SVD General Chapter participants meet and listen to Pope Francis
A special audience with the Pope has always been one of the highlights of the General Chapter of the Society of the Divine Word. For the 18th General Chapter this event took place on 22 June 2018 in the Pope Clemens VIII Hall at the Vatican. At 1 pm, Pope Francis appeared with a bright smile before the 155-member contingent of SVD priests, brothers and lay partners, who were equally enthusiastic to see him.
After a brief introduction by Father General Superior, Pope Francis proceeded to deliver a talk in Spanish that corresponded with the theme of the General Chapter, “‘The Love of Christ impels us’ (2 Cor 5:14): Rooted in the Word, Committed to His Mission.” In addition to reminding the members of the Society about the missionary nature of the Pauline phrase which was selected for the theme of the Chapter, Pope Francis made his exhortations with three concise points.
God, our Father, Creator and Lord of the Universe, you have set the earth on its foundation and all elements of nature obey your command. You give food to all flesh, cover the heavens with clouds, and provide rain to the earth ─ We humbly beseech you Lord, Most High, to keep us safe from all dangers and to calm all the storms of life that threaten us: especially the attack of whirlwinds and tornadoes, the calamity and destruction of hurricanes, the din and damage of hail storms, the striking of thunderbolts and lightning, and the devastation of floods and tidal waves.May we be secure in your loving protection, seek your Will in all our experiences, and serve you always with grateful hearts. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
KNEELERS IN THE VARIOUS CHURCHES
We are kindly requesting your cooperation to safeguard our church pews and kneelers, during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, prayers and meditation. After communion please put down and lift up the kneelers very softly and gently as your fellow parishioners are praying or meditating.
Parishioners are also kindly asked not to bend the Hymnals
or the pages as markers while using them.
Body and Soul Band extends a warm welcome to all parishioners who love to sing and would like to share their talent with others to join the group. Interested persons please call Fedlyn Lloyd at 580-2895 or Ann Joseph at 527-3895.
Parents who are interested in letting their children join The Little Friends of Jesus Choir, please contact Yolette Hasink at 581- 6615 or Ann Joseph at 5273895.
Couples planning for their church wedding during the months of October 2017 to February 2018 are encouraged to register before October 1, 2017 at the Center of Catechesis in the Parish Hall in Backstreet. Preparation classes are scheduled to start in the 2nd. week of October2017.