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Dear friends and family of FNE,
Our group (“North Star”) was founded in 2011, and formally installed on November 5 of that year. We currently have 4 units within the group — boys’ and girls’ Timber Wolves, girls’ Explorers, and Otters (we don’t have mixed-gender units except in Otters) — with a fifth — boys’ Explorers — to start later this year or early next year.
With that in mind, we have partnered with Equal Exchange to raise funds for the entire group. (Our Explorer units do fundraising on their own as well within their patrols.) The fundraiser is running through the end of December:
I know that this is a difficult time of the year for people to contribute, between holiday shopping and other organizations asking for funds. You might find a few things on Equal Exchange to give as gifts — for example, Bagheera bought some of their chocolate bars to give to his colleagues and work (and, it must be said, some for himself as well!). If you would like to help us another way, please see here how you might do that.
Some of you, maybe most of you, might be asking what FNE is all about? We are a member association of the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe – Federation of European Scouting (UIGSE-FSE), a Catholic scouting and guiding association approved by the Holy See. (In fact, we are an international association of the faithful of Pontifical right.) Our programs are drawn directly from the work of Lord Baden-Powell (the founder of scouting) as implemented by Ven. Jacques Sevin, SJ. We are devoted to Holy Mass (of all approved rites), Eucharistic adoration, the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Our Polish brothers and sisters recently made a video, filmed at our most recent international gathering, Eurojam 2014, that may give you an idea of what we’re all about:
You might also check out our national web site to read more:
Or look for us on Facebook where we have many pictures!
Many thanks! We do pray for our friends and benefactors.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name’s sake, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good. Amen.
Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Sunshine State!
Group Leader: Deacon Paul Pettie, ppettie(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Divine Mercy FNE Group
Group Colors: Crimson/Red and Pale White
The Ember Days are days of fast and abstinence at the start of each season of the year. At first they were celebrated in June, September, and December; by the time of Pope St. Gelasius I (late fifth century) they were celebrated in the spring as well. It was also at this time that their observance spread throughout the Church; previously they had only been known at Rome itself.
The initial purpose of the Ember Days was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to encourage men to use these gifts in moderation, and to help those in need. An old custom, also attributed to Pope St. Gelasius, was to ordain members of the clergy on Ember Saturday. This custom was set into law by Pope St. Gregory VII (Hildebrand) in the 11th century, at which time the dates of the Ember Days on the Church’s calendar were also fixed. One oddity of the calendar is that the Ember Days prior to summer are celebrated in the week following Pentecost Sunday, which would ordinarily be a time of feast! This shows how old the observance of the Ember Days really is (Pope St. Leo the Great that it was of Apostolic origin); it predates the custom of celebrating a major feast of the Church with an Octave (the eight days comprised of the feast itself and the seven days following it).
In 1966 Pope Paul VI lifted the obligation of fast and abstinence on the Ember Days, and they were never introduced to liturgical Calendar of the modern Roman Rite. However, national episcopal conferences do have the authority to incorporate Ember Days into the liturgical calendars of their countries. What’s more, although the Ember Days are no longer on the liturgical calendar used by the vast majority of Catholics throughout the world, we are not forbidden from observing them. Today we need more penance, not less, especially in light of the many grave evils throughout the world, particularly in the countries of the FNE and those of the UIGSE-FSE of which it is a member association.
One of these evils, certainly, is the lack of awareness of the dignity of the priesthood. One can find this attitude not only among non-Catholics, but also within the Church; and sadly among some priests as well, who don’t appreciate the dignity of their office. Without priests, of course, there is no Mass; without the Mass, there is no Eucharist; and without the Eucharist, there is no Church.
Therefore, we want to establish Ember Saturday in September (which falls on the 27th of the month in 2014) as a day of fasting and prayer for the priests associated with the FNE. Not only for Fr. Beaugrand, our national religious adviser, but also for our group religious advisers, as well as all the other priests who have lent their support to our movement — through Mass, confessions, Holy Hours, and smaller gestures to numerous to list here.
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear our humble prayers on behalf of Your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Amen.