We are drawing closer to our goal for the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal; nearly 90% of the way there. Thank you to all who have contributed so far and we also ask that if you have not yet made your contribution to the BAA, that you please consider making one. We like to remind people from time to time that St. Francis is not its own Franciscan island within the diocese; we do not stand alone, apart from the greater Diocese of Raleigh. We are a diocesan parish that is served by the Franciscan friars at the good will of the bishop; it is therefore very important that we contribute our share toward the BAA. Once again, thanks to all who have contributed!

We had first communions last weekend and again this weekend; congratulations to all of those who made their first communion and thanks to their families and our faith formation staff for all of their help in the process. It’s a sign of healthy life and growth in any church to see so many young people joining us in the line to receive the Body and Blood of Christ – a sign of a church alive and vital within our diocese. Thanks again to all.

This past Tuesday morning in our St. Mary of the Angels chapel near the Assisi Community center, we dedicated new San Damiano cross which now hangs over the altar there. This is an image of the cross that St. Francis used to pray in front of at the small church of San Damiano outside the walls of Assisi. Francis used to pray the following prayer there:

“Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me Lord, a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out your holy and true command.”

We received the funds for this cross from a donor and we are grateful. Finally, next Sunday, May 13, we host Fr. John Dear, a Jesuit priest, who will be speaking on his new book called They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change. Fr. Dear was once nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. He will be speaking at 4:00pm in Anthony Hall Founders Room, at the end of the long hallway off the main gathering space.

Blessings on your week!

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