September 17, 2017
Fr. Andrew installation
Welcome to St. Clare!
On behalf of our parishioners, students, faculty and staff, thank you for joining us today as this special event takes place in our parish. You will find here a lively spirit in our faith community as we proudly celebrate our 90th anniversary. Be sure to visit our Book Sale in the parish hall and our School across the parking lot.
The Bulletin in your hand contains many pages about the life of our community. Also, the specially prepared Mass Mob Booklet, highlights many celebrations, activities, and initiatives that tell the story of who we are. This week's Gospel is all about mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation. I have included a few pages on this topic for your spiritual growth and reflection.
Your help is needed
As we have all seen, a series of violent late summer hurricanes and tropical storms has brought significant destruction and displacement of millions of Americans and those living in the Eastern Carribbean and Puerto Rico.  At the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB), Archbishop Vigneron has asked the faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit to give generously during a special collection at weekend Masses on September 16 and 17 to support relief efforts. Funds given through this collection will support Catholic Charities USA in providing humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, in addition to long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction. The USCCB also assists with pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church. Donations can be made by cash or a check made payable to our parish, with " Hurricane Relief " noted in the memo line. Your donation will make a difference. Thank you for your generosity.
Have a Blessed week,
Fr. Andrew
This Week's Focus...
Parish Picnic

Plan to join us from  3:30 - 8:00 PM at the Tompkins Center inside Windmill Pointe Park for hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages provided by our Knights of Columbus
Everyone is Welcome.
Please bring a dessert or salad/side dish to share.  BYOB.  Sign-up sheets are in the church on the parking lot side wall.  We will be inside the beautifully newly renovated Tompkins Center and on the patio overlooking Lake St. Clair.  Come relax with Parish family and friends.  Mark your calendar to enjoy a late lunch or early dinner with St. Clare!
Windmill Pointe Park: Tompkins Center
Grosse Pointe Park
Bring a dish or dessert to share.
See you there!
Calling All Present and Past Women of the Altar Society of St. Clare and the Archconfraternity of 
Sts. Monica and Augustine
We invite you to participate in a special 11:00 Mass on Sunday, September 24.
Please sit in the front left hand pews so we can celebrate our 90 years of
Serving at the Altar together.
A reception will follow the Mass.  Please come.
Parish, School and Community News
Christian Service Corner
W elcome and thank you for coming to St. Clare Parish and joining us for this special celebration.  We are excited to begin a new year of service activities in our parish and community.  Our commission and its dozen members coordinate and organize projects to allow our parish family to reach out and support those in need in our community.  Allow me to share a few of them with you:
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
The St. Clare family participated in the Capuchin Signature Drive recently that proudly raised $2,430 to support their good works.
Giving Tree Project
We collect hundreds of gifts of clothes, food and gift cards for four deserving ministries in the Detroit area.  Each year I am truly amazed at the kindness and generosity of everyone who takes the time to shop, wrap and donate a gift for someone special.  The agencies we share our gifts with are:  Catholic Charities of SE Michigan; St. Patrick's Senior Center; St. Charles Senior Ministry and Freedom House in Detroit.  Freedom House serves the needs of recent refuges seeking asylum.
St. Leo's Soup Kitchen Lenten Lunch Project
For six lunches during Lent we plan, shop, cook, deliver, prep and serve for 80-140 guests at St. Leo's Soup Kitchen in Detroit.  It is truly a Parish wide undertaking that has become a labor of love.  Like a finely tuned machine the food is dropped-off on Sunday night, delivered on Monday to St. Leo's and prepped and served on Tuesday. 
H.A.R.T. - Haiti Africa Relief Team
HART is a local organization that assists a church damaged by the earthquake in Haiti.  We have held fundraisers to support the rebuilding of their church and host an annual pasta dinner in May for medical relief.  It is a fun evening and supports a wonderful cause.
We hope you will come back to St. Clare and join us by participating in these worthwhile programs.
Mike McDevitt | Christian Service Coordinator | 313-647-5025  |
Faith Formation

CHILDREN'S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Classes began last week. Sunday family (grades K through 9) is held each week beginning with 9:00 Mass and classes from after Mass until 11:30. Parents are asked to be present with the children. Monday classes have begun also.  Grades 1-4 meet from 4:00-5:15. Grades 5-8 meet from 6:30-8:00. 
PARISH FAITH FORMATION: Our series on Prayer will begin on Thursday, September 21.  Dinner is at 6:30 (for a donation of $6-7 with the program beginning at 7:10. This program requires that everyone has a book because it is used like a prayer journal. The cost is $20 payable at the first class.  Come and learn the best way to engage in prayer, different ways to pray and become closer to Jesus.
Youth Group

