For more than 200 years, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia has been providing community programs and services to the surrounding So. California region.
The Mission offers retreats, mtg. space, community events, a cemetery open to all, & a musuem. http://www.sanluisrey.org
May you find moments that make you smile today! Happy Wednesday!
Evening is the time for peace as Sister Moon makes her way across the sky.
Blessings for a beautiful evening.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens.”
Have a blessed Sunday.
May you go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly on the path of prudent happiness.
~St. Clare of Assisi
Happy Monday! A beautiful rose from our Mission rose garden to start the week. Remember, a little kindness goes a long way to brighten someone’s day!
Some amazing photo post cards of the Mission. Thank you Oceanside Historical Society for sharing.
San Luis Rey Mission Post Cards. Here are just a few of possibly hundreds of post cards highlighting the Historic Mission in Oceanside
Did you know... The Mission lay abandoned and in ruins for many years after Lincoln gave the Missions back the the church? The first photo is one of the earliest photos, taken c1870; the second photo is taken c1985, after Fr. O'Keefe arrived at the Mission and began the restoration. The final photo, c1921 is after the restoration of Fr. O'Keefe and his group of friars.
Starting Saturday, October 10th, you will be able to go inside the Historic Mission Church and view the artwork and altar area a little closer. Candles will be available for purchase at the front door and you may place them in stands near the altar rail.
The hours will be 9am to 3pm, 7 days a week. (There are no Masses at this time.)
As the sun peeks through the morning clouds, be thankful for today. Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.
KIDS FREE OCTOBER! Mission San Luis Rey Museum is participating with other museums in San Diego County in offering kids 12 and under free admission with a paid adult during the month of October. Go to the San Diego Museum Council website: SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org and click on Mission San Luis Rey to see the offer and print out the coupon!
Hope to see you at the Museum soon!
Don’t forget to Check out our new audio tour!
Visit our blog to find out which local museums are currently open to the public. As the situation is dynamic and evolving rapidly, we encourage you to check each museum’s website or social media channels for the latest updates impacting visitation and events. San Diego’s museum community is unit...
Happy Monday! A beautiful day to start the week after a weekend of celebration of St Francis of Assisi with beautiful Masses and the Blessing of the Animals!
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with all Franciscans. St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order, is one of the most recognized and best-loved saints around the world. He called God’s creation brother and sister; he preached peace; he loved the poor and marginalized; and above all loved God with his whole heart and soul. St. Francis is a Saint for everyone.
To celebrate his feast, share your favorite photo, story or quote of St. Francis.
Every year during the evening of October 3rd, Franciscans throughout the world celebrate the Transitus of St Francis - the passing over from this life to the next. In his Canticle of the Creatures, St. Francis wrote, “Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no one living can escape.” St. Francis died surrounded by his brothers and Lady Jacoba at the Portiuncula, the place where he began the Franciscan Order.
St. Francis, pray for us.
Did you know....that the tomb of St Francis of Assisi was hidden for almost 600 years!
Br Elias and Cardinal Ugalino secretly hid St Francis’ body to protect it. In the early 1800’s, Pope Pius VII gave permission to search for the body and it was found under the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. Now the remains of St. Francis are sealed in a crypt in the Basilica. He is among several of his brothers who are entombed in the wall surrounding his tomb and the altar.
The feast of St Francis is on October 4th. If you would like to learn more about this favorite saint who started the Franciscan Order, the Mission gift shop has many wonderful statues and books. Did you know that St Francis, who regarded all creation as his brothers and sisters, talked to a ferocious wolf that was terrorizing the town of Gubbio? He asked the wolf why he was attacking the people and their livestock. Francis tamed him by praying and telling him to stop. The people watched as St Francis and his brother wolf walked back to the town side by side peacefully and they were amazed at this
Our annual Blessing of the Animals is fast approaching on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am to 1pm. This year will be a drive-through blessing - No walk-ups. To have your pet blessed, you must bring them in a car. Click on the map shown for the various stations on the grounds of the parish and mission where friars will give the blessings. Hope to see you and your pets on Saturday!
Did you know...Pope Innocent III approved St. Francis new religious community, now called the Order of Friars Minor, only after a dream?
Pope Innocent III was hesitant at first about supporting Francis' new Rule until he had a dream in which he saw Francis holding up the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterno (St. John Lateran) in Rome. Pope Innocent believed that the dream was telling him that Francis and his followers would help build up the Church, and so he decided to approve Francis’ Order.
This sculpture of St. Francis by Giuseppe Tonnini commemorates the importance of the Basilica of St John Lateran to the Franciscan order. St Francis faces the Basilica, and with his arms outstretched, appears to be holding up the the walls of the church.
Have a beautiful Sunday.
Saturday Blessings. . .
From their website (Seasonofcreation.org): The “Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.”
The Season of Creation ends on the Feast of St Francis, Oct 4.
What ways can we care for creation. Share an idea or photo.
Did you know...that the Historic Mission Church is the original church structure? Building began in 1811 and was completed in 1815. It was dedicated on the feast of St. Francis on October 4, 1815. A re-dedication of the church was held on May 12, 1893 after Fr. O'Keefe and the friars from Mexico started their rebuilding. Over 300 people attended including several elderly Luiseños.
Happy first day of Autumn!
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Mission San Luis Rey posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Contact The Museum
Send a message to Mission San Luis Rey:
11320 Dove Ave, Cleveland
New York 10008
New York NY 10001
Depot Street, Enosburg Falls
608 S Kent St, Winchester
The Loop District, Chicago
New York 10023
San Marcos 92078
326 San Felipe NW, Albuquerque
301 E. 1st Street, Hermann
118 Commerce St, Montgomery, AL 36104-2538, United States, Montgomery