St. Francis of Assisi
The Church of the Home
One of the most recognizable and loved saints in our Catholic tradition is St. Francis of Assisi.
On Monday, the church will celebrate the memorial of this Italian friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher.
There are many ways to honor St. Francis:
Bless pets and other animals
pray the many prayers attributed to him (click here for prayers)
donate items in order to downsize or detach from worldly comforts
eat St Francis Almond Cookies (click here for recipe)
Franciscan Media has a large collection of articles and videos for you to learn more about St. Francis and how you can embrace the Franciscan way of life.
Here are two more websites that help bring St. Francis to your life today:
On Sunday, Resurrection was planning on celebrating St. Francis with an outdoor Mass and the blessing of pets.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature has decided to she'd like to shower the earth with rain for the plants and animals. That means the 10:30 Mass will be indoors and the pet blessing will take place afterward.
If you are unable to bring pets on Sunday, you can bless them at home with this prayer:
Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures.
You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this pet.
By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan.
May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.
Join us for Mass this weekend in person at 4:oo on Saturday, 8:30 or 10:30 on Sunday, on www.gbres.org/live, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
How can the child within you direct your words and actions in becoming a presence of love? Join Sr. Marla as she reflects on how we welcome others in this Sunday's Scripture readings.
This Weekend's Bulletin
(click to read)
October EPH Church Update
Bumps in the Road.
Allie and her three children stepped into one of EPH’s transitional homes late last year. The children had been missing school, and she needed someone who could help without judgement. Allie and her case manager developed goals and started down the path toward self-sufficiency.
Early on there were bumps in the road. Allie was exposed to COVID, quarantined, and her mother passed away. Yet each setback made her a bit stronger.
Once Allie saved enough to pay off all of her previous eviction debts, she found a landlord willing to give her a chance. Then her car broke down – another bump in the road. Fortunately, the auto shop agreed to repair the car so she could get to work, but delayed payment until her next paycheck.
According Allie’s case manager, “Allie was a good example of how it often ‘takes a village.’ Allie was supported not only by EPH, but also Catholic Charities, an understanding landlord, the auto shop, and an anonymous donor who helped with her security deposit.”
As a partnership church, you are also part of the “village” that supported Allie on her path to self-sufficiency. Thank you for being a blessing to Allie, her three children, and all of the families served through our partnership.
Visit ephgb.org for the full story.
EPH Volunteer Opportunities
Furniture and/or appliance pickups/deliveries on Thursdays
Help with hauling items from the Martha Closet to the supply closet at the office.
Help organizing a garage and putting up some shelves.
Help hauling carpet/garbage to the dump and some items taken to the restore.
Fence repair project at Isaiah home.
Someone to check garages for ice melt and shovels as prep for winter months.
Skilled/semi-skilled computer technician to help with some random IT and computer questions at the office.
If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions,
contact Wendy Nasgovitz
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
Welcome to Our Newest Parish Family Members
Recent Loss in Our Parish Family
Due to rain in the forecast, the outdoor Mass with pet blessing has been canceled. Fr Tom will still bless pets under the canopy by the main church entrance. Bring your pet anytime between 11:30 and Noon.
Who is the patron saint
of security cameras?
St Francis of a CCTV
Saint Francis of Assisi was a Catholic friar who gave up a life of wealth to live a life of poverty. He established the Franciscan Order of friars and the women's Order of the Poor Ladies. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He grew up leading a privileged life as the son of a wealthy cloth merchant.
Go to the YouTube below to learn more about St. Francis and his love for animals and people.
This week was so great! I had a chance to play at Res and join the staff meeting.
Do you know what a belly button is? I didn’t when this week started. I’m so furry, I didn’t know if I had one!
While reading together this weekend’s readings, Katie asked the question: Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons? Some people said yes, some people said no, but Katie and Jenni went to look for what history tells us! Did you know there isn’t a clear answer? In the book Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons? By Matthew J. Pinto he said that it’s a rare question we have to ask when we go to heaven. There are many guesses, what is yours? Maybe Matthew J Pinto is right when he says the better question might be, if they did…is it an innie or outie?
I was thinking, do you have any questions that you want answers to? I know sometimes I feel silly asking some of my questions, but everyone on the staff is always so helpful, and it’s a lot of fun to hear them talk about topics. Tony said maybe we should invite people to ask the questions that come to mind as they read scripture, I think we should, I can’t be the only one with questions, right?
I send my love, and I hope to see you all at the pet blessing on Sunday morning!
PS…is anyone bringing an animal without a belly button?