (Holy Trinity Chapel) using the sanctuary, we started our meeting at 1pm with Stations of the Cross.

Afterward, we moved downstairs where Kathy and Penny from the parish taught us some interesting things to do with the newly blessed palms.

This activity was for all ability levels.  No advanced degree in arts and crafts was necessary.

Kathy went from person to person to help get them going.  Peg successfully made a cross.

Norman and Alice used a little teamwork for their project.

Some members had a knack for it.  Crosses could be made in various different ways and the rosette also had a nice appearance. 
The multi-loop cross was a popular theme.
Having a hands-on project like this allowed us all to have a little more social time as well.  Bring your ideas so we can have more fun meetings like this.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 2019

At today's meeting, we prayed the Franciscan Family Chaplet which celebrates all the orders of the Franciscan family.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Traditions - Birdseed

Once again it's December and time for the annual Fraternity Bird Seed Party.  This year we purchased 120 lbs of seed (rather than the usual 100 lbs).  Everyone worked hard and we had no problem filling birdseed packets to distribute to our own parishioners so they could feed the birds on Christmas Day.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Welcome Paul Boisvert, OFS

In place of our regular October meeting, we were happy to celebrate the solemn profession of Paul Boisvert into the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS).  Following a suggestion we received at our recent pastoral visitation, we celebrated Paul's profession during a regular weekend Mass at our home parish Holy Family of Nazareth.  Since the Mass is the "source and summit of the Christian life (CCC 1324), it is entirely appropriate for the profession to be at a Mass, and by having it a regular weekend Mass, others in the faith community of the parish were able to share it with us.  Usually, we are able to get a Franciscan priest to say the Mass, but Fr. Sam was unavailable.  Nonetheless, our own Fr. Jose was happy to conduct a moving and joyful ceremony. 

Our fraternity was also to perform various ministries at the Mass:  Horace was the lector, Deacon Bill assisted (as deacon), and Jan filled a role as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.  For the profession itself, Paul was joined at the foot of the altar by our Minister and Formation Director.  Most of the Rite of Profession took place after communion, but still, almost all the regular parishioners stayed to witness the ceremony.

Paul invited friends and family to celebrate with him, and after Mass, we moved downstairs to a fraternity pot luck.  As God provides, there was food enough for all.

Beautiful cake.

Very nice crowd.

Delicious food with leftovers.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Blessing of the Animals

This year's Blessing of the Animals occurred after the Feast of St. Francis.  As usual, we began by leading a couple verses of All Creatures of Our God and King out in front of the church main entrance.  Fr. Jose enthusiastically greet pets and owners and then went around to each animal to bestow an individual blessing.  Our fraternity manned a table with people and pet treats including munchkins and apple cider.  It was wonderful that several of our fraternity members were there as well.  With the beautiful early fall afternoon, all seemed to enjoy the experience.

We're singing!

Pets get blessed while we man the goodies table.
Pets and people lined up for individual blessings.

Our fraternity in attendance.

There's plenty of room on the grass, too, before getting a chance to head into the church.

Everybody gets a treat. 

The felines kept out of harms' way (i.e., the dogs).

It's nice to make our presence known o the parish.