On Monday, October 3, we will have a Transitus Service in our church. The Transitus is a Franciscan devotion to ritually remember the passing of St. Francis from this life to God. The ritually revisit the story of Frances’ passing is important to us; without it, something significant would be missing from our celebration. At Transitus we will listen to the stories Francis early brother and Clare of Assisi shared about the night Francis died. They tell that, despite the pain he was enduring, there was a deep joy and peace in him. He wanted the Gospel read to him and he wanted all his followers there so that he could give them a blessing. He wanted singing all around him as he welcomed Sister Death. Come see what is is Like! St Francis tells us it is not fitting, when in God’s service, to have “a gloomy face or a chilling look” and so, like good Franciscans, we will have some delight full refreshments in St. Clare Hall after the Transitus service in order to make tangible our Franciscan joy.