Last weekend was a busy one here as we celebrated our patron saint Francis, whose feast day is October 4. On Saturday morning we had our annual blessing of the animals, and we had a good turnout of dogs, some frightened cats, a turtle, and one young girl presented a box and inside was a ladybug that she asked to be blessed. It was a reminder of God’s care for the most humble and small among us. I heard from many people that their dogs were rescue dogs, which was nice to hear, another reminder that God cares for and loves all creation.

Congratulations to all of the young women and men who were confirmed here last Saturday. We had two confirmation ceremonies, at 10:00am and 1:00pm and Bishop Burbidge was here for both, along with the blessing of the animals earlier in the morning. Many thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who helped to make both ceremonies go smoothly.

Last Sunday was another successful FrancisFest. I spent the afternoon walking around trying some of the options from the many food trucks, including the iced coffee with some kind of Vietnamese twist from the Our Lady of La Vang community, and some locally made chocolate ice cream from North Carolina State. I also got to throw some baseballs at the pitching booth which brought me back to my Little League days in Burlington, MA. Many thanks to the Community Center staff who worked so hard and planned so well in making the day a success. The weekend overall was an example of how we live out the words of our mission statement in “extending hospitality to all.”

Next weekend we welcome Br. Paul O’Keeffe who will be here to speak about Franciscan missions, and also another of our friars, Fr. Michael Calabria, who has a background in Christian-Muslimrelations, will be speaking on Sunday night on the story of St. Francis and the sultan. Check the bulletin for more information.

Blessings on your week!


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