Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

I’m writing this on Ash Wednesday morning.  I presided at both the 7 and 8 AM Masses.  Fr. Jim will preside at the 12:10 and 7 PM.  I was proud of our grade school children for the reverence they showed during the long distribution of ashes as well as Communion.  As the kids were leaving church, one of the first or second graders asked we where we got the ashes.  I said from burning the blessed palm from last Palm Sunday.  Another child standing next to her beamed and said, “My mom told me about that.”  Parents, you are truly the first and best teachers of your children in matters of faith.  Thanks for helping them to understand this “joyful” season of Lent.  I’m always edified by the attention and good behavior of our kids at Mass. 

Our annual Super Bingo happens next Saturday, Feb. 20.  Coordinator Tracie Meister has already been spreading the word, with announcements in the bulletin, in school and around the community.  I know it will be bigger and better than ever.  The goal is to fill the cafeteria and adjacent rooms with guests.  In earlier bulletins, Tracie has been appealing for door prize items, such as gift cards or instant lottery tickets.  In addition to winning large cash prizes, you also can win in the special raffle, get good food and drink and enjoy the fun and fellowship that has always been part of this day.  All of the proceeds go to St. Clement School!  Our teachers will be there helping out.  The TPC is sponsoring the evening.  Amazingly, Tracie, who is the chairperson, has no children in school; but is still pouring herself into this important fundraiser.  Again, reserve next Saturday for this fun day. 


I pray that our Lenten observance is filled with blessing.  It will most assuredly be, if we heed the invitation of the Lord:  “Return to me with all your heart.”  Speaking of heart, Happy Valentine’s Day!  


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