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November 2002

Secular Franciscan Order: Holy Spirit Fraternity
Canberra, Australia


Fraternity Meeting. Next meeting will be on the 4th Friday of November - Nov 22 - at St Matthews Page and Howard will lead the prayer.

Vocation Promotion Workshops. Martin and Cec went down to Waverley for the Vocation Promotion Workshop. Martin and Rex will be driving down to Leeton on the 23rd November for that Workshop which has been organised by Martin. We pray that all those travelling do so in safety.

Diocesan Gathering. Several members of the fraternity will be attending the 'Many but One' Gathering being held at Merici College on the 23rd November. Cec will be giving a short presentation on the Secular Franciscan Order and our fraternity. Everyone is invited to attend, if possible.

Day of Reflection. Day of Reflection will take place on Saturday 14 December starting at 9:30 at Saint John Vianney's in Waramanga. Program:

9:30 Office
10:00 Fr Mario's input
10:20 Morning tea
10:30 Fr Mario will be available for reconciliation/talk, etc. 15 minutes has been allocated for each person. There will be a sheet of paper with times for people to put their name.
12:00 Mass
12:30 Shared lunch
1:30 Fr Mario's input
2:00 Reconciliation as per morning
3:30 Afternoon tea
4:00 Finish

The theme for the day in Fr Mario's input will focus on personal prayer in our life today. How do we pray? How do we listen? What was Francis' way of praying and how does it differ from other spiritualities?

Picnic. An end of the year, or better still, a start of the year picnic will take place on Wednesday 22 January at Uriarra Crossing starting at 4:40pm. We will be at the picnic grounds: turn left before bridge. We will try to find a spot towards the right end of the grounds as you face the river. For further information call Hélène.


Celebrations. In December, in addition to the great feasts of the season, we celebrate:

In January, we celebrate:


"Please remember to pray for vocations: Gracious God, we pray that men and women might respond generously to Your call to ministry in the Church; --- And may You increase our Franciscan community by calling those dedicated to penance and the Gospel life."

Council Meeting. Next council meeting will be arranged by telephone.

Input for the Canberra Franciscan and requests to Jack Smith : phone +61-2-6258 3824