Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

     This weekend the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).  As I wrote last week, St. Clement will be observing this special feast by carrying our Eucharistic Lord through our nearby neighborhood in a fitting procession accompanied by the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of St. John, our first communicants, altar servers,        neophytes and hopefully lots of parishioners, young and old.  We’ll show all the world — well at least some of the world’s people — our faith in Christ’s presence among us in the          Eucharistic species.  The procession will follow immediately after the 10:30 am Mass and will likely last no longer than 45 minutes.  Won’t you consider joining us for this special event?

     Happy Father’s Day, Dads!  My Dad has been in heaven for over 40 years now.  I feel so blessed that he lived to see me be ordained.  Sons and daughters, tell your dads that you love them and realize that you wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.  Even if your Father has gone home to the Lord, you can still talk with him, for he is very much alive — and close, also.  Dads, use this occasion to tell your children how proud you are of them.  On behalf of all of the sons and daughters in St. Clement Parish, thank you Dads — whether here on earth or in heaven — for    blessing us so.

     You will note in this bulletin two pages requesting your reflection.  Won’t you take these home and seriously consider how you might be able to share a bit (or a lot) of your time and talent with your parish family?   It would be awesome if everyone in the parish pitched in some way. Even our elders, who because of physical challenges cannot physically pitch in,     nonetheless, can agree to pray — you’ll notice a box for that.  You are already generous in sharing some of your treasure with the parish; now I ask that you share of your time and talent.  The parish has lots and lots of volunteers. Nonetheless, there are areas that could use more.  Next weekend, during our Masses, you will have an opportunity to complete a form just like the one in the bulletin.  May this outreach bear abundant fruit for St. Clement.  Thanks for your generous hearts.

     St. Clement School won’t be quite the same next year because long time vital staff member and parishioner Arlene Fay is retiring at the end of this academic year.  Would you believe Arlene has been integrally involved in the role of secretary/registrar/greeter/go-to-person for everything under the sun for 40 years!  Just imagine the number of children and parents whose lives she has touched.  Every time I have gone to the school office in the seven years I’ve been here, she has always been so gracious and helpful. 

      And dear Franciscan Sr. Ann Vonder Meulen has decided to make the school year that just ended her last as teacher/encourager/confidant of struggling students at St. Clement School. While she has taught there for the past seven years, she has nonetheless served in the parish for a combination of 12 years, sharing her gentle, affirming presence with our religious education students, young adults, etc. I feel certain we will be seeing Sr. Ann around also.  On behalf of all of St. Clement Parish, Arlene and Sr. Ann, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  


     Have a great week.  Parents of school age children, enjoy the excitement and drama that your sons and daughters are adding to your summer days.  And, while you’re at it, stay cool!