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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY –
With Pope Francis' visit to the United States just weeks away, you might want to visit the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. You will find the complete schedule of the Holy Father's visit to Washington, DC where he will address a joint session of Congress and canonize Blessed Junipero Serra; New York City and his visit to the United Nations; Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families plus a variety of resource materials and downloadable items. The address is: http://www.usccb.org and click on the LOVE IS OUR MISSION icon.

ATTENTION FUNERAL TEAMS – Our parish funeral teams will meet Monday, August 31 for Mass at 11:00 a.m. Lunch and a meeting will follow at Noon in the OLCC. Any parishioners interested in participating in this important parish ministry are encouraged to attend this session.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHOIR - Choir Rehearsals have resumed on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the church. Consider offering your time, treasured voice and talents to your parish by becoming part of the Music
Ministry.  Instrumentalists are welcome. See Jean Mitrosky, Choir Director, for more information.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteers are needed to take Holy Communion to Clarion Hospital, Golden Living Center (Heidrick Street) or to our shut-ins? Our parish serves Clarion Hospital daily, our shut-in on the first Friday of the month and our local nursing home residents would love to be visited weekly. Will you be volunteer a volunteer? The time commitment is only an hour or two a month!

PARISH PICNIC REPORT:
302 people attended the annual parish picnic on August 16 at Wolf’s Camping Resort. The crowd enjoyed the traditional chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, the pool and the arcade! Special thanks to picnic chairs Randy and Rhonda Shook. Here is the list of prize winners for the 2015 Parish Picnic raffle:
$500. to—Judy Beichner, Linda Duffee, Jim and Patricia Luton, Dana Troese, Randy Cyphert, and Mary Helen Senard. Our 50/50 winner: Sue Leonard.

HAS SOMEONE YOU KNOW EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group setting to learn more about the Catholic faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and tradition of the Church, and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation--Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. You are welcome to participate in this process with your questions, insight, and faith story. For additional information, contact the parish office at 814-226-8433, Ext 100. (Do you or a member of your family need the Sacrament of Confirmation? We are planning a special series for adults who have not been Confirmed. Call for more information.)

CATHOLIC RURAL MINISTRY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS –
Two opportunities to deepen your relationship with God are being offered by Sister Tina Geiger, RSM and Sister Marian Wehler, OSB of Catholic Rural Ministries.

  • An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer – Beginning Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception’s OLCC. (Free Will Offering)
  • “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” – An overnight retreat beginning at Noon on Tuesday, October 27 and concluding on Wednesday, October 28 at Olmstead Manor, Ludlow, PA. Registration is required. Total cost: $50.00 ($25.00 due at the time of registration.) Call 814-677-2032 as soon as possible to secure your reservation.

FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION –
August 29—After the 5:30 Mass in Church
August 30—After the 8:30 a.m Mass in Church
August 30—After the 11:00 a.m. Mass in Church
Sept. 9—6:00 p.m. in Church
Sept. 12—After the 5:30 Mass in Church
Sept. 13—After the 8:30 Mass in MC

HELP WANTED! Looking for a way to share your time and talent with our parish? Immaculate Conception’s 9th Grade Faith Formation students are looking for someone to guide them in their faith for the 2015-16 year.
Classes will meet Sunday mornings 9:30 AM—10:45 AM from October through May in the newly remodeled Out Lady of Clarion Center. Call the office for more information 226-8433, ext. 101

QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING –
Key Passage
"Welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves" (James 1:21–22).
Adult  Which words of Jesus provide the most inspiration for the Christian work that you do?
Child   How do you welcome the words of Jesus into your heart?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Kids are back in school. Principals and teachers worked over the summer planning for this new school year. Did you know that the Catholic Schools Office also worked over the summer, year round, assisting teachers and principals in their work? This office provides services such as ongoing teacher training, supervising curriculum, strategic planning and general operation of the Catholic School system. This cooperative effort helps ensure schools provide the best possible education for our children. Your contribution to the 2015 Catholic Services Appeal helps support these services provided to our parish school by the Schools Office.

SAVE THE DATE:

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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