Happy St. Francis Day! May the example of
Francis encourage your heart to offer thanks for the beauty of God's
creation and compassion for all God's creatures.
Blessings and much love,
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 - died: October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women's Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis.
Though he was never ordained into the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi,
and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man,
even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in
1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he
lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he begged with the beggars at St. Peter's. The
experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home,
began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His order
was endorsed by Pope Innocent III in
1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which was an enclosed
order for women, as well as the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of
1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan. By
this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its
primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned
to Italy to organize the order. Once his organization was endorsed by
the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223,
Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene. In 1224, he
received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died in 1226 while preaching Psalm 141.
[From a Wikipedia article]
Reminder of the Memorial
for Carl Pischel
went to be with the Lord last Friday, September 21. Lee and the family
had gathered around Carl and I was asked to come and pray with him
before he died. It was a beautiful time of prayer and thanksgiving and
blessing. We were able to surround Carl with love and help bring him
peace for the journey.
was a longtime member of Emmanuel, as far back as the YMCA days. He has
served on Vestry, shared in home groups, ministered through the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and celebrated at SAGE gatherings. He will be
The Memorial Service for Carl will be Sunday, October 7 at 3pm. There will be a reception in the parish hall afterwards.
Please keep Lee and the family in your prayers.
May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
With love in Christ,
Photo of the Week
for a funny, poignant, worshipful, and uplifting service last Sunday.
Here's a little view of the funny: reenactment of the story of St.
Francis and the taming of the Wolf of Gubbio. Wonderful service,
wonderful feast, fellowship and petting zoo, wonderful support by the
generous hearts and hands of so many Emmanuelites!
MEMORIAL FOR CARL PISCHEL
Sunday, October 7 at 3pm.
10am: Prayer & Thanks
10:30: Bible Study
7pm: Meditation Group
7am Prayers and Communion
8am Breakfast at Coco's