I hope you had a good week.
Traditionally this fourth Sunday of Lent marks a joyful relief amidst the seriousness and somberness of the many weeks of preparation for Easter. Hence, today is called Laetare Sunday - Rejoice Sunday. Even in Lent, in the midst of fasting, almsgiving and prayer we rejoice as the great feast of Easter is near. With joy we bring our offerings, prayers, and intentions to God and ask that they may be received, blessed, and transformed.
Members of the Transition Team met at the rectory of St. Philomena on Monday, March 5th. Our focus was twofold. First, was on drafting a letter containing statistical data about our parishes that can be found in the bulletins this week. Second, creating a Q and A survey to be distributed at both parishes at all Masses next weekend. The survey will also be available on the internet via the AOD website. Members of the Transition Team will compile the data collected and make it available after Easter. Please remember, the bulletin will reflect the information, decisions, and deliberations of the Transition Team. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and prayers as we navigate our clustering process.
As our community journeys with RCIA candidates and catechumens, I would like to invite everyone to our Wednesday Adoration
, from 6 -7 pm. During this season we focus on the three Lenten practices, prayer (or going "up") being one of them. Take the time to slow down a bit, gather your thoughts and reflect prayerfully on what we each need to bring (or look "in") to God for healing and mercy. Last week we started our holy hour of prayer with a 30 min. video presentation "A Lent to Remember" followed by Adoration. This week's video is titled:
An Encounter with Mercy,
begins at 6 pm.
Join us on Friday's during Lent for the Stations of the Cross: in the morning at St. Philomena church following 9 am Mass; in the afternoon with the children from our school at 12:20 pm at St. Clare; or in the evening at 7:30 pm at St. Clare as well. All are welcome.
- Sunday - Laetare Sunday (laetare means "rejoice") "If you wish to be upright in the sight of the Lord, learn to do good and make justice your aim." Think about 3 ways you can bring about change for justice in your everyday life.
- Monday - "This My Body, This is My Blood." What does this mean to you?
- Tuesday - "Do this in Remembrance of Me." What might Jesus be asking of you?
- Wednesday - Read Luke 15:11-32. Reflect on the younger son. How might he feel on his return home? If you were the younger son, what do you do with the rest of your life?
- Thursday - Re-read Luke 15:11-32. Reflect on the elder son. How might you feel about his brother's return home?
- Friday - Reflecting again on the story of the Prodigal son what do you think about the Father's actions. Would you like to have a father like this? Do you?
- Saturday - Read John 7: 1-30. Reflect "Some begin a plot against Jesus." When we sin we join the plot against Jesus. Write a prayer of forgiveness.
Parish, School and Community News
Today, the religious education department is sponsoring a bake sale. Please stop by the Mack door vestibule to choose your dessert for the evening or for the week.
- 8th Grade, St. Clare School Confirmation students, will have their Confirmation interviews this week.
- 7th graders have their 4th Confirmation packet due this week.
- Next week on March 19th, all Monday students in grades 3-8, will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during regular class times.
- First Reconciliation for our second graders will be April 7th at 10:30.
- Today is the Second Scrutiny. Please be sure to welcome Heather Babbie, Brandon Helms, Thomas LoPiccolo, Alisa Shannon, and Nick Sizeland as they draw closer to Full Communion in the Church. Keep up your prayers for our RCIA members and our Confirmation candidates.
- There are two sessions remaining in the Lectio Evangelization Acts of the Apostles Series. After Easter we will continue with live speakers to carry through the theme of Evangelization. On Thursday evenings dinner begins at 6:30 and the program about 7:05. All are welcome.
The Servite Sisters (Sr. Kathy and Sr. M. Peter et al.) invite you to two Lenten events to help us celebrate our 125 years of ministry in the United States. The Cantata "His Last Days," that has been performed since the 1970's, will be presented on Sunday, March 18
at 7:00 here at St. Clare.
Secondly, we'd love to have you join us for the "Maria Desolata." This is a time to stand with Mary as she journeys with Jesus to his death. This will be on Friday, March 23 at 7:30, here at St. Clare.
Christian Service Corner
Leo's Lenten Lunch Project.
Chris, the kitchen manager, has been most grateful for all the food! He can provide close to two meals with our weekly donations.
Our next food drop is this Sunday, March 11 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.
are a regular event during Lent at St. Clare. Plan to come to the Social Hall Dining Area for the
next two Mondays of Lent
to enjoy homemade soups and fresh baked rolls with fellow parishioners and guests. The hours are 5:30 - 7:00 PM. We encourage Religious Education families to make it a part of their Monday routine. A free will offering support
Operation Rice Bowl
projects here at home and across the world.
Operation Rice Bowl is a long time Lenten tradition. This simple cardboard box is a meaningful way to remind yourself of the needs of others during Lent. Your own personal and thoughtful donations support Catholic Relief Services and the many projects they support at home and abroad. Rice Bowls are available on the tables as you exit the church.
