We have arrived in the season of Advent, a time of year when the days get shorter, the darkness comes earlier, and we watch, once again, for the birth of a child, who is the light that shines in the darkness, then, now, and always. It’s a beautiful time of the year as we watch and wait for the Nativity of the Lord. Something to watch for next weekend is our annual Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Market, which will be held in Clare Fellowship Hall. The market is a way to purchase beautiful and thoughtful gifts while standing in solidarity with those who are poor and marginalized. You can expect to find things such as fair trade chocolate, crafts, baskets, jewelry, ornaments, scarves, soups, toys, and more. It promises to be a beautiful weekend.

Also, next Saturday we will welcome Fr. David Convertino and Fr. Robert Sandoz who will be here to speak at all masses about our Franciscan Challenge. You may remember Fr. David from last year’s challenge. You may remember Fr. Robert who served here at St. Francis back in the 1990s. Also on Saturday next week we anticipate more than 200 of our second-graders who will make their first reconciliation. Please keep these children in your prayers.

Finally, once again St. Francis has shown its generosity through a food drive. A few weeks back we collected food donations for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg. About 25% of the people of that parish live below the poverty line, so the 7,000 pounds of food and $3,000 in donations we collected go a long way toward helping there. Thank you again for your generosity!

Blessings on your week!

Fr. Steve