We will be serving the meal at St. Ben's Community Meal Program on Sunday, March 5 with the members of the parish. Please arrive at 4:30 p.m. to St. Benedict the Moor, 1015 N 9th St, Milwaukee.
We will gather in Cardinal Lounge (NOT the Board Room) on Monday, February 22 at 6:15 p.m. We will examine Reflections 33 and 34 of To Live as Francis Lived. You are welcome to join us!
We will be discussing Reflection 31 and 32 in To Live as Francis Lived at our Initial Formation meeting on Monday, January 25. We meet at 6:15 in the Board Room.
If you plan to participate in the Day of Recollection, please contact Barb to let her know and to decide what to bring for dinner to share.
Day of Recollection
Sunday, 17 January 2016
Schedule of the Day
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
2:00 – 3:00 Presentation
5:00 Common Meditation
5:30 Solemn Vespers
6:00 Supper – provided by the Secular Franciscans
From Fr. Kim: We ask our guests to please either arrive before Morning Prayer (8:00 a.m., with Mass following at 8:30 a.m.) or at 9:30 a.m. when Mass will have been completed. Thank you.
Reminder for any who can join to stop in at the union for coffee or a bite to eat anytime between 5-6pm. We have a couple things to talk about as we head into 2016 now and for our ongoing formation we’ll be discussing the 1st half of chapter 4 (the social dimension of evangelization). Plan on roughly sections 177-216. A few questions to chew on….
1. To “proclaim the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15) requires us to “be concrete” and be concerned with the building of a better world. What is your response to those who say that religion is only a private affair and that it exists only to prepare souls for heaven (sections 176-185)?
2. In what ways an we show solidarity with the poor, more than by simply offering “a few sporadic acts of generosity”? How are we allowing ourselves to be evangelized by the poor? How are we directing pastoral care to the poor (sections 186-201)?
3. How is the Church working to remove “structural causes of poverty”? How can our parish (fraternity) participate in this effort (sections 202-208)?
4. How is our local Catholic culture sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable? How are we building awareness for the plight of the homeless, the addicted, the elderly, the victims of human trafficking, and the unborn? How are we increasing our awareness of the impact of our own live on the environment and the lives of those around us (sections 209-216)?
Charlie Neuman, OFS had his first Mercy Mat blessed by Fr. David at St. Ben's. We will begin our contributions to this important ministry at our Fraternal Gathering on Wednesday night, Dec. 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel, then onto the Board Room at 6:20. Please bring plastic bags, scissors, rotary cutters, and cutting mats, if you have them. Or just willing hands to participate!
If you are able to bring and food donations they will be given to to the House of Peace as part of their collection in support of families in need this Christmas.
Question was asked if we'll be doing the Joy of the Gospel. Not quite sure - I'd suggest reading sections 176-202 in the hopes that our conversation turns toward the social dimension of evangelization as we join in service.
We talked at our last fraternal gathering about helping out at St. Ben's Community Meal Program together as a fraternity. If you are able to make it on Sunday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m. to St. Ben's a at 1015 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, please let Charlie Neuman know.
Reflection 29 and 30 of To Live as Francis Lived are the subjects of our Initial Formation gathering on Monday, November 23, 2015. We will meet in the Board Room at 6:15.
For our ongoing formation during the November 11 Fraternal Gathering, we will be looking at the section on The Proclamation of the Gospel from paragraphs 144-175 in The Joy of the Gospel.
Here are some questions to consider as you prepare for the discussion:
1. How do you prepare your heart each Sunday so that you are disposed to listen, both to the biblical readings and to the homily? 144-159
2. Have you ever accompanied others in their walk with the Lord? What did it require? 169-175