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The Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) is a branch of the world-wide Franciscan Family. We are single and married. Some of us are diocesan clergy. We work, worship and play in the community where we live.

The SFO was established by St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago. Our purpose is to bring the gospel to life where we live and where we work. We look for practical ways to embrace the gospel in our lives and try to help others to do likewise.

A local group of Secular Franciscans is probably meeting near you. Please use this map to locate your closest fraternity or feel free to contact one of the members of our Regional Executive Council who will be happy to put you in touch with a Fraternity near you.

About our region

All local Secular Franciscan fraternities in the United States are organized into one of 30 regions. The Saint Katharine Drexel Region includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. There are currently 27 local fraternities in the region. We are under the patronage of St. Katharine Drexel, who was a Secular Franciscan and whose feast we celebrate on March 3rd.

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Sight and Sound Theater presents free version of their show Jesus

Special thanks to Beth DeLuca, OFS, from St. Maximilian Kolbe for sharing this one!  I saw the show last Fall at the Sight and Sound Theater.  Magnificent production!  If the link isn’t working, copy and paste it into your browser.  IT IS AVAILABLE ON EASTER WEEKEND

https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

 

Divine Mercy Novena in English and Spanish

Divine Mercy novena goes digital as prayers to end pandemic continue

The Triduum with Dan Schutte

The Triduum with Dan Schutte

https://www.ncronline.org/feature-series/the-easter-triduum-with-dan-schutte/stories

 

21 Day Positivity Workbook provided by Father Henry Beck, OFM

21 Day Positivity Workbook

Litany of the Sacred Heart – Good Friday – noon (EDT)

WASHINGTON — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has invited U.S. Catholics to join him on Good Friday, April 10, to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart at noon (EDT).

“Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children,” said a USCCB news release issued late April 2.

A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb. The text of Litany of the Sacred Heart can be found in English and Spanish on the Los Angeles archdiocesan website.

Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

A plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sins and may be applied to oneself or to the souls of the deceased (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1471).

To receive this indulgence, the faithful would need to: pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday; be truly repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the sacrament of reconciliation (at the earliest opportunity); and pray for Pope Francis’ intentions.

“Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice,” the USCCB release said.

“This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19,” it added.

Holy Week Streaming Events from St. John the Evangelist

Streaming Events from St. John the Evangelist (stjohnsphilly.org)

Holy Thursday 6:00 p m Mass
Good Friday Service noon
Easter Vigil (Saturday) 9:00 p m
Easter Sunday Mass 11:00 a m

Easter Vigil and Easter Morning live streaming from Padre Pio Prayer Center

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Join us Holy Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. for the Easter Vigil live and Easter Sunday for Mass at 10AM live from the Padre Pio Friary!

Brother Rigo, OFS Cap reads and reflects on daily Scripture

From our sister, Carolyn Murray, OFS, Minister of St. Padre Pio fraternity:

I would invite you to visit stjohnsphilly.org while being home, where our very own Brother Rigo, OFS Cap reads and reflects on daily scripture.  Rigo and Father John Paul Kuzma OFS Cap, Vicar at St. John’s, are also preparing to live stream Holy Week services.  They need 1,000 supporters to subscribe to make this happen.  For additional information, please visit the site and have our Brothers explain how we can help.

Streamed Mission, April 6-8, 4-5 pm given by Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv

You may be aware of this, but in any event, think about tuning in on April 6-8 at 4-5 pm to attend a streamed mission given by Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. Details below.

  To participate please click on link  https://shrineofstanthony.org/ 

Holy Week Special from Bishop Baron – check out the titles!

They are free to watch, but only for one day, a sort of Holy Week special.  Presented by Bishop Baron’s Word on Fire series.
Today’s film is on St. Benedict (Sunday April 5).  Tomorrow’s will be St. Francis (Monday, April 6), and then Bishop Sheen, (Tuesday, April 7) and finally Flannery O’Connor. (Wednesday April 8)

https://pivotalplayers.com/holyweekscreeningwatchpage