|Pastors Desk |
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
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