February 5, 2017
Fr. Andrew installation
I pray you had a blessed week.
It was a great week in the life of our Archdiocese. Last Wednesday, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was filled with bishops, priests and laity celebrating the joyous occasion of the ordination of two bishops. The Ordination took place on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25 th and Archbishop Vigneron challenged Bishops Battersby and Fisher to continue St. Paul's legacy of personal conversion. He also said that they are called to serve in a different setting than Paul: in this time of the New Evangelization in Detroit. Having the privilege of being there and listening to the homily - I thought about us here at St. Clare. We too are called to personal conversion (be holy) and we too are called (to witness) to lead each other in this great effort to re-evangelize and reignite the spark of the Gospel. We help people understand that the good news is the best news (unleash the Gospel). This is what we strive for here at St. Clare: to encounter Jesus, grow in faith, and share it with others.
Catholic Schools week
National Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, ends this weekend. Our School celebrated with fanfare and many activities. Please visit the school website at for stories, pictures, or to just simply browse to see what is new in "Falconland." The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 was "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." Here at St. Clare we had parish and school Masses; we went to the Cathedral; hosted an open house; and thanks to the members of the Knights of Columbus, we enjoyed a great breakfast and we honored our teachers with a special lunch. All this to celebrate and give thanks for 90 years of the presence of our school in Grosse Pointe and Detroit.
Winter Carnival
We begin the second month of winter Carnival that will end on the night before Ash Wednesday. We call that day Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28 th . Our Parish, with PIC and Hospitality Committees organizing, will host special events and would love to invite you to take part in the festivities. First, The Super Bowl party at Bogartz is on Sunday Feb. 5 th . The party begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until the game is over! Also, the Hospitality Committee invites you to a special Mass on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. followed by a Sunday evening social with good food, drinks, and trivia questions. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. 
This Week's Focus
St. Clare Community Crawl Event

Please support St. Clare School by ordering a carry out from Hungry Howies located on Jefferson in Grosse Pointe Park,  on Tuesday February 7th.  When  picking up your food or having it delivered, let them know that you are supporting "St. Clare" and they will donate a portion of the proceeds back to our school. Please see the school website for more information.  Thank you for your continued support.

I am very grateful to each of you for your financial support of our parish. Thanks to you we are able to provide many opportunities for our parish to be beautiful, blessed, healthy, and growing. As we begin the Bonanza fundraiser in 2017 I would like to ask all of you to: buy a ticket, take a ticket, and sell a ticket. There are only 1500 tickets printed and Janet with Bob Conway and Tim Kramer are counting on each of us to support this fundraiser.
F r. Andrew
In February, FORMED will feature Marriage and Family Life. 

Some inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in February are: Movie -  Jeweller's Shop.   Program- Beloved.   Audio -  How to Apply our Faith to our Families .  Book -  The Father of the Family.
If you would like to follow some of the saints for February here are some resources:
  • February 8th St. Josephine Bakhita; Movie: Bakhita: From Slave to Saint.
  • February 10th St. Jose Sanchez Del Rio; Audio: Ataque a la Libertad Religiosa.
  • February 11th Our Lady of Lourdes; eBook: Golden Legend of Young Saints.  Audio: St. Bernadette.
Parish, School and Community News
Christian Service
Mike McDevitt |  Christian Service Coordinator

While I know there is a really big game today, let's remember what really makes this and every Sunday special:  a chance to come together as a family to celebrate the Eucharist and praise the Lord.  Amen!
It's not too late!  Plan to attend the St. Clare PIC Super Bowl Party at Bogart'z Restaurant on February 5, 2017.  $20 advance sale tickets are on sale this weekend after all Masses (Except 5:00 PM).  Football buffet included/cash bar.  It is a fun, low key way to watch the game and commercials with friends.  Plan to buy your tickets in advance after Mass or from the Parish Offices.  I hope to see you there!
A look ahead in the Christian Service calendar has the St. Leo's Lenten Lunch Project boards going up in mid-February.  Dust off your aprons and oven mitts and plan to sign-up to buy or cook for this six-week project to supply food and servers for St. Leo's Soup Kitchen.  Since Lent is so late this year our first food drop is on Sunday March 5. 
Simple Suppers are a regular event during Lent at St. Clare.  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.
For more information on our group please contact Mike McDevitt 313-647-5025.
School News
Geoff Fisher I School Principal
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Catholic Schools Week a success. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Besides highlighting Catholic Schools, it gives our students a chance to step out of the ordinary and to continue to grow.

