Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

      Young adults, pay attention!  If you were at one of our Masses last weekend, you heard about a gathering at LaRosa’s this past Friday night.  The announcement was wrong—my bad!  It is Friday evening, March 23, that we invite young adults (18-39) to join us in the church commons for our 7:00 p.m. Way of the Cross and then to enjoy a free dinner and conversation at LaRosa’s across the street

     This Monday, March 12, is our monthly Eucharistic Day with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Friars Chapel beginning at 12 noon and continuing till 7:00 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m. we will have some prayers and reflection on the Eucharist concluding with Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. This time of prayer will last no longer than 30 minutes.   As was announced last month and explained in the bulletin, we will no longer pray the Rosary during this time nor the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, for those are devotions to Our Lady.  There will be other special times of prayer for Marian devotion.

     This coming Wednesday evening, March 14, we will have our annual Lenten Reconciliation   Service. As a family of believers, we will gather in celebration of God’s infinite mercy.  It will be celebrated a bit differently than in past Lents.  I hope you take the time to read the read the special page on the Sacrament in today’s bulletin, much of which was prepared by theologian Fr. Tom Richstatter, OFM.  He used this presentation when celebrating the Sacrament with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in their Hartwell motherhouse chapel and in parishes around St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology where he was a professor.  This hour of prayer is designed to “enable the mercy and forgiveness of God . . . to become ‘visible’ in this act of   worship celebrating this sacrament.” What a glorious way to prepare ourselves for the new life offered us in the dying and rising of Jesus which we celebrate in the coming Easter Triduum! 

     A huge thank you to members of the Festival Committee—Barb Kalb, Andy Kalb, Walt St. Clair, Joe and Kay Thoman and Keith Geraci—who spent the better part of this past Sunday afternoon and evening in the kitchen of St. Clement Friary.  They prepared the delicious five-course meal for our lucky Friars Feast winners—Steve and Kathy Anneken and their family. Our beloved traditional chef, Ms. Dixie Charrington, was unable to be with us this year because of health and family matters, but our folks had assisted her in previous years and were using her recipes.  These same folks also kept the kitchen immaculate and assisted in cleaning up the elegantly prepared “dining room,” which is actually the friary living room.  I personally thank Bro. Vince who prepared the dining area, including floral arrangements on the table and a burning fire place, and who assisted Bro. Kevin and me in serving the festive meal. 

     Next Saturday, March 17, there is another very important event for St. Clement Parish, most especially for St. Clement School.  It’s the date of our annual Super Bingo.  I, along with many others will spend most of the day there assisting in generating needed funds for our school and providing a fun and perhaps lucky event for the many, many folks who come to play bingo, take chances on other prizes, enjoy good food, fun and fellowship. The maximum amount of money allowed by the state of Ohio is awarded in prizes.  Please check out the special page in this week’s bulletin for all of the information you need.  See you next Saturday—your lucky day!