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The land knows you, even when you are lost.
- Robin Wall Kimmerer ~ Braiding Sweetgrass -

Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the third week of our focus on the gifts of creation.

This week, as we Listen to the Voice of Creation, we invite you to continue to reflect on the
Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World.  Our focus this week is on the gifts of plants and herbs.

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Season of Creation Begins With Prayer Service
On Thursday, September 1, 2022, the Wheaton Franciscans, in collaboration with the Diocese of Joliet Laudato Si’ Ministry, opened the Season of Creation with a prayer service at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel.  More than 50 people joined us in the Chapel while many more viewed the service on livestream.
The prayer service was planned and led by the young adults participating in the Diocese of Joliet Laudato Si’ Ministry led by Kayla Jacobs. The Wheaton Franciscan community served as hosts for this special event. Sr. Barb Nelson, IBVM, offered an engaging reflection reminding all of us that we are called to discipleship and, therefore, we are called to care for all of God’s creation.
This collaborative, intergenerational event is one small example of how “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato Si’ #14)

Learn more about the Season of Creation

Volunteer Help Needed

In October we plan to resume our monthly Coffee &… following the Mass on the first Sunday of the month. We are seeking one or two people to serve as the Hospitality Coordinator. This is an important volunteer position.
1st Sunday Coffee &… provides an opportunity for the Wheaton Franciscan faith and friends community to gather, meet new and old friends, welcome visitors, and build a welcoming community.
The Volunteer Hospitality Coordinator will serve the Wheaton Franciscan Community by overseeing the monthly
Coffee &..., including coordinating and scheduling monthly hosts for the 1st Sunday Coffee.
More information on the responsibilities can be found here.
We will begin recruiting monthly hosts in late October.
By volunteering to assist with Coffee & …, you are truly helping us to embody a spirit of hospitality and communion.

If you are interested in this important role, please contact
Jeanne Connolly at


Monday, October 3, 2022

OLA Chapel and Livestream


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

OLA Chapel and Livestream

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

OLA Chapel and Livestream
The September LSAP reflection discusses Community Engagement and Participatory Action. Reflect on the questions posed to involve your community in relief efforts toward climate change.
This is the final monthly LSAP reflection. All of the previous reflections can be found on our LSAP web page.
Our Lady of the Angels Chapel is open to our
Faith Community on Sundays

Please Remember
  • All participants must be vaccinated
  • All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the Mass.
  • Enter the building through Entrance #7 and exit the same way.
  • All other locations in Our Lady of the Angels remain closed to the public.

Please continue to stay connected with us through this newsletter and Sunday Livestream. Schedule changes are also listed on the Home Page of our website,

Please continue to check our website and this newsletter for updates on the liturgy schedule. If you miss the livestream of the service, you will find it archived on our YouTube Channel. 

Additionally, you can find audio recordings of the Sunday and Holiday homilies on our "Homilies & Reflections" page or by searching Wheaton Franciscans in your preferred podcast player. 


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