ST. CLARE CONNECTION 
February 24, 2017
Here's what's happening at St. Clare Church. 
GRATEFUL STEWARDS OF GOD'S GIFTS

The Scriptures and our Church teachings remind us that everything we have is a gift from God and challenge us to use our blessings wisely. Through your committed weekly or monthly tithing, you are doing just that. Your tithe provides the necessary financial support to sustain our parish "household." We are so grateful for your generosity!

Our Stewardship of Tithing drive kicks off this weekend with testimonies at each Mass and the publication of our annual Stewardship Report. Please listen closely to these comments. In the days ahead, you'll receive a mailing explaining how your tithe helps our parish ministries thrive and builds God's Kingdom here on Earth. Prayerfully consider your tithe before returning your commitment cards to Church March 4-5 as a sign that you are "returning to the Lord" a generous portion of what God has given to you.
THIS WEEKEND AT ST. CLARE

COFFEE & DONUTS  Come see a slide show of photos from our parishioners' trip to our sister parish in Guatemala during Coffee & Donuts after each Mass this weekend.

LAST WEEKEND TO RETURN PALMS  Please bring your old palms to church to the basket in the Gathering Space. The ashes from the burned palms will be used on Ash Wednesday, March 1. 

YOUTH GROUP  Sunday night from 6-7:30PM in Youth Room at St. Clare School
FUNDrive!!!
SATURDAY, FEB 25 - 9:00AM-4:30PM 
SUNDAY, FEB 26 - 9:30AM-12:30PM 
ST. CLARE CHURCH PARKING LOT

Help us raise funds for our youth group by donating clothes & household items. Donations will support our St. Clare Youth Group's trip to The National Catholic Youth Conference. 

We accept: Clothing, Books, Shoes, Sporting Goods, Bedding, Toys & Games, Towels, Kitchen Items, Accessories, Knick Knacks, CDs, DVDs, Small Electrical Items, Flat Screen TVs, Computers  NO drop-offs in advance, please!
THE GOOD SHEPHERD PRESCHOOL 
PRE-K  REGISTRATION &  OPEN HOUSE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 FROM 6-7:30PM

The Good Shepherd Center is located on the St. Nicholas Campus in O'Fallon.  Both Half Day (8:30-11:30) and Full Day (8:30-1:30) options are available with extended care offered until 3:30. For information, contact Director Sherri Hertzler sherhertz5@gmail.com or 726-6532. 

Also available "Infant & Toddler Playtime" on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings! This teacher led play time offers new & exciting themes for 9 mos-3 yrs and their caregiver each week.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION  Sunday, March 5 after 10:30 a.m. Mass until 11:40 a.m. Monday, March 6 followed by Benediction and Noon Mass.  Sign up sheets are on the table in the Gathering Space for those who can commit to an hour. All are welcome to spend a Holy Hour with Jesus!

XLT March 5 from  5-5:45 p.m. in Church. Join us for 45 minutes of great music and prayer!
PARISH PHOTO DIRECTORY-CELEBRATING 150 YEARS!
Partnering with Lifetouch professional photographers, we invite you to sit for a portrait to be included in our new parish directory. Each parish household that participates will receive a complimentary directory and an 8x10 photo. Purchasing portraits is optional.
Available photo dates: February 25-A few Saturday slots are available!
March 14-18. SIGN UP ONLINE TODAY!
St. Clare of Assisi | (618) 632-3562 | www.stclarechurch.org
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