We are the Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate, a community of religious sisters located at St. Brendan Parish in Bellingham MA. We are seeking donations to purchase a van urgently needed to continue our apostolic work of assisting our missions in Asia and Africa. The van is needed because we travel to events throughout the New England area selling religious articles that we make in our convent to benefit our missions. Can you please help us by making a donation to our cause? We appreciate donations of any amount and we thank you by remembering all our benefactors in our prayers. For more information about our community or apostolic work please see our website: www.handmaidsoftheimmaculate.weebly.com or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missionary work in New England. In August, we had two mission events: the first one in New Bedford, MA at the Blessed Sacrament Festival and the second at the Milford Oyster Festival in Connecticut. The weather cooperated at both events and Our Lady brought many people to our booth to buy religious articles and also to receive Miraculous Medals from the Friars. Making Our Lady known and loved….
DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
On the Feast day of the Queenship of Mary, we travelled to Planned Parenthood in Boston via student bus to protest the latest atrocities performed by this horrendous organization. The gruesome practice of selling baby parts is simply the consequence of killing babies. To what depths of evil does America have to plumb before it wakes up?
But we know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. Queen of Heaven and earth, pray for us!
Peals of laughter and enthusiastic cries filled the air as millions of youth crowded together in anticipation of the great moment. Gazing upon the now historic beach were a mass of people stretching as far as the eye could see. Holy Father Francis inched his way slowly through the cheering crowd, shaking hands and greeting the pilgrims. The excitement was palpable and the throng was wild with joy. Exultant cries of “Esta é a juventude do papa”! (this is the Pope’s youth!) “Esta é a juventude do papa!” thunderously echoed across the sand. The shouts of the youth were vibrant and persistent. All this jubilee was due to WYD 2013, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, a bustling city known for its tropical forests and 2 ½ mile long beach in Copacabana. The weather was hot and humid and it rained for the first few days of the massive event, causing a variety of problems for the young, yet ever-smiling pilgrims. It rained so hard that the main events of the last two days on Saturday and Sunday were providentially moved thirty miles away to the famous Copacabana Beach, where the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. This move caused many of the youth to be transported to the main city whereupon hordes of them continued the journey on foot several miles to the beach, giving witness to their faith in Christ. In this wake, other curious non-Catholic youth were swept along in their curiosity, enabling the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts in mysterious ways. The Five saints chosen to be patrons of WYD 2013 were Our Lady of Aparecida, St. Sebastian, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed John Paul II and St. Antonio Galvao de Santana. While many Brazilians have been devoted to St. Antonio Galvao de Santana for centuries, the rest of the world would finally learn about this very holy Franciscan Friar, totally devoted to Our Lady.
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TO ADORE OUR LORD!
The Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate seek daily to draw closer to Our Lord. Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament is fundamental to Our spiritual life as we seek to conform our hearts unto His. Additionally, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Sorrows, we place ourselves in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking Her to bring us closer to Her Son.