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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

On December 8 we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This is a national Patronal Feast of Mary and is celebrated as a holy day of obligation. Because the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the patronal feast of Mary it is always celebrated as a day of obligation. 

Therefore, masses for this feast will be: Friday December 7 at 5:30 pm at St. Clement Parish and at 9:00 am on Saturday December 8 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. 

The celebrant for the 5:30pm mass at St. Clement on December 7 will be Father Nick Weibl. He is celebrating this mass with the Joy People of the Diocese. This is a ministry for the disabled individuals of our diocese. They have been meeting here for a number of years and we are very happy have them be with us again this year. You are more than welcome to attend this mass. I know that they would be very pleased to welcome your participation with them. Father Weibl is a retired priest of the diocese and has come to St. Clement Parish a number of times to celebrate mass for the Joy People of the Diocese. Please feel free to attend. 

You may have noticed that in the area, at St. Clement Parish, where the Christmas Crib is placed you will see three crosses hanging on the one wall. These crosses are special and they are a remembrance of those parishioners of ours who have passed away since November 2, All Souls Day. When a parishioner dies, we have a plaque made that has the name of the deceased, the date of birth and the date of death. This cross is placed on the casket at the beginning of the funeral mass and then placed on the wall by our deacon at the end of mass. These crosses will hang in our church for the year and then on the celebration of All Souls Day 2019 they will be given to the families as a remembrance of their loved one. We just started this custom after November and will keep it up for the future. 

I would like to remind all who attend the 4:00 pm Saturday mass at St. Catherine of Siena Parish that we have changed the mass time to 4:00 pm as of the weekend of December 1-2. Because of this change Confessions will be held at 3:00 pm. This will be the last change for this particular mass. 

We are now in the Second Week of Advent the four week season that helps prepare us for the coming celebration of the birth of the Savior. Please use this time wisely in spiritual preparation for the coming of the Savior. This year at both parish we are offering the Christmas Wafer (Oplatki in Polish). This is an old Slavic tradition. The wafers are used on the Eve of Christmas. Each person on the evening meal is given a piece of the wafer and you exchange it with one another offering peace and good wishes for the Feast of the Birth of the Savior and the coming New Year. They will be available in the parish offices. A suggested donation of $2.00 is asked. I hope each of you has a blessed Advent Season.