February 12, 2017
Fr. Andrew installation
I hope you had a great weekend.
History was made last Sunday and the drama still lingers on the pages of the news, TV, and many YouTube segments. Congratulations to the winners.Thank you to the PIC members for organizing the party at Bogartz, and all of the parishioners and friends of St. Clare who joined us. This weekend at the 9:00 a.m. Winter Sports Mass, we welcome two legends of the Detroit Lions. After Mass, all are welcome to join us for pictures and a Sunday Social in the parish hall. Also, if you are free this Sunday evening following the 5:00 p.m. Mass, join the Hospitality Committee and our Youth Group, for some fun with good food, drinks, and trivia questions. Babysitting will be provided - free of charge. Please see pg. 5 for more details.
Our 90th Anniversary Year creates a great opportunity to reenergize our faith and bring to life the mission and vision of our parish and school communities. I am convinced, that working together we will make St. Clare a place that fosters a growing relationship with God in a welcoming, vibrant and healthy community making us an even more amazing parish!  In the next few months there will be several gatherings of parish ministries and leadership to see how we can accomplish this. We are already off to a good start this weekend-meeting with the Sacristans and Bereavement Ministers in our church to review updates and encourage each other in these ministries. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for partaking in the life and ministry of our parish and school.
This Week's Focus
Winter Sports Mass

Join us this Sunday at the 9:00 am for our Winter Sports Mass. We welcome two legends of the Detroit Lions, Greg Landry and Rich Strenger. After Mass, all are welcome to join us for pictures and a Sunday Social in the parish hall. See you there! 

Do you enjoy PIZZA, BEER or TRIVIA?!

Come join the hospitality team and youth group for a Sunday evening social on February 12 th after 5 PM Mass. Enjoy good company, comfort food and try your hand at a fun round of trivia questions! The cost will be $10 a person; everyone under 12 years old is free!   We will also provide free babysitting. Please bring your whole family and all of your friends! Everyone is welcome!
Sunday Social
February 12
After the 9 am and 11 am Masses
  Take some time to relax and share with fellow parishioners.
Have you signed up for FORMED?  If not, go to Scroll down to register, register and then enjoy.  If you need assistance, please see Fr. Tom or Fr. Andrew. 

Saints of the Week:  St. Valentine.  Program:  Beloved: They Mystery and Meaning of Marriage. Session 1: Does Marriage Matter?   Movie: The Jeweller's Shop.  Audio: How to Apply our Faith to our Families.
February Feature on FORMED:  Marriage and Family Life. How are you and your spouse communicating?  When was the last time you signed into FORMED?  Try it, you might like it.  It has lots of inspiring messages.

Last Sunday we kicked off our annual Bonanza Raffle. Tickets were distributed to our 11 Team Captains who will, in turn, distribute them to their sellers. 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.
Perhaps you would like to help St. Clare with this fundraiser, and at the same time, have a chance to win a prize for just selling Bonanza tickets.  That's right, if you sell a winning ticket you will receive a check for 10% of the amount of the winning prize (over and above the winner's prize).  To qualify as a Bonanza Seller, we ask only that you try to sell a minimum of 5 tickets.  Our list of sellers will appear in next week's bulletin.  If you would like to add your name to our seller's list, please contact: Tim Kramer at (313) 727-3540 or me.   
Can't be a seller at this time?  Well can you help your parish by purchasing a ticket?  If each family purchases one $50 ticket, we will easily reach our goal of selling 1,500 tickets.  Call one of our sellers, or stop at the parish offices to purchase your ticket.  Be a winner; support Bonanza 2017 as a Captain, Seller, or Buyer!

Janet Guensche
Bonanza Moderator
Parish, School and Community News
Christian Service
Mike McDevitt |  Christian Service Coordinator

It is never too early to say Thank You to St. Clare Parish for your great support of our Lenten Lunch Project. The St. Leo's Lenten Lunch Project boards will be going during the weekend of February 18-19.  There are many ways to contribute to this worthwhile project: shop, cook, deliver food, prep, and serve meals - 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 5 in the church Social Hall Kitchen. 
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.
Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Super Bowl Party at Bogart'z Food & Spirits .  We had a fun time and enjoyed a great buffet put on by Jason and his staff.  What a spectacular ending!  Those of us who waited until the end were treated to an amazing finish.  A special shout out to PIC members (Participation, Involvement and Commitment) for organizing the event.

