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St. Joseph Cupertino Fraternity Council 2016-2019 - Click on the picture and scroll down for more information
Chapter of Mats, June 29 - July 1, 2018, at Priest Field West Virginia Two hours from the Baltimore area. Click on the picture and scroll down to events scroll down to this event. All in date order.
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SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (OFS) ORDO FRANCISCANUS SÆCULARIS
Sleeping Mats for our Homeless Sisters and Brothers
Making Sleeping Mats out of Plastic Shopping Bags
For several years, our sister, Geri Flynn, OFS has been busy making sleeping mats out of plastic shopping bags for our homeless sisters and brothers at the Franciscan Center in Baltimore.
Geri tells us, crocheting or knitting these sleeping mats for those who find themselves homeless has been such a pleasure.
In addition to providing a lightweight, waterproof surface between the person and the cold, wet ground, they are also an amazingly positive way to utilize plastic bags!
Each mat uses up to 500 bags-so much better than the landfill – I find so many people are happy to save their bags for me. Our kids got a kick out of me quietly removing bags from our supermarket recycle bin 😉 and the Franciscan Center has been happy to receive them
If anyone wishes to join me in this effort, just let me know and can share the easy instructions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are a few pictures of sleeping mats crocheted by Geri:
This is a wonderful ministry any time of the year, it would be great to have other fraternity’s take on this apostolate, believe it or not, next winter will be here before we know it. Please ask your fraternity to help us keep our sisters and brothers dry in the Spring and Summer and warm in the Winter.
Sponsored by the St. Joseph Cupertino Fraternity
Franciscan Quotes: St. Anthony of Padua
"Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions."