Thank You for your incredible support of our 2019 Jesse Tree!

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Throughout Advent, Saint Clement parishioners generously supported 11 local organizations, fulfilling wish lists to assist their ministries during the Christmas season. Nearly all of the 1,400 tags were taken from the trees! Overall, as a parish, we were able to donate more than $12,435 in gift cards and donations, as well as more than 1,275 items of clothing, toys and more!
 
The following gives a breakdown of the distribution:
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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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It’s the beginning of the calendar year, and we are already talking about “sacrifice,” that topic which will carry us through Easter and beyond:
      “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
      But first this; John sees Jesus coming and once again, he faithfully points the attention of those around him to Christ. He says, behold, or look, the Lamb of God. What does this mean? This is something that would have been very familiar to the Jewish people, the idea of a sacrificial lamb.
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The Baptism of the Lord reflection by Paul Nicholson

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In my childhood and teenage years, like everyone else, I had specific chores to do. I cannot recall a single one of these tasks that was enjoyable or that I wanted to perform. Quite the opposite. Most of it was helping with the day-to-day of home life: taking out the garbage, cutting grass, shoveling snow, making order out of my chaotic room, clearing the supper table, loading the dishwasher, feeding the animals. Less chore-like but still annoying were things like practicing piano (especially when the weather was nice) or accompanying Mom to the grocery store, or (gasp!) going to church.
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The Epiphany of the Lord reflection by Rachel Espinoza

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Today's Gospel reading brings back happy memories for me! Fifteen years ago this coming July, I had the opportunity to travel to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. The theme for the 2005 World Youth Day was taken from today’s Gospel reading: “We have come to worship him” (Mt 2:2). Inside the magnificent Cologne Cathedral is an ornate reliquary containing the relics of the Three Magi. For all the beauty of that place, what struck me as far more beautiful was the fact that over two-million young people from all corners of the globe had traveled to Cologne to adore Christ.
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Third Sunday of Advent reflection by Michael Bayer

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As Catholics, we often focus our Sunday attention on the activity of Jesus in the Gospels. It can almost feel like rewatching a familiar episode of a TV show. “Oh, right, the loaves and fishes one, I love that one!” or, “Oh, it’s the ‘whoever does not hate his father or mother cannot be my disciple’ one… not my favorite, honestly.”
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Feast Day of St. Nicholas -- December 6

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On December 6, we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. From the ninth century in the East and the eleventh century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and in Christian art and is the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches, and cities. He was a Greek bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). His charity to the poor is commemorated in modern times by those who follow the tradition of stuffing a boot or a stocking with gifts on his feast day.
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