For more information on our group please contact Mike McDevitt 313-647-5025.
School News
Geoff Fisher I School Principal
This week we celebrate hearts! We have St. Valentine's Day on Tuesday, and Friday is jump rope and hoops for heart. The students will jump rope and shoot basketballs with their grades. The money raised will be donated to the American Heart Association. There will also be some mini lessons about being heart smart and heart healthy.

Friday, the 17 th is also the last day before Mid-Winter break. There will be no school February 20-24 th . School resumes at the normal time of 7:55 on February 27 th . Also, on February 27 th will be our school wide presentations on Black History Month. Then we conclude February and go into March which is reading month!

Looking ahead March 1 st is Ash Wednesday. The children will celebrate the Mass at 8:15 and receive ashes. That Saturday, March 4 th is the annual Daddy Daughter Dance.

Have a great week!
Faith Formation
Sister Kathy Avery | DRE

Happy Valentine's Day.
May your hearts be happy, holy, and healthy.
Please be sure to tell spouses and children, "Iove you." BE BOLD!

Children's Religious Education Programs:
  • This week's Sunday family is on Lesson 18.
  • Monday group should be on lesson 17. 
Today we welcome grades K,1,3 and 8th grade students to pray especially for the parish this weekend. Our winter sport athletes will also grace us with their presence.

There are no religious education classes next week due to Winter Break. Enjoy your days off.
Monday classes will resume on February 27, and Sunday family on March 5.  If you have not taken the name of a candidate for Confirmation from the basket by the Baptismal font please do so and begin praying for him/her as this group journeys toward Confirmation. All Confirmation papers are due this weekend.

High School Youth Group  (C.R.E.W.)

Last week...
We talked about why we are here and who Jesus is.
This Week...
Is Trivia Night! Please come and support the young people in our Parish! It is $10 per person and begins after the 5:00 p.m. Mass in the social babysitting and no experience necessary! Give it a try!
Stephanie Carder, Youth Minister
Knights of  Columbus

The St. Clare of Montefalco Knights of Columbus Council 12479 will host a Major Degree on February 18, 2017. The Major Degree is an opportunity for 1 st Degree members to do their 2 nd and 3 rd Degrees toward their completion to Knighthood.
All new candidates can take their 1 st ,2 nd and 3 rd Degrees all in one day.
Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.
  • 1st Degree will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
  • 2nd Degree will start at about 10:30 a.m.
  • and the 3rd Degree will start shortly after completion of the 2nd Degree. 
By doing your Degrees this way you will complete your journey to Knighthood in one day
Lunch and Refreshments will be provided after completion of the 3 rd Degree.
For more information contact the Grand Knight Lawrence Radgowski at: 313-331-7482 (Home) or 313-530-3992 (Cell)
St. Vincent de Paul

High energy bills can be a "budget buster" for individuals and families living on a limited income.  St. Vincent de Paul has been providing funds via the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) to help people out of shut-off.  Here at St. Clare,  volunteers have been writing grant applications since October and having access to funds that keep their utilities on has been quite a blessing to the eligible applicants. 

Now the program is going a step further.  People who apply for the MEAP are being asked to attend an Energy Savers Workshop . On Saturdays in conjunction with our bi-weekly EAP sessions, instructors from ECOWorks will be conducting a 1 hour 15 minute seminar featuring energy solutions and strategies geared toward self-sufficiency.  This new addition to the EAP process is an effort to help people change the habits and improve the issues in their homes that cause them to get behind on their energy bills in the first place.

If you'd like more information about the energy assistance grant or this new Energy Savers Workshop, please leave a message on our St. Clare SVdP Assistance line:  313-647-5062.
Thanks for helping us help others!
Barbara Koster
SVdP Conference President
Events and Community Activities
Preview of Upcoming Events
  • Mar. 18: St. Patrick's Day Dinner
  • Mar. 18-23: Parish Mission
  • 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!
Sunday School During Mass for 2 1/2 - 6 Year old's.
We have had a request to reinstate the Children's Liturgy of the Word and some child care for Sundays during the 9:00 or 11:00 Masses; but we need volunteers. If this is something you would find interesting please see Sr. Kathy or contact her at or 313-647-5110.
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.

Super Bowl Party 2017

Colleen Keelan | St. Clare of Montefalco | |