FRANCISCANS OF FORT LAUDERDALE
CELEBRATING 12 YEARS AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY
We are a progressive, catholic community, where ALL ARE WELCOME.
"I’m interested in going to church but don’t know where to start.
Getting started with anything new is never easy.
One option would be to go to church with someone you know who does go. You could sit with them and they could help you by explaining what happens and so on. Perhaps they might introduce you to some others who are there.
If you’d rather go on your own then just plan to arrive five to ten minutes before the starting time. If you are feeling shy you can sit near the back or ask the greeter to seat you and you will often be introduced to a couple of people around you.
It’s also good if you’re new to a church to say hello to people you’ve never met before. Churches can be very friendly places and most folks are only too glad to be of help or to answer any questions that you might have.
The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare seeks to actively engage all people in the celebrations of life and community in the Catholic tradition. We take seriously the freedom of faith and conscience of the individual. We strive to be an inviting and participatory Church, open to diversity, accompanying people in their life journey, a gathering of communities that is constantly being renewed, a Church that offers a home and protection, where each person can receive and live out their faith without fear. Our decisions are made by laity, clergy and bishop working together. Our faith is celebrated together, rooted in tradition, open to the future. We warmly encourage you to look at our many resources so that you may better understand our household of faith.
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OF ST. FRANCIS AND CLARE
• We perform marriages at our church or a location special to you. We work with you to make this the beautiful and blessed event that it is intended to be.
• We officiate at funerals and memorial services, making this sacred time meaningful to those who both mourn and celebrate the passing on of our loved ones.
• We graciously baptize both children and adults and welcome them into God’s family.
• We offer the rite of reconciliation, as well as all the other sacraments.
• A special mission is the blessing of animals and grief counseling for those who have to say goodbye to their long time companions.
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NEW WORDS BEFORE COMMUNION "Lord, I was not worthy that you should come to me but you have said the word and I have been healed".
When we say we are not worthy, we are also saying that we do not want the responsibility. When we receive communion, we are stating that we are also accepting the responsibility of being a Christian. We say " I am not worthy. . ." and yet we come up to receive...why if we are not worthy?
We, the family of the Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare are a Catholic, Christian community that reaches to all God’s people by providing a living witness to all called from various and diverse backgrounds – all are welcome to the table of Jesus. As followers of Francis, we are called to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of every person as God’s gift to us. In the spirit of Franciscan joy , we go forth to proclaim the Good News – using words if necessary.
We want to welcome the entire community enjoy the warmth and love of our parish by participating in the sacramental life of the Church; especially who have been turned away by others.
We are a Gospel based Catholic Community that truly strives through worship, ministry, and service to live, grow, and be challenged by the message of Jesus Christ.
Here all are welcome no matter what your race, language, or creed, no matter what your orientation or marriage situation, no matter where your journey has led you.
You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected at Parish of Sts. Francis and Clare.
Come .. live, grow and be challenged by the message!
“THOSE WHOM HE CURED, WHO WERE VARIOUSLY AFFLICTED, WERE MANY, AND SO WERE THE DEMONS HE EXPELLED.”
Fr. Raymond Brown wrote: “. . . working within the worldview of his time, Jesus, by driving out demons in his process of healing, is indicating that sickness is not simply a bodily ailment but is a manifestation of the power of evil in the world. . . suffering, tears, disasters and death are representative of alienation from God and of evil. . . the very existence of such factor indicates the incompletion of God’s plan.”
In the Gospel of Mark, we are told that the crowd came to Peter’s mother-law’s house and he cured them. We do not hear about who came, how he healed them or what he healed them of. Dis that beg to be healed? Did they allow the sickest to go first? Mark gives no instructions on how to behave or on what to say.
But, is it all that easy? “. . . no healing, no gift from God comes without some conditions.” William Faulkner once wrote. “The past is not dead –it is not ever past.” This sets the context for God’s condition. The past is not dead. Another southern writer, Flannery O’Connor, wrote in a short story about a father asking forgiveness from his son. The father states; I did not trust you, but please forgive me and forget it.” To which the son replied; “I’ll forget it, but you better not forget it.”
The past is not dead. . .it is not even past. . .the present is the totality of what went before. The acid of our past etches the metal of the present.
Even though we are healed, we still carry the scars that should remind us that we have wondered where we should not have gone. God asks that we remember that. God offers us healing, but that healing must be total me in the past, present, and future. God’s healing should make our lives a celebration of second chances and our prayer should be; “O God of second chances, here I am again.”
Peace and All God
Fr. Vinnie, osf
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