Once a month the friar pastors in the area get together to share ideas and to offer one another support. We take turns hosting the meeting, which includes lunch.  So just this   Monday, Friars David Kohut (St. Francis Seraph), Al Hirt (St. Monica-St. George), Tom Speier (Holy Name), Carl Langenderfer (Holy Family in Oldenburg, IN) and I met at St. Francis Seraph.  Happily, Fr. Carl has joined our group, even though he’s not in the Cincinnati area. I know many of you remember him from his years as assistant pastor at St. Clement. Since Monday was President’s Day, there was no lunch at St. Francis Seraph; so, we walked a couple of blocks south on Vine Street to Sacred Beast, a new little restaurant, and had lunch there. We all had the same thing, their award-winning matzah-ball soup. We talked some at the restaurant and then continued our conversation back at St. Francis Seraph.  I always leave these meetings feeling inspired and encouraged.  We share our bulletins with one another, an excellent resource for new ideas!  Interestingly, Fr. Carl and parishioners have launched a major renovation of Holy Family, including putting a hardwood floor in the sanctuary and re-glazing their stained-glass windows. During this time of redecoration, their weekend   Masses are being held in the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse Chapel. 

 

         Speaking of Oldenburg, a veteran parishioner suggested we ought to consider renting a bus to take interested St. Clement parishioners to the annual Holy Family Festival and chicken dinner.  What do you think?  Our Hospitality Committee might consider the possibilities. Right now, they are planning for our annual St. Clement’s Soup Contest 2019, on March 10th. That was terrific last year, although the number of parishioners attending was small.  One can make a lunch of the samplings of the different soups, along with the free salad, bread and drinks. 

 

         Prior to that, we will have our own Lenten March Madness, sponsored by our Faith     Formation Committee, at Wiedemann’s Brewery—again fun for the whole family. That’s on Sunday afternoon, March 3rsd, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  In the meantime, you can prepare by nominating your favorite saint, using one of the forms on the shelves in the church commons or by the side entrance.

 

         On Sunday, March 17th, at 3:00 p.m. there is a free showing of a brand new documentary on the life of our patron, St. Francis, entitled “St. Francis of Assisi: Sign of Contradiction.” Those who have seen it have given it high marks.  The showing will be in the new Roger Bacon Fine Arts Center. Our province and the Holy Trinity Region of the Secular Franciscans are sponsoring this event.

 

         Still in March is our Super Bingo on March 30th.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about that.

 

         Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6th.  During Lent there will be our weekly Way of the Cross on Fridays, Solemn Evening Prayer on Sundays, Reconciliation Service, presentation on the Holy Land by Deacon John and Colleen Gerke and more.  

 

         May all that we do as a vibrant parish community and individually in the coming weeks be blessed by God’s lavish grace.  I pray you have a great week.  The sun is shining brightly as I write this; though there is prediction of heavy rains ahead.  Regardless of weather, Jesus’ healing light shines on and is never dimmed.  Praise the Lord!