Iftar on 30 May 2019

Saint Francis Convent organized an official Iftar in the attached closed courtyard.
Father Quirico Calella OFM, Superior of the Convent invited a big number of guests: between them the Mufty of Tripoli doctor Malek Al Chaar with other Cheikhs, the maronite Bishop Joseph Naffaa, the Melkite Bishop Edward Daher, the Greek Ortodox Bishop represented by Father Basilios Debes and a numerous of Parish Priests from all rites to join Muslims in our Convent. Also Mr.Abdelqader Alamiddin, Meir of Mina, honored us of his presence and other civil Representatives of the Institutions.
This event is one of the many activities for the 800 years of Saint's Francis visit to the Middle East and the historical meeting with Malek el-Kamel in Damietta -Egypt.
In his speech Father Quirico stressed on the visit of Pope Francis in the Arab United Emirates on February the 4th this year and the Document signed both by the Pope and the Grand Imam of el-Azhar Ahmad Attayyeb.
So he invited to implement the content of said Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

A big group of Christians with their parish Priest father Maroun, from Alma Shaab -South lebanon for the first time paid us a visit this morning.
They visited the Church where they prayed the Rosary and the green park so they enjoyed a refreshment with some chocolate and a cup o coffee.

"Hosanna in the Highest, Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord". 
Yesterday 14 April, after the Procession the Palm Sunday mass was celebrated in our Convent by Fr.Quirico Calella ofm with the presence of the Filipinian community.

Yesterday 13 July 2019 was the Feast of St. Anthony of Padova. 


A Solemn Mass presided by the Latin Parish priest in North Lebanon Father Tony Ziadeh with five co-celebrants. A big group of believers from Akkar, Zgharta, Adonis and Tripoli - Mina participated with devotion.
In Lebanon there are 30 churches dedicated to St. Anthony of Padova and a large number of believers who follow him, believe in his Miracles and call their children by his name.
After the Mass the bread of St. Anthony of Padova was distributed to the believers and then all took part to the cocktail prepared in the courtyard.
Father Dr. Quirico Calella OFM, Superior of the Convent invited the Priest and the Franciscan Family to a dinner.

Happy Feast of St. Anthony of Padova.

The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.
"Saint Antonio of Padua"

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple

Gospel Luke 2:200-40

When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”  The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of  Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four, she never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.



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