Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, dear parishioners.  I pray that you know how grateful I am to be ministering at St. Clement.  I readily tell folks, including my brother Franciscans, that I can’t imagine a better place to be.  It is YOU who make it the beautiful parish St. Clement is!  That is confirmed over and over again at both daily and weekend Masses, parish meetings and on other occasions when our paths cross.  I know that I am a better person because of you.  So, this Thanksgiving, in a special way I will be thanking God for you!

I’m sure that you have many reasons to be thankful in your life, too.  I hope that you will take some time this Thanksgiving week to let the Lord know how grateful you are.  None of us would be here on this beautiful earth if it weren’t for our loving God.  Every one of us deals with suffering in some form or other; but that doesn’t negate the goodness of God. In fact, it can even draw us closer to the Lord.  At the bear minimum, I hope you will begin your Thanksgiving dinner with a prayer, acknowledging the goodness of God.  A terrific way to enhance your celebration would be to come to the 9 AM Thanksgiving Mass this Thursday morning.  Eucharist, as you know, is our highest form of thanksgiving.  In fact, the word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. 

A great way to kick off this week of thanksgiving will be to attend the annual St. Bernard Community Thanksgiving Service--this year being held at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Both Immanuel and St. Clement have been coming together for years at this holiday time to share our common faith in Jesus in prayer, song and celebration.  The service is not long.  Both Pastor Dan Smith and I will be officiating; Deacon John will be preaching this year; choir members from both churches will lead the music. A collection will be taken up to support St. Clement Food Pantry.  That’s this Sunday, November 19, at 7 pm.

This week, I will be out of the office on retreat—though still celebrating Masses at home. If you need to speak to a priest on an urgent matter, please contact Fr. Jim.  I am looking forward to this time to tend to some important matters that will be good for my soul!  Be assured that I will be praying for you.

I want to offer a special thank you to our weekend collection folks!  If it seems that it’s taking them a bit longer in the back before the gifts are brought to the altar, it’s because they are adjusting to new clear bank deposit bags recommended by the archdiocese’s auditors. They have to first unseal the bags, which are individually labeled for each Mass, fill the bags and then reseal them before bringing them to the altar in the large basket. It took me a while to figure out how to open and seal the bags. Besides, the present bags are really too small.  I’ve ordered larger ones.  We were told to get rid of the locked green bags.  The bags are placed in a vault and opened only when the three counters come in on Monday morning.  This is all done so that we can be good stewards of your generous gifts. It comes back to YOU.  So, thanks once again!


Have a great Thanksgiving week!







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