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October 4. 2012

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 Penance. 


In 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

Carl and LeeCarl 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.


Carl 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 deeply missed.


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,

Fr. Rob


 Photo of the Week

Francis and the Wolf  


Thanksgiving 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!



Upcoming Eventsl.




Sunday, October 7 at 3pm.



10am: Prayer & Thanks

10:30: Bible Study

11am: Communion



7pm: Meditation Group



7am  Prayers and Communion

8am Breakfast at Coco's


































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