February 19, 2017
Fr. Andrew has been away this week for some well-deserved R & R with family.  I hope he has enjoyed his week, and that you are having a good week, too!

Census Updates
Many thanks to the almost 300 families who have returned their Census Update forms! If you have not yet done so, please pick up a form in the church, fill in the basic information, and return it in the collection basket. As an added favor, if you have neighbors who are unable to come to church, but are still members of the parish, please visit them with a form. The more updates we receive, the less follow-up calls will need to be made by volunteers! Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated my friends!

Lent Is Almost Upon Us
Can you believe that Lent begins in just one and one-half weeks; and what a Lent it will be at St. Clare! I will give you a brief rundown of some of the Lenten opportunities that are planned for us.
  • Ash Wednesday is March 1st, and we will begin with three opportunities for Mass and distribution of ashes: 8:15 a.m. with the school children, 12:00 noon, and 7:00 p.m. On that same day, plan to join us for the first Simple Supper (homemade soups and bread) from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. After that, Simple Suppers will move to Monday evenings for the next 5-weeks.
  • On Thursday evenings Adult Faith Formation continues with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion. So, no cooking on Wednesday or Thursday: What a deal; two nights out! If you are able, a free-will offering is very much appreciated!
  • On Fridays, our school children will participate in mid-day Stations of the Cross at 12:15. Adults are welcome and encouraged to join them. Or, plan to attend adult-hosted Lenten Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. on the Fridays of Lent (except March 31st, the day of our School Play).
  • For those who must leave for work early and cannot attend Morning Mass, perhaps you would consider joining us for Tuesday evening Mass at 6:30, and making Tuesdays a part of your Lenten preparation.
  • If service is important to your Lenten planning, take a look at the sign-up boards on the Whittier wall this weekend. There are many ways to serve those who are less fortunate, and the St. Leo's Lenten Lunch Project is one of them!
Of course, one of the highlights of our Lenten journey is sure to be our Lenten Mission on March 20, 21, and 22.  Fr.  Jim Clarke is coming from LA to present a timely message, Change and transition: Time to Panic or Time for Renewal?  Fr. Clark will celebrate morning Mass, followed by a Mission talk.  For those who prefer to attend in the evening, Mass will also be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. followed by the presentation.  You will not want to miss our Parish Mission!  Did I mention that Fr. James J. Clarke, Ph.D., is the Director of Spiritual Formation and Assistant Professor of Spirituality at St. John's Seminary in California.  He regularly preaches retreats, workshops, and conferences throughout the United States.  I am looking forward to meeting Fr. Clarke, and I hope you are too!
This Week's Focus
Saints of the Week:  
February 20th.  Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto.   Program: Divine Mercy, Episode 6: Fatima. Movie: 13th Day.

February 22. Feast of the Chair of St. Peter and St. Margaret of Cortona. 
Program: Lectio. Peter;  
Movie: Saint Peter.
Audio: Saints for Sinners.
Bonanza 2017

As you know, Bonanza is our only Parish fundraiser. This year, with your help, we plan to again sell all 1,500 tickets. There are 34 chances to win, and the top prize is $10,000.  Contact information for Sellers is on our website (click here), or feel free to stop at the parish or school offices to pick up your $50 ticket.
Parish, School and Community News
Christian Service
Mike McDevitt |  Christian Service Coordinator

Roll up your sleeves and let's get cooking! The St. Leo's Lenten Lunch Project boards are on the parking lot wall of the church.  Please sign-up to shop, cook, deliver, prep & serve food at St. Leo's. There are many ways to contribute to this worthwhile project, we are grateful for whatever you can do to make this project a success.  Mark your calendars for our first food drop on Sunday March 5th in the church Social Hall Kitchen Area from 4:45 - 6:00 PM.  The food is delivered on Mondays and served on Tuesdays.  Read each sign-up sheet and decide how you would like to help.  more info...
Simple Suppers are a regular event during Lent at St. Clare. Plan to come to the Social Hall Dining Area to enjoy homemade soups and fresh baked rolls with fellow parishioners and guests. Our first one is on Ash Wednesday , March 1 , and then the next five Mondays during Lent.  We encourage Religious Education families to make it a part of their Monday routine. A free will offering will support Operation Rice Bowl projects here at home and across the world.
Save the date: Saturday March 18 - St. Patrick's Dinner Party at St. Clare Church hosted by our Knights of Columbus and PIC.  The Celtic Cross Band will entertain us once again with traditional Irish music.  A full corned beef dinner will be prepared by Chef Larry and the Knights of Columbus.  Mark your calendar and plan to join the festivities!

