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Advent Meditations
November 24, 2014 7:54 AM

The Church gives us the four weeks of Advent to prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of our Lord. We invite you to journey with us through our weekly Meditations and this short video of "Waiting in Silence" by Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn:

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for you, Lord.
God ever with us, Emmanuel,
Come, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we trust in your love.
O Sun of Justice, true Prince of Peace,
Come with your justice, Lord, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, Lord, we seek your truth.
Wisdom Incarnate, teach us your way;
Show us the path of life, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for new life.
O Key of David, open our hearts.
Give us new vision, Lord, Maranatha!

Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, our hearts thirst for you.
Flower of Jesse, bloom in our midst.
Make us your garden, Lord, Maranatha!


Advent Meditation: First Sunday (November 30, 2014)
November 24, 2014 7:41 AM

You do not know when the time will come.” (Mark 13:33)

As we approach the beginning of December, our thoughts rush to Christmas with planning and decorating. But before we string all the festive lights, the Church invites us to reflect for four weeks.

Advent, from the Latin word “adventus,” means “coming,” and although we know of the First Coming of Christ many years ago in Bethlehem, the four weeks of Advent give us the opportunity to turn our attention to Christ’s Second Coming of which we do not know when it will occur. Mindful that when it happens we might not be able to turn back time to finish things that are undone and mend relationships, we must ask ourselves today if we are ready.

God gives us Advent to awaken our spirit and deepen our lives through Scripture and the Eucharist. Just as the Prophet Isaiah wrote that “we are the clay and you are the potter,” we are made in God’s image and are invited to follow him.

May our observance of Advent be a time of renewal in hopes that when Christ comes again we are ready. Be watchful! Be alert!
 


Posted By Sister Jonette Devlin, OSF
In memoriam: Sister Paschal Cheng
November 14, 2014 10:05 AM

Our Sister M. Paschal Cheng, O.S.F. (95) died on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 8:40 AM here at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Paschal, the former Theresa Cheng, (Chinese Name: Cheng Fu Hsin), was born in Ho Pei Tsao in the People’s Republic of China on August 7, 1919, the daughter of John and Martha (Ho) Cheng. She entered our Congregation on October 8, 1945, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1948.

Sister Paschal attended St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. She served the community in the Sewing Room at St. Francis Convent from 1948 to 1968, was a missionary at the Star of the Sea Clinic in Taiwan from 1968 to 1978 and again from 1986 to 1989, coming home for a few months in 1973 to serve as an EKG technician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL. She was an LPN at St. Francis Convent from 1978 to 1986 and then she then served as Assistant Sacristan at St. Francis Convent from 1989 to 2004.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Joseph, Mathew, Peter, and Vincent Cheng and one sister, Mary Cheng.

She is survived by a great-nephew, Cheng Yao Dong and his wife, Baoxiang Cui, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 69 years.

Visitation will be held here at St. Francis Convent on Monday, November 17, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, on Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2010.

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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