Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

     It’s Sunday, Nov. 8, 5:30 PM.  I just phoned our local LaRosa’s and ordered onion soup, salad and a calzone for dinner.  We’re on our own on Sunday’s and, even though there are plenty of left-overs in the fridge, from time to time, I like to do something different.  This has been a glorious day!  I was with many of you for our two Masses this morning.  Because Paul Schildmeyer was giving our annual financial stewardship report, I didn’t need to preach long, though I was pleased to be able to talk about our talented St. Nicholas Knights during my homily.  Congratulations to our four St. Clement students—Nathan Byrd, Christon Cooper, Corey Kiner and Nathaniel Siegel—who play on this now award-winning city championship football team.  I was blessed to be able to attend their wildly topsy-turvy game against St. Jude on Saturday at which these kids played their hearts out and won the championship 30-28 in spite of physical challenges—offering me and all who were present a lesson in how to give everything we have for a cause (which was what Sunday’s Gospel story was about). 

     About 25 second graders who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in December attended the 10:30 AM Mass. Don’t you love the youthful spirit our children bring to our Eucharistic celebrations?  The little children who were crawling up the sanctuary steps after communion reminded me of Jesus’ words:  “Let the children come to me . . . .”  After Mass, I was blessed to speak with the parents and guardians of these precious kids in the school cafeteria, encouraging them to keep the fire of faith alive in their children by their own good example.  Thanks to our DFF, Emily Mulvey, for planning this time of reflection for the children and their families.  Thanks, too, to second grade teachers Lauren Clemens and Madilyn Welton and Rosalba Arreaga, teacher aide, who made this event a great success. 

     I then went to church where I and over 100 religious women and men worked for two hours on a choral concert we are preparing to mark this Year of Consecrated Life—a concert that will be presented on January 17, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.  While initially the committee hoped for 100 women and men singing in this concert, we now have over 120 signed up to perform, including over 20 friars and a large number of Oldenburg Franciscan sisters,

      It’s now Monday afternoon.  I just returned from school where our children under the guidance and direction of Ms. Donna Muchmore, 8th grade teacher, and Ms. Tracie Thornberry, music teacher, put on a brilliant tribute to our Veterans.  We honored those Veterans who joined their grandchildren, nephews, nieces, even children and siblings.  Each received a rose from their family member(s) as they were introduced. A large choir of 4th-8th graders sang the anthems of each of the branches of the Armed Forces.  There was also a video presentation honoring those who couldn’t be present and those who had died.  Congratulations to Mr. Eiser and his staff for creating this memorable occasion.  As we celebrate Veterans Day this week, I honor all of our parishioners who served.  And with St. Francis we pray, “Lord, make us instruments of your peace.”


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