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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

This past Sunday we began our RCIA process and the Religious Education program. They both started out very well. Many families were registering children this past Sunday and I am sure that will continue to happen this coming Sunday as well. We have plenty of room and we are always looking for more. If you have a child that should be in the Religious Education program you still have time to get them registered.  

One program that goes along with our Religious Education program is the Little Nazareth program. After the opening prayer of mass, at the 11:00am mass at St. Clement, the children are dismissed and continue to learn more of the scriptures that they heard at mass. There are usually around 15 or twenty that attend. If you have a child attending mass they are more than welcome to be part of the Little Nazareth program.  

The RCIA process also began this past Sunday. As the present time we have two candidates, one from each parish, attending. Again we are always open to more individuals who are interested in learning about the Catholic faith. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the Catholic faith please talk with them, call both parish office, and we will get them ready to begin. 

 The RCIA process is one of the best Adult Education processes we have. Through the RCIA process the candidates not only learn about what we teach and believe but they also experience what life is like as a Catholic.  We have a very strong team made up of members of both parishes who help the candidates as they journey towards the Easter sacraments. We hold the program at St. Clement since we meet immediately following the 11:00am mass. We have our sessions in Jaeger Hall. They begin about 12:15pm and end around 1:30pm.  

Just an early reminder that Bishop Thomas will be at St. Catherine of Siena Parish on October 14, 2017 to celebrate a Mass for Life at 9:00am. Following mass we will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the Abortion Clinic at the corner of Sylvania and N. Haven. Last year we had a very good crowd and I feel made a very powerful impression on those who attended and those who passed by going up and down Sylvania Avenue. The procession will take place if the weather is favorable. If the weather does not cooperate there will be adoration in church following mass. I will give you more details in the coming weeks.  

One of the other programs sponsored by the diocese is Forty Days for Life. During the forty days beginning the end of September men and women of the area will walk in front of the abortion clinic praying for the end to abortion and praying for those who are thinking about having an abortion. I will share more with you next week concerning this upcoming mass.