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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY: Our Lady of Clarion Center -
When the decision to build a new convent for the Benedictine sisters was made in the early 1960s, a young local architect, Leon Hufnagel was hired for the design phase of the building. Leon and his wife, Jean, were engaged in parish life. Their children attended the parish school where Jean set up the cafeteria program in 1960. Jean also had a passion for painting. In 1995, Jean's daughter, Kate, presented me with one of her mother's paintings. It depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary cuddling the infant Jesus. Painted in oil on Masonite, the Madonna and Child are depicted in a traditional motif with the bright colors of the background exhibiting a cubist influence. For the last nine years, Jean's painting has hung in a place of honor in my office. 

During the remodeling of the rectory meeting room, a number of names were submitted but none of them seemed to fit the designated purpose of the spac--the faith formation of high school students and adults, a meeting place for parish groups and regional diocesan gatherings. 

One night last winter, I walked into my office after a particularly difficult day. When I saw Jean's Madonna and Child, I was inspired: Our Lady of Clarion. Last month I had the picture cleaned and reframed. On June 9, 2015 I donated it to Immaculate Conception parish in honor of the anonymous donor whose substantial contribution paid for most of the renovation.

I wonder, when she was painting her lovely Madonna and Child, did Jean Hufnagel ever imagine that it would hang one day in the building her husband designed 50 years before and become an iconic focus for our new Our Lady of Clarion Center?

INDEPENDENCE DAY – The parish office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the holiday. The sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is not scheduled for Saturday, July 4. NO 4:00 p.m. CONFESSIONS NEXT SATURDAY.

THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK/ FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION: As a citizen of the United States of America, what is one freedom that I am grateful for this Fourth of July?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? The goal of Sacrificial Giving is tithing or the biblical teaching of ten percent for God divided 5% for my parish and 5% for the poor of the world. Your contribution to the annual Peter’s Pence collection today and the National Needs collection on July 4 - 5 is your contribution to the poo--at home in the USA and abroad.

SAVE THE DATE:

August 16 - Parish Picnic

October 11 Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

November 7 Reverse Raffle

BEST OF ITALY AND SICILY PILGRIMAGE 
12 Days:  November 9 – 20, 2015 
$3689 Roundtrip (Air/land tour price is $3059 plus $630 government taxes
 and airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air fare from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide and Comprehensive Sightseeing 
Visiting: 
Palermo * Agrigento * Siracusa * Taromina * Mount Etna
Amalfi Coast/Sorrento * Pompeii * and 3 nights in Rome with a Papal Audience 
 For a brochure and more information, contact 
Father Monty: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102 Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 

 

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