3rd Sunday of Advent Reflection by Father Rex Pillai

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The story is told of a theologian who had a painting of the crucifixion of Jesus in his study. It showed John the Baptist with a long bony finger pointing to Jesus. One day a visitor asked, “What is your job?” The theologian walked over to the painting and said, “I am that finger.”

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2nd Sunday of Advent Reflection by Deacon Tim Sullivan

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On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we have John calling for repentance. I imagine if we saw John preaching today, we might be put off a bit. He wore animal skins, didn’t bathe, and existed on locus and honey. When he preached, he didn’t mince words. He was direct and to the point. In today’s reading, he is preaching “repent.” Repent from your sins. This message was being spread by him through the entire region of Judea. Michael Simone, S.J. who teaches in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College says “John’s apocalyptic preaching was popular.

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Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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Sin the beginning of time, people have risen to become kings and to seek dominion over civilization. Some have come close such as Caesar and Hitler. And some kingdoms, like the Roman Empire, lasted for many centuries. These kings and empires jealously protected their power, they sought to become more powerful, and they did not let anyone get in their way. Despite everything, they all had one thing in common: they ultimately passed away and their kingdoms passed with them. The years of plundering, death, and self-glorification simply scattered like dust.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Maggie Hanley

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I recall being terrified as a child by any thought or mention of Jesus’ second coming, and much of the language coming out of Revelation. It was too big—often dark, too abstract—somewhat terrifying. I couldn’t help but get swept up in the great unknown of it. Even today I struggle with it, and Mark’s use of “tribulation,” sun “darkened,” moon not showing its “light,” stars “falling from the sky.” It catches my breath.

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2018 Children's Christmas Nativity

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Children's Christmas Nativity

The Nativity at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass has always been a festive, joyful occasion for Saint Clement families. The Christmas Nativity is fun for the children and gives them a sense of leadership and confidence. Most importantly it enhances their understanding of the meaning of the Christmas Scriptures and creates memories for your family and the parish community.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Nicole Zenner

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Where do you hold back in life?

The readings this weekend have made me reflect on that question. I spent a morning to sit with that question and write out where I hold back and why I hold back in my life. I then spent the rest of the day reflecting and praying on if I felt I could push through these. It was a really great exercise on pressing pause during a hectic week and finding out what more I could do with this amazing gift of life. I encourage you to take some time this week to do the same, because all of us do hold back in our life.

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