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"I am never more aware of the limitations of language than when I try to describe beauty.”
~ Scott Russell Sanders ~

Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the seventh week of our focus on the gifts of creation. “We have arrived at the place where we end our words,” but not before giving thanks to the enlightened Teachers, like St. Francis, who have come to help us through the ages.
Like St. Francis of Assisi and the Haudenosaunee, let us never tire of expressing our gratitude to the Creator for the generous gifts of creation.

 Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World. 

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In October 2021, Sr. Melanie Paradis formally opened the celebration of the 150th anniversary of our presence in the United States and the 75th anniversary of our presence in Wheaton, Illinois. In her opening remarks, she said, 
What we have done in the past and continue to do into the future is only a small part of who we are. It is our presence, our living as Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, with our Covenant Companions, our Associates, our families and friends, and our faith community, all of us together – it is this presence of love that is important.
As she formally closed the Anniversary Year, she reminded us that while this Anniversary year of celebration is closing, who we are called to be in the future continues -- “Let us never miss the opportunity to be a presence of love.” 
Final Anniversary Post & Video

We are Seeking Monthly Coffee Hosts
The role of the Monthly Volunteer Host is to work with the Volunteer Hospitality Coordinator to provide a welcoming experience for our faith and friends community.
Monthly hosts assist with
  • set-up before Mass (arrive by 9:45 a.m.)
  • providing food
  • clean-up after the coffee
Thank you for your commitment to creating a welcoming community.
Sign-up to be a Monthly Volunteer Host
 The Wheaton Franciscan Administrative Office - Entrance #5 has reopened. The front desk will generally be open :

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - NOON and
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
(The door will be locked from
NOON - 1:00pm)

Please know that, as always, we will continue to maintain Covid-19 protocols for the safety of our Sisters, staff, and visitors. Masks are required in all public areas of the building, including the hallways. If you are feeling ill, please postpone your visit.

Visit our website for the latest information.

Thank you for your continued love and support.

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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