Greetings of Peace
from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
Today we have a group of workmen attending to our trees. The arborist tells us that the rot in the upper branches will be similar to that in the root system – the trees were becoming unstable, sadly, the trees have come to the end of their lives. Over years these oak trees have witnessed much life around them and welcomed the birds and similar creatures to their branches. I like hearing the sound of the workmen as they go about their business, intent on getting the job done. Its a beautiful day for it.
Our Retreat Centre has also been busy as many groups and individuals have come and gone. The place has echoed with the sounds of children on retreat as Br Philip has taken them on a journey of discovery about God. Many different groups have used the Stations of the Cross set up in the grounds by Br Michael as a place for spiritual reflection. Others have worked at their own programme – learning new insights, solving issues of governance and planning for the future. We have welcomed their coming.
It is Holy Week. We have journeyed with Jesus in the wilderness and now we come to be with him in his Passion. As we hear again the scripture readings we are reminded of the suffering, pain and loss – the horror of it all echoes within as we try to make sense of it all.
Miraculously, Jesus, our Saviour and friend accompanies us on our journey too, bearing with us our cup of suffering.
On a practical matter, may we remind you that we have implemented changes in the food we offer. As from the beginning of March we have been providing a normal selection of food with a vegetarian option. People with special diets now need to cater for themselves. If you would like to find out more about this please contact our office administrator – email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Centre sometime in the near future. If we can help you in anyway please feel free to contact us by phoning 09 625 6651 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
We include this in case you missed it last month:
Sadly our long time friend and colleague Glanton (Jim) Monaghan died on 16 January this year. Many of you will remember him for his depth of insight, wise guidance and cheerful disposition, along with his many other great attributes. We have included the eulogies from Jim’s funeral for you to read, as well as our tributes to him. He was a remarkable man who accomplished much, and was supported by his wonderful wife Rosella. double click to read : Glanton (Jim) Monaghan tribute and eulogies 2018
May you be Blessed by God during this Easter season.
On behalf of our Franciscan team
P. S. We also value your prayerful support. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of all the building changes please contact Fr Anthoni Selvaraj or Br Philip Jeffares at: email@example.com and one of them will respond to you. Thanks