For more information on our group please contact Mike McDevitt 313-647-5025.
Faith Formation
Sister Kathy Avery | DRE

PARISH MISSION.  March 20, 21, 22.
Who is coming?  Fr. Jim Clarke, Jesuit. Head of Evangelization for the diocese of Los Angeles.  Theme: Change and transition: Time to Panic or Time for Renewal?  What do you think?  Is this a time for panic for us or a time of renewal?  Let me know what you think.   
  • Due to winter break there is no Sunday family program this week, February 19, or next week, February 26.
  • There is no Monday class on February 20. 
Due to this being President's weekend we should take some time to pray for our country, for a spirit of cooperation and a spirit of peace.
Thursday Faith Formation:  February 23 rd : Walk through the Mass or The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure. Even if you have not attended one of our sessions before, please feel free to come and check us out.  Dinner is at 6:30 and programs begin at 7:00.  
Are you being Positively Catholic? Remember, nothing can separate us from the love of God...NOTHING!  Chapter 4 of the book Positively Catholic talks more about this phenomenon.  Please take time to read it.
High School Youth Group  (C.R.E.W.)

Last week...
We hosted trivia night and spent Valentine's Day with Jesus in Adoration.
This Week...
We are discussing why we are here...part 2!
If you have never come before, please come and join us-we love new faces! We meet in the back of Church at 6 PM every Sunday!

Stephanie Carder, Youth Minister
Scholastic Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families: Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here's what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading: Set the example. Let children see you read. Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills. Support our school's Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

Book Fair Dates and Time 
March 5th - 10th Shopping hours
Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm, 
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm 

Special Activities: Monday - Family Night 5:00pm-8:00pm. There will be contests and gift certificates and poster giveaways every 15 minutes. Also the class with the best turn-out will receive a popcorn party. 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Online Fair is available from March 1st - 11th.
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 

Sincerely, Ann Conlan 
Book Fair Chairperson
Funeral Planning Seminar

Please join us Tuesday evening March 14th at 7 pm to learn about funeral planning. Fr. Andrew will be discussing Catholic protocol for a Catholic funeral...and what the church asks of it's faithful at the time of a death. Verheyden Funeral Home and Resurrection Cemetery will be there to answer your questions and discuss the value of pre-planning. Come and get answers to the questions you have been wondering about at the educational seminar. If you are the guardian of aging parents please come to get valuable information you will need when arranging for them. Please contact Jozefa in the Parish Office (313) 647-5060 to reserve a seat. If someone you loved passed away yesterday what would you be doing today? Come and find out the answers.
Events and Community Activities
Augustinian Gala

You are invited to attend the 2017
Augustinian Gala
Honoring the Berschbacks

The Midwest Augustinians have taught and ministered to the faithful of the Midwest for over 100 years. They served the parish of St. Clare of Montefalco until 2012, and taught at area schools St. Clare and Austin Catholic High School.

The Augustinians will be holding their 5th annual gala on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.  This year's honorees include Fr. Jim Friedel, O.S.A., D.Min., Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A., and Anne and Don Berschback - Affiliates, distinguished volunteers, and friends of the Augustinian Order.
Preview of Upcoming Events
  • Mar. 01: Ash Wednesday
  • Mar. 01: Simple Supper Start
  • Mar. 06: Simple Supper
  • Mar. 13: Simple Supper 
  • Mar. 18: St. Patrick's Day Dinner
  • Mar. 18-23: Parish Mission
  • Mar. 20: Simple Supper
  • Mar. 27: Simple Supper
  • Apr. 03: Simple Supper
  • Apr. 22: First Reconciliation
  • Apr. 22: Celebrating 90 years of St. Clare of Montefalco - Opera Concert - 7:30pm
  • Apr. 29: St. Clare School Auction
  • May 7: First Communion
  • May 9: Confirmation
  • June 2: School Graduation
  • June 3: St.  Clare School Alumni Gathering
  • June 4: Appreciation Day
  • July 21: Annual Golf Outing
  • Aug 12: Project Hope Walk 
  • Aug: 20: Celebration of the Feast of St. Clare of Montefalco
  • Sept. 17: Parish Picnic
  • Oct. 13 - 15: Oktoberfest
  • Nov. 05: Closing All Parish Mass and Brunch 
St Clare of Montefalco's Annual PTO Auction

Save the Date:  April 29, 2017
St. Clare - 90 Years Strong and Still Growing
AS always, we rely on donations and the patrons of our community.
 If you have any items or services to donate, please contact our acquisitions team
 via or call: 313-779-9282.
Thank you for your continued support and plan to join us!
Parish Mission
Save the dates: March 18-21, 2017. Fr. Jim Clarke, a Jesuit from Los Angeles, will be here for our Parish Mission. The theme is Change and Transition: Time to Panic or Time for Renewal? Talks will be held in the mornings and evenings.  Plan now to renew your life this coming Lent.
Colleen Keelan | St. Clare of Montefalco | |