Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Congratulations to David Harcourt and his wife, Kathy, of course, for creating a very positive experience last Saturday morning for parishioners who take active roles in the different ministries of the Mass.  I think all those who participated would concur that the gathering was beneficial.  Fr. Tom Richstatter, OFM, our new resident theologian, gave the main presentation on seeing the Mass through a different lens—of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  I personally learned a lot, even though I was already aware of Fr. Tom’s insights.  Participants then broke into their special ministry groups to talk about items of concern to them.  I joined the music ministry group.  It seemed we were just getting started—discussions were very good—when  we were called back to the large group.  I noticed that other groups were still engaged in discussion.  The morning began with our praying the official Morning Prayer of the Church together.  In addition to the leaders, I thank those “ministers” who gave their Saturday morning to come together.  The program was sort of a capstone project for David as he finishes the first major part of his preparation/discernment for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. 

Welcome (back) to all of our teachers and school children as they begin the new academic year  this Monday, August 29.  The teachers had meetings this past Thursday and Friday.  Friday’s gathering was at St. Anthony Shrine Hall on Colerain Avenue.  The teachers joined the friars at St. Anthony for Mass at 7:30 AM before beginning their day-long workshop.  The school is looking terrific. Perhaps after 10:30 AM Mass this Sunday, you can stop over and check it out—especially if you haven’t been in school for some time.  I look forward to joining principal Jeff Eiser in greeting the kids as they arrive at school in the mornings this week.  Jeff is outside each morning.  I can join him only every other week, because on alternate weeks I preside at the 7 AM Mass.  We are blessed at St. Clement to have a magnificent growing school—and I’m not exaggerating!  Counting pre-school children, we are likely over 290 students—give or take a few.  All the credit goes to Principal Jeff and his staff and to the support and hard work of our Teacher Parent Club.  I ask every parishioner to continue to support this vital ministry of our parish. 



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