St John the Beloved Apostle Fraternity meets the second Saturday of the month usually at St Mary’s Lyceum at 9 a.m. following mass at Basilica of St Mary in old town Alexandria.
St John the Beloved Apostle Fraternity Council members are Steve Piscitelli, Minister, Marcia Campbell, Vice Minister, Karen Connair, Secretary, Art Scarano, Treasurer, and Pat McGrath, Formation Director. Ruth Higgins and Marcia Campbell assist Pat McGrath as a formation team. Claudia Carpenter is Hospitality Chairperson.
Congratulate our newly professed member Comfort Lartey, ofs.
Also congratulate our new Inquirer Tom White, ofs who officially was received into our fraternity and became a candidate for his future profession at our February meeting.
Our next meeting will be March 10 at St Mary’s Lyceum. At the March meeting we will discuss nominations for our coming election.
Dates for Christ House apostolate will be announced along with prayer intentions in our monthly newsletter. At this time we are looking for volunteers to help with the serving of meals at Christ House on the third Saturday of the six months that we serve the poor; setup begins at 3 P.M and we go until two sessions of meals have been served and cleanup.
Our new apostolate involve Pro Life activities coordinated by Counselor Geneva Park, ofs and her husband Jim Park. Our apostolate supports Forty Days for Life web site calendar signup for Duke Street vigils, and prayer partner vigils at Whiting Street, rosary and other prayers to end abortion, support for free pregnancy tests/mobile ultrasound van, and Mercy free clinic for women. For more information call Geneva at (703) 768-5556.
We have appointed Counselor Rita Evans ofs to coordinate Food In Someone’s House (FISH) and Magnificat programs.
Quarterly Meetings will be TBD and announced via email and newsletter.
On April 7 many of our members will attend the annual meeting for Inquirers and Candidates at the Shrine of St Anthony in Ellicott City MD.
On April 14 we will be visited by representatives from St Margaret of Cortona Region and hold our triennial fraternity elections.
On April 21 we will have Regional elections at the Franciscan Monastery.
On May 12 we will move our meeting TBD due to first communion at the Basilica of St Mary.
As always we will attend the annual Transitus at the Franciscan Monastery at 7:30 P.M. to celebrate the Feast of our Holy Father St Francis of Assisi vigil on Oct 3, 2018. There will be no other meeting for the month of October.
Besides our regular fraternity meeting, there are two upcoming events of note both on Feb 24:
Franciscan Sisters will host a retreat at the Franciscan Monastery.
The Saint & the Sultan II from 9a.m. to 2p.m. at St Bernadette Catholic Church, Severn, MD.
On March 3, there will be a Day of Reflection by Bill Bouffard hosted by Little Flower Fraternity in Lutherville MD.
St Margaret of Cortona Regional Retreat at Priestfield is TBD
Reminder that the Padre Pio prayer group will meet every third Sunday at 2pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Please submit notice for upcoming events to Steve Piscitelli ofs at email@example.com as soon as possible and at least one month prior to the event.
Reminder: Please don’t forget to pray a daily rosary during Lent and offer intentions for our Holy Father, Holy Mother the Church, our Franciscan Clergy, Brothers, Sisters, Lay men and women, vocations to the religious life, our country’s leaders, and for the victims of the recent shooting at a high school in FL, in addition to all those on our monthy prayer list in the newsletter.