Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Welcome to a son of the parish Fr. Bob Stephan, SJ, who will be presiding at our 10:30 AM Mass this weekend, July 26.  Fr. Bob, whose parents are parishioners Bob and Kathy Stephan, is home from his ministry at the University of Seattle for the Baptism of his niece Sylvia. You may remember Fr. Bob’s beautiful first Mass two summers ago.  And he has concelebrated our Christmas “Midnight” Mass the past several years.  We are blessed.  

Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM will be presiding and preaching at the 8:30 AM Mass this Sunday.  I’ve already introduced Fr. Larry in a recent “From the Friars.”  He is one of our province’s new vocation directors.  We’re blessed to have Fr. Larry live with us at St. Clement and to be available to help with Masses when needed.  I know you’ll enjoy Fr. Larry’s homilies also.  

Our annual Vacation Bible School, in conjunction with Wilson Presbyterian Church and Immanuel United Church of Christ, begins next Sunday evening, August 2.  You’ll note in the commons a poster indicating needed supplies for the VBS.  As you have in the past, won’t you consider purchasing one of the items and bringing it to the commons next weekend?  This year’s Bible School is taking place at Immanuel United Church of Christ.  At a planning meeting this past week, I overheard several of the folks in charge suggesting they are planning for about 100 children.  A large number of these participants will be from St. Clement.  You can bring your child or children or   grandchildren and register them at the door next Sunday at 6 PM.  I’ll see you there!

Finally, let’s give a warm welcome to Br. Salvatore Mwebe who will be preaching at all Masses next weekend, August 1 & 2 —as part of our annual mission appeal--on behalf of the Bannakaroli Brothers.