What : Youth Ministry at St. Clare is a place where high school teenagers gather to learn about themselves, each other and the Catholic faith; to grow as a result of what they learn and the experiences they share; and to love with the open heart of an intentional disciple of Christ.
Who : Any high school teenager in the 9 th -12 th grades.
When: Regular meetings are every Sunday night from 6:00-8:00 PM in the youth ministry office in St. Clare School.
How : Want to join? Come any Sunday night at 6:00 PM to the gazebo area in between the St. Clare Church and School. If you want more information, please contact Stephanie Carder, the youth minister, by phone or e-mail.

Last week...
The youth group visited Cedar Point and heard Casting crowns, Lauren Daigle, Skillet and Ryan Stevenson live in concert. We also ran the children's games at the Parish Picnic!

This week...
will be our first regular meeting from 6-8 PM! Please join us in the back of Church after 5 PM Mass and we will head over to the meeting together. Pizza and breadsticks included (as always)!
All are welcome.

Stephanie Carder
(313) 647-5010
Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus at St. Clare of Montefalco Council 12479 was established on June 9, 1999. We started out with 30 members to get chartered and we currently have about 103 members. 
Our council is very busy-always doing works of charity or working in the church with projects our pastor would like done.
Our patron saint for the council is St. Michael the Archangel and all Knights have Mary as their patron saint. We just recently voted St. Michael the Archangel as council patron saint.
We held our elections this past June and for the new Fraternal year which runs from July1 - June 30.  This year we elected a new Grand Knight, John O'Brien. Along with the other officers and members we our shooting for Star Council again. We have made Star Council 4 years in a row.
We have hosted many activities such as breakfasts, Tootsie roll drive, free throw contests, spelling bees, and poster contests.
The upcoming service activities include helping to clean up the streets of Morning Side. This year we helped cleanup Balduck Park and streets in the area. We have had a few knights help with a family that had a fire take their home. We will again host Light Up for Christ to start off the Christmas season.
We have given Rosaries to our 1 st Communicants and religious pins to those celebrating their Baptism and Confirmation.
We also have an Assembly which consists of 2-3 councils. The Color Corp is the most known part of the Knights of Columbus with the capes, chapeau, and ceremonial swords. The Color Corp is the window of the K of C. We have fallen out for Christmas and Easter Celebrations, Confirmation, and 1 st Communion and at other times. We also help the veterans by collecting items they would not receive upon admission to the VA hospital. We also work with the school to show the 6 graders how to raise and lower the American Flag and also show them how to fold it properly.

SVdP News

2017 Friends of the Poor Walk
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI
Saturday, September 30th
9 a.m. Registration * 10 a.m. Walk Kick-Off * Lunch to Follow
Join us for a day of fun, friendship, and fundraising to support the work of  St. Vincent de Paul at this family-friendly event!  All participants receive a t-shirt and lunch and the kids can enjoy a bounce house and face-painting!  Bring your fellow Vincentians, family and friends!  All funds raised stay at St. Clare to help our local community 
Events and Community Activities
Preview of Upcoming Events
  • Sept. 13-17: PTO Book Sale - Social Hall
  • Sept. 17: Mass Mob 11AM
  • Sept. 17: Parish Picnic 3:30pm Tompkins Center 
  • Sept. 21: First Thurs. night gathering
  • Sept. 23: pilgrimage to the tomb of Fr. Solanus Casey. 
    • Leave by car sharing at 9:30AM.  A docent tour is scheduled for 10-11:30. Suggested donation: $5 per person.
  • Sept. 24: 11am Mass - Altar Society Farewell 
  • Sept. 24: 5:00 pm Mass Starts
  • Sept. 25: NO AM Mass - prayer service only
  • Oct. 01: Baptismal Day
  • Oct. 13 - 15: Oktoberfest
  • Oct. 18 - 27: Holy Land Pilgrimage
  • Nov. 05: Closing All Parish Mass and Brunch 

Save the Date: October 28, 2017
2 nd Annual Trunk or Treat
Children can walk through the parking lot from
car to car and receive a safe treat.
There will be a contest for the best & scariest trunk.
 Children's Mass at 4pm with Fr. Andrew
Father will bless the children in their costumes.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

St. Clare of Montefalco | |