December 8, 2019

St. Francis’ Nativity – December 2017

Did you know?  The origin of the Christmas creche is attributed to the very holy man, St. Francis of Assisi. In the year 1223, St. Francis was visiting the town of Greccio,  Italy built on a mountainside.   St. Francis realized that the chapel of the Franciscan hermitage would be too small to hold the congregation for Midnight Mass. So he found a niche in the rock near the town square and set up the altar, one unlike anything every created before. According to St. Bonaventure (d. 1274) in his “Life of St. Francis of Assisi” : It happened in the …

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Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula Feast Day – August 2, 2017

Courtesy of a minor friar blog  https://friarminor.blogspot.com/  Today is a big Franciscan feast, that of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula, when, also for all the faithful, according to a certain tradition by the request of St. Francis himself, the Pardon of Assisi or Portiuncula indulgence is available at your local Franciscan church or oratory, or at your parish church, visited to honor Our Lady and the Angels, and according to the normal conditions for the gaining of indulgences, of course. Today I’m thinking of the little holy card of Our Lady of the Angels, which …

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Fatima 100 Year Anniversary!!! – May 13, 2017

May 13th, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the first time our Blessed Mother Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal. Two of the three children will be canonized by Pope Francis during his visit to Fatima May 12-13th. The first Marian apparitions began May 13, 1917, when 9-year-old Francisco Marto and 7-year-old Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, reported seeing the Virgin Mary. The apparitions of Mary continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church. This fascinating event contains secrets which Mary shared …

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The Bible Timeline – The Story of Salvation – April 2017

Fraternity of Brother Francis is proud to offer a new Bible Study class based on Jeff Cavins The Bible Timeline series. First class is Monday April 24th, and will meet each 2nd and 4th Monday evenings each month 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St Josephs Catholic Church in Newton NC. Parishioners Welcome !!! Bring your Bible and Catechism to each class. Class workbook $35 and we will try to help those who cannot afford the cost. This is a wonderful study of the Bible Narrative books of the old testament and puts old testament in context of the new …

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Lourdes Liturgical Anniversary – Feb 11, 2017

February 11th, 2017 marks the liturgical anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes when the blessed virgin Mary appeared in the vicinity of Lourdes in France.   The first of seventeen apparitions occurred 11 of February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Pope Pius IX approved the veneration in Lourdes in 1870. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

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Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage – May 2016

In celebration of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy the Fraternity of Brother Francis embarked on a pilgrimage to St. Lawrence Cathedral in Asheville, NC May 10th, 2016.   The Jubilee Year of Mercy features a very special plenary indulgence (the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin). I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed. – Pope Francis, Letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Sept. …

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