|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – The Clarion Bobcat football team and the
Clarion High Integrated Processors (CHIP) team are on the road this weekend.
Following their decisive 35-20 victory over Lakeview on Nov. 30, the Bobcat
football team faced North Catholic on Friday night for the state semi-finals.
That is a first for the Bobcats (14-0) under the dedicated leadership of coach,
Larry Wiser. Congratulations and prayerful best wishes the young men from
Immaculate Conception who share in this prestigious accomplishment: Ben
Babington, Alexander Burkhart, Ian Corbett, Tanner Corbett, Cody Hearst, John
Katis, Nathan McNamara, Ethan Straffin, Antonio Troese and Matt Verne.
Members of the CHIPs team are traveling to North Dakota State University in
Fargo Dec. 5-8 for the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST)
competition. The robotic arm they designed and built out of ordinary materials
in just six weeks won top prize over 27 other schools at a local BEST
competition at Grove City College last October. Now, after tweaking their
design, members of the team are taking their robotic arm to the next level of
competition. We offer our prayerful best wishes for safe travel and a successful
competition to the members of the CHIPS team from our parish: Kevin Bradley,
Nick Cherico, Jonah Landfried, Derick Lauer, Liam Raehsler, Max Stahlman and
“CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL DAY” - The second Sunday in December is
“Children’s Memorial Day”. It is a day of remembrance for families who grieve
the death of a child. Around the world, families will light a candle at 7:00
p.m. on Sunday, December 8 to acknowledge and to commemorate their children. The
Presbyterian church on Wood St. will host a candle-lighting service at 6:00 on
Sunday evening. The somberness of this observance is heightened by the December
14 first anniversary of the massacre of 20 children—first graders—in Newtown, CT
In the past year, the following parents from our parish have lost children:
Paul and Patricia Boyles, David and Rochelle Reitz, Melvin and
Bula Stark and Lorraine Cramer. Please support them in their loss
this holy season with a phone call, a card, or a caring gesture.
2013 RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS APPEAL - Helping aging sisters,
brothers, and religious order priests. “Each year the need to provide for
our elderly (members) becomes more pressing, and we are ever more grateful for
these providential funds,” writes a religious sister about the financial
assistance received from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your donation helps
provide necessities such as prescription medication and nursing care. Please
give to those who have given a lifetime.
ADVENT 2013 IS A SEASON…
- OF WAITING CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES will be waiting for you after Mass today soliciting donations for their “Christmas Baskets for Shut-Ins” service project. All they ask is for you to contribute $1.00 to their project. They will purchase goodies, pack the baskets and deliver them on Saturday, December 21. If you would like a basket delivered to someone special, call the REP Office.
- OF STILLNESS CLARION COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT – Under the direction of Stu Estes, the Community Choir will present their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday evening, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 600 Wood Street, Clarion.
- OF REFLECTION ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES - Our penance service is on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Penance services at other area parishes are the week of December 15.
- OF EXPECTATION ADVENT ANGEL TREE PROJECT - Please wrap your newly purchased gift item, attach the angel tag to the package and return it next Sunday, December 15.
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY –
Masses for this solemnity, the patronal feast of our parish and of the United
States of America—not a holy day of obligation in 2013—will be Monday,
December 9 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Key Passage: This is the one [John the Baptist] of whom the prophet Isaiah
spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the
way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Matthew 3:3)
Adult: What do I need to change so that others can learn from watching me
that Christ walks among us today?
Child: What could you do so that others will see in you what it means to
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Stewardship of treasure involves trust in
God. You really have to believe in God’s Providence and trust that if you give
10 percent of your income to the Church and the poor of the world, God will help
you to live on the rest.
BEST OF IRELAND TOUR
11 Days: November 3 – 13, 2014
$2829 Roundtrip from Cleveland
(Air/land tour price is $2299 plus $530 govt. taxes & airline fuel surcharges)
Rev. Monty Sayers
Roundtrip Air from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels,
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide & Comprehensive Sightseeing
Waterford * Killarney * Galway,
Connemara * Knock * Sligo * Dublin
For a brochure & more information contact Rev. Monty Sayers at:
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102