Join us for our
St. Patrick's Dinner Party on Saturday, March 10
- walk ups welcome! If you are reading this online or during the Saturday mass please come join us or pick up a
corned beef dinner To Go!
Tickets are $15 at the door and To Go meals are $10! If you are reading this on Sunday, thank you to all who came and enjoyed the evening.
St. Clare Athletics
The St. Clare Basketball Banquet will be held on Sunday, March 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Church Social Hall.
St. Clare K-2 Basketball has begun and the next two practices are March 10th from 2:00-3:00 pm and March 18th from 2:00-3:00 pm in St. Clare's gym. Cost is $25 and is open to everyone. Coach is Brian Smith.
St. Clare Track begins Monday, March 12th with a parent meeting at 5:00 pm. Practices begin Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th from 5:30-7:00 in the St. Clare gym. Bring tennis shoes and be prepared to practice in the gym and outside if weather permits. This is open to grades 3rd-8th, boys and girls and open to St. Clare Students and St. Clare, St. Philomena and St. Ambrose Religious Education students. Cost is $100. Head Coach is Ann Conlan -
St. Clare 7th & 8th Grade Baseball begins Sunday, March 18th at noon to 1:30. Tuesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 22 from 5:30-7:00 in the St. Clare gym. Bring your glove and tennis shoes. This is open to grades 7th & 8th and open to St. Clare Students and St. Clare, St. Philomena and St. Ambrose Religious Education students. CYO allows student-athletes to play Fed Ball, Little League and CYO baseball. Cost is $100. Head Coach is Tom Bruetsch.
Save the Date: St. Clare's 8th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, July 20th.
If you have any questions pertaining to St. Clare Athletics, please contact Bob Conway at 313.882.6369 or email
Our First Bonanza Returns "
" took place last Sunday, March 4th. We are pleased to report that
629 sold tickets
were turned in. The winners of $50 each in the 3
were: Linda Sicklesteel, Jozefa Chmielewski, and Robert Mabarak/Sylvia Herrington.
Our second Bonanza Returns Meeting is Sunday, March 25
from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Whittier Room. Sellers'
will be held at 6:00 p.m., and 3 more lucky
will each win $50.00. Please return all sold tickets in the next two weeks so that they are included in the drawing.
The first Bonanza drawings begin on April 22nd. Since only 1500 tickets will be sold, we encourage you to contact the parish offices, school office, ushers, or one of our sellers to obtain your $50 ticket. Remember, we have 34 drawings with a
Grand Prize of $10,000
. Each ticket is good for all 10 multiple drawings. This means that you can win more than once! Your contribution to Bonanza will help our parish, school, and Religious Education Department.
Be a winner...
purchase your ticket for Bonanza 2018 today!
Friendship. Service. Spirituality. These are aspects of Vincentian life that our conference members embrace! So we always look forward to our turn to host one of the St. Clare Lenten Simple Suppers. Our team turned out in force to assist with the meal on February 26th. Many thanks to our cooks, table setters, servers, shoppers and the clean-up team. Many hands make the job easy, and we are especially grateful to Bernadette Cusmano who took the lead in getting us organized and keeping us on task!
Mary Ann McLaughlin,
Deacon Rich Shubik,
Chee Chee Williams,
...and our student
volunteers, Chris and Brian
65th Anniversary of the Building of St. Clare
Save the Dates
Saturday, April 28, 2018
and Sunday, April 29, 2018
Thanks be to God for those people who sacrificed to build St. Clare of Montefalco.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
- 4 PM Mass includes school families as greeters, long-time parishioners as lectors, ushers and EMEs.
- 7:30 PM Tuesday Musicale of Detroit will present an Opera Concert in Church. No charge. They have performed before at St. Clare and donate all free will offerings toward restoration of St. Clare's piano.
- Afterglow in the Social Hall after the Concert. No charge.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018
- 10 AM Mass - only Mass this day. The Bishop will be the main celebrant - Most Rev. Robert J. Fisher who was ordained as an auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Allen Vigneron on 1-25-17.
- Catered brunch following Mass.
Events and Community Activities
Holy Week Schedule
- Palm Sunday - Masses at 4 pm, 9 am, and 11 am at both parishes, 5 pm on Sunday at St. Clare
- Holy Thursday - Mass at 7:30 pm with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 pm - St. Philomena
- Good Friday - Passion of the Lord at 12:30 pm - St. Clare
- Stations in the Street at 3 pm - Kercheval and Fisher
- Holy Saturday - Blessings of the food at Noon - St. Clare
- Easter egg hunt at 12:30 pm - St. Clare
- Easter Vigil Mass at 8 pm - St. Clare
- Easter Sunday - Masses at 9 am and 11 am at both parishes.