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Confirmation P2 FAMILY GATHERS October 2017

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October 1-31, 2016 Ordinary Time: Did you know that October means “eighth month” in Latin? Why? In the old Roman calendar, the year began in spring, not in winter. Ordinary Time continues in October with its richness of solemnities, feasts, and memorials of the Lord and the Saints. Being a Franciscan parish we are particularly blessed with the October 4th feast day and month long celebration of St. Francis. In Ordinary Time the church and vestments of the priests are green.


1. Pick a symbol that you think represents Ordinary Time in this month and place it on your table.

2. Select a prayer you and your family will say at the start of the meal. You can create your own prayers or try the Prayer of St. Francis .

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

 

3. Family Quiz of the Month:  We all know how important and beloved St. Frances is to us Catholics. But how much do you and your family know about St. Clare one of the first followers of Frances? Ask them the following questions about St. Clare’s life and find out! The answers follow each question in italics.

a) Clare was the foundress of what order of nuns? The Poor Clares

b) True or False - Clare never met St. Francis but just heard about him and the Franciscan order he founded. False - She was very close to Francis and even cared for him when he was ill. 

c)  Why is Clare the patron saint of television? Pope Pius XII designated Clare as the patron saint of television in 1958 on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room.

d) Which of the following IS NOT a quote of St. Clare?

• Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal. Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow. Do not let false delights of a deceptive world deceive you.

• Our body is not made of iron. Our strength is not that of stone. Live and hope in the Lord, and let your service be according to reason.

• Love that does not know of suffering is not worthy of the name.

Trick question! They are all quotes of St. Clare 


How did you family do? Here's the story of Clare you can share with your family after the quiz. 

 

One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-woman counterpart to the new Franciscan Order.

The beginning of her religious life was indeed movie material. Having refused to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide.

At 18, Clare escaped from her father’s home one night, was met on the road by friars carrying torches, and in the poor little chapel called the Portiuncula received a rough woolen habit, exchanged her jeweled belt for a common rope with knots in it, and sacrificed her long tresses to Francis’ scissors. He placed her in a Benedictine convent, which her father and uncles immediately stormed in rage. Clare clung to the altar of the church, threw aside her veil to show her cropped hair, and remained adamant.

Sixteen days later her sister Agnes joined her. Others came. They lived a simple life of great poverty, austerity, and complete seclusion from the world, according to a Rule which Francis gave them as a Second Order. At age 21, Francis obliged Clare under obedience to accept the office of abbess, one she exercised until her death.

The Poor Ladies went barefoot, slept on the ground, ate no meat, and observed almost complete silence. Later Clare, like Francis, persuaded her sisters to moderate this rigor: “Our bodies are not made of brass.” The greatest emphasis, of course, was on gospel poverty. They possessed no property, even in common, subsisting on daily contributions. When even the pope tried to persuade Clare to mitigate this practice, she showed her characteristic firmness: “I need to be absolved from my sins, but I do not wish to be absolved from the obligation of following Jesus Christ.”

Contemporary accounts glow with admiration of Clare’s life in the convent of San Damiano in Assisi. She served the sick and washed the feet of the begging nuns. She came from prayer, it was said, with her face so shining it dazzled those about her. She suffered serious illness for the last 27 years of her life. Her influence was such that popes, cardinals, and bishops often came to consult her—Clare herself never left the walls of San Damiano.

Francis always remained her great friend and inspiration. Clare was always obedient to his will and to the great ideal of gospel life which he was making real.

A well-known story concerns her prayer and trust. Clare had the Blessed Sacrament placed on the walls of the convent when it faced attack by invading Saracens. “Does it please you, O God, to deliver into the hands of these beasts the defenseless children I have nourished with your love? I beseech you, dear Lord, protect these whom I am now unable to protect.” To her sisters she said, “Don’t be afraid. Trust in Jesus.” The Saracens fled.

 4. All Souls/Saints Prayer Service: On our Confirmation meeting of November 5th (Sunday candidates) and November 7th (Tuesday candidates) we will be including in their prayer service the names of family and friends who have passed to celebrate All Souls Day, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, in which the Church prays for all who have died. As Catholics, we believe in Purgatory, that cleansing fire through which must pass “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). On All Souls we pray for them, trusting that God will hear and answer our prayers that they know eternal light, happiness, and peace. As a family select a person or persons that you would like to have added to our prayer ritual that will take place during this Confirmation meeting. You can give their name or just their relationship with you. For example Joe, Joe Smith or my grandfather.

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P2 Family Gathers - October 2017
Your first name*
Your last name*
Your regular meeting time (7PM Tuesdays or 6:00PM or 7:45PM Sundays)*
What meal of the day was it?*
Who was with you?*
Tell me about your opening prayer.*
How did your family do on the quiz about St. Clare?*
Who would you like us to include in the prayers during our All Souls prayer service?*
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