be BOLD, be HOLY, be CATHOLIC
January 21, 2017
We are a Bold, Holy, and  Catholic Parish!
 
How do I know that? Because I worship with you several times a week. Because I participate in many parish activities. I've seen you pray, I've seen you carry groceries downstairs from the Kroger-Gleaners-St. Clare project to provide for the needy.  Many times I've shared faith at our faith formation gatherings with you.  And because I know that, I have written down major events of this past week that I am grateful to see happening here at St. Clare of Montefalco,  
  1. Thank you to our Knights of Columbus and our vocations from St. Clare and the fantastic gathering of last weekend.
  2. Thank you to our Confirmation candidates who made a recommitment last Sunday.
  3. And thank you to the Sunday social organizers and all who came for coffee and donuts.
  4. Thank you to the St. Vincent de Paul leaders and all the volunteers who assisted last weekend at the Kroger's collection.  (And you had an extremely cold weekend.)
  5. Thank you to those who have agreed to begin training to be Stephen Ministers.
  6. Thank you to those who attended the Tuesday Musicale.
  7. Thanks to those who gave blood at the Red Cross drive on Wednesday.
 
And there were 52 people last Thursday at the first installment of the Acts of the Apostles/Evangelization series.  Fantastic! But there should still be more!
 
Now, that is a whole lot of activities here! How were you involved?  To what did you contribute?
 
This Week's Focus...
School Open House

January 28, 2018
2-4 pm.
Catholic Schools Week

Next Saturday we will begin a week of prayer, encouragement, pride, and support for our Catholic School of St. Clare.  It has been in existence for 90 years.  Help the school to continue to instill faith and knowledge to our young people in the parish and surrounding community. Come to the Saturday, January 27, 4:00 Mass and/or 8:15 Mass on Wednesday January 31 to pray and celebrate with us.  Bring someone to the open house Sunday, January 28 from 2-4. Come and visit the school.  It is "our" school.  We as a parish are responsible for it. 
125 Years

Calling all who know or are associated with the Servite Sisters or associates (Servants of Mary), that's Sr. M. Peter and Sr. Kathy here at St. Clare. This year we are celebrating 125 years of our presence in the United States. So... We're also looking for anyone who was part of St. Juliana, St. John Berchman, Servite High, and/or a family member of a Servite to:
SAVE THE DATE
September 16, 2018, 11:00 am
Servite Mass Mob
 
Also, there are several "Servite traditions" being offered here at St. Clare.  The cantata, "His Last Days" will be March 18 at 7:00 PM. The Maria Desolata, (stand with Mary at the foot of her son's cross) on March 23 at 7:30.  A healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of those who suffer from cancer or other debilitating illnesses. This will be May 5 at 10:30.   Load up your calendar NOW.
Catholic Services Appeal
Priestly Vocations

Please pray for the men discerning a call to the priesthood during this weekend's discernment weekend at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Thanks to your gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal, the archdiocesan Office of Priestly Vocations offers these firsthand, up close, and stress-free looks at seminary life several times a year. They include presentations on the four pillars of formation (Spiritual, Human, Intellectual and Pastoral fellowship), which are the foundation of the seminary formation program, as well as time for fellowship and prayer.  The next discernment weekend, for men who are high school  seniors to 55 years old, will be held March 22-25. Details about discernment weekends and discernment overnights, for high school freshmen to juniors, can be found at detroitpriest.com.  For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to aod.org.
Parish, School and Community News
Faith Formation

Child Catechesis:   Classes continue for all grades.  There will be a parent/child meeting for those preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Communion on February 25. Children are encouraged to invite his/her Godparents to the 9:00 Mass.  There will be a rite of enrollment for the Sacraments at this Mass.  Following the Mass, there will be a meeting. We need a baptismal certificated for each child who will receive the Sacrament.  Also on the 25 th there is a Sunday Social for grades 2, 3 and 4.  All families are encouraged to bring a breakfast treat to share.
 
On February 4 th, there is a winter sports Mass.  This will recognize all students playing basketball for St. Clare.  Please bring a breakfast treat to share.
 
On February 4/5, the 7 th grade 3 rd packet for Confirmation is due. 
On February 12, all Confirmation paper work is due. Please do not wait until the last minute to do the work.  The saint report, letter to the pastor, saint name, sponsor verification, should be done in the next three weeks. Be certain the religious education office has a copy of your baptismal certificate.
 
