Franciscan Sisters Offer 2 Ideas for the Conclusion of the Year of Faith

by Sister Julie Ann on November 24, 2013

How do you conclude a Year of Faith? While we wait for  Pope Francis’ encyclical on the Gospel of joy, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer two possible ‘good’ ideas.

  • Vatican II DocumentsSister Virgine Van Thull prepared a prayer ritual for the Sisters at  St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc, WI for Saturday, November 24, 2013 with inspiration from Father Peter Comeron’s work in the Magnificat, November issue and Magnificat Year of Faith issue. It includes enthroning the Word of God, and remembering the significance of the Documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here’s a snippet of that prayer service…

Fifty years ago we had the opening of the Second Vatican Council and 20 years ago we had the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

[Vatican II Documents and Catholic Catechism are carried in and  placed with the Bible]

During this year we have been asked to renew our personal relationship with Jesus and to recommit Jesus Opening the Doorourselves to the Church.  Each day we are called to read, reflect, and pray with the Scriptures and to nourish and strengthen our faith through the Holy Eucharist.  The Holy Father has summoned us “to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy … of this encounter with Christ.”

  • Consider listening to a song for your personal reflection as you ‘step into the light’ of living your faith. Click here.

Inspired by the Holy Father’s message of living our faith with true joy,  enjoy “Open The Door” (Abrir a Porta),  a unique collaboration of the Franciscana Costa collective, musicians from the United States, Brazil and Latin America. Listen to both the contemplative and the discernment versions of the song!

2 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Offer 2 Ideas for the Conclusion of the Year of Faith”

  1. Sister Charleen says:

    We had a beautiful Mass last night for Christ the King and the closing of the Year of Faith. We also had a Eucharistic procession around the block and Benediction at the end. Our Filipino priest got a canopy from the Philipines to cover the Blessed Sacrament. It is beautiful. Luckily it arrived right before the hurricane hit.

  2. We closed our Year of Faith here at the Motherhouse with a Gospel litany that inspired me to review the happenings in my personal life over the past year as well as the developments in our Church, especially the election of Pope Francis. What a year it has been. With Dag Hammarskjold I can say, “For all that has been, thanks. To all that shall be, yes.”

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