On behalf of the residents, Gina Curley and all the Little Sisters, many thanks to all who were able to join us on Friday for the First Friday Mass and serving lunch at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, Little Sisters of the Poor!
Harvey Rowe served as lector and did a beautiful job proclaiming the first reading, responsorial psalm, and the prayers of the faithful. In his homily, Fr. Pat reminded us that being a follower of Christ is not easy. We each struggle with our own trials, temptations and failures as disciples. He provided encouragement to turn to the sacraments and prayer to find the strength to persevere on our journey.
He also shared a bit about St. Marcellinus and St. Peter. Marcellinus was a priest and Peter assisted Marcellinus in his ministry. Both very bravely practiced their Christian faith. They served the Christian community fearlessly and with great self-sacrifice even though they knew that their lives were in danger. When Emperor Diocletian began punishing Christians for their faith, many Christians were killed. St. Marcellinus and Peter were also killed along with many others. They were beheaded.
Just before splitting off to the two dining rooms, we paused for a moment for updates from Gina Curley and Mother Maureen, and then group prayer, with David Solimine leading us in The Daily Prayer of the Order.