Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by Cristina Teehankee

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Secular Franciscans of our Parish invited as their guests of honor their brothers and sisters in Christ . . . the blind . . . the deaf . . . and the disabled . . . gathering them together last Sunday, September 28, 2014 in celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

During this time of the year, the Secular Franciscans look forward to share their time and service and rekindle their friendship with their little friends through the kindness and mission of the family of Bro. Ernie Chua Chiaco, OFS. The gathering in prayer that Sunday, celebrated the Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz who like St. Francis of Assisi was proud to be a Catholic, being centered on Christ in doing God’s will. The homily of Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM, OFS Spiritual Assistant was timely and appropriate, sharing the message of the Gospel to humbly regard others more important than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others.

That day, the Secular Franciscans prayed to our Almighty Jesus to continue to fill the hearts and minds of their little friends with love, peace and joy. That day, the Secular Franciscans were on active duty, opening their arms, joining their friends in Christ for brunch with warmth, hospitality and love at the Convento Garden. That day the Secular Franciscans were moved to action, doing their best . . . serving their disadvantaged brothers and sisters in Christ with love. That day we thanked our Almighty God for His blessings . . .