Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the enthusiasm and energy of young people in his message to youth just before the start of World Youth Day in Madrid last month. He said,
Dear young people, the Church depends on you! She needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope. Your presence renews, rejuvenates and gives new energy to the Church. That is why World Youth Days are a grace, not only for you, but for the entire People of God.
The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary welcomed the Holy Father’s messages to youth during this great event. Go to Pope Benedict’s Aug. 6 message to youth.
FHM Youth Learning Center for Community Development
The FHM Youth Learning Center for Community Development is an educational resource and development center in a Vocational Career Format. It offers programs focusing on the spiritual, psychological, economic, cultural and social realities Youths and Young adults. It provides moral, educational, career counseling/ training, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, social support, job placement assistance and encourages inter-cultural competency. Tutoring and mentoring of students are also available.
It provides programs to assist youths and young adults in areas of employment, skill training, immigration, natural health and wellness. The center offers English, French and Spanish (as a second language), computer basics, on-line educational opportunity for GED, high school, college degrees. Students may earn a certificate, diploma or degree in their area of choice.
FHM Natural Health and Healing Mission
The FHM Natural Healing Mission objective is to give comfort to the sick and dying as part of the churches Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy. It is a Divine command set forth by Christ in Matthew 25: 34-46. Our members with health and Pastoral Care skill, Visit and comfort the sick and dying at home especially those dying with HIV/ Aids and cancer
Corporal works of mercy are those works that tend to the bodily needs of others while spiritual works of mercy are those that tend to the needs of the soul. As the Franciscan Handmaids of the most pure Heart of Mary embark on our revitalization journey, we feel some strong point of connection with our new Pope, Pope Francis I. As Franciscans, Pope Francis’s interest in the poor invigorates our spirit.
FHM Ministry of Comfort to the Sick and Dying at Home
- Services offered to the dying at home with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.
- Our deeds of mercy arising from love of God are expressed by deed, word and prayer which may include anointing of the Sick and Dying
- Invitation of the person’s Church members, priest or Pastor, bringing communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation as needed.
- We educate family and friends about the illness for protective and preventive purposes.
- We encourage natural cleansing adding sustaining and nourishing supplements if needed.
- Record pertinent events/ information about the illness, as evidence of the healing hand of Jesus at work in the world should an unexpected healing, revival and survival happens.
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions and practices which we expect all our members to perform, and are means of grace aiding us in personal sanctification.
These works are expression of mercy, and are thus expected to be performed in accordance with the Beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7)
The works honor the two greatest commandments- The Love of God and Love of neighbor (Matthew 22:35-40)