On this day in 1950, Saint Teresa of Calcutta founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order of Catholic women dedicated both to prayer and caring for the poor and dying, first in the slums of India, and then throughout the world. She came to India in 1929 to become a member of the missionary Sisters of Loreto, and taught in their schools. According to the Franciscan Media Website, “In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as ‘a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.’ She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and instead, to ‘follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.’”  From a simple beginning 70 years ago, the Missionaries of Charity grew to include 5,167 religious sisters in 2020.   There are many apocryphal (inspirational, but untrue) stories about this tiny woman whose impact on the church and the world is immeasurable. She is also given credit for things she never actually said.  Her actual life story and genuine quotations do, and will continue to, motivate people today.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DEACON JAY is seriously sick and hospitalized following a heart attack Sunday night.  Family, friends, concerned parishioners and clergy are not allowed to visit him. However, we can comfort him with our prayers and pray that he be restored to health.

Please pray for Deacon Jay, Sherylann, and their family during this crisis.

Almighty and Eternal God,

You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You.

Hear us for Your sick servant Deacon Jay

for whom we implore the aid of Your tender mercy,

that being restored to bodily health,

he may give thanks to You in Your Church.

Through Christ our Lord.

 

FAITH FORMATION classes are being held at 9:45 AM Sunday morning according to the released schedule. God Bless, and see you soon! Click here: https://stfrancis-wv.org/faith-formation-2020-2021.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Parish organizations and groups begin meeting again providing hand sanitizer is applied when entering, face masks are worn, distance of at least six feet is observed, and no food or drink is provided.  De Sales Hall is available for SCHOOL USE ONLY.   The Parking Center/Knights of Columbus Hall can be scheduled with the office.

– The Ladies of Saint Francis meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:45 AM.

— The Knights of Columbus meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:15 PM.

 

SELECTED SCRIPTURES:

He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”

– Matthew 13:31-32

Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothed you? When did we see you ill or in prison, visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, I solemnly assure you, whatever you did for one of these least ones, you did for me.’

— Matthew 25:34-40

 

SAINTLY SAYINGS:

God is in love with us and keeps using you and me to light the light of love in the world. Let His light of truth be in your life so that God can continue loving the world through you and me. Put your heart into being a bright light.

Each time people come into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God’s love.

Everything starts with prayer. Love to pray – feel the need to pray often during the day and take the trouble to pray. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. The more you pray, the easier it becomes. Perfect prayer does not consist of many words but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus.

What is necessary is to continue to love. How does a lamp burn, if it is not by the continuous feeding of little drops of oil? When there is no oil, there is no light and the bridegroom will say: “I do not know you.” Dear friends, what are our drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things from everyday life: the joy, the generosity, the little good things, the humility and the patience. A simple thought for someone else. Our way is to be silent, to listen, to forgive, to speak and to act. That are the real drops of oil that make our lamps burn vividly our whole life.

 

POEM, PRAYER and HYMN of the DAY: Lord of all Being, Throned Afar

Lord of all being, throned afar,

thy glory flames from sun and star;

center and soul of every sphere,

yet to each loving heart how near!

 

Sun of our life, thy quickening ray

sheds on our path the glow of day;

star of our hope, thy softened light

cheers the long watches of the night.

 

Our midnight is thy smile withdrawn,

our noontide is thy gracious dawn,

our rainbow arch thy mercy’s sign;

all, save the clouds of sin, are thine.

 

Lord of all life, below, above,

whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,

before thy ever-blazing throne

we ask no luster of our own.

 

Grant us thy truth to make us free,

and kindling hearts that burn for thee,

till all thy living altars claim

one holy light, one heavenly flame.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician, author, and poet died on this day in 1892

 

FOR FUN:

Q:       Have you heard about the pharmaceutical company that developed a new drug which, when administered to women, caused them to go join a convent?

A:        The FDA refused to license it, though. Seems it was habit-forming.

 

Q:       Did you hear the one about the man who opened a dry-cleaning business next door to the convent?

A:        He knocked on the door and asked the Mother Superior if she had any dirty habits.

 

A highway patrol officer stopped a car that was traveling extra slowly on the freeway.

“Sister, the speed limit on this freeway is 65 MPH,” he said to the habited nun who was driving.  “You were going 22 miles per hour.” “I’m sorry, officer, but we thought we saw a lot of signs that had ’22” on them,” replied the nun.  “Those indicate the highway number,” the officer pointed out.  As he turned away, he noticed three nuns in the back seat who were pale and shaking. “Sisters, is anything wrong?” “Oh, no thank you officer.  We just got off Highway 127.”

 

Sister Mary was truly a religious woman. Besides her duties as a nun, she was also very active in various hospitals visiting sick patients and taking care of all their needs. So, it was no surprise that one day when she ran out of gas, the only container she could find to put the gas into was a bedpan. Sister Mary happily walked two blocks to the closest gas station filled up the bedpan with gas and headed back to her car. Luck would have it that as Sister Mary started tipping the gas into the fuel tank, the traffic light turned red and she had quite a large audience witnessing the spectacle. Just when she finished pouring in the last drops of gas a fellow opened up his window and hollered, “I swear! If that car starts, I’m gonna start back to church again!”