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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

As we come to the middle of July we are starting to get ready for the upcoming month of September that will signal the beginning of our Religious Education year and the beginning of our RCIA process. The starting date for these programs will be September 10, 2017.  

At the end of this month families should be receiving their letters and schedules concerning the upcoming REP year. Just a side note: this year the Sacrament of Confirmation, for both parishes, will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas at St. Clement Parish on March 18, 2018 at the 11:00 am mass. That weekend, March 16, 17 and 18 Bishop Thomas will be making his pastoral visit to our parish communities.  

If you do not receive a letter concerning the upcoming REP season by the end of July please call the parish office and we will send one to you. As we prepare for the new REP season we are in need of teachers for the 4th and 6th grade programs. If you are interested please call either parish office.  We will give your name to Mrs. Patrice Tscherne who is leading our REP program.   

Last year we had 80 children in the program. I am pleased with that number but we can handle many more. If your child has not been in the program of your children need to prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) please contact us and we will help you begin the process.  The second process that is also beginning on September 10, 2017 is the RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This is process through which a person can become a member of the Catholic faith community. At th

is time we have one young lady who will begin with us on September 10. The process begins in the fall and ends with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation on Holy Saturday evening.  The RCIA is not just about learning what the Catholic Church believes and teaches but it is also experiencing what we are all about. The process is led by a team headed by Deacon Ron Peeps. He contacts each of the candidates, helps them begin the process and is with them throughout their reception into the church. The team consists of our parish deacons, Father Auth and I and a group of parish members who assist us and the candidates and sponsors along the way. In addition to this team we do bring in others to help as well. The goal of the process is to give the candidates a wide view of what we are all about. We need your help.  

If you know of anyone who may be interested in beginning the RCIA process please ask them to join us and see if it is for them. Your help is most important as we begin this process. This weekend Father Auth and I will be preaching about the importance of the RCIA process and the role you play in finding candidates for us. We need you help and support