On the evening of October 3, 1226, Brother Francis listened to St. John’s Gospel, broke bread, and welcomed Sister Death.
The Transitus is the sacred retelling of the story, remembering Brother Francis’s life’s journey into God, God’s gift of brothers and sisters to Francis, and final moments of sharing bread, quiet prayer, and contemplation as Francis, freed from all that kept him bound, faithfully follows Christ into new life.
Our celebration of the Transitus will take place this evening at 17h30 as part of the Solemn Mass celebrating the Feast of St Francis at the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Humansdorp. The Transitus will be presented for us by Fr Matt Gormley OFM Cap, who is virtually getting up from a sick bed to be with us at this special time in the calendar of our Parish.
We therefore invite you to share this special Feast Day with us at the celebration of the Eucharist this evening. Those of you who have not participated in a Transitus before will find it a stirring and uplifting experience, presented by someone whose love for St Francis is palpable.
This celebration is the culmination of our inaugural Festival of St Francis in honour of this great Saint, and in celebration of the 5th Aniiversary of our Church. Please make a special effort to be there to celebrate with us.
We thank Fr Paul, who has worked very hard and tirelessly to make this Festival special and different for us, and Fr Matt for the for the special effort he is making to be with us today.
Tea and cake will be available after Mass.
A Solemn Pets Blessing Ceremony, to be held on Saturday October 1st, will form part of a five day St Francis of Assisi Festival, during which the Kouga Catholic Community will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Humansdorp, as well as the feast of St Francis of Assisi, which occurs on October 4th.
The Solemn Pets Blessing, which is being presented in association with the Humansdorp SPCA, will take place from 2pm on Saturday October 1st in the parking lot of the Church of St Francis of Assisi, which is accessed from 40 Piet Uys Street in Humansdorp. The Blessing Ceremony is open to all members of the community, as well, of course, as their pets!
There is a catch – all pets will be charged an entrance fee: one item of pet food for the residents of the Humansdorp SPCA!
Pastor of the Kouga Catholic Community, Fr Paul Fahy, said the Festival will primarily focus on a series of Liturgical and Spiritual events within the Catholic community*, but in keeping with the spirit of St Francis, it had been decided to also do something for those less fortunate members of the animal community – those resident at the SPCA.
“This Festival provides us with a wonderful opportunity to draw new insights and inspiration from our beloved Saint Francis, discover his relevance for our world today, especially in the light of the Pope Francis’ publication of Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environemnt, and appreciate why our Pope takes him as his model for pastoral ministry and inspiration,” said Fr Paul.
The Pets Blessing Ceremony itself will take place at 3pm on the day, and will be preceded by a “Pets’ Parade”. All pets MUST be kept on a leash at all times.
Boerewors rolls, curry bunnies, pancakes and tea and cakes will be on sale at the event, and there will also be a sale of second-hand books. All proceeds will be split between the SPCA and the Church.
* Please see the Bulletin attached for a full list of events for the Festival.