Steward Story: Darlene Kelly

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As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Darlene Kelly.

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Saint Clement Generosity Shines in Jesse Tree Giving

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Throughout Advent, Saint Clement parishioners once again reached out to those in need to share in the joy of the season. Through the generosity of parishioners, we were able to donate more than $14,000 in gift cards and donations, as well as more than 1,500 items of clothing, toys, and more, to the 12 charities we work with through the Jesse Tree.

The following gives a breakdown of the distribution:

Catholic Charities Toy Shower: 185 toys for children in need

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection by Paul Nicholson

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How do you define “miraculous?” When you think of that thing you call a miracle, to what are you referring to exactly? Is it some aspect of timing that seems impossible or an inexplicable break with the laws of physics like the magic of Harry Potter? Is it the “wonder” when we hear the phrase “the miracle of Christmas”? Or is it more about astonishment at the progress of something: a modern medical miracle, or the miracle of technology?

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Baptism of the Lord Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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One of the most common comments that I hear on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is, “Why are the Christmas decorations still in the church?” This is a very good question and one that will be on many minds today when the decorations are still up and we even hear some portions of Christmas Carols. In the liturgical year, the Season of Christmas is counter cultural. The Season of Advent was celebrated until December 24, and the actual Season of Christmas began in the evening of December 24. Christmas concludes today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

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Epiphany of the Lord Reflection by Flo Merkl-Deutsch

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Desert. Animals. Mother and child in a humble setting. Shepherds, Magi, and the great star. The rich and beloved images with which our Christmas scriptures are built enliven our hearts with Christmas joy, regardless of our age. We not only sing carols about them in church, we sing them at home and while shopping. Scripture, legends, and popular images from culture have become so intertwined through the centuries, I find myself, at times, taking these images for granted, until something brings me back to the heart of the matter.

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Saint Clement's First Sit Down Dinner for the Homeless

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With incredible success Saint Clement hosted the First Annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless on Dec. 29 in the school cafeteria. The dinner had over 100 of our friends join us for turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, cranberries and numerous desserts. The food was prepared and served by 180 parishioners who volunteered their time throughout the preparations and night of the dinner¬, including homemade desserts from parishioners.

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Steward Story: Joseph M. Siciliano

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As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Joseph M. Siciliano.

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