April 22, 2018 | Fourth Sunday of Easter
From the Desk of our Pastor
Blessed Easter
 
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your great support and the warm welcome my family and I received last weekend. The gifts and your hospitality, generosity, prayers, cards, and congratulatory wishes for my anniversary were truly heartfelt. I was deeply humbled by the presentation of the chalice from the St. Clare Community. It will serve as a reminder of this celebration and of my time here and the beauty of this community each time I raise in to the Glory of God during the consecration. Thank you to so many people who gave their time and hands to prepare the celebration of my 25th Anniversary. Everything from the beautiful music and decorations, food and hospitality, to make it joyful, fun, and prayerful. Some even learned to sing in Polish to make it special! Thank you all for journeying together to be Bold, Holy, and Catholic. Please, continue to pray for me as I will continue to pray for you. This is Good Shepherd Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocation - may our prayers include this intention as well especially from our parish.

Confirmations
Final preparations are being made before our parishes celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. St. Clare on Tuesday, April 24 th at 6 pm with Bishop Hurley then St. Philomena on Sunday, April 29 th at 1 pm with Bishop Gumbleton. Thank you to all those involved in preparing our young parishioners for this special Sacrament. May the Holy Spirit strengthen the faith of our candidates as they journey in life.

Weekly Focus
Discipleship and Mission

St. Clare of Montefalco Presents: DISCIPLESHIP & MISSION LECTURE SERIES 4 Stories - 1 Message A unique story from four inspirational disciples. Learn how “unleashing the gospel” is both our duty and our mission.

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Open House

ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO CATHOLIC SCHOOL Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Preschool thru Grade 8

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Tuesday Musicale of Detroit

Saturday Evening | April 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. This is a FREE concert for the Community. Donations toward the renovation of St. Clare of Montefalco's Petrof Piano are gratefully accepted. ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO - 1401 Whittier Rd, Grosse Pointe...

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65th Anniversary Celebration

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. This Mass will include long-time parishioners as greeters,...

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Bulletin Features
Christian Service
Missionary Disciplines

St. Clare Parish hosted a vigil bringing attention to Gun Violence on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 PM in our parking lot. The We GP community organization along with many neighboring churches and community groups came together to hold a candle light vigil and honor the lives lost to gun violence, especially the lives of all our children. I am writing this article before the actual event but believe our willingness to host and participate in this event demonstrates our concern and need for positive change. This event is in solidarity with a national day of action on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. We came together as a community in solidarity with the victims, the families, and the loved ones of those impacted by gun violence. Thank you to all who attended.

Come support H.A.R.T. at St. Clare on Friday, May 18, by attending a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in our Social Hall from 5:30 – 9 PM. We are excited to host and run this worthy event to support H.A.R.T. Our successful Bricks for Haiti project supported the rebuilding of their church and now we can help provide medical supplies and services for this village in Haiti struck by an earthquake in 2010. I would like to make this a parish wide effort to support H.A.R.T. and their projects in Haiti. There are many ways you can help. Look for the sign-up boards in the coming weeks. Make a dessert, help serve, wash dishes, or greet guests.

Christian Service Commission: Would you consider joining us for the 2018-2019 season? We meet monthly on Monday nights at 7:30 PM. Contact me if you would like more details.
Faith Formation
CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION:
 
  • Today and Tomorrow we have regular religious education classes. 
  • This Sunday evening, April 22, at 6:30, will be practice for Confirmation. Candidate and Sponsor/parent must be in attendance.
  • Tomorrow, April 23, the parents and second grade children will have a meeting in the church social hall at 6:30. Second grade children will not have an afternoon class.
  • April 24 is Confirmation with Bishop Walter Hurley. Mass is at 6:00. Candidates will meet in the social hall at 5:40. Sponsors should go directly to their pew.
  • Next Sunday, April 29 is the Celebration of St. Clare’s 65th Anniversary of our present church building. There is only one Mass at 10:00. There will be no Sunday family on the 29th.
  • May 2 at 7:05 is practice for First Communion. First Communion is at the 11:00 Mass on May 6.
 
CLOSING OF RELIGIOUS ED FOR YEAR:  On May 7 there will be a closing picnic for all religious education families. 6:30 is the time. There will be hot dogs, chips, salad, and cake. Plan now to join us. I think we will play “JESUS” bingo again. 
 
School News
Mrs. Rodeghier reports that Grade 2 is learning 3-digit addition and subtraction. At the same time, the students are exploring more about money. That’s something we all would like to do. Grade 2 just made a wall display of why we LOVE Fr. Andrew, for his 25th Anniversary. Finally the 2 nd graders are working on their Magic Tree House. That sounds mysterious. We’ll have to wait for further news to find out what it all means. 
 
