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2014 Franciscan Federation Honoree

We are pleased to announce that Sr. Theresa Renninger was chosen as the 2014 Franciscan Federation honoree ,as she exemplifies the criteria of the conference theme, “Cultivating Kindom Power” as someone who: 

  • * Creates a sense of hospitality/inclusivity

  • * Works toward widening our circles of compassion to include those persons who are often   
      overlooked or excluded

  • * Lives out of a deliberate contemplative awareness that embraces all creation


  • Her Sisters had this to say about Sr. Theresa:

Young and old and all creation benefit from the life of Sister Theresa Renninger. Each morning she volunteers at St. Mary’s School, Avilla, Indiana, and extends her warmth to the staff and students. With a heart for those who struggle, she tutors students who find learning difficult, hoping to broaden their potential to learn more.

Too often the elderly are overlooked or marginalized, but not at Presence Sacred Heart Nursing Home where Sister Theresa Renninger is found every afternoon. There she welcomes all with a warm smile and a hearty “How are you doin?” Daily she sees it as her “sacred duty” to make the rounds and check up on everyone. Although pushing past 80 years herself, she wheels residents to and from events with ease. Nothing is too difficult for her. The Activity Director counts on her as she serves coffee, calls numbers for Bingo, and assures that each resident is feeling happy, content and loved.

Her contemplative stance is reflected in her great love for God’s creation. Recycling is a passion of hers and she demonstrates her reverence for the earth by making sure nothing goes into a landfill that could be recycled. At our congregation’s vacation cottage she welcomes the yearly challenge to enhance the beauty of God’s creation by preparing and maintaining beautiful gardens and lawns.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart are proud to affirm and applaud our Sister Theresa who truly cultivates “Kindom power”!




Coming Events

February 01
Mass at 9:00 AM in Queen of Angels Chapel.

Let us pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life. Be sure to thank them on their special day! May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
February 02
Monday 7:45 AM
7:45 AM Mass

Candles are blessed on this day, symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world. So, too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all people.
Queen of Angels Chapel
February 08
Mass at 9:00 AM

For information on the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, go to: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1453

Prayer service: http://bakhitainitiative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bakhita-Prayer-Service.pdf

Pope Francis urges us to recognize the "equal dignity" of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved and exploited and to work to end human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, slave labor, and the enslavement of women and children.

Please see these position papers from the USCCB website:http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/position-papers/index.cfm

The USCCB migration policy: http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/

Unaccompanied Migrant Children USCCB Advocacy Toolkit:
Queen of Angels Chapel
February 11
Life-giving God, fill us, that our faith will assure those who are suffering, that their pain will blossom into life.

Strength-giving God, pour into all who care for the sick, the embracing, enduring love of Jesus.
February 18
Wednesday 7:45 AM
The holy season of Lent begins on this day. Join us for Mass and Distribution of Ashes.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

According to the USCCB, for members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-reflection-on-lenten-fasting-father-daniel-merz.cfm
Queen of Angels Chapel
March 29
Sunday 9:00 AM
On this day, the liturgy offers the mysteries we will contemplate during Holy Week or Paschal Triduum: the institution of the Eucharist\, the passion and death of our Lord, and the prediction of His Resurrection.
Queen of Angels Chapel