|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - National
What if I told you there is a way to help your children improve
their grades; avoid trying cigarettes, alcohol, controlled substances—marijuana
and other drugs; protect against eating disorders; and provide emotional
stability? The best part is you have all the resources to do this right in your
home! You could start today! How, you ask? Three words: regular family meals.
Monday, September 22, 2014 is National Family Day. This initiative,
sponsored by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at
Columbia University, is a reminder to parents that what your kids really
want at the dinner table is you.
Now in its fourteenth year, CASA’s
website describes the event like this:
Family Day is
a national initiative created by CASAColumbia to promote simple acts of parental
engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and
The folks at CASA invite American parents to become STARs!
S - Spend time with my kids by having dinner together
T - Talk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers
of drugs and alcohol
A - Answer their questions and listen
to what they say
R - Recognize that I have the power to help
keep my kids substance free!
I found plenty of information at the following
SAVE THE DATE:
Oct. 12 Chicken & Biscuit Dinner
Nov. 1 Reverse Raffle
Nov. 3-13 "Best of Ireland" Parish Pilgrimage
BLESSING OF STUDENTS – Next Sunday, September 27-28 at all
the Masses all students involved in fall sports and extracurricular activities –
basketball, cheerleading, clubs, cross country, football, golf, marching band,
organizations, soccer, volleyball – are invited to receive a special blessing.
Students from Immaculate Conception, all area school districts and Clarion
University are encouraged to participate. Let your parish family bless you,
rejoice in your accomplishments and encourage your enthusiasm!
FOOD FOR FRIENDS - Our next days to serve the Food for
Friends meals are Wednesday, September 24 and October 1 at the First
Presbyterian Church, Wood Street in Clarion. We ask volunteers to be on site by
4:45; dinner is served at 5:00. If you would like to volunteer or have
questions, please call Sue Leonard (226-9117) or Deb Sarbin (227-2526).
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF OUTING – Come one and come all to
the annual Ronn Kozmovich Memorial Golf Outing, Sunday October 19 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Hi-Level Golf Course. This outing is open to everyone—men, women, boys
and girls—with fun for all! You pay your green fee and the Knights will provide
food and beverages. Call Dave Walters (226-5679) or Dennis Kidney (227-2392) for
more information or to register.
CONFIRMATION THANK YOU
–Bishop Persico wrote following his visit to Clarion: “Thank you for your
hospitality on my visit for Confirmation at Immaculate Conception. I enjoyed my
visit to the parish and the students. Please thank the Confirmation class and
all those involved in their preparation”.
Ann Enderle Liska extends her
thanks as well: When I saw all the helping hands at the Confirmation Mass and
Reception, the phrase “community of believers” becomes a living reality. We are
not alone in our Christian lives and celebration of the sacraments. Helping
Hands for Confirmation: Jean Mitrosky and the Choir; The Knights of Columbus
Honor Guard; the Altar Servers: Gavin, Gabby, and Maddy Weaver, Maya and Lindsey
Shook, and Kevin Bradley; Leo Aiello, Emily Baker, Riley Fox, Connor Keth, Molly
Landfried, Arianne Magallanes, Johnna Rapp, Will Staub, and Sophie Wolf for
being greeters and baking cookies for the reception; and CD of A Court 2454,
especially Jeanie McLaine for overseeing the reception.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING –
Passage: [The landowner] said “Take what belongs to you and go; I
choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do
what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am
generous?” (Matthew 20:14–15).
Adult: What lessons do you
draw from today’s Gospel? How has God been generous to you in this way?
Child: Who is generous to you, even when you do not always
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Christian stewardship trains us
to become aware that God is the ultimate giver of the gifts we have. To give to
God should be from the top”—not what may be left over.
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