As a Franciscan, I've asked this question many times. Here, at last, are the pope's own words, offered during a talk to the journalist who covered the conclave.
“Some people didn't know why the Bishop of Rome wanted to call himself 'Francis'. Some though of Francis Xavier, Francis de Sales, even Francis of Assisi. I will tell you the story. At the election I had the archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo next to me. He is also prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes [O.F.M.]: a dear, dear friend. When things were getting a little 'dangerous', he comforted me. And then, when the votes reached the two-thirds, there was the usual applause because the Pope had been elected. He hugged me and said: 'Do not forget the poor.' And that word stuck here [tapping his forehead]; the poor, the poor. Then, immediately in relation to the poor I thought of Francis of Assisi. Then I thought of war, while the voting continued, until all the votes [were counted]. And so the name came to my heart:: Francis of Assisi. For me he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who love and safeguards Creation. In this moment when our relationship with Creation is not so good—right?—He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man … Oh, how I wish for a Church that is poor and for the poor!”
The Parish Finance Council has prepared an update on how we are doing with our BAA drive. As of Mar. 28:
We have raised $7340 of our $8341 goal. That is 88% of goal. We only need $1001 more!
Of our 76 households (official), 50 have pledged or donated. That is 66%.
Besides the 50 so far, we know that several have donated after that date.
The full report can be read here.
Parish Finance Council (Jane Heying, Oscar Brinckmann, Jean Hawkins, Jeydon Lilliston)
Nativity's liturgy commission met Thursday evening, April 4th. Here are the highlights of the meeting:
1. We evaluated the liturgies and activities of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, including Confirmation
2. Future plans
3. Commissioning of liturgical ministers
4. Workshops for the liturgical ministers
Next meeting: Sunday, August 25 at 12:30
Some of our eager workers
A dozen or more parishioners and others came by the parish hall to prepare food for our booth at the Blessing of the Fleet. It was a good day's work!
We still need more workers Thursday and Friday!
Please come help if you can. (Cf. the article below.) Thank you in advance. - The food committee
Monday evening we held a meeting to coordinate plans for our parish booth at Darien's Blessing of the Fleet, April 12-14, 2013. Things are coming along, but there is still much work to be done!
1. WORKERS NEEDED TO PREPARE THE FOOD
Our hard working food committee will be working all week in the parish hall to get the egg rolls (lumpias) and barbecue sticks ready on time. We need workers:
2. CALL FOR MATERIALS
We still need the following:
3. BOOTH WORKERS NEEDED
This project is quite a challenge. It will take a big effort from the whole parish. We especially need volunteer workers for Friday night and Saturday night. Can you take a shift at the booth? The committee will show you what you need to do.
4. ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 7:00 PM
The churches of McIntosh County are working hard to keep the "blessing" in the Blessing of the Fleet. Come pray with us! Place: First Credit Hill Baptist Church in Townsend. Preacher: Fr. Bob. Address: 4693 State Hwy 251
5. NEXT PLANNING MEETING: APRIL 11
The Pastoral Council will meet as regularly scheduled on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm. This will be the final planning meeting / team meeting for our booth project! All parishioners are invited to attend.
Thank you for making Holy Week and Easter so special. You are truly a great parish!
Fr. Bob & Georg Trexler
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