MASS SCHEDULE – WEEK XI.13 TRINITY (August 12, 2013)
12, St. Clare of Assisi
16, Feria (No Mass Today)
+ Monday Morning Bible Study Resumes…from Monday, September 9 through Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Undercroft. The first few weeks will be a general overview of how the Bible fits together. We will take a brief look at all sixty-six books of the Bible and see how they relate to each other and what the common threads are throughout. After that, a study will begin using the book “The Power of Knowing God” by Kay Arthur. This is a “no-homework” study and all Biblical probing will be done together in class. This eye-opening study will help you gain a truer understanding of God’s character and ways so that you can view the circumstances of our world with Biblical eyes. The book costs $12.98 when ordered online from www.precept.org. The last few weeks of the fall term will be looking at what the Bible has to say about “Witnessing”, or sharing our faith with others. This study will concentrate on the book of Acts. For further information about the fall term, please contact Priscilla King, 540-456-6458, [email protected]
+Clare Offreduccio, born in 1194, was the daughter of a wealthy family in Assisi. When she was eighteen years old, she heard a sermon by St. Francis of Assisi, and was moved by it to follow the example of the Franciscan brothers and vow herself to a life of poverty. Her family was horrified, and brought her back home by force; but one night, in a gesture both tactical and symbolic, she slipped out of her house through “the door of the dead” (a small side door that was traditionally opened only to carry out a corpse) and returned to the house of the Franciscans. Francis cut off her hair, and placed her in a nearby convent. Later a house was found for her, and she was eventually joined by two of her sisters, her widowed mother, and several members of the wealthy Ubaldini family of Florence. Clare’s best friend, Pacifica, could not resist, and joined them, too.
The sisters of her order came to be known informally as Minoresses (Franciscan brothers are Friars Minor = “lesser brothers”) or as Poor Clares. When the order was formed, Francis suggested Clare for the Superior. But she refused the position until she turned twenty-one. They devoted themselves to prayer, nursing the sick, and works of mercy for the poor and neglected.
They adopted a rule of life of extreme austerity (more so than of any other order of women up to that time) and of absolute poverty, both individually and collectively. They had no beds. They slept on twigs with patched hemp for blankets. Wind and rain seeped through cracks in the ceilings. They ate very little, with no meat at all. Whatever they ate was food they begged for. Clare made sure she fasted more than anyone else. Despite this way of life, or perhaps because of it, the followers of Clare were the most beautiful young girls from the best families of Assisi. The community of Poor Clares continues to this day, both in the Roman and in the Anglican communions.
+ All Saints’ Men’s Group will meet Tuesday August 13, 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers!
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.