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Gatherings

 St. Anthony's Corner
    “He who is the beginning and the end, the ruler of the angels,
made himself obedient to human creatures. The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter.
The God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin.”
   —Sermons of St. Anthony

 

Like a Light to the World

Apostolic Commissions:  “Family
“In their family, they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ.”
(Rule of SFO, par. 17.)
 

TASK: To promote family values in positive ways.
Chairs: Rena Xuereb & Ernestine Sedillo

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER
 Nov. 13-15, 1998
 Madonna Center, Albuquerque or in Santa Fe call:  424-0764

ENGAGED ENRICHMENT
Oct. 16-17 St. Charles, Albuq. Call: 884-7843;
Oct. 24-25,  Risen Saviour,Albuq. Call: 821-1571.

PRECANA OF SANTA FE:
Oct. 29-31.Call: 982-9139

PRECANA EN ESPANOL:
Nov.14 Call:242-3658

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT
Oct. 9-11,Oct. 16-18, Oct. 23- 25, Nov. 6-8. Call: 831-8117

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER.
Nov. 20-22. Call: 831-1182
 
 RETROUVAILLE (a program for troubled marriages)
 Next one Jan. 15-17 at Madonna Center, Albuq.  Call: 890-3495.

 

Miscellaneous
 
A Small Assisi in the Mountains of Thailand
   The Secular Franciscan Order is fairly new in Thailand, but a big step forward was taken with the dedication of the Chapel-St. Mary of the Angels of the Portiuncula in the mountains of Chiang Rai province. This took place on the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the patroness of the SFO. The chapel was built and donated by a member of the SFO to assist in catechetical study of th Akka hill tribe of the area and to help spread the life style and charism of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Remember When:
Mary Trujillo was professed in 1975 at Queen of Angels and has been an SFO for 23
years. (From the Nativity Parish Bulletin, August 1998)

What my mother taught me:
  Thinking on who has influenced me in my faith is my mother. She was a good Catholic and a good mother. When we were bad, she would never hit us, but she would say, “you are children of God.” Then she would make us kneel down and pray.
  This first thing that I remember her telling us when we were young is, “Pan, Tata Dios.” By the time that I was 8 years old, I knew all my prayers in Spanish, and she let me make my First Holy Communion. My mother used to teach catechism. She was always making novenas to the Santo Nono de Atocha and others. On the last day of the year, she would have a velorio. We prayed until midnight, thanking god for the old year, and then we prayed thanking God for the new year. We were taught to ask for God’s blessings. Our Blessed Mother’s Rosary was always prayed by her, and we always made it very long. When someone was expecting a baby, she would right away
make a novena to San Ramon. We were taught to also respect our elders, and we were
told to “always think before we speak.” I became sick with epilepsy when I was small, and she was afraid that I would die, so she gave me Holy Water to drink. The night that I had my first seizure, my father was away at work and my other was worried that I would die. When I was in the second grade, my family lived in a camp in the Sacrament Mountains where my father was a lumberjack. Every morning the train passed by our house at 5 a.m. with the logs. One morning a few of the logs came loose and rolled down the mountain and hit the corner of our house. Everybody was shaken, of course, but the only thing that was broken was a statue of St. Anthony. My mother said “Thank you God,” because if the logs had not hit the corner to the house they would have killed us all. God took my mother in July of 1993, a week before she was to turn 96 years old. She lived to see her children’s children to five generations.
 

 

In Order to Serve

    “May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.”
(From the Rite of Ordination of Deacons).
 
  Dear Brothers and Sisters,
  We have begun the long journey along that road which we hope to someday lead to our further service in the Church. Looks like a bit of work. The classes alone over the next four years look somewhat daunting but not impossible. It’ll be like going to college all over again! At least the
homework is much more interesting and the subject matter allows us to learn much more in depth about the Faith which we practice.
  An interesting finding was that all three of us first year candidates are professed secular franciscans. I found it interesting to be in similar company. Perhaps that will make it easier for all of us!
  After we returned home from that first weekend Andrea insisted that we pray the Liturgy of the Hours together in alternating choir. She was so impressed by the sense of community that a whole new richness was revealed. So now we at least do evening prayer when possible.
  We feel blessed and honored that God would lead us along this path. It’s amazing how God leads us to himself! Next month, my first attempt at writing a homily!
 Pax et Bonum,
 the Lente’s
 

 

Librarian

Remember, the library is open after the meetings!

Magazines:
  St. Anthony Messenger, Oct 1998. Cover                 story of 400 years of
Christianity in  New Mexico.
  The Cord,May/June 1998. Reflects on the  life of secular Franciscans today and
 the twentieth anniversay of the Rule- excellent! Every SFO needs to read!
 
Books:
  Tales of an Endishodi-edited by Fr. Murray  Bodo,OFM. A fascinating book for
 anyone interested in life among the  Navajo and the work of the Franciscan
 missionaries during the first half of  this century.
  Laborers of the Harvest-edited by Fr. Cormac Antram,OFM. A work depicting the
first 100 years of our Catholic and Franciscan presence on the Navajo reservation.
 
IN A RUSH? NO TIME TO READ?   We have tapes for check out as well.

The library remains an untapped resource for further growth in Franciscan reading!