On the Franciscan Vocation Road to Stockbridge, WI

by Sister Julie Ann on October 16, 2010

After loading a string bass, keyboard, a few guitars, a Tanzanian drum, stand, flute  and binders of sheet music into vans, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity took a road trip on October 16, 2010 to St. Mary of the Seven Dolores Faith Community, Stockbridge, WI to pray  and witness religious life.

St. Mary Church, Stockbridge, WI Baptism

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity led the music at an Oct. 16, 2010 Eucharistic Liturgy that included two infant baptisms.

Music Outreach (as we practically refer to it) happens once a month most months of the year on a Saturday evening which means showing up for a Sunday liturgy ready to play and sing. Our travels have taken us to smaller parishes in the Green Bay, Milwaukee and Marquette Catholic Dioceses.  It is a Franciscan journey we enjoy and includes our Postulants and Novices. (Follow the links to read vocation stories and Sister Monica’s blog!)

The first person to meet us after our 40 mile trek was pastor, Father Philip Dinh-Van-Thiep. After initial greetings and a bit of practice time, imagine our delight to be present for two infant baptisms.  Later, Jim Fett, CEO at our Franciscan Community sponsored St. Paul Elder Services, Inc. in Kaukauna, WI. and his wife Barbara,  invited all of us and our Sisters serving at St. Paul’s to their home for dinner after Mass. What a wonderful way to continue the Eucharist around another table with friends.

The title of Mary Mother of Sorrows, or Seven Dolores, originated in 1814. Pope Pius VII extended the celebration to the whole of the Latin Church. It was assigned to the third Sunday in September. Later in  1913, Pope Pius X moved the feast to September 15, the day after the Feast of the Cross.

Since we Franciscans tend to dwell on the seven joys of Mary, it was great to review another scriptural perspective via the stain glass windows in church.

  • The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34)
  • The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
  • The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43)
  • Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary. (Luke 23:26)
  • Jesus Dies on the Cross. (John 19:25)
  • Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms. (Matthew 27:57)
  • The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb. (John 19:40)
  • 8 thoughts on “On the Franciscan Vocation Road to Stockbridge, WI”

    1. Anne Marie Lom says:

      These pictures are outstanding. The tenderness of interactions, the joy on faces, the beauty of the church and the vibrant colors all add to the information and inspiration of the article. Thank you for the music outreach and for sharing it with us.

    2. Leslie (postulant) says:

      This was a wonderful night. I can't wait for the next music outreach night. It is a wonderful way to connect with other people from the diocese.

    3. Sweetsue64 says:

      I was able to go on one Music Outreach and truly enjoyed it. I think it is a wonderful way to connect with people and make our presence known and share our Franciscan Joy. St. Francis was always joyfully sing the praises of our God. Continued blessings on this journey.

    4. Sister Monica (novice) says:

      The music outreach was wonderful….looks like a great parish! I loved the dinner afterward too, just warm hospitality and a lot of fun!

    5. sisterjune says:

      The music ministry is a wonderful program that teaches the novices and postulants that our community is not only a praying community but one that reaches out to the people of the parishes.

    6. srsharon says:

      Praise the LORD! What a unique way of reaching & sharing with God's people by offering your services in the music ministry. Thank you for sharing your God-given talents!

    7. Sr. Delores says:

      How wonderful… The pictures say alot. Thanks to all and God bless all.

    8. Srosangela says:

      How great you could take part in this and share it with all of us. I appreciate all that you do. God surely gives you a lot of energy to carry on His work. May He continue to give you the strength you need.

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