St. Clare of Montefalco is hosting  their Open House/Curriculum Fair on Thursday, April 26, 2018. On this day, prospective students and families, will be able to tour and learn about St. Clare Catholic School. St. Clare School will open their doors from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to show families our classrooms, meet the teachers and even enjoy our students displays of work and projects. Please reach out and bring new family with you. We always look forward to seeing fresh new faces!
 
With many blessings,
Ann Tonissen, Principal
Christina Rodeghier, 2 nd Grade Teacher
 
St. Vincent de Paul News

The SVdP Donation container has arrived and is awaiting your contributions! Located in the St. Clare parking lot near Mack in front of the Athletic Center, the “pod” will be available until Monday, April 30th. Please bring your gently used clothing and household items anytime between now and then. It would be helpful if you could lower the sliding door once you make your delivery to protect the donations from our erratic weather! Small pieces of furniture are also welcome—however, if it takes more than one adult to move it, the piece is really too large for the container. You may make arrangements for a free pick-up by calling the SVdP Central office at 313-672-7837 or toll free at 877-788-4623.

Our SVdP Conference is always ready to welcome new members and interested observers. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 15th at 7 pm in the Parish Office. We are also hosting an SVdP informational seminar known as the Ozanam Orientation on Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Vincentians are requested to attend this workshop within their first year of service, but it is also a great program for anyone desiring to learn about the history, mission, and “Rule” of the Society.

For more information, contact Barb at barbarakoster@comcast.net or leave a message on the SVdP Assistance Line at 313-647-5062.
 
Thanks for helping us help others!
Barbara Koster/SVdP Conference President
Servites - 125th Anniversary Year
Plan now to attend a special healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of those who suffer from cancer and other life threatening illnesses. This will be held at St. Clare of Montefalco on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30. This is part of the Servites 125th Anniversary Year of ministering in the United States. 
 
A Servite Mass Mob will be held at St. Clare of Montefalco on Sunday, September 16 at 11:00. We would like to have all who know a Servite Sister or Associate, former parishioners of St. Juliana or St. John Berchman Parish, and graduates of these schools or Servite High. Please reach out to anyone you know and invite them to help the Servites have a grand and glorious Celebration of 125 years in the US.
Mass Schedule
¨   April 21/22
  • St. Philomena
  • ¨ 4:00 pm, 9:00 am 11:00 am: Fr. Andrew
  • St. Clare
  • ¨ 4:00 pm: Fr. Sandor OFM CAP
  • ¨ 9:00 am & 11 am: Fr. Luedke SJ
  • ¨ 5:00 pm: Fr. Andrew
¨   April 28/29
  • St. Philomena
  • ¨ 4:00 pm: OFM CAP
  • ¨ 9:00 am & 11 am: Fr. Sandor OFM CAP
  • ¨ 1:00 pm – Confirmation Mass: Bishop Gumbleton
  • St. Clare
  • ¨ 4:00 pm: Fr. Andrew
  • ¨ 10:00 am - 65th Anniversary: Bishop Fisher
¨   May 5/6
  • St. Philomena
  • ¨ 4:00 pm, 9:00 am & 11:00 am: OFM CAP
  • St. Clare
  • ¨ 4:00 pm, 9:00 am, 11:00 am & 5:00 pm: Fr. Andrew
¨   May 12/13
  • St. Philomena
  • ¨ 4:00 pm, 9:00 am & 11:00 am: Fr. Andrew
  • St. Clare
  • ¨ 4:00 pm, 9:00 am & 11:00 am: OFM CAP
  • ¨ 5:00 pm: Fr. Andrew
 

Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE - On May 19, St. Clare of Montefalco is sponsoring the Soave Family Mobile Mammography Unit at St. Clare. This service is open to all women over 40, insured, uninsured, underinsured, or with limited access to screenings. It is affiliated with St. John Providence Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. All mammography images are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. To register, please call 1-844-SJP-MAMM
  • Apr. 26: School Open House - more info...
  • Apr. 28: Tuesday Musicale - Opera Concert - more info...
  • Apr. 28-29: 65th Building Anniversary - more info...
  • May 5-6: School Pla
  • May 05: Healing Mass 10:30 am
  • May 12: Wayne County Health Fair
  • May 13: Mother's Day Breakfast
  • May 18: HART Spaghetti Dinner - more info...
  • May 19: Mobile Mammography
  • July 20: Golf Outing
  • Oct. 06: Healing Mass 10:30 am
  • Oct. 13: Oktoberfest
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