Why the Franciscan Sisters’ Door County Music Outreach was Fruitful

Paul Keggington

August 02, 2009

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Holy Name of Mary Parish is found in Maplewood, an unincorporated community formed at the intersection of two img_6212.jpgWisconsin highways. Some Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and four young women arrived in this Door County destination on August 1, 2009, the eve of the Franciscan feast of Our Lady of the Angels, to lead the music for the Saturday evening Eucharistic Celebration.

Here are just a few reasons why this day was especially fruitful:

  • Being the second time this faith community welcomed the Sisters for Saturday evening liturgy, the congregational singing was full.
  • The four young women, all musicians, assisted with putting up song book numbers, carrying instruments and leading the singing in the church choir loft.
  • Father Bob Konkol, OFM, who serves the parish, is an ever friendly Franciscan brother.
  • It was fitting to be in a church dedicated to Mary on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula. For Franciscans this feast has a special Portiuncula Indulgence.  

img_6211.jpg“The Portiuncula indulgence is the first plenary indulgence that was ever granted in the Church. There were indeed indulgences at all times, but they were only partial, and only a partial remission of the temporal punishments could be obtained by them. But, as already remarked, he who gains the Portiuncula indulgence is freed from all temporal punishments and becomes as pure as after holy baptism. This was also the reason why Pope Honorius was astonished when St. Francis petitioned for the confirmation of this indulgence, for such an indulgence, up to that time, bad been entirely unknown. It was only after he had come to the conviction that Jesus Christ himself wished it, that he granted the petition of the saint and confirmed the indulgence”.

  • The Door County experience was complete with picking red, ripe cherries and enjoying a picnic in an orchard not far from the church.

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