Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Is your pastor losing it?  It depends on what IT is!  I heard from a number of folks that Mission Sunday is this weekend, not last weekend.  Egg on my face!   Even though I stood my ground when one beloved parishioner asked, I learned later that I was flat out wrong!  I believe I made the decision because this weekend we are collecting items for our twinned mission in Campton, KY.  Regardless, I’ve instructed Eileen Boehmer, our interim administrative assistant to deposit last weekend’s second collection reserved for the Missions and combine that with any marked envelopes we receive this weekend.  So, all monies contributed for this special collection on whatever weekend will be sent to the Archdiocese. 

Thanks to all for the items you are donating to Sr. Susan’s mission in Campton—our twinned parish, the Church of the Good Shepherd.  St. Clement parishioners always respond with great generosity to this semi-annual drive.  Thank you to our teens and young adults who are in front of church prior to this weekend’s Masses to help folks carry in items you might bring. And we’ll keep the church opened on Sunday afternoon until 6 pm for persons who wish to drop off items.  Thanks in advance for your goodness.  Is there a better way to celebrate Mission Sunday!

CONGRATULATIONS, dear St. Clement parishioners, for raising a record amount of money in this year’s Parish Festival and Pig Roast.  This year’s netted income was the most since I’ve been ministering here.  Festival treasurer Walt St. Clair is always fastidious in making certain that all bills are in and paid for before he releases a final report.   You can read the report for yourself elsewhere in the bulletin.  Once again, a huge thank you to festival chair Barb Kalb and her hard-working committee.  If you believe you have some ideas how we can generate even more funds and would like to be part of the committee for next year’s festival, won’t you contact Barb at 242-8667.

You’ll notice that the sign board on the edge of the friars’ front yard is no longer there. The new electronic sign has arrived and will be installed as soon as we can determine the time to run the electricity to the board.  Our maintenance staff removed the old sign and, together with Deacon/master electrician John Gerke, will be installing the new one.  I’m eager to see it up and working, announcing the good news of happenings in the school and parish.  Remember, no parish funds were used for this investment.  The proceeds from last February’s Super Bingo and other donations went to make this a reality.

Last night (Sunday), a group of 12 young adults from Lourdes University, a Catholic and Franciscan university in Sylvania, OH, came to church to spend 90 minutes before the Blessed Sacrament and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They are on a mission trip and staying at the Tau House—the former parish convent.  I set up for their time of prayer in the friars’ chapel, exposed the Blessed Sacrament and then went to the Reconciliation Room.  After I had finished celebrating the Sacrament with the students who had come back one by one, I went back to the chapel, and discovered the young people had turned out the lights, lit several vigil lights by the exposed Sacrament, moved the chairs to be up close to the altar and were lost in prayer, though occasionally were singing together.  What a glorious way to end a wonderful weekend! 


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