With our growth in academics several students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society last Tuesday night. There are strict academic requirements to be in this group. Congratulations to our newest members: Frank Blackman, Taveon Colson, Jaden Graham, Carys Rees-Baker, Jamison Townsend and Arym Ward. In addition to the induction the current NJHS members were taken to a special Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated by Bishop Cepeda at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. For many students, it was their first time at the cathedral and seeing a bishop celebrate the Mass.
Thank you to Jeanne Adams and all the parent volunteers who put on a fantastic lunch for the teachers, for teacher appreciation day.
As Father Andrew mentioned in his homily last weekend, the auction is fast approaching. There is an auction planning meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 over in the Sweeny Center. If you are interested in donating, volunteering or helping in any other way please contact either Sonya Zakolski, 773-354-1573 or the school office, 313-647-5100. Mark your calendars; the auction is April 29, 2017!
I hope to see some of you at the Super Bowl party.
Faith Formation
Sister Kathy Avery | DRE

Happy February.  Take time this month to treat your heart kindly .  Rest. Exercise. Eat well. Play. And of course Pray.  Remember Jesus said, "Love God above all things, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. And-  Love your neighbor as yourself."  If you really love yourself you will do everything you can to stay healthy, happy and holy. 
BE HOLY:   St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church should be packed on the nights of March 19-21 for our parish mission with Fr. Jim Clarke.  Change and transition: Time to Panic or Time for Renewal? the theme.  I think for our day and age; we might need these talks.  Please write on your calendar or put the dates in your digital device with a reminder to attend!

I have not heard from anyone to help with SUNDAY SCHOOL DURING MASS FOR 2.5-6 YEAR OLD'S. I need help if we are going to reinstate this program. If this is something you would find interesting, please see, email or call me, Sr. Kathy: .  313-647-5110.  BE BOLD. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, offer to assist with this program and/or summer Bible camp.
SUMMER BIBLE SCHOOL/CAMP:   Tomorrow evening at 6:45 in the religious education room we will have a meeting to discuss a summer bible camp for 2017.  If you have ideas, would like to help plan or execute this program, please come. If you have any questions or if you cannot attend this meeting and would like to help, please see, email or call Sr. Kathy:
THURSDAY FAITH FORMATION :  For our Faith Formation programs this Thursday, February 9 th , one group will be studying "The Eucharist" and another "The Ineffable Mystery of God."  Even if you have not been able to attend previous programs, please consider attending. 
POSITIVELY CATHOLIC: OK. It has been over a month since many of you received a copy of Positively Catholic. This book gives 25 really good reasons to love the faith, live the faith, and share the faith. Have you begun to read?  Tell me when you are ready for a quiz!
High School Youth Group  (C.R.E.W.)

Last week...
We talked about hot topic questions related to suffering. We also went bowling to raise money for Pregnancy Aid.
This Week...
We are discussing why we are here.
If you have never come before, please come and join us-we love new faces! We meet in the back of Chruch at 6 PM every Sunday!

Stephanie Carder, Youth Minister
Events and Community Activities
Sunday Social
February 12
After the 9 am and 11 am Masses
  Take some time to relax and share with fellow parishioners.
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!
Preview of Upcoming Events
  • Feb. 05: Annual Super Bowl Party
  • 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.
Colleen Keelan | St. Clare of Montefalco | |