Autumn Leaf and Music Adventure in Lakewood, WI

by Sister Julie Ann on September 27, 2008


Albert Camus must have enjoyed a beautiful fall Wisconsin day much like Saturday, September 27, 2008 when he wrote, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

img_4625_1701.jpgEnjoying a glorious view of color every new turn on the road on this day, a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity music troupe traveled to picturesque Lakewood, WI for the Saturday evening Mass. Hauling a bass, a few guitars and a flute, the group also included singers, Pam Peasel and another young women in discernment with the community. Pastor Father David Schmidt and Associate Pastor Father Matthew Settle welcomed the Franciscan troubadours. The people gathered for the 4 p.m. Eucharist also prayed with full voices.

img_4616_1692.jpgSt. Mary of the Lakes parish had much to be grateful for in the last week. The congregation just recently welcomed Bishop David Ricken, newly installed Bishop of Green Bay, at last Sunday’s liturgy in which the construction mortgage on the 2005 Church was burned and the narthex was blessed.

After Mass, the musicians enjoyed a picnic supper at a near by roadside park. Needless to say, the Sisters enjoyed other spectacular views here and on the way home back to Manitowoc.

What fall scenes are a special memory for you?

2 thoughts on “Autumn Leaf and Music Adventure in Lakewood, WI”

  1. As the feast of St. Francis approaches, fall scenes recall festive celebrations at the Motherhouse, the college and then helping to make celebrations of the feast happen on local missions. As there is more darkness these fall days, memories of the Transitus of Francis, celebrated on the evening of Oct. 3, bring a renewed sense of my Franciscan heritage. The small lights of candles, praying the prayers that Francis prayed as death approached and then a quiet night keeping vigil before the great feast on October 4.
    This week brings another annual ritual in our parish: the blessing of animals. People delight in bringing their pets to the area in front of our church here at St. Raphael, Oshkosh. Amid yipes, meows, tweets and other animal sounds, the love Francis had for all of God’s creation is celebrated in a natural setting. People bring lawn chairs, a portable sound system is set up and all join in praising God’s bounty given us in creation and especially in these animals.
    Happy St. Francis Day to all!

  2. Fall scenes call to mind my first experience with this magical season of color–a great homey backyard view with a woods aflame with crimson shades.

    One of the above Franciscan band members that was welcomed in Lakewood, I am ever amazed at all the personal connections my own community has in our Church stops. Here there was a brother and sister-in-law of Sister Mariella, a school mate of Sister Francine who in turn knew others that have some affiliation, Mishicot and Two Rivers area visitors much like ourselves, and a Manitowoc Roncalli allumni whose brothers’ business continues to keep our Motherhouse cool. “It’s a small world after all” as well as a beautiful one filled with bonds of love.

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