The Friary Flyer Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Fort Worth, Texas We give and we receive JMJF Volunteers and Associates of The Friars January 2015 Vol. VII Issue I wasted little time falling back in the routine of greeting and mingling with old friends from St. Bens. To all Lay Associates, Volunteers, benefactors and friends of the Friars. Blessings and Grace for all throughout the New Year. Lay Associates Sister Gemma returned the following Wednesday and worked with the volunteers at St. Benedict’s spreading her cheerful presence to newcomers and all who knew her. Having Sister back with us, if only for a short time was a happy experience and will be a cherished memory. Any time you’re in town, Sister, we have a place for you at St. Benedict’s Mission. Back at the Friary, envelopes were being stuffed with great efficiency. This crew of stuffers, proficient in all aspects of folding, stamping, inserting and envelope licking got the job done with time left over. As we gathered for our November Lay Associates gettogether, those who were not able to attend in October, were able to renew their pledge for another year. Following Mass, members scattered in four different directions. Some went to Unity Park to mingle with our friends, some went to the Mission for clean-up, some stayed behind at the Friary to stuff envelopes and a few helped Brother Thomas spruce up the grounds around the Friary. We were all blessed by the presence of Sister Gemma Maria, CFR, who just three years ago was a volunteer at St. Thank you “Stuffers” for all your hard work. Meanwhile out in the back yard of the Friary, Brother Thomas and Benedict’s Mission. Sister returned for her home visit affriends were snipping, clipping, sawing and hauling ter her First Profession of Vows on December 8th. She St. Benedict’s Mission Helping those who cannot help themselves. The theme of the Mission is to help the needy. This is done in many ways throughout the days the Mission is open and manifests itself oftentimes in ways that cannot be seen. Whenever an act of Charity is seen by those present at the Mission, a lesson of kindness is witnessed and an impression is made on those who in turn can repeat the act. overgrown flora, tidying up the premises while the weather was still moderate for outdoor work. In the end, all things were cut and trimmed, raked and swept, filled and packed, “spruced up” and looking good. Brother Thomas is now a certified “outdoorsman” in the state of Texas and qualified to work on overgrown property utilizing the skills attained at the Friary. Nice work Brother. In serving with love we receive joy. The group that cleaned the Mission showed their creative side in decorating the premises for the Christmas season. A beautiful Nativity Set was donated by a benefactor and displayed with the tree to make a festive scene and bringing the Mission to life . This little touch of Christmas is hopefully meaningful to the visitors that frequent St. Benedict’s. It might be the only celebration they receive this time of year. We pray that it is enough to bring joy to their hearts and last throughout the year. Visitors to the Mission come in all sizes and their needs vary in many ways. Some come in and are satisfied just to get a good cup of coffee, while others are in need of something more substantial. Whatever the needs are, they are met with a smile and served with love. The faces of those served reflect the appreciation and some faces reflect chocolate. At the end of the day the Friars always thank us for volunteering our service at the Mission, however it is the volunteers who should thank the Friars for the opportunity to serve and receive all the benefits of joy. Thank you Good Friars for this opportunity.
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