Fr Frank writes:
My dear friends,
On 4th October we celebrate the feast of St Francis of Assisi, a saint close to the heart of many Catholics and other Christians throughout the world. St Francis is also the secondary patron of our church in Frinton. In Frinton, in addition to the Mass on Friday (4th), we will be celebrating St Francis’s entry into heaven with a traditional Transitus service on Thursday evening (3rd) – this service will be attended by members of the Clacton OFS Fraternity. My hope is that, in addition to the Fraternity, many parishioners from both parishes will be present that evening. In view of this impending Feast I thought it appropriate to offer you a prayer written by St Francis himself.
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope,
and perfect charity, sense and knowledge,
that I may carry out your holy and true command.
Today we give thanks to God for the harvest of land and sea. All the foodstuffs brought to church today will be distributed via the Foodbank. Thank you for your generosity.
May God richly bless you, and may St Francis of Assisi and all the Saints pray for you.
A father, who was a minister, had been sitting watching the second hand of a new electric clock. “It’s amazing how long it takes for that hand to move round one minute,” he said.
“I’m glad you’ve noticed that, Dad,” said his son. “Now you know what it’s like to sit through 35 of them.”