13th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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Twelve.
Jurors in a trial.
Apostles around Jesus.
Years for the planet Jupiter to orbit the Sun once.
Twelve.
Drummers drumming.
Tribes of Israel.
Steps of AA.
Inches in a foot.
Months in a year.
 

A woman experiences 12 years of hemorrhages, 12 years of doctors who cannot heal her, and 12 years of the great expense of seeking a cure that leaves her penniless.

And then there is a young girl, twelve years old, a girl who is dying.

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Paul Nicholson

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There is no agreement on human behavior in times of calamity. Some say it brings out the best in us, others say the worst. Others say it brings about both. Maybe these perceptions say more about the observer than the observed. Someone who sees the glass half empty may also tend to note antisocial behavior, violence, and selfishness. On the other hand, a glass-is-half-full observer might notice selflessness, generosity, courage, and compassion.
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Thank You & Farewell Message from Fr. Michael Caruso

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Dear Fr. Peter, Fr. Matt, Staff, and Parishioners of St. Clement, PC!
 
On Saturday, June 5th, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, I was able to spend my Jack Benny ordination anniversary by celebrating Mass at St. Clement.  As I told the congregation that evening, I am heading to Saint Louis University to be a professor in the School of Education, where I will be working with the Catholic School Administration Program and Doctoral students.  I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life.
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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Barbara Silva

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I love the parable we hear in the Gospel this Sunday – the reminder that all is not always what it seems and that we should not disregard what looks small and vulnerable upon first glance. However, the parable of the mustard seed is not only about something small and seemingly insignificant having the capacity to transform into something sprawling and vital to the environment. It is also about our own capacity and responsibility for growing with purpose.

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