Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

I sure hope you have kept the weekend of September 8-10, 2017 open, so that you can join the rest of the parish community, former parishioners and our neighbors as we celebrate our annual St. Clement Parish Festival and Pig Roast.  As I mentioned in a recent letter, the planning committee has been meeting monthly for some time now. I’ve been to most of the meetings. Individual committee members have been working behind the scenes to make certain sponsors are contacted, booths have chairpersons and workers (please note:  we still need a few more), entertainment is lined up, all necessary permits are obtained, rides (including some new ones) are planned, special fine objects for the Bid ‘n Buy are being  acquired and items are coming in for Clement’s Closet. 

     Surely, you’ve noticed Fr, Jim’s distinctive water color painting and Fr. Ric’s remote-controlled model airplane on display in the church commons on the first Sunday’s of the month. Hopefully, you’ve already bought some tickets for those raffles and also for the Friars Feast.  And, of course, the grand raffle tickets are also on sale.  We’re blessed to have Roger Bacon’s famed alumni Sound Body Jazz Orchestra to perform for several hours on Sunday afternoon. And, of course, there are bands on stage each of the three evenings as usual.

     I was really pleased with the many folks who responded to our request for sharing of talents, including a few more who   volunteered to help with the festival.  We could still use some more to help set up on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. and to help clean up and take down both at festival’s end on Sunday evening and on Monday morning — even if for only just an hour or two — the more workers, the easier the task.  And there are some more booth workers needed.  Contact our festival chair Barb Kalb at 242-8667, if you are able to pitch in in any way.  Thanks for your consideration.

     As I was walking through church before Masses last weekend, I received some comments about Fr. Jim’s column that weekend “Out of the Words of Babes”!  Since then someone gave me a page entitled “These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or in announcements.” Since things are quiet in the parish these days — July is a meeting-less month for the most part — I thought I would share a few.  Enjoy!

“The Fasting and Prayer conference includes a meal.”

“For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.”

“Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5 pm. Prayer and medication to follow.”

“The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.”

“Low Self Esteem Group will meet Thursday at 7 pm. Please use the back door.”

 And would you believe:  “The Pastor unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours!’”

     Thanks for being a member of the parish family, dear friends. Have a great week!