Adult Faith Formation:   There are opportunities for faith formation on Monday and Friday mornings after Mass at 9:00 and on Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30. Join us to "Proclaim the Kerygma" this Thursday. Dinner is at 6:30 and Program is at 7:00.  All are welcome. If you have no idea what the Kerygma is, come and see.
 
Christian Service Corner
Mike McDevitt | email:  mmcdevitt@stclarem.org
 
Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
 
The St. Clare Warm Hands, Warm Hearts collection takes place this weekend, January 20-21 .  Please look for our young Confirmation disciples and Christian Service members at the doors holding collection cans and placards.  This annual collection after Masses supports the St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services and the Pope Francis Warming Programs.  St. Al's is a neighborhood services program that reaches people on the streets with their bicycle carts.  The Pope Francis Warming Center provides food, showers, counseling and more.  We provide hand warmers for their programs and additional gifts of money to purchase coffee, sandwiches and much needed supplies.  Your donation of any size is greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your support.  Checks may be made out to St. Clare Church with Warm Hands in the memo line.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Red Cross Blood Drive held last Wednesday.  The "Gift of Life" touches lives in so many ways.  I wish to especially thank Tamara Smith for organizing and hosting this valuable project.  
 
Come join us for the St. Clare Super Bowl Party to be held in the St. Clare Social Hall on Sunday February 4, 2018 .  After a successful Detroit Lions Tailgate Party during Oktoberfest we have decided to try a similar event for the Super Bowl.  Your $10 ticket will let you watch the game on the Jumbo Screen, eat pizza and hot dogs provided by your host PIC.  Please BYOB and a dish, appetizer, salad or dessert to share for a Pot Luck dinne r to support the pizza and hotdogs. Coffee, water and all paper products will be provided.  A sign-up board is on the parking lot wall in the church.  Come cheer for your favorite team and watch the commercials with friends!  Tickets go on sale this weekend at all Masses.  Tickets are also available at the Parish Office.  $10/person .
 
Finally, I continue to accept names and suggestions to help fill our maintenance positions at St. Clare.  In the months to come I will be looking to fill both a full-time as well as a part-time position.  Both positions involve various mechanical skills and custodial work to keep our buildings healthy and beautiful.  Thank you for your support.
Stephen Ministry - God's Love in Action
 
The Stephen Ministry training is off to a great start.  This weekend the class focused on three topics:
  1. Learning the five foundational characteristics of the caregiver is helpful but is also hard work!
  2. The importance of recognizing and accepting all the feelings people have.
  3. Honing their listening skills and finding out that listening well is extremely helpful and caring but also hard work. 
We thank God for the continuing dedication of our Stephen
Minister trainees and ask for your continued prayers for them and for God's blessing upon their ministries.
Events and Community Activities
Ministry of Care

The Ministry of Care of St. Clare of Montefalco is recruiting parishioners to make phone calls to the home bound and/or make visits to hospitals and nursing homes. 
 
If you can help, please call Pat Radnick at (313)885-5210 or email me at patradnick@gmail.com
The Legion of Mary of St. Clare of Montefalco 

The Legion of Mary extends an invitation to any man or woman over the age of 18 years interested in joining the Legion of Mary. The meetings will take place every Tuesday morning starting at 9:30 am in the Whittier Room of the Parish Offices at 1401 Whittier Rd., Grosse Pointe Park.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Jerome Krause at   586-757-0126. You may also visit our website at http://www.legionofmary.org .  

Join us in praying the Rosary every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the Church.
Preview of Upcoming Events
  • Jan. 28: School Open House
  • Feb. 04: Super Bowl party - download flyer
  • Feb. 04: Winter Sports Mass - 9:00 am - download flyer
  • Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday
  • Feb. 17:  Coffee House
  • Mar. 10: St. Patrick's Day Party
  • Mar. 11: RE Bake Sale
  • Mar. 18: His Last Day's Concert
  • Mar. 29: Holy Thursday
  • Mar. 30: Good Friday
  • Mar. 31: Holy Saturday
  • Apr. 01: Easter Sunday
  • Apr. 21: School Auction
  • May 06: Healing Mass 10:30 am
  • July 20: Golf Outing
  • Oct. 06: Healing Mass 10:30 am
  • Oct. 13: Oktoberfest


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