Lent: How to Prepare

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Lent is more than giving up drinking soda or sugar. Lent gives us a chance to reflect on what God wants to give us and how to accept the change God hands us.

Before Lent begins, it's important to make a plan of how the spiritual 40 days can transform your life. It's also important to remember that Lent doesn't need to be lonely. It can be a prayerful experience to transform yourself and others with friends and family. Here are three things that can help you choose what to give up for Lent, follow through with it and make it your best 40 days.

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Epiphany Lessons and Carols Sing with Candlelight

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On Tuesday, Jan. 6 all of the choirs of Saint Clement church and school gathered together to lead Epiphany Lessons and Carols. Over 100 singers led the celebration. The choirs included Seraphim, who sing at the 7:00 p.m. Sunday Mass, Chapel Choir who sing at the 9:30 a.m. chapel Mass, Schola Clementis who sing at the 11:15 a.m. Mass as well as two school choirs with younger children who belong to Clementines and older children who belong to Anchords. Lessons and Carols is prayer that incorporates lessons = scripture, and carols = music.

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Steward Story: Darlene Kelly

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As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Darlene Kelly.

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Saint Clement Generosity Shines in Jesse Tree Giving

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Throughout Advent, Saint Clement parishioners once again reached out to those in need to share in the joy of the season. Through the generosity of parishioners, we were able to donate more than $14,000 in gift cards and donations, as well as more than 1,500 items of clothing, toys, and more, to the 12 charities we work with through the Jesse Tree.

The following gives a breakdown of the distribution:

Catholic Charities Toy Shower: 185 toys for children in need

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection by Paul Nicholson

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How do you define “miraculous?” When you think of that thing you call a miracle, to what are you referring to exactly? Is it some aspect of timing that seems impossible or an inexplicable break with the laws of physics like the magic of Harry Potter? Is it the “wonder” when we hear the phrase “the miracle of Christmas”? Or is it more about astonishment at the progress of something: a modern medical miracle, or the miracle of technology?

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Baptism of the Lord Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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One of the most common comments that I hear on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is, “Why are the Christmas decorations still in the church?” This is a very good question and one that will be on many minds today when the decorations are still up and we even hear some portions of Christmas Carols. In the liturgical year, the Season of Christmas is counter cultural. The Season of Advent was celebrated until December 24, and the actual Season of Christmas began in the evening of December 24. Christmas concludes today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

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Epiphany of the Lord Reflection by Flo Merkl-Deutsch

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Desert. Animals. Mother and child in a humble setting. Shepherds, Magi, and the great star. The rich and beloved images with which our Christmas scriptures are built enliven our hearts with Christmas joy, regardless of our age. We not only sing carols about them in church, we sing them at home and while shopping. Scripture, legends, and popular images from culture have become so intertwined through the centuries, I find myself, at times, taking these images for granted, until something brings me back to the heart of the matter.

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