It seems to me that many I know are going through dark, “when it rains, it pours” periods of their lives. Diagnosis of cancer and daily struggles with side effects, job insecurity or deep-seated frustration, car accidents, mounting bills, hospice, loneliness. Struggle after struggle.
Throughout Advent, Saint Clement parishioners generously supported 11 local charities with their wish lists for the season. Nearly all of the 1,450 tags were taken from the trees! Overall, as a parish, we were able to donate more than $14,647 in gift cards and donations, as well as more than 1,965 items of clothing, toys and more.
The following gives a breakdown of the distribution:
Begin your Lenten journey with the visible reminder that we were shaped from clay by God's hands, and that we will return to God.
- 7:00 a.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
- 9:00 a.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
- Noon | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 4:00 p.m. | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 5:30 p.m. | Prayer service with ash distribution
- 7:00 p.m. | Full Mass with ash distribution
Dear Sisters ad Brothers in Christ,
At Mass this past weekend, pastors shared my message to all parishioners addressing the crisis of clerical sex abuse of minors. You may also listen to the message on the archdiocesan website.
I might be a Church nerd, but I love it when all of the readings for Sunday Mass coalesce around a single theme. Usually, the first reading and the Gospel have some parallel, but it’s not often that the second reading gets in on the action too. Today is one of those lucky days!
This weekend's readings are rich with imagery and emotion and gave me some pause on my reflection. They are a reminder to trust, have faith, and a compassionate love for others.
The weekend of January 19 and 20, a small group of parishioners traveled to Puerto Rico to visit Parroquia San José (St. Joseph Parish) in Luquillo. If you recall, the parish suffered damages from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Through our parish Lenten almsgiving, Ash Wednesday collection, 10% of the Anchor Ball paddle raise from 2018, and other generous donations, we were able to send the parish around $23,000 to assist with rebuilding efforts. After ongoing conversations with Fr.
Please note, the parish office will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31st due to inclement weather. Daily Mass and events will be canceled these days.